Bordeaux and Gironde River Cruise

Price per person
from £1,106

Price based on
London Gatwick
22nd Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • France

  • River cruise

Famous for fine wines, rolling hills and lush vineyards, a journey through Bordeaux is unique. Explore the historic citadel of Blaye and the underground catacombs of Saint Émilion, and soak up the wine, gastronomy and architecture of this inspiring region.

At a glance


  • Bordeaux Optional panoramic coach tour of the major landmarks, including elegant 18th-century houses, the Girondin column and the majestic Grand Théâtre.
  • Médoc Optional excursion to the Médoc, where some of Bordeaux's most illustrious red wines are cultivated.
  • Blaye Explore the beautifully-preserved fortress overlooking the Gironde River on an optional excursion.
  • Cadillac Optional excursion to the fairytale 12th century Château de Roquetaillade, a six-towered castle.
  • Saint Émilion Explore the remarkable underground cloisters, catacombs and chapel of this charming medieval village.
Best of Bordeaux

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Famous for fine wines, rolling hills and lush vineyards, a journey through Bordeaux is unique. Explore the historic citadel of Blaye and the underground catacombs of Saint Émilion, and soak up the wine, gastronomy and architecture of this inspiring region.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

UK - Bordeaux

Day
1

Travel to Bordeaux where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. After comfortably setting into your cabin, the crew will be introduced at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, enjoy dinner and an evening of on board entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bordeaux - Pauillac

Day
2

Today, sail along the Garonne River into the Gironde Estuary and spot the clay-limestone and chateaux that pepper the banks. Have lunch on board your ship at Pauillac surrounded by some of Bordeaux's finest vineyards. This historic town was built by wine merchants and retains many original townhouses along its banks. Perhaps join the optional excursion to discover the Grands Crus Wines of Médoc, where some of Bordeaux's most illustrious red wines are cultivated. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner and entertainment. Please note the excursion to the Médoc is only available when pre-booked.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pauillac - Blaye

Day
3

Drink in the views as you cruise the Gironde Estuary this morning, passing marshlands and the cliffs of Meschers-Sur-Gironde, peppered with troglodyte caves. Next, cruise to Blaye, where, after lunch on board, you can join the optional excursion, driving the cliff road that winds alongside the Dordogne River and Gironde, and catch a glimpse of the region's ancient caves and the stilted fishermen's huts called 'carrelets' en route. Tonight, enjoy dinner and dancing on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Blaye - Libourne

Day
4

Today, sail past Bordeaux and join the Dordogne to cruise to Libourne. The Dordogne is known for its rich food, heady history, chateau countryside and picturesque villages. Glide into the quaint commune of Libourne, the wine-making capital of northern Gironde. Why not join the optional visit to the enchanting wine town of Saint Émilion? A UNESCO World Heritage site, this postcard-perfect hilltop settlement dates from the 2nd century BC when the Romans first planted vineyards here. Take a tour of its remarkable underground cloisters, catacombs and chapel, built around a cave inhabited by the 8th-century monk Émilion. Visit the Monolithic Church, the world's largest hewn from a single rock. Next, learn about and sample some of the region's acclaimed wines at a family-run vineyard before returning to the ship for dinner and entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Libourne - Cadillac

Day
5

Today, admire the views as you cruise to Cadillac. Perhaps join the optional excursion to the fairytale 12th century Château de Roquetaillade, a six-towered castle. Marvel at its extravagant Gothic interiors, created by the 19th-century architect Viollet-le-Duc. The tour moves on to the walled town of Cadillac, home of the Château des Ducs d'Epernon and enclosed by fortifications and gates leading to a charming main square. After dinner on board, the evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cadillac - Bordeaux

Day
6

Relax as you cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in time for an optional tour of this bustling city, which started life as a Roman trading post and whose classical architecture has earned its UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy an optional panoramic coach tour of the major landmarks, including elegant 18th-century houses, the Girondin column and the collonaded Grand Théâtre. Back on board, enjoy a gala dinner and dancing in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bordeaux - UK

Day
7

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £213 per person and includes:

Médoc
Day 2: Châteaux Route and wine tasting
Blaye
Day 3: Cliff road drive and Corniche Road
Cadillac
Day 4: Visit to the Chateau de Roquetaillade and tour of Cadillac
Saint Émilion
Day 5: City tour and wine tasting experience
Bordeaux
Day 6: City tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate. Please note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

 

MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Sail in Bordeaux along the Gironde estuary whilst onboard the MS Princesse d’Aquitaine. The 4 Anchors Class Ship has 2 decks and was first built in 2001 and then recently refurbished in 2011. At 110m in length and with a width of 11.4m, she offers only 69 luxury cabins to 138 passengers, providing a more intimate and personal river cruise.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 2
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2001
  • Refit year: 2011

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

The cabins offer guests the perfect view for their large picture window, and are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.

For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.

Details

  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.

Library

A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge & Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.

Excursions

Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Cabins

Deck 2

  • Sun Deck

Deck 3

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Reception
  • Cabins

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