Bordeaux – Vineyards & Gironde Estuary 2018

On this cultural cruise, discover Pauillac and the Medoc, Blaye, Saint-Emilion, the château de Roquetaille, Cadillac, Bordeaux and the Arcachon basin.

Office use: BOA

DESTINATION Bordeaux River Cruise
FROM Bordeaux
DATE April –  October 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €1,639 pp

Discover the wine lands of Bordeaux on this river cruise along the Garonne and Dordogne aboard your river cruiser. Experience vineyards, chateaux and all of what makes Bordeaux a beautiful region to visit.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND To Follow
RETURN To Follow

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Bordeaux:

On arrival in Bordeaux, you will be transferred to the boat where you will be able to leave your luggage and have a few hours in Bordeaux before boarding between 6.00 and 7.00pm. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of onboard entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Day 2: Bordeaux – Pauillac(2) – The Médoc(1):

We will cruise towards Pauillac. Join us for the optional excursion proposed:
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(3) – fly over the gorgeous Médoc! Experience a bird’s eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards that give the region its reputation. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!
In the afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Following the trail of the Grands Crus wines of Médoc, a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated.
DISCOVERY: Visit the Médoc through biking, wine and cheese. Get ready to discover the vineyards and châteaux of the region in this exceptionally beautiful area. You’ll be rewarded for the effort with a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses.
We’ll return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 3: Pauillac(2) – Gironde estuary – Blaye:

We’ll cruise along the Gironde River all the way to the estuary before reaching Blaye. Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel, journey through tradition and authenticity.
DISCOVERY: Tour Blaye and its underground monuments on foot. After our tour, we’ll get to taste some regional products with an excellent glass of wine.
We’ll return on board for dinner and an evening of dancing.

Day 4: Blaye – Libourne(2) – Saint-Emilion(1):

We’ll begin to cruise early this morning along the Dordogne River towards Libourne. Upon arrival, join us for an optional excursion for both packages: tour of Saint-Emilion. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 5: Libourne(2) – Cadillac:

We’ll start cruising towards Cadillac. Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of the Roquetaillade castle where famous movies such as “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “Fanfan la Tulipe” were filmed, followed by a tour of Cadillac.
DISCOVERY: Guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. We’ll stroll through the city before hiking up the vineyard trails to some of the most beautiful viewpoints over the river found in the area. We’ll finish up our tour with a tasting of local specialties and wines.
Afterwards, we’ll return on board. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 6: Cadillac – Bordeaux:

We’ll cruise back to Bordeaux. Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bordeaux, renowned for its exceptional architectural heritage.
DISCOVERY: Guided bike tour of Bordeaux that will take you past the main sites and monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Afterwards, we’ll visit Wine Museum.
Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening.

Day 7: Bordeaux – The Arcachon basin – Bordeaux:

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages in the heart of the Arcachon Bay. We’ll return to Bordeaux at the end of the day. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8: Bordeaux:

After breakfast on board, we disembark for our transfer back to the airport for the return flight to Dublin.

For an optimal organization of the cruise, the organization of excursions can be modified according to the tide.
Note to coach: double-decker buses are not allowed on many roads in Gironde, including Libourne, Saint Emilion, Blaye and Cadillac.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. (1) Optional excursions. (2) Depending on docking availability, the stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc and Libourne by Bourg. In this event, the order of excursions could be altered. (3) This excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Subject to availability and favorable weather conditions. 

Each cabin is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.

MS Cyrano de Bergerac – 5 anchor class

lounge with dance floor and bar – bar with TV, video and terrace – restaurant – large sun deck with loungers – terrace – French balconies – shop – lift. Fully air-conditioned throughout the vessel and in all cabins, central heating, 230V electricity supply, radar, wifi on board.

  • Upper deck : 41 cabins (39 cabins with twin beds, 2 cabins with a double bed)
  • Middle deck : 21 cabins (16 cabins with twin beds, 4 cabins with a double bed (can be separated into 2 singles), 1 disabled cabin with a double bed
  • Main deck : 25 cabins with porthole (18 cabins with twin beds, 7 cabins with a double bed)
  • Equipped for disabilities

MS Princesse d’Aquitaine – 4 anchor class

lounge-bar with a dance floor – bar – dining room – large sundeck with deckchairs – gift shop – wifi on board.

  • Upper deck : 26 twins
  • Main deck : 43 cabins (42 twins, 1 suite)

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
02 April 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
02 April 2018 5* €1,799 Main Deck Book Now
14 April 2018 5* €1,799 Main Deck Book Now
22 April 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
04 May 2018 €1,969 Main Deck Book Now
08 May 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
16 May 2018 €1,789 Main Deck Book Now
20 May 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
28 May 2018 €1,789 Main Deck Book Now
01 June 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
21 June 2018 €1,789 Main Deck Book Now
23 June 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
03 July 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
15 July 2018 5* €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
27 July 2018 €1,799 Main Deck Book Now
02 August 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
08 August 2018 5* €1,799 Main Deck Book Now
14 August 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
20 August 2018 5* €1,799 Main Deck Book Now
26 August 2018 €1,639 Main Deck Book Now
01 September 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
25 September 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
01 October 2018 €1,789 Main Deck Book Now
07 October 2018 5* €1,949 Main Deck Book Now
19 October 2018 5* €1,799 Main Deck Book Now

5* These departures are on board 5 Anchor MS Cyrano de Bergerac. Otherwise, departures are on 4 Anchor MS Princesse d’Aquitaine.

Upper Deck Supplement from €210 pp

Single Supplement from €660

Price Inclusions

  • Direct Flights to Bordeaux with Aer Lingus.
  • Transfers from Airport to the quay to board your river cruiser
  •  7 nights on the river cruiser, based on 2 sharing a lower deck cabin
  • Superb French Cuisine, all meals onboard on a full board basis from Dinner on the 1st day to Breakfast on the last day
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard drinks
  • Free Wifi
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from the quay to the airport
  • Return flight to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges
  • 1 bag prepaid per person 15kgs

Booking remarks

  • Optional insurance available (call for details)
  • A non refundable, non transferable booking deposit of €200 per person is required.
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Holidays & offers are subject to availability at time of booking
  • Prices correct at time of printing, however fuel surcharges may apply.
  • Office use : BOA