Bordeaux – Vineyards & Gironde Estuary

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

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DESTINATION Bordeaux River Cruise
FROM Bordeaux
DATE May  –  October 2017
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €1,659 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:

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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(4):

We’ll spend the morning cruising towards Pauillac. Join us on the optional excursion proposed:
DISCOVERY (as a supplement for the Classic Package): Helicopter ride – 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! (Flight subject to favorable weather conditions. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE CRUISE BEGINS AND ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY).
In the afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Visit the Médoc (only available through pre-reservation with your travel agency before your departure)—a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. We’ll also have the opportunity to see the “must see” châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild.
DISCOVERY: Visit the Médoc through biking, wine and cheese. Get ready to discover the history, architecture and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. What better reward for the effort than a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses served in a prestigious château in the heart of Pauillac.
We’ll return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Day 3: Pauillac(4) – Gironde estuary – Blaye:

We’ll start sailing early this morning along the Gironde all the way to the estuary, reaching Blaye early in the afternoon. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel.
DISCOVERY: We’ll leave on foot to visit the Blaye Citadel, built in the 17th century by Vauban in order to better protect the city of Bordeaux.
We’ll return on board for dinner and an evening of dancing on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Day 4: Blaye – Libourne or Bourg(3) – Saint-Emilion(1):

We’ll begin to cruise early this morning along the Dordogne towards Libourne. Upon arrival, join us for an optional excursion for both packages: tour of Saint-Emilion. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Day 5: Libourne or Bourg(3) – Cadillac:

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Cadillac. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of the Château de Roquetaillade and Cadillac.
DISCOVERY: Guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. You’ll cross the city, passing in front of the imposing Château des Ducs d’Épernon before hiking up the vineyard trails to some of the most beautiful points of view of the river found in the area. We’ll finish up our tour with a tasting.
Afterwards, we’ll return on board. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Day 6: Cadillac – Bordeaux:

Today we’ll continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in the early afternoon. Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bordeaux, renowned for its exceptional architectural heritage. 
DISCOVERY: Guided bike tour of Bordeaux. We’ll leave by bike from the Quai des Chartrons to see the locations and monuments in Bordeaux that have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We’ll learn about the city and region’s wine-making history while visiting the Wine Museum, followed by a wine-tasting session. 
Afterwards, we’ll return on board for our festive gala evening and dinner.

Day 7: Bordeaux – The Arcachon basin – Bordeaux:

Join us for an optional excursion both packages in the heart of Arcachon Bay (lunch included). We will begin the tour with a visit to the oyster farms and museum situated at Port de Larros. Discover French oyster farming and its history. We’ll end our visiting with a tasty sampling. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then back on the road to Arcachon, for a boat trip through Arcachon Bay to admire the Ile aux Oiseaux, the iconic stilted cabins (cabanes tchanquées) and the oyster farms from the deck. We will then head to the Great Dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. We’ll return to Bordeaux at the end of the day. Enjoy an evening of onboard 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.

Please note: For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. (1) Optional excursions. (2) This excursion is available only through advanced reservations and is subject to a minimum of 35 participants. (3) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Libourne may be replaced by Bourg. If this happens, the order of the visits and tours could be altered. (4) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Medoc.

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
24 May 2017 * €1,889 Lower Deck Book Now
05 June 2017 * €2,079 Lower Deck Book Now
08 July 2017 €1,659 Lower Deck Book Now
11 July 2017 * €1,819 Lower Deck Book Now
20 July 2017 €1,659 Lower Deck Book Now
23 July 2017 * €1,819 Lower Deck Book Now
01 August 2017 €1,659 Lower Deck Book Now
04 August 2017 * €1,819 Lower Deck Book Now
13 August 2017 €1,659 Lower Deck Book Now
16 August 2017 * €1,819 Lower Deck Book Now
09 September 2017 * €1,889 Lower Deck Book Now
15 October 2017 * Was €1,769
now €1,699
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* 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: €160 pp

Single Supplement from:  €330

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 of €134
  • 1 bag prepaid per person 15kgs

Booking remarks

  • Optional insurance €25 (conditions apply)
  • 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