Châteaux, Rivers & Wine

Resort: Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
Operator: Viking River Cruises
Destination: Europe
Price From: £2545.00

Overview

Savor wines and delicacies in Frances Aquitaine region.

Discover the ports, vineyards, farms and forests of Aquitaine, once Europes richest kingdom. See Bordeauxs fountains and cellars. Create your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Hunt for truffles in Prigord, then taste them in a home-cooked meal. Savor Frances finest oysters fresh from the bay at Arcachon. Sip Saint-milion, Mdoc and Sauternes in their own terroir on an 8-day cruise through Bordeauxa region synonymous with fine wine and finer living.

All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • Return travel from the UK
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a wide sampling of Bordeaux wines, participate in classes from a master sommelier, learn how to say it in French, and how to pair the perfect wine with every meal
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Bordeaux, France

Fly to Bordeaux. We meet you at the airport and take you to your ship*. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore Bordeaux on your own. Second only to Paris in French historic monuments, Bordeauxs thoughtfully preserved 18th-century urban areas make it a desirable film location, and its graceful port on the Garonne River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We remain docked overnight. (D)

Day 2

Bordeaux & Cadillac, France

Tour the city center this morning and see some of Bordeauxs highlights, including the Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe; the neoclassical Grand Thtre de Bordeaux; and several spectacular churches. Visit the Muse dAquitaine for a guided tour of the collections that highlight the regions triangular trade route and Bordeauxs position in it. Later this afternoon, we sail upstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle that gave its name to the American car brand. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Cadillac (Sauternes), France

Begin your day with a tour of Cadillac then head across the river for your excursion to Sauternes where you will learn how the areas sweet dessert wines are made, and taste some examples during your tour. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Libourne (Saint-milion), France

Disembark this morning for a leisurely stroll to Libournes picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century; or take part in one of two optional excursions: an exploration of the Bergerac area in the Dordogne to learn more about truffles, a great French delicacy; or a wine tasting, at a nearby chteau, of some local vintages from the Saint-milion and Pomerol appellations. Later, take a tour to Saint-milion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you see the towns superb medieval lanes and delightful views of the surrounding vineyards from the upper town. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the towns streets and shops. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Blaye & Bourg, France

Blaye boasts an extraordinary 17th-century citadel, dramatically set on a rock beside the river, incorporating the ruins of an ancient Gothic chteau that contains the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine. Legend has it that the Frankish hero Roland, who served Charlemagne, is also buried here. The citadel of Blaye, its city walls and two other forts are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided tour of the citadel, then enjoy some free time in Blaye. Return aboard for lunch, and later take an afternoon stroll through the historic village of Bourg. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac, birthplace of one of the worlds best-known types of brandy. Here, you will tour the Camus family business, one of the most tradition-steeped Cognac houses in the area, and try your hand at blending. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Pauillac (Margaux), France

We sail downstream this morning, passing islands and gentle slopes, arriving in Pauillac in the early afternoon. Enjoy a wine country tour featuring several wine-tasting opportunities, including the areas famous full-flavored Margaux. Travel through the rolling vineyard-laced hills to dinner at a chteau, accompanied by the chteaus own wines. Relax aboard your ship this evening, or explore Pauillacs marina and the Plaza Lafayette, where the Marquis de Lafayette set sail to the New World. Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Mdoc wine region, is home to Chteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, among others. Before returning to your ship, catch a glimpse of the le de Patiras lighthouse in the middle of the Gironde. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Bordeaux, France

Relax aboard your ship this morning as we make our way back to Bordeaux. You have the afternoon at leisure, giving you more time to appreciate the well-preserved architecture of Jacques Ange Gabriel and son, and to taste the citys cuisine and wine appellations. Perhaps pick up a few bottles to take home with you. You wont want to miss the Place de la Bourse, with its mirror-like reflecting pool, impressive by day but absolutely stunning at night. You also have the option of taking a full-day excursion to Arcachon, a commune on the Atlantic coast, to see the Victorian-era villas, walk on the boardwalk and taste the oysters, a local delicacy. Or, you have the option of participating in a market visit with the Viking Chef to see where the local chefs of Bordeaux find their fruit, vegetables, meats and fish. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Bordeaux, France

After a final onboard breakfast, disembark and we take you to the airport for your flight home.* Or, extend your journey with three nights in Paris. (B)

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