Bordeaux and the Dordogne

Resort: Bordeaux and the Dordogne
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1399.00

Discover the treasures of Aquitaine as you cruise the rivers Garonne and Dordogne.

Explore a realm of charming cities, vineyards, châteaux and, of course, great wine on this cruise along the Garonne and Dordogne – from the fortifications of Blaye, to the château at Cadillac and the glorious architecture of Bordeaux.

Including…

21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners 

Free bar open 12 hours a day† 

  • Wine, beer, water and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Saga cocktail party
  • Gala dinner on board
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship 

Plus all this…

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Bordeaux

Fly to Bordeaux and enjoy time for lunch before boarding your ship late this afternoon. Look forward to a welcome cocktail on board followed by dinner, then the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 2
Bordeaux to Pauillac

Begin sailing towards to Pauillac, close to the mouth of the Gironde river. You might like to join an optional excursion to the Médoc this afternoon. This prestigious wine-growing region produces some of France’s best red wines.

Optional excursions

The Médoc | half day

Discover one of France’s most prestigious wine-growing regions, thanks in part to its unique microclimate. Travel the Château wine road and stop to taste the red wine for which the region is famous. This excursion must be pre-booked.

Day 3
Pauillac to Blaye

Spend this morning cruising the Gironde Estuary towards Blaye. Keep an eye open for the mighty citadel here which guards the estuary and was once the first line of defence for Bordeaux. Perhaps join an optional excursion tracing the Corniche road alongside the Dordogne river to the old village of Bourg.

Optional excursions

Corniche road to Bourg | half day

Enjoy a scenic drive along the narrow Corniche, or cliffside, road that runs alongside the Dordogne. Spy picturesque villages, vineyards and fishermens’ houses on your way to the old village of Bourg, which is surrounded by medieval ramparts. You’ll also visit the citadel of Blaye before returning to the ship.

Day 4
Blaye to Libourne

Join the Dordogne and cruise to Libourne which sits at the spot where the Isle river meets the Dordogne. From here you can visit Saint-Emilion on an optional excursion, a thoroughly medieval town which hides a series of subterranean monuments.

Optional excursions

Saint-Emilion | half day

This little medieval village has plenty to keep you entertained. On your tour, discover the subterranean treasures that hide beneath the streets, including a church and Emilion’s cave – where according to local legend the town’s founder made his home. You’ll also visit the monolithic church, hewn entirely from a limestone outcrop, and enjoy a winetasting at a local estate.

Day 5
Libourne to Cadillac

Rejoin the Garonne and cruise to Cadillac, where you might like to join an optional tour and discover the medieval Château de Roquetaillade and a Sauternais vineyard where you can taste the region’s dessert wine. Alternatively, spend the afternoon exploring the town at your leisure.

Optional excursions

Cadillac and Chateau de Roquetaillade | Half day

Visit the mighty Château de Roquetaillade and contrast its imposing, grey exterior with the lavishly-decorated interiors. Then move on to a Sauternais vineyards to sample some Sauternes – a delicious sweet wine. Finally take a tour of Cadillac and see the walled town and château.

Day 6
Cadillac to Bordeaux

Return to Bordeaux where you can spend the afternoon and evening exploring among the wealth of UNESCO-listed buildings that range in style from Gothic to baroque and neo-classical. An optional tour reveals the narrow alleys and wide boulevards of the old city.

Optional excursions

Tour of Bordeaux | half day

Discover the magnificent architecture of this gorgeous city. See the glorious Place des Quinconces, one of Europe’s largest city squares, the neo-classical Grand Theatre and the winding walkways of the Saint Pierre quarter.

Day 7
Bordeaux

Spend the day discovering more of Bordeaux independently. Alternatively, take an optional day trip to Arcachon Bay, famous for its oysters and stilted fishermens’ houses. Look forward to a gala evening tonight.

Optional excursions

Cognac | full day

Taste brandy at a Cognac house, tour the city by mini train and visit the Cognac Museum of Arts to learn every aspect of the spirt’s production, from vine to barrel to bottle.

Arcachon Bay | full day

Travel to the Arcachon Basin and take a boat trip out onto the bay, where you’ll see Bird Island – popular stopover for migratory birds – and the Cabanes tchanquées, stilted houses from where oysters are farmed. Finally, take a trip to the amazing Dune of Pilat, a 107-metre high sand dune that towers between the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes forest.

Day 8
Bordeaux to UK

Disembark after breakfast for your return flight to the UK

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