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Bordeaux Wine Festival

8 Days - BOA_WIAIPP
# Description

Cruise

BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC(1) - BLAYE(1) - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Emilion - CADILLAC(2) - BORDEAUX

Oenology and history ethusiasts, embark on a cruise on the Dordogne and the Garonne that will take you to the heart of their prestigious vineyards. On the occasion of the festival 'Bordeaux Fête le Vin,' you will meet the winemakers and traders and taste their famous wines*. From the wine and trade museum to the discovery tour of the grands crus whilst visiting  'The Cité du Vin' in Bordeaux, your palate will not stop being tickled.

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All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ship docked at the heart of the "Bordeaux Wine Festival”
  • Pass to the river festival includes tastings*
  • Excursions included :
    • La Cité du Vin, the new interactive museum in Bordeaux
    • Tour Bordeaux and its wine merchant history in the Chartrons district
    • Visit to the Wine and Trade Museum
    • Saint-Émilion, the prestigious vineyards
    • Médoc, an icon among the renowned Bordeaux wines
    • Sauternes, smooth and sweet

Cruise

Day 1

BORDEAUX

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Take advantage of some free time this evening to see the sound and light show in the city!

Day 2

BORDEAUX

We'll spend the day in Bordeaux, namesake par excellence of the region's wine. The city's history through its river and wine will be the introduction to your cruise through the heart of these world renowned vineyards. Join us for a guided tour of Bordeaux. On board our coach, you will first discover the main buildings such as the Palais de la Bourse and its reflecting pool. We'll then set out on foot in the Chartrons district where the grand wine merchants developed exportation of the region's wine in the 17th century because of the excellent river access. This afternoon, we'll enjoy the "Bordeaux Wine Festival¿ along the banks of the Garonne. Your pass gives you access to the winemakers and distributors proposing tastings* along an original discovery tour of the various wines: reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines including Entre-deux-Mers, Côtes de Bordeaux, Médoc, Graves, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac. In addition to experiencing the eclectic energy during this festival in Bordeaux, you'll also be able to admire the more than 30 sailboats along the docks.

Day 3

BORDEAUX

The morning will be spent in Bordeaux. Join us for a visit to the Wine and Trade Museum. Three cellars house unique historical objects and testimonies to the past and present Bordeaux wine trade - including the evolution of wine dealers beginning in the Middle Ages - warehouses and exportation. Enjoy some free time in the city. As we cruise to Pauillac this afternoon, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Bec d'Ambès at the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. Join us for a lecture on board about the region's vineyards.

Day 4

PAUILLAC(1) - BLAYE(1)

We'll spend the day on a tour of the Médoc region. We'll follow the Grands Cru Route and see many of the world famous châteaux whose architectures reveal the prestige found in this area. We'll finish up our tour with a tasting* at a well-known Grand Cru winemaker. Our ship will cruise towards Blaye. Join us for a visit to the city's citadel and especially its exciting underground tunnels. We'll then set off for a regional wine cellar to enjoy a tasting* of the area's renowned wines along with some local specialties.

Day 5

BLAYE(1) - LIBOURNE(1)

We'll spend the morning cruising towards Libourne. After we arrive, join us for a tour of Saint-Emilion. We'll explore this UNESCO World Heritage town, including its enigmatic monolithic church. Don't leave Saint-Emilion without having enjoyed a tasting of its namesake*!

Day 6

LIBOURNE(1) - BORDEAUX

Our ship will cruise on the Dordogne towards Bordeaux. Join us for a visit to La Cité du Vin. Opened in May 2016, this modern building - reminiscent of a lighthouse on the banks of the Garonne - is a unique invitation to voyage to the heart of wine and its traditions throughout the world. After our visit, return on board at your leisure. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7

BORDEAUX - CADILLAC(2) - BORDEAUX

We'll cruise toward Cadillac. Join us for a visit to the Sauternes region. Sauternes wine, world-famous for its quality and its unique sweetness, has been produced by vineyards in this unique region for centuries. We'll enjoy a tasting* during our visit before cruising back to Bordeaux.

Day 8

BORDEAUX

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - onboard entertainment - the assistance of our on-board host/hostess - gala dinner - presentation on wine - emergency/repatriation insurance - all excursions mentioned in the program - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

8 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Bordeaux and the Chartrons District Bordeaux Wine Festival Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Pauillac and the Châteaux du Médoc route Blaye and its underground monuments Saint Emilion (visit and tasting) La...
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Bordeaux and the Chartrons District

On board our coach, you will first discover the main buildings such as the Palais de la Bourse and its reflecting pool. We'll then set out on foot in the Chartrons district where the grand wine merchants developed exportation of the region's...

Duration 4h00

Bordeaux Wine Festival "Tasting Pass"

Your "tasting pass” gives you access to the region's winemakers and distributors proposing tastings at the Bordeaux Wine Festival. Duration: approx. 4h This excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency.

Duration 4h00

Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum

This museum has three cellars which house unique historical objects and testimonies - from the Middle Ages to the present - including the evolution of wine dealers, warehouses and exportation. After our visit, enjoy some free time in the city.  ...

Duration 2h00

Pauillac and the Châteaux du Medoc Route

Departure by coach from Pauillac to discover the Médoc, prestigious wine-growing region. A corner of the world that produces the most prestigious red wines on the planet, tightly wedged between an ocean and an estuary. A mild, humid microclimate whic...

Duration 4h00

Blaye and its underground monuments

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. You will explore the underground passages that soldiers once used and learn how the site was developed using olde...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting

Departure by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodyti...

Duration 3h00

La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux

Opened in May 2016, this modern building - reminiscent of a lighthouse on the banks of the Garonne - is a unique invitation to voyage to the heart of wine and its traditions throughout the world. The Cité du Vin is a self-guided tour punctuate...

Duration 4h00

Tour of the Sauternais Vineyards

Departure for a tour around the Sauternais (Sauternes wine-producing) area. Sauternais wines, known and respected all over the world, have their greatness conferred on them by the ancestral know-how of wine-growers who bring the best out of a unique...

Duration 4h00

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

2 Decks

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) Depending on docking availability, the stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc and Blaye and Libourne by Bourg.

(2) Depending on the tides, the stopover in Cadillac may be replaced by Libourne or Bourg.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation. 

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