Châteaux of the Loire Valley & Cruising the Bordeaux Wine Country

9 nights from £1579

Duration:9 Nights
Suitable for: Everyone
Accommodation:3*
Meals:8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

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Overview

Steeped in history, the Bordeaux region of France offers a range of true holiday delights. From picturesque scenery to national treasures, and, of course, some of the world’s most renowned wines. And, what better way to see it than on a relaxing river cruise along the Garonne and Gironde rivers? You will sail on MS Cyrano De Bergerac complete with a sundeck, lounge, restaurant and bar.

Accommodation

You will cruise for five nights on board CroisiEurope’s 3-star superior ship, the MS Cyrano De Bergerac. The vessel is air-conditioned and has three decks – main, middle and upper – plus a sun deck. Facilities include a bar, restaurant and lounge. All cabins have en suite facilities and a safe.

Overnight stays in Chinon and the Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

Itinerary

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

We depart our overnight hotel this morning and begin our journey to the Loire Valley which spans 280 kilometres. The Loire River is listed as a World Heritage site. We will visit the pretty town of Blois and Château Chambord on our journey. Blois is known as the capital of the Loir-et-Cher area and was first mentioned in the 6th century so the area has both history and buildings of interest all the way through to the modern day.

We then travel to the Château Chambord, where construction was first started in the 16th century for the young King Francois I and has been a popular attraction ever since its completion. The Château Chambord is one of the most impressive Renaissance building in the Loire Valley which also has beautiful grounds and gardens to explore.

Then we stay for one night in the medieval town of Chinon in the region of Touraine. The region is known as the ‘garden of France’ and the town of Chinon sits on the banks of the River Vienne.

Location: Bordeaux

Today we travel to Bordeaux which is at the centre of the Bordeaux wine-growing region. Bordeaux is renowned for its historic quarters, and around 1800 hectares are listed as a World Heritage site. Place de la Bourse, with its elegant buildings, and Fountain of the Three Graces are well-photographed, and popular with visitors. The Cathedral Bell Tower offers a panoramic view of the town and many of its monuments – though visitors must climb 229 steps to the top! Spend some free time exploring this lovely cosmopolitan town, before we board our ship, the MS Cyrano De Bergerac for the next five nights. Enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

Location: Bordeaux to Pauillac

Today we travel from Bordeaux to Pauillac. We cruise down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde passing Patiras Island before arriving at Pauillac at lunchtime. Come and enjoy our included excursion to the Medoc a renowned region off the beaten track, where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. Medoc is home to around 1,500 vineyards. Medoc also has an AOC (Appellations d’origine controlee or the controlled designation of origin) for its wine which is the same for the Champagnes. We pass through many of the great Medoc appellations, following the famous Chateaux Route. Then we berth in Pauillac overnight.

Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc.

Location: Pauillac to Gironde Estuary to Blaye

We set sail early this morning, cruising to the Gironde estuary. The Gironde Estuary is the largest estuary in Western Europe and covers approximately 80km in length. While we cruise, we pass Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Troglodyte houses and fishermen’s huts, before arriving in the charming village of Bourg, built on a rocky outcrop enclosed by medieval ramparts. Why not join our included excursion by coach along the Corniche, or cliff route. The scenery here is an unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. We rejoin our ship in time for lunch, and cruise to Blaye, an historical town with a citadel, and port used to export products from the region, such as grain and red wine.

Please note that depending on mooring availability, the order of ports of call may be reversed.

Location: Blaye to Bourg/Libourne , plus Saint-Emilion

Today we cruise to Bourg/Libourne and offer an optional excursion to the world-famous ‘wine’ village of Saint-Emilion, where you can sample the wines at a nearby wine estate. Saint-Emilion has been a 'wine' town since the Romans first planted vines in the area back in the early 2nd century. This then continued with the Monk Emilion who settled in the town to worship and develop the vineyards. It was monk Emilion who gave the town its name. From this humble beginning, the vines have blossomed, making St Emilion into one of the largest wine-producing towns in the area. Depending on mooring availability, the stopover will be at either Bourg or Libourne.

Location: Bourg or Libourne to Bordeaux

We cruise to Bordeaux. Once we have docked you can enjoy free time in the town. Bordeaux is said to be the capital of the wine industry and is home to the world wine fair called Vinexpo. The town is also famous for its historical buildings. Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved buildings only second to Paris such as the Grand Theatre from the 18th century, Saint- Andrea Cathedral which was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096 and Esplanade des Quinconces which is largest square in Europe. So why not have a look around at some of the grand buildings and sample some wine before tonight’s dinner and entertainment.

We disembark and travel north by coach to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

Return home.

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18-Jun-2022
9 Nights
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Duration:9 Nights
Suitable for: Everyone
Accommodation:3*
Meals:8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
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