Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise
Sail through beautiful landscapes of France missed by many on an immersive rail and cruise journey though Bordeaux.
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Sip some of the world’s finest wine while gazing upon ancient cities and exquisite chateaux on this rail and cruise vacation. Beginning in London, travel aboard the Eurostar to Paris and then through the lush French countryside until you arrive in Bordeaux. Arrival in this renowned region presents unbelievable beauty and boarding the 5-star MS Cyrano de Bergerac allows you to experience it from both the land and the water. The luxury cruise ship winds through the Gironde Estuary before joining the Dordogne River. Stops along the scenic route include a guided tour along the Châteaux Route in the Médoc wine region; Blaye, with its UNESCO World Heritage fortress; St. Emilion, where history and wine sit side-by-side; and the walled city of Cadillac, which offers history dating back to the 13th century. Experience the intricacies of these memorable locations with group excursions and leisure time to sightsee as you please. On the ship, the culture of France is brought to life through luscious food that is paired with delicious local wine. As you arrive back in Bordeaux, the old-world hospitality and new-world amenities of this voyage are not soon to be forgotten.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on board the high-speed Eurostar
- 6-night cruise aboard the MS Cyrano de Bergerac
- 17 meals including 1 Gala dinner
- Excursions to Bordeaux, Cadillac and Libourne
- Cruise the Gironde Estuary
- Explore the Médoc wine region
- Tour the cave of St Emilion
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - London to Bordeaux
We meet at our departure office at London St Pancras and travel on the high-speed Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we connect with our onward rail service southwards through the countryside to Bordeaux - the center of one of the world's most famous wine regions and set on the banks of the Garonne. Here we transfer to our floating hotel for 6 nights, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac. After time to settle in, we are greeted with a welcome cocktail. Tonight's dinner is followed by an evening of entertainment on board. (D)
Day 2 - Wines of Médoc
This morning we cruise into the scenic Gironde Estuary, passing the scattering of traditional wooden fishing huts dotted around the attractive inlets, such as Cazeau Island and pretty Patiras Island. After taking in these charming scenes at a relaxed pace, we arrive in Pauillac, a sleepy port whose quayside is lined with grand stone houses. Following lunch on board we visit the renowned Médoc wine region on an included excursion. Here some of the world's most celebrated red wines are cultivated, grown in sloping vineyards overlooking the river.
The excursion follows the famous Châteaux Route, with views of the area's noted stately homes. Back on board, this evening we enjoy a dinner of scrumptious French cuisine. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Route de la Corniche Fleurie or underground tour of Blaye
We spend a leisurely morning cruising further into the Gironde Estuary, passing the atmospheric marshlands and ancient Troglodyte dwellings that feature prominently around this stretch of the river. We also pass through Meschers-sur-Gironde, characterized by its brooding cliffs overlooking the river.
In the afternoon we arrive in Blaye, the starting point for an afternoon of possible excursions. One option is a trip along the Route de la Corniche, for a closer look at the idyllic and time-honored landscapes that have been so well preserved here.
The journey passes along the superb, narrow cliff-top road overlooking the Dordogne. Flanked by lush vineyards, we'll enjoy some time to look around the idyllic walled village of Bourg - where rustic cottages are stacked almost on top of each other high on the hillsides. On our way back to Blaye, we make a short stop at the town's imposing citadel. Constructed in the late 17th century, the majestic fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and affords a magnificent panorama over the river and estuary.
Afterwards we enjoy a tasting of local specialties, all washed down with a glass of regional wine. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - To Libourne and St Emilion
Early this morning we leave Blaye and continue our cruise, navigating the Gironde and joining the peaceful Dordogne River on our way to the attractive wine town of Libourne. Disembarking, we travel to St Emilion for a guided tour of this UNESCO listed city before visiting the Troglodyte cave St Emilion stayed in. We'll also see the largest monolithic church in Europe. We then call at a family-run vineyard, where we enjoy a tasting of some popular local wines before returning to Libourne. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Cadillac
Today we arrive in the marvelous walled town of Cadillac, with its rich history dating back to the 13th century. This afternoon we take a tour of Roquetaillade Chateau, a magnificent 12th-century listed monument. This castle is a great example of a medieval fortress that's adapted to changing styles over the centuries. Since its initial design, it has hosted kings, cardinals and other important figures, each one leaving their own indelible mark on the architecture and interiors. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Bordeaux
Following a leisurely morning on board, this afternoon we arrive back in Bordeaux, a beautiful city brimming with 18th-century grandeur. With its broad boulevards and quaint Old Town, the UNESCO-protected city boasts an exciting diversity that's palpable in many of its attractions. We embark on a city tour for some deeper insight into Bordeaux's history. Alternatively you are free to explore at leisure. Back on board this evening, we enjoy a gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Return to London
After a final breakfast on board, this morning we disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux station. Here we take the train to Paris, and connect with the Eurostar service back to London. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium. Options for both Standard and First Class are available on this tour.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
MS Cyrano de Bergerac
We enjoy this river cruise aboard the MS Cyrano de Bergerac which offers great cuisine, an exciting package of included shore excursions and modern amenities on every deck - all combining to make for a wonderfully enjoyable cruise.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Dates & Prices
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|10th May 2020||$2,245||Book Now|
|13th September 2020||$2,245||Book Now|
|13th September 2020||$1,965||Book Now|
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First Class / Main Deck: Departs 10th May 2020 ($2,245), 13th September 2020 ($2,245)
Standard Class / Main Deck: Departs 13th September 2020 ($1,965)
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