Cruising Down Europe’s Waterways
Jul 10, 2020 · By Vacations By Rail
The various destinations on and off the water, the first-class accommodations when taking a river cruise, and the variety of itineraries that span all over Europe.Read more
2021 Tour code: GR-BBRA-21
About the tour
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.
Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at our departure office at London St. Pancras. From here, we travel by high-speed Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we connect with our onward rail service on a southerly journey through the verdant countryside to Bordeaux. This world-famous wine region is set on the banks of the Garonne and presents stunning examples of Gothic architecture. We make our way to Bordeaux harbor and transfer to our floating hotel for 6 nights, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac. Take some time to settle into your onboard accommodations, and enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner tonight is followed by an evening of entertainment. Overnight ship.
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