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Cruise France’s famous Bordeaux region in luxury.

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Enjoy an exclusive private luxury river ship with a Botanical, Gourmet and Wine Guide. Gardens, chateaux, history and wine of the famous Bordeaux region in France all form part of this unique opportunity to explore this well known region of France. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTBD8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Meals included: 20


Day 1. Arrive Bordeaux, Embark Ship

On arrival, transfer to your river ship, docked on the Garonne River. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Seven Nights: an APT Aria River Ship
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Cadillac, Sauternes or Water Lillies, Freedom of Choice

Today, explore the walled village of Cadillac, founded in 1280, then travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see the water lily garden that inspired Claude Monet. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède with its English gardens. Afterwards, head to Château Smith Haut Lafitte and taste Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Pauillac

Today, enjoy a tour of the lovely village town of Pauillac. Its gravelly soils produce some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Merlot grape variety. Later, enjoy a wine tasting and learn the art of barrel manufacture as a family cooperage.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Blaye, Cognac and Chateau Gardens, Freedom of Choice

Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting Chateau gardens in the Charente-Maritime region including Chateau La Roche Courbon, also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’ with its gardens that pre-date those at Versailles. Alternatively discover the town of Blaye, with its 17th century citadel, and World Heritage-listed fortress and tunnels. Later, perhaps enjoy a tour and tasting at Château de Cognac, founded in 1795. Or, visit Bourg and tour the town centre, medieval ramparts and harbour.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Bergerac, Libourne and Saint-Émilion, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the picturesque village of Bergerac on the northern bank of the Dordogne River with a visit to nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, one of the best gardens in the Dordogne area with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively alight in Libourne and travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels that the owners, Les Cordeliers, have been using to make and age their exclusive sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a guided tour, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s traditional macarons.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Libourne, Caviar and Gardens, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne, during which you’ll visit a caviar estate for a tour and a tasting. Alternatively, spend a full day discovering Les Jardins de L’Imaginaire and another delightful French Chateau. We sail to Bordeaux this evening and enjoy a Farewell Dinner followed by an illuminations cruise of this city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Bordeaux, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a walking tour of Bordeaux. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also classified as a ‘City of Art and History.’ Alternatively, tour Bordeaux and the Botanical Gardens, recognised as one of the most progressive projects of landscape architecture. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux

Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy strolling gardens of beautiful chateaux with your Botanical Guide
  • Explore Les Jardins de L’Imaginaire with 13 display gardens
  • Sample French tasting experiences with your Gourmet Guide
  • Experience the rich history and culture of Bordeaux on a walking tour
  • Explore Bergerac village and enjoy a caviar tour and tasting
  • Admire the view of the Gironde estuary from the 17th century citadel
  • Visit the wine making region of Libourne and enjoy a tasting in a cave in St Emilion


Included Experiences

  • Services of a Cruise Director, Botanical, Gourmet and Wine guide
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions as per the itinerary

  • Airport transfers on first and last day, as well as tipping and port taxes
  • 20 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on board
  • Seven nights on a luxury APT Aria river ship, with a maximum of 120 guests
  • Onboard lectures by: Gourmet Guide - Jane Webster; Wine Guide - Peter Webster; Botanical Guide - Julie Prent

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

MS AmaDolce

Cruise the Seine in comfort, style and elegance on this river-ship. APT Aria Class Ship.

Length: 110m | Width: 11.4m | Suites: 75 | Max. Passengers: 148 | Crew: 43 | Home Port: Basel. 

See Ms AmaDolce Ship Deck and Cabin Plan here. 

Twin Window Suites   

Categories: E and D. 170 square feet / 15.8 square metres.

Experience innovative style and comfort when you choose luxury European river cruising with APT. See suite floor plans for Cat. E and D here. 

Twin Window Suites are among the largest entry-level suite categories on Europe’s rivers. Featuring twin windows, they offer the comfort, size, amenities and sophistication of Panoramic Balcony Suites.

Panoramic Balcony Window Suites   

Categories: C, B and A. 170 square feet / 15.8 square metres.

Enjoy your elegant private retreat, your suite when you cruise Europe with APT.See suite floor plans for Cat. C, B and A here. 

Featured in almost all of our suites, our Panoramic Balcony Suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slide open. This transforms your indoor seating area into an enclosed balcony, offering fresh air and unimpeded views of Europe’s waterways.

Owner's Suites   

Category: Owner's Suite. 255 square feet / 23.7 square metres.

Bask in the spaciousness of your Owner's Suite when you choose to cruise Europe with APT.See Owner's Suite floor plans here. 

These suites are the perfect choice for those seeking the next level in cruising style and elegance. All feature a Panoramic Balcony, large ensuite with a full-size bathtub and are a great size to entertain family or friends in privacy.

* Please note that suite floor plans are indicative only and may vary from ship to ship.

Additional Information

Meet Monty Don - Special Guest Lecturer

  • Well-known gardening author, journalist and presenter, Monty Don has gardened on television for over twenty years and will be joining us in Bordeaux

Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruise cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Watch a presentation on Botanica's Bordeaux River Cruising tours here.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • The waterways in the Bordeaux region are part of a tidal river system, which results in changing water levels. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur as a result
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included

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