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Cruise France’s famous Bordeaux region in luxury.

Explore spectacular gardens and courtyards on your garden tours with Botanica World Discoveries.

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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
Journey: Bordeaux Return
Meals included: 20

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Bordeaux, Embark Ship

On arrival, transfer to your river ship, docked on the Garonne River. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet your crew and guest lecturers.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS AmaDolce, a luxurious small river ship
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

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

Enjoy a morning sail through French villages and landscapes. From Cadiallac travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water lily garden where Claude Monet began his obsession with painting water lilies. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède, once the home of the philosopher, Montesquieu, to tour its English style garden. Afterwards, head to the family winery of Château De Myrat for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Pauillac, Private Garden, Freedom of Choice

Today, we see the lovely village town on the left bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a government controlled designation of origin which signifies where grapes are grown. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting and learn the art of barrel making. There is also the option to visit a beautiful private garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Blaye, Cognac & Château Gardens, Freedom of Choice

Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting château gardens including the well-known Château La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’. Alternatively discover the town of Blaye, including a walk along its 17th century citadel. After lunch, perhaps journey to Cognac for a tour and a tasting or sail to the town of Bourg.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Bergerac, Private Garden & Saint-Émilion, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the picturesque and historic village of Bergerac on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Visit the nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, one of the best private gardens in the Dordogne area with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels which have been used in the making of sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of bubbles and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s macarons.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Libourne, Caviar, Art Lecture, Freedom of Choice

This morning tour Libourne including a visit to a caviar estate. This afternoon enjoy an art lecture as we cruise to Bordeaux where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular dinner. Later, take in the sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Bordeaux, Botanical Gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts, Freedom of Choice

Your choices this morning including seeing the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot or perhaps visit the Musee des Beaux Arts with an art expert. Perhaps visit Bordeaux Botanical Gardens, recognised as progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon.
  • 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

  • Stroll the grounds & gardens of French châteaux with your Botanical Guide
  • Enjoy a guest lecture by Monty Don*
  • Explore Le Temple-sur-Lot the water lily garden that inspired Monet
  • Tour Château de La Brede former home of philosopher Montesquieu
  • Explore Bordeaux on a walking tour
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Pauillac
  • Visit Libourne & enjoy a tasting in a cave in St Émilion

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise Director, Botanical & Art Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, as well as tipping & port taxes
  • 20 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks included with lunch & dinner on board

Additional Information

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

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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