Bordeaux, Chateaux, Vineyards & History Cruise
Explore Chateaux' Gardens
Stroll the grounds and gardens of French chateaux with your Botanical Guide.
Visit Monet's Garden
Visit Le Temple-sur-Lot the water lily garden that inspired Monet.
Discover the wonders of Bordeaux on a walking tour such as the Musee des Beaux Arts and the Botanical Gardens.
Map & Itinerary
- All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
- Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
- Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
- Cruise on the luxurious river ship MS AmaDolce
- Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
- 20 Meals
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
- Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
- Disrptions to the cruise itinerary may occur due to high and low water
- Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
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 shipDaily :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux
Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.