Flavours of Bordeaux 2021 Scenic River Cruise

Your cruise on the three waterways of this region will introduce you to extraordinary landscapes, delicious fare and refined winemaking. Visit the Rémy Martin estate to taste Cognac, sample some of the finest wines in the world and enjoy the freshest of seafood from the crystal clear waters of Arcachon Bay. You’ll even have the opportunity to learn how to cook your own French delicacy on board with Scenic Culinaire.

Scenic 2021 River Cruises
Bordeaux

Itinerary

Welcome to Bordeaux. On arrival, your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond. The Bordeaux region is home to countless gourmet delights and an incredible natural beauty and now is your chance to discover them

Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond into Cadillac. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner created using regionally sourced truffles.
Freechoice: This afternoon, learn about the refreshing French aperitif, Lillet during a visit to a renowned local producer. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample this delicious regional delicacy, or visit Roquetaillade Castle, one of the regions most impressive historic sites.

Freechoice: Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. Alternatively, enjoy a 12-kilometre roundtrip hike to the village of Loupiac.

Freechoice: Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate, or learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.
Enrich: Set in the spectacular surrounds of the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable dinner and evening classical concert.

As you cruise to Libourne you’ll be invited to a blind wine tasting game. Take the opportunity to enjoy the complexities of a selection of regional varieties. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine-growing region. You’ll explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight, before visiting the estate of Château de La Rivière for a cocktail and tasting experience. Sample regional delicacies such as soft creamy cheeses served with crunchy bread and fresh local charcuterie. .

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne, or travel by coach through the Pomerol region, famed for its delicious red wines, with the opportunity to visit one of its acclaimed estates for a wine tasting. Alternatively, take one of our on board e-bikes out for a cycle through the region, including a wine tasting, or discover the history of foie gras during a farm visit in Bergerac and gain an understanding of why this product is renowned as a delicacy as you delight in a tasting of this sweet and silky speciality.
This afternoon your mouth will water as your Cruise Director regales you with a presentation on French food.

Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, see the sights by e-bike. Back on board this afternoon, we’ve organised a Cheese of France experience, as you taste the country’s celebrated cheeses, which we’ve matched with wine

Freechoice: Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market, or stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. Alternatively, if whisky is more to your taste, you can visit a local producer at Moon Harbour Whisky.
Later, indulge in a tasting of fresh oysters with champagne, before your highlight dinner of seafood, sourced from Arcachon Bay.

Freechoice: Spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy and, afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin. Alternatively, visit the Carriages Museum inside Bourg Castle and discover the unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles on display.

Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk through the town. Alternatively, join a 30-kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road. Or, explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon.

Disembark and transfer to Bordeaux airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
30 June 2021 £4,145
10 July 2021 £4,045
19 August 2021 £4,045
Scenic Extend Your Stay

What's Included

  • Save £1,200 per couple, free VIP chauffeur transfers & free deposit protection - book by 31 October
  • Pay your balance in full by 31 October for an additional early payment discount of £200pp
  • Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports or travel via Eurostar
  • Return airport transfers
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 Exclusive Scenic Enrich event
  • 25 Scenic Freechoice excursions to choose from f Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine-dining
  • 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Complimentary premium branded beverages
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes
  • Cruise Director & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple