Flavours of Bordeaux 2022 Scenic River Cruise
A patchwork of the finest vineyards in the world. Journey through this beguiling part of France and indulge in the outstanding gastronomy of Bordeaux. 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.
Fly to Bordeaux from one of up to 16 UK airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No-Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris, and onwards to Bordeaux.
Soak in the vistas as you cruise along the Garonne river into Cadillac. Perhaps enjoy Scenic Culinaire as you cruise.
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: This afternoon, learn about Lillet, the refreshing French aperitif, during a visit to a renowned local producer. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample this delicious regional delicacy, or visit Roquetaillade Castle. Or for those more active, enjoy a hike to the village of Loupiac.
Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner created using regionally sourced truffles.
As you cruise to Libourne, your Cruise Director will host an enjoyable game of blind wine tasting, featuring wines produced in the region. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion. Explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church, 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 red wines, and 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 the renowned delicacy foie gras, during a farm visit in Bergerac.
This afternoon your mouth will water as your Cruise Director regales you with a presentation on French food.
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 tonight it is the venue for your unforgettable exclusive classical concert.
Freechoice: Travel the scenic Médoc wine route by coach and sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on site, or learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.
Back on board this afternoon, we’ve organised a Cheese of France experience. Taste the country’s celebrated cheeses, matched with bread and wine.
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. Alternatively, stay on board for a food photography class and learn the tricks and techniques of taking incredible pictures of food.
Enrich: During exclusive after hours access be welcomed with a glass of champagne as you visit Les Bassins de Lumières, Bordeaux’s former submarine base which has been transformed into an impressive digital art installation.
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, 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 fine brandy and enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin. Alternatively, visit the Carriages Museum inside Bourg Castle.
Freechoice: Stroll through the charming city of Blaye, or take a more active walk through the Citadel. 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.
|25 May 2022||£3,545|
|7 August 2022||£3,995|
|30 September 2022||£4,379|
- Save up to £1,500 per couple, free VIP chauffeur transfers & free deposit protection
- Save an extra 10% on selected cabin grades when you pay in full 12 months before departure
- 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