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Bordeaux's Chateaux Rivers and Wine 2020

Bordeaux's Chateaux Rivers and Wine 2020


Route:
  • UK
  • Bordeaux
  • Pauillac
  • Royan
  • Libourne
  • Cadillac
  • Bordeaux
  • UK

7 DAYS from £1689pp

Tour Highlights
  • All-Inclusive Cruising - all meals and drinks included in the price
  • Time at leisure in Bordeaux
  • A number of optional excursions are available

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Bordeaux's Chateaux Rivers and Wine 2020

Characterised by opulent chateaux, charming cities spliced by winding cobbled lanes, scenic beauty that flanks the Dordogne and of course, world-renowned wines from sprawling vineyards.

River Cruise Itinerary

1
UK to Bordeaux

Depart on your scheduled flight to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship. Take a moment to settle into your comfortable cabin and enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. The cruise will set sail to Pauillac.

  • Dinner
2
Pauillac to Royan

You will dock at Pauillac, and begin a tour of the prestigious wine-growing region of Medoc. Favoured by a mild, humid microclimate, this region produces some of the world's most sought-after red wines. The trail will take you along the famous Chateaux Route, past rolling valleys, verdant fields and the wine estates and elegant castles of Saint Julien, Margaux, Lafite-Rothschild and Latour. With stops along the route, sample the region's exquisite wines and discover why they are revered by connoisseurs across the globe. Cruise the Gironde until you reach the estuary. Dock in Royan and enjoy a panoramic tour of the seaside city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Royan

Enjoy the day at leisure in Royan or alternatively join an optional excursion to the seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle. Leave by coach for Rochefort. Rochefort was originally chosen by Jean-Baptiste Colbert as a refuge, defence, and supply post for the French navy back in the mid-1660s. Its arsenal remained a naval base and dockyard until as late as 1926. The historic downtown area boasts lovely private mansions and beautiful homes where the legendary sailors and explorers lived. Visit the Corderie Royale, a historical rope-making factory. Built between 1666 and 1669, it was the first industrial building in France, and the factory provided ropes for the French Navy and its ships for over three centuries. Tour the main building and learn about the techniques used to produce the ropes used on the large sailing ships. Afterwards, head to La Rochelle. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant. The over 1,000-year-old city of La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente Maritime. It's tucked along the Bay of Biscay and contains some of the most beautiful natural and architectural heritage in the area. During a guided tour of the old town and port, learn about the Grosse-Horologe gate, Renaissance arcades, lovely half-timbered homes, finely sculpted facades of the private mansions, and the cathedral. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. At the end of our afternoon, return to Royan. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Royan to Libourne

This morning enjoys an excursion to Saintes. Saintes has accumulated almost two thousand years of history, marked by its rich heritage and its Gallo-Roman and medieval ruins. Visit the Roman theatre, one of the oldest from the era, which is still the best preserved on the Atlantic Coast and highlights the importance that Saintes held at the time. The theatre can hold up to 15,000 attendees and was used as a showplace for battles between gladiators and wild animals for almost three centuries. Continue to the Saint-Europe Basilica. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Way of St. James, it is one of the most important monuments in the city and its crypt has been described as fascinating and impressive on online tourist reviews describing its startling contrasts between the Roman and Gothic style architecture and as a must-see visit for anyone in Saintes. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon join an optional excursion to Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde. Visit a typical French seaside village with tons of charm which is officially listed as one the most beautiful villages in the country. Talmont-sur-Gironde is lined with cobblestone streets that take you to the white tower on the coastline, up to its beautiful Romanesque church, and over to the quaint port. The lovely, small houses dotting the streets are full of boutiques selling wares by local craftspeople. In Meschers-sur-Gironde, tour the cave dwellings suspended in the cliffs which harbour treasures from centuries long ago. After return on board and begin cruising up the Dordogne to Libourne.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Libourne to Bordeaux

This morning enjoy an excursion to Saint-Emilion. A guided tour of Saint-Emilion's underground monuments, discovers the rich history of this medieval city, including its enigmatic monolithic church. Continue to a vineyard where you will learn how the famous local wine is produced. Enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of the tour. Return to the ship in Libourne and spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux. In the evening leave by coach for a panoramic tour of the city of Bordeaux, where you'll be able to discover the main monuments, followed by a tour on foot of the old quarter of Bordeaux. Discover the impressive areas such as the Place des Quinconces and the Grand Theatre, as well as the intimate side streets, tucked around the Place Saint Pierre.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Bordeaux to Cadillac

Cruise along the Garonne, getting a good glimpse of Bordeaux from the water as the ship continues to Cadillac. This morning visit the magnificent and prestigious Chateau de Roquetaillade. This castle has been the backdrop for several French films including Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) and Fanfan la Tulipe. Explore the towers of this medieval chateau before heading to a wine cellar in the Sauternais to enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine. Afterwards, return to Cadillac for a guided tour of the city. Located on the right bank of the Garonne River, the city was founded in 1280 and still retains its original structure. Explore the port, its ramparts, and the main square and stroll the streets to admire the old homes and 15th-century church. Spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux and arrive during the evening. Tonight, enjoy the gala evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Bordeaux to the UK

Disembark after breakfast for your airport transfer and return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your entry into France. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guide

An English speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. They will not accompany you on land, this will be your free time to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be with an English speaking driver

Currency Information

The currency in France is the Euro, We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2020 Dates
28 Apr 202004 May 2020£1469
21 May 202027 May 2020£1689
15 Jun 202021 Jun 2020£1689
21 Jul 202027 Jul 2020£1599
13 Oct 202019 Oct 2020£1599
2021 Dates
26 Apr 202102 May 2021£1469
25 May 202131 May 2021£1689
23 Jun 202129 Jun 2021£1689
27 Jul 202102 Aug 2021£1599
19 Aug 202125 Aug 2021£1569
29 Sep 202105 Oct 2021£1599

Cabin Upgrades

Treat yourself to a better vista! Cabin and Deck upgrades are available for an additional supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Single Cabins

If you're travelling alone single cabins are available for a small supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Important Notice

The Captain and Croisieurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary, changes are also subject to tides. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

1 hour

Min/Max temperature

12 °C / 27 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the below weather chart.

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What to pack
  • Warm Clothes in case of cold weather (Jumper and Jacket)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and Swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel Plug Adapter
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