BREATHTAKING BORDEAUX12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Paris, Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Libourne, Pauillac, Medoc, Cadillac, Arcachon, Cognac & Blaye
The name Bordeaux has always evoked impressions of quiet sensual pleasure, where the civilized and the natural coexist in easy harmony, and wine lovers are free to engage their favorite pastime - savoring the world's finest wines. In fact, the reality of Bordeaux is not that different from the romantic impression most people have of it. From extraordinary landscapes dotted with picturesque lavender fields and ageless vineyards, to elegant chateaux and churches that have been around for longer than most of the new world, to delicious fare prepared with a finesse characteristic of the French, your stay in Bordeaux will touch all your senses. Included is a visit to Grand Cru Class wine estates to sample this classic brandy. You'll find that beautiful Bordeaux is everything you imagined it to be, and more.
Day 1Bon Voyage
The 'city of light' is your host this evening, so kick off your holiday with a delightful welcome reception at the luxurious Scribe Hotel or similar in Paris's popular Opera District.Scribe Hotel or similar
Day 2Paris - Bordeaux
Traverse the World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France's celebrated southwestern pocket.Scenic Diamond - 10 Nights (B, D)
Day 3Bordeaux - Saint-Emilion
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You'll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Emilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You'll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church - a true trip highlight.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Chateau Siaurac. The vines glow red and gold at sunset, and with a glass of the estate's vintage in hand while a local guitarist provides an acoustic soundtrack, it really is hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region.
Day 4Libourne - Pauillac
Awake in charming Libourne.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-house and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Chateau Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.
After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac. Enjoy an evening of fabulous local entertainment on board tonight.
Travel the scenic Medoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world's leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region's finest at the Chateau Grand-Larose estate, or cycle to Chateau Lagrange, featured on Napolean III's 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
The spectacular Medoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic chateaux but none more opulent than Chateau Giscours. You'll be escorted to the charming 18th century Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate to enjoy unforgettable four-course dining with Grand Cru Class wines and live musicians performing classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening.
Day 6Pauillac - Cadillac
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to supplement your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. The ship comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment this evening.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Chateau Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Chateau Myrat for a tasting.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Remain on board and join a French cuisine master class in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne. It is one of the regions most impressive historic sites and you'll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 7.5 miles roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighboring village of Loupiac.
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, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you'll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening.
Day 9Arcachon - Bourg
Situated on the northern tip of Europe's longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France's western coastline.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: For those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, explore Le Teich Bird Reserve, home to over 250 bird species. Or climb Europe's largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. You may choose instead to join a walking tour of Arcachon including the local Baltard market.
In the afternoon, cruise leisurely into Bourg and, in the evening, enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Remy Martin.
This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.
Day 11Blaye - Bordeaux
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 18 miles roundtrip cycle along the Captain's Road which is so named in honor of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.
You'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux.
Dine in style at the Captain's farewell dinner on board this evening.
Disembark after breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey. Then transfer to Bordeaux airport or Bordeaux train station.(B)