BORDEAUX AFFAIR WITH PARIS11 days & 10 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, Medoc, Pauillac & Cadillac
French river cruising has never been more elegant and refined than on a cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux region. With centuries-old winemaking traditions, exquisite architectural treasures and postcard worthy scenery, this cruise is the perfect introduction to a spectacular region. Begin your journey in beautiful Paris where you can explore the architecture, culture and history of the 'city of light' before commencing your wonderful cruise through Bordeaux. Discover catacombs, sample Grand Cru Class wine, feast in the remarkable Chateau Giscours, get lost in the wonder of medieval villages or simply relax on board your luxury Space-Ship, content in the knowledge that there is sure to be yet another wondrous experience waiting to greet you at the next port.
Day 1Welcome to Paris
Celebrate the start of your France holiday at your luxurious hotel, the Marriott Opera Ambassador, at this evening's welcome reception.Marriott Opera Ambassador - 3 Nights
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Paris, or visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum. Alternatively, join a guided walking tour with a Parisian.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in magnificent Paris.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B, D)
Freechoice Dining: Choose the world famous Lido for dinner, or ascend the Eiffel Tower and dine overlooking the Paris skyline.
Day 4Paris - Bordeaux
Travel in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your seven night cruise.Scenic Diamond - 7 Nights (B, D)
Day 5Bordeaux - Saint-Emilion
Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise on the Dordogne River to Libourne. While cruising, perhaps opt to try your hand at a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. We'll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Emilion, and 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 with a glass at the exclusive estate of Chateau Siaurac.
Day 6Libourne - Pauillac
Awake to charming vistas over historic 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 exquisite 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.
Perhaps opt to join your on board culinary team for a cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire while you cruise.
Immerse yourself in the scenic Medoc wine region today. Spend time discovering why this region is highly regarded as the world's leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region's finest at the Chateau Grand-Larose estate, or take a bike 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 the ultimate in pleasure.
Day 8Pauillac - Cadillac
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as we spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac is renowned for being some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Partake in an exclusive cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board and soak in the scenery, the choice is yours. Enjoy fabulous local entertainers who'll perform live for your enjoyment on board 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 taste the Grand Cru Class wines of Chateau Myrat.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Join an exclusive culinary experience in Scenic Culinaire on board or tour Roquetaillade Castle. Founded by Charlemagne, this impressive historic site remains one of the region's most visited. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, where 11th century buildings now house modern shops linked by charming alleyways. Or perhaps enjoy a 7 miles roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighboring village of Loupiac for expansive panoramas of the surrounding landscape.
Today we'll discover the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux and the city's idyllic boulevards and architecture.Scenic Diamond (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market before cooking up a storm at your exclusive cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux, passing the Royal Gate, the Palais Rohan and through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Bordeaux before a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies. In the Panorama Lounge after dinner, you can kick up your heels when a fabulous local soloist performs live for your listening pleasure.
Disembark and transfer after breakfast to Bordeaux airport or Bordeaux train station, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.(B)