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Discover Bordeaux River Cruise

Discover Bordeaux River Cruise

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Discover the enchanting medieval villages of the Bordeaux region whilst cruising along the river, wine glass in hand, camera at the ready for capturing the beautiful scenery. Cruise down the Garonne to the Gironde as far as Pauillac. Discover the wine growing region of Medoc, a corner of France that produces the most prodigious red wines in the world and enjoy wine tasting as you travel along the famous Chateaux Route. Visit Blaye, take a trip along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and see the old traditional fishing huts on stilts. Taste the local figs in the market centre at Blaye, enjoy a guided tour of the citadel at Blaye. Cruise to Libourne and enjoy a guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint Emilion village and visit a family owned wine growing estate. Finally enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognised for its exceptional architectural heritage. We sail overnight to and from Zeebrugge with P&O Hull Ferries and stop overnight on the outskirts of Paris in both directions.

 

MS Princess d’Aquitaine

The Princesse d’Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. She is a friendly and comfortable vessel with 69 cabins which are located over two decks. In addition to the two cabin decks, there is also a spacious Sun Deck. Onboard facilities include a delightful restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar which is a lovely place to relax after a day of exploration or whilst cruising. There is also a large sun deck with ample furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather and passing scenery. There is a small gift shop onboard and Wi-Fi is available free of charge although service may be intermittent and cannot always be guaranteed.

The cabins measure 12 to 13 sqm and feature twin beds which can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) or separated. All cabins are equipped with private en-suite facilities, satellite television, hairdryer, safe, radio, individually controlled air conditioning and heating and telephone (for internal calls only). In addition, all cabins feature windows which can be opened.

The ship does not have any disabled cabins

 

Your holiday includes: -

  • Door to Door pick up service

  • Elite coach Travel

  • Overnight sailing from Hull to Zeebrugge and back with evening meal and breakfast

  • One hour cruise on the River Seine

  • Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast the Mercure Parc du Coudray Paris in both directions

  • 5 nights on board MS Princess d’Aquitaine with 3 course dinner, continental breakfast & 3 course lunch each day

  • Drinks including beer, wine, spirits, bottled water, soft drinks & tea or coffee.

  • On board entertainment on 4 evenings

  • 4 course Gala dinner one evening

  • Guided wine tasting tour in Pauillac

  • Guide tour of the citadel at Blaye

  • Guided tour of the underground monuments at Saint-Emilion & visit to a wine growing estate with wine tasting.

  • 2 hour guided tour of Bordeaux

 

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Day 1

Overnight sailing to Zeebrugge

Day 2

We travel towards our overnight stop on the outskirts of Paris. We spend the afternoon in Paris and enjoy a one hour cruise on the River Seine before we arrive at the hotel.

Day 3

We make our way to Bordeaux arriving at the MS Princess d'Aquitaine at 18.00. After settling in to our cabins, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew and following dinner have a relaxing evening at leisure.

Day 4

We begin our cruise early in the morning, cruising down the Garonne to the Gironde, passing alongside the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac. After enjoying lunch, we will discover the wine-growing region of Medoc, a corner of France that produces the most prestigious red wines in the world, thanks to its mild, humid microclimate. We will journey past most of the Medoc wine areas (Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc). On this famous Châteaux Route, we will stop to taste the famous wines of the region, visiting major vineyards such as Châteaux Laffitte-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. We return to the boat at the end of the afternoon where we can enjoy an evening of on-board entertainment.

Day 5

Today, we again begin to cruise early in the morning heading for Blaye, known for its 17th century citadel built by Vauban to protect the city of Bordeaux. We will leave our ship for a journey along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie where we will see the old, traditional fishing huts on stilts and the remarkable limestone cliffs. We will also stop in Bourg to take in the impressive views and walk to the market centre where we will be able to taste the local figs. After we return to Blaye, we will have a guided tour of the citadel, which includes the monastery and several army barracks. We will finish our tour with a tasting of the famous Blaye "praslines" before we return on board to enjoy an evening of dancing after dinner.

Day 6

Today we will cruise to Libourne. Upon arrival, we will make our way to Saint-Emilion. We will have a guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village, where our guide will tell us all about the history of this medieval town. We will then visit the impressive monolithic church which is hewn entirely in limestone and the largest of its kind in Europe before departing for a visit to a family-owned wine-growing estate in Saint-Emilion. We will be welcomed by the owner, who will explain the stages of the wine-making process. A tutored wine-tasting session will complete the visit. We head back to our ship for our festive gala evening and dinner!

Day 7

We cruise to Bordeaux this morning, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its exceptional architectural heritage. We will enjoy a comprehensive tour of the city, taking in all the main monuments, followed by a walking tour of old Bordeaux. From the wide avenues of the neo-classical Les Quinconces quarter and the Grand Theatre to the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre quarter, the tour will provide us with the story of Bordeaux's heritage. We return to our ship, where tonight's entertainment will be provided by the crew.

Day 8

We disembark from the ship after breakfast and head back towards Paris, staying overnight once again at Coudray

Day 9

We make our way to Zeebrugge for the overnight sailing back to Hull

Day 10

We leave the ferry and rejoin the coach for the jopurney back to Beverley and then return home on a Door to Door vehiocle.

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***TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, CLICK ON THE "BOOK NOW" TAB & THEN ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON***

MS Princess d’Aquitaine

 

The Princesse d’Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. She is a friendly and comfortable vessel with 69 cabins which are located over two decks. In addition to the two cabin decks, there is also a spacious Sun Deck. Onboard facilities include a delightful restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar which is a lovely place to relax after a day of exploration or whilst cruising. There is also a large sun deck with ample furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather and passing scenery. There is a small gift shop onboard and Wi-Fi is available free of charge although service may be intermittent and cannot always be guaranteed.

The cabins measure 12 to 13 sqm and feature twin beds which can be configured in the continental style (pushed together) or separated. All cabins are equipped with private en-suite facilities, satellite television, hairdryer, safe, radio, individually controlled air conditioning and heating and telephone (for internal calls only). In addition, all cabins feature windows which can be opened.

The ship does not have any disabled cabins

 

 

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