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Day 1 — Bordeaux, France

Fly to Bordeaux. We meet you at the airport and take you to your ship.* The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore Bordeaux on your own. Second only to Paris in French historic monuments, Bordeaux’s thoughtfully preserved 18th-century urban areas make it a desirable film location, and its graceful port on the Garonne River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While its monuments are beautiful during the day, they are stunning at night. (D)

Day 2 — Bordeaux, France

Tour the city center this morning and see some of Bordeaux’s highlights, including the Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe; the neoclassical Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux; and several spectacular churches. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the city’s vibrant pedestrian area. Later this afternoon, we sail upstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle that gave its name to the American car brand. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 — Cadillac (Sauternes), France

Begin your day with a walking tour of Cadillac and then head across the river for your excursion to Sauternes. View picturesque landscapes where vineyards blanket the countryside hills and visit a château to learn how their prized wines are made. Enjoy a tasting before returning to your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Libourne France

Day 4 — Libourne, France

Disembark this morning for a leisurely stroll to Libourne’s picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century; or take part in one of two optional excursions: an exploration of the Bergerac area in the Dordogne to learn more about truffles, a great French delicacy; or a wine tasting, at a nearby château, of some local vintages from the Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations. Later this afternoon, take a tour to Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you see the town’s superb medieval lanes and delightful views of the surrounding vineyards from the upper town. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the town’s streets and shops. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Blaye, France

Day 5 — Bourg & Blaye, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Bourg as you take a stroll through the historic village. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac, the birthplace of one of the world’s best-known types of brandy. Here, you take a tour of the Camus family business, one of the most tradition-steeped Cognac houses in the area, and try your hand at blending. During lunch, your ship sets sail for Blaye. This afternoon, take a guided tour of the extraordinary 17th-century citadel, dramatically set on a rock beside the river. The citadel of Blaye, its city walls and two other forts are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 — Medoc & Margaux Wine Country, France

Cussac-Fort-Médoc is a gateway to the Médoc wine country, home to the famed wine-growing villages of Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien. Collectively, they produce some of the world’s most prestigious wines with four of the five Premier cru classé hailing from the Médoc region; Château Margaux, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. In addition, there are 60 Grand cru classé vineyards and many more incredible wineries, each offering insight into their rich winemaking heritage that has been passed on for generations.


Bordeaux, France

Day 7 — Bordeaux, France

Enjoy a final morning of cruising as we make our way back to Bordeaux. You have the afternoon at leisure, giving you more time to appreciate the well-preserved architecture of Jacques Ange Gabriel and son, and to taste the city’s cuisine and wine appellations. Perhaps pick up a few bottles to take home with you. Alternatively, you may choose from a number of optional excursions. Take a full-day tour to Arcachon, a commune on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a boat ride along the estuary to Cap Ferret, and taste the oysters, a local delicacy. Perhaps learn how wine barrels are made and enjoy the vintage aged within them on an insightful excursion. Or, participate in a market visit with the Viking Chef to see where the local chefs of Bordeaux find their fruit, vegetables, meats and fish. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 — Bordeaux, France

After a final onboard breakfast, disembark, and you are on your way to the airport for your flight home.
* Or, extend your journey with three nights in Paris. (Breakfast)

 

 

 


What Pairs Best With Red?
A Viking Riverboat Cruise Thru France!

It is the capital of the European wine country and practically a holy site for oenophiles! Get ready to cruise the network of rivers and centuries-old canals! France’s fabled wine-producing territory is practically tailor-made for pleasure cruising. Life unfolds at a different pace in this pastoral part of the world, and nowhere is that more obvious than from the deck of a Viking Riverboat that doubles as your floating hotel.

Viking Riverboat Cruise
Longship Forseti

$3219.00 ~ Per Person
(Standard Room)
Sails March 23rd, 2023
Roundtrip Airfare & All Transfers
Plus:
7 Guided Tours With Audio Headset
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners
Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Captain’s Farewell Dinner
Complimentary Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks Onboard
(dinner and lunch only)


Culture Curriculum:
Enjoy a wide sampling of Bordeaux wines,
Participate in Classes From A Master Sommelier
Learn ‘How to say it in French,’
And How To Pair The Perfect Wine With Every Meal

Add Tax $259.00*

*Priced per person
This Price may not be available for your dates of travel
Hurry! There are limited cabins available on this sailing

 

Click this link or the pic for a complete itinerary

Explore Bordeaux like never before! Saint-Émilion, Libourne, Bourg, Blaye, Margaux (& Medoc), Bordeaux, and Cadillac are but a handful of the appellations that make Bordeaux wines world-famous. At the heart of this legendary region, the city of Bordeaux invites you to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafés, and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne, and Gironde Rivers.


Click this link or the pic for a tour of the Longboat Forseti

Discover the ports, vineyards, farms, and forests of Aquitaine, once Europe’s richest kingdom. See Bordeaux’s fountains and cellars. Hunt for truffles in Périgord, and create your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Savor France’s finest oysters, fresh from the bay at Arcachon. Sip Saint-Émilion, Médoc, and Sauternes in their own ”terroir” on an 8-day cruise through Bordeaux—a region synonymous with fine wine and finer living.


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