Oct 19 – Nov 01, 2018
Tour Status: Available
France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
Continue on with the "Taste of Bordeaux" Cruise. Start from Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine regions. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne. On this enchanting 7 night cruise, you will be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.
This tour is a small group departure and will go with a minimum of 10 passengers traveling.
- Airfare from major North America cities
- Airport transfers
- Land tour of France including tours and meals as outlined
- River Cruise in Bordeaux Region of France including meals and tours as outlined
- Escorted by Garth from Select Holidays
Day 1 - October 19, 2018 : (IFM)
Depart North America on an overnight flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
Day 2 - October 20, 2018 : (IFM/L/D)
Arrival into Paris, meet your English speaking guide and enjoy for lunch. This afternoon, tour this amazing city, visiting the Champs Elysées; Louvre; Notre Dame; Latin Quarter and more! Check into hotel for a 2-night stay. Diner included this evening.
Day 3 - October 21, 2018 : (B/L/D)
Enjoy a Parisian-style breakfast at the hotel the departure to Montmartre. for Walk on the cobblestone streets typical of this neighborhood alongside a guide, and discover the artisanal gastronomy of Montmartre. This delicious walking tour includes numerous tastings of authentic products such as dried sausages, raw milk cheese, croissant or artisan breads as well, visit the Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris and wander through beautifully narrow streets. This afternoon depart for Champagne for lunch and the opportunity to taste three of the champagnes from the region. Lunch and tasting is followed with a visit to the Champagne cooperative in Valle de la Marne. Travel back to Paris for dinner and an overnight stay. This evening enjoy the best views of the “City of Lights”, and discover the beauty of Parisian monuments illuminated at night and savour a dinner prepared onboard as you cruise on the Seine River.
Day 4 - October 22, 2018 : (B/L/D)
Following breakfast depart Paris for Versailles a short distance away and take a guided tour to the Versailles Palace. This is France's most famous and prestigious castle. The tour gives you a chance to see the unique Hall of Mirrors and visit the King and Queen’s apartments. Enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens. Following lunch, depart to the Loire Valley to visit the Clos Lucé Castle, Leonardo Da Vinci’s residence in the Loire Valley where he lived and worked for three years, until his death. Both the park and the castle are devoted to rebuilding the universe of Leonardo da Vinci and bringing it to life. Transfer to hotel for dinner and a 2-night stay.
Day 5 - October 23, 2018 : (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart for the Saumur region. This morning, visit a mushroom farm that are growing varieties of mushroom at 50 metres underground. In this region, there are numerous mushroom farms. Lunch in a traditional troglodyte restaurant based on typical local food and of course, mushroom. Visit the Cadre Noir de Saumur and go behind the scenes of this famous horse riding school. Discover the stables, saddlery, great carousel and also farrier. Travel back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 - October 24, 2018 : (B/L/D)
Today's visit will include a visit to the Château of Chenonceau. Located in the Centre Val de Loire region. It was once a royal residence. It is a truly exceptional site, both for its original idea of building it on the Cher River, and is second only to Versailles as the most visited château in France. Have lunch in Chenonceau. In the afternoon visit a local goat cheese production farm. The goat farm opens up onto the meadows of the hillside. The open air, pastures, a clear view of the Negron valley form the living environment of an upscale breeding. A guided tour of the farm and goat cheese tasting is accompanied by wine. Continue to Poitiers, France and check in your hotel in the city center. You will be able to enjoy a walk in the old part of Poitiers before or after dinner.
Day 7 - October 25, 2018 : (B/L/D)
Check-out of hotel and departure to Cognac. The city of Cognac, well known all over the world thanks to the Cognac drink, a grape-based spirit that has been made here for the past 300 years. Visit the great house of Cognac, Hennessy and have the chance to learn the history of the cognac, how it is made and enjoy a tasting or two. Have lunch in Cognac then departure for Bordeaux to board your luxurious 7-night river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening.
Day 8 - October 26, 2018: Bordeaux– Cadillac: (B/LD)
Sail to Cadillac to visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here.
Day 9 - October 27, 2018: Cadillac-Pauillac: (B/LD)
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the gateway to the famed Médoc region renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. See some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville.
Day 10 - October 28, 2018: Pauillac-Blaye: (B/LD)
Once in Blaye, join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. Visit a prehistoric cave, offering one of the best examples of art made by prehistoric man. During the afternoon, cruise to Bourg or join a bike tour along Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route, to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles and then explore the underground passageways that leads to the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors-d'oeuvres.
Day 11 - October 29, 2018: Blaye-Libourne: (B/LD)
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine region of Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved out of one piece of limestone rock, then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting. Prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting.
Day 12 - October 30, 2018: Libourne-Bordeaux: (B/LD)
Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting. Later in the day, visit Fronsac, to taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar; or if you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting.
Day 13 - October 31, 2018: Bordeaux: (B/LD)
The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” Experience the rich culture on a city tour followed by a visit to the Bordeaux Wine Museum. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths.
Day 14 - November 01, 2018: End of Cruise & Tour: (B/IFM)
Tour and cruise comes to an end as you transfer to airport to board your flight back to North America.