- Historic Bordeaux
- Pauillac and the Chateaux du Medoc
- Corniche and guided tour of Bourg
- Guided tour of Saint-Emilion and wine-tasting
- River Dordogne and Libourne
- River Garonne and Cadillac (not 4 or 5-night cruises)
- Arcachon Bay (7-night cruise)
This is a cultural cruise through the largest AOC Appellation d’Origine Controlee area in the world to discover Pauillac, the Medoc, Blaye, Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux itself.
This cruise starts in the historic city of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the heart of the wine-producing region of south-west France. Embark the ship in the early evening, meet the crew and settle in to an evening of fine dining and entertainment.
Next day, breakfast is taken whist gently cruising the Garonne downstream to Pauillac, past Cazeau and Patiras islands, taking in the scenery. After lunch on board, you can choose to explore Pauillac or take an optional coach excursion to the red-wine production area of the Medoc and the châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. The ship moors for the night in Pauillac.
Intermediate days’ itineraries vary according to cruise length. All include continuing along the Gironde a short distance upstream to Blaye on the east bank. Here you can see the citadel and fortress and take the optional coach excursion along the Corniche, or cliff path alongside the Dordogne river, to the Gironde estuary. There’s a stop in the medieval village of Bourg before returning to Blaye.
All cruises also include sailing up the River Dordogne to Libourne, with an optional excursion to the medieval village of Saint-Emilion and a guided visit of the underground monuments and catacombs. Then, visit a family-run vineyard for a fascinating tour of the production process and a delicious wine-tasting.
Six- and seven- night cruises include sailing through Bordeaux and under the famous Pont Pierre bridge to go upstream along the River Garonne to the Bastide town of Cadillac, with an optional visit to the magnificent Chateau Roquetaillade, built in the 12th and 14th centuries.
The last cruising day features breakfast and lunch on board as the Princesse d’Aquitaine makes her way back to Bordeaux, arriving mid-afternoon in time for a guided tour of this historic city and World Heritage Site.
The seven-night option follows the last cruising day with a day’s excursion to the Bay of Arcachon, including a visit to Europe’s highest sand dune (fantastic panoramic view at the summit), a boat trip around the bay itself, a visit to Cap Ferret – and plenty of famed oyster tasting.
All cruises end after breakfast on board in Bordeaux.
- For navigational reasons and passenger safety, the operating company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.
- This cruise is subject to tidal influences and arrivals times at the ports of call may be modified.
The Cruise Includes
- The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day
- The drinks included in our price are the water, the wine, the beer, the fruit juices and one coffee served during the meals on board only
- Accommodation in a double air conditioned cabin with shower and WC
- Entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening
- Port taxes and local taxes
The Cruise Excludes
- Optional excursions and tours
(please ask about pre-booking optional packages)
- Drinks served in the bar, those on the wine list and the drinks at meals served during excursions or transfers
- Personal expenses
- Flights and transfers