Bordeaux ~ Cadillac/Sauternes ~ Blaye/Medoc ~ Libourne/St Emilion

If idyllic countryside, steeped in fascinating history, rich in gastronomy and offering some of the world’s best wine appeals, then a Bordeaux River Cruise should be top of your list.

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Typical Bordeaux Cruise Itineraries

Bordeaux, the capital of New Aquitaine in southwest France, sits on the Garonne River, and all cruises begin and end at its quaysides. Effortlessly elegant and cosmopolitan, Bordeaux sets the scene for the days to come. With magnificent neoclassical buildings, a vibrant riverfront and exceptional dining and shopping, it’s a city in which to immerse oneself.

Beyond the enchanting attractions of Bordeaux, you will discover that river cruises in this fertile region take you to some of the finest wine ports and châteaux in France. Cruising Bordeaux’s stunning Gironde Estuary, and the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, you will discover places that hold legendary status in the wine world, from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, to Sauternes and Médoc – tasting some of the world’s finest wines and sampling the best regional produce on the way.

Blaye is the nearest port to Cognac, although the vineyards here on the right bank of the Gironde also produce fabulous wine too. Wandering around its 17th century citadel, however, you will quickly find this is a fabulous destination in its own right.

A visit to the small town of Libourne and its bustling, foodie market will give you a real taste of authentic French life. Libourne is also the gateway to Saint-Émilion, where you won’t fail to be enchanted by 12th century churches, ancient catacombs and simply superb wine. Some say Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is even more beautiful than Bordeaux, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

Cadillac is a picturesque fortified town dating back to 1280, but the star attraction is the majestic 17th century château that epitomises aristocratic life of the time. Wine lovers too will be delighted with an excursion to the vineyards of Sauternes and the chance to sample this legendary dessert wine.

Some Bordeaux to Bordeaux cruises also visit the beautifully sheltered Arcachon Bay, renowned for its oyster farming, where a trip to the surrounding fishing villages to eat just-caught oysters is one that will not be forgotten.

So, whether you are truffle hunting, cognac blending, wine tasting or simply sitting back enjoying superb food and beautiful Aquitaine countryside, a cruise from Bordeaux is something you are sure to savour for a long time to come.

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