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8 Days Chateaux Rivers and Wine Tour France

8 Days Chateaux Rivers and Wine Tour France

  • Bordeaux - Cadillac - Libourne - Blaye - Bourg - Pauillac

Chateaux Rivers and Wine Holidays France

Saint-milion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Mdoc and Margaux are 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 cafs, and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac. During the cruise, you will 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. You will get a chance to visit three UNESCO world heritage sites.

Highlights

  • Wine pairing and tasting
  • Classes with a master sommelier
  • A wide sampling of Bordeaux wines
  • Visit three UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Guided tours with audio headset
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All-inclusive holiday
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Elegant, stylish, and exceptionally comfortable, the world's largest fleet of river cruise ships is also the most beautiful. And since Viking River Cruises operates all the vessels in their fleet, there is no detail that goes unnoticed. On board, you are greeted with an abundance of space with room to relax, fresh air to breathe and all the comforts of a fine hotel, one that is designed to blend seamlessly with the spectacular panorama of ever-changing views. You will cruise on Viking Longship Forseti.

Features:

  • 40 inch flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer suites, 7 Veranda suites, 39 Veranda staterooms, 22 French Balcony staterooms, 25 Standard staterooms).
  • All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Aquavit terrace with a revolutionary indoor / outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibration for a smoother ride
  • Elevator from middle to upper deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
  • Free ship wide wireless Internet service
  • Laundry service
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; and walking track
  • The lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors

Suites

Explorer suite

Exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river cruise fleet include the spacious Explorer suites - featuring separate sleeping and sitting quarters, a wrap-around veranda with 270 degrees views, a French balcony and modern amenities. Features:

  • Suite size: 445 square feet
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with shower, heated mirror and floor, premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in stateroom
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and View From the Bridge

French balcony stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 135 square feet
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and View From the Bridge

Standard stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 150 square feet
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Half-height picture window
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and View From the Bridge

Veranda stateroom

Boasting sweeping river views, the Veranda staterooms are comfortable and airy, with hotel-style beds, a private bathroom, roomy closets and storage space, and amenities like flat-panel TVs and premium bath products.

  • Stateroom size: 205 square feet
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and View From the Bridge

Veranda suite

  • Stateroom size: 135 square feet
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and View From the Bridge

Meals are scheduled around the days programs and activities. There is an early risers breakfast and a full breakfast buffet between 06:00 and 09:00. Lunch is served between 11:30 and 14:00, and dinner is served around 19:00 to 21:00. Meals are single seating with an open-seating format, so you can come in when they are ready and sit where you like.

Day 1 - Bordeaux

Fly to Bordeaux. Viking River Cruises will 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, Bordeauxs 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.Your ship remains docked overnight.

Day 2 - Bordeaux and Cadillac

Tour the city center this morning and see some of Bordeauxs highlights, including the Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe; the neoclassical Grand Thtre de Bordeaux; and several spectacular churches. Visit the Muse dAquitaine for a guided tour of the collections that highlight the regions triangular trade route and Bordeauxs position in it. Later this afternoon, you sail upstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle that gave its name to the American car brand.

Day 3 - Cadillac, Sauternes

Begin your day with a tour of Cadillac, and then head across the river for your excursion to Sauternes where you will learn how the areas sweet dessert wines are made, and taste some examples during your tour.

Day 4 - Libourne (Saint-Emilion)

Disembark this morning for a leisurely stroll to Libournes 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 chteau, of some local vintages from the Saint-milion and Pomerol appellations. Later, take a tour to Saint-milion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you see the towns superb medieval lanes and delightful views of the surrounding vineyards from the upper town. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the towns streets and shops.

Day 5 - Blaye and Bourg

Blaye boasts an extraordinary 17th-century citadel, dramatically set on a rock beside the river, incorporating the ruins of an ancient Gothic chteau that contains the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine. Legend has it that the Frankish hero Roland, who served Charlemagne, is also buried here. The citadel of Blaye, its city walls and two other forts are collectively listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a guided tour of the citadel, then enjoy some free time in Blaye.

Return aboard for lunch, and later take an afternoon stroll through the historic village of Bourg. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac, birthplace of one of the worlds best-known types of brandy. Here, you will tour the Camus family business, one of the most tradition-steeped Cognac houses in the area, and try your hand at blending.

Day 6 - Pauillac (Margaux)

You will sail downstream this morning, passing islands and gentle slopes, arriving in Pauillac in the early afternoon. Enjoy a wine country tour featuring several wine-tasting opportunities, including the areas famous full-flavored Margaux. Travel through the rolling vineyard-laced hills to dinner at a chteau, accompanied by the chteaus own wines.

Relax aboard your ship this evening, or explore Pauillacs marina and the Plaza Lafayette, where the Marquis de Lafayette set sail to the New World. Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Mdoc wine region, is home to Chteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, among others. Before returning to your ship, catch a glimpse of the le de Patiras lighthouse in the middle of the Gironde.

Day 7 - Bordeaux

Relax aboard your ship this morning as you make your 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 citys cuisine and wine appellations. Perhaps you would like to pick up a few bottles to take home with you. You wont want to miss the Place de la Bourse, with its mirror-like reflecting pool, impressive by day but absolutely stunning at night.

You also have the option of taking a full-day excursion to Arcachon, a commune on the Atlantic coast, to see the Victorian-era villas, walk on the boardwalk and taste the oysters, a local delicacy. Or, you have the option of participating in a market visit with the Viking River Cruises chef to see where the local chefs of Bordeaux find their fruit, vegetables, meats and fish.

Day 8 - Bordeaux

After a final onboard breakfast, disembark, and Viking River Cruises will take you to the airport for your flight home (the transfer is on request). Or, you can extend your journey with three nights in Paris.

  • Full-day excursion to Arcachon
  • Guided tour of Bordeaux including an excursion to the Muse dAquitaine
  • Guided tour of Cadillac including an excursion to Sauternes winery
  • Tour of Blaye and Bourg including an excursion to the citadel of Blaye
  • Tour of Libourne
  • Wine country tour in Pauillac

You will cruise along the Dordogne, Garonne, and Gironde rivers of Bordeaux region, France.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

For breakfast, choose from the selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit, and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entres and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course menu with regional specialties. You may also select from the regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary; it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

  • Enjoy an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac
  • Enroll in cooking classes while onboard
  • Explore the amazing cities of Bordeaux, Cadillac, Pauillac, and Libourne
  • Hands-on cooking demonstrations
  • Onboard multimedia talks like Dutch Masters or French impressionists, the wine and cuisine of southern France, and many others
  • Visit a market in Bordeaux
  • Watch traditional dance performances
  • Enjoy an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac
  • Enroll in cooking classes while onboard
  • Explore the amazing cities of Bordeaux, Cadillac, Pauillac, and Libourne
  • Hands-on cooking demonstrations
  • Onboard multimedia talks like Dutch Masters or French impressionists, the wine and cuisine of southern France, and many others
  • Visit a market in Bordeaux
  • Watch traditional dance performances

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD). Viking River Cruises will pick you up from the airport on request.