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Bordeaux Affair with Madrid

France and Spain come alive on this 12 day journey through many iconic locations. From Paris to Madrid, delight in the wonders these regions have to offer.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,670
  • 2017 Paris > Madrid

    Vive la Bordeaux

    French river cruising has never been more elegant and refined than on a cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux region. With centuries-old winemaking traditions, exquisite architectural treasures and postcard worthy scenery, this cruise is the perfect introduction to a spectacular region.

    Begin your journey in beautiful Paris, the ‘city of light’, before commencing your wonderful cruise through Bordeaux. Discover catacombs, sample Grand Cru Class wine, feast in the remarkable Château Giscours, get lost in the wonder of medieval villages or simply relax on board your luxury Space-Ship, content in the knowledge that there is sure to be yet another wondrous experience waiting to greet you at the next port. You’ll find no shortage of variety or surprise on your wonderful sojourn in the south, where you’ll be travelling through picture perfect French villages one day, and marvelling at Madrid’s Prado Museum or Royal Palace the next. If you’re looking for an experience that balances the delightful with the exotic, this may well be the itinerary for you.

    Tour Code:

    PBRM

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Madrid

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Paris
      Highlights:
      City of light

      The ‘city of light’ is your host this evening, so kick off your holiday with a delightful welcome reception at your luxurious hotel in Paris’s popular Opera District.

    • Day 2 - Paris > Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Welcome Reception

      Traverse the World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Château Siaurac

      Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.

      Sundowners
      Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. Boasting a glorious château and garden that has been recognised as a national heritage site in France due to the significance of the estate’s architectural and cultural heritage, the sheer tranquillity of this picturesque property is captivating. The vines glow red and gold at sunset, and with a glass of the estate’s vintage in hand whilst a local guitarist provides an acoustic soundtrack, it really is hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Libourne > Pauillac
      Highlights:
      Foie Gras in Bergerac

      Awake in charming Libourne.

      Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-house and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

      After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac. Enjoy an evening of fabulous local entertainment on board tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Médoc
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner and concert at Château Giscours

      Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.

      Enrich
      The spectacular Médoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic châteaux but none more opulent than Château Giscours. You’ll be escorted to the charming 18th century Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate to enjoy unforgettable four-course dining with Grand Cru Class wines and live musicians performing classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Pauillac > Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to implement your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. This remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Roquetaillade Castle

      Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

      Freechoice: Remain on board and join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighbouring village of Loupiac.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Shop with a Chef

      Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.

      A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you’ll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Arcachon > Bourg
      Highlights:
      Arcachon Bay and surrounds

      Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

      Freechoice: For those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, explore Le Teich Bird Reserve, home to over 250 bird species. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. You may choose instead to join a walking tour of Arcachon including the local Baltard market.

      In the afternoon, cruise leisurely into Bourg and, in the evening, enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Madrid’s Royal Palace

      This morning, enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter and the Sabatini Gardens.

      Freechoice

      This afternoon, choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the marvellous 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.

      Later, enjoy all that the Spanish cuisine has to offer at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Magnificent Madrid

      Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the city’s fashionable boutiques, relax in one of Madrid’s many manicured gardens, or explore the surrounding area.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast, with truly fabulous memories intact, and transfer to Madrid Airport for your flight home.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 1 exclusive Enrich experience
    • Your choice of 12 Freechoice activities and dining
    • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
    • 25 meals – 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners