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Gems of the Seine & Bordeaux Affair

See what sets France apart when it comes to refined culture and delectable cuisine on a luxurious 18 day journey from Paris to the wine region Bordeaux.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 13,830
  • 2019 Paris > Bordeaux

    La belle France

    France seduces with art and architecture, iconic landmarks and dramatic landscapes. Whether man-made or created by nature, the beauty of France will make you want to come back for more.

    From the Eiffel Tower, one of the most iconic structures in the world, and countless charming châteaux to the white cliffs of the Alabaster Coast at Étretat and Monet’s garden at Giverny, wonder awaits around every bend along the Seine. Continue to Bordeaux and delight in quaint villages, the scenic Médoc wine region and discover the city of Bordeaux’s idyllic boulevards and architecture.

    Tour Code:

    SEBR

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Bordeaux

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bienvenue to Paris
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Les Andelys
      Highlights:
      Cider and beauty

      Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

      Freechoice

      Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle. Sample cider, the region’s specialty, after touring this exquisite example of 17th century architecture. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Joan of Arc sites

      Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an on board lecture from a local expert.

      This evening a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Somme battlefields
      Freechoice

      Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre, and the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Manoir d’Apreval

      Relax on board as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

      Freechoice

      Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

      Sundowners

      The estate of Manoir d’Apreval exclusively welcomes Scenic guests for a cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name and let your eyes soak up the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance.

      Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Normandy D-Day Beaches
      Freechoice

      Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. While there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, with steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
      Highlights:
      Benedictine Palace, Fécamp
      Freechoice

      Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting the Normandy Traditions Museum nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Vernon
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Château de La Roche-Guyon

      In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

      Freechoice

      Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon.

      You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

      Enrich

      Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this special experience for a long time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Conflans > Paris
      Highlights:
      Chantilly Castle

      Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

      Freechoice

      Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.

      After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras at the ready.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

      It’s your choice today to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.

      With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Paris > Bordeaux

      Travel in style aboard the TGV rail to Bordeaux. On arrival, your friendly crew will welcome you aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your seven night cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

      Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise on the Dordogne River to Libourne. While cruising, perhaps try your hand at a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. 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 2000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the estate of Château de la Rivière. Surrounded by the vines, mingle with newfound friends, explore the spectacular property or discover the artistic heritage of this region and admire a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on the estate.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Libourne
      Freechoice

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

      Cruise the tranquil waters of the Dordogne River before you glide across the wide expanse of the mighty Gironde Estuary bound for Blaye. This afternoon perhaps join your on board culinary team for a cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Blaye

      Discover the remarkable Blaye region today.

      Freechoice

      Stroll through the Citadel of Blaye or take an active walk through the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a masterclass in Scenic Culinaire or relax as we cruise to Pauillac.

      Enrich

      Set in the spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable classical concert this evening. Soak in the ambience while live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Médoc
      Freechoice

      This morning, immerse yourself in the scenic Médoc wine region and discover why it is regarded as the world’s leading red wine producer, then sample the region’s finest at Château Gruaud-Larose estate. Or, cycle throughout this beautiful region stopping along the way for a wine tasting.

      Freechoice

      This afternoon discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle, including a walk through the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively visit Serisier Estate, constructed in the early 16th century, and learn the fascinating history of the estate while sampling some of the extraordinary wines produced on site.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Cadillac
      Freechoice

      Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines of Château Myrat. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Cadillac including a visit to Château de Cadillac,
      a truly beautiful château that dates back to the 15th century.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Bordeaux

      Today, discover the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux with its idyllic boulevards and architecture.

      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef at a local food market before cooking up a storm during your exclusive cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux, passing the Royal Gate, the Palais Rohan and through public gardens back to the luxury of your 5-star floating hotel.

      Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Bordeaux before a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Bordeaux

      Disembark and transfer after breakfast to Bordeaux airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Scenic Culinaire available on board in Bordeaux
    • Your choice of 37 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 49 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
    • Butler service for all guests
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • All tipping and gratuities