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Iconic France with Madrid

Relish the living legends of Paris, Bordeaux and Madrid on this 19 day experience. A glass of Champagne with a side of culture - what could be better?

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,585
  • 2017 Paris > Madrid

    Champagne tastes

    Paris, Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Madrid. These names conjure up images of stunning landscapes, iconic architecture and a way of life so perfect you wish they could bottle it.

    In fact, on this journey, they have. After relishing the wonders of Paris, you’ll have the chance to explore regions across France famous for Champagne and wine. You’ll drink in the scenery of the Loire Valley, some of the prettiest in the world, before arriving in spectacular Bordeaux. Home to some of the world’s finest cuisine and a haven for those who enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll love every moment of your luxury cruise along the Bordeaux waterways. After being treated to the elegance of France, we’ll introduce you to the vibrance of Madrid, one of Spain’s most iconic cities. Soak up the culture, discover the history and sample the sensational gastronomy.

    Tour Code:

    CBOM

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Madrid

  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Bonjour. Welcome to Paris where you’ll be met upon arrival at Paris Airport and transferred directly to your hotel. Celebrate the start of your France holiday at your luxurious hotel in Paris’s glamorous Opera District this evening.

    • Day 2 - Paris > Champagne
      Highlights:
      Palace of Fontainebleau

      Enjoy a lovely morning in Paris before heading south from the city to Fontainebleau for an included tour of the Palace of Fontainebleau. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Vinay in the heart of the picturesque landscape of France’s famous Champagne region. Situated in the heart of a superb three hectare estate is your luxury hotel home for the following two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Champagne
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner within Mumm Champagne Cave

      A bubbly day awaits in the town of Reims, where some of the best Champagnes in the world are produced. A highlight of your included tour will be a visit to the famous Taittinger Champagne house, where you’ll sample local vintages.

      Enrich

      The world famous Champagne region is as famous as it is picturesque. Tantalise your taste buds with an exclusive four-course dining experience whilst savouring matching vintages at the acclaimed Mumm Champagne Cave.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Champagne > Loire Valley
      Highlights:
      Charming Blois

      Tour the capital of the Champagne region this morning, the delightful city of Troyes. Continue your journey toward the Loire Valley, an enchanted land of vineyards and rolling green hills decorated with historic palatial châteaux. See the charming Château de Blois on your orientation tour of the town by the same name before arriving at your luxurious hotel in the World Heritage-listed Loire Valley.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Loire Valley
      Highlights:
      Château de Chenonceau

      Visit the stunning Château de Chenonceau today. A magnificent 16th century estate overlooking the River Cher that boasts impeccably manicured gardens and an equally arresting history. Your Loire Valley discovery continues in the delightful town of Amboise where you’ll see the great Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb, and enjoy time at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Loire Valley > Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      TGV Train

      Traverse the World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. After a leisurely morning you’ll board the ultra-fast TGV rail for your journey to Bordeaux. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to the opulent Scenic Diamond for your ten night cruise along France’s Bordeaux waterways.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - Cognac
      Highlights:
      Tasting at Rémy-Martin property

      Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

      Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

      This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Blaye > Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Cycle the Captain’s Road

      Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

      Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captain’s who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

      You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux.
      Dine in style at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Bordeaux > Madrid
      Highlights:
      Two countries in one day

      Disembark and fly from Bordeaux to Madrid where you’ll spend three nights at your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 20 Freechoice activities
    • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
    • 42 meals – 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 15 dinners