Flavours of Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

21 Days
Bordeaux to Porto
From (AUD)
$ 17,315
Dates & Pricing

2023 Bordeaux > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BODO
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Bordeaux
Return City:
Porto

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bordeaux

    Welcome to Bordeaux. On arrival, your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bordeaux > Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise along the Garonne river into Cadillac.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, learn about Lillet, the refreshing French aperitif, during a visit to a renowned local producer. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample this delicious regional delicacy, or visit Roquetaillade Castle. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cadillac

    Freechoice

    Venture into the Sauternes region for a delicious wine tasting at the prestigious Château Rayne Vigneau. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Classé wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey.

    Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner created using regionally sourced truffles.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Cadillac > Libourne

    As you cruise to Libourne, your Cruise Director will host an enjoyable game of blind wine tasting, featuring wines produced in the region. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion. Explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church, before visiting the estate of Château de La Rivière for a cocktail and tasting experience. Sample regional delicacies such as soft creamy cheeses served with crunchy bread and fresh local charcuterie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Libourne > Pauillac

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne, or travel by coach through the Pomerol region, famed for its red wines, and visit one of its acclaimed estates for a wine tasting. Alternatively, take one of our on board e-bikes out for a cycle through the region, including a wine tasting, or discover the history of the renowned delicacy foie gras, during a farm visit in Bergerac.

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    Set in the spectacular surrounds of the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and tonight it is the venue for your unforgettable exclusive classical concert.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Pauillac

    Freechoice

    Travel the scenic Médoc wine route by coach and sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on site, or learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

    Back on board this afternoon, we’ve organised a Cheese of France experience. Taste the country’s celebrated cheeses, matched with bread and wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, see the sights by e-bike. Alternatively, stay on board for a food photography class and learn the tricks and techniques of taking incredible pictures of food.

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    During exclusive after hours access be welcomed with a glass of champagne as you visit Les Bassins de Lumières, Bordeaux’s former submarine base which has been transformed into an impressive digital art installation.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market, or stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. Alternatively, you can visit a local producer at Moon Harbour Whisky.

    Later, indulge in a tasting of fresh oysters with champagne, before your highlight dinner of seafood, sourced from the waters of Arcachon Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bourg

    Freechoice

    Spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its fine brandy and enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin. Alternatively, visit the Carriages Museum inside Bourg Castle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bourg > Blaye

    Freechoice

    Stroll through the charming city of Blaye, or take a more active walk through the Citadel. Alternatively, join a 30-kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road. Or, explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bordeaux > Porto

    Board an included flight from Bordeaux to Porto where you will be welcomed on board by the friendly crew of the Scenic Azure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios

    Freechoice

    Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building which started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. Instead, if you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective.

    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Entre-os-Rios

    Freechoice

    Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta da Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

    Later, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine growing region of the Douro Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Regua

    This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal-clear waters of the Varosa River.

    Freechoice

    Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the home of a local for a demonstration on how to bake delicious crusty bread in a traditional wood fire oven. Enjoy the opportunity to hear stories from the locals while sampling their home made produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Regua > Vega de Terron

    Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Vega de Terron

    Today you have the opportunity to cross the Spanish border.

    Freechoice

    Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing.  From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as the economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before free time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Portuguese village, Freixo de Espada à Cinta for a guided tour and visit to their silk museum. Freixo de Espada à Cinta is the only municipality where handcrafted silk is still processed entirely by hand. After exploring the beautiful village, a local will welcome you into their home for a hearty and authentic lunch.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Pocinho > Pinhão

    Freechoice

    Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop, or if you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

    Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Pinhão

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    Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets with locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery. This is a specially choreographed experience exclusive to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada before joining a local family at their home for a home hosted lunch.

    Freechoice

    Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to a local estate for a tasting of their famous export, or if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a tasting among the vines.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Pinhão > Porto

    Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

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    The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The façade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Porto

    Freechoice

    Step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colourful city. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses, or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of Porto’s most renowned port wine aging cellars.

    You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon, or simply make the most of the remainder of your time on board Scenic Azure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Porto

    Your cruise concludes after breakfast as you’re transferred to Porto airport. Your time in Portugal’s Douro Valley may have come to an end, but you’ll leave with wonderful memories and newfound friends.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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