Iberian Splendours with Beautiful Bordeaux

25 Days
Madrid to Bordeaux
From (AUD)
$ 17,575
Dates & Pricing

2020 Madrid > Bordeaux

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SBOD
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Madrid
Return City:
Bordeaux

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Madrid

    Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Upon arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel.

  2. Day 2 - Madrid

    Enjoy a morning tour of Madrid, taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the ‘Austrian’ Quarter, and the 18th century Royal Palace.

    Try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop or, if you love the beautiful game, visit the Bernabeu Football Stadium.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Madrid > Salamanca

    This morning visit the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. Then, continue to Segovia where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour seeing the famous Roman aqueduct along the way. After some free time to explore continue to Salamanca.

  4. Day 4 - Salamanca > Porto

    This morning let your expert local guide show you the beautiful university city of Salamanca. During your guided tour see the imposing cathedral as well as the 15th century House of Shells. Afterwards cross the border into Portugal and continue to Porto, the city that lays at the beginning of the picturesque Douro Valley. Tour the city seeing the ornately decorated Palacio do Bolsa and Sao Francisco Church before taking a Rabelo boat cruise and seeing the city from a different perspective.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Porto > Lisbon

    This morning visit the historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia and sample some of the Porto this region is renowned for. Enroute to Lisbon visit the seaside village of Nazaré.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Lisbon

    Enjoy a tour of Lisbon this morning before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery and a tasting of the famous Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in Cascais before a leisurely afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Lisbon > Seville

    This morning bid farewell to Portugal and return to Spain. Tonight enjoy a delicious Spanish style dinner with Flamenco show in one of Seville’s finest locations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Seville

    Your exploration of Andalucia’s capital city, Seville starts this morning with a guided tour showcasing sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Seville > Ronda

    Journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you’ll sample some of the world’s finest sherries, with a heritage dating back to 1877.

    This afternoon continue to Ronda where you will see the city on a walking tour including the Bullring and the Casa don Bosco, the modern Palace with magnificent views across the El Tajo gorge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ronda > Córdoba

    Transfer from Ronda to Córdoba today. On arrival your local guide will show you all this city has to offer, including the Jewish quarter, the Aljama Mosque and Synagogue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Córdoba > Granada

    From Córdoba, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon you’ll arrive at the captivating Hotel Alhambra Palace in Granada. A special treat awaits as you dine within Andalucia’s largest bullring, while enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Granada > Valencia

    The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace, you will see this and much more during your guided city tour before taking a scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Cave District of Barrio de Santiago. Our final destination today is the city of Valencia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Valencia > Barcelona

    Your guided tour of Valencia this morning includes the City of Arts and Sciences and a visit of the Silk Exchange. After your tour continue to the Catalonian city of Barcelona. Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola makes for a fascinating visit along the way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of lively Barcelona, including Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the charms of this delightful seaside metropolis. Perhaps wander the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian precinct, or the seaside promenade.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Barcelona > Bordeaux

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

    Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a 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.

    Celebrate the 2,000-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

  17. Day 17 - Libourne > Pauillac

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses 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 a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

    During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Médoc

    Travel the scenic Médoc wine route 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. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a local château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

    Set in 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 evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Pauillac > Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Cadillac

    This morning, 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.

    This afternoon 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, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the village of Loupiac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Bordeaux

    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.

    Spend the 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 to round off a magical evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Arcachon > Bourg

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

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and take in the expansive panoramas. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a local tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. This afternoon, if you fancy something sweet, stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine-pairing event.

    Later, take a leisurely cruise into Bourg, perhaps join a masterclass in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Cognac

    Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

    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

  24. Day 24 - Blaye > Bordeaux

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

    Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk throughout the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

    Enjoy a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, bound for Bordeaux. Dine at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Bordeaux

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Train Station.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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