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Taste of Bordeaux

2 Nights in Bilbao, 2 Nights in San Sebastian, 7-Night Roundtrip Bordeaux Cruise, 2 Nights in the Loire Valley and 1 Night in Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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2021 & 2022 Departure Dates & Pricing

Bilbao to Paris - 14 days

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Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: BILBAO, SPAIN

Check into your hotel for the beginning of your Basque Country land program.

Day 2: BILBAO

Travel to the Basque town of Guernica, infamously bombed by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War – and the subject of one of Picasso’s most renowned paintings. Immerse yourself in culture and visit the open-air market where you’ll find a variety of local specialties, from cheese to peppers to fish. Later in the day, take an informative walking tour through Bilbao and learn how to order Basque tapas, known locally as pintxos, and revered for their small size and big taste. (B)

Day 3: BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN

Take a deep dive into the contemporary art within the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, a work of art itself. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum features a daring and innovative façade and showcases work by such artists as Andy Warhol, German artist Anselm Kiefer, and Basque masters Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. Later in the day, transfer to San Sebastián and check into your hotel. In the evening, take a stroll through Old Town, the second oldest neighborhood in the city, where distinctive architecture and pintxos bars beckon, made even more romantic by the evening light. (B)

Day 4: SAN SEBASTIAN

Discover the charms of the “City by the Bay of Biscay.” Known in the Basque language as Donostia, San Sebastián was once a prominent fishing village and was burned to the ground in 1813 after being occupied by Napoleonic troops. However, by 1887, after rebuilding, the city flourished as a popular tourist destination and spa resort. Later in the day, enjoy some free time in the city renowned for holding the second highest number of Michelin stars per square meter. (B)

Day 5: SAN SEBASTIAN – BORDEAUX, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bordeaux via the French Basque town of Bayonne. Later, embark the ship in Bordeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (B,D)

Day 6: BORDEAUX - LIBOURNE

Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic morning cruise. Later in the day, dock in Libourne, a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions. Join an excursion to Saint Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved out of one piece of limestone rock, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to Saint-Émilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine. (B,L,D)

Day 7: LIBOURNE - BLAYE

The Libourne wine region, including Saint Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac, is one of the major cradles of viticulture in the Bordeaux area, dating back to Gallo-Roman times. The first vines were planted in Fronsac two thousand years ago. In the 18th century, the wines of Fronsac enjoyed the best reputation in the Libourne region, selling for higher prices than their neighbors in Saint Émilion and Pomerol. Today, Fronsac includes several beautiful wine estates such as Château de la Dauphine, Château de la Rivière and Château Gaby. Here you will visit a cellar and taste local wines from one estate. (B,L,D)

Day 8: BLAYE – BOURG

Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival. Meet the local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labors as well as enjoy live French music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 9: PAUILLAC

After arriving in Cussac Fort Medoc, venture to Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary. This is a gateway to the famed Médoc region, renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. Alternately, you can visit Lynch Bages, a quaint wine estate and village, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive to Soulac-sur-Mer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France. (B,L,D)

Day 10: CADILLAC

Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years and travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. For those wishing to explore more of the history on the decadent castles, you can enjoy a visit to the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac castle. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 11: BORDEAUX

The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture on a city tour followed by a visit to the famed indoor Les Halles de Bacalan market for a tasting of local specialties to please the palate. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Depending on your interests, you have a choice from three excursions in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Alternately, be treated to a spectacular sound and light show, Les Bassins des Lumières. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky. (B,L,D)

Day 12: BORDEAX (DISEMBARKATION) – LOIRE VALLEY – AMBOISE

Disembark the ship and transfer to Tours for free time for lunch before arriving in the Loire Valley, where you will check in to your Amboise hotel. (B)

Day 13: AMBOISE

Visit three of the Loire Valley’s regal châteaux starting with the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This château has been referred to as the “Women’s Castle” since it is the only castle in the region that has been built, inhabited and saved by women during the Renaissance. Château du Clos Lucé was Leonardo da Vinci’s last home where he completed some of his most famous works under the patronage of the King of France. The Château d’Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance château built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (B)

Day 14: AMBOISE – PARIS

Check out of your Amboise hotel and, en route to Paris, visit two more majestic châteaux. While Château de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest château in the Loire Valley with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces. Next, either marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France at the famous Château de Blois where you'll discover the secrets of the French court, or enjoy free time. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)

Day 15: PARIS

Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Guided bicycle tours are capacity contolled.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Bilbao
Program Start Day

Cruise Embarkation Day (in Bordeaux)

Cat. E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Cat. D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. B - Middle Deck w/french balcony
Cat. A - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Cat. A+ Upper Deck w/french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Jul 25, 2021
Jul 29,2021
$6,899
$7,198
$7,898
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$10,398
Aug 1, 2021
Aug 5, 2021
$6,899
$7,198
$7,898
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$10,398
Aug 8, 2021
Aug 12, 2021
$6,899
$7,198
$7,898
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$10,398
Aug 15, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
$6,899
$7,198
$7,898
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$10,398
Aug 22, 2021
Aug 26, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Aug 29, 2021
Sep 2, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Sep 5, 2021
Sep 9, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Sep 12, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Sep 19, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Sep 26, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
$6,999
$7,298
$7,998
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$10,498
Oct 3, 2021
Oct 7, 2021
$6,899
$7,198
$7,898
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$10,398
Oct 10, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
$6,799
$7,098
$7,798
$8,098
$8,198
$9,198
$10,298
Oct 17, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
$6,699
$6,998
$7,698
$7,998
$8,098
$9,098
$10,198
Oct 24, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,798
$7,898
$8,898
$9,998
Oct 31, 2021
Nov 4, 2021
$6,299
$6,598
$7,298
$7,598
$7,798
$8,798
$9,898
Nov 7, 2021
Nov 11, 2021
$6,199
$6,498
$7,198
$7,498
$7,698
$8,698
$9,798
Mar 13, 2022
Mar 17, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,198
$7,498
$7,598
$8,598
$8,898
Mar 20, 2022
Mar 24, 2022
$6,199
$6,498
$7,298
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,998
Mar 27, 2022
Mar 31, 2022
$6,399
$6,698
$7,248
$7,798
$7,898
$8,898
$9,198
Apr 3, 2022
Apr 7, 2022
$6,599
$6,898
$7,448
$7,998
$8,098
$9,098
$9,398
Apr 10, 2022
Apr 14, 2022
$6,699
$6,998
$7,548
$8,098
$8,198
$9,198
$9,498
Apr 17, 2022
Apr 21, 2022
$6,799
$7,098
$7,648
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$9,598
Apr 24, 2022
Apr 28, 2022
$6,899
$7,198
$7,748
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$9,698
May 1, 2022
May 5, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
May 8, 2022
May 12, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
May 15, 2022
May 19, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
May 22, 2022
May 26, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
May 29, 2022
Jun 2, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jun 5, 2022
Jun 9, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jun 19, 2022
Jun 23, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jun 26, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jul 3, 2022
Jul 7, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jul 10, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jul 17, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jul 24, 2022
Jul 28, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Jul 31, 2022
Aug 4, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Aug 7, 2022
Aug 11, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Aug 14, 2022
Aug 18, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Aug 21, 2022
Aug 25, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Aug 28,2022
Sep 1, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Sep 4, 2022
Sep 8, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Sep 11, 2022
Sep 15, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Sep 18, 2022
Sep 22, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Sep 25, 2022
Sep 29, 2022
$7,099
$7,398
$7,948
$8,498
$8,598
$9,598
$9,898
Oct 2, 2022
Oct 6, 2022
$6,999
$7,298
$7,848
$8,398
$8,498
$9,498
$9,798
Oct 9, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
$6,899
$7,198
$7,748
$8,298
$8,398
$9,398
$9,698
Oct 16, 2022
Oct 20, 2022
$6,799
$7,098
$7,648
$8,198
$8,298
$9,298
$9,598
Oct 23, 2022
Oct 27, 2022
$6,599
$6,898
$7,448
$7,998
$8,098
$9,098
$9,398
Oct 30, 2022
Nov 3, 2022
$6,399
$6,698
$7,248
$7,798
$7,898
$8,898
$9,198
Nov 6, 2022
Nov 10, 2022
$6,299
$6,598
$7,198
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$9,098
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $210 USD per person.
Departures offered as Wine Cruises with modified itineraries. Please ask for details.
For 7-Night Bordeaux Cruise Only (No Bilbao, San Sebastian, Loire Valley and Paris land extension): Subtract $2,800 USD from above per person rates.
Transfers from Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - Two twin beds; Choice B - One large bed (larger than queen size)

Prices Include:

▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in Bilbao at the Hesperia Bilbao (or similar) including daily breakfast, city tour, Guggenheim Musuem, Mercado de la Ribera, Guernica, and the transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in San Sebastian at the NH Collection Aránzazu (or similar); including daily breakfast and a city tour, the transfer from San Sebastian to the ship in Bordeaux with a stop in Bayonne
▪ Transfer from Bordeaux to Tours via motorcoach
▪7 nights deluxe Bordeaux cruise with accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies
▪ Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
▪ Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
▪ Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
▪ Multiple dining venues
▪ Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
▪Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board
▪ Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only)
▪ Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
▪ Use of Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
▪ Transfer from Bordeaux to the Loire Valley via motorcoach
▪ 2 nights hotel accomodations in the Loire Valley, including city tour, châteaux visits and daily breakfast
▪ 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar) including daily breakfast
▪ All local Taxes 

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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