Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

Resort:Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro
Operator: Scenic
Destination: Europe
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From elegant Bordeaux to sparkling Porto, travel in style on this 21 day experience. Endless visual and gastronomical delights await – a trip of a lifetime.


Day 1: Bordeaux

Kick off your holiday at tonights welcome reception on board after settling into your suite on the luxurious Scenic Diamond in Bordeaux.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Bordeaux > Saint-milion

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. Youll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-milion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. Youll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church a true trip highlight.

Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Chteau Siaurac. Boasting a glorious chteau and garden that has been recognised as a national heritage site in France due to the significance of the estates 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 estates 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 3: Libourne > Pauillac

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 Chteau 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 4: Mdoc

Travel the scenic Mdoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the worlds leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the regions finest at the Chteau Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Chteau Lagrange, featured on Napoleon IIIs 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.

The spectacular Mdoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic chteaux but none more opulent than Chteau Giscours. Youll 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 5: Pauillac > Cadillac

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 6: Cadillac

Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Chteau Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Chteau 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 its one of the regions most impressive historic sites and youll 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 7: Bordeaux

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, youll 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 8: Arcachon > Bourg

Situated on the northern tip of Europes longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of Frances 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 Europes 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 9: Cognac

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 Rmy 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 10: Blaye > Bordeaux

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 Captains Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

Youll 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 Captains farewell dinner on board this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 11: Bordeaux > Porto

Morning flight to Porto for your Douro Valley cruise.

Meals included: Breakfast,Dinner

Day 12: Porto > Entre-os-Rios

Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do Bolsa. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 13: Entre-os-Rios

Guimares was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. Its a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 14: Regua

Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugals famous Mateus ros wine.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 15: Regua > Vega de Terron

Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valleys Vinhateiro wine growing region. Classified a World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 16: Salamanca

Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. Youll get to enjoy a fabulous Spanish dining experience for lunch, accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance,.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 17: Pocinho > Pinh£o

Over breakfast, youll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Ca Valley discovery.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 18: Pinh£o

Today youll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life including their local bakery, and the bar with its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. Youll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calada. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 19: Pinh£o > Porto

Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Ca Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewellery workshop. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 20: Porto

Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the days catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where theyll prepare their catch over an open fire which youll enjoy with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable.

Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 21: Porto

Your leisurely cruise of Portugals Douro Valley concludes after breakfast and youll be transferred to Porto Airport with all your wonderful memories intact.

Meals included: Breakfast

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