The Vineyards of Bordeaux River Cruise

River

6 Days from £1,399

Apr 2020 - Aug 2020 Departures

​​​​Discover some of the finest wine regions in France as you sail along the Garonne and Dordogne, taking in historic towns, intriguing architecture and beautiful scenery along the way.

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Your holiday at a glance

CRUISING
ALL INCLUSIVE

What's included

  • ​The services of a Just You Tour Manager & Local Guide
  • Return scheduled flights from Gatwick with British Airways & overseas transfers 
  • 5 nights all inclusive on board 4-star premium ship MS Cyrano de Bergerac 
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners & all drinks (excluding Champagne & selected wines)

Included excursions

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Captain's welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage 
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Onboard entertainment 
  • Complimentary Wi-fi on board 
  • A full programme of optional shore excursions


 

Optional excursions

Explorer Package

  • ​The Châteaux du Médoc road
  • The Corniche road & Bourg
  • Guided tour of St Émilion
  • Bordeaux tour

Discovery Package


  • Explore the Médoc by bicycle with cheese and wine-tasting
  • Explore Blaye and its citadel's underground passages
    Guided tour of St Émilion & its underground monuments, with wine-tasting
    Bordeaux tour with wine-tasting & the Trade Museum 

The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package from just £X per person. for the Explorer package and £X per person for the Discovery package

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Bordeaux, where, on arrival we'll transfer you to your ship. Once you've settled into your cabin, you can meet the crew and your fellow travellers over a welcome cocktail before dinner.

​Pauillac is a pretty port town located in the heart of the Medoc wine region. We'll head here today, sailing along the Garonne and Gironde Rivers and passing by the unique islands of Cazeau and Patiras en route. On arrival, if you have pre-booked a helicopter flight, you'll see the Medoc from the sky as you enjoy a bird's-eye view of its famous chateaux and vineyards. 
This afternoon, join your chosen optional excursion. You could take a tour of this prestigious wine growing region, which is home to around 1,500 vineyards and produces some of the world's most famous red wines, or you could explore by bicycle, with a tasting of cheese and wine included. 
Back on board the ship, which is moored overnight in port, enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment. ​

​Early this morning we'll cruise to historic Blaye, an area noted for its Côtes de Blaye red wines. Perhaps you'll join our optional tour by coach along the picturesque Corniche road, which runs alongside the Dordogne and offers wonderfully scenic views. Look out for pretty gardens and the famous 'carralets', or fishermen's cabins that perch above the water as we head to the attractive village of Bourg. Built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by medieval ramparts, it's a delight to explore on foot. Admire the UNESCO-listed citadel here before returning to Blaye by boat, passing by Meschers-sur-Gironde's steep cliffs and long beaches. 
Alternatively, you may have chosen to join an optional​ tour on the Discovery package of Blaye and the underground passages of its citadel, which were used by soldiers during the reign of Louis XIV. Afterwards, stroll to a nearby vineyard for a tasting of wine and regional products. 
On board the ship we can look forward to an evening of dancing where we will cruise on the Gironde to the estuary.​

​Our next port of call is Liborne, a great wine-growing town with a rich and colourful heritage. From here, why not join an optional tour of the beautiful medieval village of St Émilion, renowned for its production of full-bodied red wines. We'll explore the village's intriguing underground monuments, including the monolithic church and the cave of Émilion, the Benedictine monk who gave his name to the village. We'll also visit a family-run wine estate. Here we'll learn about the wine-making process before we enjoy a tasting. ​

​Bordeaux is one of the world's most famous wine regions, and we'll arrive here this morning. The whole city is UNESCO-listed and you can discover its many architectural highlights on an optional excursion, from the stunning Grand Théâtre to the historic gems of the Saint Pierre district. Alternatively, you might have chosen to join an optional wine-tasting tour here, which includes a visit to the Wine & Trade Museum.
Back on board the ship, join your fellow travellers for a gala evening. ​

​We'll disembark the ship this morning and transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Explorer Package - The Vineyards of Bordeaux

Explorer Package - The Vineyards of Bordeaux

from £210

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The Châteaux du Medoc Route
Departure by coach from Pauillac to discover the Médoc, prestigious wine-growing region. A corner of the world that produces the most prestigious red wines on the planet, tightly wedged between an ocean and an estuary. A mild, humid microclimate which has been favorable to the development of the vines. We will go through most of the Médoc appellations (Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc). On the famous Châteaux Route, we will stop to taste the famous wines of the region. On the way you will see major domains such as Châteaux Laffitte-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Return to the boat at the end of the afternoon.

Half day – Minimal walking (tour by coach)

The Corniche road & Bourg
We'll leave by coach with a tour guide for a journey along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. You'll see the old, traditional fishing huts on stilts and the remarkable limestone cliffs. We'll also stop in Bourg to take in the impressive views and walk to the market center where you'll be able to taste the local figs. After we return to Blaye, we'll have a guided tour of the citadel built by Vauban, including the monastery and several army barracks. We'll finish up our tour with a tasting of the famous Blaye "praslines."
Half day / Moderate walking

Guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting
Departure by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodytic site with, undoubtedly, its most original monument, the Monolithic church. Hewn entirely in limestone, it is the largest in Europe. You will then depart for a visit of a family-owned wine-growing estate, where you will be welcomed by the owner, who will explain the stages of the wine-making process in Saint-Emilion. A commented wine-tasting* session will complete the visit. Return to Libourne by coach.

3 hours / Tour will take place on foot so please wear sturdy shoes

Guided tour of Bordeaux
Departure by coach for the optional guided tour of Bordeaux. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux has been awarded the precious label in the "cultural site" category. Half of the city, from the boulevards to the banks of the Garonne has thus been recognised for the quality of its architectural heritage. This tour includes a panoramic tour of the city, taking in all the main monuments, followed by a walking tour of old Bordeaux. From the wide avenues of the neo-classical Les Quinconces quarter and the Grand Théâtre to the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre quarter, this circuit will give you a good idea of the diversity of Bordeaux's heritage.

3 hours / Visit by coach and on foot

Explorer Package - If you have booked the Explorer Excursion Package please note you cannot book the Discovery Excursion Package

How to book: This excursion must be booked at least 45 working days prior to departure by calling 01858 415335, unless otherwise stated.

Discovery Package - The Vineyards of Bordeaux

Discovery Package - The Vineyards of Bordeaux

from £210

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Medoc: biking, wine and cheese
With a tour guide, you'll leave from the port on your bike to explore the vineyards and prestigious châteaux in Pauillac. Get ready to discover the history, architecture and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. What better reward for the effort than a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses served in a prestigious château in the heart of Pauillac? After our tasting, we'll return to the ship by bike.

Half day - Good sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing are advised

Blaye and its underground monuments
We'll leave on foot to visit the Blaye Citadel, built in the 17th century by Vauban in order to better protect the city of Bordeaux. You will explore the underground passages that soldiers once used and learn how the site was developed using older buildings that Vauban preserved and reused. After our tour, we'll walk a few more feet to a local vineyard and taste some regional products with an excellent glass of wine.

Half day - Good sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing are advised
Guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting
Departure by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodytic site with, undoubtedly, its most original monument, the Monolithic church. Hewn entirely in limestone, it is the largest in Europe. You will then depart for a visit of a family-owned wine-growing estate, where you will be welcomed by the owner, who will explain the stages of the wine-making process in Saint-Emilion. A commented wine-tasting* session will complete the visit. Return to Libourne by coach.

3 hours / Tour will take place on foot so please wear sturdy shoes


Bordeaux wine tasting & trade museum
Opened in May 2016, this modern building - reminiscent of a lighthouse on the banks of the Garonne - is a unique invitation to voyage to the heart of wine and its traditions throughout the world. The Cité du Vin is a self-guided tour punctuated by 20 themed spaces explaining the culture of wine in an immersive, sensorial setting.
The grand finale of your visit will bring you to the upper level for a gorgeous 360° view of Bordeaux and a complimentary glass of wine.

Half day / moderate walking

Discovery Package - If you have booked the Discovery Excursion Package please note you cannot book the Explorer Excursion Package.

Explorer and Discovery Package must be booked at least 45 working days prior to departure

Helicopter Ride over Medoc <br/><br/>How to book: Please note at the Helicopter ride is on a request basis and must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure

Helicopter Ride over Medoc <br/><br/>How to book: Please note at the Helicopter ride is on a request basis and must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure

from £150

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Fly over the gorgeous Médoc! Experience a bird's eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards that give the region its reputation. It's a once in a lifetime experience!
If the ship is moored in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, be prepared to pay an additional fee per person for transport to the site. This fee, if required, can be paid for on board.

10 minutes / Flight subject to weather conditions
(RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 45 DAYS BEFORE TRAVEL AND ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

Accommodation

MS Cyrano de Bergarac is a 3 deck boat, it features full air-conditioning throughout the vessel and in all cabins. Other facilities include; lounge with dance floor and bar, bar with TV, video and terrace, restaurant, large sun deck with loungers, shop and lift.

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

6 days

Monday 06 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,179

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6 days

Saturday 04 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,279

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6 days

Friday 21 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,279

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

London (Gatwick)

Monday 06 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,399

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 06 April 2020

Departs

13:35 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

16:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 11 April 2020

Departs

11:30 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

12:05 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Saturday 04 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,499

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

06:40 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

09:20 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 09 July 2020

Departs

12:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

12:45 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

Liverpool (John Lennon)

Saturday 04 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

13:20 Liverpool (John Lennon)

Arrives

16:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 09 July 2020

Departs

13:00 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

13:50 Liverpool (John Lennon)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Luton)

Saturday 04 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

13:40 London (Luton)

Arrives

16:25 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 09 July 2020

Departs

17:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

17:50 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Gatwick)

Friday 21 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,499

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 21 August 2020

Departs

06:10 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

08:45 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Departs

10:00 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

Birmingham (Intl)

Friday 21 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Flybe.

Friday 21 August 2020

Departs

10:10 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

13:05 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Departs

13:30 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

14:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Flybe.

Bristol

Friday 21 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Friday 21 August 2020

Departs

10:35 Bristol

Arrives

13:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Departs

13:40 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

14:15 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Luton)

Friday 21 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Friday 21 August 2020

Departs

13:40 London (Luton)

Arrives

16:25 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Departs

17:10 Bordeaux (Merignac)

Arrives

17:50 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

local knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because it has everything - a beautiful boat, great excursions, and wonderful part of France, good company and great food and wine. Perfect.
Joyce Quarrie - Tour Manager
 
The Vineyards of Bordeaux
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