DAY 1: DEPART FOR FRANCE
DAY 2: BORDEAUX
Visit the Loire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket.
DAY 3: BORDEAUX/SAINT-ÉMILION
Enrich: Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style to the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. You’ll 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 Saint-Émilion Monolithic Church—a true trip highlight.
Sundowners: Celebrate the 2000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. With a glass of the estate’s vintage in hand, a local guitarist providing an acoustic soundtrack, and a beautiful sunset, it’s hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region.
DAY 4: LIBOURNE/PAUILLAC
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and visit its Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive Château Franc Mayne estate and taste its Grand Cru Classé wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.
DAY 5: MÉDOC
Freechoice: Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterward, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud Larose or cycle to Château Lagrange.
Enrich: The spectacular Médoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic châteaux but none more opulent than Château Giscours. You’ll be escorted to the charming 18th century Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate to enjoy unforgettable four-course dining with Grand Cru Classé wines and musicians performing classical masterpieces for your enjoyment.
DAY 6: PAUILLAC/CADILLAC
Take in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Enhance your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire and enjoy live entertainment in the ship’s Panorama Lounge.
DAY 7: CADILLAC
Freechoice: Venture into the Sauternes wine region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines and cycle through the rolling vineyards to the château de Myrat for a tasting; visit le château de Roquetaillade, founded by Charlemagne, and tour it with the family that now lives within its walls; discover the medieval village of Saint-Macaire; or enjoy a hike from Cadillac to the neighboring village of Loupiac.
DAY 8: BORDEAUX
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions or cycle the city’s historic regions. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan before cycling through public gardens back to the ship. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before cruising on the Garonne River and relax as a fabulous local soloist performs in the Panorama Lounge.
DAY 9: BORDEAUX
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Bordeaux airport or the Bordeaux train station.
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