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Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Rail & Cruise)

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(Tour code: BBR20)

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many

History, good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise as you make visits to Bordeaux and the Médoc wine region, learn the history of St Emilion and see the cave where he cloistered himself for so long, as well as uncover the buried secrets of Blaye.

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many visitors to the country but which is highly recommended by French nationals themselves and explore the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

  • MS Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Bordeaux
  • Pauillac
  • The Médoc Wine Region
  • Blaye
  • Libourne
  • St Emilion
  • Cadillac
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • MS Cyrano de Bergerac
    6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Rail & Cruise) 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 MS Cyrano de Bergerac
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

London to Bordeaux

We meet at our dedicated departure office at London St Pancras International and travel on the high-speed Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we connect with our onward rail service and continue southwards through the countryside to Bordeaux - the centre of one of the world's most famous wine regions and set on the banks of the Garonne. Here we transfer to our floating hotel for six nights, the Five-Star MS Cyrano de Bergerac. After time to settle in, we are greeted with a welcome cocktail. Tonight's dinner is followed by an evening of entertainment on board.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Pauillac

Wines of Médoc

This morning we cruise into the scenic Gironde Estuary, passing the scattering of authentic, traditional wooden fishermen's huts dotted around the attractive inlets such as Cazeau Island and pretty Patiras Island. After taking in these charming scenes at a relaxed pace, we arrive in Pauillac, a sleepy port whose quayside is lined with fine, grand stone houses. Following lunch on board we visit the renowned Médoc wine region on an included excursion. Here some of the world's most celebrated red wines are cultivated, grown in sloping vineyards overlooking the river.

The excursion follows the famous Châteaux Route, with views of the area's noted stately homes, including the spectacular château of Lafite- Rothschild owned by members of the wealthy and famous Rothschild family since the 1800s. Back on board this evening we enjoy a dinner of scrumptious French cuisine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Blaye

Route de la Corniche Fleurie or underground tour of Blaye

We spend a leisurely morning cruising further into the Gironde Estuary, passing the atmospheric marshlands and ancient Troglodyte dwellings that feature prominently around this stretch of the river. We also pass through Meschers-sur-Gironde, which is characterised by its dramatic, brooding cliffs overlooking the river.

In the afternoon we arrive in Blaye, the starting point for an afternoon of possible excursions. Your first option is a trip along the Route de la Corniche for a closer look at the idyllic and time-honoured landscapes that have been so well preserved here.

The journey passes along the superb, narrow cliff-top road overlooking the Dordogne, flanked by lush vineyards and at the end of it, you'll also enjoy some time to look around the idyllic walled village of Bourg - where the rustic cottages are stacked almost on top of each other high on the hillsides. On our way back to Blaye we make a short stop at the town's imposing citadel. Constructed in the late 17th century, the majestic fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and affords a magnificent panorama over the river and estuary.

Otherwise you could choose to take an unusual city tour, spending time underneath the Blaye's quaint streets as you discover the historical secrets stashed away below street level. Afterwards we enjoy a tasting of local specialties, all washed down perfectly with a glass of regional wine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 St Emilion
St Emilion

To Libourne and St Emilon

Early this morning we leave Blaye and continue our cruise, navigating the Gironde and joining the peaceful Dordogne River as we make our way to the attractive wine town of Libourne. Disembarking, we travel to St Emilion for a guided tour of this UNESCO listed city before visiting the exceptional Troglodyte cave of St Emilion himself, as well as the largest monolithic church in Europe. The excursion also calls at a family-run vineyard, where we enjoy a tasting of the popular local wine before returning to Libourne.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Cadillac Castle
Cadillac Castle


Today we arrive in the marvellous walled town of Cadillac, with its rich history dating back to the 13th century. This afternoon we take a tour of the Roquetaillade Chateau, a magnificent 12th-century listed monument.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6 Bordeaux


Following a leisurely morning on board, this afternoon we arrive back in Bordeaux, a beautiful city brimming with 18th century grandeur. With its broad boulevards and quaint Old Town, the UNESCOprotected city boasts a diversity that makes it exciting to visit. You are free to explore this lively city's many attractions at leisure, or perhaps take the optional city tour for a deeper insight into Bordeaux and its history. Back on board this evening, we enjoy a gala dinner and dancing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Eurostar

Return to London

After a final breakfast on board, this morning we disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux station. Here we take the train to Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board ship.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • Escorted throughout your tour by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras

Comfortable accommodation

  • 6-night cruise aboard the MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners including 1 Gala dinner


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tours of Bordeaux and Cadillac
  • Cruise the Gironde Estuary & explore the Médoc wine region
  • Libourne and tour the cave of St Emilion
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: The Route de la Corniche or underground tour of Blaye

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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