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Luxury Bordeaux Wine Trail

(Tour code: BAR17)Visit the world’s most famous wine producing regions

Experience the high-life on this cruise that will turn you into a wine connoisseur, as you delve deep into the landscapes of one of the world's most famous wine producing regions. Gently cruise through medieval towns, visit ancient castles and be entertained by vivacious and knowledgeable lecturers and guides during your time on board.


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Tour Highlights
  • Bordeaux
  • Cadillac & Roquetaillade Castle
  • Paulliac
  • Blaye & Bourg
  • Libourne
  • Wine lecture and a tasting in a cave in St Émilion
  • Cubzac
  • Château de Montaigne
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Meal
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    All-Inclusive Board Basis

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Day 1

London to Bordeaux in First Class

We meet at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated departure office In St Pancras International. We then begin our journey on the Eurostar, travelling in Standard Premier Class to Paris. Here we connect with our onward rail service to Bordeaux, seated in First Class. During the trip we will be treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate our up-coming holiday. On arrival in Bordeaux - the centre of one of the world's most famous wine regions, we transfer to our 5-Star luxury ship, MS AmaDolce which offers unparalleled comfort and style to all its passengers. We will be greeted with a welcome cocktail, and after time to settle in, we will enjoy a gala dinner on board this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Roquetaillade Castle
Day 2

The wines of Cadillac

After a leisurely morning spent cruising up the Garonne we arrive into Cadillac, a region celebrated for its locally produced white wines. Here you can choose between two included excursions. A visit to the Sauternes wine region, where you will tour a local estate learning how the wines are made and enjoy a tasting or two along the way. Alternatively, take a trip to Roquetaillade Castle, an 11th and 14th century fortress originally built by Charlemagne which has stayed in the same family for over 700 years. This evening the ship begins making its way to Pauillac.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 3

Discovering Paulliac

Today we embark on a guided tour of Pauillac, a village home to some of the world's most famous and expensive Bordeaux wines. Later we are treated to an afternoon's Médoc wine tasting accompanied by a local expert. We return to the ship for dinner, after which your evening is free to relax.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Pauillac with local guide
  • Médoc wine tasting
Day 4

Onward to Blaye and Bourg

Take advantage of some free time this morning as we cruise along the Garonne to Blaye, not only known for its contribution to red wine production, but also for being a fascinating town where you can see first hand the local history; from the 12th century castle, to the former 17th century citadel. These fortified walls afford a sweeping view of the estuary, and it was because of this enviable position as the gateway to Bordeaux that it became the site of many military conflicts. After lunch back on MS AmaDolce, we continue southwards to Bourg, a medieval village situated at the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne. Having been built in Roman times, fortified by the English and acted as a stopping off for many French Kings, including Louis XIV, Bourg has earned itself a laudable reputation as a melting pot of many rich architectural styles.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Sightseeing excursions to Blaye and Bourg
Day 5

Bourg to Libourne

This morning we enjoy another one of the many highlights of our tour, an exclusive talk from our on board guest lecturer - John Ducker. John is a wine expert and has been giving presentations on this, his specialist subject, for many years. He works closely with the Wine Education Service and is a member of both the Association of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers; he has also been trained by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. During our time with John we will learn much more about the acclaimed wines made in the area. Afterwards we arrive into Bordeaux's wine-producing capital, Libourne. From here we travel to St Émilion which boasts a picturesque collection of narrow cobbled streets and ancient buildings, winning it much deserved UNESCO World Heritage status. And in one of the towns pre-historic caves we will enjoy a taste of some of the local wines, made from grapes grown in vineyards first planted by the Romans. Our next stop is Pomerol, where we experience a panoramic tour of the surrounding landscapes, the skyline dotted with castles and vineyards.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Talk about Bordeaux’s specialist wines
  • Wine tasting in St Émilion
Bordeaux at night
Day 6

Château de Montaigne and Cubzac

We begin today with a guided tour of 14th century Château de Montaigne, the fortified residence of Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Built in the midst of majestic parkland, as we explore this turreted castle we get to see the essayist's famous tower study, his private bedroom and the former family chapel. Alternatively you could join an excursion to the local bastide town which dates back to the Middle Ages. There is also the chance to join an optional tour later, based around the flavours of Bergerac. Later the ship makes its way onwards to Cubzac, to a bridge built by Gustave Eiffel. During our time here we enjoy a tasting of wines from the Côtes de Bourg, one of the oldest wine producing regions in France. The ship returns to Bordeaux tonight for a spectacular farewell gala dinner with the captain and an illuminated cruise through the city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided tour of Château de Montaigne
  • Wine tasting in Cubzac
  • Illuminated cruise
Days 7-8

Bordeaux and return to London

Today we discover Bordeaux on foot, a city brimming with 18th century grandeur. There is plenty of time to uncover this 'City of Art and History's' many historical monuments, as well as a tasting at the wine museum. There will also be an optional tour to Cognac, probably best known for its eponymous brandy production. After a final night spent moored in Bordeaux, we disembark the ship after breakfast on Day 8 and make the journey back to London travelling First Class to Paris, then on the Eurostar service back to London.

  • Day 7 - Local wine tasting
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker

John Ducker

Wine teaching is John's parallel career to his work as a professional actor - a characteristic that perfectly complements his lively and stimulating tastings and lectures. John's motto is "Wine without fear", and he particularly enjoys introducing newcomers to the fascinating world of wine with his instructive and yet greatly enjoyable talks. The objective of John's lectures is to instil in his audience a greater confidence both in tasting and in choosing wines not only on their own merit, but also for the creation of successful food pairings.


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