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Bonjour Bordeaux: Chateaux, Wineries & Charming Villages River Cruise

Experience the unparalleled beauty of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers on a leisurely and luxurious 7-night roundtrip cruise departing from Bordeaux! Be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes, savour the delectable flavours of quintessentially French cuisine, and treat yourself to the finest wines sourced directly from the Bordeaux wine region. Discover charming towns and cities along the way.

Bonjour Bordeaux: Chateaux, Wineries & Charming Villages River Cruise

BOOK BY MARCH 1, 2024 AND SAVE $3,300 CAD PER COUPLE
This cruise has various departures between May – Nov 2025. Please inquire for pricing
DEPARTURE DATE: March 25, 2025
Countries Visited: France
Departure Port:Bordeaux, France

OVERVIEW

Bid bonjour to the bountiful beauty of Bordeaux with a captivating cruise on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers to delight in one of France’s most exquisite regions. Embark from Bordeaux itself, the capital of the splendid Nouvelle-Aquitaine region—famed for its legendary vineyards and wines. Be carried away by Avalon’s signature included Classic, Active, or Discovery experiences of your choice—from the regal histories of castles and Châteaux to the romantic cellars where wine bouquets and bon-vivant cuisine tempt the palate. While the landscapes and lush pastoral treasures are plentiful along the shores of the Garonne and Dordogne, Avalon elevates each immersive experience for a deeper discovery of the cultural and architectural treasures that recall the rich traditions of Southwest France. From unparalleled panoramic drives to forested two-wheel excursions by bike to the delicacies of seaside Arcachon—the world is your oyster on this adventure in la belle vie of Bordeaux!

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
March 25, 2025from $3,532 CAD - Compared to $5,182 CADPer Person
March 25, 2025from $5,182 CADSingle Traveler
November 4, 2025from $3,532 CAD - Compared to $5,182 CADPer Person
November 4, 2025from $5,182 CADSingle Traveler

What's Included

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Bordeaux
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Mar 25Bordeaux
2Wed Mar 26Cadillac-sur-Garonne
3Thu Mar 27Cussac Fort Médoc
4Fri Mar 28Blaye–Bourg
5Sat Mar 29Libourne–Bordeaux
6Sun Mar 30Bordeaux
7Mon Mar 31Bordeaux
8Tue Apr 1Bordeaux

Day 1 – Bordeaux (Embarkation)

Onboard welcome reception

Welcome to France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Bordeaux must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day is free to explore the city before starting your cruise on the Garonne and Dordogne. Get acquainted with this city, capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and famous worldwide for its vineyards and wines.

Includes Dinner

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BORDEAUX*

Day 2 – Cadillac-sur-Garonne

Choice of guided visit to Château de la Brêde or Sauternes tasting in a local Château

On the Steps of Montesquieu

CLASSIC EXCURSION

Take a guided tour of Château de la Brêde—birthplace of Montesquieu—political philosopher and author of “The Spirit of Law.” Visit the fortress-style castle still reflected in its impressive moat, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

Join a Guided Visit with wine tasting at a local château. Sip the sweet notes and fresh acidity of Sauternes, the beloved golden-yellow wine.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your Suite Ship® .

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CADILLAC-SUR-GARONNE
*Sailing to Cadillac-sur-Garonne pending tides and water levels. Alternative motorcoach transportation for today’s excursions provided.

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 – Cussac Fort Médoc

Choice of wine tasting in a Médoc-area Château or e-bike guided tour in the vineyards

Bikes, Vines, and Wines

This morning, enjoy a leisurely sailing to Cussac Fort Médoc

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE EXCURSION

Enjoy a relaxing E-bike guided tour in Bordeaux’s finest wine region. You will be amazed by the picturesque countryside while you enjoy a wonderful ride through the vineyards, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

Take a Guided Visit to an historic Château in the Médoc area and enjoy a tasting of their wonderful wines, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as protagonists.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CUSSAC FORT MÉDOC

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 – Blaye–Bourg

Choice of Panoramic drive with visit to the Citadel of Blaye or art and wine experience; free time in Bourg

Fine Art, Fine Bubbly, and a Fine Day for a Drive

A brief morning sailing to Blaye. Ask your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC EXCURSION

Take a guided visit to the Citadel of Blaye, an UNESCO World Heritage site, followed by a panoramic drive following the famed Route de la Corniche along the right banks of the River Dordogne, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

Join a Guided Tour to discover Blaye from a different perspective, including a visit to a local art gallery with wine tasting.
Scenic afternoon sailing on the Dordogne River to Bourg. Enjoy free time to explore this storybook village or join an optional guided excursion to learn how the Fine Champagne of Cognac is made while enjoying a Rémy Martin tasting.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BOURG

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 – Libourne–Bordeaux

Visit to Saint-Émilion village

he Village Amid the Vineyards

CLASSIC EXCURSION

Join a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Émilion—a UNESCO World Heritage site of legends and legendary landscapes.
Later, sail Bordeaux.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BORDEAUX

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 – Bordeaux

Bordeaux Sights and Brilliant Lights

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC EXCURSION

Join a guided walking tour to discover the heart of Bordeaux with a stroll amid its stunning squares, avenues, and cathedrals sights.

This afternoon, consider an optional guided excursion to Les Bassins des Lumières for a breathtaking visit to the submarine base where art and music surround you in an immersive experience.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BORDEAUX

Guided walking tour

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 – Bordeaux

Choice of guided visit to Arcachon with oysters tasting or biking with your Adventure Host

Seas, Shells, and Sips

ACTIVE EXCURSION

Join your Adventure Host for a bike ride along Bordeaux’ postcard river views of the Les Quais, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION

Join a full-day guided tour of the seaside resort of Arcachon on the Atlantic coast. Gaze upon its 19th-century architectural treasures and taste its local delicacy of oysters and wine.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BORDEAUX

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 – Bordeaux (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Includes Breakfast

Sounds Like Your Kind of Trip?
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