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Bordeaux River Cruises

When one thinks of the region of Bordeaux, it is impossible to not also think of wine. With almost 300,000 acres of vineyards growing 15 different grape varietals—everything from popular Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to lesser known varietals such as Carménère and Mauzac—Bordeaux is unequivocally the top wine-producing region in France. Similarly, when one thinks of a Bordeaux river cruise, it is impossible to not think of château tours and Grand Cru tastings. Fortunately, on a Scenic Bordeaux river cruise, itineraries abound with both.

Bordeaux River Cruising 

As they sail relaxingly down the Garonne River, a 357-mile-long waterway that begins in the Pyrenees Mountains, wine aficionados can explore Château Guiraud, a producer of 1st Grand Cru Classe dessert wines with a history that dates to the mid-18th century. The château’s wines begin when the grapes are picked by hand, and they culminate after two years of maturation in French oak barrels. Guests can also take a cycling tour to Château de Myrat, a winery started by the Pontac family, which first began making wine in 1533.

As the cruise transitions to the Dordogne River—a 293-mile-long waterway that is protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culural Organization (UNESCO)—wine-centric activities include a sunset tasting at Château Soutard in Saint-Emilion, where the winery’s Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines glow a breathtaking red and gold in the fading rays of sunlight. Other experiences include a tour of Château Franc Mayne and the ancient Roman ruins found on its estate; a tour and tasting at Chateau Gruaud-Larose, an estate that fosters vineyards that have survived since the 18th century; and a cycling tour to Château Lagrange, a Third Growth (Troisièmes Crus) estate that Napoleon III selected to be part of a French wine exhibit at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855—an event that celebrated and showcased the finest French products and arts.

Bordeaux River Cruises

Sail with Scenic on the Left Bank of the Gironde and you will discover the commune Pauillac as well as Château Giscours. Home to some of the finest wines in the world, Pauillac is best known for harboring three of the five premier cru châteaux of Bordeaux, while Château Giscours is famous for its spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

An Indulgent Culinary Experience

While in the Médoc district of Bordeaux—a district that is home to the revered wine villages of Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Estephe, and Saint-Julien—Bordeaux river cruise guests can opt to attend a four-course dinner at Château Giscours, an estate that was also selected by Napoleon III for the Exposition Universelle, and one that produces a red blend that consistently earns 90-plus points from critics. This indulgent culinary experience is enhanced by Grand Cru wine pairings with each course, and it also features live musical performances of well-known classical arrangements.

A Bordeaux river cruise with Scenic includes plenty of indulgent experiences that extend beyond wine glass or the vineyard. For example, guests who choose to explore the historic, fortified city of Cognac can learn the fine art of brandy distillation with tours and tastings at Remy Martin, one of the city’s six most exceptional distilleries. While in Bergerac—a town that slowly developed around a castle built along the shores of the Dordogne River at the end of the 11th century—gourmands can learn about foie gras and taste the delicacy at a local farm. Later in their journey, guests can slurp oysters along the coast in Arcachon, one of France’s best-kept secrets for summer getaways. The town features a recently restored indoor market that is populated by food vendors as well as various bars and cafes. And finally, back in the city of Bordeaux, guests can accompany a chef to a local food market where they will learn of the region’s delicacies and can see firsthand how a chef evaluates ingredients.

Explore Bordeaux History

Scenic Bordeaux river cruises aren’t limited to just epicurean experiences and discoveries, however. History enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to tour Roquetaillade Castle, a fortified stone structure that was built by Cardinal de la Motte in 1306; though the historic site is also home to the ruins of a much older earth-and-timber castle that was built by King Charlemagne during his journey to the Pyrenees Mountains. Guests with a penchant for history and archaeology will also relish the opportunity to tour the vast underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church in Saint-Emilion. The church, which is Europe’s largest monolithic cathedral, was built in the early 12th century atop a series of caves where it is believed a Breton monk named Emilion (after whom the city is named) lived and performed miracles during the 8th century. After exploring the catacombs, visitors should take the time to climb the 196 steps of the church’s bell tower, where they will be granted panoramic vistas of the medieval village.

Scenic Bordeaux river cruising itineraries also include activities that will appeal to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, such as visits to Terres d’Oiseaux, an almost 300-acre nature preserve that is home to more than 100 species of birds; and an 18-mile, round-trip cycling tour through the Blaye region of France, which, throughout history, has provided Bordeaux with an extra line of defense against invasion.

Bordeaux River Cruises

While the Left Bank of the Gironde is best known for its red wines, the Right Bank is known for its whites. In this region, you will visit the town of Cognac, famous for Cognac Fine Champagne, the stronghold Blaye, known for its World Heritage-listed city walls and fort, and Libourne, home to exceptional Grand Cru classé wine and quaint 16th century townhouses.

Scenic Space Ships: All Inclusive Luxury Riverboats

Every Scenic French river cruise begins aboard one of the company’s boutique vessels or custom-built “space ships,” so named for their spacious guest cabins, dining, and entertaining areas. Each of these four-deck space ships includes numerous dining and sightseeing areas, as well as a lounge and bar area that offers panoramic views. Additionally, guests can soak up the rays at the top-deck swimming pool or retreat to the wellness center, which is equipped with a fitness area, beauty salon, and massage rooms. These ships are also noteworthy for their luxury suites, which are outfitted with sun lounges, 32-inch high-definition TVs, and complimentary wireless Internet access. 

Bordeaux river cruises take place aboard the Scenic Diamond, a 443-foot-long vessel that was refit in 2013. The ship can accommodate 167 passengers in 84 cabins, as well as 53 crew members.

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Rhine Christmas Markets

8 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Begin your enchanting 8 day journey in Zurich and see the highlights along the Rhine river. Explore the iconic markets & enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
from $3,295
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Bordeaux Affair

8 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit an authentic local food market or learn wine tasting in one of the traditional vineyards on an 8 day cruise through the magical Bordeaux region.
from $3,995
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Bordeaux Sojourn

9 days
Paris > Bordeaux
French river cruising has never been more elegant with wine tasting, and visits to vineyards & castles. Discover the best of Bordeaux on a 9 day cruise.
from $4,445
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Idyllic Rhône

8 days
Tarascon > Chalon-sur-Saone
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in the former Roman town of Tarascon & cruise the Rhone to Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy the cuisines and delights of France.
from $4,890
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Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

12 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.
from $5,295
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Enchanting Rhône

9 days
Nice > Paris
Cruise the enchanting Rhone river from Tarascon to Chalon-sur-Saône. Discover the towns of Avignon, Tournon & Lyon with exclusive Scenic Enrich activities.
from $5,390
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Treasures of Belgium & France

12 days
Amsterdam > Paris
Experience the magic of Belgium and France on a 12 day adventure from Amsterdam to Paris. See the Bayeux Tapestry and take a tour of Mont Saint-Michel.
from $5,695 $5,195
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Beautiful Bordeaux

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit wineries and vineyards where you'll learn how to taste wine from a sommelier on a romantic 11 day river cruise through the Bordeaux region.
from $5,895
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Normandy & Gems of the Seine

11 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.
from $5,895
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Breathtaking Bordeaux

12 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Savour the world's finest wine, exquisite cuisine and extraordinary landscapes that Bordeaux has to offer on a 12 day river cruise departing from Paris.
from $6,345
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Enchanting Rhône with Paris

11 days
Nice > Paris
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship and cruise the Rhône to Chalon-sur-Saône. Travel from the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris & explore the city.
from $6,690
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South of France

13 days
Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon
Feast on exquisite French cuisine and marvel at the beautiful landscapes on a 13 day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on board a Scenic Space-Ship.
from $6,695
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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona

12 days
Barcelona > Paris
Welcome to Barcelona, discover the sights of the city before boarding a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in Tarascon. Cruise the Rhône towards Chalon-sur-Saône.
from $6,890
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Spectacular South of France

14 days
Paris > Nice
Soak up the spectacular South of France on a 14 day river cruise from Paris to Nice. Explore the food capital, Lyon and enjoy the entertainment in Tarascon.
from $7,145
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South of France Indulgence

15 days
Lyon > Lyon
Indulge in the sights, sounds & refined tastes of the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Lyon including a unique wine tasting in Tournon Castle.
from $7,295

Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

14 days
Bordeaux > Madrid
Enjoy a luxurious 14 day cruise through the famous wine region of Bordeaux. Then fly to Madrid for 3 nights and discover magnificent sights of the city.
from $7,400
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South of France Indulgence

16 days
Paris > Lyon
Discover the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy wine tastings, sample French truffles and cycle along the Rhone river.
from $7,745
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Breathtaking Bordeaux with Madrid

15 days
Paris > Madrid
Explore the sights and incomparable gastronomy on a 15 day adventure from Paris to Madrid. Discover the Bordeaux region on a luxurious river cruise.
from $7,945

Spectacular South of France with Monte Carlo

17 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the South of France and Monte Carlo while you cruise the spectacular Rhone river. Visit the Château de Cormatinand the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
from $8,100
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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona & Paris

14 days
Barcelona > Paris
From the city of dreams to the city of light, enjoy a 14 day journey from Barcelona to Paris. See the sights of the Sagrada Familia to the Champs Elysées.
from $8,190
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Begin your adventure in Budapest and board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise the Danube, Main & Rhine rivers to Amsterdam and spend 3 nights in Paris.
from $8,495
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Paris > Budapest
Begin your adventure in Paris before boarding a Scenic Space-Ship in Amsterdam. Cruise the Rhine, Main & Danube rivers and discover the Jewels of Europe.
from $8,595

South of France with Switzerland

17 days
Zurich > Nice
See the pristine mountains & lakes of Switzerland and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on a 17 day journey from Zurich to Nice.
from $8,965

Spectacular South of France with Paris

16 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the delights of France on a luxurious 16 day journey from Paris to Nice. Discover the magic of Paris, culture and cuisine that makes it famous.
from $9,185
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

19 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Embark on a 19 day journey through the alluring Rhine & Moselle rivers on board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Discover the iconic sights & charming cities.
from $9,220

Spectacular South of France with Barcelona

17 days
Paris > Barcelona
Explore the quaint French countryside and beautiful Barcelona on a luxurious 17 day journey from Paris to Barcelona that will leave you wonder-struck.
from $9,305
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Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhone Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $9,395

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Monte Carlo

19 days
Paris > Nice
Cruise the spectacular rivers of the South of France in 5-star luxury and soak up the sun in Monte Carlo on a lavish 19 day journey from Paris to Nice.
from $10,575

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Barcelona

19 days
Paris > Barcelona
Discover Paris and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon before falling in love with beautiful Barcelona on this 19 day adventure.
from $10,625
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Jewels of Europe with City Highlights

24 days
Paris > Berlin
Discover ancient and modern on a 24 day journey from Paris to Berlin. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower & the Brandenburg Gate on a luxury tour through Europe.
from $10,795
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Grand European

23 days
Paris > Amsterdam
See the grand sights of Europe on a 23 day journey from Paris to Amsterdam. Explore Monte Carlo, Rome, Salzburg, Munich and more on this wondrous tour.
from $10,995 $10,495

Great Civilisations Mediterranean Discovery

15 days
Barcelona > Athens
Discover the Europe of your imagination and experience a moving ANZAC Day in Gallipoli on this luxurious 15 day cruise from Barcelona to Athens
from $11,195
Fly from $495 per person

Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

27 days
Moscow > Berlin
Discover the sights of Moscow before boarding Scenic Tsar for a cruise along the Volga river. Explore Helsinki, Tallinn, Warsaw & Berlin on this 27 day tour.
from $11,895
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Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux

21 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Experience the best of France as you cruise along the Seine & through Bordeaux. Visit the wineries and vineyards on a 21 day journey from Paris to Bordeaux.
from $12,090

Breathtaking Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

22 days
Paris > Porto
Cruise through Bordeaux & the Douro Valley on a 22 day journey from Paris to Porto. Taste the fine wines & indulge in the delectable cuisines of the region.
from $13,180
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Alpine Escapade

26 days
Munich > Amsterdam
Marvel at the endless beauty of the Swiss Alps to Rhineland on a 26 day tour from Munich to Amsterdam. Cruise the Rhine & Moselle in a luxurious Space-Ship.
from $13,295
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Treasures of Belgium & France

24 days
Amsterdam > Nice
Discover the best of Belgium and France. Visit the moving Ypres Museum, the battlefields of Somme, the Normandy beaches and the iconic Mont Saint-Michel.
from $13,395
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Paris > Porto
Embark on a 21 day adventure from Paris to Porto & cruise through of Europe's two most magical rivers on a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, the Seine & the Douro.
from $12,790
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Spectacular South of France with Bel Viaggio

22 days
Paris > Rome
See the glistening harbours, romantic streets and pastel cities of Italy on a 9 day adventure from Nice to Rome. Explore the wonders of Bel Viaggio and Europe.
from $13,890
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Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $13,590
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Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Bordeaux > Madrid
Enjoy 24 days the wine regions in France and Portugal. Visit the vineyards, cellars and sample the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines at Château Franc Mayne.
from $14,190
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Spectacular South of France with Iberian Splendours

28 days
Paris > Madrid
Take the trip of a lifetime through the South of France, Spain & Portugal on a 28 day tour. Take in the unique cultures, delicacies & sights of the region.
from $14,745
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Jewels of Russia with Spectacular Scandinavia

29 days
Copenhagen > Moscow
Discover Scandinavia and Russia on a 29 day adventure from Copenhagen to Moscow. Encounter reindeer, see the fjords, waterfalls and cruise the Volga river.
from $15,095

Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
A leisurely pace through a number of beautiful destinations is the ultimate luxury. Experience France and Spain's best in 24 days from Paris to Madrid.
from $15,355
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Cruise the Seine in France, before stepping on the Scenic Azure for a cruise along Portugal's Douro River, finishing in Madrid over a 24 day journey.
from $14,390
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Spectacular South of France & Unforgettable Douro

24 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the regional sights & delights as you cruise through the South of France and Portugal's Douro Valley on a 24 day journey from Paris to Porto.
from $15,630

Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Bordeaux > Porto
From elegant Bordeaux to sparkling Porto, travel in style on this 21 day experience. Endless visual and gastronomical delights await - a trip of a lifetime.
from $10,865

Ultimate Great Civilisations Discovery

23 days
Tenerife > Athens
This 23 day cruise will sail to some of the most iconic sites in Europe as well as the chance to experience a moving ANZAC Day service in Gallipoli.
from $18,090
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Jewels of Europe with Grand European

36 days
Paris > Budapest
Take a Grand Tour of Europe, a once-in-a-lifetime 36 day journey from Paris to Budapest. Enjoy the endless sights & sounds of Europe's finest destinations.
from $18,320

Ultimate Mediterranean Treasures

23 days
Barcelona > Venice
Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean on a 23 day journey from Barcelona to Venice. Explore Monte Carlo, the Colosseum or see the ruins of Pompeii.
from $18,790
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France & Douro Masterpiece

31 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the Seine and Douro, two of Europe’s most tempting waterways on a 31 day journey from Paris to Porto. Enjoy the cuisines & delights of the region.
from $18,785

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