Beautiful Bordeaux

Freechoice Directory

Head to the beautiful Bordeaux region and discover where romance meets reality with an enchanting choice of Scenic Freechoice excursions. 
  • Active walk through Blaye
    Tour the UNESCO heritage Citadel of Blaye on an active tour with your guide understanding the defence system created by the famous architect Sébastien Vauban.
  • Climb Europe's largest sand dune
    Climb Europe’s largest sand dune, Dune du Pilat, for expansive panoramas over Arcachon Bay and the stunning French countryside. Please note this Scenic Freechoice option is rated as active and guest must be able to ascend at least 150 steps to reach the top.
  • Cooking class
    Enjoy a French cooking class in Scenic Culinaire as you cruise.
  • Cycle to Château Myrat for a tasting
    Cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting of fine wines.
  • Excursion to Bergerac
    The 12th Century riverside village of Bergerac owes a major part of its post-war economic success to the cultivation of tobacco. Tour this eclectic city before being invited onto a local farm for a tasting of their delicious foie gras.
  • Excursions to Sauternes
    Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines.
  • Explore Cognac
    Enjoy a full day excursion to the fortified town of Cognac, this picturesque town is situated on the shores of the river Charente and whilst its early economic stability was gained through the trading of salt, Cognac has developed into a renowned center for the production of the some of the world’s finest brandy’s which we’ll have the opportunity to sample on our visit to the acclaimed property of Remy Martin.
  • Guided cycling tour along the Captian's Road
    Join a 19-mile round trip cycling tour along the Captain's Road which is named in honor of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century. Your journey continues through beautiful riverside villages before returning to the ship.
  • Guided cycling tour of Bordeaux
    With your local guide, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.
  • Loupiac hiking tour
    Enjoy a scenic 7.5-mile roundtrip hike to the neighboring village of Loupiac, offering majestic vistas over the Garonne River. Your local guide will regale you of tales of the local region as you take in the beautiful scenery.
  • Shop with the chef
    Join your on board culinary team on a guided visit to a local food market, where you will have an opportunity to shop for, and taste the best ingredients this region has to offer. Upon returning to your Scenic Space Ship meet in the purpose built Scenic Culinaire cooking school for an interactive cooking demonstration making some of Frances most popular and delicious dishes using the ingredients you have just bought at the market.
  • Tour Château Franc Mayne
    Tour the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne, and walk their underground barrel rooms housed within historic stone quarry tunnels followed by a tasting of their exquisite Grand Cru Classe wine.
  • Tour of Blaye
    Tour Blaye, including the spectacularly preserved historic center contained within the walls of the UNESCO Citadel of Blaye.
  • Travel the Médoc wine route
    Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at one of the prestigious estates.
  • Truffle tasting
    Visit one of the most important truffle producers of Aquitaine to learn about and taste this special product. The farm you will visit today supplies truffles to some of the greatest chefs in the world.
  • Visit the Cité du Vin Museum
    Take a local tram to the newly opened Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. There are nearly twenty different themed areas in which you are invited to discover and enjoy the many sides of wine.
  • Visit the magnificent Roquetaillade Castle
    Initiated by Charlemagne, tour the architectural jewel of Roquetaillade Castle, with the family that now reside within its historic walls. This Scenic Free Choice option is not recommended for guests with mobility issues as guests will need to ascend/descend approx. 30 stairs to reach the main part of the castle.
  • Walking tour of Arachon
    From Bordeaux join your local guide and coach to Arcachon where you will have a guided tour of this charming bay side town. After some time at leisure you will return to your ship in Bordeaux.
  • Walking tour of Libourne
    Join your local guide for a guided walking tour of Libourne including sights such as the quaint 16th century town-house and gothic church boasting a 233ft stone spire.
  • Wine tasting by bike
    Discover the spectacular Médoc countryside on e-bike today, and see many fine aristocratic Châteaux in the world’s leading red wine producing region. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at one of the prestigious estates.