Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond in Bordeaux for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket.
Day 2 | Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion Highlights: Sundowners at Château Siaurac
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.
Day 3 | Libourne > Pauillac Highlights: Foie Gras in Bergerac
Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.
Day 4 | Médoc Highlights: Enrich concert at Château Agassac
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 the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.
Day 5 | Pauillac > Cadillac Highlights: Leisurely cruising
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you cruise aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.
Day 6 | Cadillac Highlights: Roquetaillade Castle
Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.
Day 7 | Bordeaux Highlights: Shop with a Chef
Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, 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.
Day 8 | Arcachon > Bourg Highlights: Arcachon Bay and surrounds
Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.
Day 9 | Cognac Highlights: Tasting at Rémy-Martin property
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.
Day 10 | Blaye > Bordeaux Highlights: Cycle the Captain’s Road
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.
Day 11 | Bordeaux > Madrid Highlights:
Disembark and fly from Bordeaux to Madrid where you’ll spend three nights at one of the city’s luxurious properties.
Day 12 | Madrid Highlights: Freechoice
This morning, enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains.
Day 13 | Madrid Highlights: Day at leisure
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques that adorn the city centre’s many plazas, relax in one of Madrid’s manicured gardens, or simply explore the surrounding area.
Day 14 | Madrid Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey, you’ll be transferred to Madrid airport.