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Bordeaux Round Trip 8 Days

Cruise the heart of the Bordeaux wine country down the Garonne and Dordogne rivers on board a revolutionary Viking Longships.

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Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills along the rivers of Aquitaine have for centuries produced France's most remarkable wines: Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux are but a handful of the appellations that make Bordeaux wines world-famous.

At the region's heart, the city of Bordeaux stretches along the river bank, inviting visitors to savour its grand architecture, tempting cafés and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers.

What's Included

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • French balconies or full outside balcony staterooms available
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • Multiple dining options including the fabulous inside and outside Aquavit Terrace
  • A full complement of guided tours and excursions
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship
  • Free wifi - speeds may vary

Day 1: UK, Bordeaux

Map of the Gironde, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers
Map of the Gironde, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers

Fly to Bordeaux. We meet you at the airport and take you to your ship*. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore Bordeaux on your own. Second only to Paris in French historic monuments, Bordeaux’s thoughtfully preserved 18th-century urban areas make it a desirable film location, and its graceful port on the Garonne River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We remain docked overnight.
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Day 2: Bordeaux & Cadillac

Tour the city center this morning and see some of Bordeaux’s highlights, including the Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe; the neoclassical Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux; and several spectacular churches. Visit the Musée d’Aquitaine for a guided tour of the collections that highlight the region’s triangular trade route and Bordeaux’s position in it. Later this afternoon, we sail upstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle that gave its name to the American car brand.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Cadillac (Sauternes Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Begin your day with a tour of Cadillac then head across the river for your excursion to Sauternes where you will learn how the area’s sweet dessert wines are made, and taste some examples during your tour.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Libourne (St Émilion Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Disembark this morning for a leisurely stroll to Libourne’s picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century; or take part in one of two optional excursions: an exploration of the Bergerac area in the Dordogne to learn more about truffles, a great French delicacy; or a wine tasting, at a nearby château, of some local vintages from the Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations. Later, take a tour to Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you see the town’s superb medieval lanes and delightful views of the surrounding vineyards from the upper town. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the town’s streets and shops.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Bourg & Blaye

After a morning at leisure in Libourne, sail to Bourg. Upon arrival, take an afternoon stroll through the historic village. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac, birthplace of one of the world’s best-known types of brandy. Here, you will tour the Camus family business, one of the most tradition-steeped Cognac houses in the area, and try your hand at blending. Early this evening, continue cruising to Blaye.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Blaye & Pauillac (Margaux Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Blaye boasts an extraordinary 17th-century citadel, dramatically set on a rock beside the river, incorporating the ruins of an ancient Gothic château that contains the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine. The citadel of Blaye, its city walls and two other forts are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided tour of the citadel, then return to your ship for lunch as we sail downstream, passing islands and gentle slopes, arriving in Pauillac in the early afternoon. Enjoy a wine country tour featuring several wine-tasting opportunities, including the area’s famous full-flavored Margaux. This evening, travel through the rolling vineyard-laced hills to dinner at a château, accompanied by the château’s own wines.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Bordeaux

Relax aboard your ship this morning as we make our way back to Bordeaux. You have the afternoon at leisure, giving you more time to appreciate the well-preserved architecture of Jacques Ange Gabriel and son, and to taste the city’s cuisine and wine appellations. Perhaps pick up a few bottles to take home with you. You won’t want to miss the Place de la Bourse, with its mirror-like reflecting pool, impressive by day but absolutely stunning at night. You also have the option of taking a full-day excursion to Arcachon, a commune on the Atlantic coast, to see the Victorian-era villas, walk on the boardwalk and taste the oysters, a local delicacy. Or, you have the option of participating in a market visit with the Viking Chef to see where the local chefs of Bordeaux find their fruit, vegetables, meats and fish.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Bordeaux, UK

After a final onboard breakfast, disembark and we take you to the airport for your flight home. Or, extend your journey with three nights in Paris.
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  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Viking Forseti



Introducing the Viking Longship

Overview

Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, the team behind The Yachts of Seabourn, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, and utmost luxury. The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.

Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These "green" ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Varied dining options including the Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, piano and dance floor
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Viking Longship - deck plan
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Innovative Luxury Staterooms

The revolutionary new Viking Longships bring together some amazing and innovative design features to both the staterooms and public areas. The patented corridor design allows for larger staterooms, most with either french or full balconies.

Take a Tour of the Accommodation


All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private bathroom with shower and l'Occitaine en Provence bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: CNBC, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, National Geographic, MGM Movies, Sky Cinema, videos on demand and "View From the Bridge"

Explorer Suite (Cat ES)

Viking Longship - Explorer Suite  Viking Longship - Explorer Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 445 sq. ft.
  • Private wraparound balcony off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with double sinks, shower, heated mirror and floor

Veranda Suite (Cat. AA)

Viking Longship - Veranda Suite  Viking Longship - Veranda Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 275 sq. ft.
  • Full size outside balcony off the spacious living room
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large private bathroom with shower

Veranda Stateroom (Cat. A & B)

Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom  Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full size outside balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (Cat. C & D)

Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom  Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony

Stateroom (Cat. E & F)

Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom  Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • Half height picture window

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard a Viking Vessel

Viking chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily.

For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties.

You can also select from carefully chosen regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Al fresco dining

Imagine waking as the mist rolls off the river, stopping in the lounge for a frothy cappuccino, and heading out to the Aquavit Terrace to silently cruise through the early morning light. That is one definition of a Viking happy hour.

Another one is in the more traditional sense: unwinding in the late afternoon with a pint of beer or glass of wine, chatting with friends and enjoying a delicious light bite. With the Aquavit Terrace equipped with grills and plentiful seating, each of these al fresco happy hours will be yours to indulge in.


Cultural Highlights

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing
  • Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen
  • Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss
  • Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Please see cruise itinerary for specific activities available on each cruise

Culture Curriculum

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia lectures to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • Dutch Masters or French impressionists
  • Castles along the Rhine Valley
  • The formation of the European Union
  • The life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Wine and cuisine of southern France
  • Key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are traveling

Viking Staff


The Viking standard

We have high standards for the English-speaking crews on board our ships. We personally recruit all of our staff members, from your stateroom steward and waiters, to hotel managers and Program Directors.

Proprietary training programs are implemented by our Swiss management team to ensure we always provide the level of service you would find in a fine hotel. The Viking team brings you a level of expertise other companies cannot match.

We manage everything

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details; transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.


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Extend Your Stay

Why not extend your tour with an extra couple of days in Amsterdam or Budapest or even take 3 days in the beatiful city of Prague

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Paris & the Loire Valley

polaroid style photo Chateau Chambord

Paris - Crowne Plaza République starstarstarstar

Tours - Alliance Hotel starstarstarstar

3 nights B&B £899pp

Start your holiday with a night in Paris before embarking on a tour of the Loire Valley from your hotel in Tours. Explore the cities of Tours, Orléans & Poitiers and visit the fabulous Chateaux at Amboise, Chenonceau & Chambord before joining your cruise in Bordeaux.

One night in the Crowne Plaze Paris and 2 nights in the Allicnce Tours (or similar), daily breakfasts and transfers are all included.


Paris

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Paris - Crowne Plaza République starstarstarstar

3 nights B&B £799pp

Extend your holiday with a 3 night trip to Paris, City of Light. Explore this beautiful city, its museums and palaces, on the included guided tours and under at your own pace.

Three nights at the Crowne Plaze Paris (or similar), daily breakfasts and transfers are included along with the services of a Viking host.


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