25 Day Beautiful Bordeaux with Iberian Splendours
Welcome to . This evening, enjoy a friendly welcome reception at your centrally located hotel.
Take full advantage of a guided tour through lively , including the zany architecture of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Then, enjoy a full afternoon at leisure, immersing yourself in the atmospheric charms of this delightful seaside metropolis. Perhaps you'll choose to wander the famous La Rambla pedestrian precinct, or take in the Mediterranean vistas from the seaside promenade.
3. Barcelona - Valencia
Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola always makes for a fascinating visit. Afterwards, travel to Valencia where you'll check into your hotel before enjoying a city tour.
4. Valencia - Granada
Take a scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Cave District of Barrio de Santiago. This afternoon you'll arrive in Granada, and this evening you'll dine within Andalucia's largest bullring, whilst enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.
5. Granada - Córdoba
The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace, which dates back to the Middle Ages. From there, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you'll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon arrive at your luxury hotel in Córdoba.
6. Córdoba - Ronda
Discover all that Córdoba has to offer, including the Aljama Mosque, before travelling to Ronda, which stands atop the magnificent El Tajo Canyon. You'll tour this magnificent location including its bullring and Casa Don Bosco before dinner at your splendid hotel.
7. Ronda - Seville
Today you'll journey to Andalucia's capital city of Seville. Your guided tour will showcase the city's beautiful sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus' tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville. Relax for two nights at your hotel.
Today, journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you'll sample some of the world's finest sherries, with a heritage dating back to 1877. Back in , take advantage of a free afternoon before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride. Savour traditional tapas for dinner this evening, to be enjoyed whilst being entertained by fiery Flamenco dancers.
9. Seville - Lisbon
This morning you bid adios to Spain to embark on your discovery of Portugal. This afternoon you'll arrive at your hotel in Lisbon's city centre.
Enjoy a tour of this morning before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery and a tasting of the famous Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch at Visconde da Luz in Cascais before a leisurely afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional, with stops in charming Guincho and Estoril en route.
11. Lisbon - Porto
This morning you'll visit the seaside village of Nazaré before a picturesque journey to Porto where you'll tour the city's atmospheric streets. Following a scenic cruise on the Douro river, dinner showcases incredible local foods. Afterwards, retire to your hotel.
12. Porto - Salamanca
Today you return to Spain where on arrival in Salamanca, you'll check into your hotel before a guided walking tour of the delights of Salamanca.
13. Salamanca - Madrid
Today, you'll get to see Segovia en route to Madrid. On arrival in Spain's bustling capital, you'll check into your hotel before walking to the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. This evening, there'll be a wonderful farewell dinner with the friends you've made over the last couple of weeks.
Enjoy a morning tour of , taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the 'Austrian' Quarter, and the 18th century Royal Palace. Freechoice: Try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop or, if you love the beautiful game, visit the Bernabeu Football Stadium.
15. Madrid - Bordeaux
After breakfast, transfer to Madrid airport for your included flight to Bordeaux. Board the luxurious Scenic Diamond to begin your cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux region.
16. Bordeaux - Saint-Émilion
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. Sundowners: Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. As the vines glow red and gold at sunset, mingle with new found friends, explore the spectacular property or discover the artistic heritage of this region and be mesmerised by a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on this very estate, it really is hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region.
17. Libourne - Pauillac
Freechoice: 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. After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.
Travel the scenic 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. Enrich: Set in spectacular surrounds in the countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambiance of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening exclusive to Scenic.
19. Pauillac - Cadillac
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.
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. Freechoice: Remain on board and join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne it's one of the region's most impressive historic sites and you'll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from to the neighbouring village of Loupiac.
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or enjoy a guided tour of and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of . 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. A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you'll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening.
22. Arcachon - Bourg
Situated on the northern tip of Europe's longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France's western coastline. Freechoice: Join a walking tour of Arcachon including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe's largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. Or for those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event. Alternatively, take a local tram to the newly opened Cite du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. In the afternoon, cruise leisurely into Bourg and, in the evening, enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary. Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of , renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin. This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.
24. Blaye - Bordeaux
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion. Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain's Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux. Dine in style at the Captain's farewell dinner on board this evening.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Airport or Train Station.