European river cruise

Viking - Chateaux, Rivers & Wine

8 Day Chateaux, Rivers & Wine

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine

Days: 8

From: Bordeaux to Bordeaux

Countries Visited: France

Code: vkcrw

Our Price (from): $3,969 pp

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Itinerary


1. Bordeaux, France
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.

2. Bordeaux, France
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.

3. Cadillac, France
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.

4. Libourne, France
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.

5. Blaye & Bourg, France
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 enjoy some free time in Blaye. Return aboard for lunch, and later take an afternoon stroll through the historic village of Bourg.

6. Pauillac (Margaux), France
We sail downstream this morning, 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. Travel through the rolling vineyard-laced hills to dinner at a château, accompanied by the château's own wines. Relax aboard the ship this evening, or explore Pauillac's marina and the Plaza Lafayette, where the Marquis de Lafayette set sail to the New World. Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Medoc wine region, is home to Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, among others. Before returning to your ship, catch a glimpse of the lle de Patiras lighthouse in the middle of the the Gironde.

7. Bordeaux, France
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.

8. Bordeaux, France
After a final onboard breakfast, disembark and we take you to the airport for your flight home.*

Dates & Prices


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28 Jul 2018
04 Aug 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,745

04 Aug 2018
11 Aug 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,745

11 Aug 2018
18 Aug 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,745

18 Aug 2018
25 Aug 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,745

25 Aug 2018
01 Sep 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,745

01 Sep 2018
08 Sep 2018
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$5,424

08 Sep 2018
15 Sep 2018
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$5,424

15 Sep 2018
22 Sep 2018
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$5,424

22 Sep 2018
29 Sep 2018
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$5,424

29 Sep 2018
06 Oct 2018
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$5,424

06 Oct 2018
13 Oct 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$4,648

13 Oct 2018
20 Oct 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$4,648

20 Oct 2018
27 Oct 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$4,648

27 Oct 2018
03 Nov 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$4,648

03 Nov 2018
10 Nov 2018
Viking Forseti
$4,195
$3,969

23 Mar 2019
30 Mar 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

30 Mar 2019
06 Apr 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

06 Apr 2019
13 Apr 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

13 Apr 2019
20 Apr 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

20 Apr 2019
27 Apr 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

27 Apr 2019
04 May 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,595
$3,678

04 May 2019
11 May 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,395
$4,454

11 May 2019
18 May 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,395
$4,454

18 May 2019
25 May 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,395
$4,454

25 May 2019
01 Jun 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,395
$4,454

01 Jun 2019
08 Jun 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,295
$4,357

08 Jun 2019
15 Jun 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,295
$4,357

15 Jun 2019
22 Jun 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,295
$4,357

22 Jun 2019
29 Jun 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,295
$4,357

29 Jun 2019
06 Jul 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,295
$4,357

06 Jul 2019
13 Jul 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

13 Jul 2019
20 Jul 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

20 Jul 2019
27 Jul 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

27 Jul 2019
03 Aug 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

03 Aug 2019
10 Aug 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

10 Aug 2019
17 Aug 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

17 Aug 2019
24 Aug 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

24 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

31 Aug 2019
07 Sep 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,995
$4,066

07 Sep 2019
14 Sep 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$4,745

14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$4,745

21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$4,745

28 Sep 2019
05 Oct 2019
Viking Forseti
$5,695
$4,745

05 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$3,969

12 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$3,969

19 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$3,969

26 Oct 2019
02 Nov 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,895
$3,969

02 Nov 2019
09 Nov 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,195
$3,290

09 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,195
$3,290

16 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
Viking Forseti
$4,195
$3,290