Silversea Luxury Cruises To BORDEAUX

BORDEAUX
BORDEAUX
BORDEAUX

The name alone conjures images of sun-ripened grapes, splashes of refined flavour, and the joy of clinking glasses. Bordeaux is synonymous with quality and prestige, and the promise of endless opportunities to sample the city’s famous, full-bodied red wines makes a visit to this elegant French port city one to truly savour. Sprinkled with scenic, turret-adorned mansion castles, which stand above soil softened by the Atlantic and winding flow of the Garonne River, the vineyards of Bordeaux consistently produce revered wines, enjoyed right across the globe. View more

Explore France’s largest wine region, walking through vineyards where dusty clumps of grapes hang, before descending into cellars to see the painstaking processes that make this region a global wine centre. The acclaimed, sensory experience of Cité du Vin wine museum lets you put your own nose to the test, learning more about the craft involved in producing world class vintages. Brush up on your wine knowledge, with our blog [insert You’ll Fall in Love with Wine in Bordeaux]. Bordeaux itself is an intoxicating blend of old and new – a fact perfectly illustrated by the Water Mirror. This living art installation has reinvigorated one of the city’s most important historical sites, and it feels as though you’re walking on water, as you step through the cooling mist of Place De La Bourse. The moisture generates a glorious mirrored composition of the 300-year-old elegant palatial architecture in front of you. Water also flows freely from the magnificent Monument aux Girondins statue, where horses rear up to extol the values of the Girondin revolutionaries. Marche des Quais – the city’s lively fish market – is the spot to try this wine capital’s freshest lemon-drizzled oysters and juicy prawns.

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STOCKHOLM To ROME (Civitavecchia)
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    Aug 28 2019
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LISBON To NEW YORK
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LISBON To DUBLIN
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    May 07 2020
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Excursions in BORDEAUX

Bordeaux & Medoc Wine Chateau with Lunch - back to Le Verdon

Embrace the scenic splendour and flavours of Bordeaux and the Route des Châteaux during this full-day excursion to a Médoc wine château, and a city tour with lunch.


Medoc Wine Chateau Road and Vineyards

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1-hour drive to the Medoc area. Upon arrival, continue along the famous Route des Châteaux, the Medoc wine château road, which is located between the Gironde Estuary and Landes Forest, and offers magnificent views of vine-covered land as far as the eye can see. Medoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's famous châteaux produce divine wines that include Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name).


Wine Estate Chateau Tour and Tasting

During your drive through this beautiful region, a guided visit is made to the cellars of a famous wine estate château, such as Giscours, Kirwan, Cantenac Brown, Lascombes, Rausan Gassies, or Prieuré Lichine, among others. Learn about the estate's winemaking techniques, then proceed for a tasting of two wines from the estate. Following your visit, re-board your coach and continue on to Bordeaux City (1-hour drive).


Bordeaux City

Upon arrival in Bordeaux City, take a short, panoramic tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This distinction recognizes the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remained remarkably well-preserved. Discover some of the city's major highlights, including the WWII German submarine base and approximately 29.6-acre (about 12-hectare) L'Esplanade des Quinconces. One of Europe's largest squares, it features a column commemorating the French Revolution. Other sights include the Place de la Bourse, Riverfront, Cailhau Gate and Opera House, also known as the 'Grand Theatre', one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe.


Free time in Old Bordeaux and Shopping

Next, proceed to the city center where you will have 3 hours and 30 minutes free time in the pedestrian and shopping area. At the conclusion, re-board your coach to drive back to the pier in Bordeaux.


Please note: This tour requires advance booking 15 days prior to the start of the cruise. Cancellations received after this deadline will incur penalty charges of up to 100%, which will be billed to your shipboard account.

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and stairs and steps at the wine estate château. Walking in Bordeaux City is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Bordeaux By Segway

Experience the splendid, Old World beauty, architecture and historic landmarks of Bordeaux in a unique new way during this picturesque sightseeing excursion via Segway.


Bordeaux City via Segway

After receiving your safety and riding instructions, depart the pier via Segway with your guide for a panoramic ride through Bordeaux City, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, take in the exquisite beauty of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remains remarkably well-preserved to this day.


Historic Landmarks and Bridges

Highlights to be seen include the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Great Theatre, Comédie Square and the Porte Cailhau (Royal Gate). In addition, discover Place des Quinconces, one of the largest public squares in Europe, and proceed along the Garonne River to admire famous bridges such as Chaban-Delmas and Pont de Pierre. Your scenic Segway tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of standing. This tour is not recommended for guests with balance problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bordeaux Old Town and Place de la Bourse (Limited Mobility Friendly)

This accessible Bordeaux shore excursion gives you a unique opportunity to explore the heart of this charming French city firsthand. This half day tour includes famous landmarks, beautiful monuments, fascinating history as well as breathtaking churches and picturesque river views.


Start your tour by meeting your tour guide accessible van at the Bordeaux cruise dock and head out on a scenic drive to the heart of the city. Upon arrival here, your tour guide will escort you on a wonderful leisurely stroll to experience some of the most treasured landmarks of the city. Experience the spectacular Grand Theatre and the famous French Revolution monument "Girondins" with its beautiful fountain. Explore the charming Allee de Tourney with beautiful 18th-century architecture and visit the magnificent Saint Andre Cathedral, the Bordeaux City Hall and the royal Cailhau Gate from Medieval times. There will also be time to visit the historic Place de la Bourse which was built for King Louis XV in the early 1700s to show Bordeaux's power to the world.


Your private tour will conclude with a leisurely stroll by the picturesque river where your private tour guide will narrate you through the different stages of Bordeaux's past, present and future.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is specially designed for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair or a scooter. Full time wheelchair users, are kindly requested to contact shoreconcierge@silversea.com in order to provide further details and determine if the tour is suitable for them. The tour route avoids steps and stairs. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. An accessible vehicle with a wheelchair lift or ramp will be used for transportation. Guides are not allowed to push wheelchairs. A minimum participation of 3 guests is required to operate the excursion at the advertised rate. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bordeaux biking tour

Explore the heart of Bordeaux City in an invigorating new way during this panoramic sightseeing excursion via bicycle.


Bordeaux City via Bicycle

After receiving your safety and riding instructions, depart the pier with your guide for a panoramic orientation tour through the heart of Bordeaux City, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, take in the exquisite beauty of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remains remarkably well-preserved to this day.


Rue Notre Dame, Public Gardens, Rue Colliseo, Grand Theatre, and Cours de l'Intendance

Your ride begins along the Rue Notre Dame, which is lined with antique shops, then passes the Church of Chartrons and old wine harbour where your ship is docked. After a stop at the Public Gardens, ride along Rue Colliseo, home of the Palais Gallien Roman Amphitheatre. A second stop is made in the area of the Grand Theatre, Grand Hotel, Ste. Catherine Shopping Street, and Cours de l'Intendance.


St. Andre Cathedral, Town Hall, Royal Gate, Place du Parliament, and Place de la Bourse

Continue past the Place Puy Paulin and Rue Castillon en route to a stop to admire the St. Andre Cathedral, Town Hall and Tribunal. After resuming your ride, pass by Rue des Ayres and Grosse Cloche en route to a comfort and refreshment stop at the Utopia restaurant. Next, ride to the Porte Cailhau (Royal Gate). After a photo stop here, proceed to the Church of St. Pierre and Place du Parliament. A final photo stop is made at the Place de la Bourse before continuing along the Garonne River en route to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of bicycling for approximately 8.7 miles (about 14 kilometres). This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition and able to ride a bicycle. This tour is not recommended for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Safety equipment is provided, and must be worn at all times whilst bicycling. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bordeaux on Your Own - back to Le Verdon

The timeless beauty of Bordeaux is yours to discover during this orientation tour of the city and surrounding areas.


Bordeaux

Depart the pier for the drive by coach to the city center of Bordeaux.

You'll have a short panoramic drive through the city, before being dropped off to enjoy a few hours of free time to explore at your leisure. Take advantage of this opportunity to shop, visit museums or just stroll about and discover more about the history of the city. Some of the city highlights are Place de la Bourse, the riverfront, Cailhau Gate, Grosse Cloche from the English Period, the Bordeaux Cathedral, and Gambetta Square. Don't miss the Grand Theater, one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in Europe. The pedestrian friendly city center and waterfront have many shops, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from as well as a number of museums. Whatever you choose to do, you'll have a wonderful time in Bordeaux.


On your way, you will drive along the famous « Route des Châteaux », the Medoc wine Chateau road, which is located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes Forest, and provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravely, rises as far as the eye can see. Medoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's famous châteaux produce wines that are nothing short of divine... Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name).


The drive between Le Verdon and Bordeaux is approx 2 hrs and 15 mins and you will have approx 4 hrs and 30 mins free time in Bordeaux.

Please note section: Flat, comfortable shoes recommended. Walking in Bordeaux is at the discretion of each guest.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Private Visit

Savour some of Bordeaux region's finest wines during this unforgettable excursion to the private cellars of the Pessac Léognan-classified 'Great Growth' estate, Château Smith Haut Lafitte.


Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan Vineyards and Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Pessac-Léognan vineyards. Upon arrival, head to the Pessac-Léognan-classified 'Great Growth' estate, Château Smith Haut Lafitte. This estate owes its reputation as 'the quintessential Graves' to its superb Günz gravel terroir in a single block. The estate's history dates back to the Crusades. Scottish navigator Georges Smith acquired the château in the 18th century and Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, a Mayor of Bordeaux from a famous family of négociants, was a subsequent owner.


Estate and Secret Wine Cellars Tour

Since its purchase by Florence and Daniel Cathiard in 1990, Château Smith Haut Lafitte has become one of the leading lights of Bordeaux thanks to its elegant, powerful red and white wines. Since then, the owners have not only brought the wine of Smith Haut Lafitte up to the very highest level, but also restored the château's 16th-century tower, completely renovated two underground cellars, built their own cooperage and introduced such organic methods as horse-drawn ploughing, homemade compost, the use of plant extracts, etc. Your guided tour of the estate includes special access to the owners' private, secret cellars to see many wonderful wine treasures.


Château Smith Haut Lafitte Wine Tasting

Afterward, proceed to the tasting room for a private tasting of three wines. Included are both first-label wines from the estate (Château Smith Haut Lafitte red and white), and one red wine from its second-label (Les Hauts de Smith). Following this unforgettable visit to the Château Smith Haut Lafitte and tasting of the finest wines of the Bordeaux wine region, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and access the wine cellars. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cooking Class at Relais & Château Michelin Star restaurant Saint-James' School - back to Le Verdon

French Cuisine and its culture were classified as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2010. Take a chance to learn the secrets of its cuisine during a special cooking class at Relais & Château Michelin-starred Restaurant St James, followed by on-site lunch.


Departure towards the little village of Bouliac, southeast of Bordeaux.


There, you will enjoy a short guided tour of the village. Nicknames "Bordeaux's balcony" because of the great panoramic view it offers, Bouliac has attracted the finest gourmets, food lovers and the French Art de Vivre lovers for a long time. Discover quaint boutiques, cafés and bistros before proceeding to the Relais Château Saint-James, haven of peace, circled by vines and nestled next to a charming Roman Church, within a ten-acre park and vineyard. Built from a 17th-century winegrowing charterhouse, the Michelin-awarded restaurant and the 18-room Relais Château, inspired by traditional tobacco dryers, were designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel in the 1980s. In this unique environment, you will attend a cooking class in the Relais Château Saint James restaurant's special cooking school. During this class, the instructor will share with you the secrets of the French traditional cuisine, registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Centered on a specific seasonal product or ingredient, each themed class is your chance to practice the professional techniques that will make it possible for you to reproduce the recipes at home. The service includes a hands-on class with preparation of a starter and a main course. After sharing a memorable French cuisine experience, you will relax and savor the fruit of your labors during an on-site tasting of the two dishes cooked, paired with a dessert, a glass of wine and coffee.


Sit back in your minibus and relax on the way to the Médoc via the famous route des Château towards Le Verdon to board your ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking.This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and is wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dinner at the Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Indulge your senses with some of Bordeaux region's finest food and wines during this delightful outing to the Pessac Léognan-classified 'Great Growth' estate, Château Smith Haut Lafitte.


Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan Vineyards and Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Pessac-Léognan vineyards. Upon arrival, head to the Pessac-Léognan-classified 'Great Growth' estate, Château Smith Haut Lafitte. This estate owes its reputation as 'the quintessential Graves' to its superb Günz gravel terroir in a single block. The estate's history dates back to the Crusades. Scottish navigator Georges Smith acquired the château in the 18th century and Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, a Mayor of Bordeaux from a famous family of négociants, was a subsequent owner.


Estate Wine Cellars Tour

Since its purchase by Florence and Daniel Cathiard in 1990, Château Smith Haut Lafitte has become one of the leading lights of Bordeaux thanks to its elegant, powerful red and white wines. Since then, the owners have not only brought the wine of Smith Haut Lafitte up to the very highest level, but also restored the château's 16th-century tower, completely renovated two underground cellars, built their own cooperage and introduced such organic methods as horse-drawn ploughing, homemade compost, the use of plant extracts, etc. Your guided tour includes a visit of the magnificient estate cellars before dinner.


Dinner Paired with Wines

Following your guided cellars tour, champagne and canapes are served in the cellars or outside. After cocktails are served, proceed to the dining room for a sumptuous, four-course dinner paired with wines from the château. At the conclusion of your unforgettable cellars tour and dinner at the Château Smith Haut Lafitte, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and access the wine cellars. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Médoc & Château Cordeillan-Bages Lunch

Discover the beauty of the Médoc region during this lunch at the Relais & Châteaux - Château Cordeillan-Bages. In the dining room,newly appointed Chef,successor of two star chefs,endure the tradition of the restaurant and refines the products of the South West and proposes a delightful dialogue between a contemporary Haute cuisine and the Bordeaux grand crus.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier for an enjoyable scenic, 90-minute drive along the Quai des Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, and then through the 'Route des Châteaux' into Médoc. The Médoc landscape features vine-covered gravel rises as far as the eye can see. Vineyards, orderly and well-kept, produce some of the finest wines in the world.

Medoc classified wine estate Visit & Tasting

Upon arrival, learn about winemaking techniques and taste two of the wines produced on the estate. After your visit and wine tasting, re-board your coach for the short transfer to Chateau's restaurant.


Relais & Châteaux - Château Cordeillan-Bages Restaurant

Enjoy a three-course meal paired with some of the finest Bordeaux wines in one the most acclaimed restaurant of the Bordeaux and Medoc wine region, The Relais & Châteaux Château Cordeillan-Bages.


Afterwards seatbacks to enjoy the panoramic return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires advance booking one month prior to the start of the cruise. Cancellations received after this deadline will incur penalty charges of up to 100%, which will be billed to your shipboard account. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 220 yards (about 200metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. However, there may be steps and/or stairs to negotiate at the wine château. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Médoc & Château Cordeillan-Bages Lunch - back to Le Verdon

Discover the beauty of the Médoc region during this lunch at the Relais & Châteaux - Château Cordeillan-Bages. In the dining room,newly appointed Chef,successor of two star chefs,endure the tradition of the restaurant and refines the products of the South West and proposes a delightful dialogue between a contemporary Haute cuisine and the Bordeaux grand crus.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier for an enjoyable scenic, 90-minute drive along the Quai des Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, and then through the 'Route des Châteaux' into Médoc. The Médoc landscape features vine-covered gravel rises as far as the eye can see. Vineyards, orderly and well-kept, produce some of the finest wines in the world.

Medoc classified wine estate Visit & Tasting

Upon arrival, learn about winemaking techniques and taste two of the wines produced on the estate. After your visit and wine tasting, re-board your coach for the short transfer to Chateau's restaurant.


Relais & Châteaux - Château Cordeillan-Bages Restaurant

Enjoy a three-course meal paired with some of the finest Bordeaux wines in one the most acclaimed restaurant of the Bordeaux and Medoc wine region, The Relais & Châteaux Château Cordeillan-Bages.


Departure to the Médoc vineyards, continue along the famous 'Route des Châteaux' toward Le Verdon.

Stop in the village of Soulac for a visit and some free time, then board your ship in Le Verdon.



Please note: This tour requires advance booking one month prior to the start of the cruise. Cancellations received after this deadline will incur penalty charges of up to 100%, which will be billed to your shipboard account. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 220 yards (about 200metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. However, there may be steps and/or stairs to negotiate at the wine château. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Médoc Wine Château Visit

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and flavours of the Médoc wine road during this half-day Château visit and wine tasting.

Médoc & Château Wine Roads

Depart the pier for the scenic drive along the famous Quai des Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, and then begin your tour of the Médoc just north of the city. The Médoc wine road, located between the Gironde Estuary and the Landes Forest, offers magnificent views of vine-covered gravelled rises as far as the eye can see. Along the way, photo stops are made at some of the area's most famous châteaux, which include Margaux and any other famous wine château: i.e. Lafite Rothschild or Mouton Rothschild or Pichon Longueville.


Médoc Wines

Médoc vineyards are extremely orderly and well-maintained. The region's world-renowned châteaux produce celebrated wines, including Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc, and Margaux, (with the celebrated château of the same name).

Médoc Wine Château Visit & Tasting

Your tour includes a visit to the cellars of a Classified Great Growth Château, such as Pontet Canet, Lynch Bages, Lagrange, Gruaud Larose, Branaire Ducru, Issan, Kirwan, Pichon Longueville, Rausan Ségla.


Upon arrival, learn about winemaking techniques and participate in a tasting of two wines from the estate.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 330-660 yards (300-600 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they can negotiate the stairs and/or steps in château cellars. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.The tour sequence may vary.

Panoramic Bordeaux & Wine Museum

Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty and flavours of Bordeaux during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and a visit to the splendid new La Cité du Vin Museum.


Bordeaux City

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour orientation drive through the city of Bordeaux, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, take in the exquisite beauty of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remains remarkably well-preserved to this day.


Bordeaux Landmarks

See the Chartrons Riverfront, where the city's wine trade began, and L'Esplanade des Quinconces. With an area of approximately 30 acres (about 12 hectares), this esplanade is one of Europe's largest squares and features a column commemorating the French Revolution. Continue past the 18th-century Place de la Bourse, 15th-century Cailhau Gate, 14th-century Big Bell, 18th-century Palais Rohan, now the City Hall, 13th-century St. Andrew Cathedral, where Alienor d'Aquitaine married Louis VII, and the 18th-century Grand Theatre, the opera house built by Victor Louis.


La Cité du Vin Museum

Next, a visit is made to the La Cité du Vin Museum. Bordeaux's newest highlight is a unique facility set within an evocative architectural design, and offers a unique view of wine that transcends the world and its history, cultures and civilizations. Your self-guided tour of this expansive museum's 10 levels is punctuated by 20 themed spaces explaining the culture of wine in an immersive, interactive and sensorial setting. Afterward, proceed for a wine tasting in the approximately 115-foot-high (about 35-metre-high) Belvedere of La Cité du Vin, which offers a spectacular, 360° view of the city. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219-437 yards (about 200-400 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the museum. Walking in the museum is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Panoramic Bordeaux & Wine Tasting

Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty and flavours of Bordeaux during a sightseeing excursion through the Old Town, and a tour and tasting at nearby vineyards. Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, needs little introduction to anyone with an interest in wine. One of the world's most prolific wine regions, it also manages to rank amongst the most famous and prestigious.

Bordeaux Old Town

Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour sightseeing drive through the Old Town of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Palais Rohan (now the City Hall or Hôtel de Ville), Place Gambetta and Place Tourny, which offers a view of the lovely, late 18th-century Grand Theatre. From here, pass by the 14th-century Cailhau Gate, the impressive Grosse Cloche from the English period and the former belfry of the Town Hall from the Middle Ages.


Vineyards

Your drive continues on to one of the many nearby vineyards that surround Bordeaux, that are on the outskirts, in the north that starts the Medoc appellation region, or towards the south on the left bank of the Garonne river, in the Graves Pessac-Leognan Appellation. These vineyards are the oldest in all of Bordeaux and have exported wine for centuries. Next, proceed to one of the wine estate.

Winery Tour

Upon arrival, take a guided wine cellar tour followed by a tasting at a wine château. Following your visit enjoy some free time browse the wine gift shop before commence the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. However, there may be steps and/or stairs to negotiate at the wine château. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Prestigious tastings at Château Marquis de Terme

Discover the majestic scenery and exquisite wines of Château Marquis de Terme in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Drive 45 minutes along the scenic "Routes des Châteaux" (Châteaux wine road) as beautiful vineyards on both sides rise row upon row as far as the eye can see. Arrive at the Château Marquis de Terme for a tour of its cellars and an exclusive tasting of 7 different wine varieties.


Classified as one of ten Quatrièmes Crus (Fourth Growth) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, the Chateau Marquis de Terme has a long history that began with its original owner, Bernard de Faverolles. At the time the property was sold in 1661 to Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan, it was one of the largest properties in Bordeaux. This Medoc estate was so large that it was the birthplace of four different classified wines (Rauzan-Segla, Rauzan-Gassies, Chateau Desmirali and Marquis de Terme).


Today Château Marquis de Terme is home to 40 hectares of vineyards that produce sought-after wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, all medium to full-bodied, with supple tannins, lots of depth and amazing aromas. Tour the sweeping estate before going inside for the highlight of this excursion, the cellar tour.


Head to the cellar, the world of Grands Crus Classés, and enjoy the rare opportunity of a tasting that highlights the origins and history of each wine classification. Taste a wine from each selected wine estate from the Médoc appellations: Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux and the Haut-Médoc. In addition to these five prestigious wines, enjoy two other varieties, one from a classified grand cru of the Barsac appellation, and another from the Sauternes appellation.

By the conclusion of this unique and rare tour, gain the knowledge of how a wine is produced, placed in its rich historical context, as well as the particular differences and characteristics of each of the seven wines presented.


Make the 45-minute scenic drive back to the pier to return to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking, approximately 300 to 600 meters, with unpaved surfaces outdoors as well as two steps and uneven ground to traverse in order to visit the cellars. This tour may be appropriate for individuals with limited mobility, but it is not suitable for individuals using wheelchairs due to steps at the entrance and exit of the wine estate. Wine tasting is for guests 18 years or older only; children may attend the tour but will not be able to participate in the wine tasting. Guests are recommended to wear casual clothing and flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bordeaux at your leisure during a full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Please note that for the oganization of any visit in any Chateau or wine tastings, the follow has to be communicated at least 5 days prior to the call.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bordeaux at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Please note that for the oganization of any visit in any Chateau or wine tastings, the follow has to be communicated at least 5 days prior to the call.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bordeaux at your leisure during a full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Please note that for the oganization of any visit in any Chateau or wine tastings, the follow has to be communicated at least 5 days prior to the call.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bordeaux at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Please note that for the oganization of any visit in any Chateau or wine tastings, the follow has to be communicated at least 5 days prior to the call.

St. Emilion by Hot-Air Balloon

Embrace the spectacular beauty of the Bordeaux wine region from a unique perspective during this half-day, hot-air balloon excursion.


Scenic Drive and Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to the hot-air balloon take-off site near the village of St. Emilion. Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, then climb aboard the gondola as the gas-powered flame warms the air in the balloon to the temperature required for lift-off.


St. Emilion Village and Vineyards

After take-off, drift slowly above the picturesque St. Emilion village and its vineyards. Along the way, your approximately one-hour, hot-air balloon ride takes you over the magnificent landscapes and vineyards of the world-renowned Bordeaux wine region. Upon landing, receive your flight certificate and relax with a celebratory glass of Bordeaux wine. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards-656 yards (about 300 metres-600 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and hot air balloon. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a jacket or sweater, and a hat from the ship. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. The maximum height for each guest is approximately six feet, five inches (about two metres). Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. This tour requires advance booking one month prior to the start of cruise. Guests must advise the Shore Concierge Staff of their weight, height and date-of-birth upon embarking the ship. Cancellations received after this deadline will incur penalty charges of 100%, which will be billed to your shipboard account. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Guests aged 70 years old and above must provide a doctor's certificate in advance of this tour confirming that they are medically fit to fly in a hot-air balloon. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The hot-air balloon holds a maximum of six guests. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

UNESCO Village of St. Emilion

Explore the Old World history and landmarks of St. Emilion during a half-day sightseeing excursion to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided walking tour will allow you to get up close to the rich history of this beautiful village.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the vineyards of the Pomerol and St. Emilion regions. The celebrated vineyards of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the most famous and attractive destinations in the Bordeaux region. The vineyards reach all the way up to St. Emilion's 13th-century town walls.


St. Emilion Walking Tour

Upon arrival in St. Emilion, take a guided walking tour of the village and its underground monuments. Along the way, visit landmarks that include the Collegial Church and its magnificent, 12th-century cloister, the 12th-century ramparts, the marketplace and Eglise Monolith, the largest underground church in Europe. Adjacent to the church, the catacombs include a charnel house and numerous sepulchres dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.


Additional sights to be seen include a natural grotto known as the Hermitage, the Cadene Gate and the King's Tower.


After your guided visit, some free time is made available to explore the village and browse the shops at your leisure before re-boarding the coach for the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1200m (.75 miles) on hilly, uneven ground and cobblestones in the village, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.

Village of St Emilion & Chateaux Visit

Experience the picturesque beauty and flavours of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during this half-day excursion to the village and vineyards, and a tour and tasting at a local wine château. The oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region, St. Emilion wines are considered the most robust reaching their maturity quicker than other red Bordeaux.

St. Emilion

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the vineyards of the Pomerol and St. Emilion regions. The celebrated vineyards of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the most famous and attractive destinations in the Bordeaux region. The vineyards reach all the way up to St. Emilion's 13th-century town walls. Upon arrival, the village's medieval bell tower comes into view first, rising above the ancient ramparts.

Your guided visit begins with a short walk to the upper part of the village. The area's attractions include Eglise Monolithe, the largest underground church in Europe. The complex includes 13th-century catacombs, a lovely chapel, and a grotto known as 'Hermitage'. After your walking tour, some free time is made available to browse the numerous shops or explore the village at your leisure.

Château Tour & Tasting

Your tour concludes with a visit to one of the area's many wine châteaux. Upon arrival, learn about the winemaking process, take a guided tour of the wine cellar, and sample two recent vintages.

Following your tour and tasting, commence the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over hilly, uneven ground for approximately 1200m (.75 miles), with cobblestones in St. Emilion and steps and stairs to negotiate at the wine estate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. No pictures or filming allowed in the underground monuments of Saint Emilion.

Visit and Lunch at Classified Château Kirwan in Medoc - back to Le Verdon

Tour one of the Bordeaux's finest and oldest wineries in the Médoc region, enjoying a wine tasting, an incredible four-course meal, a cellar tour, and the opportunity to visit a first growth château with a history dating back to the thirteenth century. Take a 30-minute, scenic Médoc and Château Wine Roads Château Kirwan, a third-generation (third growth, referring to its connection to the original grapevines of Bordeaux) winery with origins dating back to 1751.


This notable château was established in the 16th century y Sir John Collingwood, an English trader who purchased the state of Lasalle and produced a premium Claret very popular among the English. His son-in-law, Mark Kirwan, renamed the winery to its present-day name, Château Kirwan, when the estate was passed down to him in 1760 upon Sir Collingwood's death. Mr. Kirwan was knowledgeable about wine production and the rich soils of Cantenac and established a successful winery, rebuilding the château building that exists to this day.


Château Kirwan is famous for its visit by Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States in 1787. The winery has been lived through a succession of ownership, ending to-date with respected wine merchants Schröder & Schÿler, contracted in 1882 by the City of Bordeaux. Today a grandson of these merchants, Jean-Henri Schÿler, has continued the tradition of exquisite quality winemaking as he lives there with his family, just like owners have done for centures.


Arrive at Château Kirwan and receive a guided tour of its wine cellars (steps and uneven surfaces will need to be travelled on foot). Then make your way to enjoy a wine aperitif and appetizers before lunch is served in the Château dining room.


Dine on a memorable four-course luncheon, beginning with a starter. The meal is rounded out with a delectable cheese course and dessert. Wine is served with each of the first three courses.


As the lunch is prepared by a caterer (not a restaurant) we would need to choose a unique: Starter -main course -and desert in advance. Unfortunately, the guests cannot choose on site.


After lunch, drive North Medoc towards Le Verdon and stop at.Château Margaux, a first generation ("Premier cru," or first growth) winery with a deep history extending all the way back to the 12th century, when a fortified castle La Mothe first occupied the site. The château's winemaking efforts extend at east back to the 1570s, when the family of Pierre de Lestonnac settled here and cleared many fields for grapevines. Today the estate extends over an astounding 650 acres.


Walk the grounds of Château Margaux, a beautiful château in a stunning and picturesque setting. Take a walk to digest your elaborate lunch and enjoy the chance to take photos of this historic winery's grounds.


Departing Château Margaux, make your scenic return drive (90 minutes) to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves little walking, approximately 200 to 400 meters, though there are some stairs and uneven ground to traverse in order to visit the cellars, as well as gravel surfaces outside the chateau. Guests in a wheelchair must be able to transfer from their chair, but much of the terrain can be travelled by wheelchair, therefore this tour may be appropriate for individuals with limited mobility or those confined to wheelchairs. Wine tasting is for guests 18 years or older only; children as young as 12 may attend the tour but will not be able to participate in the wine tasting. Guests are recommended to wear shoes suitable for walking along uneven surfaces.

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