Silversea Luxury Cruises To BORDEAUX

Silversea Luxury Cruises - 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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LISBON To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
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Excursions in BORDEAUX

After Hours Saint-Emilion Village

Saint Emilion

There can be no better place to start a visit to this attractive region than at Saint-Emilion, heartland of Merlot grape growing, located approximately 1 hour drive from the port. This area produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the "hill of a thousand chateaux" reach right up to Saint Emilion's 13th-century town walls and the surrounding moat dug out of solid rock. Members of the local wine brotherhood, the Jurats, proclaim the vintage banns in much the same way as their ancestors did during the reign of Richard the Lionheart.


Walking Tour

You will visit the main monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Collegiale Church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the ramparts, the market place, and the monolithic church or underground church from the 9th and 12th centuries. Consecrated to the holy hermit by the Benedictine monks, this is unique in Europe for its size. It represents a stunning transformation of the natural caves in the cliff-face that have been used for religious purposes from prehistoric times to the present day. Beside the church, the catacombs include a charnel house and a number of sepulchers from the 11th and 12th centuries. The Hermitage was constructed by transforming a natural grotto. Strolling the streets by night, you will also see the Cadene Gate and the King's Tower.


Free Time

Discover the charming nightlife of this typical village, and the beauty of the illuminations on the limestone of the village. After your guided visit, you will approximately 1.5 hour of time at leisure for shopping and for dinner on your own.

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.

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.

Château Lafaurie Peyraguey, a Lalique experience in the hearth of the Sauternes region

Leave for the approximately 1 hour scenic drive from through the worldwide-known Sauternes region.


Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Arrive at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, a first Classified growth of Sauternes, for a visit followed by a tasting of 3 wines of the estate. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is located in the highest part of the village of Bommes with the famous Château Yquem as its neighbor. Its 37.5 hectares of vineyards stand on the third terrace of the Sauternes appellation, over 70 metres above sea level and the mosaic of terroirs that spread across the four villages of Bommes, Sauternes, Fargues and Preignac give the wines of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey their typical, long-reputed style.

During this visit, you will discover the history of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, the territory of Sauternes, its viticulture and the secret of its sweet wines.


Lalique Art Experience

2018 marked the opening of the new Lalique hotel and restaurant at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

You will be explained the special link that unites their wines to the art of Lalique and discover the jewels of this property like their cellar and the stunning Chapel, entirely decorated by Lalique. The name Lalique evokes the brilliance of jewellery, the wonder of transparency, and the brilliance of crystal. Before it became a brand name, it was the name of a man, an artist of genius, rené-jules lalique and of his heirs who shared his creative flame.


Sauterne Wine Tasting

After the visit, you will taste three wines of the Château in the Vinothèque or in the Chapel, nestled between the two historic wine cellars. Return to your ship in Bordeaux after having delighted your palate and discovered Sauternes otherwise.

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 St Emilion Château Ambe Tour Pourret

Taste and learn how to make regional Bordeaux dishes on this exclusive tour and cooking class (space limited so we recommend early booking). Your class is hosted by the chef at the Château Ambe Tour Pourret in St. Emilion vineyards, where you have the rare opportunity to learn all the details about food preparation that turn cooks into chefs.


Depart the pier and drive one hour to the St. Emilion vineyards. Upon arrival at the chateau enjoy a visit of the cellars, followed by a wine tasting, as well as views of the superb construction of the space with its tower, and the grand courtyard centered around the hundred-year-old chestnut tree and a small vineyard, a door into the sweet life at the entrance of the beautiful village of Saint-Emilion.


Continue to the kitchen where, under the Chef's guidance, you get to have an incredibly unique experience in Saint-Emilion, concocting and tasting regional dishes in accordance with the château's wines. This workshop is limited to 12 people, each with their own cooking surface and preparation space for a truly intimate and hands-on opportunity.


Your course is focused on creating a menu highlighting produce and products that are in season, including preparing a starter and main course, or a main course and a desert. After your 1.15 hour lesson, savor what you prepared over lunch, accompanied by three wines from the estate in a lesson about wine pairing. The lunch is set in the reception room or outdoors in the shady courtyard, a beautiful chance to enjoy the fruits of your labors in either place.


As your meal concludes make your goodbyes to your teacher and guides and make the return drive back to the ship.

Dine at Kim’s place

Savour a delicious, home-cooked meal of regional specialties in a beautiful Bordeaux residence during this memorable, half-day culinary and cultural excursion.


Bordeaux, Scenic Stroll with Kim Freeman to Her Apartment in the Chartrons District

After meeting your guide and host, Kim Freeman, at the pier, depart for the short walk to the Chartrons District, the historic wine-trading district of Bordeaux, en route to Kim's Chartrons apartment. Upon arrival, Kim, a former magazine editor in New York and Paris and now a devoted Bordelaise foodie, welcomes you into her Chartrons apartment for a relaxed evening of discovering Bordeaux's local food and wine, all sourced from the central market and local chateaux.


Aperitif, Local Cheeses, Southwest France Specialities

Your memorable evening begins with an aperitif, followed by a selection of local cheeses and specialties of southwest France prepared by Kim herself. Afterward, delight in a grand finale of the area's three famous desserts. Following an evening of great food, engaging conversation, cultural exchange and a taste of daily life in the warmth of Kim's lovely apartment, commence the short, guided stroll back to the pier.

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.

Food & Wine Pairing Workshop Dinner at Château de Ferrand, St Emilion Classified Estate

Located in the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, Château de Ferrand is an enchanting 17th-century château surrounded by vines and overlooking the Dordogne Valley. It is a rare jewel that has become accessible to the public. The Château was built during the reign of Louis XIV. It was purchased by Baron Bich in 1978 and it is now the property of his children. Baron Bich is world famous for its ballpoint pen sold all over the planet, as well as its disposable razors and lighters. The function room and wine cellars have been elegantly and stylishly refurbished by a renowned Italian designer. The estate's wines have been a leading light among the great Bordeaux wine estates for three hundred years.

In 2012 Ferrand won deserved recognition for the unanimously acclaimed quality of its wines when the estate was awarded Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé status. This ranking also rewards châteaux that have been able to develop their architectural heritage and make it available to wine-lovers. Ferrand has fully restored winemaking facilities and a unique function/tasting room. Everything here is designed to appeal to wine-lovers, wine professionals and visitors from all horizons. Tasting sessions are given by a sommelier, while the accompanying cuisine is refined and always perfectly matched to the range of vintages on offer. Authenticity runs through this exceptional estate, from the beauty of the site to the inestimable care and attention brought to the winemaking process, as well as food & wine pairings to delight the palate. Ferrand is the epitome of French art de vivre.


After a private tour of the estate and its cellars, you will enjoy 4 dishes and 4 vintages of Château de Ferrand, ending with a "Café Gourmand".

You will participate in an informal, relaxed and entertaining dinner-workshop, with the sommelier giving a class to further your knowledge of wine, and wine and food pairing. The workshop combines useful tips with pleasurable culinary experiences. It is all about tasting, savouring and comparing! A unique experience designed to awaken senses.

Medoc & St. Emilion by Helicopter

View some of the most famous wine chateau estates of the world and UNESCO classified Saint Emilion landscapes while on this helicopter flight adventure. Your private helicopter flight will fly over some of the region's historic chateaux and vineyards famous for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot wines.


Bordeaux Hecopter

Depart the pier for a 30-minute, scenic drive to the Bordeaux airport. After a short safety briefing, board your helicopter for a 40-minute flight over the Médoc countryside and the villages that have given their names to the famous Médoc wine. These include Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe. Fly over some of the world leading Chateau Wine Estates in this region, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

On the other side of the river Gironde, admire the hilly landscapes of the UNESCO Classified Saint Emilion region before landing.

Board your coach for the scenic return drive to the pier.

Scenic 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.

Shop with Kim at the Farmer’s Market

Experience the tantalising flavours and aromas of Bordeaux's famous Capucins Market District during this bespoke, half-day shopping and tasting excursion.


Bordeaux, Transfer to the Capucins Market District with Your Guide, Kim Freeman

Meet your guide, American-born, Bordeaux citizen Kim Freeman, at the pier and depart for the short walk to the local tram. Board the tram and transfer to the Marché des Capucins (Capucins Market District), also known as the 'Belly of Bordeaux'. Kim fell in love with French cuisine, and has integrated the influences of French culture into her personal and professional life. Now a Bordeaux resident, she loves to share her passion for food and the French culture.


Personalised Shopping and Tasting Tour

Upon arrival at the Capucins Market District, Kim takes you on a personalised shopping trip at one of Bordeaux's wonderful markets. Discover a bustling market full of energy, with many products to sample and aromas to tantalise you. Please your palate with different tastings throughout the tour, and shop like a local with Kim's advice and guidance. Following this immersive shopping-and-tasting experience, re-board the local tram and commence the short ride back to the pier.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

The Margaux Wine Discovery

Indulge your senses with the spectacular beauty, flavours and vineyards of the Margaux Wine District during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Bordeaux, Quai des Chartrons, Margaux Vineyards, Médoc Wine Road

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive north towards Médoc along the famous Quai des Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade. Upon arrival, proceed to the Margaux vineyards, the southernmost part of the Médoc area and starting point of the famous 'Route des Châteaux'. The Medoc Wine Road, located between the Gironde Estuary and Landes Forest, offers magnificent views of gravelly, vine-covered rises as far as the eye can see.


Château Margaux, Photo Stop, Margaux- Médoc Classified Wine Estate, Wine Tasting

During your drive along a portion of the Médoc Wine Road, a photo stop is made at the celebrated Château Margaux before heading towards another Margaux-Medoc Classified wine estate. Upon arrival, learn all about the winemaking techniques employed here, then proceed for a tasting of three different wines from the estate, paired with bread and cheese. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

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 & Lunch at Château Lafaurie Peyraguey a Lalique & Michelin Star Experience

Leave for the approximately 1 hour scenic drive from through the worldwide-known Sauternes region.


Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Arrive at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, a first Classified growth of Sauternes, for a visit followed by a tasting of 3 wines of the estate. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is located in the highest part of the village of Bommes with the famous Château Yquem as its neighbor. Its 37.5 hectares of vineyards stand on the third terrace of the Sauternes appellation, over 70 metres above sea level and the mosaic of terroirs that spread across the four villages of Bommes, Sauternes, Fargues and Preignac give the wines of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey their typical, long-reputed style.

During this visit, you will discover the history of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, the territory of Sauternes, its viticulture and the secret of its sweet wines.


Lalique Art Experience

2018 marked the opening of the new Lalique hotel and gourmet restaurant at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

You will be explained the special link that unites their wines to the art of Lalique and discover the jewels of this property like their cellar and the stunning Chapel, entirely decorated by Lalique. The name Lalique evokes the brilliance of jewellery, the wonder of transparency, and the brilliance of crystal. Before it became a brand name, it was the name of a man, an artist of genius, rené-jules lalique and of his heirs who shared his creative flame.


Sauterne Wine Tasting

After the visit, you will taste three wines of the Château in the Vinothèque or in the Chapel, nestled between the two historic wine cellars..


Michelin Star Lunch

Discover the Michelin restaurant of the Château for a 3-course lunch served with 2 wines.

Be amazed by the splendor of the restaurant while you are having lunch and discover the different treasures of the restaurant that benefits from the refinement and expertise of Lalique. Just look up and you will discover a ceiling, decorated with one hundred and twenty Sémillon leaves in brilliant golden crystal.


Return to your ship in Bordeaux after having delighted your palate and discovered Sauternes otherwise

Welcome Walk around the Chartrons district

Welcome to les Chartrons! A village inside Bordeaux. After a short walk from your ship, your guide will give you an orientation tour of this charming a lively district that runs along the edge of the Garonne river.

Named after the monks who established an old convent there in the 14th century (les Chartreux,) the district had become a thriving area by the 18th century, where wealthy merchants built fortunes, thanks to the booming local wine trade. Warehouses were built along the Garonne, where wine produced in the Bordeaux region arrived on flat-bottom boats, only to be shipped to northern Europe. Today, as trade has moved away from the river, Chartrons has become a quiet but lively residential neighborhood, perhaps better known for its many antique shops, wine bars and pubs! A very nice place to stroll and live. Local landmarks remained, like le Temple des Chartrons, built in the early 19th century, or l'Eglise St Louis des Chartrons and its neo-gothic architecture (1870s.). After the tour you can either come back to your ship or enjoy some free time in the famous Notre Dame street enjoying a glass of wine in one of the numerous wine bars of the district. Your guide will be happy to share his favorite addresses with you !

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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