Silversea Luxury Cruises A Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux as a whole, rather than any particular points within it, is what you'll want to visit in order to understand why Victor Hugo described it as Versailles plus Antwerp, and why the painter Francisco de Goya, when exiled from his native Spain, chose it as his last home (he died here in 1828). View more

The capital of southwest France and the region's largest city, Bordeaux remains synonymous with the wine trade: wine shippers have long maintained their headquarters along the banks of the Garonne, while buyers from around the world arrive for the huge biennial Vinexpo show (held in odd-number years).Bordeaux is, admittedly, a less exuberant city than many others in France, but lively and stylish elements are making a dent in its conservative veneer. The cleaned-up riverfront is said by some, after a bottle or two, to exude an elegance reminiscent of St. Petersburg, and that aura of 18th-century élan also permeates the historic downtown sector—“le vieux Bordeaux"—where fine shops invite exploration. To the south of the city center are old docklands undergoing renewal—one train station has now been transformed into a big multiplex movie theater—but the area is still a bit shady. To get a feel for the historic port of Bordeaux, take the 90-minute boat trip that leaves Quai Louis-XVIII every weekday afternoon, or the regular passenger ferry that plies the Garonne between Quai Richelieu and the Pont d'Aquitaine in summer. A nice time to stroll around the city center is the first Sunday of the month, when it's pedestrian-only and vehicles are banned.

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Excursions depuis Bordeaux

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 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 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.

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.

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 Helicopter

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.



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 minimum activity however guests must be able to board the helicopter without assistance. Guests must be a minimum of 12 years old, be in good physical condition, and able to walk unassisted in order to participate. Guests with back, neck or heart conditions, as well as pregnant women, may not participate. The pilot reserves the right to refuse any guest the right to fly and may cancel the flight at any time for safety reasons. Operation of the tour is dependent upon favourable weather and local conditions. Guests must sign a waiver of liability. A current photo ID is required, either a passport or a driver's license.

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 21 years old to participate in the wine tasting. The tour sequence may vary.

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 21 years old to participate in the wine tasting. 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 12 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of 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 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. A minimum number of participants per guide are required to operate this programme.

Saint-Émilion Château Cooking Class

Discover the vineyards of Saint-Émilion and secrets to preparing regional French cuisine during this interactive cooking excursion with lunch at the Château Ambe Tour Pourret.


Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, Château Ambe Tour Pourret, and Wine Cellars Tour and Tasting

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Saint-Émilion, a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Saint-Émilion's history dates back to prehistoric times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. Upon arrival at the Saint-Émilion vineyards, proceed to the Château Ambe Tour Pourret. The construction of this estate is splendid, with its tower, courtyard centre, hundred-year-old chestnut tree and a small vineyard.


Interactive Cooking Class

Your visit begins with a guided tour of the estate and its wine cellars. Learn about the estate's winemaking secrets, then proceed for a tasting of their renowned wines. Next, continue on for an interactive cooking lesson in the Château Ambe Tour Pourret's kitchen, where you are assigned your own hob and preparation space. Under the chef's guidance, learn how to cook regional French dishes utilising fresh seasonal ingredients, and assist in the preparation of an appetizer and a main course, or a main course and dessert.


Reception Room or Shady Courtyard, and Lunch Paired with Three Wines

Following your interactive cooking lesson, head to the reception room or shady courtyard for a relaxing lunch. Your meal consists of the dishes you have helped to prepare, and is paired with three of the château's wines. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and access the wine cellars. This tour is not recommended for 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 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Your guide is present during the cooking class and lunch for any assistance, but does not participate in the class. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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 & Chateau 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 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. No pictures or filming allowed in the underground monuments of Saint Emilion.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis Bordeaux

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Chateaux de La Loire

An UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural abundance of châteaux, the exquisite Loire Valley is renowned for its spectacular natural and architectural heritage, and as the cradle of French Royal history. Discover why during a two-night journey to the most beautiful château estates and gardens in the region. After disembarking the ship, a picturesque train-ride takes you to St. Pierre des Corps (Tours). En route, pass through the Loire Valley. Upon arrival in Tours, visit Château Villandry. One of the last great chateaux, it was built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. Following your guided tour, head for a stop at Amboise Castle, perched over the city and River Loire, and take in stunning views from its balconies, roofs and terraced gardens. Afterward, explore the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci during a visit to Clos Lucet, his former mansion, then head for dinner and an overnight stay at the Château d'Artigny, a 4-star hotel in Montbazon, The next day, explore the Loire Valley. Take a guided estate and gardens tour at the Château de Chenonceau, then proceed for lunch at l'Orangerie, the estate's gastronomic restaurant. After lunch, visit the other main masterpiece of the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord, for a guided tour of its splendid castle and gardens. After dinner and an overnight stay at the Château d'Artigny, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with a drive back to the port in Saint-Malo. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


02MIDBOD-A Chateaux de La Loire

Duration: 3 Days/2 Night

Departs from: Bordeaux on the 15th May

Re-join ship: Saint-Malo on the 17th May

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing



IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


LOCAL CURRENCY

Only Euros are accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.



Discover the cradle of French Royal history through visits to the exquisite Château estates and gardens of the Loire Valley during this unforgettable, three-day, two-night overland adventure from Bordeaux to Saint-Malo.


DAY ONE - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Bordeaux/St. Pierre des Corps (Tours)/Loire Valley/Montbazon


Bordeaux, Train-Ride to St. Pierre des Corps (Tours)

After collecting your packed lunch and disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to the Bordeaux Train Station. Upon arrival, walk towards the quay and board your TGV train for the picturesque, approximately two-hour ride towards St. Pierre des Corps (Tours), with lunch on board the train. En route, pass through the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its spectacular natural and architectural heritage. Its cultural abundance of châteaux has earned the Loire Valley its designation as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Château de Villandry

Upon arrival in Tours, board a coach for the drive to the Château de Villandry, is one of the last great chateaux built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. The Château de Villandry has the distinctive feature of never being the residence of a king, but of Jean Le Breton, Minister of Finance for François Ist.


Château and Gardens Tour

When he arrived at Villandry in 1532, Jean Le Breton drew on his exceptional architectural experience acquired on a large number of sites, including the Château of Chambord, which he supervised and directed on behalf of the Crown over many years. At the foot of the château, overlooking the River Cher, gardens were laid whose splendour already earned the estate a reputation outside the Loire Valley. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of these exquisite gardens.


Amboise City and Castle

Next, re-board your coach and head to the town of Amboise, located along the River Loire. Perched above the city and overlooking the river, Amboise Castle was residence of French kings from the 15th century to the 19th century, and its destiny is inextricably linked to the history of France. Numerous literary figures and artists were invited here, including Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb is preserved at the château. Thus, this Royal château is the expression of French-style luxury.


Amboise Castle Tour, Clos Lucet Mansion Tour

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of Amboise Castle. From its balconies, roofs and terraced gardens, enjoy the same breath-taking panoramic vistas of the Loire landscape enjoyed by kings of old. Leaving Amboise Castle, a short transfer brings you to the nearby Clos Lucet, mansion of Leonardo da Vinci. During your unforgettable guided tour, explore the heart of da Vinci's life and work. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and transfer to your hotel, the 5-star, 18th-century-styled Chateau d'Artigny, another impressive castle testimony of the Loire Valley. After check-in, the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.


A three-course dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Château d'Artigny - Montbazon.


DAY TWO - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Montbazon/Loire Valley


Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for a visit to the crowned jewels of the Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord. The history of the Château de Chenonceau is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. The first château was a medieval château dating from the 12th century and 13th century, of which only the dungeon remains. The château in its current form, unique architecture and river-crossing structure was built between 1513 and 1517.


Château de Chenonceau, Estate and Gardens Tour, Lunch, l'Orangerie Restaurant

Upon arrival at the Château de Chenonceau, take a guided walking tour of the Château and gardens. Following your tour, proceed for lunch at l'Orangerie, the estate's gastronomic restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and head to the other main masterpiece of the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord.


Château de Chambord, Castle and Gardens Tour

Upon arrival, see this magical captivating atmosphere unfold, and explore 500 years of French history during a guided walking tour of the Chambord Castle and its beautiful gardens. Highlights include a captivating, wondrous forest, 16th-century architecture inspired by François I, and a French formal garden added by King Louis XIV. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the hotel.


A three-course dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Chateau d'Artigny - Montbazon.


DAY THREE - Friday, May 17, 2019 - Montbazon/Saint-Malo


After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, depart for the scenic, approximately five-hour coach transfer to the port of Saint-Malo, with one-two comfort stops en route. Upon arrival at the pier in Saint-Malo, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the train, and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable, smart-casual clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and a camera from the ship. Casual-elegant attire is required for hotel dinners. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.




Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Chateau d'Artigny - Montbazon
  • Scheduled TGV train-ride: Bordeaux/Pierre des Corps (Tours)
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches (Day 1 packed lunch) and two dinners (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks and bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)
  • Three-course lunch at the gastronomic restaurant l'Orangerie - Chateau de Chenonceau
  • All port, parking and entrance fees
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
  • French visa

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.