Visit world-class vineyards and learn the art of French cooking as you explore the highlights of this beautiful region of southwest France

With world-class vineyards around every corner and delicious dishes at every turn, Bordeaux is a true paradise for lovers of food and wine. Here you can spend your time tasting clarets at some of the region's most famous vineyards, wander the cobbled streets of historic villages, and indulge your appreciation of fine French cuisine.

On this seven-night all-inclusive river cruise, you'll wind your way through the picturesque Médoc wine region, visiting exceptional traditional wineries and charming châteaux.

You'll be joined by a very special guest, the celebrated French chef, Raymond Blanc, who'll host an interactive cooking demonstration of some of his favourite dishes and answer your questions in a Q&A session.

Setting off from Bordeaux, you'll discover the UNESCO-listed citadel in Blaye, explore the mysterious underground catacombs of Saint-Émilion, see Libourne's Gothic church, and cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes.

Among the excursions are visits to several vineyards and elegant châteaux wine estates, where you can take part in wine tastings and learn about the wine-making process. You can even learn the art of French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, the ship's onboard cookery classes, so you can learn how to recreate the tastes of Bordeaux in your own kitchen. You'll visit a local food market with a Chef to pick out produce to use in your class.

You'll be travelling in style on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond, with sparkling marble interiors, chic furnishings, first-class suites, delicious food and a range of extravagant facilities to make your cruise truly memorable.

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Raymond Blanc OBE
Chef & restaurateur
The Michelin-starred chef brought five-star French cuisine to the world - with his best-selling books, television programmes and fabulous restaurants

Raymond Blanc is an iconic French chef. His restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, remains the only UK country house hotel to have retained two Michelin stars for over 30 years, and is also home to the Raymond Blanc Cookery School.

His TV series include BBC Two's The Very Hungry Frenchman and his books include Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons: The Story of a Modern Classic.

Price includes

  • Seven nights' accommodation on one of Europe's most luxurious five-star ships
  • Return flights from a choice of 16 UK airports or travel via Eurostar**
  • See Raymond Blanc in action during an exclusive cooking demo
  • A complimentary copy of one of Raymond's latest books, which he will sign for you
  • Sit back and relax with fully-inclusive meals
  • One exclusive Scenic Enrich event and 16 Scenic Freechoice excursions to choose from
  • Complimentary premium branded beverages
  • A variety of exciting onboard activities
  • Benefit from personal butler service and laundry concierge
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • E-bikes available for use by guests
  • Expert local guides
  • All tipping, port charges and airport taxes
  • Ship transfers
  • Earlybird savings of £850 per person*

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 10, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Oct 17, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,995*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes early bird discount of £850 per person, based on availability and is capacity controlled. Single supplement applies. Deposit £750. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Supplements apply. Flights available from a variety of different airports. ***One per cabin. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Scenic Tours (UK) Ltd (ABTA bonded).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Fly to Bordeaux from a UK airport convenient for you**. You'll arrive in Bordeaux, where your friendly crew will welcome you aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your seven night cruise.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion
    Libourne, France

    Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise along the Dordogne River to Libourne. While sailing, perhaps try your hand at a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire.

    Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You'll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church - a fascinating historical site dug into the rocky hillside.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Libourne
    Pauillac, France

    Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and see its quaint 16th century town-houses and stately Gothic church. Alternatively, you could visit the estate of Château Siaurac for a wine tasting, or explore the eclectic city of Bergerac.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Blaye
    Bordeaux, France

    Discover the remarkable Blaye region today. Stroll through the town on a guided tour and observe the impressively preserved centre. If you're feeling more active, join an active walking tour of Blaye and its historic citadel, established to protect the region from invasion.

    This afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a masterclass at Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax as you cruise towards Pauillac.

    This evening, visit Château d'Agassac, a 13th-century castle & 42-hectare vineyard, where you can soak in the ambience as live musicians perform classical masterpieces.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Médoc
    Médoc, France

    This morning, immerse yourself in the scenic Médoc wine region and discover why it's regarded as the world's leading red wine producer. Afterwards you'll have time to sample the region's finest vintages at one of its spectacular estates. Or, cycle throughout this beautiful region stopping along the way for a wine tasting.

    This afternoon, discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle. You'll walk through the 16th-century passageway to the guards rooms and see the immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, visit a local château and learn its fascinating history while sampling some of the extraordinary wines produced on site, or join a roundtrip cycle along the Captain's Road.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Cadillac
    Cadillac, France

    Venture into the Sauternes region for a delicious wine tasting at the prestigious Château de Rayne Vigneau, or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Classé wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey.

    Alternatively, you might choose to take a walking tour of Cadillac and visit Château de Cadillac, a truly beautiful château dating back to the 15th century.

    Today you'll be joined by the renowned French Chef, Raymond Blanc, who will host an interactive cooking demonstration of some of his favourite dishes with tasters for all.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Today you'll discover the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux with its idyllic boulevards and elegant architecture.

    You can choose to shop with a Chef at a local food market before cooking up a storm during your exclusive cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire, or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux.

    Back on board, enjoy a tasting of fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of nearby Arcachon Bay, whilst Chef Raymond Blanc shares a taste of his favourite accompanying sauces.

    Later on, sit back and relax during an informal Q&A session with Raymond, followed by a personal meet and greet opportunity where he will sign a complimentary copy of one of his latest books***.

    Tonight you'll enjoy the Captain's farewell gala dinner, with some final words from Raymond during the farewell cocktail reception.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Disembark Scenic Diamond after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Scenic Diamond

5
Cruise ship

The newly-renovated Scenic Diamond is one of the most luxurious vessels to sail through beautiful Bordeaux.

Complete with a range of opulent finishes, Scenic Diamond boasts spacious cabins, five-star restaurants and a fabulous sun deck.

When you're not exploring on land, relax in the state-of-the-art amenities - including a vitality pool, gym, spa and, for the first time ever, Scenic Culinaire: a private cooking area where guests can participate in cookery courses.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included, as are all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. With a choice of six dining venues, you'll never run out of options.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Oct 10, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Oct 17, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,995*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes early bird discount of £850 per person, based on availability and is capacity controlled. Single supplement applies. Deposit £750. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Supplements apply. Flights available from a variety of different airports. ***One per cabin. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Scenic Tours (UK) Ltd (ABTA bonded).

Call now to book 01615166993
Quote ref: SC BORDEAUX RAYMOND