Sample world-class wines and enjoy a private dinner at World Heritage-listed Château de Ferrand in Saint-Émilion.
Visit one of Bordeaux's finest cooperages to discover local wine making traditions and see how oak barrels are made.
We will take you to France's finest, including Château de Champchevrier, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord.
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These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your river ship. After settling in, live it up at a welcome reception tonight.
Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River ShipDaily :
This evening, we have arranged a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at Château de Ferrand. This regal château dates back to the 17th-century, while the current owners, the Bich family, were founders of the famous Bic company. Like a modern day dynasty, it is now managed by a Bich family member, who has since married into the Chandon-Moët family.
Enjoy a peaceful morning cruising along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, taking in the scenery along the way. In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore. Tonight, enjoy your Signature Experience.Daily :
Perhaps head to a caviar estate to learn about the farming of sturgeon fish before a tasting and a glass of sparkling wine. Alternatively, wander the stalls of the fresh food market, sampling fresh produce and gaining local knowledge conversing with the various stall holders.
From Libourne, choose your sightseeing. Later this afternoon, enjoy a peaceful cruise to Blaye.Daily :
Discover Blaye and take a stroll around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages. Later, cycle past châteaux on the banks of the Gironde Estuary, then follow the Captain’s Road past the Côtes de Bourg wine region to Bourg, set at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Otherwise if you want to take it easy, sail to Bourg and take a walking discovery of the town centre, medieval ramparts and harbour.
Choose your sightseeing.Daily :
Visit Château Giscours, a 19th-century Grand Cru Classé estate in the renowned Margaux region. Here, it is only fitting that an estate tour and wine tasting is on the cards.
The sun-drenched vineyards of Aquitaine are on display as you cruise into Pauillac. Disembark your ship and journey through the famous Médoc wine region. During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience.Daily :
Perhaps visit Château de Cazeneuve, once the home of King Henry IV of France. Or discover Château de la Brède, then travel to Sauternes to try the region’s famous dessert wine. If you want to take it easy, you can remain on board your ship, where we will bring the true flavour of France to you as we prepare a cheese tasting.
Select the sightseeing that best suits you.Daily :
Embark on a city exploration of Bordeaux as you indulge in a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or for the golf enthusiasts, you can play a round at a renowned course. Or maybe hop in an authentic open-roofed Citroën 2CV vintage car and enjoy a guided discovery through Bordeaux.
The choice is entirely yours for today’s sightseeing inclusion. Tonight’s captain’s farewell dinner is the perfect way to bid farewell to your new-found friends and crew.Daily :
Transfer to the railway station to continue the fun. Board a high-speed train to Tours, and on arrival, enjoy free time for lunch before exploring medieval Tours with a local expert. Afterwards, head to Vouvray for another fabulous tasting at a local winery, before arriving at your Loire Valley château for a two-night stay.
Stay: Two Nights, Tours, Château de BeauvoisDaily :
You will be treated to a special visit to Château de Champchevrier. Be met by the owners and enjoy an aperitif on the private terrace of the castle before embarking on a guided tour. You will then enjoy a private farewell dinner before returning to your hotel.
Today’s exploration takes you to some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau, where a tour takes you through its rooms adorned with a rich art collection. Next, it’s time to marvel at the finest French Renaissance architecture with a visit to Château de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley. Imagined by King Francis I of France, discover half a millennium of French history in one building. Later, enjoy your Signature Experience.Daily :
Indulge in a sumptuous lunch within the Pavillon Dufour at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Today travel to Versailles. Here, you’ll discover the magnificent splendour behind Louis XIV’s stunning transformation of the Palace of Versailles. The palace dates back to the 17th century, and from the 19th century, transformed into a museum. Then it’s time for your Signature Experience.
Stay: Hôtel Le Louis Versailles ChâteauDaily :
Be transferred to Paris airport.Daily :
Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there’s always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues.
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