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Luxury

Grand Bordeaux with Loire Valley

Paris Return
14 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUBCPP14
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Château de Ferrand

Sample world-class wines and enjoy a private dinner at World Heritage-listed Château de Ferrand in Saint-Émilion.

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

We will take you to France's finest, including Château de Champchevrier, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord.

Visit a Family-Owned Cooperage

Visit one of Bordeaux's finest cooperages to discover local wine making traditions and see how oak barrels are made.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 30 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert cruise and tour directors
  • Room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUBCPP14 2020
Paris Return

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Arrive in Paris, the city of light. We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Three Nights, Hotel du Collectionneur

Signature Experience

Indulge in lunch at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, created by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Afterwards, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.


A local expert will take you on a discovery of the world’s most romantic city. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps follow a trail of Paris’ fine food during a culinary walk. Alternatively, hop in a special 2CV vintage car and cruise around Paris’ famed icons, or soak up the Parisian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacre-Cœur Basilica.


It might be difficult to choose your preferred experience today, but you can never make a bad choice when it comes to Paris. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous cabaret extravaganza at the Lido de Paris. You’ll be entertained by the Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys as they take you on a glittering journey filled with incredible set designs and dynamic dancing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel through the French countryside to Bordeaux where your luxury river ship is waiting for you. After settling in, live it up at a welcome reception tonight.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Signature Experience

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 stunning harbour.


Choose your sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Signature Experience

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.


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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Beauvois

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  • Breakfast

Signature Experience

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Signature Experience

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 Château

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Be transferred to Paris airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

External view of Aria river ship cruising.

All-Inclusive River Ships

Enjoy a luxurious and carefree discovery of Europe with 7 nights aboard an all-inclusive Aria river ship.

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Amazing Onboard Dining

Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there's always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues.

Luxury In The Heart Of Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur Paris is just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

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