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Luxury

Majestic Seine and Bordeaux with Loire Valley

Paris Return
18 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUSBCPP18
  • 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.

Dine at Palais Bénédictine

After the museum and distillery closes, slip inside for a private wander before dinner in the Abbots Hall.

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 16 destinations
  • Expert cruise director
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Luxury dining - a total of 45 meals
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in nine locations
  • Room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUSBCPP18 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 romance. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you straight to your river ship, docked on the Seine River. After settling in, get to know your fellow travellers and onboard crew during tonight’s welcome reception.

Stay: Seven Nights, one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Get your fill of French food on a walking tour, soak up Montmartre, or a visit to the Palace of Versailles may be too tempting.


After your preferred activity, enjoy a welcome dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

See one of Monet’s greatest inspirations, the water lilies at his house and gardens in Giverny. Or take the scenic route, pedalling from the river all the way to Monet’s house.


Arrive in Vernon and set out on one of two experiences that showcase the beauty of the region.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After the Palais Bénédictine closes its doors to the public, slip inside for a private wander through the museum and distillery, before dinner in the Abbots Hall.


Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to experience Honfleur, a lovely little port town.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Small Village at night with yachts moored in the water, France

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stay and explore Caudebec-en-Caux, or head out on a World War II excursion to the beaches of Normandy. You might like to taste the fruits of the Pays de Caux region, or linger on board for a calvados and cheese tasting.


The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour. Select your preferred experience here today.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Look back on World War I at the Somme Battlefields. Otherwise stay in the city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred.


From Rouen, set out on one of two experiences. Tonight, gather around for a gala farewell dinner with your new-found friends.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Travel to the top of Chateau-Gaillard, offering stunning views, then walk back down to your ship. Otherwise, visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or take an onboard impressionist painting class.


On arrival in Les Andelys, you’ll once again enjoy the chance to shape your day.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The time has come to bid farewell to your first ship. Disembark in Paris and travel by train to Bordeaux, where you will get set for the next incredible adventure.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • 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 stunning scenes along the way. In the village of Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Libourne, 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 bustling fresh food market, sampling fresh produce and gaining local knowledge conversing with the various stall holders.


Return from your morning activity and enjoy a peaceful cruise to Blaye.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.


Discover Blaye and take a stroll around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages. Later, choose your experience.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made. Afterwards, 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.

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  • 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.


Your journey takes one of two directions today, depending on the experience you select.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take in Bordeaux’s unique blend of 18th-century and contemporary architecture and uncover the secrets behind certain buildings. Alternatively, embark on a culinary 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.


How you spend your day is entirely yours to decide. Tonight’s captain’s farewell dinner is the perfect way to bid farewell to your new-found friends and crew.

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Bridge across a river, France

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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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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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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Be transferred to Paris airport.

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  • Breakfast

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