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Saint Emillion, France Saint Emillion, Vineyards in France

22 May 2026

Southampton

5 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise to showcase charming old towns in France, including Honfleur’s picturesque Vieux-Bassin, surrounded by colourful buildings, and – reached via Pauillac – Bordeaux’s elegant architecture, neoclassical facades and spacious squares in its historic centre. Embrace the French lifestyle by visiting Bordeaux’s vineyards, tasting renowned wines, and exploring the pretty village of Saint-Émilion. In Honfleur, indulge in Normandy treats like calvados and camembert amidst an abundant art culture inspired by artists like Claude Monet. Each of your destinations offers medieval history, from Bordeaux’s city walls and gates to Honfleur’s medieval churches and timber-framed houses.

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Highlights

Honfleur Waterfront

Discover Charming French Towns

On this cruise, you will be perfectly placed to explore charming French cities. From Pauillac, the historic city of Bordeaux awaits. Situated on the banks of the Garonne River, the city is home to elegant architecture, winding streets, picturesque riverfronts and bustling squares. From here, you can also reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Émilion. This picturesque city is located in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region and is renowned for its rich history, exquisite vineyards and exceptional wines. The charming port town of Honfleur is situated on the scenic shores of the Normandy coastline, where the town boasts a rich maritime heritage that is reflected in its colourful waterfront buildings and bustling harbour. Quaint cafés, art galleries and seafood restaurants line the cobbled streets of the Vieux Bassin, the historic heart of Honfleur, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

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Saint-Emilion Vineyard

Immerse yourself in the French Culture

Our Journey Planners have hand selected destinations for this itinerary to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the French way of life. From Pauillac, you can delve into the heart of the Bordeaux region, exploring local vineyards to taste renowned wines and observe the wine-making process up close. In Honfleur, you will have the opportunity to savour the flavours and customs of Normandy's culinary heritage, indulging in locally crafted Calvados and Camembert cheese, whilst also exploring the town’s vibrant and rich art culture. This picturesque town has inspired many artists over the years, including renowned Impressionist artists Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin, thanks to its coastal scenes, changing light and quaint harbour. Many galleries line the traditional streets of the old town, showcasing contemporary works by local and international artists, as well as traditional paintings inspired by the town’s maritime heritage.

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

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Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 02:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 02:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £1,799 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £1,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £1,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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