French River Cruising with Bordeaux
You’ll be mesmerised from start to finish on this French exploration, with calls at four compelling cities and scenic cruising of winding rivers – made possible by the smaller dimensions of Boudicca – presenting unforgettable sights and authentic experiences throughout your nine-night holiday.
The morning after your departure from Dover, you’ll wake to views of countryside scenes of rolling valleys, lush-green fields and pretty communes as your ship sails the River Seine en route to Rouen, [ReadMoreMob] Normandy’s engaging regional capital. Once docked in Rouen for an extended stay, you’ll have a wealth of options at your disposal. Perhaps you’ll opt to explore the city in search of highlights including Place du Vieux Marché – where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake – and the magnificent Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame; tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens; or even take a trip to Paris and tick the iconic landmarks of the famed French capital off your ‘must-see’ list. [ReadMoreDesk] Whatever you choose to do, another relaxing journey along the Seine will be something to look forward to when it is time to depart Rouen and head for La Pallice to continue your adventure. La Pallice is your gateway to the scenic landscapes and landmarks of La Rochelle; the flavoursome Cognac region, famed for its delicious brandy; and the marshlands of Marais Poitevin.
After your day in La Pallice you’re in for a memorable overnight stay in beautiful Bordeaux, the pièce de résistance of this fantastic French foray. Boudicca will dock close to the heart of this captivating city, so a multitude of attractions – including the remarkable historical sites of the UNESCO-listed centre – will be just the length of the gangway away. The sight of Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre, Place de La Bourse and much more is sure to delight; while Cité du Vin wine museum is not-to-be-missed, offering an invigorating experience. For an immersive, in-depth insight into French wine culture, you could also opt to tour to the world-renowned vineyards of the gorgeous Medoc region. Then finally, it’s on to Lorient, a city that feels typically French today but was once one of Germany’s most important U-boat bases. Here you can visit the concrete caverns of the Keroman Submarine Base; admire the post-war architecture; and take in the fine selection of galleries and museums, all before heading back to the UK.