French River Cruising with Bordeaux
Combining calls at five tempting destinations, including an overnight stop in beautiful Bordeaux, with a generous helping of scenic river cruising, this immersive exploration of France presents unforgettable experiences at every turn. Impressive architecture, remarkable historic sites, world-famous vineyards and much more awaits your discovery.
Your visit to Bordeaux will be wonderfully rewarding, with scenic cruising of the picturesque Gironde and Garonne waterways presenting views of gorgeous countryside scenes en route, and an overnight stay affording you time to explore the city at your leisure and in-depth. Courtesy of Black Watch’s smaller size, you’ll dock close to the centre of Bordeaux, much of which is UNESCO-listed, so your exploration of the ‘Pearl of Aquitane’ begins at the end of the gangway. Venture ashore and countless attractions, such as Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Place de La Bourse, are sure to delight. You can sample Bordeaux’s famous wine culture too; invigorating experiences await at the Cité du Vin Museum, which offers a fantastic insight into the history of French wine and cuisine, and on authentic tours to the renowned vineyards of the Medoc region. [ReadMore]
This 10-night French foray also includes a rare call at Saint Malo, on the stunning coast of Brittany. With its fascinating Old Town, this formerly fortified island begs for exploration; within the city’s imposing granite walls you’ll find magnificent examples of Romanesque and Gothic style architecture. Don’t miss the fairytale island of Mont St Michel, with its spectacular Benedictine abbey and collection of national heritage sites. Two enchanting cities situated on this inspirational River Seine await you too. You’ll visit Rouen after hours of relaxing daytime scenic cruising along the Seine, for chances to uncover tales of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lionheart, marvel at the stunning Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, or even take a romantic trip to Paris. Back along the Seine, Honfleur is sure to leave you spellbound; take time to explore the charming 16th century cobbled streets and historic harbour here. Elsewhere, there’s La Pallice, gateway to the scenic landscapes and landmarks of La Rochelle; the flavoursome Cognac region; and the marshlands of Marais Poitevin.