French River Cruising with Bordeaux
Reward yourself with this French river cruising experience and enjoy an immersive holiday combining memorable journeys along picturesque, size-restricted waterways – made possible by Black Watch’s smaller dimensions – and calls into mesmerising destinations, including overnight stays in historic Rouen and beautiful Bordeaux.
In total, four compelling cities feature on this diverse itinerary, and each presents plenty of unforgettable experiences. Up first in Lorient, a city fascinatingly rebuilt after the devastating effects of World War II. There is rich wartime, maritime and shipbuilding heritage to uncover here; you could take in the Keroman Submarine Base and a selection of interesting museums before Black Watch continues on to Bordeaux via the Gironde and Garonne rivers. Your ship will sail straight into the ‘Pearl of Aquitaine’ to bring a wealth of attractions closer to you, including the remarkable historical sites of the UNESCO-listed centre.[ReadMore] Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre, Place de La Bourse and much more will be just the length of the gangway away, and an overnight stay affords you time to explore Bordeaux in-depth and at your own pace. You’ll have time to visit the Cité du Vin museum for an invigorating insight into French wine culture too; or even take a tour to the world-renowned vineyards of the gorgeous Medoc region.
After two rewarding days in Bordeaux, Rouen beckons. En route to Normandy’s enchanting regional capital, you’ll experience scenic cruising of the winding River Seine in daylight hours. Simply relax on board Black Watch and enjoy the view as countryside scenes of rolling valleys, lush-green fields and pretty communes are revealed. Once docked in Rouen for another enriching overnight stay, a plethora of options will be at your disposal. Perhaps 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; take the chance to tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens; or head to Paris on a romantic evening trip to the iconic French capital. 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 stunning St Malo, the final stop on this fabulous French adventure. With its fascinating Old Town and fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic-style architecture, St Malo is a delight for sightseeing. This formerly fortified island is also your gateway to spectacular Benedictine abbey and national heritage sites of Mont St Michel.