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Day 1: Bordeaux (embark)

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Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport where you will be transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, stroll to the nearby food markets or visit the popular Saint-Michel antique market.

Day 2: Cadillac

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During a tour to nearby Cadillac you’ll embark on a study of Sauternes, the sweet wine that is named for the region. Sauternes is made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or “noble rot” fungus, which causes a raisin-like decay, resulting in a concentrated and distinctly flavored sweet wine. You’ll meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve. Enjoy a fabulous luncheon paired with three Sauternes wines of different estates and vintages. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3: Pauillac

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Set sail on the Garonne for the lovely town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, where you’ll begin a panoramic tour of the heart of the Haut-Médoc AOC (or appellation d’origine contrôlée, a geographic designation that denotes where grapes are grown). Or experience the terroir in an entirely different way with a guided bike ride through the beautiful Médoc vineyards. You’ll get an up-close look at the vines and truly take in the atmosphere—the earth, the sunshine—of this famous wine-growing region.

Day 4: Blaye

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Be treated to a scenic drive alongside limestone cliffs on a little road called the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. The road winds through the picturesque hamlets of Pain de Sucre, Marmisson, and Roque de Thau, where you'll find charming stone houses built by 19th-century ship captains.

Day 5: Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

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Saint-Émilion offers exceptional historic architecture and vineyards. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO. The town, built atop limestone hills, offers many interesting shops, but what makes it extraordinary is what exists below the cobbled streets—Saint-Émilion’s Monolithic Church which dates back to the 12th century. After touring Saint-Émilion, you’ll visit the cellars of a Premier Grand Cru estate where you’ll taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines.

Day 6: Libourne

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Stroll past the medieval river gate and 17th-century stone houses to the center of Libourne, where the bustling farmers market spreads out before the Town Hall and sprawls into the neighboring streets, offering a bounty of produce, cheeses, charcuterie, and other foodstuffs. Explore the outdoor market with your guide—and the inviting indoor market too—and then visit artisans who enticingly array their goods in the market stalls, as well as workshops of local craftsmen.

Enjoy an exclusive evening tour of Bordeaux under the stars—what could be more magical? Bordeaux has the second most protected buildings of any French city other than Paris. From the alleyways of the Saint-Pierre district to the avenues of the Place des Quinconces, you’ll see why Queen Elizabeth II deemed Bordeaux “the essence of elegance."

Day 7: Bordeaux

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See Bordeaux à pied on a fascinating walking tour of the Golden Triangle, where you’ll encounter the very best the city has to offer. Explore luxury food halls, sample Bordeaux’s famous canelés and chocolates, discover marvelous 18th-century architecture, and visit an elegant wine bar popular with locals. If you’re looking for something more active, enjoy the “Pearl of Aquitaine” from the seat of a bike on a guided ride. You’ll have plenty of free time to further enjoy Bordeaux on your own. Revisit some of the places you saw on your tour, explore new sights, or indulge in a little shopping. The choice is yours!

A special Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Bordeaux

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Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Biarritz.