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Breathtaking Bordeaux with Basque Highlights on Scenic Diamond 2021

Breathtaking Bordeaux with Basque Highlights on Scenic Diamond 2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Diamond
Starts: Paris, France on Sun, May 09, 2021
Ends: Bilbao, Spain on Sun, May 23, 2021

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Book early and receive an additional savings of $700 per couple ($350 per person) plus receive Free Premium Economy Air on 8 to 10 day sailings, 50% per person deposits and when you reserve a suite on the Diamond Deck receive an additional $250 per person discount (Applicable on all 2021 sailings). Also, receive our AffordableTours.com 5% everyday savings. Not all dates or itineraries will qualify, please contact your travel consultant for applicable vacations.
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Offers are valid on 2021 Europe river cruises for new bookings made June 15 – August 31, 2020. Free roundtrip economy air with a maximum value of $1,400 per person for 8-10 day sailings. Free roundtrip premium economy air with a maximum value of $2,000 per person for 11+ day sailings. Savings in lieu of air: $1,200/pp for economy air, $1,800/pp for premium economy air. On select departures: Business Class air offered at $1,995/pp and 50% Single Supplement. Contact Scenic for details. Bonus offer of $250/pp savings applicable only to Diamond Deck guests. Pay in full within 14 days of booking and receive an additional $350 off per person, or pay in full by 8/31 and receive an additional $250 off per person. Full payment must be made by the specified dates to obtain the corresponding savings. Offers are based on number of cruise days and exclude the land portion of the trip. Please ask about upgrading your economy airfare offer to premium economy or business class. These offers are combinable with past passenger offers, referral offers, future travel vouchers, travel show & agent training vouchers. Not combinable with groups or any other offers. Early Payment Discount is not combinable with Future Travel Credits or other full payment offers.Air offers are only valid 61 or more days prior to departure. All flights will be booked on Scenic’s choice of airline and routing, and are subject to flight availability. Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125/pp and is applicable if guest needs to cancel or change a cruise for whatever reason the plan allows them to reallocate their non-refundable deposit for use towards an alternative future sailing. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferable, and only covers the cruise. Air deposits are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees such as hotels will be subtracted from your deposit amount. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit is required at the time of air ticketing. All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, twin share and include taxes and charges. Single Supplement price available upon request. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and Scenic reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Availability is correct at the time of publishing but cannot be guaranteed. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please call your Professional Travel Advisor or Scenic USA. Offers applicable for legal residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit scenicusa.com


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Spain

Rivers Visited

Dordogne, Garonne, Gironde

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sun, May 09, 2021): Bon Voyage

The ‘city of light’ is your host this evening, so kick off your holiday with a welcome reception at your luxurious hotel in Paris.


Day 2 (Mon, May 10, 2021): Paris > Bordeaux

Traverse the landscapes of the Loire Valley aboard the TGV train to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue, May 11, 2021): Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed, May 12, 2021): Libourne > Pauillac

Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the estate of Château de La Rivière with a wine tasting or, if you’re feeling more active join a bike tour through the region to the estate, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu, May 13, 2021): Médoc

Freechoice: Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

Enrich
Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri, May 14, 2021): Pauillac > Cadillac

Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for a night of entertainment.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat, May 15, 2021): Cadillac

Freechoice: This morning, venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

Freechoice: This afternoon visit Roquetaillade Castle; founded by Charlemagne, it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites, and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the village of Loupiac.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun, May 16, 2021): Bordeaux

Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.

Back on board your Cruise Director will organise a special treat for you, with a tasting of fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of Arcachon Bay. Spend the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Tonight enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge to round off a magical evening.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Mon, May 17, 2021): Arcachon > Bourg

Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

Freechoice: Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market, or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and take in the expansive panoramas. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery.

This afternoon, if you fancy something sweet, stay on board and enjoy a fabulous chocolate and wine-pairing event. Later, take a leisurely cruise into Bourg, perhaps join a masterclass in French cooking during Scenic Culinaire. Tonight enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Tue, May 18, 2021): Cognac

Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle and visit the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and see the immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy and afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck, cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Wed, May 19, 2021): Blaye > Bordeaux

Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk throughout the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road, which is named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century. Or, explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon. This fortified castle was originally built in the 15th century and is surrounded by magnificently manicured gardens.

Later, enjoy a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, bound for Bordeaux. Dine at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Thu, May 20, 2021): Bordeaux > Biarritz

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Biarritz for an overnight stay. With over six kilometres of stunning coastline Biarritz is the perfect balance of laid back coastal paradise and the luxurious retreat for Europe’s bourgeoisie.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Fri, May 21, 2021): Biarritz > San Sebastián > Bilbao

Cross the Spanish border to beautiful San Sebastián, enclosed by the blue waters of the Bay of Biscay on one side and a mountainous backdrop on the other. Spend the morning seeing the sights of this spectacular city at your leisure before continuing to Bilbao. On arrival, explore the town renowned for its natural beauty and daring architecture during your guided tour. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at one of the city’s finest hotels.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Sat, May 22, 2021): Bilbao

This morning, visit the sculpture-like structure that is the impressive Guggenheim Museum. Learn about the collections held at the museum and see some of the most important and famous pieces on display. Bilbao has a thriving food scene and tonight you will get to experience some traditional Basque cuisine at dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 (Sun, May 23, 2021): Bilbao

After Breakfast, transfer to Bilbao airport for your return journey home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK regional airports.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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