Day 1 | Highlights: City of light
The ‘city of light’ is your host this evening, so kick off your holiday with a delightful welcome reception at the luxurious hotel in Paris’s popular Opera District.
Day 2 | Paris > Bordeaux Highlights: Welcome reception
Traverse the World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket. This evening on board you’ll be treated to a special welcome dinner in Crystal Dining with the glittering city of Bordeaux as your backdrop.
Day 3 | Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion Highlights: Sundowners at Château Siaurac
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class to improve your culinary prowess, or stop by River Café for a specialty coffee and delectable treat to be enjoyed with new found friends as your luxury Space-Ship glides it’s way through beautiful riverside scenery. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute 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.
Day 4 | Libourne > Pauillac Highlights: Cycling Saint- Émilion region
Awake in charming Libourne.
Day 5 | Médoc Highlights: Enrich dinner and concert at Château Giscours
Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer, and one of the most scenic wine regions in all of France to discover. Those choosing to discover this region by bike will cycle into the heart of this world famous and incredibly picturesque wine region. Passing Grand Cru Classe estates such as Lynch Bages and through the neighbouring hamlet that is seemingly lost in time and exuding an historic charm, you’ll continue your cycle through vineyard-clad landscapes where one palatial château after another lines up along your scenic cycling route, broken only by the placement of quaint residential hamlets, until you’ll arrive finally to the opulent Château Lagrange. Enjoy a relaxing tasting of their Grand Cru Classe vintages and learn of the significance of Napolean III’s 1855 classification system before your scenic cycle back to your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.
Day 6 | Pauillac > Cadillac Highlights: Full day cruising
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to implement your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire with your expert culinary team on hand to guide you in the art of French gastronomy. The Panorama Lounge comes to life this evening when fabulous local entertainers perform live for your exclusive enjoyment.
Day 7 | Cadillac Highlights: Cycling Sauternes region
Setting off from Cadillac by bike you’ll cross the Garonne River and travel along scenic backroads lined with some of the region’s ancient fortresses depicting the brilliant past of this formerly English region. Venture deeper into the Sauternes region to arrive at the exclusive estate of Château Myrat for a tasting of their prestigious Grand Cru Class dessert wines. Boasting over 400 years of wine making prestige and a breathtaking setting where centuries-old vineyards stretch to the horizon in all directions, broken only by the opulence and grandeur of the château itself that rises out of the landscape as though it’s the bejeweled crown of the terroir, you’ll enjoy a special tasting of the estates mouthwatering vintages before your leisurely cycle through charming scenery to arrive back to the comforts of your floating hotel.
Day 8 | Bordeaux Highlights: Pesac Leognan cycling
Bordeaux boasts one of France’s most distinguished culinary cultures and it’s yours to discover intimately when you Shop with a Chef at a local food market before using your freshly bought produce to cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire back on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux across 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. Alternatively, cycle further afield through the railworker’s district, by the Sacré Coeur and out of the city along the path of the Eau Blanche creek towards the Graves wine region for a tasting of the regions renowned wines. Discover the historic and architectural landmarks of the Pessac Léognan wine region including vistas of Château Olivier, La Louviére, Haut Bailly, Smith Haut Lafite and the Sources de Caudalies wine spa before cycling roundtrip back into Bordeaux to the luxurious comforts of your Scenic Space-Ship.
Day 9 | Arcachon > Bourg Highlights: Cycling Arcachon Coast
Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.
Day 10 | Cognac Highlights: Bourg cycling
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary. Opt for a self guided cycling excursion through the quaint riverside hamlets of this historic region, or join one of the following guided tours to explore more of the surrounding area.
Day 11 | Blaye > Bordeaux Highlights: Cycle the Captain’s Road
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.
Day 12 | Bordeaux > Madrid Highlights: Two countries in one day
Disembark and fly from Bordeaux to Madrid where you’ll spend three nights at your luxurious hotel.
Day 13 | Madrid Highlights: Madrid’s Royal Palace
This morning, enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter and the Sabatini Gardens.
Day 14 | Madrid Highlights: Magnificent Madrid
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the city’s fashionable boutiques, relax in one of Madrid’s many manicured gardens, or explore the surrounding area.
Day 15 | Madrid Highlights: Farewell
Depart after breakfast, with truly fabulous memories intact, and transfer to Madrid Airport for your flight home.