Flavours of Bordeaux with Basque Highlights

15 Days
Paris to Bilbao
From (CAD)
$ 10,880
Dates & Pricing

2021 Paris > Bilbao

Tour Map
Tour Code:
FPBB
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Paris
Return City:
Bilbao

Selected Itinerary

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Paris

    Welcome to Paris. Celebrate the start of your holiday at one of our centrally located hotels, where you will meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception.

  2. Day 2 - Paris > Bordeaux

    Travel in style aboard the TGV rail to Bordeaux. On arrival, your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond. The Bordeaux region is home to countless gourmet delights and an incredible natural beauty and now is your chance to discover them.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond into Cadillac. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, learn about the refreshing French aperitif, Lillet during a visit to a renowned local producer. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample this delicious regional delicacy, or visit Roquetaillade Castle, one of the regions most impressive historic sites.

    Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner created using regionally sourced truffles. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Cadillac > Pauillac

    Freechoice

    Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. Alternatively, enjoy a 12-kilometre roundtrip hike to the village of Loupiac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pauillac

    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, or learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

    Enrich

    Set in the spectacular surrounds of 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 dinner and evening classical concert.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Pauillac > Libourne

    As you cruise to Libourne you’ll be invited to a blind wine tasting game. Take the opportunity to enjoy the complexities of a selection of regional varieties.
    Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine-growing region. You’ll explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight, before visiting the estate of Château de La Rivière for a cocktail and tasting experience. Sample regional delicacies such as soft creamy cheeses served with crunchy bread and fresh local charcuterie. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Libourne >Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne, or travel by coach through the Pomerol region, famed for its delicious red wines, with the opportunity to visit one of its acclaimed estates for a wine tasting. Alternatively, take one of our on board e-bikes out for a cycle through the region, including a wine tasting, or discover the history of foie gras during a farm visit in Bergerac and gain an understanding of why this product is renowned as a delicacy as you delight in a tasting of this sweet and silky speciality.

    This afternoon your mouth will water as your Cruise Director regales you with a presentation on French food.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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, see the sights by e-bike. Back on board this afternoon, we’ve organised a Cheese of France experience, as you taste the country’s celebrated cheeses, which we’ve matched with wines

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market, or stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. Alternatively, if whisky is more to your taste, you can visit a local producer at Moon Harbour Whisky. 

    Later, indulge in a tasting of fresh oysters with champagne, before your highlight dinner of seafood, sourced from Arcachon Bay. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bourg

    Freechoice

    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. Alternatively, visit the Carriages Museum inside Bourg Castle and discover the unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles on display.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bourg > Blaye

    Freechoice

    Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk through the town. Alternatively, join a 30-kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road. Or, explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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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