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14 Day Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid – Scenic Tours 2019

Prices from AUD $10,545 per person based on twin share
FREE FLIGHTS FOR ALL TO EUROPE*
Enjoy free flights* on ALL river cruises of 11 days of longer and ALL suites ALL year in 2019. Book your all-inclusive luxury European river cruise by 31 August 2018 to enjoy this amazing offer.
OVERVIEW
Mix a little French charm with a little Spanish charisma
From sublime Bordeaux, with its traditional culinary arts and renowned red wines, to lively Madrid, western Europe’s architectural mecca, this is an itinerary that combines the sensuality of rural France with the exuberance of urban Spain.
Experience two vastly different aspects of Europe as you journey from the fishing villages of Arcachon Bay to the sophisticated eateries of central Madrid. You’ll find no shortage of variety or surprise on your wonderful sojourn in the west, where you’ll be travelling through picture perfect French villages one day, and marvelling at Madrid’s Prado Museum or Royal Palace the next. If you’re looking for an experience that balances the delightful with the exotic, this may well be the itinerary for you.
ITINERARY
Day 1 – Bordeaux
Highlights: Welcome reception
Welcome to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 – Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
Highlights: Sundowners at Château de la Rivière
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.
Sundowners
Celebrate the 2,000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the estate of Château de la Rivière. Surrounded by the vines, mingle with newfound friends, explore the spectacular property, or discover the artistic heritage of this region and admire a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on the estate.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – Libourne > Pauillac
Highlights: Foie Gras in Bergerac
Freechoice
Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, 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 4 – Médoc
Highlights: Enrich concert at Château Agassac
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 the Château Gruaud-Larose estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a local château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.
Enrich
Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château 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 5 – Pauillac > Cadillac
Highlights: Leisurely cruising
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 your exclusive enjoyment.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Cadillac
Highlights: Roquetaillade Castle
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 7 – Bordeaux
Highlights: Shop with a Chef
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.
Spend the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. 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 8 – Arcachon > Bourg
Highlights: Arcachon Bay and surrounds
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 local 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 Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine-pairing event.
Later, take a leisurely cruise into Bourg, perhaps join a masterclass in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 – Cognac
Highlights: Tasting at Rémy-Martin property
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.
Freechoice
Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. 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 10 – Blaye > Bordeaux
Highlights: Cycle the Captain’s Road
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.
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 11 – Bordeaux > Madrid
Disembark and fly to Madrid where you’ll spend three nights at one of the city’s luxurious properties.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12 – Madrid
Enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains.
Freechoice
Choose between the exceptional Prado Museum or the equally delightful 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.
This evening, enjoy fine Spanish cuisine in a superb local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 – Madrid
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques, relax in one of the manicured gardens, or simply explore the surrounding area.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14 – Madrid
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Madrid airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
PRICE GUIDE
Date
Fares
28 April 2019
From AUD $9,070
8 May 2019
From AUD $9,770
11 June 2019
From AUD $9,965
21 June 2019
From AUD $9,670
1, 11, 21 July 2019
From AUD $9520
7, 17 August 2019
From AUD $9520
3, 13, 23 September 2019
From AUD $9,870
10 October 2019
From AUD $9,170
All Airfare Offers
Flights are subject to availability of appropriate airline class and once sold out surcharges will apply. Flights must be booked by Scenic. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due by 31 October 2018 or 11 months prior to travel, whichever comes first. Scenic reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of the full deposit. Offer available until 31 August 2018 or until sold out. Strictly limited suites available on set departures and all offers are strictly subject to availability. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. All Earlybird airfare deals are subject to availability and scheduled for travel to meet the brochured tour departure dates and ports. Any requests outside of the tour dates may incur seasonal surcharges as enforced by the airline. Full airline terms and conditions apply.
Free Flights to Europe
Flights are based on wholesale airfares in Economy Class with Singapore Airlines (or another airline of Scenic’s choosing), and are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Free Flights and taxes to Europe offer is available on cruises of 11 days or longer, are subject to availability and is strictly limited. Airline/Airport taxes up to $350 per person included. Saving of up to $5,310 per couple is based on an airfare of $2,655 per person including $350 taxes when booking a Standard Suite on IRSS in June.
Flights and Ticketing
Dependant on departure date and time of booking the required booking class for airfare offer may be too far in advance to book with the appropriate airline. If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, air surcharges will apply. The flight quote including air taxes and surcharges will be advised once all air sectors are confirmed. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing, should taxes increase from time of reservation a surcharge will apply. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees as established by Scenic including any applicable airline fees.
General Information & Conditions
Please read carefully before booking. These terms and conditions are additional to the full terms and conditions contained in Scenic Europe River Cruise 2019 brochure and on https://www.scenic.com.au/terms. All bookings are subject to Scenic’s full terms and conditions. This information is supplementary to the full brochure, please refer to full brochure for relevant cruise and/or tour departure dates, itinerary and fares. Prices are in Australian Dollars. Earlybird offers and Scenic Savings are not combinable.
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