Beautiful Bordeaux & Romantic Rhine & Moselle

Highlights of this excursion include a private concert at Baroque Palace of Rastatt and a visit to the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church.

25 Days
Zurich to Bordeaux
From (NZD)
$ 18,145
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Bordeaux

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BOAM
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Bordeaux

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich > Basel

    Transfer to Basel and raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. Your journey into wonder is about to begin.

    Flights arriving into Zurich: Please book your flight to arrive prior to 1pm for your group transfer to Basel.
    Flights arriving into Basel: Please book your flight to arrive prior to 3pm.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    Freechoice

    Be immersed in a truly magical experience as you step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale during your visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, enjoy a wine tasting in the Kaiserstuhl region, or take a guided bike ride from Breisach to Freiburg stopping along the way for a tasting of delicious Black Forest cake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl > Strasbourg

    Freechoice

    Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, where you’ll discover La Petite France, the unique historic quarter, and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a rare chance to collect memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mannheim

    Freechoice

    Experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track with a museum visit and an insider tour of the circuit, or join an expert local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. Alternatively, for a gentler pace, join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by some leisure time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge

    Be charmed by Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for a spectacular view of the river. Later, you can look forward to unrivalled views across the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cochem

    A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping directly off the ship and into a fairytale. Explore this charming city on a guided tour, culminating in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle. This afternoon you have the opportunity to join a guided cycling excursion.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Moselle Valley Cruising

    Appreciate the allure of the Moselle Valley from the opulence of your Scenic Space-Ship as you delight in a full day cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bernkastel

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour, and enjoy some free time to discover the many delights of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Trier, or take in beautiful Bernkastel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Koblenz

    Freechoice

    On arrival to Koblenz take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, lapped by the waters of two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines. You also have the option of a guided cycling tour of this fascinating city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf is a vibrant city with a thriving art scene, where modern buildings appear in stark contrast to the old world charm of the Altstadt, the Old Town.

    Freechoice

    Discover the charming town of Düsseldorf on a guided walking tour and taste the local Altbier. Or, if you’re feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour. Alternatively, try something a little different with a visit to the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe, today a World Heritage-listed Site.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Maastricht

    Holland’s oldest fortified city, Maastricht is a popular destination with a welcoming multicultural atmosphere.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town centre. Or, visit Aachen and learn the tale of the city that borders three countries, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Alternatively, explore Maastricht at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Nijmegen > Arnhem

    Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. The museum portrays the daily life of the average Dutchman over the past few centuries. Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, take a guided bicycle tour from the neighbouring town of Nijmegen.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Veere

    Freechoice

    Choose a guided tour through the quaint streets of Veere, or cycle through the town with a local guide and admire the surrounding dykes. Alternatively, marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland’s Delta Works, including a visit through the Storm Surge Barrier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Antwerp

    Freechoice

    Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges, or learn about the famous Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp and visit his former residence as well as the cathedral where a number of his more important works are housed. Alternatively, discover delightful Antwerp on a guided walking tour, followed by leisure time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Amsterdam > Bordeaux

    After a delicious breakfast, transfer to Amsterdam airport for your flight 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - 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

  23. Day 23 - 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

  24. Day 24 - 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

  25. Day 25 - Bordeaux

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Train Station.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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