Paris and The Great Wines of Bordeaux
with Wine Buyer Michelle Lehman
Join us for an unforgettable experience with two nights in Paris, one in the Loire Valley and five nights on a luxury river cruise, starting and ending in Bordeaux.
Explore the Louvre, Notre-Dame, the cafes and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and all that Paris offers. Travel to the Loire Valley, then Cognac for a visit to Hennessy, then to Bordeaux, the famed wine region and port city on the Garonne River. Take a luxurious river boat cruise on the CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac. CroisiEurope is based in France and has more than 50 boats in many nations. This tour is educational and culturally immersive. You’ll cruise the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, visit famous chateaus, see the fascinating winemaking experience, taste the exquisite wines and have plenty of time to explore incredible Bordeaux.
October 23 – Nov 1 2019
This tour includes all these features:
- Luxury riverboat and motor coach transportation
- Services and expertise of Michelle Lehman and a Prime Tours director
- 8 nights lodging: 3 in first class hotels and 5 on CroisiEurope’s MS Cyrano de Bergerac
- Baggage handling for 1 bag
- Admission to Hennessy Cognac Experience, Chateau Chambord, Cite du Vin in Bordeaux
- Admissions and visits to several wineries during the river cruise
- All meals and drinks on the cruise (other than specialty drinks)
- All excursions and admissions led by English speaking guides
- Taxes and gratuities (except those for bus driver & guides)
Pricing for Land and Cruise
Lower Deck double occupancy: $3998 per guest
Upper Deck double occupancy: $4298 per guest
Single supplement: add $720 to the above pricing for your own cabin
Limited availability for cabins on each deck
Add Airfare Pricing: Available early December 2018. Estimated at $1200 round trip.
Itinerary (subject to adjustment)
Day 1 Wed Oct 23: Overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2 Thurs Oct 24: Arrive in Paris this morning and meet our driver, then travel to the city of Tours in the Loire Valley, with a visit to the Château de Chambord, with its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. We stay in Tours, so you are free to shop and explore and choose a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Day 3 Fri Oct 25: Depart Tours and head for Bordeaux, with a stop in Cognac for a multi-sensory discovery of the history, craft and secrets of Hennessy, with a tasting of Hennessy V.S and V.S.O.P cognacs, led by a House expert. On to Bordeaux, one of France’s most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities. Lunch is at Cite du Vin followed by a self-guided tour of this ultra-modern and immersive wine adventure. Early evening we will board the MS Cyrano De Bergerac. After dinner on board we will take a walking tour of central Bordeaux. (B,D)
The next four nights we will cruise the Garonne and Dordogne rivers on the CroisiEurope ship, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac that is our hotel, restaurant (all meals), bar and nightly entertainment headquarters with daily stops in fabulous cities along the way.
Day 4 Sat Oct 26: Tour Pauillac and the Chateaux du Medoc Route. Departure by coach from Pauillac to discover the Médoc, a corner of the world that produces the most prestigious red wines on the planet, tightly wedged between an ocean and an estuary. We will go through most of the Médoc appellations (Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc). On the famous Châteaux Route, we will stop to taste the famous wines of the region. On the way you will see major domains such as Châteaux Laffitte-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Return to the boat at the end of the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sun Oct 27: Visit Blaye and Its Underground Monuments. We’ll leave on foot to visit the Blaye Citadel, built in the 17th century by Vauban in order to better protect the city of Bordeaux. You will explore the underground passages that soldiers once used and learn how the site was developed using older buildings that Vauban preserved and reused. After our tour, we’ll walk a few more feet to a local vineyard and taste some regional products with an excellent glass of wine. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Mon Oct 28: Guided Tour of St. Emilion and wine tasting. We depart by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodytic site with, undoubtedly, its most original monument, the Monolithic church. Hewn entirely in limestone, it is the largest in Europe. You will then depart for a visit of a family-owned wine-growing estate, where you will be welcomed by the owner, who will explain the stages of the winemaking process in Saint-Emilion. A commented wine-tasting session will complete the visit. Return to Libourne by coach. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Tues Oct 29: Free day to explore the city of Bordeaux with its public gardens lining the curving river quays. Visit the grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, which overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. The massive Place des Quinconces is a public square lined with trees, towering columns and white-marble statues. Chartrons, Bordeaux’s old wine merchants’ quarter, is home to galleries and antiques shops. Its pedestrian-friendly shopping street, Rue Sainte-Catherine, features fashion boutiques and cafes. Restaurants offer local specialties including wine, oysters, lamb, beef and truffles. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Wed Oct 30: Disembark from the ship and travel by motor coach to Paris, the city of Lights, with a lunch stop along the way. Arrive at our hotel late afternoon with free time to explore the city’s monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros, boutiques and creative wine bars. Our hotel for two nights is the Hyatt Regency Etoile, near the Arc de Triomphe. (B)
Day 9 Thurs Oct 31: The day and evening is yours to enjoy Paris, strolling around or joining an optional city tour or excursion to Versailles. Need ideas or assistance? Just ask. (B)
Day 10 Fri Nov 1: Depart our hotel for Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flight home. (B)
Space is limited. Book Now
Book now with a $500 deposit, fully refundable until March 1, 2019.
May 15, 2019: 2nd payment $1800 per person
July 1, 2019: 3rd payment $1698 per person
Final payment/balance due by August 1, 2019
Group Air pricing available December 2018.
Full and partial payments welcome any time. Call Prime Tours for more information at 614-766-5553.
Cancellation Policy: After March 1, 2019 tour is non-refundable. Travel insurance is available through Travelex.
Accessibility Note: This tour will require walking on steps, uphill, downhill, and uneven surfaces. Additionally you will be boarding and riding boats. Mobility is essential for this tour. Ask Prime Tours to see if this tour is for you. Sites in foreign countries are not necessarily ADA compliant.