At the mouth of the Gironde Estuary is the port of Le Verdon—the gateway to Bordeaux, one of the premier wine regions in France. Fertile vineyards and low rising hills produce just the right ingredients for delectable wine offerings. The area boasts some of the finest bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon and merlot in the world. And even beyond the wine, the area has quite impressive museums, architecture, beaches and nightlife.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 15 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Fort Medoc & Lanessan Castle

    Enjoy a half-day tour full of history and the opportunity to sample locally produced Medoc wines.

    After boarding your coach, you will drive through the vineyard landscape of Medoc to its namesake Fort Medoc for an enlightening visit. This 17th century fort was designed by military architect Vauban. The fort's purpose was to protect the Gironde estuary against any British invasions and in 2008, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the main entrance, the waterworks, the underground room and the guard room building.

    Following your visit, you'll drive to Château Lannessan, a family owned estate built in 1878 that produces some delightful wines. You will be able to sample a couple of them before returning to the ship.

    Please note: Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. On calls when the ship repositions to Le Verdon, the tour may begin in Bordeaux and end in Le Verdon, and duration may vary, depending on ship’s arrival and departure time.

  • Medoc Vineyards and Bordeaux With Lunch

    Savor the many distinct flavors of Bordeaux during a full-day visit to the Medoc Vineyards, along with lunch and sightseeing in the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive by coach along the famous Medoc wine road, Route des Châteaux, and then on to the Médoc Vineyards, which are located between the Gironde Estuary and Landes Forest. En route, you will see panoramic views of vineyards as far as the eye can see. The Medoc Vineyards are orderly and impeccably maintained, and the famous Châteaux Region produces superb wines that include Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc, and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name).

    Upon arrival at the Médoc Vineyards, you will visit the cellars of one of the region's famous châteaux. During your time there you will learn about winemaking techniques and be shown around the cellars before enjoying a tasting of two recent vintages. Afterward, you will re-board your coach for the drive to Bordeaux.

    Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will have a panoramic tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city prior to having lunch in a local French restaurant. Following lunch, you have the option of participating in a guided walking tour, or enjoying approximately 1 1/2 hour of free time to be spent exploring the town at your leisure. There is a wealth of things to see and do in Bordeaux inlcuding shopping, visiting one of the museums, or seeing some of the other sights such as the World War II German submarine base, Place de la Bourse, the riverfront, Cailhau Gate, Grosse cloche from the English Period, Cathedral of St André, and Gambetta Square. You also won't want to miss seeing the Grand Theater, built by Victor Louis in 1773, it is one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in Europe.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking and some extended standing, plus any additional walking in Bordeaux at the guests' discretion. There will be steps to negotiate at the Chateau and there are cobblestone surfaces in Bordeaux. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests must be at least 18 years old in order to participate in this tour. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary. On calls when the ship repositions to Bordeaux, the tour may begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux; tour duration may vary, depending on ship's arrival and departure time.

  • Chateau Du Tertre Meal Event

    Enjoy a special meal in the convivial, historic atmosphere of Chateau du Tertre in the famed Margaux appellation.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive along the Route des Chateaux, which winds through the Medoc wine region, a landscape dotted with hundreds of chateaux and vineyards that produce the quintessential Bordeaux red wine.

    Turning off of the main road, the cobblestone drive between rows of carefully tended grapes leads to the handsome, yellow stone chateau, built in the 18th century.

    The history of the estate shows that it belonged to the Seigneurie of Arsac as far back as the 12th century. In the 17th century, the seigneurie passed from the house of Montaigne to the house of Arrérac and later to the Ségur family. In the mid-18th century the estate was purchased by Pierre Mitchell, an Irishman, who was in fact the first bottle manufacturer in the Bordeaux area. During the course of the 19th century, under the control of ingenious owners such as Henry de Vallande and Baron Henri de Koenigswater, the wines of the estate gained world renown, culminating in their inclusion in the 1855 Médoc classification. In 1997, Eric Albada Jelgersma (owner of the neighboring Château Giscours) purchased the estate and painstakingly restored the house and renovated the cellars and vineyards. The château has regained considerable respect in recent years and Robert Parker gave the 2003 vintage a very respectable 93 points.

    Upon arrival, you will tour the wine cellar, followed by a wine aperitif before dinner is served. Dinner this evening is an elegant, four-course affair accompanied by three of the chateau’s excellent wines served with the starter, main course and selection of cheeses.

    Following your dining experience, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking that includes some uneven surfaces to negotiate. It is recommended that guests dress in casual elegant clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. No Bermuda shorts, sportswear, sport shoes or high heels should be worn. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. On calls when the ship repositions to Bordeaux, the tour might begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux, and duration might vary, depending on ship’s arrival and departure time. *Cancellation deadline is 5 days prior to tour start date.

  • Medoc Vineyards & Bordeaux

    Savor the many distinct flavors of Bordeaux during a full-day visit to the Medoc Vineyards, along with sightseeing in the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive by coach along the famous Medoc wine road, Route des Châteaux, and then on to the Médoc Vineyards, which are located between the Gironde Estuary and Landes Forest. En route, you will see panoramic views of vineyards as far as the eye can see. The Medoc Vineyards are orderly and impeccably maintained, and the famous Châteaux Region produces superb wines that include Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc, and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name).

    Upon arrival at the Médoc Vineyards, you will visit the cellars of one of the region's famous châteaux. During your time there you will learn about winemaking techniques and be shown around the cellars before enjoying a tasting of two recent vintages. Afterward, you will re-board your coach for the drive to Bordeaux.

    Reaching Bordeaux, you will have a panoramic tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city which concludes on the 'Tourny Allées', which will be the drop-off and re-boarding point of the coaches. There is a wealth of things to see and do in Bordeaux including shopping, visiting one of the museums, or seeing some of the other sights such as the World War II German submarine base, Place de la Bourse, the riverfront, Cailhau Gate, Grosse cloche from the English Period, Cathedral of St André, and Gambetta Square. You also won't want to miss seeing the Grand Theater, built by Victor Louis in 1773, it is one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in Europe.

    Following just over 3 hours of time on your own, you will rejoin your coach at the designated time and place for the return transfer to your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking and some extended standing, plus any additional walking in Bordeaux at the guests' discretion. There will be steps to negotiate at the Chateau and there are cobblestone surfaces in Bordeaux. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. On calls when the ship repositions to Bordeaux, the tour may begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux; tour duration may vary, depending on ship's arrival and departure time..

  • Saintes & Cognac

    The Charente River region features some of the world-famous vineyards of Cognac as well as ancient towns studded with Romanesque treasures. This delightful full-day tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to fully experience the many facets of the region.

    Starting off from the pier, you will drive to the ferry terminal to cross the Gironde Estuary towards city of Royan. You will then drive to Saintes, enjoying scenic views of verdant fields of vineyards and quaint villages.

    Situated on the banks of the Charente River, the picturesque town of Saintes has many historical points of interest and upon arrival you will enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Some of the sights you will view are the Romanesque St. Eutrope Church with its 12th-century crypt, the first-century Roman amphitheater, and the stately Triumphal Arch.

    Continuing on, you will next drive to Cognac, a peaceful little town, birthplace of François 1st and cradle of the fine brandy that bears its name. The buildings around its famous cellars and stores have been darkened over the years by the microscopic fungi that thrive on the alcohol fumes. After a nice luncheon, you will visit one of the famous distilleries, and be offered a tasting of the local produces. Following your time at the cellars, you will re-join your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. This tour includes approximately 1 1 /2-hours of moderate walking/standing with numerous steps at different points. On calls when the ship repositions to Le Verdon, the tour may begin in Bordeaux and end in Le Verdon, and duration may vary, depending on ship’s arrival and departure time.

  • Tasting & Lunch At Chateau Rosseau de Sipian

    Visit Château Rousseau de Sipian, a splendid Renaissance château overlooking the Gironde estuary. This elegant estate is surrounded by a beautiful park and 15 acre vineyard that produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

    This Château was built in 1850 by Rousseau Family in Renaissance style. Guillaume Rousseau married Marie Bert owner of Sipian estate. With reference to the family Rousseau and Sipian, the name became Château Rousseau de Sipian. In the 20th Century, the château was successively the estate of French Railway Company then by Marcel Dassault’s (French entrepreneur in aircraft manufacturing) before to be bought in the 80's by a British couple who started again the wine production. Following its purchase in 2000 by the Racey Family, the new owners undertook a full restoration that brought the estate back to its former glory.

    Following a tour of the cellars, you'll be treated to a wine tasting and then sit down to a lovely lunch. Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some uneven surfaces to negotiate. It is recommended that guests dress in casual elegant clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. No Bermuda shorts, sportswear, sport shoes or high heels should be worn. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. On calls when the ship repositions to Le Verdon, the tour might begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux, and duration might vary, depending on ship’s arrival and departure time.

  • Medoc Vineyards

    Your tour will depart via coach to the Médoc vineyards, driving along the famous 'Route des Châteaux' including a stop along the way, to photograph one of the area's châteaux.

    The Médoc wine road or Route des Châteaux is located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes Forest; providing magnificent views of vine-covered landscape rising as far as the eye can see. Médoc vineyards are orderly and immaculately well-kept, and the region's famous chateaux produce divine selections of wine, including: Moulis, Listrac, St. Julien, St. Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc, Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name). Along the way, a photo stop will be made to admire one of the picturesque châteaux.

    Upon arrival at the Médoc Vineyards, you will visit the cellars of one of the region's famous châteaux. During your time there you will learn about winemaking techniques and be shown around the cellars before enjoying a tasting of two recent vintages.

    A relaxing drive through the charming vineyard dotted countryside brings you back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of walking/standing. Some of the chateaux have steps and stairs to negotiate. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. On calls where the ship repositions to Bordeaux, the tour may begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux, with free time in the city until your ship arrives.

  • Bordeaux Sampler

    The timeless beauty of Bordeaux is yours to discover during this orientation tour of the city and surrounding areas.

    Depart the pier for the drive by coach to Bordeaux along the famous Medoc wine road, Route des Châteaux, which is located between the Gironde Estuary and Landes Forest. En route, you will see panoramic views of vineyards as far as the eye can see. The Medoc Vineyards are orderly and impeccably maintained, and the famous Châteaux Region produces superb wines that include Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc, and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name).

    Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will have a short panoramic city tour prior to a being dropped off to enjoy a few hours of free time to explore the town at your leisure. Take advantage of this opportunity to shop, visit museums or just stroll about and discover more about the history of the city. Sites of note include the World War II German submarine base, Place de la Bourse, the riverfront, Cailhau Gate, Grosse cloche from the English Period, Cathedral of St André, and Gambetta Square. You also won't want to miss seeing the Grand Theater. Built by Victor Louis in 1773, it's one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in Europe.

    Rejoining your coach at the Tourny Allées near Quinconces square, which will be the drop-off and pick-up point, you will head to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of free time. Walking on this tour is at the guests' discretion. There are some cobblestone surfaces to negotiate in the city. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. Lunch is not included in this tour; however, there are numerous dining venues in the city. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. On calls when the ship repositions to Bordeaux, the tour may begin in Le Verdon and end in Bordeaux; tour duration may vary, depending on ship's arrival and departure time.

  • Saint Emilion & Chateau La Couspaude

    Experience the Saint-Emilion village heritage treasures and one classified wine estate atmosphere with a buffet lunch served on site.

    Begin with a scenic drive to Saint Emilion, the heartland of the Merlot grape. The outstanding wine-making reputation and colorful history of the St. Emilion and Pomerol regions have become known throughout the world. Enjoy views of the vine-covered "hills with a thousand chateaux," leading to Saint-Emilion's 13th-century walls and moat.

    Your visit of the region will start with Chateau La Couspaude. There, a cellars visit, wine tasting and buffet lunch will be offered. The owners, Cécile and Bruno Macarez-Aubert, are former students of the Paul Bocuse Chef institution. The Aubert family invites you to discover the secrets of the art of winemaking, throughout a visit of their underground cellars and by tasting their wines.

    Then, a very short coach transfer takes you to the village of Saint Emilion. Ancient ramparts, monuments, a maze of narrow streets and stone stairways linking picturesque small squares, combine to form an overall picture that never fails to impress visitors. The town is known not only for its fine wine but also for the local macaroons (crushed almond cakes). Your guided visit will start at the bottom of the church tower where the best panorama is offered on the village and surrounding countryside. Then continue to the market square, the “Place du Marche”, at the heart of this busy small town. The square acts as a link between the districts sprawled over the two hills. On one side, the site of the royal castle, on the other, the site of a deanery (clerical residence) reflecting the age-old rivalry between civil and religious powers. After your walking guided visit, you will have some time on your own in the village before the return drive.

    Please note: Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns. There is extensive walking on hilly and cobblestone streets, steps and stairs. On calls when the ship repositions to Le Verdon, the tour may begin in Bordeaux and end in Le Verdon, and duration may vary, depending on ship’s arrival and departure time.

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