A tantalizing trio of a truly authentic French experience.
Where else but on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers can one see historic wine estates and châteaux, an interactive wine museum and timeless vineyards? Our all-encompassing Taste of Bordeaux river cruise and land adventure is the perfect blend of exquisite wine, gastronomic delights and French culture and lifestyle — with a dash of Basque.
For the Wine Connoisseur or Foodie
A variety of exciting epicurean excursions have been designed for those who relish the idea of refining their palate. During our pre-river cruise land program in Spain, guests can experience the alluring charm of the “City by the Bay of Biscay,” San Sebastián, undoubtedly one of the world’s favorite gastronomy cities. San Sebastián is rife with the mouthwatering aromas of pintxos, tasty bite-size morsels akin to tapas that boast a variety of toppings, the perfect pairing with a crisp glass of wine. In San Sebastián alone, restaurants have earned a total of 16 prestigious Michelin Stars, and a total of 46 Michelin Stars are dotted around the entire Basque Country! In addition, during our post-cruise land program in France’s Loire Valley, guests may dine within the Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, led by Chef Arnaud Philippon, at the historic Cháteau de Pray.
Tantalizing French flavors and divine fragrances of fresh spices await in the open-air markets of Libourne, with regional specialties from French cheese to foie gras. While sailing the Garonne, treat your taste buds to delicious wine tastings with the breathtaking backdrop of a timeless vineyard. Throughout your journey, visit famous wine estates — Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Léoville Poyferré — where you’ll be able to relish the bold flavors of Grand Cru Classè wines.
For Architecture and Design Enthusiasts
In Basque Country, art and architecture are often one in the same. Bilbao, Spain is renowned for its groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum, designed by famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. A work of art itself, the museum’s daring and innovative façade curves at random with silver panels that catch the light and a flower-like atrium. Inside, walls and pedestals are covered in contemporary paintings, sculptures and collages from artists that include Andy Warhol, German artist Anselm Kiefer, and Basque masters Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza.