Meet in Bordeaux and transfer to 'Mirabelle,' moored in Castets-en-Dorthe on the Garonne River. After a welcome cocktail and crew introductions, settle into your cabin before dinner on board.
Drive into the Sauternais region today to sample the local vintages at Château Guiraud and Domaine Rousset-Peyraguey. Then cruise through a set of locks on the Garonne River to Cadillac, mooring at the foot of this bastide (planned medieval town). Visit Château de Roquetaillade, an impressive eighth-century castle.
Cruise to Bordeaux today, past Pont de Pierre to the Port of the Moon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the city's center and offers lovely panoramic views. Enjoy time at leisure in Bordeaux to soak up the atmosphere or shop in the fine boutiques.
Continue cruising along the Garonne River to visit the citadel at Blaye, a remarkable 17th-century fortress designed by Vauban, France’s legendary military engineer. After lunch, travel to Château Falfas in the Côtes de Bourg for a tasting of the estate's fine wines.
Cruise the Gironde estuary to the Médoc Peninsula, an area known for its viticulture. From Pauillac, take a drive through this famous wine region to visit a noted wine estate for a tasting. After lunch, cruise to Bourg to visit the museum of horse-drawn carriages and enjoy a walk through the town.
The cruise continues along the Dordogne River to Libourne. Enjoy a memorable excursion to the medieval village of Saint-Émilion with its cellars dug out of solid rock. Stroll down the old cobblestone lanes to the 14th-century cardinal's palace. Visit the monolithic church, the largest underground church in Europe with eighth-century catacombs. Stop for a wine tasting at Château Rochebelle before returning to your barge for a gala farewell dinner on board tonight.
After breakfast, return to Bordeaux, arriving in late morning.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.