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.
At the designated time and place, you will rejoin your coach and return to Le Verdon and 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. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. 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.