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Land Programs

In anticipation of our guests' desires for even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal.
St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

Delight in the medieval atmosphere of Saint-Emilion as you tour the village’s marquee attractions and then savor a tasting of its distinctive wines, which have brought even further acclaim to this unforgettable region of France.

Day 1

Disembark from the ship in Bordeaux and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city as you drive toward Saint-Emilion, a region revered for its outstanding wines and natural beauty. The region and its namesake village have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because Saint-Emilion represents a historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact. Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and then greatly enhanced in the Middle Ages.

Upon arriving in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, you will tour several of St. Emilion’s landmark attractions. Both the ramparts and sections of the lovely Collegiale church date to the 12th century. A wonderful timbered house from the 15th century flanks the arched Cadene gate, which may once have been equipped with a chain to control traffic between the upper and lower towns. The striking King’s Tower offers a panoramic view of the countryside and hints at the fortress that once stood here. Still, the most unusual attraction is the underground cathedral that was carved out of a cave where the Benedictine monk Saint Emilion once lived as a hermit.

You will then have some free time to explore areas that may have piqued your interest earlier. You might enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets, browsing the boutiques and having lunch on your own. Of course, toasting the occasion with a glass of Saint-Emilion’s finest wine.

Following check in at the spectacular, 19th-century Chateau Hotel “Grand Barrail Hotel, Restaurant and Spa”, you will enjoy a magnificent 5-course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel you will drive to the cellars of a nearby wine chateau estate for an inspired wine tasting. The Saint-Emilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, and its wines are predominately made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a reflection of the clay and chalk-rich soils around Saint-Emilion.

Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship in Bordeaux.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY ONE

11:00am Depart the ship for a brief panoramic tour of Bordeaux

11:30am Transfer to the village of Saint-Emilion

12:30pm Guided visit of St. Emilion Village including exclusive entrance in underground monuments as well as free time for shopping, independent exploration and lunch on your own

4:30pm Transfer to the Grand Barrail Hotel

5:00pm Check-in at the hotel

7:00pm 5-course dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Grand Barrail Hotel

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

10:30am Check out of the hotel and transfer to a wine estate

10:45am Visit the wine chateau estate. Included are two wine tastings

12:00pm Drive back to Bordeaux

1:00pm Arrive at pier in Bordeaux

Expected Weather: A temperate climate with an average temperature 22-25°Celsius (71-77° Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Flat, comfortable shoes are strongly recommended due to the cobble stone streets in the village of Saint-Emilion and possible uneven grounds at the wine estate. A warm jacket or sweater is recommended in the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A passport is necessary

Accommodation: A Superior Room in the Grand Barrail Restaurant, Hotel & Spa

Program Includes:

Land transportation in minibus or small coach, depending on the number of participants.

English-speaking guide

Dinner at Grand Barrail Hotel, including one glass of champagne, five-course dinner (starter, fish entrée, meat entrée, cheese, dessert), and beverages (wines, mineral water, coffee or tea)

One-night accommodation at the Grand Barrail Hotel, including buffet breakfast, luggage handling and taxes

Entrance fees to the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion

Tour of a wine chateau estate and a tasting of two wines

Not Included:

Any personal expenses not mentioned above such as phone calls, Internet, TV, laundry and minibar.

Lunches on Day One and Day Two

Gratuities to guides and drivers

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

Delight in the medieval atmosphere of Saint-Emilion as you tour the village’s marquee attractions and then savor a tasting of its distinctive wines, which have brought even further acclaim to this unforgettable region of France.

Day 1

Disembark from the ship in Bordeaux and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city as you drive toward Saint-Emilion, a region revered for its outstanding wines and natural beauty. The region and its namesake village have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because Saint-Emilion represents a historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact. Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and then greatly enhanced in the Middle Ages.

Upon arriving in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, which overlooks the fertile Dordogne Valley, you will tour several of St. Emilion’s landmark attractions. Both the ramparts and sections of the lovely Collegiale church date to the 12th century. A wonderful timbered house from the 15th century flanks the arched Cadene gate, which may once have been equipped with a chain to control traffic between the upper and lower towns. The striking King’s Tower offers a panoramic view of the countryside and hints at the fortress that once stood here. Still, the most unusual attraction is the underground cathedral that was carved out of a cave where the Benedictine monk Saint Emilion once lived as a hermit.

You will then have some free time to explore areas that may have piqued your interest earlier. You might enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets, browsing the boutiques and having lunch on your own. Of course, toasting the occasion with a glass of Saint-Emilion’s finest wine.

Next you will drive to the cellars of a nearby wine chateau estate for an inspired wine tasting. The Saint-Emilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, and its wines are predominately made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a reflection of the clay and chalk-rich soils around Saint-Emilion.

Following check in at the spectacular, 19th-century Chateau Hotel “Grand Barrail Hotel, Restaurant and Spa”, you will enjoy a magnificent 5-course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will drive back to the ship in Bordeaux.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY ONE

11:30am Depart the ship for a brief panoramic tour of Bordeaux

12:00pm Transfer to Saint-Emilion

12:45pm Guided visit of St. Emilion Village including exclusive entrance in underground monuments as well as

free time for shopping, independent exploration and lunch on your own

4:30pm Transfer to a wine estate

4:45pm Tour a wine chateau estate, followed by a wine tasting of 2 wines

6:00pm Transfer to the Grand Barrail Hotel

6:15pm Check-in at the hotel

7:30pm 5-course dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Grand Barrail Hotel

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

9:30am Check out of the hotel and drive back to Bordeaux

10:15am Arrive at pier in Bordeaux in re-board the ship

Expected Weather: A temperate climate with an average temperature 22-25°Celsius (71-77° Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Flat, comfortable shoes are strongly recommended due to the cobble stone streets in the village of Saint-Emilion and possible uneven grounds at the wine estate. A warm jacket or sweater is recommended in the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A passport is necessary

Accommodation: A Superior Room in the Grand Barrail Restaurant, Hotel & Spa

Program Includes:

Land transportation in minibus or small coach, depending on the number of participants.

English-speaking guide

Dinner at Grand Barrail Hotel, including one glass of champagne, five-course dinner (starter, fish entrée, meat entrée, cheese, dessert), and beverages (wines, mineral water, coffee or tea)

One-night accommodation at the Grand Barrail Hotel, including buffet breakfast, luggage handling and taxes

Entrance fees to the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion

Tour of a wine chateau estate and a tasting of two wines

Not Included:

Any personal expenses not mentioned above such as phone calls, Internet, TV, laundry and minibar.

Lunches on Day One and Day Two

Gratuities to guides and drivers

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

Delight in the medieval atmosphere of Saint-Emilion as you tour the village’s marquee attractions and then savor a tasting of its distinctive wines, which have brought even further acclaim to this unforgettable region of France.

Day 1

Disembark from the ship in Bordeaux and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city as you drive toward Saint-Emilion, a region revered for its outstanding wines and natural beauty. The region and its namesake village have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because Saint-Emilion represents a historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact. Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and then greatly enhanced in the Middle Ages.

Upon arriving in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, which overlooks the fertile Dordogne Valley, you will drive to the cellars of a nearby wine chateau estate for an inspired wine tasting. The Saint-Emilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, and its wines are predominately made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a reflection of the clay and chalk-rich soils around Saint-Emilion.

Following check in at the spectacular, 19th-century Chateau Hotel “Grand Barrail Hotel, Restaurant and Spa”, you will enjoy a magnificent 5-course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will tour several of St. Emilion’s landmark attractions. Both the ramparts and sections of the lovely Collegiale church date to the 12th century. A wonderful timbered house from the 15th century flanks the arched Cadene gate, which may once have been equipped with a chain to control traffic between the upper and lower towns. The striking King’s Tower offers a panoramic view of the countryside and hints at the fortress that once stood here. Still, the most unusual attraction is the underground cathedral that was carved out of a cave where the Benedictine monk Saint Emilion once lived as a hermit.

You will then have some free time to explore areas that may have piqued your interest earlier. You might enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets, browsing the boutiques and having lunch on your own. Of course, toasting the occasion with a glass of Saint-Emilion’s finest wine.

Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship in Bordeaux.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY ONE

Enjoy lunch on board the ship before disembarking for your tour

12:00pm Depart the ship for a brief tour of Bordeaux

2:30pm Transfer to Saint-Emilion

3:30pm Tour a wine chateau estate, followed by a wine tasting

5:00pm Transfer to the Grand Barrail Hotel

5:30pm Check-in at the hotel

7:30pm 5-course dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Grand Barrail Hotel

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00am Check out of the hotel

11:15am Drive from the estate to Saint-Emilion Village

11:30am Guided visit of St. Emilion Village including exclusive entrance in underground monuments as well as

free time for shopping, independent exploration and lunch on your own

2:00pm Drive back to Bordeaux

3:00pm Arrive at pier in Bordeaux

Expected Weather: A temperate climate with an average temperature 22-25°Celsius (71-77° Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Flat, comfortable shoes are strongly recommended due to the cobble stone streets in the village of Saint-Emilion and possible uneven grounds at the wine estate. A warm jacket or sweater is recommended in the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A passport is necessary

Accommodation: A Superior Room in the Grand Barrail Restaurant, Hotel & Spa

Program Includes:

Land transportation in minibus or small coach, depending on the number of participants.

English-speaking guide

Dinner at Grand Barrail Hotel, including one glass of champagne, five-course dinner (starter, fish entrée, meat entrée, cheese, dessert), and beverages (wines, mineral water, coffee or tea)

One-night accommodation at the Grand Barrail Hotel, including buffet breakfast, luggage handling and taxes

Entrance fees to the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion

Tour of a wine chateau estate and a tasting of two wines

Not Included:

Any personal expenses not mentioned above such as phone calls, Internet, TV, laundry and minibar.

Lunches on Day One and Day Two

Gratuities to guides and drivers

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

St. Emilion: Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

Delight in the medieval atmosphere of Saint-Emilion as you tour the village’s marquee attractions and then savor a tasting of its distinctive wines, which have brought even further acclaim to this unforgettable region of France.

Day 1

Disembark from the ship in Bordeaux and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city as you drive toward Saint-Emilion, a region revered for its outstanding wines and natural beauty. The region and its namesake village have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because Saint-Emilion represents a historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact. Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and then greatly enhanced in the Middle Ages.

Upon arriving in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, which overlooks the fertile Dordogne Valley, you will drive to the

spectacular, 19th-century Chateau Hotel “Grand Barrail Hotel, Restaurant and Spa”, where you will check-in and enjoy a magnificent 5-course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will transfer to the cellars of a nearby wine chateau estate for an inspired wine tasting. The Saint-Emilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, and its wines are predominately made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a reflection of the clay and chalk-rich soils around Saint-Emilion.

Next you will tour several of St. Emilion’s landmark attractions. Both the ramparts and sections of the lovely Collegiale church date to the 12th century. A wonderful timbered house from the 15th century flanks the arched Cadene gate, which may once have been equipped with a chain to control traffic between the upper and lower towns. The striking King’s Tower offers a panoramic view of the countryside and hints at the fortress that once stood here. Still, the most unusual attraction is the underground cathedral that was carved out of a cave where the Benedictine monk Saint Emilion once lived as a hermit.

You will then have some free time to explore areas that may have piqued your interest earlier. You might enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets, browsing the boutiques and having lunch on your own. Of course, toasting the occasion with a glass of Saint-Emilion’s finest wine.

Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship in Bordeaux.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY ONE

5:45pm Depart the ship for a brief panoramic tour of Bordeaux

6:15pm Transfer to Saint-Emilion and the Grand Barrail Hotel

7:00pm Check-in at the hotel

7:30pm 5-course dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Grand Barrail Hotel

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

10:15am Check-out. Depart Hotel. Transfer to wine estate

10:30am Arrive at a wine chateau estate. Visit followed by a wine tasting of 2 wines

11:45am Transfer drive to village of Saint Emilion

12:00pm Guided visit of village Saint-Emilion

1:00pm Free time in Saint-Emilion for lunch on own, shopping and independent exploration

3:00pm Drive back to Bordeaux

3:45pm Arrival at pier in Bordeaux

Expected Weather: A temperate climate with an average temperature 22-25°Celsius (71-77° Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Flat, comfortable shoes are strongly recommended due to the cobble stone streets in the village of Saint-Emilion and possible uneven grounds at the wine estate. A warm jacket or sweater is recommended in the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A passport is necessary

Accommodation: A Superior Room in the Grand Barrail Restaurant, Hotel & Spa

Program Includes:

Land transportation in minibus or small coach, depending on the number of participants.

English-speaking guide

Dinner at Grand Barrail Hotel, including one glass of champagne, five-course dinner (starter, fish entrée, meat entrée, cheese, dessert), and beverages (wines, mineral water, coffee or tea)

One-night accommodation at the Grand Barrail Hotel, including buffet breakfast, luggage handling and taxes

Entrance fees to the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion

Tour of a wine chateau estate and a tasting of two wines

Not Included:

Any personal expenses not mentioned above such as phone calls, Internet, TV, laundry and minibar.

Lunches on Day One and Day Two

Gratuities to guides and drivers

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

St. Emilion  Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

St. Emilion Overnight at Grand Barrail Chateaux

Day 1

Disembark from the ship in Bordeaux and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city as you drive toward Saint-Emilion, a region revered for its outstanding wines and natural beauty. The region and its namesake village have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because Saint-Emilion represents a historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact. Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and then greatly enhanced in the Middle Ages.

Upon arriving in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, which overlooks the fertile Dordogne Valley, you will drive to the cellars of a nearby wine chateau estate for an inspired wine tasting. The Saint-Emilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, and its wines are predominately made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a reflection of the clay and chalk-rich soils around Saint-Emilion.

Following check in at the spectacular, 19th-century Chateau Hotel “Grand Barrail Hotel, Restaurant and Spa”, you will enjoy a magnificent 5-course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will tour several of St. Emilion’s landmark attractions. Both the ramparts and sections of the lovely Collegiale church date to the 12th century. A wonderful timbered house from the 15th century flanks the arched Cadene gate, which may once have been equipped with a chain to control traffic between the upper and lower towns. The striking King’s Tower offers a panoramic view of the countryside and hints at the fortress that once stood here. Still, the most unusual attraction is the underground cathedral that was carved out of a cave where the Benedictine monk Saint Emilion once lived as a hermit.

You will then have some free time to explore areas that may have piqued your interest earlier. You might enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets, browsing the boutiques and having lunch on your own. Of course, toasting the occasion with a glass of Saint-Emilion’s finest wine.

Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship in Bordeaux.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY ONE

Enjoy lunch on board the ship before disembarking for your tour

12:00pm Depart the ship for a brief tour of Bordeaux

2:30pm Transfer to Saint-Emilion

3:30pm Tour a wine chateau estate, followed by a wine tasting

5:00pm Transfer to the Grand Barrail Hotel

5:30pm Check-in at the hotel

7:30pm 5-course dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Grand Barrail Hotel

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00am Check out of the hotel

11:15am Drive from the estate to Saint-Emilion Village

11:30am Guided visit of St. Emilion Village including exclusive entrance in underground monuments as well as free time for shopping, independent exploration and lunch on your own

2:00pm Drive back to Bordeaux

3:00pm Arrive at pier in Bordeaux

Expected Weather: A temperate climate with an average temperature 22-25°Celsius (71-77° Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Flat, comfortable shoes are strongly recommended due to the cobble stone streets in the village of Saint-Emilion and possible uneven grounds at the wine estate. A warm jacket or sweater is recommended in the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A passport is necessary

Accommodation: A Superior Room in the Grand Barrail Restaurant, Hotel & Spa

Program Includes:

Land transportation in minibus or small coach, depending on the number of participants.

English-speaking guide

Dinner at Grand Barrail Hotel, including one glass of champagne, five-course dinner (starter, fish entrée, meat entrée, cheese, dessert), and beverages (wines, mineral water, coffee or tea)

One-night accommodation at the Grand Barrail Hotel, including buffet breakfast, luggage handling and taxes

Entrance fees to the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion

Tour of a wine chateau estate and a tasting of two wines

Not Included:

Any personal expenses not mentioned above such as phone calls, Internet, TV, laundry and minibar.

Lunches on Day One and Day Two

Gratuities to guides and drivers

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.