the heart of BORDEAUX

Dis­cover and de­light in one of the world’s great­est wine-grow­ing re­gions, as you travel down the Garonne and the Dor­dogne rivers aboard a Scenic lux­ury river cruise.

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France has long held a spe­cial place in the hearts of ro­man­tics. Its name alone con­jures thoughts of pas­sion­ate af­fairs and glam­orous ad­ven­tures. For food­ies in par­tic­u­lar, the coun­try is held in the high­est es­teem; its culi­nary tra­di­tions are im­i­tated the world over, while the words ‘French wine’ are short­hand for un­ri­valled qual­ity.

Pas­sion, ro­mance and gas­tro­nomic delights com­bine in Bordeaux, France’s most cel­e­brated red-wine re­gion, and a des­ti­na­tion on ev­ery food lover’s bucket list. There is no bet­ter way to ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion than on an 11-day Scenic lux­ury river cruise. Ex­traor­di­nary land­scapes un­fold as you en­joy gourmet fare, wine­mak­ing re­fined to an art, and a wealth of his­tor­i­cal riches, from el­e­gant châteaux to an­cient cathe­drals.

Visit Grand Cru Classé wine es­tates, ex­plore the Cognac re­gion and sam­ple its fa­mous brandy, or savour oys­ters fresh from Ar­ca­chon Bay. You’ll find beau­ti­ful Bordeaux is all you imag­ined it to be, and more.

UN­RI­VALLED SER­VICE

From the mo­ment you board the five-star

Scenic Di­a­mond, you step into a world of lux­ury. On the lav­ishly ap­pointed Scenic Space-Ship, the crew pride them­selves on go­ing to the next level, an­tic­i­pat­ing your ev­ery de­sire. Scenic also of­fers you the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences, such as a Scenic Sun­down­ers event at the es­tate of Château de la Rivière. Drink a Bordeaux red as you wan­der the pic­turesque vine­yard with new-found friends. Get a sense of the artis­tic her­itage of this re­gion as you ad­mire a lo­cal artist cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful land­scape, us­ing paint made from the wine grown on the es­tate.

IN­SIDER EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Scenic’s all-in­clu­sive river cruise also pro­vides you with mem­o­rable mo­ments in­ac­ces­si­ble to the or­di­nary trav­eller. Wine lovers will revel in the Scenic En­rich ex­pe­ri­ence at Château d’Agas­sac in the Mé­doc coun­try­side. The chateau, dat­ing back to the 13th cen­tury, is one of the old­est wine­mak­ing es­tab­lish­ments in the re­gion. Dur­ing one en­chant­ing evening, you’ll be able to soak up the am­bi­ence of this mag­nif­i­cent prop­erty while mu­si­cians per­form live clas­si­cal pieces for your ex­clu­sive en­joy­ment.

FOL­LOW YOUR PASSIONS

With Scenic Free­choice, you can choose ex­pe­ri­ences that re­flect your passions. That could mean join­ing your chef in the bustling Bordeaux food mar­kets, then learn­ing his se­crets on board in the Scenic Culi­naire cook­ing school, or tak­ing a leisurely guided tour of Li­bourne to view the re­gion’s quaint 16th-cen­tury town­houses and Gothic churches. And, of course, there is a range of wine-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ences: in Sauternes you can sad­dle-up for a cy­cling tour through the vine­yards, or set­tle in for a tast­ing of the pres­ti­gious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Bordeaux is yours to dis­cover, any way you want it. • For de­tails on Scenic 2019 river cruises, visit scenic.com.au or call 138 128.

With Scenic Culi­naire, take on-board classes taught by culi­nary ex­perts, us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents bought fresh from mar­kets with Scenic’s chef.

Saint-Émil­ion, Gironde and (in­set) Château Gru­audLarose, Saint-Julien.

CLOCK­WISE (from top left): Fro­magerie Deru­elle cheeses; Scenic Di­a­mond, Pont de Pierre; ScenicDi­a­mond Scenic Culi­naire cook­ing school; Château Fort de Ro­que­tail­lade wines and cheese; Town of Blaye.

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