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.
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.
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.
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.