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Châteaux, Rivers & Wine

Originating from Bordeaux, this 7-night round trip conducts guests around France’s highlights – including multiple vineyards and wineries – giving guests the chance to explore a range of cultural staples.

Featuring a range of tours, and arranged tastings across vineyards and wineries – this getaway brings guests an interactive experience where they’ll have the opportunity to delve into local culture.

Rest, dine and play glamorously aboard the Viking Forseti – the luxurious longship designated to this adventure. This vessel combines all the modern hotel luxuries with efficient travel and ever-changing scenery.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Forseti
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Oct
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Châteaux, Rivers & Wine Cruise Itinerary

On a round trip originating from Bordeaux, this classic getaway affords guests a close-up view of France’s most coveted highlights – from UNESCO sites to ruined castles and hillside vineyards. Enjoy touring, sailing, tasting and much more over the course of 7 nights’ stay.

Day 1

Bordeaux (EMBARK)

Your adventure begins; spend the day getting settled into your ship.

Day 2

Bordeaux / Dordogne River (scenic sailing) / Libourne

Taste your way through Bordeaux’s local delicacies, enjoy scenic views travelling along the Dordogne River and explore Libourne on an excursion around the idyllic town.

Day 3

Libourne / Saint-Emilion

Taste the Bordeaux region’s exceptional wines and local fare in Libourne before continuing on into Saint-Emilion, wine-growing and UNESCO-listed vineyard region.

Day 4

Bourg / Blaye

Stroll the cobblestone streets of this historic village and discover its ancestry. Later, continue to Blaye to explore a UNESCO-designated 17th-century cathedral and the ruins of a gothic chateau.

Day 5

Medoc & Margaux Wine Country

Today, explore the famed Medoc wine growing region.

Day 6

Bordeaux / Garonne River (scenic sailing)

Back in Bordeaux, admire classic architecture and bear witness to the fantastical Place de la Bourse. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic sailing portion past hillside vineyards.

Day 7

Cadillac (Sauternes) / Garonne River (scenic sailing)

Explore the town and its towering castle. Later, we’ll continue scenic sailing along the Garonne River.

Day 8

Bordeaux (DISEMBARK)

Your holiday has come to a close; disembark and begin your journey home.

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine Cruise Ships

Viking Forseti

Named after the Norse god of justice – this magnificent vessel acts as a conduit, chaperoning guests safely across the waterways of France. Whilst onboard, guests have access to modern interiors, spacious common areas, lounges, bars and many more features.

190 Guests
Built in 2013
Eco-friendly Hybrid Engines

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Continue your travels through France

7 Nights
Mar Oct

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine

  • Bordeaux (EMBARK)
  • Bordeaux / Dordogne River / Libourne
  • Libourne (Saint- Émilion)
  • Bourg / Blaye
  • Medoc & Margaux Wine Country
  • Bordeaux / Garonne River
  • Cadillac (Sauternes) / Garonne River
  • Bordeaux (DISEMBARK)
£2,295pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Forseti  
  • Garonne

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine Cruise Review

““A 10/10 experience; the itinerary was just wonderful, I got to do so much over those 8 days. There really never was a dull moment, every second was planned out perfectly.”

John Roden, York

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will there be internet access whilst travelling?

Yes – Viking’s ships provide free Wi-Fi from their staterooms. However, connectivity may vary depending on location.

Will there be talks/lectures on board the ship?

Yes, Viking’s itineraries feature a range of informative briefings, lectures and presentations.

Is this getaway all inclusive?

The ‘Viking Inclusive Value’ package ensures guests have access to all the necessities throughout their cruise – with no surprises or hidden fees.

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