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River cruise holiday explores the Heart of Bordeaux

Date Posted: 22/12/2012

Pictured: Explore Bordeaux's stunning architecture, including St Michael Cathedral, on the Heart of Bordeaux river cruise.

Viking River Cruises has launched a new route along the rivers of Aquitaine, sailing along the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde rivers in southern France.

Scheduled to go on sale next year, with the first sailing in March 2014, the eight day Heart of Bordeaux itinerary sails on the Viking Foresti.

Explore Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Cadillac

Reportedly one of the only UK cruise lines to offer this itinerary, the cruise begins and ends in Bordeaux, enabling passengers to take in the city’s grand architecture, cafes and museums.

Visiting the historical towns of Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Cadillac; groups can enjoy stops at three UNESCO sites, including Blaye's 17th century Citadel and Saint-Emilion.

Regional specialties for foodie groups

Foodie groups and special interest cruisers will also have ample opportunity to sample the region’s specialities which include oysters, truffles and cognac.

There will also be time to tour the wine country, sampling some of Bordeaux’s regional drink.
Appreciation of the Aquitaine Valley

Onboard enrichment during the river cruise has been designed with the assistance of local experts and will aim to provide groups with a deeper appreciation of the Aquitaine Valley.

Learn to make caneles, a caramalised custard pastry, begin or expand your appreciation of fine Bordeaux wines with the guidance of a master sommelier, or brush up on your conversational French with optional lessons.
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