Discover the douceur de vivre (sweet life) and elegant timeless beauty of Bordeaux, France on a luxury ocean sailing or Bordeaux River Cruise. World-renowned as the producer of the world’s finest wines, this glorious port city in southwestern France is one of the country’s crown jewels. Here you can indulge your senses with world-class cuisine, legendary vineyards, unique attractions, welcoming Bordelais and natural beauty. Located on the storied Garonne, Bordeaux is a favorite stop for travelers. Embark on a journey in sublime comfort to the elegance and timeless beauty of this magnificent city.
Dubbed “Port of the Moon” due to the moon reflecting the crescent-line of the docks along the river, Bordeaux is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stunning neoclassical architecture, spectacularly preserved monuments, and welcoming public areas provide charm at every turn.
Surrounding Bordeaux are the legendary vineyards and the world’s most famous châteaux, including such revered names as St. Estephe, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and more. At these esteemed wineries you can learn about and, best of all, savor their exalted wines. Immerse yourself in Bordeaux’s rich history dating back to the 12th century. Meander through delightful hilltop towns, quaint villages, magnificent chateaux and historic vineyards. Shore excursions provide ample opportunities to tour medieval buildings and ages old wine caves.
Bordeaux Cruise Highlights
In addition to captivating libations, Bordeaux also boasts high-end items in the elegant “Golden Triangle” shopping district. Several pedestrian-only streets, including the famous Rue Sainte-Catherine – considered the longest pedestrian shopping street in France – offer a diverse assortment of merchandise and luxurious souvenirs. Stroll along the manicured parks and pull up a seat at one of the many chic sidewalk cafes.
Lined by beautiful restored neoclassical architecture you’ll see buildings carved into stone with elaborate wrought-iron balconies. Located at one end of the promenade is the Place de la Victoire, a huge plaza surrounded by ornate buildings. Featured at the other end, is the equally expansive Place de la Comédie, home to the regal Grand Theatre, where ballets and operas are performed.
Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site is the spectacular Bordeaux Cathedral, built in the Gothic style. Another magnificent site is the Saint-Michel bell tower also called “La Fleche” which translates to The Spire and soars 114 meters into the sky.
A highlight of a visit to Bordeaux is viewing the spectacular architecture of Place de la Bourse with it awe-inspiring Miroir d’eau (water mirror). Located across from Place de la Bourse, between Quai de la Douane and Quai Louis XVIII, it will delight children and adults alike. Creating an extraordinary experience, the spectacular pool rhythmically alternates between a unique mirror effect and artificial misting on a gigantic slab of granite with mesmerizing results.
Climb the tower at the 13th-century Cathedral of St. André, tour Pey-Berland for stunning views of the city and visit the Grand Théatre, built between 1773 and 1780. Step inside to admire the frescoed ceiling and 14,000 sparkling Bohemian crystals.
History buffs will want to visit the fascinating Centre National Jean Moulin, which commemorates the role played by the French Resistance during World War II, highlighting the life of Bordeaux’s most famous Resistance fighter, Jean Moulin. Wine-lovers flock to Bordeaux as it is home to some of the world’s most acclaimed vineyards including La Cité du Vin, an interactive museum dedicated to French wine culture that opened in 2016.
Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty and flavors of Bordeaux, including the mouthwatering canelé, a caramelized rum-flavored cake dating back to the 1700’s. Baked in a copper mold, it is gooey, sweet and unforgettable. Once you bite into this incredible pastry’s lacy outer layer and custard filling you’ll know why it is so loved. Treat your taste buds to delicious and beautiful, multi-hued, French macarons.
Breathtaking Bordeaux is a feast for the senses and the ideal destination for a luxury cruise. See for yourself why this region is considered magical and guests return time and again.