Home> Offers > Special Guest Cruises Enjoy a Scenic Luxury Cruise with some familiar faces from the world of gastronomy and world affairs. Intertwine insightful onshore excursions with inspiring talks and Q&A sessions with our special guests as you travel in all-inclusive luxury along the waterways of Europe. Discover more below about how you can make your Scenic River Cruise even more memorable with one of our special guest cruises. Call us today on 0808 163 1137 and enjoy £400 per person discount Flavours of Bordeaux with Raymond Blanc OBE and Susy Atkins Bordeaux > Bordeaux 11-Day Cruise Departs 26 August 2018 Cruise from only £2,830 per person Savour the region’s culinary delights with the world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc, who will join you for two days of this 11-day river cruise through the rolling vineyards and bustling markets of Bordeaux. Accompanying you for two days of the voyage, Raymond will regale you with tales from his career during an exclusive private talk, Q&A and drinks reception. You will also have the privilege of sampling his cuisine during a private cooking demonstration with the chef. TRULY ALL-INCLUSIVE Return flights from a selection of up to 14 UK airports or travel via Standard Premier Eurostar‡ with upgrades available 10 nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship Balcony Suites, with a Scenic Sun Lounge Complimentary premium branded beverages all day, every day† Up to six dining options, from casual to fine-dining Scenic Enrich – Unforgettable and exclusive events Scenic Freechoice – A choice of flexible excursions and activities Exclusive Events – Exclusive talks, demonstrations and Q&A sessions with our special guests Scenic Tailormade GPS devices and e-bikes Butler service for all guests Complimentary Wi-Fi Return airport transfers Click to view itinerary ↓ Itinerary 11 Day Itinerary Expand full itineraryCollapse full itinerary Day 1 UK > Bordeaux Highlights: Welcome reception Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond in Bordeaux for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket. Meals included: Dinner Day 2 Bordeaux > Saint- Émilion Highlights: On board cooking school Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3 Libourne > Pauillac Highlights: Guided tour of Libourne Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm. After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4 Medoc Highlights: Classical concert at the Château Agassac Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting. Enrich: Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambiance of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening exclusive to Scenic. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 5 Pauillac > Cadillac Highlights: Q&A with Raymond Blanc Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you cruise aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. This evening, you will be joined by world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc, who will share stories from his life and career during an exclusive talk and Q&A. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6 Cadillac Highlights: Cookery demonstration with Raymond Blanc Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting. Freechoice: Remain on board and join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighbouring village of Loupiac. This afternoon, attend an in-depth cooking demonstration with Raymond Blanc. Discover his tips and watch him and his sous chef create some of his favourite dishes, with the opportunity to taste afterwards Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7 Bordeaux Highlights: Drinks reception with Raymond Blanc Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel. Afterwards, join Raymond Blanc for a photo opportunity and cocktail reception. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8 Arcachon > Bourg Highlights: Wine tasting with Suzy Atkins Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline. Freechoice: Join a walking tour of Arcachon including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. Or for those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event. Alternatively, take a local tram to the newly opened Cite du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. This afternoon, join Susy Atkins for a wine masterclass and tasting. This evening, enjoy a jazz performance on board. Meals included: Breakfast Day 9 Cognac Highlights: Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Suzy Atkin This afternoon, join Susy for a talk and Q+A session. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at Rémy Martin. Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 10 Blaye > Bordeaux Highlights: Cycle along the Captain's Road Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion. Freechoice: Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux. Dine in style at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11 Bordeaux Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Train Station. Meals included: Breakfast Join Raymond on board Don't just take our word for it, let Raymond Blanc himself explain what awaits you on our stunning Flavours of Bordeaux itinerary. Introducing Susy Atkins TV columnist and author, Susy Atkins will also join our Flavours of Bordeaux this summer. We've enlisted her expertise as we seek to discover her favourite French wines and where they originate. Learn More > All Inclusive Luxury Exclusively with Scenic Scenic Freechoice Flexible excursions to suit your pace. Read more > Scenic Enrich Exclusive, private, once-in-a-lifetime events. Read more > Dining and Beverages Diverse and delicious dining in opulent on board settings. Read more > Private Butlers Taking care of your every need. Read more > Scenic Tailormade The freedom to explore on your own terms. Read more > Tailored Travel A choice of up to 15 UK airports. Read more > Call our specialist advisors on 0808 159 4193 Call our specialist advisors on 0808 159 4193 Request a brochure Subscribe for updates Follow us on social media Facebook Twitter Youtube Google Plus ^Offer is valid for Flavours of Bordeaux with Raymond Blanc and Susy Atkins new bookings, made between 1 May and 30 May 2018. Offer available for direct Scenic bookings and selective travel agent bookings only. 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