11 Days
From £3,230 PP
In association with Scenic
For the first time ever, world-famous chef Raymond Blanc is hosting an exclusive culinary adventure. Join him on board our foodie river cruise through beautiful Bordeaux...

Discover the flavours of France with world-renowned chef, author and presenter Raymond Blanc OBE. He'll join us for two days of an 11-day gastronomic river cruise around Bordeaux, on board the five-star Scenic Diamond. As Raymond says, "There are few greater pleasures than drifting quietly along the rivers and canals, perhaps with a nice glass of wine in your hand. I look forward to meeting you on board and toasting together to beautiful Bordeaux."

Joining you in Cadillac, Raymond will take part in an exclusive talk and Q&A session plus a photo opportunity. You'll also have the privilege of watching a special cooking demonstration by Raymond and his sous-chef.

Plus, TV wine critic Susy Atkins will guide you through wine masterclasses and private tastings. She says, "There's so much to enjoy in Bordeaux - world-class red wines plus crisp whites and rosés, and glorious dessert wines too".

Throughout the voyage, you can hone your culinary skills with private cookery lessons on-board from the ship's head chef. You'll also savour some of the region's finest vintages during the trip. Cheers!

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Raymond Blanc OBE
Chef & restaurateur
The Michelin-starred chef brought five-star French cuisine to the world - with his best-selling books, television programmes and fabulous restaurants

Raymond Blanc is an iconic French chef. His restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, remains the only UK country house hotel to have retained two Michelin stars for over 30 years, and is also home to the Raymond Blanc Cookery School.

His TV series include BBC Two's The Very Hungry Frenchman and his books include Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons: The Story of a Modern Classic.

Susy Atkins
Wine expert, journalist & author
Susy Atkins is one of the UK’s most popular, passionate and highly respected wine experts.

An award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author, Susy Atkins has travelled the world writing, tasting and educating about wine for more than 25 years.

Susy's credits include being a wine expert and presenter on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, the resident wine expert on Channel 4's Richard & Judy, a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the author of 11 popular books, including Wine Wisdom, How to Choose Wine and How to Make Your Own Drinks.

Price includes

  • Return flight and airport transfers from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or direct from London Gatwick OR return Standard Premier Eurostar tickets from St Pancras International to Paris and on to Bordeaux.
  • 10 nights' full-board accommodation on the Scenic Diamond with all drinks included and one tasting menu in the speciality dining venue L'Amour.
  • Talk and Q&A session with Raymond Blanc, plus a cooking demonstration
  • Wine masterclasses and tastings with Susy Atkins
  • Tours and admissions as detailed
  • Gratuities and taxes

Availability

From
Sun, Sunday, Aug 26
To
Wed, Wednesday, Sep 5
Duration
11 Days
Price per person
£3,230*
* Price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner Scenic is ABTA bonded.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Sunday 26 August 2018

    Travel to Bordeaux. Transfer to the Scenic Diamond before a welcome reception and dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion
    Libourne, France

    Monday 27 August 2018

    Enjoy a free morning as you sail to Libourne, or enjoy a French cooking class at the Scenic Culinaire onboard cooking school. This afternoon, discover Saint-Émilion, a World Heritage Site. This evening, explore the Château Siaurac estate. Visit with a local landscape artist and savour the estate's finest vintages.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Libourne, Pauillac
    Pauillac, France

    Tuesday 28 August 2018

    Take a guided tour of Libourne. Alternatively, savour Grand Cru Class wines at the Château Franc Mayne, or visit Bergerac, known for its rich art heritage.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Médoc
    Prignac-en-Medoc, France

    Wednesday 29 August 2018

    Travel the Médoc wine route today, known as the world's leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region's best at the Château Gruaud- Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange for a wine tasting.

    This evening you will enjoy an unforgettable classical concert at the 13th-century Château Agassac - one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Pauillac, Cadillac
    Cadillac, France

    Thursday 30 August 2018

    Cruise the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River, relax or enjoy a cooking 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 interview and Q&A, before a wonderful gala dinner prepared by the ship's head chef.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Cadillac
    Cadillac, France

    Friday 31 August 2018

    Today, 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 sample his cuisine. Today, there will also be a choice of activities, including a visit to Roquetaillade or Saint Macaire, or a scenic hike to Loupiac.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Saturday 1 September 2018

    This morning, enjoy free time to relax. Afterwards, join Raymond Blanc for an informal drinks reception aboard the ship accompanied by an exclusive photo opportunity - the perfect souvenir of your time with Raymond.

    Tonight, enjoy an illuminations cruise before watching a local soloist perform live in the Panorama Lounge.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Arcachon, Bourg
    Arcachon, France

    Sunday 2 September 2018

    Discover Arcachon. This afternoon, join Susy Atkins for a wine masterclass and tasting. This evening, enjoy a jazz performance on board.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Cognac
    Cognac, France

    Monday 3 September 2018

    Today, join Susy for an exclusive talk and Q&A. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at Rémy Martin.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Blaye, Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Tuesday 4 September 2018

    Discover Blaye. Enjoy a relaxed stroll or take a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain's Road. Cruise to Bordeaux. Attend the Captain's farewell dinner this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Return to the UK
    Bordeaux, France

    Wednesday 5 September 2018

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or train station, to begin your journey back to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Scenic Diamond

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Cruise ship

The newly-renovated Scenic Diamond is one of the most luxurious vessels to sail through beautiful Bordeaux.

Complete with all of the opulent finishing touches for which Scenic is universally celebrated, Scenic Diamond boasts spacious cabins, five-star restaurants and a fabulous sun deck. When you're not exploring on land, relax in the state-of-the-art amenities - including a vitality pool, gym, spa and, for the first time ever, Scenic Culinaire: a private cooking area where guests can participate in cookery courses.

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