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Experience the rich culture, wine and gourmet heritage of the Bordeaux Region on a luxury river cruise. Cruise Bordeaux’s three majestic waterways, the Dordogne, Garonne and the Girdone. Delight in the pleasant French villages, towns and cities perched on their banks


Take in the sights along the Gironde Estuary, which cuts through the rolling countryside and alongside the historic vineyards of Aquitaine. Disembark in Pauillac and travel through the famous Médoc wine region. On a visit to a family-owned cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made and learn the secrets of this time-honoured craft before a wine tasting in Ludon. Step ashore to discover the town of Blaye and journey to Cognac for a tasting at Château de Cognac, a French Cognac House founded in 1795.

Alight in Libourne and travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Head beneath the village with a local guide to Cordeliers Cloister, where you’ll explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels that stretch for three kilometres under Saint-Émilion. The owners, Les Cordeliers, have been using these underground passages to make and age their exclusive sparkling wines since the 19th century. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s traditional macaroons.

Discover the charming Bergerac Old Town, with its white stone buildings and vivid flowerbeds, as you stroll past tree-lined squares, pleasant timber frame houses and well-preserved buildings. Or perhaps visit Libourne, for a caviar estate tour and tasting.


APT River Cruising offers an eleven-day Paris to Bordeaux tour aboard their luxury Aria River Ship. The cruise includes all-inclusive luxury cruising with the Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions, included Signature Experiences and the finest dining.

Benalla Travel loves France [who doesn’t] and visits regularly so we can help you find the right place to stay, eat and play. We would especially like to introduce you to UTE in Paris [Unique Taste Experiences], friends call her Ute Biefang and if its your first or twenty-first visit to Paris Ute’s personal gastronomic and cultural discovery tours are a must. UTE is a connoisseur and lover of all things Parisian who has immersed herself into the gastronomical and cultural heart of Paris. Before returning to Paris in 2008 UTE was the producer of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in Australia for seven years and has worked with some of the world’s great chefs and culinary personalities such as Luis Andoni Aduriz, Michel Roux, Thierry Marx, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. UTE is fluent in English, German, French and Australian [LOL!].

Contact our travel advisers for an update on all 2018 APT River Cruising options and an introduction to UTE Biefang and her exceptional Paris.

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