About the tour: Châteaux of the Loire Valley & Cruising the Bordeaux Wine Country

Sail along the picturesque Garonne and Gironde Rivers, relishing in the delights of the Bordeaux region of France on this river cruise.

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights cruising with full board
  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Air-conditioned coach travel

9 days from £1579 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Please note: All cruise schedules, ports of call and onshore excursions may be subject to change.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    We depart our overnight hotel this morning and begin our journey to the Loire Valley which spans 280 kilometres. The Loire River is listed as a World Heritage site. We will visit the pretty town of Blois and Château Chambord on our journey. Blois is known as the capital of the Loir-et-Cher area and was first mentioned in the 6th century so the area has both history and buildings of interest all the way through to the modern day.

    We then travel to the Château Chambord, where construction was first started in the 16th century for the young King Francois I and has been a popular attraction ever since its completion. The Château Chambord is one of the most impressive Renaissance building in the Loire Valley which also has beautiful grounds and gardens to explore.

    Then we stay for one night in the medieval town of Chinon in the region of Touraine. The region is known as the ‘garden of France’ and the town of Chinon sits on the banks of the River Vienne.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Chateau de Chambord
    Chateau de Chambord

    Included Highlights

    • Loire Valley & Chateau de Chambord
    • Chinon

    Today we travel to Bordeaux which is at the centre of the Bordeaux wine-growing region. Bordeaux is renowned for its historic quarters, and around 1800 hectares are listed as a World Heritage site. Place de la Bourse, with its elegant buildings, and Fountain of the Three Graces are well-photographed, and popular with visitors. The Cathedral Bell Tower offers a panoramic view of the town and many of its monuments – though visitors must climb 229 steps to the top! Spend some free time exploring this lovely cosmopolitan town, before we board our ship, the MS Cyrano De Bergerac for the next five nights. Enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Bordeaux
    Today we travel from Bordeaux to Pauillac. We cruise down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde passing Patiras Island before arriving at Pauillac at lunchtime. Come and enjoy our included excursion to the Medoc a renowned region off the beaten track, where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. Medoc is home to around 1,500 vineyards. Medoc also has an AOC (Appellations d’origine controlee or the controlled designation of origin) for its wine which is the same for the Champagnes. We pass through many of the great Medoc appellations, following the famous Chateaux Route. Then we berth in Pauillac overnight.

    Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We set sail early this morning, cruising to the Gironde estuary. The Gironde Estuary is the largest estuary in Western Europe and covers approximately 80km in length. While we cruise, we pass Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Troglodyte houses and fishermen’s huts, before arriving in the charming village of Bourg, built on a rocky outcrop enclosed by medieval ramparts. Why not join our included excursion by coach along the Corniche, or cliff route. The scenery here is an unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. We rejoin our ship in time for lunch, and cruise to Blaye, an historical town with a citadel, and port used to export products from the region, such as grain and red wine.

    Please note that depending on mooring availability, the order of ports of call may be reversed.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Blaye Chateau

    Included Highlights

    • Blaye
    • Corniche - Cliff Route

    Today we cruise to Bourg/Libourne and offer an optional excursion to the world-famous ‘wine’ village of Saint-Emilion, where you can sample the wines at a nearby wine estate. Saint-Emilion has been a 'wine' town since the Romans first planted vines in the area back in the early 2nd century. This then continued with the Monk Emilion who settled in the town to worship and develop the vineyards. It was monk Emilion who gave the town its name. From this humble beginning, the vines have blossomed, making St Emilion into one of the largest wine-producing towns in the area. <i>Depending on mooring availability, the stopover will be at either Bourg or Libourne.</i>

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Bourg

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Saint-Emilion
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We cruise to Bordeaux. Once we have docked you can enjoy free time in the town. Bordeaux is said to be the capital of the wine industry and is home to the world wine fair called Vinexpo. The town is also famous for its historical buildings. Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved buildings only second to Paris such as the Grand Theatre from the 18th century, Saint- Andrea Cathedral which was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096 and Esplanade des Quinconces which is largest square in Europe. So why not have a look around at some of the grand buildings and sample some wine before tonight’s dinner and entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Bordeaux

    We disembark and travel north by coach to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Cabin UpgradesPer Person from
    Middle Deck Cabin£149
    Upper Deck Cabin£189

    Please Note: At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship, to gain access to the shore.

    Extra Value
    For added value, the following are included on board ship:

    All meals
    Tea or coffee after each meal
    All drinks onboard (excluding Champagne, premium brand spirits and wines)
    Welcome Cocktail

    Châteaux of the Loire Valley & Cruising the Bordeaux Wine Country 9 days from £1579pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will cruise for five nights on board CroisiEurope’s 3-star superior ship, the MS Cyrano De Bergerac. The vessel is air-conditioned and has three decks – main, middle and upper – plus a sun deck. Facilities include a bar, restaurant and lounge. All cabins have en suite facilities and a safe.

    Overnight stays in Chinon and the Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

    MS Cyrano de Bergerac

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan


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    We have hundreds of coach joining points throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note joining points are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, select option 1, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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