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Champagne, Cognac & Wines of France

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Champagne, Cognac & Wines of France

Location
France
Dates
June - September 2021
Duration#Number of nights offered for the pre cruise or post cruise program.
5-Night Pre-Cruise | 4-Night Post-Cruise

Prices starting from

£5,434 GBP/Per Person

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Discover the wine capital of France on a journey that provides plenty of opportunities to toast the good times. Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site and a city The Queen herself has called, “the very essence of elegance.” Imagine the romance, fashion, food, and architecture of Paris – remove the droves of tourists, and say hello to beautiful Bordeaux. Your journey winds from the local wine making traditions of St. Emilion to the legendary varietals of Cognac and onto the bubbly heritage of Champagne before concluding among the romantic streets of Paris.

Highlights

A château stay: Lay your head at Château de Courcelles where French literary figures Racine, La Fontaine, and Dumas once stayed.

A full-day Champagne Experience: Visit Dom Perignon’s tomb, tour the infamous Veuve Clicquot’s ‘maison de Champagne,’ and enjoy a Champagne tasting at a family estate.

Uncovering Cognac: Discover the difference between varietals, explore the viticulture, and unearth the impacts of different woods during distilment.

Bring on the Bordeaux: Enjoy a full-day exploration of St. Emilion, discovering its rich wine-making traditions and learning about the local varietals.

A comprehensive program, with overnights in three cities - St. Emilion, Reims, and Paris.

This is a must for wine lovers.

Highlights

  • A château stay: Lay your head at Château de Courcelles where French literary figures Racine, La Fontaine, and Dumas once stayed.

  • A full-day Champagne Experience: Visit Dom Perignon’s tomb, tour the infamous Veuve Clicquot’s ‘maison de Champagne,’ and enjoy a Champagne tasting at a family estate.

  • Uncovering Cognac: Discover the difference between varietals, explore the viticulture, and unearth the impacts of different woods during distilment.

  • Bring on the Bordeaux: Enjoy a full-day exploration of St. Emilion, discovering its rich wine-making traditions and learning about the local varietals.

  • A comprehensive program, with overnights in three cities - St. Emilion, Reims, and Paris.

  • This is a must for wine lovers.

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Land Program Itineraries

  • Pre-Voyage Itinerary
  • Post-Voyage Itinerary
Pre-Voyage Itinerary #Download Itinerary PDF
  • Day 1
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    You’ll be met at the airport upon arrival in Paris and shown to your hotel for the evening. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy however you like. Tour the city’s legendary museums and iconic landmarks. Grab a bite among the locals at a cozy café. Go for a nice stroll along Parisian streets dotted with fashionable boutiques and eclectic shops. Regroup for dinner back to the hotel and get a good night’s sleep in anticipation of the days ahead.

  • Day 2
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    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning a full-day immersion into the sparkling heritage of France’s famed Champagne region. A panoramic 1.5-hour drive takes you to Reims, where you’ll stroll in the footsteps of French royalty inside the city’s namesake cathedral. Visit the tomb of Dom Perignon in Hautvillers and enjoy a private tour and tasting at the legendary Veuve Clicquot ‘maison de Champagne.’ Your day concludes with an additional tasting of superb Champagnes at a family owned estate. Afterwards, you’ll be shown to your home for the evening – a lovely French château.

  • Day 3
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    Set off to discover the treasured region of Bordeaux. You’ll be taken to the airport to catch your morning flight from Reims. Upon arriving in Bordeaux, a one-hour drive through the French countryside leads to the charming town of St. Emilion. Check into your hotel and enjoy some time to soak up the ambiance before joining the group for dinner.

  • Day 4
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    A panoramic morning drive brings you to the town of Cognac for an immersion in France’s legendary brandy. You’ll visit two family estates, where you’ll delve into the philosophies behind cognac making, and study the complexities of its nuanced flavors. Stroll through vineyards as a local aficionado explains the process of growing and producing cognac, and enjoy guided tastings at each distillery. You’ll also visit a traditional barrel factory before stopping at a local restaurant for a typical French lunch. Head back to the hotel where the balance of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

  • Day 5
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    Following breakfast at the hotel, begin a full-day discovery of St. Emilion. This medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site is tucked amid the fragrant vineyards of Bordeaux and offers up a wealth of history and beauty at every turn. St. Emilion is also quite renowned for its wine making traditions, which you’ll explore during visits to a number of distinguished estates. Enjoy informative tasting sessions featuring the finest local varietals, and sit down to a delicious lunch at one of the wineries. After your day in St. Emilion, head back to the hotel to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

  • Day 6
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    Wake up to breakfast at the hotel before heading to the port in Bordeaux, where your Azamara® ship is waiting.

Post-Voyage Itinerary #Download Itinerary PDF
  • Day 1
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    Debark the ship in Bordeaux and meet up with your guide to begin a full-day discover of St. Emilion. This medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site is tucked amid the fragrant vineyards of Bordeaux and offers up a wealth of history and beauty at every turn. St. Emilion is also quite renowned for its wine making traditions, which you’ll delve into during visits to a number of distinguished estates. Enjoy informative tasting sessions featuring the finest local varietals, and sit down to a delicious lunch at one of the wineries. After your day in St. Emilion, head back to the hotel to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

  • Day 2
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    A panoramic morning drive brings you to the town of Cognac for an immersion in France’s legendary brandy wine. You’ll visit two family estates, where you’ll delve into the philosophies behind making cognac and study the complexities of its nuanced flavors. Stroll through vineyards as a local aficionado explains the process of growing and producing cognac, and, enjoy guided tastings at each distillery. You’ll also visit a traditional barrel factory before stopping at a local restaurant for a typical French lunch. Head back to the hotel in St. Emilion and enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure.

  • Day 3
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    Following breakfast, head to the airport to catch your morning flight to Reims. Arrive to meet your local guide who’ll take you to your home for the evening, the lovely Château de Courcelles, a family estate boasting centuries of history and listed as a National Heritage Site. Tucked amid more than 200 acres of vineyards, it’s a breathtakingly authentic way to experience the beauty and charms of Bordeaux. Stroll the grounds and soak up the views before regrouping for a delicious French dinner at the châteaux.

  • Day 4
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    Discover the bubbly treasures and medieval heritage of France’s famed Champagne region. Stroll in the footsteps of French royalty on a visit to Reims Cathedral. Visit the tomb of Dom Perignon in Hautvillers and enjoy a private tour and tasting at the legendary Veuve Clicquot ‘maison de Champagne’. Your day concludes with an additional tasting of superb champagnes at a family owned estate. Afterwards, a panoramic 1.5-hour drive leads to the romantic ambiance and iconic monuments of Paris. Check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening on your own—a great chance to see the City of Lights live up to its name.

  • Day 5
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    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being escorted to the airport to catch your outbound flight from Paris.

Voyages Available For This Land Program

  • 5-Night Pre-Voyage Program
  • 4-Night Post-Voyage Program
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Sailing:

Jun

9

2021

Region Northern & Western EuropeNorthern & Western Europe
Ship Azamara JourneyAzamara Journey
Embark Bordeaux, France Bordeaux, France
Debark Southampton, EnglandSouthampton, England

Voyage Only from
£3,619 GBP

Land Program from
£5,434 GBP

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Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses
£258

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Jun

9

2021

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£3,619 GBP

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Ports of Call:

  • Bordeaux, France
  • Nantes (Loire Valley), France
  • Brest, France
  • St. Malo, France
  • Cherbourg (D-Day Landing Beaches), France
  • Honfleur, France
  • Paris (Rouen), France
  • St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • Portland, Dorset, United Kingdom
  • Southampton, England

Ship Highlights Include:

Onboard Dining

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef's Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

Entertainment & Activities

  • Living Room
  • The Journey Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

Spa & Fitness

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
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What's Included

  • Unique & guided tour experiences
  • Four-Five Star hotel accommodations
  • Transportation between port & hotel and hotel & airport
  • Most meals & beverages (see itinerary for specifics)
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Sailing:

Sep

19

2021

Region Northern & Western EuropeNorthern & Western Europe
Ship Azamara QuestAzamara Quest
Embark Bordeaux, France Bordeaux, France
Debark Barcelona, SpainBarcelona, Spain

Voyage Only from
£4,289 GBP

Land Program from
£5,434 GBP

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Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses
£204

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Sep

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Ports of Call:

  • Bordeaux, France
  • Bilbao (San Sebastian), Spain
  • Gijón, Spain
  • La Coruna, Spain
  • Vigo, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Seville, Spain
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Motril (Granada), Spain
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain

Ship Highlights Include:

Onboard Dining

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef's Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

Entertainment & Activities

  • Living Room
  • The Quest Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

Spa & Fitness

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
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What's Included

  • Unique & guided tour experiences
  • Four-Five Star hotel accommodations
  • Transportation between port & hotel and hotel & airport
  • Most meals & beverages (see itinerary for specifics)
Hide
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Enjoy a complimentary two-category stateroom upgrade on sailings from March 20, 2021 onward when you book by November 18, 2020.

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Sailing:

Sep

9

2021

Region Northern & Western EuropeNorthern & Western Europe
Ship Azamara QuestAzamara Quest
Embark Southampton, EnglandSouthampton, England
Debark Bordeaux, France Bordeaux, France

Voyage Only from
£3,319 GBP

Land Program from
£5,435 GBP

#

Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses
£188

Book Now
View Itinerary Details

Sailing:

Sep

9

2021

from
£3,319 GBP

#
Map & Voyage Information
What's Included
Deals Available
Voyage Map

Ports of Call:

  • Southampton, England
  • Honfleur, France
  • Paris (Rouen), France
  • Cherbourg (D-Day Landing Beaches), France
  • St. Malo, France
  • Nantes (Loire Valley), France
  • Bordeaux, France

Ship Highlights Include:

Onboard Dining

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef's Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

Entertainment & Activities

  • Living Room
  • The Quest Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

Spa & Fitness

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
Hide

What's Included

  • Unique & guided tour experiences
  • Four-Five Star hotel accommodations
  • Transportation between port & hotel and hotel & airport
  • Most meals & beverages (see itinerary for specifics)
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