Do you enjoy Yoga or have always wanted to give it a try? Maybe you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the fine food and wine of the Bordeaux Region of France?
This is your chance to EAT, DRINK & LIVE WELL with Chef Rob and Yoga Instructor Linda.
This trip includes your air, air taxes, ground transfers in Europe, accommodation, daily tours, wine/beer with lunch and dinner and wi-fi. Deposit is reduced to $250 per person. Book during April and receive this added bonus:
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We are limited to 20 guests. Please email your Northstar Travel Associate if you have any questions.
P.S. We will try to match singles. There are further discounts for Past Guests of Viking.
NORTHSTAR TRAVEL - EAT, DRINK & LIVE WELL!
8 April 2022 from $4399CDN including Toronto Air
Explore Bordeaux like never before with Chef Rob & Yoga Instructor Linda
Join us as we discover the ports, vineyards, farms and forests of Aquitaine, once Europe’s richest kingdom. See Bordeaux’s fountains and cellars. Hunt for truffles in Périgord, and create your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Savor France’s finest oysters fresh from the bay at Arcachon. Sip Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes in their own ”terroir” on an 8-day cruise through Bordeaux—a region synonymous with fine wine and finer living.
"Join me, Linda, as I take my yoga practise around the world. Experience a sun salutation as the sun rises on a new day on the Garonne River in the Bordeaux Region of France. Relax into a warrior pose looking over the landscape of what was once Europe's richest Kingdom. Combining yoga and travel will bring an element of mindfulness and inner connection along with a respect for the ground you practice on wherever our travels take us. Come experience your yoga journey."
Chef Rob - "Growing up in a family that loves to experience travel and food has fed my passion to become a culinary chef. I continue to travel with my family while enjoying the amazing foods from local markets around the world."
Meet Rob & Linda at Toronto airport for your flight to Bordeaux. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your ship. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore Bordeaux on your own. Second only to Paris in French historic monuments, Bordeaux’s thoughtfully preserved 18th-century urban areas make it a desirable film location, and its graceful port on the Garonne River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later this evening, you may want to join an escorted evening walk of Bordeaux. While its monuments are beautiful during the day, they are stunning at night. (D)
This morning join Linda on the open deck for your first Yoga class while overlooking the beautiful port of Bordeaux. This morning tour the city center and see some of Bordeaux’s highlights, including the Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe; the neoclassical Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux; and several spectacular churches. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the city’s vibrant pedestrian area. Later this afternoon join us on deck as we sail upstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle that gave its name to the American car brand. (B, L, D)
Cadillac (Sauternes), France
After morning Yoga on the open deck begin your day with a walking tour of Cadillac and then head across river for your excursion to Sauternes. View picturesque landscapes where vineyards blanket the countryside hills and visit a château to learn how their prized wines are made. Enjoy a tasting before returning to your ship. Come up on deck and join Rob & Linda for a glass of wine from our Chateau visit. (B, L, D)
After morning Yoga with Linda on the open deck - Disembark for a leisurely stroll to Libourne’s picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century; or take part in one of two optional excursions: an exploration of the Bergerac area in the Dordogne to learn more about truffles, a great French delicacy; or a wine tasting, at a nearby château, of some local vintages from the Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations. Later this afternoon, take a tour to Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you see the town’s superb medieval lanes and delightful views of surrounding vineyards from the upper town. Spend a pleasant afternoon with Rob & Linda exploring the town’s streets and shops. (B, L, D)
Bourg & Blaye, France
Join Rob & Linda shoreside for Yoga on the Bourg riverbank before a leisurely morning stroll through this historic village. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of Cognac, birthplace of one of the world’s best-known types of brandy. Here, you take a tour of the Camus family business, one of the most tradition-steeped Cognac houses in the area, and try your hand at blending. During lunch, your ship sets sail for Blaye. This afternoon, take a guided tour of the extraordinary 17th-century citadel, dramatically set on a rock beside the river. The citadel of Blaye, its city walls and two other forts are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, L, D) Join Rob & Linda tonight for cocktails.
Relax on board your ship this morning or join Linda on deck for Yoga as we sail downstream, passing islands and gentle slopes, arriving in Pauillac in the early afternoon. Enjoy a wine country tour and tasting, including the area’s famous full-flavored Margaux. This evening, travel through the rolling vineyard-laced hills as you join Linda and Rob for dinner at a Château, accompanied by the château’s own wines. (B, L, D)
Enjoy your final Yoga class with Linda while cruising back to Bordeaux. You have the afternoon at leisure, giving you more time to appreciate the well-preserved architecture of Jacques Ange Gabriel and son, and to taste the city’s cuisine and wine appellations. Perhaps pick up a few bottles to take home with you. Alternatively, you may choose from a number of optional excursions. Take a full-day tour to Arcachon, a commune on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a boat ride along the estuary to Cap Ferret, and taste the oysters, a local delicacy. Perhaps learn how wine barrels are made and enjoy the vintage aged within them on an insightful excursion. Or, participate in a market visit with the Viking Chef & Chef Robto see where the local chefs of Bordeaux find their fruit, vegetables, meats and fish. (B, L, D)
After a final onboard breakfast, disembark and off to the airport for our flight home.* Or, extend your journey with three nights in Paris. (B)
* Please refer to Viking Terms & Conditions. Optional Out of Country Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Gov't taxes and fees are subject to change. Airlines may charge for seat selection and luggage. Itinerary is subject to change.