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About Le Verdon

A charming destination in beautiful countryside, this is your chance to soak up the unique ambience of the South-West of France.

Situated at Point de Grave, where water from the Atlantic meets the gushing Gironde estuary, Le Verdon will appeal to you if you love the great outdoors or fine wines. Offering a beguiling mix of forests and beaches, dunes and hiking paths there's plenty to do if you fancy an independent, active day ashore. 

The Fort of Verdon and the Cordouan Lighthouse (the oldest in France - visited by boat) are both local sights. Further afield, the Bordeaux wine region, covering some 270,000 acres, beckons.  

Home to over 5,000 wine chateaux and many famous vineyard regions including Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, Entre-Deux-Mers, Cotes de Bourg and Libournais, this is a great place to sample the local vintages and learn more about the wine-making process. From scenic drives through vineyard countryside to tours of the cellars, or a trip to the resort of Soulac, a city with 500 neo-colonial villas and a UNESCO-listed basilica at the tip of Médoc, Le Verdon acts as a gateway to many of the region's delights.

 

Shore excursions in Le Verdon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Bordeaux

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 8¾ hours

Explore an enchanting region and savour its delicious food and wine.

Discover the sights, smells and flavours of Bordeaux’s monumental city and idyllic countryside. Meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide and set off on a panoramic drive that takes you along the famous Route des Chateaux, passing row after row of legendary vineyards. Explore the cellars at one of the Médoc Peninsula’s fairy-tale chateaux and taste the deep flavours of wines such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and more. Perhaps you’ll buy a bottle of your favourite vintage to take home? Get a feel for Bordeaux as your guide points out key landmarks on your scenic drive into the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tuck into lunch with a glass of wine at a renowned local restaurant, then choose whether to join a guided walking tour of the atmospheric old district or wander around on your own. Looking for souvenirs? Head to the shops on the pedestrianised Rue Saint-Catherine.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by by coach and on foot and there is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour with some uneven ground and steps at the wine estate and cellars.

Château Rousseau de Sipian, Cellars & Wine Tasting

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 4½ hours

An unforgettable food and wine experience at a stunning chateaux.

Immerse yourself in the entrancing world of Bordeaux wines with a tasting session and lunch at a spectacular chateau. Soak up the sights as you drive along the Médoc Peninsula's Route des Chateaux – a scenic road lined with world-famous vineyards. Arriving at Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, admire the beautiful building’s 19th century Renaissance spires and turrets, then step inside to begin your wine discovery. Hear the secrets of the winemaking process as you’re guided through the vat room and ageing cellar, and taste two vintages of the chateau’s signature blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit Verdot. By now your taste buds will be tingling, so it’s the perfect time to settle down in the dining room and enjoy a delicious lunch of four courses, each accompanied by a specially paired wine.

Essential information

The drive from Le Verdon to Chateau Rousseau de Sipian is approximately 45 minutes each way. Participants in the wine tasting must be over 18 years of age.

Deluxe Cognac Hennessey Experience

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 8¼ hours

A scenic exploration of the countryside and the ultimate cognac experience.

Take in the sights of town and country in this breathtaking region and taste cognac in a world-famous brandy house. Soak up the scenery of scattered islands and idyllic vineyards on a panoramic boat ride along Western Europe’s largest estuary, the Gironde. Hop off in the city of Royan and drive to the beautiful town of Cognac on the bank of the Charente river. Take the Hennessy river boat over to the distillery of the inimitable drink and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime brandy experience. Learn the Cellar Master’s secrets as you’re guided around the atmospheric depths of the building and taste two varieties of the stunning elixir. Perhaps you’ll buy a bottle to take home? In town, admire the medieval architecture and pretty cobbled lanes as you make your way to a local restaurant. Tuck into a delicious French lunch with a glass of wine before retracing the journey back to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach, ferry and on foot. Participants in the wine or cognac tasting must be over 18 years of age.

Free Time in Bordeaux

Activity medium

Duration: 8¼ hours

Freedom to spend time in the city at your leisure.

What will you do with free time to explore Bordeaux, one of the most magical cities in France?

Admire the scenery on a narrated panoramic drive into the city centre then, armed with a map and your own sense of adventure, set off to do… whatever you like!

Stroll the streets and admire the 18th century neoclassical architecture, ornate churches, pretty bridges and lush parks that earn Bordeaux the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through Place des Quinconces, one of Europe’s largest squares, and marvel at the captivating Girondins Monument.

Fancy some shopping? The pedestrianised Rue Saint-Catherine is lined with boutiques selling local wares. And when you’re ready for a breather, settle down at a street-side café or bistro and treat yourself to a lunch – perhaps with a glass of full-bodied Bordeaux wine.

Essential information

This tour is operated by by coach and on foot and is unguided but an English-speaking escort will accompany you on the coach. There will be approximately 4 hours of free time in Bordeaux.

Medoc Château & Wine Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Join this tour to truly appreciate the fantastic wines of this world-famous region.

Find out why wines from the Medoc Peninsula are world-famous with a tasting at an enchanting chateau.

Relax and enjoy the ride as you journey along the Route des Chateaux, passing row after row of legendary vineyards. Stop off to photograph a fairy-tale chateau, then head to another and begin your wine discovery.

Explore the atmospheric cellars as your hosts explain the secrets of treasured types of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, and cabernet franc, to name a few. Of course, the highlight of this experience is the tasting. Savour several flavours of the delicious wines made here and perhaps buy a bottle to take home with you.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. The drive from Le Verdon to the Medoc chateau is approximately 90 minutes each way. Participants in the wine tasting must be over 18 years of age.

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