Scenic Cruises, which operates all-inclusive luxury river cruises throughout Europe, continues to expand its offerings in France by introducing a new 12-day Bordeaux River Cruise to its 2015 itineraries. With seven departures between August and October, pricing for this tour along the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers start at $5,580 per person, based on double occupancy. Early booking incentives result in free flights to Europe and substantial savings on balcony cabins.
The trip starts with arrival in Paris and an overnight stay in a luxury hotel; on the following day the ultra-fast Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) takes guests to Bordeaux, where they board the Scenic Diamond, their home for the next several days. At this point, guests unpack their bags just once … but they’ll visit countless fascinating and photogenic locations throughout their journey. Among the stops are Cadillac, originally established in the 13th century; Saint-Émilion, home to underground catacombs at its iconic Monolithic Church; Libourne, the wine-making capital of this part of France; Cognac, where guests have the opportunity to sample brandy at the famed Rémy Martin property; Médoc, where visitors traverse a scenic wine route; and Arcachon, known for its culinary delights
This itinerary incorporates several special features that are unique to Scenic. In 2015 the company will introduce the concept of “Scenic Sundowners” to its cruises, in which guests toast the end of the day in a spectacular location. On the Bordeaux trip, guests will enjoy an afternoon cocktail in picturesque Saint-Émilion. The journey aboard the TGV – which moves at speeds up to 199 mph – is a new offering in 2015, as well, as Scenic begins its partnership with trains throughout Europe to deliver the ultimate land-to-water experiences on several of its itineraries. The Bordeaux trip also features a “Scenic Enrich” experience, a once-in-a-lifetime event unique to this cruise line. On this itinerary, guests will enjoy a private dinner and classical concert in the beautiful Château Giscours in the Médoc countryside.
The Scenic Diamond is one of Scenic Cruises’ fleet of “Space Ships,” which have won acclaim as the next generation of river cruising. These ships are five-star floating hotels, with spacious public areas as well as private suites that feature “Scenic slumber beds,” plus bathrobes and slippers, a flat-screen television and Mac mini infotainment system enhanced by the ship’s complimentary Wi-Fi. Scenic is the only brand afloat that offers a “Sun Lounge,” a system through which each suite’s private balcony can be quickly transformed into an indoor lounge, allowing guests to enjoy the passing views regardless of the weather.
The company’s signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included: unlimited beverages including premium wines and spirits; all meals (with six different dining experiences); personal butler service for all guests; all excursions, events and entertainment; the Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device, which acts like a personal tour guide for guests while on board the ship; electronically assisted bicycles; Wi-Fi; airport transfers; and all tips and gratuities. On-shore experiences are made exceptional by the included Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour system that’s provided to every guest in his or her suite. This GPS system works in conjunction with guides on tours and also acts as a navigation system that allows guests to explore destinations on their own without the worry of getting lost or missing important points of interest.
Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; the company’s visitor-friendly website, www.sceniccruises.com; by phone at 844-788-7985; or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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