I thought I'd review some more detailed information about this fabulous part of the world that has so much to offer everyone!
I came across a few very interesting articles from the Virtuoso website about the Bordeaux region, the Loire Valley and the Basque Country in Northern Spain that includes both Bilbao & San Sebastian.
On a side note, interestingly for me personally is that this is where our dog, 'Alexander the Great' Pyrenees, originates from - that is, the Pyrenees Mountains.
There's an incredible amount to see, do, and experience in all of these areas whether you're into wine, culinary, architecture, museums, culture, great scenery, and so much more!
As an example, museums are abound with this itinerary including "La Cite du Vin" in Bordeaux proper. I love the way the Virtuoso article describes it as "the headiest wine experience you'll ever have without actually drinking any". LOL! Although drink you can, since they have 14,000 bottles in their wine shop, Latitude20.
The other cool thing with this cruise is that you're welcome to buy whatever bottles you like and bring them back on board to drink without any corkage fees or having to hide them... ;)
One of the new French museums that's part of the river cruise itinerary includes "Bassins de Lumieres", the world's largest digital art-space, located in Bordeaux. It used to be a World War II submarine base with four reflective water-filled basins converted into theaters for digital art projected over the 156,000 square foot interior!
The other new French museum is the "Museum of Modern Art of Fontevraud" in the Loire Valley. Fontevraud was awarded the CCR (Heritage Site for Culture) label in 1976 and is one of the largest surviving Abbeys.
Of course, there's also the "Guggenheim Museum" in Bilbao and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum as well to enjoy and appreciate. "The Googen" as locals call it, both inside and out, 'is a treasure worth flying to', while the latter museum houses a valuable and comprehensive collection of art from the Middle Ages to contemporary including El Greco, Goya, Van Dyck and Paul Gaugin, to name just a few.
Not that you have to be into museums to enjoy this cruise, since there is so much more to see and do, including enjoying the incredible architecture such as the "Opera National de Bordeaux", "Place de la Bourse", the Cathedrale Saint Andre, the Grosse Cloche, the Tour Pey-Berland, Porte Cailhau, Pont de Pierre, and even Roman Empire ruins such as the Palais Gallien and this is just in Bordeaux the city!
Then, there's all the spectacular chateaux throughout the river cruise itself. So many beautiful locations to photograph and enjoy!
If you prefer the active options, you can hike, cycle, and explore to your heart's content! There are so many great excursion options to consider to suit your preference. And then, there's always the golfing option for 2 of our ports as well, if you're interested.
And, of course, always THE WINE!! The history of wine in France dates back 2600 years!!! Unbelievably influential considering their depth and experience.
Wouldn't you just LOVE to join us on this great opportunity?! We would absolutely thrill for you to join us. And what happens on the river cruise ship and tours... stays on the river cruise ship and tours! :)