Spend a full week savoring the food and wine of France on this itinerary. Sit in the sidewalk cafes and stroll the markets of Paris before you catch the train to Bordeaux, where you'll cruise through historic towns and vineyards that date back hundreds of years.
On the boat, you'll pass the fortified towns of Blaye and Bourg, stopping for lunch at a Côtes de Bourg estate, dining and chatting with the winemaker himself. The astonishingly well-preserved citadel of Blaye has survived countless sieges since the 5th century and contains nearly 1 mile (over 1 km) of ramparts, four bastions, moats, and underground passages. Thanks to its historical importance, it's a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—and also home to the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux wine appellation.
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A French lunch break can be up to two hours long, but you get nine full days to sample the country's food and wine on this itinerary. Visit the artsy alleys and markets of Le Marais and Montmartre, then travel to the Loire Valley and Bordeaux to tour the vineyards that made French wine famous.