Beautiful Bordeaux – France
All Kosher Luxury Cruise Through France’s Bordeaux Region
“The Only All Kosher Cruise – Entire Ship Kosher”
All Inclusive: Cruise, Touring, Open Bar, Delicious Kosher Cuisine and So Much More!
Featuring Special Guest:
Lecturer Dr. Henry M. Abramson – Dean, Touro College
Culinary Experiences with Naomi Nachman
The Journey: River cruising with Kosher River Cruises has never been more elegant or refined than on this cruise through France’s beautiful Bordeaux region as we uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France. Set sail along three stunning rivers – the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde – on one historic and fascinatingly invigorating journey. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, kosher wineries, Jewish heritage, and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks, and magnificent vineyards where you’ll be treated to a sampling of the quintessentially French experience.
Sample delectable local kosher wines on excursions to local kosher wineries, delight in a classical concert at the famous castle Château d’Agassac, and get lost in the wonder of medieval villages encompassing centuries of Jewish history and heritage. You can relax in absolute comfort on board your luxurious riverboat, content in the knowledge that there is sure to be yet another wondrous experience waiting to greet you onboard and at the next port.
Kosher Wine Program – Discovering the Kosher Wine Route of Bordeaux:The Bordeaux region has one of the world’s highest concentrations of vineyards producing high quality kosher wine. On this cruise, we have dedicated a number of choice excursions to kosher wine exploration and education. Whether you are interested in wine or just exploring some of the world’s most stunning scenery, complete with visits to ancient chateaus and castles, this tour has something for everyone. Our program will take us to local wine regions and kosher wineries in Medoc, Saint-Emilion, and Sauternes. Here we will explore vineyards, chateaus, and castles, learning about the region from local kosher vintners complete with wine teachings, tastings, exploration, and shopping! (Optional tour choices are available for those who may not be interested in the wine program).
Jewish Bordeaux: Ancient texts record the presence of Jews in Bordeaux from as early as the 6th century. A document dating from 1072 evokes a “Mont-Judaïque” which would have been on the outskirts of the ancient city of Bordeaux, where the streets Mériadec and Dauphine are currently located. For centuries, the cellars of tumbledown houses in the region’s old towns were home to hidden Jewish communities of conversos who came here from Spain after 1474. Used to hiding their faith in Spain, these “new Christians” continued to practice Judaism in secret when they came to France. Bordeaux’s Jewish community began to emerge from the shadows only in the mid-eighteenth century and then finally with the emancipation of all Jews in France in 1791 after the French Revolution.
The Great Synagogue of Bordeaux stands rebuilt, inaugurated in 1882. The architectural inspiration was a mixture of Gothic and Oriental styles. The interior decoration is of Syrian, Ottoman, Egyptian and Moorish inspiration, providing a majestic building with an original architectural point of view.
During the Second World War, the Occupation in Bordeaux was very brutal; more than 1600 Jews were deported. Today, the Jewish community of Bordeaux has expanded, with the arrival of a new Ashkenazi congregation and the arrival of Jews from North Africa in the 1960s.
Join Kosher River Cruises and our scholar in residence Dr. Henry Abramson as we explore the region’s unique Jewish history and heritage. We will immerse ourselves in the wonders of the Bordeaux region as we travel in luxury through its stunning, off-the-beaten-path and picturesque waterways.
Day 1: (Mo) Bordeaux
Day 2: (Tu) Libourne
Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century townhouses, Jewish quarter, and 19th century synagogue. We begin at Place Abel-Surchamp, the main square of the city, hosting its famous outdoor market; we then continue to explore the ancient buildings on its narrow streets leading to the main square. Streets include Rue Victor Hugo, Rue Fonneuve and Rue Lamothe, where its 19th century synagogue is located. At the synagogue we will visit with the local Jewish community and learn about Jewish life in the Bordeaux region.
Jewish Libourne: The Jewish presence in Libourne dates from the 16th century and was authenticated with the existence of its first synagogue, located in the Rue de Périgueux in the 18th century. In 1847, with the inauguration of its current synagogue, the Jewish population of Libourne was estimated at just 77 persons out of a total population of 9714 inhabitants. The synagogue was closed during the World War and its Sifrei Torah kept in a house in Bordeaux. They were then returned in 1950, following the arrival in the 1960s of Jews from North Africa; the synagogue reopened in 1962.
Kosher Wine Option – The Saint-Emilion Wine Route: Excursion to The Saint-Emilion valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the pride of all Bordeaux and France for its world-famous wineries. Explore the region, complete with its kosher wineries and tastings. Explore its quaint villages with a breathtaking view of its famous valley.
Day 3: (We) Blaye
Stroll through the medieval town of Blaye on a guided tour as we explore the impressively preserved city center. For those feeling more active, you can join an active walking tour of its medieval citadel (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that was established to protect the region from invasion.
This afternoon, get ready for something truly special! Set in spectacular surroundings in the Médoc countryside, our visit to the famous Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Soak in the ambience of this stunning 13th century castle while live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.
Day 4: (Th) Medoc & Bourg
Kosher Wine Option – Medoc Wine Route: This morning, immerse yourself in the scenic Médoc wine region and discover why it is regarded as the world’s leading red wine producer. Sample the region’s finest at its spectacular kosher wineries and estates. Alternatively, you have the option of a guided round-trip cycle tour throughout this beautiful region, stopping along the way to visit some of the region’s quaint villages.
Bourg: This afternoon, discover Bourg with a visit to a 2000-year-old fairy tale village, including exploration of the enchanting 16th century Bourg Castle and the famous Carriages Museum.
Day 5: (Fr) Cadillac
Explore the magical city of Cadillac with a walking tour, including a visit to the Château de Roquetaillade. On the site of this well-preserved castle, Charlemagne constructed the first earth and timber fortifications as he advanced toward the Pyrenees. His fortress was later replaced with stone fortifications. Between 1860 and 1870, the French architect Viollet-le-Duc transformed the castle, with extraordinary interior decorations that earned the castle a listing by the French Ministry of Culture on the French Heritage roster as a Monument Historique. Then next, on to Chateau de Cadillac, easily the most impressive building in the town, the home of the Dukes of Epernon and a gorgeous example of French architecture.
Kosher Wine Option – Sauternais Wine Route: This very small vineyard, called Sauternais, is located in the southeast of the Graves de Bordeaux region and benefits from a microclimate that allows it to produce a liqueur wine called Sauternes Wine that is unique in the world. Stunning scenery makes for a perfect excursion to this small kosher winery for an off the beaten path day of exploration and tasting.
Day 6: (Shabbat) Cadillac
We will have a full day of Shabbat programming as we are docked in Cadillac, sharing with all our old and new friends. In the afternoon, we will have an optional, Shabbat-friendly guided walking tour as we continue our exploration of Cadillac.
Day 7: (Su) Bordeaux
We discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot or on two wheels; the locals preferred this way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You’ll have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage city.
Bordeaux’ ancient and rich history contrasts with its modernity and dynamism today. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 for several reasons. It functions as a hub of commerce and exchange – thanks to its role as the capital of a world-renowned wine growing region – and the importance of its river and port. In addition, it has an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, with splendid honey-colored stone buildings. These make up a city core with 1810 hectares and over 360 historic monuments registered and protected. Trade with the French colonies built this handsome city, providing vanilla, sugar, spices and cocoa to inventive chocolatiers and bakers, who used these goods to create iconic desserts. Chocolate, once a Spanish monopoly, became part of Bordeaux’ culinary heritage when banished Spanish Jews brought the art of chocolate-making to France.
Jewish Bordeaux: Explore with our scholar in residence over 1,000 years of Jewish presence in the city. We complete our tour with a visit to the majestic Great Synagogue of Bordeaux, inaugurated in 1882, where we will have the chance to meet and interact with the local Jewish Community.
Day 8: (Mo) Bordeaux
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
*Please note the video above is the Scenic Cruises Lines general video and does not represent the kosher cuisine and additional programming that is modified specifically for a Kosher River Cruise program.
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October 28 to November 4, 2024
Our all-inclusive program provides delicious Glatt Kosher cuisine, an on-board synagogue with daily minyanim, engaging lectures and on-board activities. Daily local tours of the region allow you to explore the area’s history and Jewish heritage.
Exclusively built for cruising the rivers of France, the Scenic Diamond offers our guests the utmost in luxury, comfortcomfort, and refinement on these charming and serene passageways. Intimate and comfortable, with every amenity one could wish for, our luxury vessels are designed with you in mind. From the moment you step on board you’ll be spoiled for choice. From our wide selection of glatt kosher dining choices to our luxuriously appointed private balcony suites, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive river cruising every moment of the day.
The Scenic Diamond boasts all ofall the luxury trappings you’ve come to expect from Kosher River Cruises, as well as a handful of new and innovative features. From the all-weather vitality pool and updated wellness area to a bespoke cooking suite for culinary events with our resident foodie Naomi Nachman, guests can enjoy a host of extravagant features when cruising aboard a KRC river cruise vessel.
Our all-inclusive river cruise vacation includes daily tours at each of our ports of call.
- Day 1 (Mo) Bordeaux
- Day 2 (Tu) Libourne
- Day 3 (We) Blaye
- Day 4 (Th) Medoc & Bourg
- Day 5 (Fr) Cadillac
- Day 6 (Sa) Cadillac
- Day 7 (Su) Bordeaux
- Day 8 (Mo) Bordeaux
* Please note mooring and casting-off times are only guidelines. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programs. If due to low or high water or a defective ship a section of the river is closed to travel, the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along this section by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the course of this part of the journey. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare, but they do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations. There’s nothing anyone can do to control mother nature.
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Embarkation & Disembarkation
Clients will be able to check-in and board in Bordeaux beginning at 16:00. Guests who arrive earlier may leave their luggage at reception beginning at 13:00, but will not be able to check-in or receive their cabin until 16:00. Bordeaux International Airport is approximately 25 minutes from the city center and pier. Scheduled group airport transfers are included in the price of your tour on October 28.
The boat will arrive at Bordeaux the day before disembarkation on November 3. Clients will be required to disembark by 9:30 am on November 4. We can assist in pre-arranged transfers from the boat to local destinations; scheduled group airport transfers are included in the price of your tour on November 4. We recommend guests schedule departing flights around midday to avoid any delays that may occur on the day of departure.
We welcome guests with limited mobility but want all guests to understand that challenges will exist both on board and during shore excursions. There are stairs between decks; note that our ship does have an elevator. In addition, there are split-level decks and/or significant thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions are a mix of both walking and bus touring that require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs. Therefore, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult, as crew availability is very limited in most circumstances and therefore unable to assist. Motorized scooters are typically not suited and cannot be used on board. Guests have the option of taking taxis and meeting the group at our designated meeting points to cut down on the amount of walking from site to site. Please note that this is at the expense of the individual guest and must be arranged by the guests themselves. The ship’s reception desk can be of assistance in ordering taxis from the dock.
Security: The safety of our passengers is something we take very seriously, and we consider it our most important responsibility. Our policy is to be in constant contact with local municipalities regarding our arrival and departure at our various locations.
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