During our Taste of Bordeaux Cruise next July, we visit Saint-Émilion, one of the world’s oldest, most lauded wine making appellations. Situated on a hilltop, St.-Emilion was designated in 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This charming village is the heart of the Libournais district; equally gratifying to the eyes and the palette with its world-class wines and gastronomy.

Located on the right bank of the river Dordogne, Saint-Émilion has intriguing Romanesque architecture and abundant ruins. The village’s namesake is from an 8th century Benedictine monk who made his home in a nearby forest.  Take the opportunity to visit the Monolithic Church, the oldest of its kind in Europe, and the Roi Tower, which dates back to the 13th century.

For Merlot lovers, there is reason to rejoice in sampling lush, full-bodied wine with the finest flavors of blackberry, blueberry and hints of chocolate. A secondary but top-tier wine choice of Saint-Émilion is aromatic, spicy Cabernet Franc, which along with Merlot, accounts for about 60% of planting in the region. Legendary wineries, such as Château Pavie and Château Angelus are here, open to demonstrate and pour their fine selections.

Discovering Saint-Émilion is easy. The ship carries about 20 bicycles.  Cycling through the châteaux amid lovely scenery makes for a memorable day.  Stroll ancient cobblestone streets to visit fine wine shops, boutiques and family-run cafes.  TIP: Wear comfy flat shoes for walking.

Recommend this special holiday to any friends or relations who would appreciate a vacation focused on culture, fine cuisine and world class wine. Demand for next year on this Bordeaux cruise is still high.  Please book and deposit by October 31st.  Space on the ship is filling up. There is a $250 per person discount for Seven of Hearts Members.  NOTE: Special events are included. To be part of the Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Group, you must book through Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA.

There is a $500 per cabin ($250 per person) discount for our group. A $500 per person deposit will hold your cabin. For complete information and to register online visit:

With questions call Georgia Shoemaker at our tour operator Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA:  Tel: 1-714-988-6408

Feel free to recommend this special holiday to any friends or relations who will enjoy this kind of vacation focused on culture, fine food and wine.

I look forward to seeing you in France.

Tracy McArdle

General Manager