Chateaux, Rivers & Wine with Royal Treatment by Viking!: Viking Forseti Cruise Review by RosieWriter

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Chateaux, Rivers & Wine with Royal Treatment by Viking!

Sail Date: May 2014
Destination: France
Embarkation: Other
The cruise was absolutely a graceful gliding down the rivers into the magnificent world of storybook chateaux and quilted tapestries of green vineyards. Add to that picture all of the wines we learned about of this region and so many we all enjoyed (even if you're not a wine buff, it's very fascinating to learn how wine is produced), the charming picturesque villages and chateaux we visited, wonderful meals and a boatload of Viking crew to pamper you and you have an idea of this week was like. it was a very lovely cruise -- but let me tell you about The Highlight: a once-in-a-lifetime dinner at Chateau Kirwan in Margaux. We arrived and to our amazement, here's our Viking crew lining the steps like Downton Abbey style greeting us like royal guests! Chateau Kirwan is Gorgeous and beautifully landscaped like a dreamy vision. Now we're kind of getting that "what life is like at a chateau" feeling! We enter into the magnificent reception room -- Oh, WOW -- it's So Grand -- there's an More immense fireplace with a sea of tables set in white linens and sparkling crystal -- it was Exquisite. The food at dinner was elegant and incredible -- and the Chateau's really outstanding wine flowed -- we changed wine glasses I think 11 times! We were all just dazed with delight. We were also enchanted by Bordeaux, the town where the cruise begins and ends -- it was so enchanting with so much to do and see -- magnificent architecture, impressive beautiful statuary and fantastic history of the wine trade and more, museums, galleries, amazing shopping (with the world's longest walking shopping street (bustling, exciting St. Catherine's Street) that retains its "old French village" character), lots of other fascinating places, many near the water's edge like the Skate Park on the dock (the French children and their parents are awesome athletes!) and the "water mirror" with people looking as if they are walking on water is phenomenal -- it turns into this all enveloping mist every so often to everyone's happy delight. Bordeaux is a safe town and we felt comfortable walking all around; the tram system is efficient and quiet (it's electric) to take you further afield. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and highly recommend it. Less

Published 06/16/14
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