We’re calling it: it’s time. Time to book that girls’ trip you and your friends have talked about for years but never actually locked in. You know the one: the trip where you leave your boyfriends/husbands/children behind and for a few blissful days, do all the things you can only do to full effect with your girlfriends: shop, eat, sip rosé, repeat.
We’re not talking about another boring Bali getaway: this time, Europe beckons. And we have just the thing in mind: think French food, French wine (naturally), luxury spa treatments and some of the most Instagrammable landscapes in the world.
Scenic’s Beautiful Bordeaux river cruise combines all of the above: over 11 days of pure, unadulterated luxury, you’ll visit fabled French estates like Château Siaurac, Château Franc Mayne and the rolling vineyards of Sauternes, sampling the local food and famous wine and exploring historic villages along the way.
Work off all those champagne calories by cycling the breathtakingly beautiful Médoc wine route or tackle the 12-kilometre hike from Cadillac to Loupiac (then reward yourself with more brie and champagne).
Aboard the Scenic Diamond, you’ll find all the luxury touches you could think of, from five-star cabins (the suites have huge private balconies), a vitality spa, salt therapy room and – wait for it – your own butler. They’ll make sure you’re always equipped with complimentary treats, fresh laundry and a restocked mini bar (in other words, all the important things).
Join the bespoke cooking area, Scenic Culinaire, for French cooking classes, or head straight to one of the two brand new restaurants on board, River Café and Table la Rive, before sneaking in a nightcap at the magnificent marble bar.
French food, French wine, French pampering and all your travel needs taken care of: it would simply be wrong not to go.
For more information and to (finally!) book your girls’ trip, visit Scenic.