Press release

Drink to the Spirit of France on Saga Sapphire

Monday 14 April 2014

Master of Wine to accompany vineyard tours

Calling all French wine lovers! Saga Sapphire’s week-long Spirit of France cruise this summer will include tours to the wine regions of Bordeaux and Muscadet.

Master of Wine Conal Gregory will be on board to host tastings, talks and wine clinics, as well as leading excursions to world-famous vineyards. Conal’s enthusiasm for French wine is contagious and passengers will also be invited to join his lively food and wine matching sessions.

This no-fly cruise from Dover gives guests the perfect opportunity to bring home a case or two of wine - and who will be able to resist a Saint-Émilion vintage after touring the pristine vineyard?

The chic Saga Sapphire boasts a competitively-priced fine wine list to accompany quality dishes of game, meat and fish. On this themed cruise the executive chef will be creating special menus so guests can further immerse themselves in French gastronomy.

As well as visiting the wine-growing areas, passengers can get a taste of French history in medieval Guérande, in the western Loire. This medieval town, complete with ramparts and soaring turrets, is surrounded by miles of salt marshes where the prized fleur de sel is panned.

Historians will be on board to give enlightening talks based around regions on the itinerary, plus accompany tours to World War II German naval sites in France and St Peter Port, in Guernsey.

After all the activity, recline with a glass in hand on the Verandah Deck as Saga Sapphire sails along the verdant Atlantic coast in the sunshine.

Á votre santé!

Seven nights from £1551, departing Dover on July 1, 2014.

Price includes all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee, all gratuities, porterage, free wi-fi (subject to availability), travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit