Embark in Bordeaux, FranceBoard the MS Cyrano de Bergerac between 6 and 7 PM. Settle in to your cabin and meet the crew during a welcome cocktail party. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment as you set sail.
Bordeaux / Pauillac
Sail down the Garonne River and join the Gironde River, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving in Pauillac. After lunch on board the ship, join an optional excursion to visit the Médoc, a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. Also view the châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. At the end of the day, return to the ship for dinner. Overnight in Pauillac.
Please note: reservations for the optional excursion must be made in advance.
Pauillac / Gironde Estuary / BlayeSet sail early in the morning, passing marshes, Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte houses and fishermen's huts before arriving in Blaye. In days gone by, this acropolis was the perfect look-out post to watch for invaders. The famous French military engineer Vauban built a citadel here, which is undisputed Blaye's major attraction today. Join an optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Narrow and picturesque, the road snakes alongside the Dordogne River before revealing the Gironde Estuary. Stop at the village of Bourg, a charming city built on a rocky outcropping and enclosed by medieval ramparts, then return to Blaye and tour the citadel. Imposing and majestic, the citadel overlooks the Gironde estuary and offers a splendid panorama of the Gironde River. Overnight on board in Blaye.
Blaye / Libourne / Saint EmilionCast off early in the morning and cruise to Libourne. The ship joins the Dordogne River, arriving in Libourne early in the afternoon. After lunch, join an optional excursion by coach to Saint-Emilion. Take a guided tour of the Saint-Emilion's underground monuments, discovering the history of this medieval city, then visit the fascinating Troglodyte settlement of Father Emilion, the monk who founded the town; the Trinity chapel built in his honor; the catacombs; and the monolithic church, which is undoubtedly the most original monument of its kind. Next, visit a family-run vineyard and wine producer. While you are here observe the steps involved in producing Saint-Emilion's great wines. End your visit with a wine tasting.
Libourne / CadillacIn the morning, sail for Cadillac. After dropping anchor, join an optional guided tour of Cadillac and the Château de Roquetaillade by coach. This magnificent and prestigious medieval castle is considered a historic monument of the 12th and 14th centuries. View the Medieval castle keep, the first Renaissance chimneys built in the region (dating from 1600), and the unique 19th century interiors created by Viollet-le-Duc. Visit a "Sauternais" vineyard and enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine. Return to Cadillac for a guided visit of the town. This fortress town was established by the lords of Cadillac, the Grailly family, on the right bank of the Garonne River, where the Duke of Épernon then built his magnificent château. Explore the gates and ramparts (historic monuments), the arcaded central square, ancient houses, and the church dating back to the 15th century. In the evening, return by coach to the ship for dinner.
Cadillac / BordeauxEnjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise back to Bordeaux. Arrive early in the afternoon and join an optional guided tour of Bordeaux by coach. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux has obtained is classification as a “cultural site” worth discovering. Set off by coach for a guided panoramic tour of the city which brings you past key buildings and monuments. Continue your visit of historic old Bordeaux on foot. At the end of the day, return to the ship for a gala dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.
BordeauxEnjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 AM.