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Experience the luxury of cruising mixed with the thrill of biking as you travel through the beautiful scenic routes of France. Travel through beautiful scenic routes and take in all of the beautiful, varied scenery as you cycle towards the southwestern part of the Loire region. Stroll the decks and look out onto the streaming water and landscapes as you take the time to relax. Bike along some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world and catch a glimpse of some of France’s biggest wine estates. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux | Embark
Day 2 : Bordeaux | Pauillac
Day 3 : Pauillac | Gironde Estuary | Blaye
Day 4 : Blaye | Libourne Or Bourg | Saint-emilion
Day 5 : Libourne Or Bourg | Cadillac
Day 6 : Cadillac | Bordeaux
Day 7 : Bordeaux | Arcachon Bay | Bordeaux
Day 8 : Bordeaux | Disembark

Highlights

  • Taste some wine in a world-famous castle renowned for its Bordeaux
  • Cruise along the marshes and see the steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde
  • Admire the “Bec d'Ambès,” the confluence of the Garonne & Dordogne rivers
  • Discover Saint-Émilion and visit its underground monuments

Ship

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux Saint Emilion views Wander the picturesque Saint Emilion on your French cruise Libourne (Bordeaux, France) Experience the region of Bordeaux as you sail through France

Day 1 Bordeaux | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your vacation. Dinner is served on board, followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 2 Bordeaux | Pauillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to Pauillac. Towards the middle of the morning, set off on our bikes for the day. First bike to Saint-Estèphe, a town famous for its Baroque architecture, and its stunning view of the Garonne. Enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, bike along some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world and catch a glimpse of some of France’s biggest wine estates. Taste some wine in a world-famous castle renowned for its Bordeaux. On your way back to Pauillac, see a few prominent wine estates like Chateau Pontet-Canet, Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron, and Chateau Lynch-Bages. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, and remain in port overnight.

Biking itinerary: in the morning from Saint-Estèphe 7 mi./11.3 km. (249 ft./76 m. elevation gain) — in the afternoon from Pauillac 22 mi./35.4 km (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain)

Day 3 Pauillac | Gironde Estuary | Blaye

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave early and spend the morning cruising the Gironde to the estuary. Cruise along the marshes and see the steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte homes and fishing cabins before reaching Blaye. Leave on your bikes in the afternoon. The itinerary brings you to Blaye, with its vineyards, rich croplands, and castles. Bike on hilly roads overlooking the magnificent Garonne area. Pass through Plassac and its Roman ruins, Marmisson and its infamous troglodytes (entry fee not included), and Bayon-sur-Gironde and admire a stunning view of the “Bec d'Ambès,” the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Then head to Bourg. If you feel like it, you can bike a few miles more to Saint-Gervais, contemplate magnificent landscapes from the shadow of its medieval church, before returning to Blaye for the evening. After you return to the ship, enjoy an evening of dancing. 

Biking itinerary to Blaye: 19 mi./30.6 km. (1000 ft./305 m. elevation gain) - to Saint-Gervais: 31 mi./49.9 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)

Day 4 Blaye | Libourne Or Bourg | Saint-emilion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, cruise on the Dordogne towards heritage-rich Libourne. In the afternoon, start your bike tour through Saint-Émilion. Today’s itinerary brings you through the most renowned Bordeaux wine-growing areas like Pomerol, or estates like the Chateau du Cheval Blanc. In Saint-Émilion, visit its underground monuments. Enjoy some free time in the city, strolling along its lively streets and taking in its incredible monuments and unique architecture. Besides being incredibly beautiful, this city is also one of the main red-wine-producing regions. 

Biking itinerary from Libourne: 21 mi./33.8 km. (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain) or from Saint-Émilion: 13 mi./20.9 km. (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain)

Day 5 Libourne Or Bourg | Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start biking towards the south in the afternoon along the Garonne. Bike through the Sauternais, a region known for its sweet dessert wines, and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, for a stunning view of the valley. The famous Sauternes and Barsac vineyards will be the highlight of today’s journey. You’ll bike past the Château d’Yquem, famous for its liquors and refined wines. Sauternes wine is world-famous for its quality and its unique sweetness. The region benefits from an oceanic climate, which favors the proliferation of the Botrytis cinerea fungus. This fungus confers the sweetness and distinct color to the Sauternes wine. After your day of biking, return to the ship. The evening is free to do as you please. 

Biking itinerary from Cadillac: 24 mi./38.6 km. (898 ft./274 m. elevation gain)

Day 6 Cadillac | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While enjoying the French scenery from your bike, the ship cruises towards Bordeaux, its final destination. Your tour begins with the fortified city of Cadillac and will end in Bordeaux. Stops are planned in La Sauve and Cenac. Enjoy a picnic lunch next to the Sauve-Majeure Abbey, which used to be a Benedictine monastery. Although it is in ruins, the abbey remains a tourist attraction thanks to its Romanesque architecture and sculpted capitals. This beautiful structure is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, continue heading to Bordeaux, have the afternoon to roam across the city on your bike at your own pace. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Biking itinerary from La Sauve in the morning: 18 mi./29 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain); or from Latresne 28.5 mi./46.7 km. (1699 ft./518 m. elevation gain) - from Bordeaux in the afternoon: 36 mi./57.9 km. (1801 ft./549 m. elevation gain)

Day 7 Bordeaux | Arcachon Bay | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although your vacation is coming to an end, your adventure is not over. After breakfast, a minivan drives you to your departure point on the Atlantic coast. After traveling through the vineyards, discover the coast and the ocean. Bike along the coast and the Pyla Dune, the tallest sand dune in Europe at more than 328 feet above sea level. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Arcachon, a famous seaside resort frequented by aristocrats since the second half of the 19th century.
After lunch, board a boat with your bike and head for Cap Ferret, renowned for its oyster farms. Once onshore, bike through a pine forest until we reach the shuttle, which brings you back to the boat. Return on board in Bordeaux at the end of our long day. 

Biking itinerary from Arcachon: 22 mi./35.4 km. (800 ft./244 m. elevation gain) — from Lège-Cap-Ferret: 35 mi./56.3 km. (1099 ft./335 m. elevation gain) - from the Atlantic Ocean: 45 mi./72.4 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)

Day 8 Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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25 cabins with porthole (18 cabins with twin beds, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.
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25 cabins with porthole (18 cabins with twin beds, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.
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Upper Deck
21 cabins (16 cabins with twin beds, 4 cabins with a double bed (can be separated into 2 singles), 1 disabled cabin with a double bed, equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. The order of the visits can change. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers.

(1) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Pauillac could be replaced by a stopover in Cussac-Fort-Médoc and the stopover in Libourne by a stopover in Bourg.

This offer includes :
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our cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks included in this price are unlimited water, wine, beer, and fruit juices
-Coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
-Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-The bike excursions listed in the program
-All entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala dinner
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks from our wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Airport taxes
-Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points (including to/from airports or train stations)
-Service fees
-Personal expenses.

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Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.
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