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Cruise through the Aquitaine Region from Bordeaux to Royan

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Cyrano de Bergerac
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This magnificent itinerary will take you to the heart of Southwestern France, well known for its idyllic landscapes, famous wines, historical monuments, and emblematic sites. What better way to explore this part of French paradise than through longstanding maritime cities and an unequivocal art of living?

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux | Embark | Pauillac
Day 2 : Pauillac | The Médoc | Gironde Estuary | Royan
Day 3 : Royan | Rochefort | La Rochelle
Day 4 : Royan | Saintes | Meschers-sur-Gironde
Day 5 : Libourne | Bordeaux
Day 6 : Cadillac
Day 7 : Bordeaux | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Bordeaux, renowned for its exceptional architectural heritage
  • Visit an exceptional troglodytic site in Saint-Emilion village
  • Discover Médoc, where the most famous wines in the world are cultivated
  • Sail to the beautiful Garonne and Gironde Rivers

Ship

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Saint Emilion views Couple raising glasses with wine Libourne (Bordeaux, France) Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux Sprawling vineyards of France

Day 1 Bordeaux | Embark | Pauillac

Board the ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet the crews. The ship begins to cruise to Pauillac. Starting on the Garonne River, before entering the Gironde River the ship pass the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.

Day 2 Pauillac | The Médoc | Gironde Estuary | Royan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built long ago by wine merchants and sea captains, Pauillac has managed to preserve the mansions formerly belonging to nobility along its waterfront that were constructed with great blocks of stone.

This morning, there are two excursions offered:

CLASSIC Package: Tour through the Médoc vineyards. Visit the prestigious earth at the end of the world that nurtures the most renowned red wines of the planet, tucked between and an ocean and an estuary.  Cross through most of the famed names in the Médoc region—Saint Julien, Haut-Médoc, etc.— stopping along the celebrated wine route to have a tasting of some of the illustrious regional wines.*  While on the road, get a glimpse of the famous label vineyards and domains such as Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild.

DISCOVERY Package: "Wine & Cheese." Discover the vineyards and castles of the Médoc region by bike. Get ready to learn about the history, architecture, and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. Enjoy a tasting of a grand cru classé along with an assortment of cheeses.* After the excursion, return on board the ship.

Cruise the Gironde until the ship reaches the estuary. Then pass by the marshes, steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte homes, and fishing cabins before arriving in Royan during the afternoon. Excursion for both packages: Royan and its waterfront. Join for a panoramic tour of Royan, a seaside city and an official French "Ville d’Art et d’Histoire." Villas from the Belle Epoque and the charming “retro” homes from the 1950s line the waterfront. In the Foncillon District, have a look at the fascinating church and learn about its conception. After the excursion, return on board the ship. Join an evening of dinner and dancing.

Day 3 Royan | Rochefort | La Rochelle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursion for both packages: The seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle. Leave by coach for Rochefort. Rochefort was originally chosen by Jean-Baptiste Colbert as a refuge, defense, and supply post for the French navy back in the mid-1660s. Its arsenal remained a naval base and dockyard until as late as 1926. The historical downtown area boasts lovely private mansions and beautiful homes where the legendary sailors and explorers lived. Visit the Corderie Royale, a historical rope-making factory. Built between 1666 and 1669, it was the first industrial building in France, and the factory provided ropes for the French Navy and its ships for over three centuries. Tour the main building and learn about the techniques used to produce the ropes used on the large sailing ships.  Afterwards, head to La Rochelle. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant. The over 1,000-year-old city of La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente Maritime. It’s tucked along the Bay of Biscay and contains some of the most beautiful natural and architectural heritage in the area. During a guided tour of the old town and port, learn about the Grosse-Horologe gate, Renaissance arcades, lovely half-timbered homes, finely sculpted facades of the private mansions, and the cathedral. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. At the end of the afternoon, return to Royan. Join for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 Royan | Saintes | Meschers-sur-Gironde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join an excursion for both packages: Saintes. Saintes has accumulated almost two thousand years of history, marked by its rich heritage and its Gallo-Roman and medieval ruins. Visit the Roman theater, one of the oldest from the era, which is still the best preserved on the Atlantic Coast and highlights the importance that Saintes held at the time. The theater can hold up to 15,000 attendees and was used as a showplace for battles between gladiators and wild animals for almost three centuries. Then continue on to the Saint-Eutrope Basilica. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Way of St. James, it is one of the most important monuments in the city and its crypt has been described as fascinating and impressive on online tourist reviews describing its startling contrasts between the Roman and Gothic style architecture and as a must-see visit for anyone in Saintes. After the excursion, return on board the ship.

This afternoon, join an excursion for both packages: Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde. Visit a typical French seaside village with tons of charm which is officially listed as one the most beautiful villages in the country. Talmont-sur-Gironde is lined with cobblestone streets that take you to the white tower on the coastline, up to its beautiful Romanesque church, and over to the quaint port. The lovely, small houses dotting the streets are full of boutiques selling wares by local craftspeople.  In Meschers-sur-Gironde, tour the cave dwellings suspended in the cliffs which harbor treasures from centuries long ago.
After returning on board, begin to cruise on the next stop, spending the rest of the day cruising up the Dordogne to Libourne.

Day 5 Libourne | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join an excursion for both packages: Saint-Émilion. Take a guided tour of Saint-Émilion's underground monuments, discovering the rich history of this medieval city, including its enigmatic monolithic church. Then head to a vineyard and learn how the famous local wine is produced. Enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of the tour.*

Return to the ship in Libourne. Then spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux.

Excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Bordeaux at night (you must register for this excursion at your travel agency before your departure). Leave by coach for a panoramic tour of the city, discover the main monuments, followed by a tour on foot of the old quarter of Bordeaux. Discover the impressive areas such as the Place des Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre, as well as the intimate side streets tucked around the Place Saint Pierre. After the excursion, return on board the ship.

Day 6 Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the Garonne, getting a good glimpse of Bordeaux from the water continuing on to Cadillac. This morning, there are two excursions offered: 

CLASSIC Package: a visit to the magnificent and prestigious Château de Roquetaillade. This castle has been the backdrop for several French films including Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) and Fanfan la Tulipe. Explore the towers and keeps in this medieval château and take time to learn about the architecture, interiors, and ambiance of French life almost 500 years ago.  Then head to a wine cellar in the Sauternais to enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine.* Afterward, return to Cadillac for a guided tour of the city. Located on the right bank of the Garonne River, the city was founded in 1280 and still retains its original structure. Explore the port, its ramparts, and the main square and stroll the streets to admire the old homes and 15th-century church.

DISCOVERY Package: Gourmet market in Cadillac. Head toward the hills surrounding Cadillac, crossing through the city and passing in front of the bastide. Then continue on through the vineyards, taking in the breathtaking views of the river below.  The trek finishes up on a flavorful tone, with a tasting of wine* and succulent local delicacies.

Spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux, and arrive during the evening. Tonight is a festive gala evening.

Day 7 Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking.

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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$2,362
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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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Middle Deck
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

This offer includes
Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - accommodations in a double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard entertainment - excursions included in the package selected - welcome cocktail - gala evening - assistance from our onboard, multi-lingual host/hostess - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

This offer does not include
Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers to/from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

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

Mentions
For optimal organization of your cruise, the order of the excursions can be modified according to the tides.

(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.

*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.Valid information for year 2020
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