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Bilbao to Honfleur

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Join the Sea Cloud II for 9-days exploring the beauty of Normandy, Brittany, and the Basque country. After embarking in Bilbao, Spain sail to the historic old town of San Sebastián, and visit patrician houses from the Renaissance at La Rochelle. Enjoy spectacular views of the isle’s wild coast during the Belle-Île island tour. Visit the famous monument at Saint-Malo, France. Experience the Guernsey island up close during a cliff hike. Finally, reach Honfleur, where you will disembark.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bilbao, Spain | Embark
Day 2 : San Sebastián, Spain
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : La Rochelle (La Pallice), France
Day 5 : Le Palais and Belle-Île-en-Mer
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Saint-Malo, France
Day 8 : St Peter Port, Guernsey & Channel Islands
Day 9 : Honfleur, Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful old town of San Sebastián
  • Visit old timber frame homes and walk the charming lanes of La Rochelle
  • Discover Belle-Île's timeless beauty
  • View the diverse nature of Guernsey

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Blue hour on the French coast These unique buildings crowd the river Sunset over the tranquil Honfleur harbor Relax on France's colorful coast Charming port cities line the coves of the French Riviera Boats at the docks of Honfleur, France

Day 1 Bilbao, Spain | Embark

Arrive in Bilbao and embark on the Sea Cloud II. Have an early dinner on board before a guided tour of the famous Guggenheim Museum.

Day 2 San Sebastián, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the beautiful old town of San Sebastián and its culinary diversity during a relaxed walk.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy a day at sea aboard the Sea Cloud II.

Day 4 La Rochelle (La Pallice), France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Vieux Port dock and the beautiful front, which teems with cafés, form the center of the picturesque old town. Two imposing towers once served as lookout posts for the harbor and town, and are now the symbol of La Rochelle. The medieval town walls, town hall, churches and shipowners' offices bear testament to its former glory. Today, the Les Minimes marina is one of the largest examples of its kind in Europe. A bridge spans the 3km gap between the mainland and the Ile-de-Ré. With its enchanting beaches and dunes, little villages, cottages with green shutters and alleyways lined with hollyhocks, the 'White Isle' is a paradise for cyclists.

Day 5 Le Palais and Belle-Île-en-Mer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At 54 square miles, Belle-Île-en-Mer, south of Lorient is the largest of Brittany's islands. For a few weeks every summer, the storms, and crashing waves subside and the island takes on a laid-back holiday atmosphere, with lots of bicycles, beach towels, and music. On the west coast, the waves break on the rocks causing white crests to dance on the water. Small, idyllic bays and beaches nestle in deep inlets in the rocky coastline, sometimes only accessible from the sea. The island's capital is the port of Le Palais with its imposing citadel and countless street cafés along the harbor and in the Place de la République. Claude Monet spent two and a half months on the island, producing 39 paintings of the wild Côte Sauvage.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy a day at sea aboard the Sea Cloud II.

Day 7 Saint-Malo, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This former 'corsaire' town in northern Brittany has always had a close relationship with the sea. Although the buccaneers have left, St. Malo is now the start or endpoint for many famous sailing regattas. Behind the legendary town defenses lies the historic center, which is surrounded by water on three sides and has always been impregnable. On one side of the town walls, you will see the narrow alleyways and tall houses of the old town which bear testament to the prosperity of past traders and sailors. The other side offers exquisite views of the emerald sea, dazzling white sandy beaches, harbor, and forts. Tidal variations in the Bay of Saint-Malo provide an impressive natural spectacle with twelve meters difference between high and low tides.

Day 8 St Peter Port, Guernsey & Channel Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
'A piece of France fallen into the sea and grabbed up by the English' is how Victor Hugo described his place of exile in the Bay of St. Malo, which is closer to the northern coast of France than the south coast of England. Guernsey, the second-largest British Channel Island, later inspired Auguste Renoir to produce a whole series of paintings. Narrow, meandering roads bordered by hedges and embankments wind through the interior of the island, which boasts luscious vegetation courtesy of the mild Gulf Stream climate, while in the south, green hills give way to rocky cliffs on the sea's edge. Here, spectacular crags, bays and sandy beaches have been shaped by the vast tidal range pummelling the rock. The pretty island capital of St. Peter Port overlooking the large sheltered harbor and castle boasts a fascinating mixture of styles in a tangle of terraces and stepped gardens.

Day 9 Honfleur, Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After one final breakfast on board, disembark in Honfleur.

Many famous impressionists caught the quaint atmosphere of this town at the mouth of the Seine on canvas in the 19th century. This small town in Calvados is still one of the most charming places in Normandy. Tall and narrow slate-clad buildings crowd around the quayside, the exquisite Vieux Bassin and the old 17th-century dock. Honfleur honors its famous sons, painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie, in a museum. East of Honfleur, the breathtaking Pont de Normandie spans the Seine estuary and links Honfleur with Le Havre, an engineering masterpiece and one of the longest bridges in Europe.

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Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Cruise Rates Include:
  • Cabin in the selected category
  • Gratuities
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • Free laundry service for cat. A+B cabin guests
  • Guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in the evening
  • All shore excursions listed in the program
  • Open bar package
Rates Exclude:
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

 
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