CRUISE: THE GIRONDE ESTUARY AND THE ARCACHON BAY (8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS)

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BOA – with croisieurope CRUISE: THE GIRONDE ESTUARY AND THE ARCACHON BAY – 8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS

Departure from Bordeaux

 

Sailing from Bordeaux roundtrip aboard one of our 2 or 3 deck ships. Ships sailing this itinerary include Princesse d’Aquitaine, Cyrano de Bergerac or other similar vessels.

 

DAY 1: BORDEAUX

Passengers are welcome to board between 18.00 and 19.00.After comfortably settling into your cabin; enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Enjoy an evening of on-board entertainment

 

DAY 2: BORDEAUX – PAUILLAC (1)

We will cruise down the Garonne to the Gironde, passing alongside the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.

Optional excursions proposed:

DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride: Fly over the gorgeous Médoc! Experience a bird's eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards that give the region its reputation. It is a once in a lifetime experience!

(Flight subject to favourable weather conditions. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE CRUISE BEGINS AND ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY).

In the afternoon,

CLASSIC: Visit the Médoc (only available through pre-reservation with your travel agency before your departure)—a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. We also have the opportunity to see the “must see” Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild.           
DISCOVERY: Medoc: Biking, wine and cheese. Get ready to discover the history, architecture and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. What better reward for the effort than a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses served in a prestigious château in the heart of Pauillac.
We will return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

 

DAY 3: PAUILLAC - GIRONDE ESTUARY - BLAYE

We start out early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We will arrive in Blaye at 14.00. Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel.
DISCOVERY: We will leave on foot to visit the Blaye Citadel, built in the 17th century by Vauban in order to better protect the city of Bordeaux.
We will return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

DAY 4: BLAYE - LIBOURNE or BOURG - SAINT-EMILION

We will begin to cruise early this morning, heading towards Libourne. We join the river Dordogne, arriving in the early afternoon. Optional excursion for both packages: Saint-Emilion. We will return to the ship in Libourne at the end of the afternoon.
We will return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

 

DAY 5: LIBOURNE or BOURG - CADILLAC

We will spend the morning cruising to Cadillac. Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Château de Roquetaillade and Cadillac.
DISCOVERY: You will set out for a guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. You will cross the city, passing in front of the imposing Château des Ducs d'Épernon before hiking up the vineyard trails to some of the most beautiful points of view of the river found in the area.
We will return on board, and the rest of the evening is free.

 

DAY 6: CADILLAC - BORDEAUX

We will continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in the early afternoon. Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bordeaux.
DISCOVERY: We will leave by bike from the Quai des Chartrons to see the locations and monuments in Bordeaux that have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cycling along the Garonne to the Pont de Pierre, keep eyes out for the many amusing mascarons decorating the building facades.
We will return on board for dinner, and the rest of the evening is free.

 

DAY 7: BORDEAUX - THE ARCACHON BAY - or COGNAC - BORDEAUX

Optional excursion both packages: The heart of Arcachon Bay (lunch included). We will begin the tour with a visit to the oyster farms and museum situated at Port de Larros. Discover French oyster farming and its history. We will end our visiting with a tasty sampling. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then back on the road to Arcachon, for a boat trip through Arcachon Bay to admire the Ile aux Oiseaux, the iconic stilted cabins (cabanes tchanquées) and the oyster farms from the deck. We will then head to the Great Dune of Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. We will return to Bordeaux at the end of the day.
Gala evening.

 

DAY 8: BORDEAUX

Breakfast on board. Disembarkation around 9.00.

 

Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, the company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.

(1) Depending on the tide, stopover in Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc and Libourne by Bourg.

 

Price per passenger in double-occupancy cabin

 

2017 Departures

Main Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Upper Deck
6 & 18 April ----- ----- $2331.56

$2363.90

15 April

$1895.74 $2168.32 ----- $2128.28
27 April ----- ----- -----

$2128.28

9 & 21 May

$2092.86 ----- ----- -----
12 & 24 May $2320.78 ----- $2522.52

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5 June

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8 July & 1 August $1895.74 $2168.32 -----

$2128.28

11 July

$2128.28 ----- ----- -----
20 July $1895.74 ----- -----

$2128.28

23 July

4 & 16 August

$2128.28 ----- $2331.56 $2363.90
13 August $1895.74 $2168.32 -----

$2128.28

9 September

$2320.78 ----- ----- -----
15 October $2128.28 ----- -----

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Included

- Meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day

- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee

- Accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom

- On-board entertainment

- On-board host/hostess assistance

- Welcome cocktail

- Gala dinner

- Port taxes

- Free WIFI

 

Excluded

- Optional excursions

- Champagne and wines on the wine list

- Drinks served during excursions or transfers

- Personal expenses

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