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2020

Cruise through the Aquitaine Region from Bordeaux to Royan, along the Gironde Estuary and the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers

7 Days - BYS_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC(1) - ROYAN - Rochefort - La Rochelle - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Emilion - CADILLAC - BORDEAUX

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?

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • ONLY WITH CROISIEUROPE: Cruise all the way to Royan in the Gironde Estuary
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • The charming, retro city of Royan
    • The Médoc Wine Route
    • Rochefort and the Corderie Royale
    • The seaside city of La Rochelle
    • Fantastic food: the wine and cheese in the Médoc

Route

Day 1

BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC(1)

You’ll board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and enjoy our first evening together. Our ship will begin to cruise to Pauillac. We’ll begin on the Garonne River, before entering the Gironde River where we’ll pass the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.

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Day 2

PAUILLAC(1) - THE MEDOC - Gironde Estuary - ROYAN

This morning, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC Package: Tour through the Médoc vineyards. We’ll 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.* 

DISCOVERY Package: "Wine & Cheese." Discover the vineyards and castles of the Médoc region by bike. We'll enjoy a tasting of a grand cru classé along with an assortment of cheeses.*

After our excursion, we will return on board the ship. We’ll cruise the Gironde until we reach Royan during the afternoon. Excursion for both packages: Royan and its waterfront. Join us for a panoramic tour of Royan where villas from the Belle Epoque and the charming “retro” homes from the 1950s line the waterfront. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing.

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Day 3

ROYAN - Rochefort - La Rochelle - ROYAN

Excursion for both packages: The seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle. Rochefort's historical downtown area boasts lovely private mansions and beautiful homes where the legendary sailors and explorers lived. We’ll visit the Corderie Royale, a historical rope-making factory. Afterwards, we’ll head to La Rochelle. We’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant. During a guided tour of the old town and port, you’ll 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 our afternoon, we’ll return to Royan. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

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Day 4

ROYAN - Saintes - Meschers-sur-Gironde - LIBOURNE(1)

This morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Saintes. We’ll visit the Roman theater, one of the oldest from the era, and 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. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship.

This afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde. We’ll visit Talmont-sur-Gironde, a typical French seaside village lined with cobblestone streets which is officially listed as one the most beautiful villages in the country. In Meschers-sur-Gironde, we'll tour the cave dwellings suspended in the cliffs which harbor treasures from centuries long ago.

After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to our next stop, spending the rest of our day cruising up the Dordogne to Libourne.

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Day 5

LIBOURNE(1) - BORDEAUX

This morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Saint-Émilion. We will take a guided tour of Saint-Émilion's underground monuments before heading to a vineyard for a tasting of local products*.

We’ll return to the ship in Libourne. We’ll 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). We’ll leave by coach for a panoramic tour of the city, where you’ll be able to discover the main monuments, followed by a tour on foot of the old quarter of Bordeaux.

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Day 6

BORDEAUX - CADILLAC

We’ll cruise along the Garonne, getting a good glimpse of Bordeaux from the water as we continue on to Cadillac. This morning, we offer two excursions: 

CLASSIC: a visit to the magnificent and prestigious Château de Roquetaillade. After we explore the towers and keeps in this medieval château, we’ll head to a wine cellar in the Sauternais to enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine.* Afterward, we’ll return to Cadillac for a guided tour of the city.

DISCOVERY: Gourmet walk in Cadillac. Join us for a gourmet walk in Cadillac. Departing from the port, we will walk along the Garonne River on the former towpaths and then climb up a slope crossing woods and vineyards. The walk will end up with a wine-tasting session*.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux, and we’ll arrive during the evening. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 7

BORDEAUX

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 04/11/2020
Arrival 04/17/2020
FROM $ 2,362 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 04/28/2020
Arrival 05/04/2020
FROM $ 2,362 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 05/16/2020
Arrival 05/22/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 05/22/2020
Arrival 05/28/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/03/2020
Arrival 06/09/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/15/2020
Arrival 06/21/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/27/2020
Arrival 07/03/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 07/09/2020
Arrival 07/15/2020
FROM $ 2,427 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 07/21/2020
Arrival 07/27/2020
FROM $ 2,427 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 08/02/2020
Arrival 08/08/2020
FROM $ 2,427 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 08/14/2020
Arrival 08/20/2020
FROM $ 2,427 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/01/2020
Arrival 10/07/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/13/2020
Arrival 10/19/2020
FROM $ 2,648 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
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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.

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers to/from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

The seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle

We’ll 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....

Duration 10h00 Classic
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Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde

Join us on foot for a tour of a typical French seaside village with tons of charm that 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 t...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Bordeaux by night

Departure by coach for the guided tour of Bordeaux "by night", taking in all the main monuments. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux has been awarded the precious label in the "cultural site" category. Half of the city, from th...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Pauillac and the Châteaux du Medoc Route

Departure by coach from Pauillac to discover the Médoc, prestigious wine-growing region. A corner of the world that produces the most prestigious red wines on the planet, tightly wedged between an ocean and an estuary. A mild, humid microclima...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Saintes

We’ll leave by coach for Saintes. Saintes has accumulated almost two thousand years of history, marked by its rich heritage and its Gallo-Roman and medieval ruins. We’ll visit the Roman Theater, one of the oldest from the era, which is st...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting

Departure by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodyti...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Guided tour of the Château de Roquetaillade and Cadillac

Departure by coach for the Château de Roquetaillade. This magnificent and prestigious medieval castle is listed as a 12th and 14th centuries historic monument. You will see its medieval keeps, the first Renaissance chimneys in the region (1600)...

Duration 4h30 Classic
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Medoc: biking, wine and cheese

With a tour guide, you'll leave from the port on your bike to explore the vineyards and prestigious châteaux in Pauillac. Get ready to discover the history, architecture and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. What b...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
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Guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting

Departure by coach from Libourne for the excursion to Saint-Emilion. Guided tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Emilion village. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the medieval town. You will then visit an exceptional troglodyti...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Bordeaux by night

Departure by coach for the guided tour of Bordeaux "by night", taking in all the main monuments. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux has been awarded the precious label in the "cultural site" category. Half of the city, from th...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Saintes

We’ll leave by coach for Saintes. Saintes has accumulated almost two thousand years of history, marked by its rich heritage and its Gallo-Roman and medieval ruins. We’ll visit the Roman Theater, one of the oldest from the era, which is st...

Duration 4h00 Classic
See more

The seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle

We’ll 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....

Duration 10h00 Classic
See more

Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde

Join us on foot for a tour of a typical French seaside village with tons of charm that 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 t...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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''Pick-me-up'' walk in cadillac

You'll set out for a guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. Departing from the port, we will walk along the Garonne River on the former towpaths and then climb up a slope crossing woods and vineyards. During your walk you can admire lo...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

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


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.

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