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2023

From the French Basque Country to Bordeaux - Fine French cuisine at the foot of the Pyrenees and an escapade in the Gironde

7 Days - BIQ_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

Biarritz - French Basque Country - Biarritz - Bayonne - BORDEAUX - CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC - BLAYE(1) - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Emilion - BORDEAUX

Dive into the French Basque experience before a cruise on the Garonne and Gironde Rivers. Vacation in the heart of the famous seaside resort of Biarritz. Indulge in Basque culinary traditions and heritage—Espelette chili peppers, chocolate and ham in Bayonne, and Irouléguy wines. This trip will bring you to well-known pilgrimage points such as Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port—the last stage of the Way of St. James before the Pyrenees. Then, kick back and enjoy a delightful cruise while discovering the region surrounding Bordeaux.

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 onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

Highlights

Discover southwestern France, its Basque Country, and the Gironde area through its vast landscape and way of life

ALL EXCURSIONS INDLUDED

THE MUSTS:

  • Blaye and its Vauban citadel
  • The medieval city of Saint-Émilion
  • A CroisiEurope exclusive: Fly over the Médoc in a helicopter  and enjoy a wine tasting(2)

Route

Day 1

Biarritz

We'll welcome you at your four-star hotel (or similar accommodations) in Biarritz at 5:00 p.m., where you'll check in and enjoy a welcome cocktail.

You are on your own for dinner and the evening.

Although once a whaling village, Biarritz is now an upscale seaside resort. The city's destiny changed forever when Napoléon III and his wife, Eugénie, came to take advantage of the ocean's health benefits. Enjoy some free time on the Atlantic coast by walking along the cliffs or even having a swim!

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Day 2

Biarritz - French Basque Country - Biarritz

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Set out on a full-day excursion to the French Basque Country. The tour will begin in Espelette, a small, colorful city decorated with its signature festoons—dried chili pepper strings. Mildly hot Espelette peppers are a cornerstone of French Basque cuisine. Take some time on your own to explore the city.

We'll enjoy a traditional Basque lunch in Espelette.

In the afternoon, we'll tour Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and indulge in a tasting of Irouléguy wine. A charming village in the heart of the Pyrenees, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port was named one of the most beautiful villages in France in 2016. Its unique position as the last stop on the Way of St. James makes it popular with pilgrims and hikers. After a guided tour, we'll head over to the Irouléguy wine cellars for a visit and tasting. 

At the end of the day, we'll return to Biarritz. You are on your own for dinner. You'll spend the night at the hotel.

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Day 3

Biarritz - Bayonne - BORDEAUX

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

This morning, join us for a guided tour of Bayonne and a salted-meat workshop. The guided tour of old Bayonne introduces you to the history of the French Basque Country and its culture. Strolling down the quaint, narrow streets, you'll learn about the city center's rich architectural heritage, including the cathedral, cloister, and fortifications. We'll then visit a salted-meat workshop to see how dried ham is made and taste a few of its products.

Enjoy a traditional Basque meal at lunch in a local cider house. Have a glass of cider directly from the barrel!

After your tour, you'll leave by coach for Bordeaux, where you'll board our ship at 6 p.m. We'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.

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Day 4

BORDEAUX - CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC - The Médoc

We will cruise down towards Cussac-Fort-Médoc.
In the afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Following the trail of the Grands Crus wines of Médoc, a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter flight over the Médoc and tasting.
We'll return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

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Day 5

CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC - Gironde Estuary - BLAYE(1)

We'll start sailing early this morning towards Blaye, whose Citadel built by Vauban is not to be missed. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel, journey through tradition and authenticity.
DISCOVERY: Tour Blaye and its underground monuments on foot. After our tour, we'll get to taste some regional products with an excellent glass of wine*.
We'll return on board and cruise on the Gironde all the way to the estuary. Enjoy an evening of dancing.

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Day 6

BLAYE(1) - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Emilion

We'll cruise to Libourne, a town rich with history and full of character located at the confluence with the Isle and the Dordogne Rivers. Upon arrival, join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: tour of Saint-Emilion.
DISCOVERY: Libourne by bike and wine tasting.
We'll return on board in Libourne. Tonight is our festive gala dinner and evening.

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Day 7

LIBOURNE(1) - BORDEAUX

We'll cruise to Bordeaux this morning. Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 11:00 a.m. End of our services.



For an optimal organization of the cruise, the organization of excursions can be modified according to the tide.

Note to coach : double-decker buses are not allowed on many roads in Gironde, including Libourne, Saint Emilion, Blaye and Cadillac.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2023
Departure 04/02/2023
Arrival 04/08/2023
FROM $ 2,763 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 04/06/2023
Arrival 04/12/2023
FROM $ 2,763 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 04/26/2023
Arrival 05/02/2023
FROM $ 2,840 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/08/2023
Arrival 06/14/2023
FROM $ 2,983 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/23/2023
Arrival 06/29/2023
FROM $ 3,162 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 09/06/2023
Arrival 09/12/2023
FROM $ 2,983 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/12/2023
Arrival 10/18/2023
FROM $ 2,983 PP
Ship : MS Cyrano de Bergerac Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Accommodations, including breakfast and dinner, in a four-star hotel in Biarritz from Day 1 to Day 3* - lunch on Day 2 and Day 3 - full-day excursion to the French Basque Country - guided tour of Bayonne and a salted-meat workshop - cruise with all meals from dinner on Day 3 to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with climate control and shower in private bathroom - excursions included in the package selected - all onboard entertainment - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala evening - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

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

Shore Excursions

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

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


NB: For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Depending on the tide, the stopover in Blaye and Libourne may be replaced by Bourg.

(2) Subject to availability and favorable weather conditions.

Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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