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Nature's authentic heritage: hike in the South-West of France

6 Days - ROB_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

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

Hikes with a qualified mountain guide through the vineyards and marshlands of the Médoc; along the Dordogne and Garonne valley paths; to the slopes and vineyards of Blaye and Bourg; and through the Gironde hills along the estuary.

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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

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
  • Hiker's programm:
    • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide
    • The Gironde hills along the estuary
    • The slopes and vineyards of Blaye and Bourg
    • The paths in the valleys of the Dordogne and the Garonne
    • The vineyards and marshlands of the Médoc
  • Non-hikers program:
    • Saint-Emilion
    • The Médoc, a prestigious terroir
    • Blaye and the Route de la Corniche
    • Bordeaux

Cruise

Day 1

BORDEAUX

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll introduce our hiking program before dinner. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 2

BORDEAUX - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Emilion

We'll cruise towards Libourne.
Hikers' Program: Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, a vineyard built on the slopes of Saint-Emilion. We'll depart by coach for our hike through the woods and the vines, a remarquable rural heritage, and stop for a wine-tasting* session at a local wine estate. (Length 2 - 2¿ hours, distance 9 km (5.6 miles), ascent 100m (330 ft.))
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Saint Emilion, whose most original monument is most certainly its monolithic church.
We'll return on board and enjoy time at leisure tonight.

Day 3

LIBOURNE(1) - PAUILLAC(1)

We will head down the Garonne and the Gironde Rivers, passing the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.
Hikers' Program: Hiking the St. Seurinoise loop. We'll depart by coach towards Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne for our hike through the Médoc region. This easy-paced hike will allow you to discover the charming heritage of the area nestled between the ocean and the Gironde estuary. We'll finish up our hike with a wine-tasting* session in a château before hopping back on our coach. (Length 2¿ - 3 hours, 11 km (6.8 miles), no incline.)
Non-hikers' Program: Following the trail of the Grands Crus of the Médoc region, where the most prestigious red wines in the world are made.
We'll return on board and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 4

PAUILLAC(1) - BLAYE(1) - The Gironde Estuary

We'll start cruising towards Blaye whose citadel built by Vauban is not to be missed. 
Hikers' Program: Hike through the slopes of Bourg. We'll depart by coach for a hike in the Bourg region which will delight hikers as much as the next wine lover. We'll stop in Bourg before continuing our route to Blaye for a visit of its famous citadel. We'll return on board by coach. (Length 3 hours, distance 10 km (6.2 miles), ascent of 150m (492 ft.))
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion along the cliff Route de la Corniche. The road snakes alongside the Dordogne River before revealing the Gironde Estuary.
We'll return on board and cruise along the Gironde as far as the estuary itself (subject to favorable weather conditions.) We will pass the marshlands, Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, troglodyte houses and fishermen's huts before reaching Blaye. Enjoy an evening of dancing.

Day 5

BLAYE(1) - BORDEAUX

We'll cruise to Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hikers' Program: The hidden faces of Bordeaux. This original and unique walk will take you past the main monuments of the city (Place des Quinconces, Grand Théâtre or the Porte de Bourgogne) as well as more secret and unusual locations, haunted by the shadows of Montaigne or Cagliostro. (Length 2¿ - 3 hours, 7 km (4.3 miles), no incline.)
Non-hikers' Program: Guided tour of Bordeaux.
Tonight's our gala dinner and evening.

Day 6

BORDEAUX

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00 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.

Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

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

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast buffet on the last day - drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the ship - drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - all coach transfers listed in the itinerary - tours and hiking tours as listed in the itinerary - a certified guide - onboard entertainment - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

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

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

3 Decks

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 Pauillac may be replaced by Cussac-Fort-Médoc and Blaye and Libourne by Bourg. In this event, the order of the visits could change.

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

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