Discover the Exceptional Region of Bordeaux

aboard MS CYRANO DE BERGERAC

8-day River Cruise Tour

  • Aboard

    aboard MS CYRANO DE BERGERAC

  • Duration

    8 Day | 06 – 13 July 2024

  • Visiting

    BORDEAUX – CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC – ROYAN – Rochefort – La Rochelle – LIBOURNE – Saint-Emilion – CADILLAC – Arcachon – 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 corner of French paradise than through its longstanding maritime cities and its unequivocal art of living?

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Médoc Wine Route
  • The charming, retro city of Royan
  • Rochefort and the Corderie Royale
  • The seaside city of La Rochelle
  • Arcachon Bay and the Dune of Pilat

Fun Facts:  Bordeaux is the most extensive urban environment in the world to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 22 bottles of wine from Bordeaux are sold every second all over the world.

Day 1 : Malta – Bordeaux | Discover Beautiful Bordeaux
Checkin at the airport : 1350 / 06-Jul FR925 1550 1830. Transfer to our hotel – and time to enjoy Beautiful Bordeaux by Night. Bordeaux isn’t just a city with the same name as the famous French wine. With 350 historical buildings and monuments, dozens of museums and art galleries, a brand new wine experience center and some of the best food in all of France, its no wonder even the Parisians are leaving Paris for Bordeaux. It is a city full of treasures and St Catherine street is certainly one of the most beautiful. Located in the heart of the city center, this pedestrian street is the longest shopping street in Europe. It extends over more than a kilometer, from the Grand Théâtre to the Place de la Victoire.

Day 2 : BORDEAUX – CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC
Morning at leisure to enjoy the city. Passengers are welcome to 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 Cussac- Fort-Médoc. We’ll begin on the Garonne River, before entering the Gironde River, where we’ll pass the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Cussac-Fort-Médoc.

Day 3 : CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC – THE MEDOC(1) – Gironde Estuary – ROYAN
EXC_MEDOC: Tour through the Médoc vineyards(only on pre-booking before departure). Visit the prestigious earth that nurtures the most renowned red wines of the planet, tucked between an ocean and an estuary. 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.* While we are on the road, we’ll also get a glimpse of the famous label vineyards and domains such as Châteaux Lafite- Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild.

EXC_ROYAN: Royan and its waterfront. Join us for a panoramic tour of Royan, a seaside city and an official French “ville d’Art et d’Histoire.” Villas from the Belle Epoque and the charming “retro” homes from the 1950s line the waterfront. In the Foncillon District, we’ll have a look at the fascinating church and learn about its conception. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. This is the perfect time to stroll along the port and re-discover the city at your own pace. Some of the most popular sites include the covered market, the modern Palais des Congrès, or the shell auditorium (the spitting image of the famous Boston Hatch Shell). Or you could just decide to have a seat in one of the multitudes of cafés along the boardwalk, or do some shopping, or even enjoy a great meal! After your expedition, you’ll return on board the ship. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing.

Day 4 : ROYAN – Rochefort – La Rochelle – ROYAN
EXC_ROCHE: 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. The historic downtown area boasting lovely private mansions and beautiful homes—where the legendary sailors and explorers lived—still retain their air of adventure and glamor. We’ll visit the Corderie Royale, a historical rope-making factory. Built between 1666 and 1669, it was the first industrial building in France, and the factory provided ropes for the French Navy and its ships for over three centuries. We’ll tour the main building and learn about the techniques used to produce the ropes used on the large sailing ships. Afterwards, we’ll head to La Rochelle. We’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant. The over 1,000-year-old city of La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente Maritime. It’s tucked along the Bay of Biscay and contains some of the most beautiful natural and architectural heritage in the area. During a guided tour of the old town and port, you’ll learn about the Grosse-Horloge 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. After we return on board, we’ll spend the rest of our day cruising up the Dordogne to Libourne.

Day 5 : LIBOURNE(2) – BORDEAUX
EXC_EMILIO: Saint-Émilion. We will take a guided tour of Saint-Émilion’s underground monuments, discovering the rich history of this medieval city, including its enigmatic monolithic church. We’ll then head to a vineyard where we’ll learn about how the famous local wine is produced. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of our tour.* (2) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Libourne may be replaced by a stopover in Bourg.

Day 6 : BORDEAUX – CADILLAC
EXC_ROCADI: We’ll cruise along the Garonne, getting a good glimpse of Bordeaux from the water as we continue on to Cadillac. A visit to the magnificent and prestigious Château de Roquetaillade. This castle has been the backdrop for several French films including Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) and Fanfan la Tulipe. Explore the towers and keeps in this medieval château and take time to learn about the architecture, interiors, and ambiance of French life almost 500 years ago. We’ll then head to a wine cellar in the Sauternais to enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine.* Afterwards, we’ll return to Cadillac for a guided tour of the city. Located on the right bank of the Garonne River, the city was founded in 1280 and still retains its original structure. We’ll explore the port, its ramparts, and the main square and stroll the streets to admire the old homes and 15th-century church. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux, and we’ll arrive during the evening. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7 : BORDEAUX – Arcachon Bay(1) – BORDEAUX
EXC_ARCACH: To the center of Arcachon Bay. Departure by coach from Bordeaux for the Bassin d’Arcachon. We will start our tour with a boat trip on the Bassin d’Arcachon. You’ll be able to see the Bird Island, the famous “Cabanes tchanquées” houses on stilts and the oyster beds. Free time in Arcachon. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will go to the Great Dune of Pilat. Culminating at 107m, it is the highest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. Return to Bordeaux at the end of the day.

Day 8 : BORDEAUX
Enjoy breakfast on board – 9 am disembarkation and departure followed by a 2 hour panoramic tour – stop for lunch ( included) and some free time at leisure in Bordeaux city centre – and enjoy some last minute shopping or time at leisure in the rue Sainte-Catherine, a 1.2 km long pedestrian street. At 4pm we will depart for our return flight : 13 JUL FR 924 1900-2130 Bordeaux- Malta

Optional Excursions

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 microclimate which has been favorable to the development of the vines. We will go through most of the Médoc appellations (Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc). On the famous Châteaux Route, we will stop to taste the famous wines of the region. On the way you will see major domains such as Châteaux Laffitte-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Return to the boat at the end of the afternoon.

Panoramic tour of Royan
Join us for a panoramic tour of Royan, a seaside city and an official French “ville d’Art et d’Histoire.” Villas from the Belle Epoque and the charming “retro” homes from the 1950s line the waterfront. In the Foncillon District, we’ll have a look at the fascinating church and learn about its conception. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. This is the perfect time to stroll along the port and rediscover the city at your own pace. Some of the most popular sites include the covered market, the modern Palais des Congrès, or the shell auditorium (the spitting image of the famous Boston Hatch Shell). Or you could just decide to have a seat in one of the multitude of cafés along the boardwalk, do some shopping, and even enjoy a great meal!

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. The historical downtown area boasts lovely private
mansions and beautiful homes where the legendary sailors and explorers lived and which still retain their air of adventure and glamor. We’ll then visit the Corderie Royale, a historical ropemaking factory. Built between 1666 and 1669, it was the first industrial building in France, and the factory provided ropes for the French Navy and its ships for over three centuries. We’ll tour the main building and learn about the techniques used to produce the ropes used on the large sailing ships. Afterwards, we’ll head to La Rochelle. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. At the end of our afternoon, we’ll return to Royan.

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 troglodytic site with, undoubtedly, its most original monument, the Monolithic church. Hewn entirely in limestone, it is the largest in Europe. You will then depart for a visit of a family-owned wine-growing estate, where you will be welcomed by the owner, who will explain the stages of the wine-making process in Saint-Emilion. A commented wine-tasting* session will complete the visit. Return to Libourne by coach.

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), but above all the unique 19th century interiors, a masterpiece by Viollet-le-Duc today classified as a historic monument. Along the way, we will visit a vineyard in the Sauternes area where we’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous Sauternes wine*. Return to Cadillac and guided tour of the town. Located on the right bank of the Garonne, the Grailly family, lords of Cadillac, founded this “bastide” (walled town) where the Duke of Epernon built his sumptuous castle.

Day trip in the Arcachon Bay (lunch included)
Departure by coach from Bordeaux for the Bassin d’Arcachon. We will start our tour with a boat trip on the Bassin d’Arcachon. You’ll be able to see the Bird Island, the famous “Cabanes tchanquées” houses on stilts and the oyster beds. Enjoy some free time in Arcachon. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will go to the Great Dune of Pilat. Culminating at 107m, it is the highest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. Return to Bordeaux at the end of the day.

Classic Excursions

EXC_MEDOCPauillac and The Chateau Du Medoc Route€87
EXC_ROYANPanoramic Tour of RoyanIncl.
EXC_ROCHEThe Seasides Cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle€169
EXC_EMILIO Guided Tour of Saint Emilion and Wine Tasting€87
EXC_ROCADI Guided Tour of The Chateau De Roquetaillade and Cadillac€68
EXC_ARCACH Day Trip in The Arcachon Bay (Lunch Included)€182
Total€593

Special Rate for All Classic Excursions – €500

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

Book by 15 March and save €50 per cabin!

Cost per Adult in twin sharing cabin

Main deckFrom €1,599 Per Person / Twin Sharing
Middle deckFrom €1,749 Per Person / Twin Sharing
Upper deckFrom €1,799 Per Person / Twin Sharing

Single supplement: €450

Deposit: €700 per person

Balance due: May 2024

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Ryanair Plus incl 20 kg checked luggage and 1 small carryon bag (40 x 20 x 25cm)
  • All transfers including full day use of coach & driver on Day 8 (lunch -day 8 included)
  • 1 night hotac in a central 4* hotel in Bordeaux on BB Basis
  • Your 6-night cruise aboard the Premium ship MS Cyrano De Bergerac with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day – onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) – accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom – onboard entertainment – the assistance of our onboard host/hostess – welcome cocktail – gala evening
  • Travel assistance/repatriation insurance – all port fees and taxes.
  • Professional Tour Leader

Not Included

  • Optional Excursions (refer to Page 3 for details)
  • Special cost for all 5 Excursions: €500
  • Travel Insurance (required) – We offer Gasan Mamo Travel Policy incl Covid Plan & Tax: €35 Standard ( Age 16-69) – €20 ( Age 2 – 15y) / €70 Standard (Age 70 -75) / €90 Basic (Age 76-80)

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This package cost is based on an airfare up to : Euros 350 per person – a supplement might apply at time of booking (so kindly reconfirm cost when booking). Should you require additional hand luggage – 10kg checked or carry on bag ( cost approx. 15 euros per flight) – to reconfirm cost when booking -rates fluctuate.

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