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From the French Basque Country to Bordeaux

2 Nights Hotel Acommodation in Biarritz and 6 Nights Bordeaux Roundtrip Cruise

Bordeaux Cruise

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2023 Departure Dates & Pricing

Biarritz to Bordeaux - 7 nights/ 8 days (Cruise code: BIS_AIPP)

Ship - Cyrano de Bergerac

 

Detailed Itinerary:

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!

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: Biarritz - Bayonne - Bordeaux (Embarkation)

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.

Day 4: Bordeaux - Cussac-Fort-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.

Day 5: Cussac-Fort-Médoc- Gironde Estuary - Blaye *

*Note: Depending on the tide, stopover in Blaye maybe replaced by Bourg.

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.

Day 6: Blaye* - Libourne* - Saint Emilion

*Note: Depending on the tide, stopover in Blaye and Libourne maybe replaced by Bourg.

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 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.

Day 7: Libourne* - Bordeaux

*Note: Depending on the tide, stopover in Libourne maybe replaced by Bourg.

We'll cruise towards Bordeaux this morning. Join us on the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Chartrons District, Wine and Commerce Museum.
DISCOVERY: The Bassins des Lumières.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8: Bordeaux (Disembarkation)

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .
  • The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.
  • Until further notice, it is only possible to select one of the 2 excursions packages on offer. You will thus only be able to book the Classic Package OR the Discovery Package. Please advise at the time of booking the excursion package you wish to choose.
  • Travel Protection is recommended. Click here TG_logo for more information.

Departure Dates

Cruise Start Date From Bordeaux Main Deck Cabins - USD Rates Per Person Sharing Cabin Middle Deck Cabins - USD Rates Per Person Sharing Cabin Upper Deck Cabins - USD Rates Per Person Sharing Cabin
Cat. C w/ portholes
Cat. B w/ portholes

Cat. A w/ portholes

Cat. C w/ picture window Cat. B w/ picture window Cat. A w/ picture window Cat. C w/ french balcony Cat. B w/ french balcony Cat. A w/ french balcony
Apr 10, 2023
$3,105
$3,185
$3,320
$3,348
$3,428
$3,564
$3,398
-
$3,534
May 11, 2023
$3,365
$3,442
$3,599
-
$3,655
$3,812
$3,559
$3,685
$3,842
Jul 3, 2023
$3,185
$3,153
$3,259
$3,398
$3,475
$3,626
$3,428
$3,505
$3,657
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
For an optimal organization of the cruise, the organization of excursions can be modified according to the tide.
For a Single Passenger in a double-occupancy cabin: Additional charge of $1,194 USD

Prices Include:

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• the excursions included in the package selected (Choose ONE excursions package: Classic -or- Discovery) • all onboard entertainment • assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess • welcome cocktail • gala evening • all port fees.

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne ordered at the bar and all drinks on the wine list • The drinks taken while on excursions or transfers • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses

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