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Three Mighty Rivers, the Gironde Estuary and the Arcachon

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 BORDEAUX
Passengers are welcome to board between 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
 
DAY 2 BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC
We will cruise down the Garonne to the Gironde, passing alongside the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.
 
Excursions proposed:
 
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride: Fly over the gorgeous Médoc! Experience a bird's eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards that give the region its reputation. It's a once in a lifetime experience! 
 
(Flight subject to favorable weather conditions. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE CRUISE BEGINS AND ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY).
 
In afternoon,
 
CLASSIC: Visit the Médoc (only available through pre-reservation with your travel agency before your departure)—a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. We also have the opportunity to see the “must see” châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild.
 
DISCOVERY: Medoc: Biking, wine and cheese. Get ready to discover the history, architecture and out-of-the-way places in this exceptionally beautiful area. What better reward for the effort than a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses served in a prestigious château in the heart of Pauillac.
 
We'll return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We'll remain in port overnight.
 
DAY 3 PAUILLAC - GIRONDE ESTUARY - BLAYE
We start out early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We'll arrive in Blaye at 2:00 p.m. Excursions proposed:
 
CLASSIC: The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel.
 
DISCOVERY: We'll leave on foot to visit the Blaye Citadel, built in the 17th century by Vauban in order to better protect the city of Bordeaux. 
 
We'll return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We'll remain in port overnight.
 
DAY 4 BLAYE - LIBOURNE or BOURG (3) - SAINT-EMILION(1)
We'll begin to cruise early this morning, heading towards Libourne. We join the river Dordogne, arriving in the early afternoon. Excursion for both packages: Saint-Emilion. We'll return to the ship in Libourne at the end of the afternoon.

Tonight's entertainment will be provided by the crew.
 
DAY 5 LIBOURNE or BOURG - CADILLAC
We'll spend the morning cruising to Cadillac. Excursions proposed:
 
CLASSIC: Château de Roquetaillade and Cadillac.
 
DISCOVERY: You'll set out for a guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. You'll cross the city, passing in front of the imposing Château des Ducs d'Épernon before hiking up the vineyard trails to some of the most beautiful points of view of the river found in the area. 
 
We'll return on board, and the rest of the evening is yours to do as you please. We'll remain in port overnight.
 
DAY 6 CADILLAC - BORDEAUX
Today we continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in the early afternoon. Excursions proposed:
 
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bordeaux. 
 
DISCOVERY: We'll leave by bike from the Quai des Chartrons to see the locations and monuments in Bordeaux that have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cycling along the Garonne to the Pont de Pierre, keep an eye out for the many amusing mascarons decorating the building facades. 
We return on board for dinner, and the rest of the evening is free.
 
DAY 7 BORDEAUX - THE ARCACHON BASIN(2) - BORDEAUX
Excursion both packages: The heart of Arcachon Bay (lunch included). We will begin the tour with a visit to the oyster farms and museum situated at Port de Larros. Discover French oyster farming and its history. We'll end our visiting with a tasty sampling. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then back on the road to Arcachon, for a boat trip through Arcachon Bay to admire the Ile aux Oiseaux, the iconic stilted cabins (cabanes tchanquées) and the oyster farms from the deck. We will then head to the Great Dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. We'll return to Bordeaux at the end of the day. 
 
Tonight is our gala evening.
 
DAY 8 BORDEAUX
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Ship sails to Gironde estuary
  • CroisiEurope is leader in Gironde river cruising
  • The Gironde
  • 3 rivers : Gironde - Garonne - Dordogne
  • Discover: the largest area of AOC vineyards in the world
  • Cultural diversity 
  • Pauillac and the Médoc
  • The medieval city of Blaye and its renowned wines
  • Saint-Emilion, the history of a medieval village
  • The Roquetaillade château 
  • Cadillac, a historic monument
  • Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Arcachon Bay and the Dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe
All This Included
Nestled between the ocean and an estuary, the Médoc is a renowned region where the most famous of all the red wines in the world is produced. 
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea. 
  • All meals onboard for Superb French Cuisine 
  • Farewell Gala dinner 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use Shore excursions with wireless audio system 
  • Port Talk 
  • Captain Welcome cocktail Reception 
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess 
  • Entertainment : On board professional entertainment & Crew Team show 
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance 
  • All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Cyrano de Bergerac or MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • For an optimal organization of the cruise, the organization of excursions can be modified according to the tide.
  • 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) This excursion is subject to a minimum of 35 participants.
  • (2) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Libourne may be replaced by Bourg. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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