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Biking Along the Gironde 2018

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: BORDEAUX
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiBike vacation before dinner.
 
DAY 2: BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC(1)
We’ll cruise to Pauillac. Towards the middle of the morning, we’ll set off on our bikes for the day. We will first bike to Saint-Estèphe, a town famous for its Baroque architecture, and its stunning view of the Garonne. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you'll bike along the beautiful vineyards in the Médoc region and indulge in a wine-tasting session. We'll return on board for an evening of entertainment.
 
Biking itinerary: in the morning from Saint-Estèphe 7 mi./11.3 km. (249 ft./76 m. elevation gain) — in the afternoon from Pauillac 22 mi./35.4 km (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 3: PAUILLAC(1) - The Gironde Estuary - BLAYE
We’ll leave early and spend the morning cruising the Gironde to the estuary. We’ll cruise along the marshes and see the steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte homes and fishing cabins before reaching Blaye. We’ll leave on our bikes in the afternoon. The itinerary will bring you to Blaye, with its vineyards, rich croplands and castles. You’ll then head to Bourg. If you feel like it, you can bike a few more miles to Saint-Gervais, where you’ll be able to contemplate magnificent landscapes from the shadow of its medieval church, before returning to Blaye for the evening. After you return to the ship, enjoy an evening of dancing. 
 
Biking itinerary to Blaye: 19 mi./30.6 km. (1000 ft./305 m. elevation gain) - to Saint-Gervais: 31 mi./49.9 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 4: BLAYE - LIBOURNE(1) - Saint-Émilion
Early in the morning, we’ll cruise on the Dordogne towards heritage-rich Libourne. In the afternoon, you’ll start your bike tour through Saint-Émilion where we’ll visit its underground monuments. We'll return on board after our tour for an evening of entertainment.
 
Biking itinerary from Libourne: 21 mi./33.8 km. (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain) or from Saint-Émilion: 13 mi./20.9 km. (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 5: LIBOURNE(1) - CADILLAC
Our ship will cruise for Cadillac. Its preserved countryside, hilly landscapes and many small and quiet villages hold a wealthy heritage. You’ll start biking towards the south in the afternoon, along the Garonne. You’ll bike through the Sauternais, a region known for its sweet dessert wines, and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, where you’ll have a stunning view of the valley. After your day of biking, you’ll return to the ship. The evening is free to do as you please. 
 
Biking itinerary from Cadillac: 24 mi./38.6 km. (898 ft./274 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 6: CADILLAC - BORDEAUX
We’ll start biking early this morning. While you enjoy the French scenery from your bike, the ship will cruise towards Bordeaux, its final destination. Your tour will begin with the fortified city of Cadillac and will end in Bordeaux. Stops are planned in La Sauve and Cenac. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch next to the Sauve-Majeure Abbey, which used to be a Benedictine monastery. In the afternoon, you’ll continue heading to Bordeaux, where you'll have the afternoon to roam across the city on your bike at your own pace. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
 
Biking itinerary from La Sauve in the morning: 18 mi./29 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain); or from Latresne 28.5 mi./46.7 km. (1699 ft./518 m. elevation gain) - from Bordeaux in the afternoon: 36 mi./57.9 km. (1801 ft./549 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 7: BORDEAUX - The Arcachon Bay - BORDEAUX
This morning, a minivan will drive you to the departure point of your bike tour on the Atlantic coast. You’ll bike along the coast and the Pyla Dune, the tallest sand dune in Europe at more than 328 feet above sea level. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in Arcachon, a famous seaside resort frequented by aristocrats since the second half of the 19th century. After lunch, you’ll board a boat with your bike and head for Cap Ferret, renowned for its oyster farms. We’ll return on board in Bordeaux at the end of our long day. After dinner, we’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
Biking itinerary from Arcachon: 22 mi./35.4 km. (800 ft./244 m. elevation gain) — from Lège-Cap-Ferret: 35 mi./56.3 km. (1099 ft./335 m. elevation gain) - from the Atlantic Ocean: 45 mi./72.4 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)
 
DAY 8: BORDEAUX
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • An original way to discover the Gironde.
  • The Médoc vineyards, the Sauternes and Blaye estates
  • Stunning sites such as Saint-Emilion or the Sauve-Majeure Abbey
  • Bordeaux, and the Arcachon Bay
All This Included
  • English-speaking tour guide for the entire cruise
  • Bike provided
  • On-call maintenance and repair service
  • All bike tours
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Princesse d'Aquitaine or MS Cyrano de Bergerac
Notes
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. The order of the visits can change. 
  • The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers.
  • (1) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Pauillac could be replaced by a stopover in Cussac-Fort-Médoc and the stopover in Libourne by a stopover in Bourg. 
  • 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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