Bordeaux to La Rochelle River Cruise

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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 part of French paradise than through longstanding maritime cities and an unequivocal art of living?

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Cruise from the famous vineyards of Bordeaux, The Médoc, and Saint-Émilion, though the gorgeous Gironde estuary and along the Aquitaine coast to La Rochelle and Rochefort.

Inclusions

  • Direct Flights to Bordeaux with Aer Lingus.
  • Transfers from Airport to the quay to board your river cruiser
  • 6 nights on the 5 anchor MS Symphonie river cruiser, based on 2 sharing a main deck cabin
  • Superb French Cuisine, all meals onboard on a full board basis from Dinner on the 1st day to Breakfast on the last day
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard drinks
  • Excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Free Wifi
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Gala evening and dinner
  • Onboard activities
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Transfer from the quay to the airport
  • Return flight to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges of €134
  • 1 bag prepaid per cabin 20kgs

Itinerary

Day 1 Bordeaux, France & Pauillac, France

On arrival in Bordeaux you will be transferred to the ship for boarding. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew and a welcome cocktail and enjoy our first evening together. We’ll begin our cruise on the Garonne River, before entering the Gironde River where we’ll pass the islands of Cazeau and Patiras before reaching Pauillac.

Day 2 Pauillac, France & The Médoc, France & Gironde Estuary, France & Royan, France

Pauillac has managed to preserve the mansions formerly belonging to nobility along its waterfront that were constructed with great blocks of stone.

Morning excursion : Tour through the Médoc vineyards. Visit the prestigious earth at the end of the world that nurtures the most renowned red wines of the planet, tucked between and 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. We’ll then pass by the marshes, steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte homes, and fishing cabins before arriving in Royan.

Afternoon (Optional) excursion: 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. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship. Join us then for an evening of dinner and dancing.

Day 3 Royan, France & Rochefort, France & La Rochelle, France

Day Excursion: 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. The historical downtown area boasts lovely private mansions and beautiful homes where the legendary sailors and explorers lived. We’ll visit the Corderie Royale, a historical rope-making factory. At the end of our afternoon, we’ll return to Royan for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 Royan, France & Saintes, France & Meschers-sur-Gironde, France & Libourne, France

Morning excursion: Saintes. Saintes has accumulated almost two thousand years of history, marked by its rich heritage and its Gallo-Roman and medieval ruins. We’ll visit the Roman theater, one of the oldest from the era. The theater can hold up to 15,000 attendees and was used as a showplace for battles between gladiators and wild animals for almost three centuries. We’ll then continue on to the Saint-Eutrope Basilica. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Way of St. James, it is one of the most important monuments in the city and its crypt has been described as fascinating and impressive on online tourist reviews.

Afternoon excursion: Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde. We’ll visit a typical French seaside village with tons of charm which is officially listed as one the most beautiful villages in the country. Talmont-sur-Gironde is lined with cobblestone streets that take you to the white tower on the coastline, up to its beautiful Romanesque church, and over to the quaint port. We’ll begin to cruise to our next stop, spending the rest of our day cruising up the Dordogne to Libourne.

Day 5 Libourne, France & Bordeaux, France

Morning excursion: 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 how the famous local wine is produced. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of our tour. We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux.

Evening excursion : Guided tour of Bordeaux at night. We’ll leave by coach for a panoramic tour of the city, where you’ll be able to discover the main monuments, followed by a tour on foot of the old quarter of Bordeaux. We’ll discover the impressive areas such as the Place des Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre, as well as the intimate side streets tucked around the Place Saint Pierre. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship.

Day 6 Bordeaux, France & Cadillac, France

Morning excursions:  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. Afterward, we’ll return to Cadillac for a guided tour of the city. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Bordeaux, and we’ll arrive during the evening for our festive gala evening.

Day 7 Bordeaux, France

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking for your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodation

MS Symphonie

RESTAURANT

Located on the upper deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

RECEPTION DESK

Ideal place to meet before departures of visits or to obtain information from the personnel of board. The souvenir shop is also there, you will find postcards, souvenirs and practical articles.

LOUNGE BAR WITH DANCEFLOOR

The lounge tastefully decorated has panoramic views and is spanning the bow of the ship. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

FITNESS

Start your day joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.

SUN DECK

Do not miss it to unwind ! It is equipped with recliners and deck chairs, so that you can enjoy the best views of your cruise.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Single Supplement on request
  • Optional insurance €25 (conditions apply)
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable booking deposit of €200 per person is required.
  • Holidays & offers are subject to availability at time of booking
  • Prices correct at time of printing, however fuel surcharges may apply.
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €2,179pp
  Number of nights: 6

22 May 2020 Main Deck €2379 €2179

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