Cruise
Cyrano de Bergerac
CroisiEurope
Cyrano de Bergerac, (BOP) Gironde Estuary Garonne & Dordogne ex Bordeaux Return
Cruise Line: CroisiEurope
Selected Sailing Date: 02 Apr 2018

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Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Cruise Description

6 Night Cruise sailing from Bordeaux roundtrip aboard Cyrano de Bergerac.

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 27 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting. Accommodation capacity varies from 100 to 180 passengers depending on the boat's design. At the cutting edge of technology, their facilities offer comfort and safety.

Carefully maintained and partially renovated each year, the CroisiEurope fleet is largely made up of recently built vessels, less than five years old, all with Veritas certification. The leading European river tour operator, our company owes its international reputation to its seriousness, its dynamism, its sense of innovation and its recognised value for money of long standing.

On board, you will find all of the amenities and comfort which guarantee the quality and seriousness of the CroisiEurope fleet.

The Gironde Estuary plus the Garonne & Dordogne Rivers
Two great rivers and the Gironde Estuary
A complex and colourful mosaic of scenery, textures and moods.

DAY 1: BORDEAUX
Board your ship between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Settle into your cabin, before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner on board followed by an evening of entertainment.

DAY 2: BORDEAUX – PAUILLAC
Head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving Pauillac in time for lunch on board. Built long ago by wine merchants or ships’ captains, Pauillac has managed to preserve its fine houses belonging to old nobility which were built from great blocks of stone along its quaysides. After lunch on board, your optional excursion this afternoon is to visit the Médoc (reservation in advance essential) – a renowned region and an “away-from-it-all” spot where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated: a strip of land squeezed between ocean and estuary. Here a mild, humid climate has made it easy to cultivate and develop the vines. You will pass through most of the great Médoc appelations such as Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc and many more, following the famous Châteaux Route. You will also have the opportunity to see the châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. Moor for the night in Pauillac.

DAY 3: PAUILLAC – Gironde Estuary – BLAYE
Set sail early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. Pass the marshes, Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Trogolodyte houses and fishermen’s huts, before arriving in Blaye. Lunch on board, with arrival in Blaye around 2pm. In days gone by, this superb acropolis was an ideal look-out post to watch for invaders. Vauban had a citadel built here and this fortress is without doubt the biggest attraction in Blaye. Set off on an optional excursion along the cliff route. Narrow and picturesque, the road snakes alongside the River Dordogne before reaching the Gironde Estuary. As you travel, catch a glimpse of charming gardens, ancient fishermen’s houses, remarkable dwelling places carved out of the heart of the cliff, not forgetting the famous and unique fishermen’s huts perched on wooden stilts on top of the water. The scenery here is an unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. Stop in the village of Bourg, a charming city built on a rocky outcrop enclosed by medieval ramparts. Return to Blaye, where you will visit the citadel. Majestic and imposing, it overhangs the Gironde Estuary and affords magnificent panoramic views over the Gironde. Return on board for dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. Moor for the night in Blaye.

DAY 4: BLAYE – CADILLAC
Breakfast while cruising this morning, heading for Cadillac. After passing the island of Cazeau, head back upstream along the Gironde before joining the Garonne again. Pass the city of Bordeaux and arrive in Cadillac in time for lunch. This afternoon you have optional guided visits to the château at Roquetaillade and to Cadillac. Set off by coach for the château at Roquetaillade. This famous, magnificent medieval château is a listed historic monument built during the 12th and 14th centuries. You will also see the castle stronghold from the Middle Ages, the first ever Renaissance chimneys in the region (dating from 1600) but most important of all, the unique 19th century interiors – created by Viollet-le-Duc and today listed as part of France’s historic heritage. Return to Cadillac and your guided visit of the town. Located on the right bank of the Garonne, the Grailly family, the lords of Cadillac, established this walled town where the Dukes of Épernon then built their magnificent château. See the gates and ramparts (listed historic monuments), the central square with its arches, ancient houses and the church dating from the 15th century. Return to the ship for dinner. The rest of the evening is free. Moor for the night in Cadillac.

DAY 5: CADILLAC – LIBOURNE – SAINT EMILION (1)
Set sail early this morning, taking breakfast while cruising, heading towards Libourne. Cruising along the Garonne, pass the city of Bordeaux. Shortly after passing the island of Cazeau, join the River Dordogne and head for Libourne where you will arrive in the early afternoon. After lunch on board, set off by coach on an optional excursion to Saint-Émilion. Enjoy a guided visit of the underground monuments of Saint-Émilion village as your guide introduces you to the history of this medieval city. Then visit an exceptional Troglodyte settlement – the cave of Émilion, the monk who founded the city, the Chapel of the Holy Trinity built in his honour and the catacombs. Finally, see what is undoubtedly the most original of all the monuments – the Monolithic church. Carved out entirely from the limestone rocks, it is the largest church in Europe. You next head off to visit a family-run vineyard and wine-producer where the owner will explain the steps involved in producing the great wines of Saint-Émilion. Have a tasting to conclude your visit. Rejoin your floating hotel in Libourne at the end of the afternoon. After dinner on board an evening’s entertainment is provided by the crew before mooring for the night.

DAY 6: LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX
Breakfast and lunch on board today as you continue your cruise back to Bordeaux, where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Set off by coach on an optional guided tour of Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Half of the town – the boulevards on the banks of the River Garonne – have been recognised for their architectural heritage. Set off by coach for a guided panoramic tour of the city, and see the key buildings and monuments before visiting Old Bordeaux on foot. From the broad avenues of the Neo-classical areas of Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre to the narrow alleyways of the Saint-Pierre district, this tour gives the opportunity to see the diversity of Bordeaux’s rich heritage. Return on board for a gala dinner, followed by an evening of dancing.
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DAY 7: BORDEAUX
After breakfast on board, disembark around 9:00am.
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