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(Tour code: BIR20)

A relaxing cruise through Europe’s most famous wine regions

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and a delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years, then swap the sea for the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, as you enjoy a relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions.

Highlights
  • Biarritz
  • Cadillac
  • La Rhune Mountain Railway & St Jean-de-Luz
  • MS Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Bordeaux
  • Pauillac
  • The Médoc
  • Blaye
  • Libourne
  • St Emilion
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    La Rhune Mountain Railway
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • MS Cyrano de Bergerac
    8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Biarritz & Five-Star Bordeaux and Dordogne Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Biarritz

Meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International ahead of your journey to Paris on the Eurostar. Once in Paris we join the TGV service right through to Biarritz, checking into the 4-Star Mercure Biarritz Centre Plaza Hotel on our arrival.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Biarritz
Biarritz

Uncovering Biarritz

Your full first day in Biarritz is free to begin exploring. The resort, with its sweeping promenade and vast beaches, offers a range of activities for you to enjoy. You might like to try your luck in the casino, or visit the town's lighthouse. If you're feeling energetic, you could perhaps take a stroll past the atmospheric Old Port to Rocher de la Vierge, a statue on a rocky headland said to protect the safe return of local fishermen, now connected to the town by a footbridge.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 La Rhune Mountain Railway
La Rhune Mountain Railway

La Rhune Mountain Railway

On today's excursion we travel by coach to Col de Saint-Ignace, where we connect with the superb Petit Train de la Rhune. This classic rack-and-pinion railway takes us through the dramatic Atlantic Pyrenees in lovingly restored wooden carriages - overcoming a height difference of 2,415 feet during the journey. The route takes us through steep-sided rocky valleys, with a fabulous panorama over the rolling meadows and impressive foothills of the nearby Basque region. Before long we arrive at the summit of La Rhune, which not only marks the border between France and Spain, but at 3,000 feet also offers a magnificent panorama over the Bay of Biscay. After time to admire the views, we descend the mountain then continue by coach to the lively fishing port of St Jeande- Luz.

Here you have a little time to explore; perhaps take a stroll along the promenade, and watch the charming fishing boats bring their catch back to the sheltered harbour. Otherwise, the medieval centre is a delight to wander around. We enjoy a three-course lunch with wine in a local restaurant before returning to Biarritz.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 MS Cyrano de Bergerac
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Five-Star Bordeaux and Dordogne cruise

Following breakfast in the hotel, we make our way back to the railway station in time for our train to Bordeaux. From here we join our cruise ship, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, enjoying a welcome cocktail on embarkation.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Pauillac
Pauillac

Wines of Médoc

This morning we cruise into the scenic Gironde Estuary, passing the scattering of authentic, traditional wooden fishermen's huts dotted around the attractive inlets such as Cazeau Island and pretty Patiras Island. After taking in these charming scenes at a relaxed pace, we arrive in Pauillac, a sleepy port whose quayside is lined with fine, grand stone houses. Following lunch on board we visit the renowned Médoc wine region on an included excursion. Here some of the world's most celebrated red wines are cultivated, grown in sloping vineyards overlooking the river.

The excursion follows the famous Châteaux Route, with views of the area's noted stately homes, including the spectacular château of Lafite- Rothschild owned by members of the wealthy and famous Rothschild family since the 1800s. Back on board this evening we enjoy a dinner of scrumptious French cuisine.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Blaye
Blaye

Route de la Corniche Fleurie or underground tour of Blaye

We spend a leisurely morning cruising further into the Gironde Estuary, passing the atmospheric marshlands and ancient Troglodyte dwellings that feature prominently around this stretch of the river. We also pass through Meschers-sur-Gironde, which is characterised by its dramatic, brooding cliffs overlooking the river.

In the afternoon we arrive in Blaye, the starting point for an afternoon of possible excursions. Your first option is a trip along the Route de la Corniche for a closer look at the idyllic and time-honoured landscapes that have been so well preserved here.

The journey passes along the superb, narrow cliff-top road overlooking the Dordogne, flanked by lush vineyards and at the end of it, you'll also enjoy some time to look around the idyllic walled village of Bourg - where the rustic cottages are stacked almost on top of each other high on the hillsides. On our way back to Blaye we make a short stop at the town's imposing citadel. Constructed in the late 17th century, the majestic fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and affords a magnificent panorama over the river and estuary.

Otherwise you could choose to take an unusual city tour, spending time underneath the Blaye's quaint streets as you discover the historical secrets stashed away below street level. Afterwards we enjoy a tasting of local specialties, all washed down perfectly with a glass of regional wine.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 St Emilion
St Emilion

To Libourne and St Emilon

Early this morning we leave Blaye and continue our cruise, navigating the Gironde and joining the peaceful Dordogne River as we make our way to the attractive wine town of Libourne. Disembarking, we travel to St Emilion for a guided tour of this UNESCO listed city before visiting the exceptional Troglodyte cave of St Emilion himself, as well as the largest monolithic church in Europe. The excursion also calls at a family-run vineyard, where we enjoy a tasting of the popular local wine before returning to Libourne.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Cadillac Castle
Cadillac Castle

Cadillac

Today we arrive in the marvellous walled town of Cadillac, with its rich history dating back to the 13th century. This afternoon we take a tour of the Roquetaillade Chateau, a magnificent 12th-century listed monument.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9 Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Following a leisurely morning on board, this afternoon we arrive back in Bordeaux, a beautiful city brimming with 18th century grandeur. With its broad boulevards and quaint Old Town, the UNESCOprotected city boasts a diversity that makes it exciting to visit. You are free to explore this lively city's many attractions at leisure, or perhaps take the optional city tour for a deeper insight into Bordeaux and its history. Back on board this evening, we enjoy a gala dinner and dancing.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 London
London

Return to London

After a final breakfast on board, this morning we disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux station. Here we take the train to Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board ship.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Biarritz and from Bordeaux to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London

Comfortable accommodation

  • 3 night's hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Mercure Biarritz Centre Plaza Hotel in Biarritz
  • 6-night cruise aboard the MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Delicious meals included

  • 21 meals including 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including 1 gala dinner

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • La Rhune Mountain Railway and visit St Jean-de-Luz
  • Free time in Biarritz
  • Tours of Bordeaux and Cadillac
  • Cruise the Gironde Estuary & explore the Médoc wine region
  • Libourne and tour the cave of St Emilion
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: The Route de la Corniche or underground tour of Blaye

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Helen Laverack
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Julie Pacalon
Julie
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