Bordeaux is perhaps best known as the world’s wine capital, for in this area has the world’s best reds
wines have been produced since 700 AD. Old Town Vieux Bordeaux is charming. Here are some of Europe’s most beautiful 1700s architecture. Wine regions draws each year hundreds of thousands of fans and most attractions are in the center,which is small enough to experience on foot.
We sail with CroisiEurope latest boat Cyrano de Bergerac (2013). It has 3 decks and accommodates 178 passengers. The boat has a restaurant,reception, lounge and bar and a large sundeck. The public areas are air conditioned and decorated in bright colors with classic ship details. The boat has a large sundeck where passengers spend much time while the boat is underway. There is a nice atmosphere and international environment on board. Passengers can enjoy tasty dishes from the
French cuisine, often with regional specialties. Meals consist of a varied breakfast buffet, hot lunches and three- or four-course dinners. Much drinks are included in the tour price! (Except some champagne and wines)
Comfortable cabins with twin beds or double bed. Large windows; cabins on the upper deck has panoramic windows that open, while cabins on the lower deck has two smaller portholes All cabins have air conditioning and a safe, and shower room with wc. hairdryer.
The boat has three decks. The restaurant is located behind the middle deck, while the bar, which has a small dance floor, is ahead on the same deck. This is also the reception, which is open most of the day. Aft on the upper deck is a nice, small bar which also has outdoor seating. M / S Cyrano de Bergerac has a large sundeck with chairs and tables; an excellent place to stay while traveling.
WEDNESDAY 12. AUGUST Norge – Bordeaux D Flight to Bordeaux, and transportation to the boat. After installation in the cabin served a welcome drink and dinner. The boat is docked overnight.
THURSDAY 13. AUGUST Bordeaux – Pauillac B,L,D We sail on the Garonne river in Gironde, passing Cazeau islands and Patiras before arrival Pauillac. The town has been shipping harbor for vinhandlerne in the district of old,and much of the old architecture is preserved. After lunch you can attend excursion to Médoc – perhaps the world’s best known wine region. The tour goes past vineyards like Saint Julien, Margaux and Haut-Médoc and ends along the Route des Châteaux with châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. dinner on board.
FRIDAY 14. AUGUST Pauillac – Bourg – Blaye B,L,D After arriving medieval Blaye arranged excursion along “La Corniche”, the narrow road that meanders along the cliffs of the Dordogne towards wetlands by the Gironde. On the way we pass charming gardens, old fishing villages and the known carrelets – fishermen small house standing on poles in the seaside. The landscape is an exceptionally combination of rivers, cliffs and ravines. We stop in charming Bourg. The village is situated on a cliff, surrounded by fortification walls from the Middle Ages. Return to Blaye, where we see the Citadel that towers over the wetlands and offers an outstanding view of the Gironde.
SATURDAY 15. AUGUST Blaye–Libourne–Saint-Émilion B,L,D After a wonderful morning sailing, we arrive at Libourne. After lunch arranged an excursion to Saint-Émilion. We hear about the exciting history while we see the impressive underground monuments: the cave to the city’s founder, the monk Émilion; chapel devoted “The Holy Trinity”, built to his memory; catacombs and finally the unique church that is carved out of solid rock. Next on the program is visit a family run vineyard, where the owner himself tells about the care of the valuable vines and processing of grapes that eventually become world famous wines. The visit ends with wine tasting, before returning to the boat.
SUNDAY 16. AUGUST Libourne – Cadillac B,L,D Enjoy a relaxing morning while the sun deck while we sail on the Gironde and Garonne, past the town of Bordeaux before the boat docks at the beautiful city of Cadillac. Afternoons are devoted to an excursion to the medieval castle Roquetaillade. This magnificent castle has been owned by the same family for generations and is still in operation including winemaking. The unique interior of the castle was restored in the 1800s by Viollet-le-Duc, and is currently part of France’s historic heritage. The tour continues to Cadillac. The town was originally established by GRAILLY family, then behaved Dukes of Épernon magnificent castles and reinforced the city with powerful fortifications, gates and water graves. Within the city walls we see the central square with its arched, old houses and church from the 15th century. The boat is docked in Cadillac overnight.
MONDAY 17. AUGUST Cadillac – Bordeaux B,L,D Breakfast and lunch on board while the boat heading back to Bordeaux. About after-dinner can be on a city tour by bus, past the city’s main landmarks, before we step foot into the old town. The excursion provides a good picture of the city’s many sides, from the 1920s broad avenues and the Grand Théâtre to the narrow alleys of Saint-Pierre.Precisely this span of architecture has helped to put Bordeaux UNESCO. Tonight you can happily dress up a little extra when it’s farewell dinner.
AUGUST Bordeaux – Norge B After breakfast we check out for public transport to airport and flight back to Norway.The excursions run with local English speaking guides; Headphones are included. highlights translated when necessary and when it is appropriate Depending on the number Norwegian guests may be opportunities to own bus which makes it easier for tour leader to translate. At some places we are trying to get Scandinavian speaking local guides it is possible.Minimum and maximum number of guests may occur.