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Honfleur, France

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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, A Taste of Normandy
Drive from Honfleur on a 45-minute scenic route to Deauville. The “Planches” a wooden plank promenade that runs the length of the beach, is the special characteristic of this famous sea resort. It is also the home of elegant buildings such as the Pompeian Baths and The Bar du Soleil where celebrities enjoy being seen. In Deauville, you will have an orientation tour of this delightful spot and have time at your leisure. Then you will discover local products by visiting a distillery: from the apple press continue through to the distillery with its bright copper stills and then on to the cellar where the Calvados ages in oak casks. You will be invited to sample the product at the tasting room and delight in the perfection of this outstanding brandy. Drive back to Honfleur.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $149
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4.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

concierge
Honfleur, Concierge Collection: Norman Cooking with Chef Brigitte
Meet your driver and drive toward Saint Etienne La Thillaye. There you will meet Brigitte Dumant, “your Chef” for your cooking lesson in her “Long House in the Marshes” (“La Longère des Marais”) isolated in the country.  Before starting your lesson, enjoy the company of your host and the charming atmosphere of her house. Play with the dog, discuss with our host, and enjoy la vie à la Française for half a day! Once ready, you will prepare three typical Norman dishes (starter, main course and dessert), before tasting and enjoying your meal in the garden if the weather permits.

Please note: There is no guide on this tour, Chef Dumant speaks fluent English with a charming French accent
Dietary restrictions can be accommodated: but must be made at least 72 hours prior to the tour. This tour is not available on May 31st.


price $289
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this full day option you can choose an itinerary of sites to see.

Please note: Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person).This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

 

price $1499
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this full day option you can choose an itinerary of sites to see.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person).This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

 

price $1699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary of sites to see.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

 

price $1200
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary of sites to see.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

 

price $1399
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10 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Impressionist Normandy: Giverny & Rouen
Departure from Honfleur for the 105-minute drive to Giverny. First enjoy a visit to Monet’s Museum. The house and gardens formerly owned by Monet are today a museum where reproductions of its famous works are displayed. The house, pink and green, also contains a collection of Japanese Prints he gathered. You will see the dining room with its yellow painted wooden furniture, the bedroom, the “blue” reading room and the kitchen with its attractive wall tiles. The adjacent flower garden, replanted according to the original designs of Monet is a spectacular array of color. The other side of the road is the water garden of Japanese inspiration. After the visit, you will have free lunch in a countryside restaurant. Experience some Norman specialties before heading to Rouen. In Rouen, you will enjoy a walking guided visit of the historical part of the town. The Old Market Place where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431, is lined by timber framed houses, the Modern Joan of Arc Church completed in 1979, the Gros Horloge Street and its belfry: a sculpted archway on which rests a 16th century Renaissance lodge decorated with clock faces still indicating the time of the day, the phases of the moon and the day of the week, the Law Courts seat of Normandy’s parliament, Saint Maclou Church and the Aitre Saint Maclou, and the cathedral built over several centuries (from the 12th to the 16th century) which shows Gothic architecture. Time at leisure will be allowed before driving back to Honfleur.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $279
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9.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Honfleur, Normandy & the D-Day Landing Beaches
You will board your motor coach for the 120-minute drive to Colleville-sur-Mer. The majority of the nearly 10,000 American soldiers killed at Omaha Beach are buried in this 170-acre cemetery on land given to the United States by France as a token of her gratitude. Here, 9,386 marble crosses and Stars of David are aligned on a plateau above the beach. A memorial contains the Tablets of the Missing, and a map outlines the battle sites of the Normandy beaches.  Next, you will proceed for a lunch accompanied by wine at La Chenevière. After lunch, your tour will continue with a visit to the Landing Museum. You will  visit the Arromanches Invasion Museum. This important museum was dedicated to the largest landing operation in history on June 6, 1944, when the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy to attack the German lines. During your visit, you will see films and models that re-create the entire operation along the D-Day beaches, and illustrate the logistical importance of Port Winston. A short distance offshore, remnants of the artificial port can still be seen. Following your visit, you will take the approximately 2-hour drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking over uneven ground and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary. Traffic conditions may affect the duration of this tour


price $299
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9.5 HRS

Moderately
easy
Honfleur, Paris Highlights
You will board your motor coach for the 3-hour drive to Paris.  When you arrive you will have an orientation tour aboard the coach with the main sites and monuments : You will have a whole day to discover this eternally romantic city and its boundless culture. When you see the Champs-Elysées, the modernity of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame (from the outside), the Gothic cathedral par excellence, you will understand why Paris is known the world over for its grandeur. You will also stop off in the famous Place de la Concorde, designed by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, where over a thousand people were guillotined, including Robespierre and Marie Antoinette. You will have free time for lunch on your own. You will enjoy as well an inside visit of St Eustache Church. On the way from Île de la Cité to the hill of Montmartre, near the walls of Philippe Auguste, a modest chapel was built in 1213; it became a parish church, dedicated to St. Eustache. The first stone of the present church was laid on August 19, 1532, under the reign of Francis the 1st, as the church had to be enlarged. Located in the historic district of Les Halles, Saint-Eustache is particularly distinguished by its dimensions, the great richness of the works of art it houses, and its impressive organ.

Please note: This timing is subject to traffic conditions going to and leaving Paris. Due to parking and traffic regulations in Paris, buses are not allowed at Ile de la Cite (Notre Dame Cathedral). All the sites mentioned could be seen in a different order

price $249
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Honfleur, Walking Honfleur
Leave the pier via shuttle bus. Your local guide will show you around this medieval gem during a walking tour along the boat-filled harbor front. Its quaint narrow houses were a favorite subject of Impressionist painters, including Claude Monet. Cobblestone streets will lead you to the fascinating and unique Saint-Catherine’s Church. The largest wooden church in France, St. Catherine’s dates from the 15th century. The roof is covered with chestnut shingles while the bell tower stands apart from the main church building to protect one or the other building from fire. After your tour take the shuttle bus back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible..


price $75
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St Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom



3 horus

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing
St. Peter Port, Castle Cornet Town Walk
Join your local guide on a tour to the center of the town of St Peter Port, which has a fascinating history. A busy port since Roman times, the deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France has made the town the Channel Islands’ premier port. It is a picturesque town with cobbled high streets and narrow alleys and regency buildings. From the harbor, you will see Castle Cornet, originally built on an island and now reachable by a raised walkway built in the 19th  century. Built on the site of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, the castle has been built, partially destroyed and rebuilt many times with Medieval, Tudor and World War 2 remains. The castle dates from the 13th  century when It began as a fortification against the French after the island decided to side with England following the loss of Normandy. It has been used as a garrison, arsenal and prison. Castle Cornet guards the entrance to Guernsey’s harbor and offered defense of the seaway between the islands of Herm, Jethou and Guernsey and towards Sark over many centuries.  See and hear the key highlights of the castle with your guide before spending some time in the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ exhibition, or exploring the castle and perhaps some of the  four small gardens within the castle walls - including the apothecary’s garden, kitchen garden and ornamental gardens. The castle contains a number of interesting museums including the Maritime Museum, the Story of Castle Cornet Museum, the 201 Squadron RAF (Guernsey's Own) Museum and the Militia Museum. After your visit to the castle, return with your guide or on your own to St Peter Port harbor and the ship.

Please note: Wear casual comfortable clothes and flat walking shoes. Bring rain protection.


price $79
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wildlife

sightseeing

boating
St. Peter Port, Guernsey By Powerboat
Experience the spectacular beauty and wildlife of Guernsey and nearby Herm in a unique and exciting new way during this unforgettable seascape expedition. Depart the pier for the brief walk to your awaiting custom-built, 12-passenger Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). After receiving your safety instructions, depart the pier for a unique, hour-long interactive experience that combines stunning scenery, breath-taking wildlife, intriguing history and professional commentary. From the dramatic cliffs, maritime heath-land, sheltered valleys, bluebell woods, and coves along the south coast to the long stretches of white-sand beaches, shingle banks, and sand dunes, Guernsey has it all. Enriched by the currents of the Gulf Stream that bring in vital nutrients, the waters around Guernsey and its neighboring islands support a wealth of enchanting bird- and marine-life. The Humps, situated to the north of Herm, is a nature reserve and protected breeding ground for auks, cormorants, seasonal seabirds and the rare peregrine falcons that grace its cliffs. Your tour will visit an historic island fort, a local colony of Atlantic Grey Seals and view rarely-seen puffins on the rocks and in the water (mid-March to end July only). Listen as your expert crew member explains some of the islands’ history as you marvel at the views.

Please note: Wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, non-slip footwear (no high-heels), and carry cameras in a suitable waterproof bag or pouch.


price $119
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3 horus

Strenuous

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
St. Peter Port, Guernsey Cliff Walk & Cream Tea
Board your coach and get dropped off at the top of a country lane for your coastal walk, making your way by foot to Moulin Huet, in the summer of 1883 the painter Auguste Renior spent many hours painting and enjoying the spectacular scenery from here. Jerbourg Peninsula is in the parish of St Martin and you’ll enjoy a walk admiring the wonderful views that Renior once did before following the windy cliff path passing by bird-watching hides, World War Two bunkers, a coastal kiosk, as well as Doyle column which was erected in honor of Sir John Doyle who was the former Governor of the island. This whole section of coastline is both a haven for seabirds and wildflowers and, as everywhere along Guernsey's cliffs, traces of ancient fortifications can also be found.  End your walk at the splendid Jerbourg Hotel for your Guernsey cream tea. As you admire the stunning views out across the coast to Jersey and France, it is easy to appreciate this premier establishment's superb location and the reason it is one of the Channel Island's most delightful Guernsey hotels. After you cream tea re-board your coach for the return journey back to the ship.

Please note: Wear casual comfortable clothes and flat walking shoes. Bring rain protection.


price $149
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3.45 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
St. Peter Port, Historic & Beautiful Guernsey
During the years 1940 - 1945 the Channel Islands were under German Occupation, during which time the Guernsey people endured great hardships.  For Adolf Hitler, possession of the Channel Islands was a first step towards invasion of mainland Britain and he issued orders for the permanent fortification of the Channel Islands.  Many of the massive concrete towers, gun emplacements and bunkers remain today as reminders of the 5 years of military occupation by the German Armed Forces.  Start your day with a panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey taking in the beautiful coastline, including rock cliffs and wild sandy bays, later a visit will also be made to the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world.  Continue to the south coast of the island and stop at the wild cliffs at Pleinmont Point for a photo stop. See the broad sandy bays of the and stunning views out to Rocquaine Bay, with the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay.Arrive at the unique La Valette Underground Museum which houses a mass of World War Two memorabilia from the German occupation of Guernsey. The museum also covers World War One, as well as the island's own militia. Set in a complex of air-conditioned tunnels that were built by German forces as a fuel storage facility for their U-Boats, the museum contains many excellent displays such as a life-size street, bunker rooms, an armory of weapons, communications equipment, local propaganda newspapers and a brief audio-visual introduction. The museum tells the story of the Channel Islands being occupied by the German's while giving a great insight into the life's of the islanders who lived and were affected during those times. Depart the museum and drive inland to visit the charming Little Chapel, the Chapel is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colorful pieces of broken china. Admire the quaintly fascinating building, built in 1914 to replicate the grotto at Lourdes before making the return journey back to the ship.

Please note: Wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, non-slip footwear (no high-heels).


price $109
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
St. Peter Port, Sausmarez Manor & Scenic Drive
You will be met at the ship and drive to the lovely Sausmarez Manor. Upon arrival visit the subtropical gardens which are the delightfully informal setting for the Manor's enviable collection of sculptures. Sausmarez is home to over 200 sculptures from over 90 international artists making it the largest display of sculptures for sale in Britain.  A huge variety of materials have been used, from bronze and stone to wire and wood.  Relax in this beautiful setting and appreciate the glorious art and wonderful array of rare and beautiful plants that flourish here. Next, take a guided tour of the Manor with one of the knowledgeable guides before departing for your scenic tour. Depart Sausmarez and begin a scenic drive across this lovely Channel Islands and follow a portion of the west coast of Guernsey to view this glorious coastline before returning to your ship.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary.


price $145
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Le Palais, Belle-Ile, France



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Le Palais, Belle Ile & Citadel
Belle Ile is the largest of all Breton islands with a coastline comprising cliffs, creeks and beaches, sloping gently down on the north side while presenting a wild face to the open sea. Le Palais, the small island’s capital is dominated by a star-shaped citadel built during the 16th century. You will have a guided tour through the citadel and then board your motor coach for the drive to Port Coton. En route see the Grand Phare (great lighthouse) from the coach and head on to the Pointe des Poulains, the Northern island cap, loved by the artist Sarah Bernhardt, with a passage at Kervilahouen, a peaceful inland village where the Impressionist Claude Monet spent numerous days, painting the same stretch of the nearby wild coast 36 times in all kinds of weather. Then you will reach Sauzon, a picturesque harbor over the entrance of a deep estuary, known for its colored facades. Drive back to Le Palais and walk from coach parking to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Coaches are not allowed in Sauzon and  requires a 10- minute walk one way (moderate with small slope). 


price $119
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3.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

wine

sightseeing

essentials
Le Palais, Belle Ile & Oyster Tasting at Castel Clara
The history of Brittany has always been tightly bound up with the sea, and  it is renowned for its fishing activity, but one should not forget the shellfish culture and moreover the oyster farming there. Brittany, which has long been the great production region for flat oysters, has now developed cupped oyster beds. There are considered to be a dozen of excellent types of Breton oysters. From Le Palais, Belle-Ile’s little capital, board your coach and leave for a short sightseeing tour of the island. Pass by Sauzon, a picturesque harbor over the entrance of a deep estuary, known for its colored facades. See the spectacular wild coast of Port Coton to admire its needles, pyramids of rocks worm-shaped by the ocean where foam may fly like cotton balls on stormy days. Then discover Breton gastronomy while sampling oysters with a glass of white wine at the famous Castel Clara restaurant, in the fresh sea air of Port Goulphar, one of the most delightful rocky coves of the island. On the way back, see the Grand Phare (lighthouse) from the coach and pass Kervilahouen, a peaceful inland village where the impressionist painter Claude Monet had its habits.. Once you have reached Le Palais, you will walk back to the pier.

Please note; No coaches are allowed in Le Palais so it is a 10-15 minute walk from the pier to coach parking (moderate walk with a slope). For disabled passengers only, mini-bus transfer from pier to coach parking and return is available. Guests will have to stand during oysters tasting. Sites may be seen in different order.Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $189
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4.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Le Palais, Discover the Eden Garden of Belle Ile
Leave Le Palais and drive to Port Coton. En route you will see the Grand Phare (”great lighthouse”) from the coach. Join the original Port Coton needles, pyramids of rocks worn and shaped by the ocean where foam may fly like cotton balls on stormy days. Head on to the Pointe des Poulains, the northern island cap, loved by the artist Sarah Bernhardt, with a passage through Kervilahouen, a peaceful inland village where the Impressionist Claude Monet spent numerous days, painting the same stretch of the nearby wild coast 36 times in all kind of weather. Then you will reach Sauzon, a picturesque harbor over the entrance of a deep estuary, known for its colored facades. Then reach the Eden Garden next to Sauzon. Brittany, and homeland of many explorers. It was the starting point of the most prestigious expeditions around the world, and is nowadays an ideal land for gardens as hundreds of varieties have been acclimatized since the 18th  century. Michel Damblant, the owner of the Eden Garden, will guide you, narrating as you discover his garden and the fantastic adventures of the most famous "plant explorers" of Brittany.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and casual, comfortable clothing.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

refreshments

walking
Le Palais, Hiking Port Jean
Leave the pier and reach Port Jean in about 15 minutes.  From there, follow your guide and enjoy a hike along the wild coast to Le Palais through “Port Jean,” “Port Quénenec,” and the “Pointe de Taillefer.” On the road, you will appreciate the coves and the turquoise water. Once back at Le Palais, enjoy a traditional crepe or cake with a glass of cider, a real treat after a nice hike on the rugged coasts of Belle Ile!

Please note: No coaches are allowed in Le Palais, and it is a 10-15 minute walk from pier to coach parking (moderate walk with a slope). This tour is not advised to mobility impaired guests. As it is a hiking tour not a walking tour wear hiking shoes and clothing.

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price $115
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2.75 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Le Palais, Panoramic Belle Ile
Belle Ile, “la bien nommée,” is the largest of all Breton islands with a coastline comprising cliffs, creeks and beaches, sloping gently down on the north side while presenting a wild face to the open sea. Le Palais, the small island’s capital is dominated by a star-shaped citadel built during the 16th  century. You will leave Le Palais and drive to Port Coton. En route see the Grand Phare (”great lighthouse”) from the coach. Join the original Port Coton needles, pyramids of rocks worn and shaped by the ocean where foam may fly like cotton balls on stormy days. Head on to the Pointe des Poulains, the northern island cap, loved by the artist Sarah Bernhardt, with a passage through Kervilahouen, a peaceful inland village where the Impressionist Claude Monet spent numerous days, painting the same stretch of the nearby wild coast 36 times in all kind of weather. Then you will reach Sauzon, a picturesque harbor over the entrance of a deep estuary, known for its colored facades.

Please note: No coaches are allowed in Le Palais, and it is a 10-15 minute walk from pier to coach parking (moderate walk with a slope). For disabled passengers only, mini-bus transfer from pier to coach parking and return s available. Coaches are not allowed in Sauzon, and involves a 10- minute walk one way (moderate with small slope). Guests should be warned about walking, low doorways and some narrows ways. Sites may be seen in different order.


price $99
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Bassens (Bordeaux), France



5 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

culture

concierge
Bassens, Concierge Collection: Food & Wine pairing dinner at Château de Ferrand
Located in the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, Château de Ferrand is an enchanting 17th-century château surrounded by vines and overlooking the Dordogne Valley. It is a rare jewel that has become accessible to the public. The Château was built during the reign of Louis XIV. It was purchased by Baron Bich in 1978 and it is now the property of his children. Baron Bich is world famous for its ballpoint pen sold all over the planet, as well as its disposable razors and lighters. The function room and wine cellars have been elegantly and stylishly refurbished by a renowned Italian designer. The estate’s wines have been a leading light among the great Bordeaux wine estates for 300 years. In 2012 Ferrand won deserved recognition for the unanimously acclaimed quality of its wines when the estate was awarded Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé status. This ranking also rewards châteaux that have been able to develop their architectural heritage and make it available to wine-lovers. Ferrand has fully restored winemaking facilities and a unique function/tasting room. Everything here is designed to appeal to wine-lovers, wine professionals and visitors from all horizons. Tasting sessions are given by a sommelier, while the accompanying cuisine is refined and always perfectly matched to the range of vintages on offer. For food-lovers who are hungry to learn, you will participate in a Workshop-Menus combining useful tips with pleasurable culinary experiences. This workshop comes in the form of entertaining lessons to further your knowledge of wine, and also include a delicious dinner at the Château estate. Can you find the perfect pairing conjured up by the Château de Ferrand sommelier and the local Chef? After a private tour of the estate and its cellars, you will enjoy 4 dishes and 4 vintages of Château de Ferrand. Taste, savor, compare – see what you think – while the sommelier explains the secret of food & wine pairing! A unique experience that will awaken your senses. This workshop-menu will end with a “Café Gourmand” dessert.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended as well as a warm garment.  Some of the walk is difficult on steep cobblestone streets  and not recommended for people with mobility issues. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to participate on this tour.


price $299
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2 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

concierge
Bassens, Concierge Collection: Helicopter Adventure Over The Medoc Vineyards & St. Emilion
Savor extraordinary views over the Medoc, Gironde River, and Saint Emilon landscape with this helicopter flight adventure, available only to a limited number of guests. Departing the pier aboard your air-conditioned vehicle, enjoy your 30-minute journey to the Bordeaux airport where you will board your helicopter. From the air, discover the Medoc country and its villages which have given their names to the famous Medoc wines: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Pauillac,  and Saint Estephe. Also discover the world leading Chateau estates within this region: Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. On the other side of the River Gironde, admire the UNESCO classified hilly landscape of the Saint Emilion region.

Please note: Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes and warm clothing.


price $1299
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note: Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1199
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1299
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $899
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wine

culture

unesco

essentials
Bassens, Panoramic Bordeaux & Its New Wine Museum
Depart from the pier with your coach and enjoy first a panoramic drive of UNESCO Bordeaux, the world wine capital city, before heading to its New Museum dedicated to the Wine culture. La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilizations. At first sight, the architecture of the building is a place filled with symbols of identity: the knotted vine stocks, wine turning in the glass, the swirls and eddies of the Garonne river. Each and every architectural detail evokes liquid elements and the very soul of wine. The bold architectural design by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from is impressive for its shape and curves, as well as its ever-changing reflections depending on the season, the day or the time. You will take a tour, a journey through time and space to discover wine in its universal, heritage, civilizational and cultural dimensions. Whether mythical, sacred, religious or magical, experience the culture of wine as it has shaped mankind and the way we live, which has been a source of inspiration in both past and present. Throughout your visit you will be guided by the travel companion, an innovative and technological tool available in 8 languages, helping you to explore the circuit at your own pace and adapted to your own profile. The final phase of the journey will take you up to the Belvedere of La Cité du Vin where you can take in a 360° view of the city, a unique panorama to enjoy while sipping a glass of wine from one of the great vineyards of the world.
 
Please note: Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes. Heels are not recommended. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in wine tasting.
 

price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Prehistoric Pair-non-Pair Cave & Guided Tour of Bourg
History-lovers, this half-day tour is for you! Departing from Bordeaux, you will head towards the countryside around Bourg-sur-Gironde village. First, stop to discover one of the oldest decorated caves in the world at Pair-non-Pair. Occupied for 60,000 years, the cave has given up 15,000 tools and 6,000 bones from 60 animal species, sources of information on the evolution of the human race also the climate and the environment. The site is both moving evidence of man's artistic awakening and a major focus of scientific research, it became the first cave to be classified as a historical monument. After this plunge into prehistoric times, you will enjoy a short transfer to Bourg-sur-Gironde for a guided walking tour of this charming village facing the Gironde estuary. Situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architecture. Your walking tour will follow picturesque alleyways down to the harbor via the Porte de Mer and the King’s stairway, as well as the upper town. Visit the Horse-Carriage Museum and the World War II Petrol Cistern. The Carriage Museum presents a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Learn the secrets of the history of transport and travelers! An underground confidential passageway dating from the 16th century will lead you to the entrance of the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. No picture taking is allowed in the prehistoric cave nor at 
the petrol cisterns.


price $149
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Unesco Classified Bordeaux Panoramic & Walking Tour
You will depart by motor coach from the pier for both a panoramic drive and walking tour of the UNESCO-classified city of Bordeaux. You will view the WWII German submarine base, the Chartrons Riverfront where the wine trade was started, the 18th century Place de la Bourse, the  15th century Cailhau Gate and the  14th century Big Bell.  You will stop at the 18th century Palais Rohan , now the City Hall, and walk to the 13th century Cathedral of St. Andrew, where Alienor d'Aquitaine married Louis VII. You will be able to go inside if there is no Mass celebration going on. You will re-board your motor coach and  drive through Gambetta and Tourny Squares. Stop at the nearby  Grand Theatre, built by Victor Louis in 1773, one of the most beautiful in Europe and a pure work of art. After you have strolled through the Old Bordeaux area with the Parlement and St. Pierre Squares the motor coach will bring you back to the ship. On the way back, you will see the monument to the Girondins of the French Revolution at the Quinconces Square.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $64
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Le Verdon, France



7.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Full Day Bordeaux on Your Own
On your way to Bordeaux, you will drive along the famous  “Route des Châteaux,” the Medoc wine Chateau road, which is located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes Forest, and provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see. Medoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region’s famous châteaux produce wines that are nothing short of divine ... Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name). Upon arrival in Bordeaux, before being on your own for a few hours in town, enjoy a short orientation city drive concluding close by the Quinconces Square and Allées de Tourny which will be the drop-off and re-boarding point of your coach. Enjoy yourself shopping, lunching on your own, discovering more about the history of the city, visiting the Museums, or just strolling around. The tour will then conclude with a transfer drive to your ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes.


price $129
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

sightseeing

wine

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Full Day in Medoc & Bordeaux with Lunch
Departure south to the Médoc vineyards, driving along the famous Route des Châteaux, providing magnificent views of vine-covered rises as far as the eye can see. Médoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region’s famous chateaux produce wines that are nothing short of divine: Moulis, Listrac, St. Julien, St. Estèphe, Pauillac, Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name). You will visit the cellars of a famous château such as Giscours, Kirwan, Gruaud Larose, Lascombes, Lynch Bages, or Branaire Ducru… among many others! You will hear the techniques of wine making and you will be shown around the cellars before a wine tasting of two recent vintages. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will enjoy a short panoramic tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site driving by some of its highlights: The WWII German submarine base, Place de la Bourse (18th  century), the River Front (18th), the Cailhau Gate (15th), the “Grosse Cloche,” from the English period, former belfry of the town hall in the Middle Ages (14th), view on the Cathedral of St André (13th), the Gambetta Square, the Grand Theatre built by Victor Louis in 1773 (one of the most beautiful Opera Houses in Europe and a pure work of Art from the 18th century). Lunch will be served in a local French brasserie style restaurant, followed by an optional guided walking tour in the old district, and some free time in the pedestrian and shopping area. The tour will then conclude with the transfer drive back to your ship.

Please note: Tasting of wines at estates & restaurants – must be 21 years old to participate. The order of sights visited may vary. There will be steps to get to the chateau cellar. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $199
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

dining

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Full Day in Medoc with Loic Siri & Lunch
Depart from the ship for an exclusive wine connoisseur day in the Medoc vineyards! Your guide during this special day will be a famous Bordeaux wine blogger, Loïc Siri, also a winegrower in the Medoc vineyards. You will have a 75-minute panoramic drive along the famous "Route des Châteaux" (the wine chateaux road). The Medoc peninsula stretches from the Atlantic coast to the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux. Despite being extensive, the grape-growing area itself occupies only 20% of the land in a narrow strip along the estuary, the rest being made up of forests. First stop at a classified wine estate in the St Julien or Pauillac wine district. During your guided tour you will discover the cellars and wine making secrets of the château. Proceed to the tasting room where you will enjoy a tasting of 2 wines from the estate. Time for lunch! Stop at Relais & Chateau Restaurant Cordeillan-Bages, on Château Lynch-Bages estate, in the heart of the Medoc vineyards, a hedonists' delight where land and sea overlap! Every table at the Cordeillan-Bages restaurant offers a unique atmosphere. Its spacious and minimalistic décor is enhanced with paintings by artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Antoni Tàpies, Tan Swie Han. The dining room offers bright openings onto the terrace and vineyard. Allowing a glimpse of the wine cellar, the adjacent tasting room, provides an intimate setting for a small gathering. Its connecting garden terrace overlooks the 17th century turrets of the "chartreuse." The local produce has turned the venue into a gastronomic mecca. After lunch, continue your drive along the wine Chateau road and enjoy a photostop at one of those splendid architectural and wine-making wonders, such as Château Château Margaux. And then your last stop will be in the Margaux district with a visit to the cellars of a classified wine estate, before a tasting of 2 wines from the estate to end your beautiful day! Your coach will then take you back to your ship.

Please note: Tasting of wines at estates & restaurants – must be 21 years old to participate. The order of sights visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $399
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note: Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1399
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note: Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1199
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

refreshments

essentials
Le Verdon to Bassens, Medoc Vinyards
The ship will pause in Le Verdon today, located at the mouth of the Gironde estuary, to drop off guests ashore for an exploration in the heart of the Medoc vineyard region. Your first visit will lead to one of the few 1855 Classified Great Growth Château at Chateau Lagrange or Chateau La Tour Carnet, or similar. There, you will be introduced to the techniques of wine making during the visit of the tank and barrel cellars, and before a wine tasting of two wines from the estate. Continue your journey along the Wine Château Road through the Medoc vineyards. Next stop is at the Château Lamothe-Bergeron Winery in the Haut-Medoc vineyards. Deemed to be one of the leading Cru Bourgeois Superior Wines of the 19th century, Lamothe-Bergeron has always been a benchmark Haut-Medoc wine. The estate’s history began with Jacques de Bergeron: the enlightened scientist acquired the estate in 1773. After a year of renovation, this 19th century castle receives visitors for a unique experience in the Bordeaux wine region. After the tour of the cellars and of the estate, you will enter the 19th century fairytale castle to enjoy another private tasting of 3 vintages of Château Lamothe-Bergeron paired with appetizers. Rejoin the coach traveling down the famous Chateaux Wine Route viewing magnificent estates on both sides of the road; each one more beautiful and elegant than the other. Reflect on the many treasures discovered today with fellow passengers as the coach returns to the repositioned ship now docked in Bordeaux-Bassens port.

Please note: There will be steps and stairs inside cellars. Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes. Must be 21 years of age to participate in tastings.


price $129
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Bassens (Bordeaux), France



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

wine

culture

unesco

concierge
Bassens, Concierge Collection: Cooking Class at Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret
French Cuisine and its culture were classified as UNESCO World Heritage Culture in 2010. Learn the secrets of its cuisine during a special cooking class at Château AmbeTour Pourret, followed by on-site lunch. When you arrive at Château Ambe Tour Pourret, you will first enjoy a visit to the cellars, followed by a wine tasting. Then, under the Chef’s guidance, you will have the unique experience of concocting and tasting regional dishes paired with the château’s wines. During this class, the instructor will share with you the secrets of French traditional cuisine. Centered on a specific seasonal product or ingredient, each themed class is your chance to practice the professional techniques that will make it possible for you to reproduce the recipes at home. You will participate in a hands-on class with preparation of a starter, a main course and dessert. You will relax and savor the fruit of your labors during an on-site tasting of the dishes cooked, paired with some wines and coffee.

Please note:  English-speaking cooking class provided. The tour guide is present all during the cooking class and lunch for any assistance but the tour guide is not participating in the class. Pre-booking required for this tour. Minimum participation must be reached one month prior to the class.


price $379
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  UNESCO site of Bordeaux, UNESCO classified village and vineyard of St. Emilion and Pessac-Leognan Vineyards.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $899
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

wine

essentials
Bassens, St. Emilion Vineyards & Villiage
There can be no better place to start a visit to this attractive region than Saint Emilion, heartland of the merlot grape, which produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the "hill with a thousand châteaux," reach right up to Saint Emilion's 13th century town walls and surrounding moat dug out of solid rock.  You will stop at one of the nearby wine chateaux and will learn the techniques of wine making during your visit to their cellar and enjoy a wine tasting. Arriving in the village, your guide will take you for a walking tour to see the main attractions: the Collegiale Church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the Ramparts, the Market Place, and the Monolithic Church. Strolling in the streets, you will also see the Cadene Gate and the King's Tower. Then, you will have some time at leisure for exploring the village on your own.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended as well as a warm garment.  Some of the walk is difficult on steep cobblestone streets  and not recommended for people with mobility issues.


price $119
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3 HRS

Moderate

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Bassens, The Essential Experience: UNESCO Bordeaux & Wine Tasting
Depart by coach from the ship for a panoramic drive of Bordeaux, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. This distinction recognizes the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux's architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remains remarkably well-preserved. Discover the city’s major highlights : the Chartrons Riverfront where the wine trade started, L’Esplanade des Quinconces  which is one of Europe’s largest squares with its column commemorating the French Revolution, the 18th century Place de la Bourse, the Cailhau Gate (15th century), the Big Bell (14th century), the Palais Rohan (18th century) now the City Hall, the St Andrew Cathedral (13th century ) where Alienor d'Aquitaine married Louis VII and the Grand Theatre (18th century), the Bordeaux Opera built by Victor Louis in 1773. Then, to continue your discovery of Bordeaux’s history and culture, you will drive to a nearby vineyard surrounding Bordeaux  and highlighting its really famous heritage: the wine culture. You will stop at one of the prestigious estates to visit their cellars, be introduced to the art of wine making and enjoy a wine tasting before heading back to your ship.

Please note: The order of sights visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.


price $79
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Bilbao, Spain



5.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

horseback

sightseeing

essentials
Bilbao, Beach & Medieval Village By Horseback
Enjoy a horseback beach trail riding with kindred adventurers only a few miles away from the Port of Bilbao. The area offers almost 124 miles (200 km) of white sandy beaches, one after the other, coves hidden amidst cliffs, marshlands, estuaries, and dunes. Stunning landscapes where the sea blends with the mountains, make the whole area a paradise of contrasts waiting to be discovered.  Equestrian tourism is an enjoyable, original, different way to discover the land. The activity is planned to be developed in small groups according to each rider’s skills. Castro Urdiales - also known as Flavióbriga after the Roman settlement which stood here, has all the charm of a small seafaring and fishing village, with a rich tradition and tourist atmosphere. The town center, with its characteristic houses with wooden rows of balconies, is medieval in origin and earned recognition as a Historic Site in 1978. Its main monuments, of different styles and periods, contrast with the sobriety of the old village, formed by narrow streets which are perfect for strolling through. The buildings of the church of Santa María, from the 13th to the 15th centuries, the most significant example of Cantabria's Gothic architecture, and the castle-lighthouse, visible from all parts of town, are the most representative sights in Castro Urdiales (outside visit of both monuments).

Please note: Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and boots. You will be provided with a riding hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $159
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1199
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.
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Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1399
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum & The Old Town
You will board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive along the estuary, passing through Bilbao's industrial outskirts en route to the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art. Travel down the Gran Via, which reflects Bilbao's 19th  century mining and industrial prosperity, to the heart of the city, passing the Arriaga Theater and the Arenal Bridge. You can’t miss this brilliant, curvaceous masterpiece of flowing titanium and limestone. The organic form gives a nod to Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes, sails and fish scales. Explore the Guggenheim's changing exhibits of modern art from its vast collection. Afterwards, you’ll have time to visit the gift shop for souvenirs of this amazing museum before re-boarding your motor coach for your next stop. Located on the right bank of the Nervionyou will see  Bilbao's Casco Viejo or the Old Quarter. You’ll stop at St. Nicolas Church for a photo opportunity followed by time on your own at Plaza Nueva Square’s surroundings. Then, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter visiting the main highlights or use your time to go shopping. Many of the streets are pedestrian only. Stroll past the 14th  century Gothic Cathedral, a stop for pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela, see the Arriaga Theatre, the Plaza Nueva and the Bilbao River, which separates the old and the new city.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $899
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture
Bilbao, Old Quarter with Tapas Sampling
Leisure and culture fuse to embrace the unmistakable Basque flavour. Pintxos are a truly Basque delight you can enjoy, exploring the culinary secrets or just mingling in the hustle and bustle of the streets. You will take a guided visit to the old quarter, a perfect place for strolling a series of shops, bars, restaurants and squares. The narrow streets of Bilbao's Old Town or Casco Viejo give off an age-old atmosphere. This historical corner, rebuilt after the 1983 floods, is one of the most alive and dearly loved areas of a city which is full of contrasts. Divided into smaller groups or with a maximum of 30 people, each group will be escorted by an English speaking guide.  You will enjoy a Tapas tour and have the opportunity of tasting the delicious “pintxos.”  This is the name used for the local tapas, which are small portions of elaborate dishes, a very traditional way of enjoying dinner in Bilbao.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture
Bilbao, Pintxos Cooking Class
Pintxos are a truly Basque delight you can enjoy with company, exploring their culinary secrets or just mingling in the hustle and bustle of the streets. Are you still feeling a bit peckish? Well then, learn how to prepare them yourself with the help of the very best chefs, and surprise your friends preparing these bite-sized gems in your own home. You will learn how to invent your own culinary creations with great tips from top experts.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $169
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8.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

wine

walking
Bilbao, Rioja Region: Wine and History Among the Vineyards
Travel from the port of Bilbao to the inland of Rioja wine region for a unique experience  for food and wine enthusiasts. Since 1991, the Rioja wine region has qualified as a Denominación de Origen Calificada (Spain’s highest category). It is divided into three sub-regions, producing different types of wines, Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja y Rioja Alavesa (Basque Rioja). Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), still sits on its original site in the Barrio de la Estación in Haro, home of the Rioja Alta wineries. It is a land known for producing fine, elegant wines with moderate alcohol content which you will have the opportunity to taste. This tour will include the perfect combination of visiting the CVNE winery in Haro and then lunch at a local restaurant. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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8.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Bilbao, San Sebastian & Hondarribia
San  Sebastian or Donostia, was made popular in 1886 by Queen Regent Maria Cristina and has been popular with Spanish aristocracy ever since. It is now a relaxed family resort and home of the International Film Festival every September. As you tour the modern part of the city , you will have the opportunity to see several buildings of enormous architectural and historical interest including the Cathedral of Buen Pastor and the Town Hall. The Palace and Gardens of Miramar, built by Queen Maria Cristina, the Theater and the luxury hotel named after the Queen will be all pointed out by your guide. At Mount Igeldo Viewpoint, you can admire the city´s picture-postcard setting and its oyster-shaped bay of La Concha. The Old Town is full of character and a perfect place for strolling  the shops, bars restaurants and squares. The city has been burnt to the ground 12 times in its history, however one street was not destroyed by the fire of 1813 and contains some the oldest buildings in the city including the Church of San Vicente. Your tour will be rounded off with a short visit to Hondarribia, near the French border. This delightful town is divided into  two parts – the upper town is the Medieval District where small alleyways contain old houses with carved eaves and wonderful balconies. A brief walking tour in the medieval town will take you to the historic Parador, a wonderful medieval building – once a defender tower against invasions from France and now , an atmospheric hot spot. Lunch will be included on this tour to enhance the experience of the Basque country cuisine.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $219
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Porto, Portugal



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Half Day Private Car with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note:  Capacity: 2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person).The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible. The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Half Day Private Van with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note: Capacity: 2 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible.  The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites.

price $599
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking
Porto Lexio, Historic Guimaraes
Portugal’s first capital of Guimarães cradles a wealth of magnificent buildings, a rich legacy of its glorious past. You will take a 1-hour drive of 34 miles to this magnificent city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture in 2012. You will visit the medieval King’s Castle and 15th century Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture and porcelain. While strolling on your walking tour past the Old Town’s quiet alcoves and along its narrow streets, you will glimpse an imposing former manor house, a 10th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Customs Tower emblazoned with the slogan “Portugal was born here.” Nearby is stately Guimarães Castle. You will have free time to explore on your own or relax in town. Shortly thereafter, you will return to the ship.

Please note: Comfortable shoes are recommended as you will have to walk approximately ¾ of a mile along cobbled and uneven surfaces in Guimarães.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. This excursion is not suitable for guests who have mobility issues, use canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. 


price $99
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

essentials
Porto Lexio, Historic Oporto by Tuk Tuk
Discover Oporto, Matosinhos, and Vila Nova de Gaia in a unique way - on board an electric tricycle called a "Tuk Tuk" in Thailand. Your tour will start with a panoramic drive along the Matosinhos seaside road toward the mouth of the Douro River and the right river bank. Your first stop will be at the Lello Bookshop of Gothic inspiration founded in 1904, in the center of which stands the carved wooden staircase that inspired a scene from Harry Potter. In the heart of the city you will walk to the 18th century Baroque-style Clérigos Tower. Ride to the Sao Bento Train Station built in the early 20th century, famous for its tiles; and to the 12th century Cathedral, one of the oldest monuments in Oporto.  Cross the King Luís I Bridge, a metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 646 feet was the longest of its type in the world. You will stop at the beautiful Serra do Pilar Monastery with its exceptional view over the Douro and Oporto. Back aboard your Tuk Tuk you will return to Oporto passing by Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, and the famous 1920s neo-classical style "Café Majestic." Enjoy your panoramic drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 


price $105
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

sightseeing

boating
Porto Lexio, Oporto & River Cruise with Wine Tasting
Oporto, once a mercantile city connected to the port wine trade, stands quite variegated architecturally with medieval as well as modern living side by side. As you head to the city center you will pass by Foz, an exclusive and cosmopolitan waterfront district. Enjoy the view of the iconic Cristal Palace and the 18th century Clerigos Tower,  the highest point of the town at 245 feet. Continue past Aliados Avenue towards the cathedral, originally a 12th  century Romanesque building adorned by some of the greatest Portuguese artists.  You will then proceed to Ribeira, the city’s most characteristic district. Here you will board one of the traditional boats.  In the past the boats sailing the Douro River used to carry port wine barrels from the wineries to the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. As you cruise along the Douro passing beneath some of the many bridges connecting the two parts of the city,  you will admire wonderful views of the historic district with its narrow streets, houses and buildings that slope picturesquely down toward the riverbanks. Following the cruise visit to one of the famous port wine cellars on Vila Nova de Gaia, where you will learn about Oporto’s wine history and taste local snacks, accompanied by excellent port wines before returning to the ship.

Please note:  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


price $145
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

culture

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Riverfront Tram Ride
Board your motor coach for the 30-minute ride to Passeio Alegre, a lovely garden that graces the point where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here you will board the tram, which dates from the early 20th century, for a memorable ride along the riverfront. Take in the beautiful views and discover old sections of the town that offer a glimpse into the past, when fishermen predominately lived here. During the ride you will sample some wine and aperitifs.  The next part of your outing will take place in the medieval Porto-Ribeira Quarter. A walk through the enchanting streets will give you an intimate look at this historic part of town, before taking advantage of free time to wander this intriguing area on your own. Be sure to notice the 19th century iron bridges in the distance and the traditional Rabelo boats clustered around the pier. They were once used to transport casks of port wine from the Douro Valley to the cellars in Gaia. Fascinating sights continue to unfold as you travel back to your yacht through the heart of the city, a panoramic drive that will reveal how Oporto developed into a modern town while still honoring its past.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Lisbon, Portugal



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $429
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $549
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3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Highlights with Transfer to Airport
Lisbon is a city of contrasts, where modern trends merge with ancient ones, accentuating Lisbon’s variety and intensity of color. Your sightseeing tour will pass by Commerce Square thought by many to be the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy a short walk along the pedestrian area of Augusta Street that connects the Commerce Square to Rossio with some free time at your leisure.   You will continue along Liberty Avenue a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens and known for its unique black and white mosaics on the sidewalks on the way to Marquês de Pombal Square. Take a photostop at Edward VII’s. The highlight of your visit is the church of the Jeronimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture, widely acknowledged to be the finest sight in Lisbon, built in the 16th century. Nearby, you will see the lavishly decorated Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. On the way to the airport, you will see, stretching across the Tagus River, the April 25th Bridge, sister to the Golden Gate, and the towering Christ the King statue on the far side.

Please note: This tour is only for guests who have a flight later than 2:00 p.m. or an overnight stay in Lisbon. This tour includes transport in a private bus and a qualified English-speaking guide. We recommend respectful clothes when visiting religious sites. Visit to the Jeronimos Monastery Church is conditional due to religious ceremonies that may happen without prior notice. On Sunday mornings Jeronimos Monastery Church is closed to visitors. There will be an exterior visit and a photostop at Belem Tower. On Mondays, when Jerónimos Monastery is closed there will be an exterior visit only as well as a photostop at Belem Tower. Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered. During the visit to Jeronimos Monastery Church headsets will be used.


price $89
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4.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Lisbon, Majestic Sintras & Cascais With Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your motor coach and English-speaking guide will take you via the beautiful coastal road bordering the River Tagus, driving through the fashionable resort of Estoril - the home of several international royal exiles during the Second World War – to the lively scenic village of Cascais.  Here you will have some time to wonder around its plaza and enjoy its colorful setting of seaside café terraces, small shops, and sailboats. For six centuries Sintra was the favorite summer residence of the kings of Portugal, who were attracted by the cool climate and the lush beauty of the town’s setting.  Writers and poets in general – Lord Byron, Alfred Tennyson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Isaac Bashevis Singer chose Sintra as a preferred destination. The tall conical chimneys of the National Palace and the fabulous Pena Palace, are two unmistakable landmarks of this area. You will have the opportunity to taste local pastry in one of the cafés in Sintra before free time to explore this town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Return back to your Windstar Hotel in Lisbon.
                                                        
Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.


price $109
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