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Biarritz & Bordeaux Cruise

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Save £300 per person on selected cabin upgrades when you book on or before 7th April 2020 -  if booking online discount will be applied post booking.

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(Tour code: BIR20)

Swap the sea for two of France’s most scenic rivers

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years, then swap the sea for two of France's most scenic rivers and cruise through one of Europe's famous wine regions. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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

Biarritz & Bordeaux Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 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 join the TGV service right through to Biarritz, checking into the 4-Star Mercure Biarritz Centre Plaza Hotel on arrival.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Biarritz

Uncovering Biarritz

Your first full 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.

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

La Rhune Mountain Railway

On today's excursion, travel by coach to Col de Saint-Ignace and connect with the superb Petit Train de la Rhune. This classic rack-and-pinion railway takes you through the dramatic Atlantic Pyrenees in lovingly restored wooden carriages - overcoming a height difference of 2,415 feet during the journey. Before long you'll 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 views over the Bay of Biscay. Continue by coach to the lively fishing port of St Jean de 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. Otherwise, the medieval centre is a delight to wander around. A three-course lunch with wine is included at a local restaurant before you return to Biarritz.

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

Five-Star cruise

Following breakfast in the hotel, make your 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Pauillac

Wines of Médoc

This morning cruise into the scenic Gironde Estuary and moor in Pauillac. Following lunch on board, visit the renowned Médoc wine region on an included excursion. Follow the famous Châteaux Route, with views of the area's noted stately homes, including the spectacular château of Lafite-Rothschild.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Blaye

Route de la Corniche Fleurie or Blaye

Spend a leisurely morning cruising further into the Gironde Estuary, passing ancient Troglodyte dwellings and Meschers-sur-Gironde. Arrive in Blaye this afternoon, starting point for an afternoon of possible excursions. Your first option is a trip along the Route de la Corniche and a visit to the walled village of Bourg. Otherwise you could choose to take a tour of Blaye Citadel, including a tasting of local specialities.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 St Emilion
St Emilion

Libourne & St Emilon

Early this morning leave Blaye and join the peaceful Dordogne River on the way to the wine town of Libourne. Disembarking, travel to St Emilion for a guided tour before visiting the exceptional Troglodyte cave of St Emilion himself. You'll then call at a family-run vineyard for a tasting of the popular regional wine. Arrive in Cadillac on Day 8 for a tour of the Roquetaillade Chateau.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Bordeaux


Following a leisurely morning on board, this afternoon we arrive back in Bordeaux, a beautiful city brimming with 18th century grandeur. We take a guided city tour for a deeper insight into Bordeaux and its history. Back on board this evening, sit down to a gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Eurostar

Return to London

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

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Escorted by a UK Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 6-night cruise
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Journey on La Rhune Mountain Railway
  • Excursion to St Jean-de-Luz
  • Free time in Biarritz
  • Tours of Bordeaux and Cadillac
  • The Gironde Estuary, Médoc, Libourne and St Emilion
  • Unique flexible excursions: The Route de la Corniche or underground tour of Blaye Citadel
  • Visit to Roquetaillade Chateau

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Biarritz & Bordeaux Cruise

Swap the sea for two of France’s most scenic rivers


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