WINE CRUISE FRANCE
WINE CRUISE 2020
On board :Bordeaux 22 June 2020 10.00 hrs.
On board: St. Nazaire 29 June 2020 10.00 hrs.
Price: Euro 1050,-
In the southwest of France, on the Atlantic Ocean, the Gironde region has much to offer you. A mild climate with lots of sunshine. A wonderful place to relax and unwind aboard our comfortable tallship, possibly while enjoying a good glass of wine from one of the many wineries in this area. Sail with us and combine a beautiful cruise on board Thalassa with the good that France has to offer. Savoir vivre, that's the motto!
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CRUISING ISLANDS IN FRANCE
Cruise from St. Nazaire to Brest
Price per person: Euro 1500,-
You will board Tallship Thalassa at 14.00 hrs, moored in the harbour of St. Nazaire. You will be welcomed by the captain and the crew.
St. Nazaire, located on the Atlantic coast, is known for its shipbuilding industry, the center for the construction of oceanworthy ships. The Queen Mary II was built here. Also known as the city of twenty beaches, St. Nazaire offers a wide range of natural and cultural attractions.
After all guests have arrived, the ship departs from St Nazaire to Île de Yeu where you will arrive after about 5 hours of sailing.
The island of Île de Yeu was for a long time the most important port for tuna fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. On this island you will find beautiful natural landscapes, wild coasts with steep cliffs above which the impressive old castle of the island towers.
The ship sails from Ile de Yeu to the Gulf of Morbihan.
The Gulf of Morbihan (Mor Bihan is Breton for small sea) is a wave on the south side of Brittany, an inland sea of about 20 km wide that includes 40 islands. The Gulf of Morbihan is a protected nature reserve. Here and there a small harbour, a cove, an unspoilt piece of beach. Fauna and flora are found here in one of its most natural forms. No coincidence that the Gulf of Morbihan is very popular as a holiday destination.
Guests spend the day in the Gulf of Morbihan. There are two islands to visit (Île aux Moines and Île d'Arz), all the others are privately owned. Cars are taboo on these islands, you can walk and cycle undisturbed while enjoying the sea, the scents, the fishing cottages and the peace and quiet.
Île aux Moines and Île d'Arz: both islands are centrally located in the Gulf of Morbihan. The largest island is Île aux Moines, known for its mimosa, camellia and orange trees.
Île d'Arz is the smaller island of the two, but here, too, there are wonderful hiking and biking trails on the island. In the middle of the island you will find the picturesque town of Arz, where houses and cosy squares that are built close to each other give a beautiful view of Brittany.
The ship sets course for Belle Île, a sailing trip of about three hours. Upon arrival the guests will have plenty of time to visit the island. Belle Île (beautiful island) does justice to its name. A quiet destination, situated between beautiful beaches and spectacular cliffs, colourful harbours and green landscapes.
A crossing to Lorient is on the agenda. Lorient, city of art and history, famous for its maritime history. Lorient is known as a city full of attractions, modern, lively and hospitable.
In the morning the guests can still explore Lorient. In the afternoon the ship sets course to look around Ile de Groix, about two hours sailing. The island of Groix is a real natural wonder that can only be reached by ship, known for its minerals and tuna fishing. The island is home to many different species of seabirds. Île de Groix is best explored by bike or on foot,
The ship and her guests leave for Concarneaux (literally translated: Bay of Cornwall), a sailing trip of about 4 to 5 hours. Concarneaux is located where the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Bay of Biscay merge. Lovers of architecture and history can indulge themselves at the Gothic castle Chateau de Keriolet. The farmer's market Les Halles is also highly recommended. The importance of the port past of Concarneaux is illustrated by the hundreds of fishing boats moored at the quays and the busy fish market (from 06.30 in the morning). Concarneaux is now the most important tuna port in Europe.
We set course for Douarnenez, a longer sailing trip of 9-10 hours. Douarnenez is best known for its sardine catch and its connection with the sea. The quays with colourful facades that used to live to the rhythm of the fishing boats are now enlivened by cafés and restaurants with terraces. If you are interested in traditional ships, don't miss the Port Musée, which is located near Port-Rhu, the city's oldest port. Douarnenez is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches, of which the vast sandy Ris beach is the largest.
Guests spend a day in Douarnenez.
The journey continues in the direction of Brest. Brest is the second most important administrative city in Brittany and well worth a visit. The city suffered badly from the bombing of the second World War, but has rediscovered itself. Brest was recently named Ville d'art et d'histoire (city of art and history). Brest offers an extensive programme of visits and activities full of culture and heritage but also manages to surprise with numerous architectural pearls from the 20th and 20th century.
It is impossible to describe Brest without mentioning the commercial port. A walk along the very lively quay, Commander Malber, offers one of the best views of the city. The mythical schooner La Recouvrance is based here.
After saying goodbye to the other guests, the captain and the crew of Thalassa, the guests leave the ship at 10.00 a.m. at the latest.
The travel sum is inclusive:
- 10 overnight stays on board in a double cabin with private shower;
- all meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
- Non-alcoholic drinks with meals (coffee, tea, milk and water);
- all other non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (beer, wine and whisky);
- entry tickets or excursions ashore.
The sailing voyage begins and ends in France. You are responsible for arranging your own travel to France. This is NOT included in the price