Embarkation : Bordeaux 21 June 2020 20.00 hrs.
Disembarkation: St. Nazaire 29 June 2020 10.00 hrs.
Price: Euro 1150,-
In the southwest of France, close to 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!
Itinerary (subject to change, wind and weather):
June 21,2020 Daytime
You can choose to visit Bordeaux (prior to the ship's departure from Bordeaux on the 22nd of June in the morning) or book a tour of some of the region's most famous wineries, such as Medoc, St Emilion or Sauternes. On this date, Bordeaux also hosts the Bordeaux Wine Festival, an event that attracts many visitors from all over the world. For more information about this festival, please visit the website: https://www.bordeaux-wine-festival.com
Also worth a visit is the Cité du vin, the Guggenheim of Bordeaux.
While in Bordeaux, don't forget to taste the Canèles in a local pastry shop. These cakes are the symbol of Bordeaux. Canèles are linked to the wine history of this area, proteins were used in the production of wine and the winemakers gave the remaining egg yolks to the people of Bordeaux who made these famous cakes with them.
June 21, 2020 evening
The guests arrive at the Tallship Thalassa, moored in the port of Bordeaux, between 20.00 and 21.00 hrs. At that moment there is still an open ship until 23.00 hrs allowing the visitors of the Bordeaux Wine Festival to explore the ship before Thalassa leaves Bordeaux. Guests for the cruise are welcomed on board by the captain and his crew and can leave their luggage in their cabins.
The ship departs in the morning of June 22 to the first destination of this voyage: Pauillac.
June 22, 2020
The ship moors in Pauillac after a few hours of sailing. This municipality is world famous for its three premiers crus: Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Latour. In Pauillac, the estates of the Rothschild family are the main attraction.
This day an excursion is planned to the beautiful Château Cos d'Estournel: www.estournel.com.
A true immersion into the world of Cos d'Estournel takes place here. The tours are divided into three parts; after a thorough introduction to the vineyard (the heart of the expertise), guests will unravel the mysteries of the surprising wine cellars of Cos d'Estournel and finally end their visit with a wine tasting.
After this visit, a tour to a very small-scale winery is organized, a counterpart of the previously visited famous vineyard. Both visits are included in the price of this voyage.
June 23, 2020
The ship is moving to Royan. Royan has a large harbour with a beautiful seafront promenade, a favourite destination for holidaymakers. In Royan are also the villas from the Belle Epoque to admire. Very special are the oyster farms in La Tremblade. Possibly (number of participants permitting and submitted to an extra fee) an excursion is organized to a chateau where cognac, gin and rum are produced.
June 24, 2020
We set course for the beautiful port city of La Rochelle (50 nm) where we arrive after about 7 to 8 hours of sailing.
June 25, 2020
The guests can spend a day in La Rochelle. La Rochelle has a rich history. La Rochelle is a bike-friendly city (more than 200 km of cycle paths) with many places where bicycles can be rented. There is also plenty to do by foot, and at the Tourist Office you can find walking routes where you can explore this beautiful city. The old town around Les Halles (the old covered market from the 19th century) is worth a visit. The narrow streets with their arched vaults are special and make the city unique, it is pleasant walking and shopping here. The most important ancient streets are
- Rue des Merciers
- Rue Chaudrier
- Rue du Palais
- Rue du Minage
Sailing to Les Sables d`Olonne, about 4 to 5 hours of sailing.
Les Sables d'Olonne is said to have one of the most beautiful beaches in western France, at low tide you can walk meters on the beach before reaching the sea. The difference between low and high tide is enormous. Cozy boulevards with plenty of souvenir shops and charming restaurants will make your holiday complete.
Also visit Les Halles, a covered fresh market where the French can go for their vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and ,of course, cheeses. Also interesting is the Quartier de l’Île Penotte, a small part of town where the unsuspecting visitor passes by without being aware of it. The houses in this area are equipped with the most beautiful works of art, all made of shells.
June 27, 2020
The ship sails to the next destination: Île d’Yeu (anchor), we reach this island after about 5 to 6 hours of sailing.
The island of Île d’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 emphasize the impressive old castle of the island.
Transfer to St. Nazaire
Located on the Atlantic coast, St. Nazaire is known for its shipbuilding industry, the centre 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. On the coastal promenade, close to the city centre, you can relax in the charming 19th century residential areas. Famous wineries in the region are Château de Ventenac Minervois, Château Cabezac or Domaine du Somail.
June 29, 2020
After saying goodbye to the crew of the Thalassa, the guests disembark in the morning (after breakfast). “On se dit au revoir, et peut-être à une prochaine fois! “
Above mentioned prices are per person including all meals, drinks with meals (coffee. tea, milk and water), complete bed linen and towels, excluding all other drinks. The excursion planned on the 22nd of June is included in the price.
- all other non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (beer, wine and whisky);
- admission tickets for visits to various vineyards;
- additional excursions ashore or the rental of bicycles on site.
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