Silversea Luxury Cruises To Saint Malo (Brittany)

Ship sails flutter in the breeze at the natural port of Saint-Malo - a historic and resilient walled city which watches out over golden sands and island fortresses. Strung tenuously to the mainland Saint Malo was the historic home of a rowdy mix of skilled sailors and new world explorers - as well as the plunderers who earned the place its 'Pirate City' title. Explore streets that breathe with maritime tales and medieval charm - restored from the intense damage sustained during the Second World War. View more

Cathédrale de St Malo rises above the tight paths offering views of the peppered islands and fortifications. Boatloads of fresh oysters and scallops are heaved ashore - savour them or grab savoury crepes galettes stuffed with cheese and ham. Wash Saint Malo's foods down with a Brittany cider which challenges wine as the indulgence of choice in these parts. A highly tidal region the pocket-sized islands of Petit Bé and Grand Bé join the mainland and you can explore at leisure as the tide recedes. The incredible island of Mont Saint Michel also looms in the estuary of the Couesnon River nearby hovering like a cinematic mirage above high tide’s waters. Elsewhere Cap Fréhel's lush green peninsula juts out from the emerald coast towards Jersey tempting with rich coastal hiking trails.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Land programmes in Saint Malo (Brittany)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure Chateaux de La Loire

An UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural abundance of châteaux, the exquisite Loire Valley is renowned for its spectacular natural and architectural heritage, and as the cradle of French Royal history. Discover why during a two-night journey to the most beautiful château estates and gardens in the region. After disembarking the ship, a coach-ride takes you to Villandry. En route, pass through the Loire Valley. Upon arrival in Villandry, enjoy lunch at the restaurant of Chateau Villandry before visiting the Gardens of the Château. One of the last great chateaux, it was built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. Hop on your coach and drive toward your Hotel Chateau d'Artigny, a 4 stars hotel in Montbazon. Check in and take some time for yourself before dinner. Overnight at the Chateau d'Artigny. The next day, explore the Loire Valley, take a guided estate and gardens tour at the Château de Chenonceau, then proceed for lunch at l'Orangerie, gastronomic restaurant of the chateau. After lunch, visit another main masterpiece of the Loire Valley: Chateau de Chambord. Follow your guide for a splendid castle and gardens guided tour. Head back to your coach and transfer to your hotel in Montbazon for dinner. On your third and last day of your Mid-Voyage Land adventure you will start your journey with a visit of Clos Lucet, the former mansion of Leonardo Da Vinci, explore its life of works before boarding your coach and head towards the sumptuous Amboise castle. Perched over the city and River Loire you will admire the stunning views from its balconies, roofs and terraced gardens. Appreciate a lunch in a local café in Amboise village before to board your coach one last time and head to the Tours train station. Take the fastest train (TGV) from Tours to Bordeaux and embark your ship that has been repositioned in Bordeaux.

 

02MIDDNR-B Mid-Voyage Land Adventure Chateaux de La Loire

Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Departs from: Saint Malo on the 17th September at approximately 9am

Re-join ship: Bordeaux on the 19th September at approximately 6pm

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

LOCAL CURRENCY

Only Euros are accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.


Discover the cradle of French Royal history through visits to the exquisite Château estates and gardens of the Loire Valley during this unforgettable, three-day, two-night overland adventure from Bordeaux to Saint-Malo.

DAY ONE – Thursday, September 17, 2020 -

Saint Malo to Loire Valley/ Villandry / Montbazon

Saint Malo, Loire Valley, Château de Villandry

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Loire Valley (Villandry) by coach for approximately 4h00 journey. The cultural abundance of Châteaux in Loire Valley has allowed to earn its designation as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, enjoy a lunch at a restaurant nearby Villandry Castle before to visit its impressive gardens. The Château de Villandry has the distinctive feature of never being the residence of a king, but of a Jean Le Breton, Minister of Finance for François 1st. This Château also one of the great Chateaux built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance.

Château and Gardens Tour

When he arrived at Villandry in 1532, Jean Le Breton drew on his exceptional architectural experience acquired on a large number of sites, including the Château of Chambord, which he supervised and directed on behalf of the Crown over many years. At the foot of the château, overlooking the River Cher, gardens were laid whose splendour already earned the estate a reputation outside the Loire Valley. After lunch, take a guided tour of these exquisite gardens.

Chateau d'Artigny

At the conclusion of your visit, transfer to your hotel, the 5-star, 18th-century-styled Chateau d'Artigny, another impressive castle testimony of the Loire Valley.

A three-course dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Château d'Artigny - Montbazon.

 

 

DAY TWO – Friday, September 18, 2020 - Montbazon/Loire Valley

Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for a visit to the crowned jewels of the Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord. The history of the Château de Chenonceau is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. The first château was a medieval château dating from the 12th century and 13th century, of which only the dungeon remains. The château in its current form, unique architecture and river-crossing structure was built between 1513 and 1517.

Château de Chenonceau, Estate and Gardens Tour, Lunch, l'Orangerie Restaurant

Upon arrival at the Château de Chenonceau, take a guided walking tour of the Château and gardens. Following your tour, proceed for lunch at l'Orangerie, the estate's gastronomic restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and head to the other main masterpiece of the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord.

Château de Chambord, Castle and Gardens Tour

Upon arrival, see this magical captivating atmosphere unfold, and explore 500 years of French history during a guided walking tour of the Chambord Castle and its beautiful gardens. Highlights include a captivating, wondrous forest, 16th-century architecture inspired by François I, and a French formal garden added by King Louis XIV. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the hotel.

A three-course dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Chateau d'Artigny - Montbazon.

DAY THREE – Saturday, September 19, 2020 - Montbazon/Bordeaux

Clos Lucet

Mansion Tour

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, depart for the Clos Lucet, mansion of Leonardo da Vinci. During your unforgettable guided tour, explore the heart of da Vinci’s life and work.

Amboise City and Castle

Next, re-board your coach and head to the town of Amboise, located along the River Loire. Perched above the city and overlooking the river, Amboise Castle was residence of French kings from the 15th century to the 19th century, and its destiny is inextricably linked to the history of France. Numerous literary figures and artists were invited here, including Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb is preserved at the château. Thus, this Royal château is the expression of French-style luxury. Take a guided walking tour of Amboise Castle and from its balconies, roofs and terraced gardens, enjoy the same breath-taking panoramic vistas of the Loire landscape enjoyed by kings of old.

Then, enjoy a lunch in a local café in Amboise before heading to Tours train station.

St. Pierre des Corps (Tours), Train-Ride to Bordeaux

In St. Pierre des Corps (Tours), board your fast TGV train for the picturesque, approximately two-hour ride towards Bordeaux. Conclude your journey with the short transfer from Bordeaux train station to your ship repositioned in Bordeaux city center.

 

 

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the train, and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable, smart-casual clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and a camera from the ship. Casual-elegant attire is required for hotel dinners. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.



Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Chateau d'Artigny - Montbazon

  • Scheduled TGV train-ride: Pierre des Corps (Tours)/Bordeaux

  • Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners with drinks

  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and transfers as per itinerary

    Not Included:

    Any meals not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

  • An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

    The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.