Silversea Luxury Cruises To SAINT MALO (Brittany)

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. Some of history's great voyages have launched from here - including Jacques Cartier's, which led to the settlement of New France and modern-day Quebec. View more

Founded by a Welsh monk, who made his way here in the 6th century, Saint Malo's castle is forged from sheer granite, and its steep defensive ramparts arise defiantly. The atmospheric walled town turns its back to the mainland and gazes out longingly into the sea. Explore streets that breathe with maritime tales and medieval charm - restored from the intense damage sustained during the Second World War. 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.

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BARCELONA To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
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LISBON To DUBLIN
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    May 07 2020
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LISBON To LONDON (Greenwich)
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Excursions in SAINT MALO (Brittany)

Breakfast Cruise on Saint Malo Bay

Begin your day with the splendid beauty and flavours of Saint Malo during this scenic, half-day breakfast cruise excursion aboard a vintage speedboat.


Saint Malo, Dinard, Vintage Speedboat

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Dinard. Upon arrival, meet your captain and embark your awaiting vintage speedboat, Le Fou de Bassan, for a delightful breakfast cruise along Saint Malo's Bay. Stylish and powerful, Le Fou de Bassan is an approximately 39-foot (about 12-metre) speedboat built entirely in Brittany. The construction of this hand-made wooden boat took nearly 4,000 hours of work; its revolutionary, 'V'-shaped hull ensures great stability and comfort, and exceptional navigation.


Saint Malo's Bay, Breakfast Cruise

Whilst cruising along Saint Malo Bay, among the most beautiful marine settings in Europe, you are served a breakfast consisting of freshly-baked viennoiseries, locally-produced jam, fresh orange juice, and tea or coffee. At the conclusion of your breakfast cruise, return to the pier at Dinard, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dinan & Dinard

Experience the beauty, history and elegance of north-western France during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion. The contrasting attractions of Dinan and Dinard are a world apart in appearance that exists within only a 20-minute drive from one another. One, a walled hill town still bristling with fortresses from the 13th century with more than its fair share of wobbly half-timbered houses on ancient streets, and the other a former fishing village that became an elegant and affluent resort in the 19th century, complete with casino.

Dinan

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the beautifully-preserved walled town of Dinan. Upon arrival at the coach parking area, begin your guided walking tour of the ramparts, towers and timbered houses in this medieval setting. Of special note are the buildings around the Place des Merciers and Old Clock Tower. A short visit is made to the 12th-century Basilica Saint Sauveur, which contains a headstone with the heart of Bertrand de Guesclin, a locally-revered 14th-century knight, who fought battles to expel the English from France. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore your surroundings before returning to the coach parking area.

Dinard

Next, re-board your coach for a delightful drive along the Rance River en route to Dinard and the Breton Riviera. Located on the Rance Estuary, the elegant town of Dinard displays the charm of the Belle Epoque with its unique 'Marine' architectural style. A panoramic drive offers splendid views of impressive clifftop villas. From here, proceed to Casino Beach for a photo stop where along the way you will view an amazing variety of Mediterranean vegetation.

Re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Emerald Coast & Oyster Tasting

Discover the unique methods utilised in the farming and processing of oysters during this half-day tour and tasting at a Cancale oyster farm. The town has built a reputation due to the oyster beds that are along the coast and around the harbour at Cancale and is best known as being the oyster capital of Brittany. Cancale oysters have been famous for at least 2000 years since the days when they were eaten by the soldiers of Julius Caesar and later when they were delivered daily to Louis XIV.


Scenic Drive to Cancale

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to Cancale via the coastal road. This picturesque fishing village is renowned for its oyster beds, or 'banc d'huîtres', where gardeners farm thousands of oysters.


Oyster Farm Tour and Tasting

During your guided visit to the Marine Farm, or 'Ferme Marine', discover everything about oysters, including how they are farmed, washed, conditioned and processed for consumption. Afterward, stop by the onsite shell museum before proceeding for a wine-and-oyster-tasting.

At the conclusion of your tour and tasting, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Hiking Cap Fréhel

Experience the wild and windswept area around the Cap Fréhel Peninsula set 230 feet (70 metres) high above pink sandstone cliffs. Walk a beautiful path of spectacular heathland offering some of the most breath-taking scenery along the amazing Brittany coastline. Follow the path through an extraordinary natural landscape up to the lighthouses north at Cape Fréhel, where on a clear day the view from the top reaches all the way to the Norman peninsula Le Manche.


Cape Fréhel

Depart the pier for Cape Fréhel located in Côtes-d'Armor, northern Brittany, approximately one hour drive away. On arrival take a guided walking tour along the head of the Cap to explore the two lighthouses. The taller one measuring 98ft (30m) high has a calorie-burning 145 steps and was built in 1950; its beam can reach up to 68 miles (110km). The smaller one, no longer in use, was constructed in 1685 by the renowned architect-engineer Simon Garangeau who worked for Vauban, the legendary military engineer of Louis XIV, who fortified many strategic points around the French coast.


Enjoy some free time to climb atop the tallest lighthouse, admire the wide variety of heather and gorse species and the landscape of colours on the most beautiful Cap in Brittany or look for nesting seabirds in the neighbouring small island.


Your tour concludes back at the pier after the drive back to St.Malo.


Mont Saint Michel

Embrace the beauty of one of the most renowned monuments in France during this full-day excursion to Mont St. Michel. The 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St. Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls is perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.

Drive to Mont St. Michel

Depart the pier for a direct drive, approximate one-hour drive to Mont St. Michel, a monument often regarded as the 'Marvel of the Western World'. On the approach, marvel at the spectacular granite mount with its Abbey soaring high above the sea. Upon arrival at the coach parking area, precede on-foot to the shuttle bus, and then board the bus for the transfer to the village entrance.

Mont St. Michel and Abbey Tour

Around the base of the mount are the ancient ramparts and a jumble of houses lining the narrow streets. Your guide leads you up the cobbled street and 365 steps to access the famous Abbey. En route, admire the diverse architecture of Mont St. Michel, which was founded in the 10th century as the result of a dream vision; the Abbey was added three centuries later. At its very top gleams the gilded statue of Saint Michel. Upon entering the Abbey, walk up another 197 steps and begin your guided tour of its interior.

Lunch and Free Time

After descending back down to the village, some free time is made available for lunch and an opportunity to explore your surroundings at your leisure.

At the conclusion of your excursion to Mont St. Michel, re-join your guide and walk back to the shuttle, then begin the approximate 1-hour drive from the coach parking area back to the pier in St. Malo.

Rennes, Capital of Brittany

Discover the picturesque beauty and historic treasures of the capital of Brittany during this fascinating, full-day sightseeing excursion to Rennes with lunch.


Saint Malo, Breton Countryside, Renne, Roman-Era Relics, Monuments, Gothic Architecture

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive through the Breton countryside en route to Rennes, the capital of Brittany. This historic city boasts Celtic legacies, Roman-era relics and monuments from the days of the Dukes of Brittany, as evidenced by the flamboyant Gothic architecture and traditional, timber-framed buildings.


About Rennes

The present site of Rennes, situated on the confluence of the Ille and Vilaine rivers, was the political and religious seat of the Riedones tribe, which was conquered in 57 B.C. by Julius Caesar during his western conquests. The Riedones were quickly Romanised, and the city given the name of 'Citivas Riedonum'. Throughout the centuries, Rennes grew in size, and, with the creation of the Parliament, officially became the administrative capital of Brittany in the 15th century.


Historic District, St. Peter's Cathedral, Mordelaise Gates, Place des Lices, Renaissance Houses

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the heart of Rennes' historic district. Along the way, see St. Peter's Cathedral, which took 57 years to build, and the Mordelaise Gates. Utilised as the main entrance, the gates are now the only remains of the 15th-century ramparts. At Place des Lices, learn about the jousts and tournaments which once took place here, and see beautifully-restored Renaissance houses along the Rues de la Psalette and Chapitre.


Shops, Cafés, Traditional Breton Crêperies, Local Restaurant, Lunch, Free Time

Throughout the year, Rennes boasts a lively atmosphere and wide variety of shops, cafés and traditional Breton crêperies. Following your tour, proceed for a set-menu, three-course lunch with wine at a local restaurant. After lunch, approximately 1.5 hours of free time is made available to explore the treasures of this delightful city and browse the shops at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Saint Malo Cooking Lesson with Lunch

Discover the secrets to preparing authentic Breton cuisine during this interactive and informative, half-day cooking lesson with lunch.


Saint Malo Breton Coastline, Villa of Chef Vim

Depart the pier for the short drive through Saint Malo to the cosy villa of Chef Vim, your host and instructor for today's cooking excursion. Upon arrival at the villa, meet Chef Vim, head to her kitchen and begin your interactive cooking class.


Interactive Breton Cooking Class, Lunch

During this interactive and informative cooking lesson, learn about the ingredients, recipes, and cooking methods involved in the preparation of a pure Breton meal. Afterward, you are served a lunch consisting of the meal you have helped to prepare. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with food allergies, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Saint Malo at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Saint Malo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Saint Malo at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Saint Malo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Sunset in Saint Malo’s Bay

Leave your ship and reach Dinard, where you will boarding the speedboat Le Fou de Bassan for a sunset cruise in Saint Malo's bay.


Stylish and powerful, the "Fou de Bassan" is a 12-metre speedboat fully built in Brittany. The construction of this hand-made wooden boat took nearly 4 000 hours of work. Its evolutionary V shaped hull ensures great stability, comfort and exceptional navigation.

Meet its experienced English-speaking captain, and, as you cruise in the bay, one of the most beautiful European marine site, enjoy an appetizers prepared with high quality products and a glass of champagne.

After these moments of delight, return to Dinard and back to your ship.



Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Crêpe Workshop: A Breton Legacy

When most people think of a crêpe, they may not think of the crêpe bretonne, a delicious Lower Brittany version made with buckwheat flour. Discover this flavourful, delicate fare for yourself on an excursion that provides the opportunity to learn its fantastic history and most importantly, how to make the crêpe so you can impress your friends at home.


The Breton crepe is thought to have roots in the legend of a clumsy farmer's wife, who spilled buckwheat porridge onto her hearthstone and discovered the delicious results. This type of crêpe is quite versatile and can be filled with either savoury or sweet ingredients, or even plain, as they are quite wonderful on their own. The recipe does shift slightly depending on the filling, as sweet crêpes have sugar in the batter, while savoury crêpes have no sugar and more salt.


Learn the history and the technique of making perfect crêpes at this exclusive Crêpe Workshop (L'Atelier de la Crêpe). Drive just 15 minutes from the pier and arrive for your two-hour lesson, learning the various recipes that accompany your sweet and savoury fillings, as well as how to make your creations truly Breton. Take home the knowledge of how to perfectly cook your crêpe so you can recreate this most perfect food.


The highlight of this tour is the opportunity to finally taste what you have cooked, accompanied by a glass of cider. After this enjoyable experience, make the brief return drive to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity. Guests must be able to maneuver a few steps to enter the workshop. This tour is not accessible to individuals who are confined to a wheelchair. Guests are recommended to comfortable cooking clothes and shoes. Aprons will be provided during the time of the lesson. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Salt Meadow Lamb from Mont St Michel’s

Discover the unique and exceptional salt-meadow lamb, renowned locally and widely appreciated by chef worldwide. This special type of lamb is famous for its exceptional flavour given by its coastal origins.


Departing the Saint Malo pier, drive approximately 75 minutes to the salt-meadow lamb farm. Enjoy meeting the farmer who will introduce you to the farm and its production. The French term for salt-meadow lamb is Agneau de pré-salé - "pré-salé" translates as pre-salted, in reference to the sea-salt-filled seaweed that supplements the diet of the animals.


Mont Saint Michel salt-meadow lamb is a Grévine breed, which obtained the French designation of AOP status (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) reserved to rare wines, meats, cheeses and other agricultural products. This excursion provides a rare opportunity to try a meat that is otherwise, only sold locally by registered artisan-butchers. Locally, salt-meadow lamb has been bred, and produced as far back as the 11th century, and it is primarily served for Easter meals.


As you learn about the salt meadow lamb, appreciate the beautiful natural setting, with Mont Saint Michel in the background. Following the visit, drive 30 minutes to a local restaurant where you will have the chance to taste the delightful salt-meadow lamb for yourself.


After lunch, drive 45 minutes back to the ship.

Walking Saint Malo & Sweet Touch

Embrace the Old World beauty and flavours of Saint Malo on-foot during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Saint Malo, Old City, Castle, Ramparts, House of Duchess Ann, and Cathedral

Depart the pier for a scenic, guided walking tour of Saint Malo. As you stroll around the quaint, narrow streets of the Old City, your guide points out sites of historical interest. View the castle, part of the ramparts protecting the town, the town's typical streets, house of Duchess Ann, and Cathedral. In addition, learn about some of the town's past luminaries, including Jacques Cartier, Duguay-Trouin, Surcouf, and the renowned romantic writer, Châteaubriand.


Rampart Walk, Creperie, and Crepes and Cider

Next, take a stroll along the ramparts, then proceed to a creperie inside the city walls for a crepe with a glass of cider (or soda). Following your refreshment stop, continue your walking tour, which concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and ramparts, with 50 steps 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 clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

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.