Silversea Luxury Cruises A PORT VENDRES

Midi-Pyrenées is France's largest region, spreading from the Dordogne River in the north to the Spanish border in the south. Port Vendres, only 10 miles (16 km) from the Spanish border, is located on the coast that is known as the Côte Vermeille. The port had its heyday in the 19th century with colonial trade and ferries plying the route to and from North Africa. For cruise vessels, Port Vendres provides the opportunity to visit some of the prettiest areas of France. View more

It serves as a convenient starting point for trips to the medieval town of Carcassonne. Other towns that may be worthwhile exploring include Collioure and Banyuls. The latter is famous for its sweet wine and as the birthplace of sculptor Aristide Maillol.

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.

Excursiones en PORT VENDRES

Castelnou & Eiffel's Legacy

Explore a scenic medieval village located in the West Pyrenees and the impressive cellars of Byrrh at Thuir.


Castelnou

Depart by coach and drive to the medieval village of Castelnou (meaning 'new castle' in Catalan). The 1,000 year old castle dominates the landscape. It was the first fortress ever built in Roussillon but it burned unfortunately in 1981. The history of this castle is tied to the Counts of Cerdagne and Besalu, who made it their headquarters.


Caves of Byrrh

Continue your drive to Thuir, a vibrant city where the largest oak barrels in the world can be seen. In this winery, Gustave Eiffel, architect of the Eiffel tower in Paris, designed and built a private train station to ship the wine. The trains are still used to ship a typical French aperitif called BYRRH all over Europe.

Next, start the one-hour drive back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over steep narrow streets and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Ceret & the Modern Art Museum

Discover the village of Ceret, highlighted with an exploration of its Museum of Modern Art, which houses a collection representing an impressive list of visual artists.


Ceret

Depart Port Vendres for a leisurely drive to the village of Ceret, a charming small town in French Catalonia of about 8,000 inhabitants. Upon arrival, your guide takes you along the narrow streets from the 13th-century Moorish Gate, a part of the former ramparts, to the Baroque church of St. Peter and the Devil's Bridge, a single arch built in the 14th century that spans the valley of the Tech River.


Museum of Modern Art

After the guided introduction, continue to Ceret's Museum of Modern Art. Ceret is located close to the small harbour town of Collioure, where many painters, including Henri Matisse and Andre Derain in 1905, came to stay because they were attracted by the Mediterranean light. A few years later, Ceret became a favourite spot for the Cubist movement thanks to three artists: Manolo, Deodat de Severac, and Frank Burty Haviland.


In 1911, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque came to Ceret and created Cubist paintings. Soutine also stayed here, and most of his expressionist paintings now belong to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Last but not least, Marc Chagall, Max Jacob, Raoul Dufy and Jean Cocteau also created works in Ceret. The museum was originally created in 1948 by Frank Burty Haviland and Pierre Brune in an ancient convent, and was enlarged in 1993.


After the visit to this unique museum, drive back to Port-Vendres.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over cobblestone streets and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Collioure & Elne

Enjoy the western stretch of the Mediterranean coastline near the Spanish border known as the Côte Vermeille, or Vermilion Coast, after the red colour of its soil. Set against a backdrop of vineyards, a scenic road snakes along the cliff tops with quaint villages and picturesque little coves in between.


Depart Port Vendres for the brief drive to the pretty village of Collioure, sheltered by a natural harbour filled with fishing boats.


Collioure

Known to the Phoenicians and once the port for Perpignan, Collioure found fame in the early 20th century when it inspired the Fauvist art of Matisse and Derain. During a walking tour, admire the town's attractive setting as your guide leads you through narrow, winding streets lined by pink- and beige-washed houses. Among the attractions are the Château Royal and the distinctive round belfry of the 17th-century Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges, formerly the harbour lighthouse. Following an introductory walk, there will be some free time to enjoy on your own.


Elne

From Collioure, a short drive takes you to the village of Elne, known for its fortified cathedral and beautiful cloister. A visit to the cloister shows you the immaculate carved motifs featuring lions, goats and biblical figures.


Leaving Elne, a 45-minute drive takes you back to Port Vendres.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometres). It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Medieval Carcassonne

Take a stroll through French history during this full-day excursion to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive along the highway to Carcassonne. Although this majestic site was inhabited as early as the 3rd century B.C., the expansive walled city we see today was gradually built between the 4th and 13th centuries A.D. Arguably, nowhere else in Europe exists a more intact walled city of this importance and in such an impressive setting.


Upon arrival, an optional guided orientation tour of Carcassonne offers a unique insight into the city past and present. Lunch is served in a typical restaurant located in the centre of Carcassonne. Afterward, ample free time is afforded to explore the city at your leisure, and browse the myriad of shops and attractions.


At the conclusion of your excursion to Carcassonne, rejoin your guide, return to the coach parking lot and re-board the coach for the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking on cobbled slopes, with stairs at Carcassonne and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. The drive between the pier and Carcassonne is approximately two hours in each direction. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The orientation tour is optional, and those not taking part may spend additional free time at their leisure within the walled city. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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.