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Wine Explorer Cruise

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the enchanting Loire Valley
  • Discover beautiful Bordeaux
  • See famous Gibraltar
  • Experience the picturesque Algarve
  • Explore vibrant Barcelona

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What is Included?

  • 12 nights cruise onboard the Arion
  • All onboard meals
  • Daytime & evening entertainments
  • All port taxes & gratuities
  • Free cruise connect to Port by luxury coach
  • Return travel by rail/coach/air from Marseille to UK

Whether you're something of a wine connoisseur or you just enjoy an occasional tipple, you'll find plenty to enjoy, excite and entice on this fascinating Wine Explorer cruise, taking in famous wine-producing areas of France, Spain and Portugal.
Ports of call:
Portsmouth • Falmouth • St Nazaire & Montoir La Pallice • Le Verdon • Vigo • Leixões Portimao • Gibraltar • Barcelona • Marseille

Holiday Details

Cruise Itinerary
August 3: Portsmouth
Depart 16.00
All passengers travel to Portsmouth by coach to join the Arion for our Wine Explorer voyage.
August 4: Falmouth
Arrive 08.00, Depart 14.00
Time to explore the quaint bustling town of Falmouth, home of the National Maritime Museum and a very popular waterfront.
August 5: St Nazaire – Montoir, France
Arrive 13.00, Depart 22.00
We head to St Nazaire and Montoir, located in the Loire Valley. The Loire is one of the world's most famous wine-producing areas, famed for its Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Gamay and Pinot noir grapes.
August 6: La Pallice – La Rochelle, France
Arrive 08.00, Depart 22.00
We call at La Pallice, in the La Rochelle region. This area produces Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a delightful aperitif made from unfermented grape juice and cognac.
August 7: Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France
Arrive 08.00, Depart 20.00
Disembark at Le Verdon-sur Mer, from where you can head to charming Bordeaux, home to some 287,000 acres of vineyards. Over 960 million bottles of wine are produced annually here, including some of the world’s most expensive wines.
August 8: At sea
Take advantage of the Arion's on-board facilities.
August 9: Vigo, Spain
Arrive 10.00, Depart 22.00
Today we reach north-west Spain and Vigo, with the chance to explore its historic sights and museums.
August 10: Leixões, Portugal
Arrive 07.00, Depart 13.00
We disembark at Leixões, from where you can head into Porto, one of Europe's oldest cities and a World Heritage Site. While a highlight is undoubtedly its fine port and Douro wines.
August 11: Portimao, Portugal
Arrive 13.00, Depart 20.00
To the southern coast of Portugal and the picturesque Algarve today, as we arrive at Portimao.
August 12: Gibraltar
Arrive 11.30, Depart 19.00
Gibraltar, with its resident colony of Barbary apes. We enjoy an afternoon here to explore.
August 13: At sea
Enjoy the on-board activities or soak up the sun as our voyage heads towards Spain.
August 14: Barcelona, Spain
Arrive 08.00, Depart 14.00
To stunning Barcelona, explore this historic city. Stroll around the harbour, or along the vibrant Ramblas.
August 15: Marseille to Paris, France
Arrive 05.00
We disembark one final time and bid a fond farewell to the Arion. Air passengers fly to the UK today. Coach and rail passengers transfer to the rail station for the TGV train service. Rail passengers transfer to the Eurostar, arriving in London. On arrival at Paris, coach passengers transfer to the overnight hotel.
August 16: Paris to UK
Coach passengers travel to Calais, Dover then home.

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