Wine Themed Cruise/Tour offered by CDA Cellars and Kimber Gates
Bordeaux, Basque Lands & Brittany Sept. 19 – Oct. 03, 2018
Optional extension in Lisbon Oct. 3-5
Wed. Sept 19, 2018 Arrange your own air to London from where ever you wish.
Thu. Sept 20, 2018 Guide – meets group in the London Heathrow airport arrivals hall and provides half-day panoramic tour en route to the hotel Private Coach – arrives at London Heathrow airport and transfers group to the hotel with half-day touring en-route Hotel Porterage, 1 bag per person, in and out Dinner on own Millennium Mayfair, The Bloomsbury, or similar 4.5 Star Hotel – Standard Room, London, England
Fri. Sept 21, 2018 London After breakfast at hotel, your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and provide a full-day manor house tour with private coach for a full-day excursion to Waddesdon Admission: Waddesdon House and Gardens and lunch at Waddesdon Manor Restaurant, 2 course meal with tea or coffee. You will then enjoy a Waddesdon cellar tour with 3 wine tastings. Travel back to London, ending at the cruise port where you will board your Windstar yacht: Star Breeze.
Sat. Sept 22, 2018 A full day At Sea to get acquainted with everything this beautiful sailing vessel has to offer. Enjoy sitting around the pool, perhaps treat yourself to a spa day or find new friends and enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Sun. Sept 23, 2018 Port call in Le Havre, France Your private guide will meet you at the Le Havre cruise port and provide a full-day Normandy villages and cider tour via private coach. You will enjoy a short walking tour of Honfleur upon arrival with free time to shop and explore this charming seaside town on own before continuing on to the Cambremer area, the heart of the Calvados region. You will enjoy lunch, tour and tasting at a Calvados cider estate. Admission & Guided Tour of Château de Crèvecoeur included. Travel back to the Le Havre port.
Mon. Sept 24, 2018 Port call in St Peter Port, Guernsey charms travelers arriving by sea with its waterfront of gray and white stone buildings interrupted by colorful painted row houses. It’s a town that beckons visitors down windy streets, leafy alleys, and a fortified castle. It is earned the reputation of being Europe’s prettiest harbor town. Enjoy this port on your own.
Tue. Sept 25, 2018 Port call in Le Palais, Belle-Ile, France As its name might suggest, Belle Ile is in fact one of Frances most beautiful island with its staggering cliffs, cheerful green country side and bustling city. With it’s beautiful coastline, you may wish to enjoy water sports on your own.
Wed. Sept 26, 2018 Port call in La Rochelle, France is said to be the most lovely and unspoiled port city in France, and who are we to argue? Two 14th century stone towers guard the gateway to the medieval core of the city, the Vieux Port. This is a city that is focused on ships. You’ll find yachts floating in the Port des Minimes, ships in the stained glass of church windows, maybe even decorating the arcades walkways that line the streets. You may wish to sign up on a tour offered by the ship to learn the art of brandy making with a visit to the Cognac region and the Hennessy Mansion.
Thu. Sept 27, 2018 Port call in Bordeaux, France This will be a special day as the as the Guide/Oenologist – will meet your private group at the port and have a half-day wine excursion once again with private coach in the late morning. There will be lunch at a Graves area winery, 3 course meal with wine. Winery visit and tastings at a Pessac Leognan area winery. Return to the ship and enjoy very special guests who have been invited on board to share more of the history regarding this region and the wine it is so famous for.
Fri. Sept 28, 2018 Bordeaux Your Guide/Oenologist will meet the group once again and provide a tour to Saint Emilion. Winery visit and tastings at a Pomerol area winery. A Local Guide will meet you upon arrival in St. Emilion and provides a 2-hour walking tour. There will be free time for lunch, shopping and exploring on your own. You will have one more winery visit and tastings at another Saint Emilion area winery before returning to the ship.
Sat. Sept 29, 2018 Port call in Saint-Jean-De-Luz, France To makes sure we allow “down time” there are no private excursions today as you may wish to explore on own or purchase an excursion from the cruise line. Three impressive sea walls protect Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s famous long beach of fine sand making it perfect for swimming. It is also famous for delicious and rustic-style Basque cuisine and its close proximity to well-known Biarritz, an eclectic place of posh restaurants, cozy pizza parlors, beautiful beaches with therapeutic waters popular for surfing and is a preferred haunt of the rich and famous.
Sun. Sept 30, 2018 Port call in Bilbao, Spain Among Spanish wine regions, Rioja ranks as the most renowned and that is where your private excursion will take you today. With its patchwork of vineyards, covered hills, medieval hamlets and exquisite wines, La Rioja is Spain’s Tuscany. You will enjoy wine tastings, visit with winemakers and have free time to explore the beautiful city of Laguardia.
Mon. Oct 01, 2018 At Sea A full day to enjoy all the amenities of this beautiful yacht.
Tue. Oct 02, 2018 Port call in Porto, Portugal Your private guide will meet you at the Porto cruise terminal and provide a half-day Port House district tour. This will include a Panoramic city tour en-route to your first of two Port house tour and tastings. Once back on board the Star Breeze, you will be entertained by a fado music performance by local talent.
Wed. Oct 03, 2018 Lisbon, Portugal All too soon this wonderful vacation will come to an end. You will disembark and either depart for the Lisbon Airport for your return flight home or be met by a local guide for a full-day Lisbon tour with private coach. There will be admission to Jeronimos Monastery,Tower of Belem, time for lunch on own and a good overview of this beautiful city. After the tour, proceed to the hotel for check in at your 4 star hotel for the next two nights.
Thu. Oct 04, 2018 Lisbon After breakfast at the hotel your guide will meet you and it will be a full-day Queluz and Cascais tour and local wineries. Included today is admission to the National Palace of Queluz and Gardens. We have planned lunch at local winery, 2 course meal with paired wines. Then you will have free time to explore the coastal community of Cascais before returning to the hotel. There will be free time to explore the neighborhood, freshen up, or nap before dinner this evening Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Fri. Oct 05, 2018 Lisbon After breakfast at hotel, an assistant will meet you in the hotel lobby and accompany you to the Lisbon airport.
Customized 14 day tour will include as per listed on this itinerary:
- Airport transfers London 1 night hotel and 2 days of touring in London. Transfers to pier
- 13 day/12 night cruise aboard Windstar Star Breeze – a 212 guest yacht
- $100 per person shipboard credit to spend as wish aboard the Star Breeze
- All meals while on board the ship plus special meals in port with wine/food pairings
- All taxes and port taxes
- Winery visits with tastings and tours
- Private motor coach and guides as per itinerary
- Optional 2 night Post cruise hotel with 2 days touring while in Lisbon area
- An escort will be with you the entire vacation time from arrival in London until departure in Lisbon
- AIRFARE is not included and optional but advisable travel insurance is an additional $561 p person.
Although this vessel holds 212 passengers, our group will be limited to only 20 participants. We wish to offer a very intimate, personalized and private experience while utilizing this beautiful ship as a means of traveling to these wonderful wine regions and enjoying all the amenities and fabulous food offered while on board.
The cabins aboard the Breeze are very nice sized with sitting area along with the bedroom area and bath. Categories offer either a large window or a French Balcony. Rates are per person and based on double occupancy. Single rates can be requested but are at almost 100 percent.
Cabins are very limited so please contact Val@internationalhouseoftravel.com 509-991-8334
Rodeen Ross at 509-624-7635 or Kimber Gates at 208-691-5850 firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to reserve your space.
A deposit of $1400 per person is required. Preference is payment by check made out to International House of Travel but we may accept a credit card with a 3.8 % merchant fee.