Coeur D'Alene Cellars Brittany, Bordeaux & Basque Lands
Sept. 19-Oct. 3 2018, with optional Lisbon extension Oct. 3-5
Unique and luxurious cruise escorted by the Gates Family
Discover delectable cuisines and spirits of Spain, Portugal and France at their authentic best. Sample Europe's finest food in Spain's Galicia region, sweet port in Porto, cognac in La Rochelle, and world-famous wines in Bordeaux. Sample ambrosial meals, unique cultures and of course fabulous wines along the way as you feed your soul amid the Victorian gardens and watercolor seascapes of Guernsey. Explore Brittany's granite castles and the landing beaches of Normandy. Taste Galicia's famed seafood, hearty Basque cuisine and fine Bordeaux wines. This can all be done on this one extraordinary trip and it is waiting for you.
Daily excursions are optional! Pick from a wonderful variety of daily tours. See all options here.
Day 1 London, England
London, one of the world's top destinations, is a city begging to be explored. Steeped in history, the well-known sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square beckon, or get a modern perspective from the top of the London Eye. This cosmopolitan city offers all the world cuisines you’re used to, but there are still places to find traditional British fare like bangers and mash or shepherds’ pie.
Day 3 Le Havre, France
Le Havre is a major port in northern France where the Seine River meets the English Channel. A UNESCO Site, Le Havre was almost completely destroyed during WWII and completely and thoughtfully rebuilt with modernist vision. It is the gateway to Normandy – including the medieval city of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur and romantic Paris only 110 miles away.
Day 4 St. Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom
Positioned off the coast of France in the English Channel, St Peter Port’s cobblestone streets, picturesque marina and historic gardens have earned it the reputation of being Europe’s prettiest harbor town. Its centerpiece is the beautiful Salem Church with its classic stone architecture, believed to be the closest church to a pub in the British Isles. For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard of the town, home to the world-famous Guernsey cows. Victor Hugo also wrote Les Miserables while living here.
Day 5 Le Palais, Belle-ile, France
Find yourself on one of France’s most beautiful islands with staggering cliffs, cheerful green country sides, jagged rocky coastlines, bright pastel houses and the bustling town of Le Palais. The island has been the inspiration for Flaubert and Dumas, Claude Monet and Matisse. And if you take a trek to Vauban’s Citadel you’ll quickly see why.
Day 6 La Rochelle, France
La Rochelle 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. And 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 arcaded walkways that line the streets. Learn the art of brandy making with a visit to the Cognac region and the Hennessy maisson, dating back to 1765. While walking past the aging barrels, inhale the heady aroma—the escaping vapors known as “the angels’ share.”
Days 7 and 8 Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux has long been known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty. And while the beauty part is undeniable, the sleeping part could be argued. Sure, the region is filled with treasures from long ago, including more than 350 historic monuments and buildings in the city alone. But the capital of Aquitaine is also home to a vibrant culture and, as oenophiles well know, is the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 13th century cathedrals and 18th century palaces are commonplace. Venture beyond the city’s borders to the chateaux of the Médoc region or to Saint-Émilion, a breathtaking medieval village set among the vineyards that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 9 Saint-Jean-De-Luz (Biarritz), France
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.
Day 10 Bilbao, Spain
The industrial port of Bilbao is surrounded by lovely green mountains, fertile landscapes with lush forests, steep coasts and the Bay of Biscay. Famed for the curvy, titanium-covered Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, other sites of Bilbao include the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster’s Underground, towers designed by architects Arata Isozaki and Cesar Pelli, and an airport designed by Calatrava.
Day 12 Porto, Portugal
Built into the granite cliffs at the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a heady juxtaposition of eras and styles. Here, medieval alleyways, orderly neighborhood squares, and ornate Baroque churches readily intermingle. Porto’s historic heart is a UNESCO site of winding lanes, zigzagging staircases and tiled churches. The highlight, though, is a taste of port wine at its best – a happy accident dating from the 17th century when brandy was discovered to preserve wine for transit. After your choice of palate-pleasing shore excursions, return for an onboard fado folk music performance.
Day 13 Lisbon, Portugal
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm.
Rates are based on double occupancy and range from $4,627 per person to $6,697. $400 credit PER PERSON is available for any cabin in category S1 or higher. This is $800 credit per stateroom! Airfare is not included in this trip.
To see the room categories on the ship, click here.
Lisbon extension is an additional $988/person
Optional trip insurance: $561-$841/person
Airfare is separate. You must arrive in London by September 20th in the morning in order to board the yacht on time. Departure may not be before October 3, at 12:50pm from Lisbon, Portugal
To reserve your space on the trip, a deposit of $1,400/person is due to Val Day.
This incredible trip visiting England, France, Spain and Portugal is being handled by:
Val Day, International House of Travel
PO Box 488 St. Maries, ID 83861
Call Val at 509-991-8334 or 208-245-8687
London to Lisbon, September 19 - October 3rd, 2018
All Suite Yacht
With only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it's your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard.
The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat.
When you're ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino and library are waiting to be explored. Take some "you" time in the tranquil WindSpa . . . enjoy a dip in the pool . . . work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center . . . and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.
Star Breeze is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.
Star Breeze underwent a comprehensive $8.5 million stem-to-stern transformation before her inaugural voyage.