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V3221B

Bordeaux to London on Crystal Symphony
DATES : August 27 - September 2, 2013 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,435 Per Person

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The imposing abbey Mont St-Michel enchants with its tidal island fortifications, while a helicopter ride over Paris offers stunning views of the Eifel Tower, Versailles and the Arc de Triomphe.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Aug 27, Tuesday
Bordeaux, France »   10:30 am*
Bordeaux was at one time France's richest community and largest port. It is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city. Today it is best-known for its glorious châteaux, mouth-watering cuisine and incomparable wines. It is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Médoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes. Crystal's sojourn in this world-renowned wine capital is bound to please even the most discerning bon vivant.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Aug 27, Tuesday
Le Verdon/Bordeaux, France » 2:30 pm 6 pm

A contrast to the lush countryside found inland, the Atlantic coast offers its own kind of beauty with its crashing waves, long stretches of beach and conifer forests. Resort towns dot the coastline, bringing their additional charms to the region. One such place is Le Verdon, sitting at the most northerly point of the Médoc. In its harbor stands the oldest lighthouse in France, the Cordouan lighthouse, which boasts a petite chapel and royal chamber.

A short distance from Le Verdon is the seaside resort of Soulac, the "Pearl of the Silver Coast." The nearly 500 neo-colonial villas built here give Soulac a unique air of history and sophistication. Its morning market, pedestrian-friendly streets and seaside shops and cafes give the village a sense of joie de vivre.

Bordeaux was at one time France's richest community and largest port. It is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city.

Today it is best-known for its glorious châteaux, mouth-watering cuisine and incomparable wines. It is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Médoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes.

Crystal's sojourn in this world-renowned wine capital is bound to please even the most discerning bon vivant.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

Aug 28, Wednesday
Lorient, France » 8 am 5 pm
Lorient takes its name from L'Orient (the East"), for it grew wealthy on trade with India. The dramatic, wave-washed coastline is perfectly paired with the rugged beauty of the Breton countryside, where the dense low vegetation is marked here and there with stone-age mmegaliths, medieval castles and Renaissance villages in polished granite.
Aug 29, Thursday
St-Malo, France » 10:30 am 10 pm
A walled city on the English Channel, Saint-Malo suffered widespread destruction during the bombings of World War II, but has since been lovingly restored to its 17th- and 18th-century splendor. The city’s top destination is the citadel, from where the Corsairs once raided enemy ships in the name of the King.

Today, the city is decidedly more welcoming to visitors, with bustling shops, bars, and hotels within the city walls, not to mention the highest concentration of seafood restaurants in Europe. Although crowds can be quite dense in high season, savvy travelers know to take a stroll atop the ramparts, where they can enjoy 360-degree views away from the hordes.
Aug 30, Friday
Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands » 8 am 5 pm
Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop
Aug 31, Saturday
Honfleur, France (overnight) » 8 am*  
Honfleur's unique character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians over the ages. Nestled at the mouth of the Seine River, this small fishing port is renowned for the glorious voyages of discovery by its 17th century mariners, and has blossomed into one of Normandy's most appealing harbors.

Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes, was born here in 1824 and artists such as Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir and Cèzanne have visited Honfleur.

Preserved from World War II's destruction, this quaint old Norman town has managed to retain its charm of yesteryear. The "Old Dock," narrow jetty houses, the museums and monuments are witness to a rich heritage of art and history.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Sep 1, Sunday
Honfleur, France »   5 pm*
Honfleur's unique character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians over the ages. Nestled at the mouth of the Seine River, this small fishing port is renowned for the glorious voyages of discovery by its 17th century mariners, and has blossomed into one of Normandy's most appealing harbors.

Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes, was born here in 1824 and artists such as Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir and Cèzanne have visited Honfleur.

Preserved from World War II's destruction, this quaint old Norman town has managed to retain its charm of yesteryear. The "Old Dock," narrow jetty houses, the museums and monuments are witness to a rich heritage of art and history.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Sep 2, Monday
London/Dover, England » 6 am*  
For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London's legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
*  Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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