Le Verdon sur Mer

The Place de la Bourse
The Pey Berland Tower 
The Saint Pierre District

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Le Verdon sur Mer

The Gateway to Bordeaux

On the northernmost tip of the Médoc peninsula, in the Aquitaine region, rises the small village of Le Verdon-sur-Mer, which as the name recalls, is on the sea, but more precisely on the Atlantic.
 
Small roads, characteristic French houses, small restaurants whose intoxicating smells tempt you to try their cuisine, boundless beaches where the impetuous waves of the ocean meet the land: this fascinating town is the destination of an MSC Cruise. A stroll to discover what this area has to offer is a pleasant way to start an MSC excursion headed for Bordeaux.

This city has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2007, it is the capital of the Gironde department and is famous all over the world for its renowned wine. After an extensive renovation of its historic buildings and the construction of contemporary architecture, Bordeaux is a prime example of the fascinating mix of the past, present and future: this excursion is more than just highly recommended.

It is impossible not to love this city: a boat trip on the river Garonne, which flows through the city, a glimpse of Place de la Bourse, the square built in the XVIII century, with its Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror), a spectacular endeavour which alternates the "mirror of water" with jets of steam, and a glance at the City of Wine, which for the French, is considered and with reason, a cultural heritage. You cannot miss the Public Garden, with blooming flowers and plants, the imposing gothic Pey Berland tower, the Saint Pierre district in the ancient medieval part of the city; a labyrinth of lively narrow streets whose names recall the crafts and trades of the time.

Must see places in Le Verdon sur Mer

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  • BEST OF BORDEAUX

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Tasting included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8:30 h

    LVE01

    The famed “Route des Châteaux” is blessed with row after row of vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. Road signs tick off the region's most legendary names: Margaux, Latour, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and more. And stately chateaux peer out from age-old vines and leafy allées or walkways. Arriving at one of the Médoc Peninsula's fairy-tale chateaux, you'll embark for a stimulating immersion in everything wine! Learn about the grapes that are grown in this region and sample the vintner's art from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and to Cabernet Franc. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase a favorite vintage as a special memento of your trip. Continuing your drive, you'll enter Bordeaux, a pleasing city of verdant parks, magnificent churches, sparkling waters, and graceful bridges. The dazzling display of 18th century neo-classical architecture holds such historic significance; thus, a reason the city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 33-acre Place des Quinconces is the largest city square in Western Europe. Crowned by the inspiring Girondins Column and planted with trees laid out in a geometric pattern much like a “5” on a regular die, it is the hub of city life. It was erected in memory of the Girondin officials who fell victim to the Reign of terror following the French Revolution. Take in the vibrant street scenes on your way to lunch in a local restaurant. Relax amidst stunning architecture in a treasured bistro like the 1890's Dubern, hailed as “more than a restaurant, an institution!” After a delightful lunch, enjoy time on your own to browse the shops along the pedestrian only Rue Sainte-Catherine. Re-boarding your motorcoach, on your way back to your ship in Le Verdon, you'll have time to reflect on the beauty and bounty of the Bordeaux wine region with its medieval hamlets and magnificent estates. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Alcoholic drinks will not be served to guests minor than 18 years old.
  • BORDEAUX ON YOUR OWN

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6 h

    LVE03

    Combine natural beauty and architectural splendor in the Médoc Châteaux Country with captivating city scenes in monumental Bordeaux, one of the most historically significant cities in France. You'll enter Bordeaux, a pleasing city of verdant parks, magnificent churches, sparkling waters, and graceful bridges. The dazzling display of 18th century neo-classical architecture holds such historic significance; thus, a reason for the city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 33-acre Place des Quinconces is the largest city square in Western Europe. Crowned by the inspiring Girondin Column and planted with trees laid out in a geometric pattern much like a “5” on a regular die, it is the hub of city life. Shoppers will want to explore the charming Rue Saint-Catherine, a pedestrian-only street lined with sophisticated shops brimming with local wares. Once you've worked up a thirst or an appetite for lunch on your own, you can choose from the sidewalk cafes and bistros offering delicious refreshments: the perfect place to relax and watch the people go by as you sip a lustrous, full-bodied Bordeaux wine. For tours that offer more in-depth exploration with actual visits to one or more sites, see the other options in this port. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • MEDOC CHÂTEAU & WINE TASTING

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    LVE02

    Drive along the celebrated “Route des Châteaux” through miles of vineyard estates that stretch into the horizon. Their names alone are magical and even a road sign announcing a legendary place like Chateaux Margaux, Latour, or Lafite Rothschild can stir the imagination with flights of fancy. Board a comfortable motorcoach for a relaxing journey that will tantalize your taste buds. Arriving at one of the Médoc Peninsula's fairy-tale châteaux, perhaps Château Lafite Rothschild, dreams are transformed into reality. Before you stands an expansive kingdom devoted to the appreciation of fine wine. Be sure to capture your impressions on camera to share with family and friends back home. Your next stop, at one of the region's most famous estates, enfolds you in a captivating wine-lover's experience. Tour the cellars with your knowledgeable hosts, learn about the region's treasured Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc grapes, taste the wines, and perhaps purchase a favorite vintage as a memento of your trip. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Alcoholic drinks will not be served to guests minor than 18 years old.
  • ST. EMILION REGION & CHÂTEAU LA
    COUSPAUDE

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    LVE05

    Begin with a scenic drive to Saint Emilion, the heartland of the Merlot grape. The outstanding wine-making reputation and colorful history of the St. Emilion and Pomerol regions have become known throughout the world. Enjoy views of the vine-covered “hills with a thousand chateaux”, leading to Saint Emilion's 13th-century walls and moat. You enjoy a tasting before having time on your own to explore Saint Emilion and to have lunch. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Alcoholic drinks will not be served to guests minor than 18 years old.
  • THE LOVELY CITY OF SAINTES & COGNAC
    EXPERIENCE

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8:30 h

    LVE04

    The Charente River region features some of the world-famous vineyards of Cognac as well as ancient towns studded with Romanesque treasures. This delightful full-day tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to fully experience the many facets of the region. Starting off from the pier, you will first head toward Saintes, enjoying scenic views of verdant fields of vineyards and quaint villages. Situated on the banks of the Charente River, the picturesque town of Saintes has many historical points of interest and upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Some of the sights you will view are the Romanesque St. Eutrope Church with its 12th-century crypt, the first-century Roman amphitheater, and the stately Triumphal Arch. You will have some time on your own to lunch. Next, you will drive to Cognac to visit the cellars and discover the nuances of fine brandy during a special tasting. Your instructor will explain to you the grand tradition involved in the making of cognac, such as the swan's neck-shaped alembic stills that are still used to distill the cognac. Following your time at the cellars, you will re-join your coach to reach Royan for a ferry ride to Le Verdon. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Alcoholic drinks will not be served to guests minor than 18 years old.

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

France

The Atlantic breeze
The Atlantic breeze

Each quintessentially French yet cherishing its own unique identity, Brittany and Normandy rank among the most intriguing and distinctive regions of France.


Visitors can explore either or both on an MSC Northern Europe cruise, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the best the country has to offer: sheltered white-sand beaches and wild rugged coastlines; mighty medieval fortresses and mysterious megaliths; graceful Gothic cathedrals and breathtaking contemporary architecture; heathland studded with wildflowers and deep ancient forests. Best of all, perhaps, there’s the compelling and exuberant cuisine, from the seafood extravaganzas in countless little ports to the rich pungent cheeses of rural Normandy.

A cruise to Normandy will take you to its prized large-scale ports: Rouen, Dieppe, Cherbourg and Le Havre. Inland, it is a wonderfully fertile belt of tranquil pastureland, where most visitors head straight for the restaurants of the Pays d’Auge and the Suisse Normande. While the pleasures of Normandy are perhaps less intense than those of Brittany, it too has its fair share of beaches, ranging from the shelving shingle of pretty Étretat to the vast sandy swathes that line the western Cotentin peninsula.