Sea Cloud Cruises, the Hamburg operator of small, fine sailing cruises, make their guests discover the beauty of the Atlantic coast by bike.
Whoever sails with Sea Cloud II in August 2017 from Hamburg, Germany to Bilbao, Spain, will experience the World Heritage Site of Bruges with its charming mediaeval old town, Belle-Île-en-Mer in Brittany with its serene atmosphere and the Basque gourmet-mecca of San Sebastián. For the more active guests, the “terranova cycling package” is highly recommended and can be booked as an option with the cruise:
The package includes five guided cycling excursions and one walk. The first cycling tour (26 km / 16 miles) starts in Ostend and, along small canals, takes the guests to Bruges, once a prolific cloth-making and trading city. Before heading back to the ship the guests will see the most beautiful spots in the city during a guided tour.
In Guernsey the guests will enjoy a light stroll (5 km / 3 miles) along the wild, rocky coastline with views over steep headlines and picturesque bays.
Sea Cloud II`s approach to Lorient is truly spectacular and popular with sailors. This is where the second cycling excursion starts (36 km / 22 miles), along the sandy beaches and idyllic bays in one of the most gorgeous sections of Brittany`s coastline.
At Belle-Île-en-Mer`s Le Palais harbor guests get back on their bike for the third time (30 km / 19 miles). The tour ends on the other side of the island, following in the tracks of Claude Monet, who was so fascinated by the beauty of the island that he created 39 paintings here in just 75 days.
In La Rochelle the guests will cycle across the impressively long bridge that leads to the Île de Ré. They can stop off at bistros in peaceful little port villages, see a wide variety of birds on the salt marshes, and explore some Mediterranean forests (cycling distance: 34 km / 21 miles).
In San Sebastián there will be a visit to the old town before the guests cycle along the beach promenade and a coastal road with a breath taking view of the green countryside.
Travel date: Hamburg, Germany – Bilbao, Spain, 21st August 2017 to 31st August 2017, from EUR 4.415 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive until 30th November 2016). Rate for the optional cycling excursion package: EUR 795 per person which includes sightseeing and entrance fees, guided bike tours and hikes, transfers, bike rental, support van and beverage breaks.
Since 1979, Sea Cloud Cruises has been one of the top names in the world of cruising. The 85-year-old four mast barque Sea Cloud and her younger sister Sea Cloud II are regularly elected by the Berlitz Cruise Guide into the top five boutique cruise ships.