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Belle Ile - France Highlights:
Le Palais, la Citadelle, Sauzon
As its name implies, Belle Ile, which is about 15 km south of Quiberon on the southwest coast of Brittany, is a beautiful island. Vauban built one of his citadels here, but it is far less impressive than the natural rock formations. Belle Ile is bound by relatively calm waters to the north and by the crashing force of the Bay of Biscay to the south. Home to 4300 winter inhabitants, the population rises to 35,000 in the summer. In discovering Belle Ile in 1886, Claude Monet made the island famous and it became a favourite with artists.

Belle Ile is the largest Breton island and once belonged to Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV‘s minister, and later to the English, who in 1761 swapped it for Menorca. The main village is Le Palais, a cosy port dominated by a 16th-century fortress, La Citadelle, surrounded by impressive ramparts which Vauban strengthened in 1682, following centuries of Anglo-French disputes over control of the area.

There are three other smaller villages, each located at one of the island's extremities - Sauzon, an adorable little pastel coloured port, Bangor with the Goulphar lighthouse dominating the Cote Sauvage and Locmaria . Other sights include the 2 standings stones Jean & Jeanne. Vast beaches of fine golden sand mark the northern coast, while the south offers a more rugged coastline with spectacular rock formations and caves. The famous Grotte de ‘Apothicairerie (Cave of the Apothecary's Shop) is an awesome cavern into which the waves roll from two sides. A pedestrian-only track follows the island's entire coastline.

The following 9 cruises call at Belle Ile. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.

Sailing Date Line/Ship Cruise Name Region
Ship Rating
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12/04/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
Mediterranean Rivieras & European River Explorer
N Europe/Med
Premier
Lisbon
Dover
24/25 From £4148
cruise only
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14/04/19
Hurtigruten
Midnatsol
Bays and Islands of Western Europe
Theme: Easter
N Europe
Superior
Lisbon
Amsterdam
9/10
From £1948
cruise only
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24/04/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
European River & Celtic Explorer
N Europe/Med
Premier
Civitavecchia
Amsterdam
26/27 From £5049
cruise only
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24/04/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
European River Explorer
N Europe/Med
Premier
Civitavecchia
Dover
12/13
From £2149
cruise only
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17/05/19
Hurtigruten
Roald Amundsen
Exploring Hidden Harbours
N Europe
Superior
Lisbon
Hamburg
13/14 From £2613
cruise only
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17/05/19
Hurtigruten
Roald Amundsen
Portugal, Spain, France -Exploring Hidden Harbours
N Europe
Superior
Lisbon
Hamburg
13/14
From £1649
cruise only
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02/10/19
Hurtigruten
Fridtjof Nansen
France, Spain, Portugal – Gems of Western Europe
N Europe
Superior
Amsterdam
Lisbon
8/9 From £1638
cruise only
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15/08/20
Oceania Cruises
Insignia
Magnificent Crossing
Transatlantic
Premier
New York
Southampton
27/28
From £6845
cruise only
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15/08/20
Oceania Cruises
Insignia
Beacons of Beauty
East US/Canada
Premier
New York
Reykjavik
15/16 From £5539
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