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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 13 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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Cruise Nights/
Duration
Price Guide
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20/04/18
Hurtigruten
Midnatsol
Bays and Islands of Western Europe
N Europe
Superior
Lisbon
Bremerhaven
10/11 From £2783
cruise only
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21/05/18
Windstar
Star Breeze
Bordeaux, Basque Lands & Brittany
N Europe/Med
Luxury
Lisbon
Amsterdam
12/13
From £3461
cruise only
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22/05/18
Silversea
Silver Spirit
Lisbon to London (Greenwich)
N Europe
Luxury
Lisbon
London Greenwich
12/13 From £4095
cruise only
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10/06/18
Silversea
Silver Wind
Lisbon to London Tower Bridge
N Europe
Luxury
Lisbon
London Tower Bridge
13/14
From £5855
fly cruise
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12/06/18
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Europa
Culture & cuisine along Europe's west coast
N Europe
Luxury
Bilbao
Hamburg
14/15 From £5362
cruise only
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09/09/18
Hurtigruten
Midnatsol
Cultural highlights of Coastal Europe
N Europe
Superior
Bergen
Lisbon
8/9
From £1762
cruise only
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19/09/18
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Europa 2
Absolutely Atlantic
N Europe
Luxury
Hamburg
Lisbon
13/14 From £5527
cruise only
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21/09/18
Windstar
Star Breeze
Bordeaux, Basque Lands & Brittany
N Europe
Luxury
London Greenwich
Lisbon
12/13
From £3692
cruise only
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12/04/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
Mediterranean Rivieras & European River Explorer
N Europe/Med
Premier
Lisbon
Dover
24/25 From £4898
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 £5699
cruise only
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24/04/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
European River Explorer
N Europe/Med
Premier
Civitavecchia
Dover
12/13 From £2499
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 £1555
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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