Castets-Fronsac, Bordeaux - France Bike & Barge

During this unique tour you will explore one of the most beautiful, famous and beloved parts of France. The region of Bordeaux, located in sun drenched, south-western part of France is the perfect setting for a bike and boat tour.

Daily cycling tours through six famous wine regions you will visit these areas, see many châteaux and wine estates and you will probably taste various excellent wines. The Bordeaux area does not only offer the finest wines; it is also home to finest, scrumptious, distinct tasting culinary specialties. The cuisine on board is great and menus will include regional specialties, prepared with fresh ingredients.

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  • Comfort: Luxury
  • Start/Finish: Bordeaux
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  • Duration: 8 Days
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Day 1 (Sat): Castets-en- Dorthe – Canal des Deux Mers (Approx. 15 km/10 mi.)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point at Gare St. Jean train station in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe, located in the middle of the Garonne Valley. Embarkation starts at 03:00 PM. You can enjoy an optional short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this flat and fertile region aptly named “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. Following the bike path along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you will discover this lush rural countryside. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2 (Sun): Castets-en-Dorthe – Saint Macaire – La Réole – Canal de la Garonne Round tour (30 km/19 mi. or 50 km/ 32 mi.) | Castets-en-Dorthe – Cadillac
After a restful night on board, the first town you will discover by bike is the lovely Saint Macaire and its wonderfull gate and walls. There is opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as having your first wine tasting at a château. Riding along korn and sunflower fields you reach La Réole, using an Eiffel style bridge over the river Garonne. This town is famous because in 1190 Richard Lionheart, on his way to the holy Land, gave the town hall building to thank the locals for their loyalty to the English crown. This historical place holds two castles, an impressive church as well as narrow cobbelstoned streets. To end the day you will enjoy the bike path along the « canal de la Garonne » and its deep blue water, built in Napoleon times. You can either go directly back to the ship or ride to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and the amazing scenery it has to offer.

Day 3 (Mon): Loupiac – Entre-Deux-Mers / Graves – Sauternes – Cadillac round tour (32 miles / 50 km) |  Cadillac – Bordeaux
Today we will discover the Sauternes region, where sweet dessert wines are made. We start by enjoying the view from Sainte-Croix du Mont before having a look at the grave of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The then route follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In the autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce the mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine.
 You will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many more. Wine tastings are offered here! Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as the Bastide in the Entre-Deux- Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Once back on board, you will travel along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the regions most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 4 (Tue): Bordeaux: Bordeaux bike tour (10 miles / 15 km)
The tour guide will propose a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels: this short cycling tour, mainly over cycling lanes, along both sides of the Garonne river in the cycling capital of France offers beautiful panorama views of the waterfront and the city. In the afternoon, enjoy the UNESCO sites of Bordeaux during a walking or cycling tour. Its main attractions are the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror… and more. You will discover beautiful squares, a hidden garden or quaint location where you can do a tasting of the Bordeaux renowned “cannelés” and coffee or fresh oysters and white wine. There is free time in the afternoon to shop or explore. Be sure to explore the town’s streets and shops where wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin.

Day 5 (Wed): Bordeaux – Lamarque | Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour  (28 miles / 45 km) |  Lamarque – Bourg
In the morning the ship cruises from Bordeaux to Lamarque in the Gironde estuary, to start your cycling tour in the famous Médoc wine area. Winding your way through vineyards, you will discover some of Médocs most beautiful castles and prestigious wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including the Châteaux Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and the last but not least Château Margaux. You can stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional) and learn everything about classifications before returning to the boat. In the late afternoon, the ship will cruise the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Bourg, a picturesque little town near the conjunction of the Gironde and Dordogne rivers. The old city center overlooks the Gironde estuary.

Day 6 (Thu): Bourg to Blaye Fortress and vineyards round tour (23 miles / 37 km) |  Bourg – Fronsac/Libourne
Cycling from Bourg you will enter the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. Its wine chateaux may be little known but their production has nothing to envy to its more famous neighbors on the more famous opposite river bank of Médoc. You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella have passed through this region. Be enchanted by the “douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban Fortess (on the UNESCO World Heritage List) to admire this military masterwork of the architect of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, before you return to Bourg by cycling part of the ‘Corniche’, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary. In the evening you will sail to Fronsac / Libourne on the Dordogne river.

Day 7 (Fri): Fronsac/Libourne, Pomerol & Saint-Émilion vineyards (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/30 mi.)
In Libourne you can stroll to the picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. You can visit the weekly market on Friday mornings, before starting your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, bristling with vines, you will enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Cycling the landscape provides a unique view of the village’s medieval lanes and surrounding vineyards. Take some time to visit beautiful Saint-Émilion. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads and paths where you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion’s most famous châteaux. Along the way you will see some of the first classified wines such as Angelus, Ausonne, Cheval Blanc, Petrus – some of the world’s most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!

Day 8 (Sat): Fronsac/Libourne: Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to the pre-agreed drop off point at the Gare St. Jean train station of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 09:00 AM.

Key Details

Here are some key details about the Bike Boat tour that takes you through Bordeaux:

  • This tour is an 8 day, 7 night bike boat tour
  • This tour starts in Castets-en-Dorthe and ends in Libourne/Fronsac
  • This Bike Boat tour takes you through the wine regions of France

On this Bike Boat tour in Bordeaux, you will experience many highlights including:

  • Daily cycling tours through six famous wine regions
  • Experiencing wine estates and enjoy tasting excellent wines
  • Enjoy delicious cuisine
  • The city of Bordeaux which is a UNSECO World Heritage Site
  • Glorious architechure
  • Tempting cafes and shops
  • Superb Museums

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.);Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome cocktail, presentation of ship   crew and briefing on the first evening
  • Basic package “semi-guided cycling”
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board at the end of each cycling tour
Excluded
  • Transfers from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and libourne/Fronsac
  • Reservation fee €15,00 (obligatory)
  • Package guided cycling
  • On board, GPS-devices can be rented with all GPX-tracks for recommended cycling tours (rent € 15 to be paid on board/deposit € 100)
  • Rental bicycle/E-Bike
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurances

Day 1 (Sat): Castets-en- Dorthe – Canal des Deux Mers (Approx. 15 km/10 mi.)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point at Gare St. Jean train station in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe, located in the middle of the Garonne Valley. Embarkation starts at 03:00 PM. You can enjoy an optional short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this flat and fertile region aptly named “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. Following the bike path along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you will discover this lush rural countryside. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2 (Sun): Castets-en-Dorthe – Saint Macaire – La Réole – Canal de la Garonne Round tour (30 km/19 mi. or 50 km/ 32 mi.) | Castets-en-Dorthe – Cadillac
After a restful night on board, the first town you will discover by bike is the lovely Saint Macaire and its wonderfull gate and walls. There is opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as having your first wine tasting at a château. Riding along korn and sunflower fields you reach La Réole, using an Eiffel style bridge over the river Garonne. This town is famous because in 1190 Richard Lionheart, on his way to the holy Land, gave the town hall building to thank the locals for their loyalty to the English crown. This historical place holds two castles, an impressive church as well as narrow cobbelstoned streets. To end the day you will enjoy the bike path along the « canal de la Garonne » and its deep blue water, built in Napoleon times. You can either go directly back to the ship or ride to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and the amazing scenery it has to offer.

Day 3 (Mon): Loupiac – Entre-Deux-Mers / Graves – Sauternes – Cadillac round tour (32 miles / 50 km) |  Cadillac – Bordeaux
Today we will discover the Sauternes region, where sweet dessert wines are made. We start by enjoying the view from Sainte-Croix du Mont before having a look at the grave of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The then route follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In the autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce the mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine.
 You will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many more. Wine tastings are offered here! Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as the Bastide in the Entre-Deux- Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Once back on board, you will travel along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the regions most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 4 (Tue): Bordeaux: Bordeaux bike tour (10 miles / 15 km)
The tour guide will propose a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels: this short cycling tour, mainly over cycling lanes, along both sides of the Garonne river in the cycling capital of France offers beautiful panorama views of the waterfront and the city. In the afternoon, enjoy the UNESCO sites of Bordeaux during a walking or cycling tour. Its main attractions are the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror… and more. You will discover beautiful squares, a hidden garden or quaint location where you can do a tasting of the Bordeaux renowned “cannelés” and coffee or fresh oysters and white wine. There is free time in the afternoon to shop or explore. Be sure to explore the town’s streets and shops where wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin.

Day 5 (Wed): Bordeaux – Lamarque | Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour  (28 miles / 45 km) |  Lamarque – Bourg
In the morning the ship cruises from Bordeaux to Lamarque in the Gironde estuary, to start your cycling tour in the famous Médoc wine area. Winding your way through vineyards, you will discover some of Médocs most beautiful castles and prestigious wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including the Châteaux Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and the last but not least Château Margaux. You can stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional) and learn everything about classifications before returning to the boat. In the late afternoon, the ship will cruise the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Bourg, a picturesque little town near the conjunction of the Gironde and Dordogne rivers. The old city center overlooks the Gironde estuary.

Day 6 (Thu): Bourg to Blaye Fortress and vineyards round tour (23 miles / 37 km) |  Bourg – Fronsac/Libourne
Cycling from Bourg you will enter the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. Its wine chateaux may be little known but their production has nothing to envy to its more famous neighbors on the more famous opposite river bank of Médoc. You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella have passed through this region. Be enchanted by the “douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban Fortess (on the UNESCO World Heritage List) to admire this military masterwork of the architect of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, before you return to Bourg by cycling part of the ‘Corniche’, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary. In the evening you will sail to Fronsac / Libourne on the Dordogne river.

Day 7 (Fri): Fronsac/Libourne, Pomerol & Saint-Émilion vineyards (35 km/21 mi. or 45 km/30 mi.)
In Libourne you can stroll to the picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. You can visit the weekly market on Friday mornings, before starting your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, bristling with vines, you will enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Cycling the landscape provides a unique view of the village’s medieval lanes and surrounding vineyards. Take some time to visit beautiful Saint-Émilion. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads and paths where you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion’s most famous châteaux. Along the way you will see some of the first classified wines such as Angelus, Ausonne, Cheval Blanc, Petrus – some of the world’s most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!

Day 8 (Sat): Fronsac/Libourne: Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to the pre-agreed drop off point at the Gare St. Jean train station of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 09:00 AM.

Key Details

Here are some key details about the Bike Boat tour that takes you through Bordeaux:

  • This tour is an 8 day, 7 night bike boat tour
  • This tour starts in Castets-en-Dorthe and ends in Libourne/Fronsac
  • This Bike Boat tour takes you through the wine regions of France

On this Bike Boat tour in Bordeaux, you will experience many highlights including:

  • Daily cycling tours through six famous wine regions
  • Experiencing wine estates and enjoy tasting excellent wines
  • Enjoy delicious cuisine
  • The city of Bordeaux which is a UNSECO World Heritage Site
  • Glorious architechure
  • Tempting cafes and shops
  • Superb Museums

Getting to France:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in France.

By Car – France can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to France to a number of airports including Charles De Gaulle, Nice and Lyon.

For more information on getting to France please visit the France Tourism website.

Included
  • Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.);Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome cocktail, presentation of ship   crew and briefing on the first evening
  • Basic package “semi-guided cycling”
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board at the end of each cycling tour
Excluded
  • Transfers from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and libourne/Fronsac
  • Reservation fee €15,00 (obligatory)
  • Package guided cycling
  • On board, GPS-devices can be rented with all GPX-tracks for recommended cycling tours (rent € 15 to be paid on board/deposit € 100)
  • Rental bicycle/E-Bike
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurances
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