Fronsac-Castets, Bordeaux - France Bike & Boat

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.

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  • Comfort: Luxury
  • Start/Finish: Bordeaux
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  • Duration: 8 Days
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Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Fronsac/Libourne | optional round tour (10-15 km/7-10 miles)
Individual arrival and optional bus transfer from the meeting point at the Gare St. Jean train station in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the MV Bordeaux in Fronsac/Libourne on the Dordogne River. After settling in to your cabin, try out your cycling legs with a short first bike ride in the Libourne / Fronsac region. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2 (Sun): Fronsac/Libourne, Saint Émilion & Pomerol vineyards round tour (35-45 km/21-30 miles) | Libourne/Fronsac – Bourg 
Your day starts with a visit and stroll to the picturesque Libourne city square lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century and the (partly covered) commodity market. In Libourne your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas starts. You will enjoy cycling through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape on small picturesque back roads and paths. Along the way you will pass the prestigious Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus châteaux and vineyards – some of the world’s most famous wine estates – a true paradise for wine lovers! Highlight is a visit of Saint Emilion. In the evening the ship will cruise down the river to the small town of Bourg at the conjunction of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers where you will berth for the night.

Day 3 (Mon): Bourg – Blaye round tour   Blaye Fortress (UNESCO Site) (37 km/23 miles) 
As you cycle, you will visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the ‘douceur de vivre’ (sweet life), so typical for this wine region, the Côtes de Blaye vineyards. While the wine from this region may be lesser known than some ‘neighbors’ in the St. Emilion, Pomerol and Médoc areas, the quality of the wines produced is second to none. As you cycle you will see endless vineyards, fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain have passed through this region. In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban citadel to admire the military masterwork of the architect of ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. Return to Bourg via the ‘Corniche’, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary.

Day 4 (Tue): Bourg – Lamarque | Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour (45 km/29 miles) | Lamarque – Bordeaux 
This morning you will enjoy breakfast while sailing the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Lamarque. Later, as you wind your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux’s best wineries including the châteaux Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and last but not least, Château Margaux . You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional). In the late afternoon the MV Bordeaux will sail along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux. The ship will berth for the night in the city center where you will see the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 5 (Wed): Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux round tour (15 km/10 miles) | Bordeaux – Cadillac 
The highlight today is a visit of the city of Bordeaux where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical city the best way possible – on two wheels. Enjoy fantastic views of the old city’s waterfront during a bike ride on the new bike paths along the Garonne river. You will have an introduction with the town’s historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions, walking of by bike; the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror and Place de la Bourse… and more. Visit historic squares, a hidden garden and quaint locations where you can stop for a tasting of Bordeaux’s renowned “cannelés” and coffee or take some 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 fine wines are still stored in underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin. After dinner you will cruise the Garonne to the picturesque town of Cadillac.

Day 6 (Thu): Cadillac – Sauternes round tour (50 km/32 miles) | Cadillac – Castets-en-Dorthe 
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. In the evening cruise further upstream to the scenic village of Castets-en-Dorthe, the end of the navigable part of the Garonne River.

Day 7 (Fri): Castets-en-Dorthe – Saint Macaire – La Réole – Canal de la Garonne round tour (30 km/19 mi. or 50 km/ 32 mi.)
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. Your last dinner on board is in Castets-en-Dorthe.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Castets-en-Dorthe (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 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 Libourne/Fronsac and ends in Castets-en-Dorthe
  • 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): Embarkation: Fronsac/Libourne | optional round tour (10-15 km/7-10 miles)
Individual arrival and optional bus transfer from the meeting point at the Gare St. Jean train station in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the MV Bordeaux in Fronsac/Libourne on the Dordogne River. After settling in to your cabin, try out your cycling legs with a short first bike ride in the Libourne / Fronsac region. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2 (Sun): Fronsac/Libourne, Saint Émilion & Pomerol vineyards round tour (35-45 km/21-30 miles) | Libourne/Fronsac – Bourg 
Your day starts with a visit and stroll to the picturesque Libourne city square lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century and the (partly covered) commodity market. In Libourne your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas starts. You will enjoy cycling through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape on small picturesque back roads and paths. Along the way you will pass the prestigious Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus châteaux and vineyards – some of the world’s most famous wine estates – a true paradise for wine lovers! Highlight is a visit of Saint Emilion. In the evening the ship will cruise down the river to the small town of Bourg at the conjunction of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers where you will berth for the night.

Day 3 (Mon): Bourg – Blaye round tour   Blaye Fortress (UNESCO Site) (37 km/23 miles) 
As you cycle, you will visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the ‘douceur de vivre’ (sweet life), so typical for this wine region, the Côtes de Blaye vineyards. While the wine from this region may be lesser known than some ‘neighbors’ in the St. Emilion, Pomerol and Médoc areas, the quality of the wines produced is second to none. As you cycle you will see endless vineyards, fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain have passed through this region. In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban citadel to admire the military masterwork of the architect of ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. Return to Bourg via the ‘Corniche’, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary.

Day 4 (Tue): Bourg – Lamarque | Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour (45 km/29 miles) | Lamarque – Bordeaux 
This morning you will enjoy breakfast while sailing the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Lamarque. Later, as you wind your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux’s best wineries including the châteaux Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and last but not least, Château Margaux . You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional). In the late afternoon the MV Bordeaux will sail along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux. The ship will berth for the night in the city center where you will see the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 5 (Wed): Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux round tour (15 km/10 miles) | Bordeaux – Cadillac 
The highlight today is a visit of the city of Bordeaux where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical city the best way possible – on two wheels. Enjoy fantastic views of the old city’s waterfront during a bike ride on the new bike paths along the Garonne river. You will have an introduction with the town’s historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions, walking of by bike; the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror and Place de la Bourse… and more. Visit historic squares, a hidden garden and quaint locations where you can stop for a tasting of Bordeaux’s renowned “cannelés” and coffee or take some 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 fine wines are still stored in underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin. After dinner you will cruise the Garonne to the picturesque town of Cadillac.

Day 6 (Thu): Cadillac – Sauternes round tour (50 km/32 miles) | Cadillac – Castets-en-Dorthe 
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. In the evening cruise further upstream to the scenic village of Castets-en-Dorthe, the end of the navigable part of the Garonne River.

Day 7 (Fri): Castets-en-Dorthe – Saint Macaire – La Réole – Canal de la Garonne round tour (30 km/19 mi. or 50 km/ 32 mi.)
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. Your last dinner on board is in Castets-en-Dorthe.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Castets-en-Dorthe (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 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 Libourne/Fronsac and ends in Castets-en-Dorthe
  • 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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