€999 Per person per cabin
- Country / RegionFrance / Aquitaine
- Duration8 Days/7 Nights
- Featured Last Minute DealYes
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomCruise Cruise between Castets-en-Dorthe and Libourne.Meals All meals on boardOffer Free bike rental for 2018 departures*Guide English-speaking tour guideDrinks Welcome drinksActivity Wine tasting sessions
Discover the the Bordeaux wine regions and enjoy an authentic French cycling cruise on board the beautiful MS Bordeaux.
*Exclusive FTC Offer
- Free bike rental for bookings departing in 2018.
- Book between 1st Febraury to 1st March 2018.
- Travel between 12th May to 27th October 2018.
- Cycle through 120,000 hectares of vineyards and around 8,000 hectares of chateaux. Visit the famed vineyards of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc, Margaux and more.
- Cruise the Dordogne, Garonne Rivers and the Gironde Estuary.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Suites including Saint Emilion's medieval village and vineyards, Bordeaux's monumental architecture and the fortifications of Vauban's Bold on the Gironde Estuary.
- Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category during 8 days/7 nights
- 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;
- Tour leader (English speaking) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short walking tours; individual cycling / semi-guided cycling tours: tour leader is not guiding the group, but cycling in the area and can be contacted during bike tours by mobile phone in case of questions, problems or emergencies (fully guided cycling as option/ surcharge)
- Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
- Complimentary coffee and tea every afternoon
- Transfers from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and Libourne
- Reservation fee 15 EUR (obligatory surcharge) per booking/party
- Package guided cycling
- Rental bicycle
- Rental e-bike
- Other transfers, parking fees, entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings, drinks on board
- Personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion)
- Special diets on request / surcharges may apply
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Dates & Prices
Castets-en-Dorthe to Libourne
Departure Date Twin Cabin
Junior Suite April 28 999 Euros 1,149 Euros 1,349 Euros 1,299 Euros 1,299 Euros May 12 1,099 Euros 1,249 Euros 1,499 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,399 Euros May 26 1,249 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,549 Euros June 9, 23 1,249 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,549 Euros September 1, 15, 29 1,249 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,549 Euros October 13 1,099 Euros 1,249 Euros 1,499 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,549 Euros
Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe
Departure Date Twin Cabin
Junior Suite May 5 1,099 Euros 1,249 Euros 1,499 Euros 1,399 Euros 1,399 Euros May 19 1,249 Euros 1,3499 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,599 Euros June 2, 16, 30 1,249 Euros 1,3499 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,599 Euros August 25 1,249 Euros 1,3499 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,599 Euros September 8, 22 1,249 Euros 1,3499 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,599 Euros October 6 1,249 Euros 1,3499 Euros 1,649 Euros 1,599 Euros 1,599 Euros
- Bike rental with 21 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag - 75 Euros
- Electrical bike (E-bike) - 165 Euros (limited number available)
- Other types of bicycles are on request
Castets-en-Dorthe via Bordeaux to Libourne/Fronsac
Day 1, Saturday
Castets-en- Dorthe –“Canal des Deux Mers” round tour (10 miles/15 km)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point 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. You can enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this 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, Sunday
Castets-en-Dorthe/ Entre-Deux-Mers round tour (17 to 29 miles/27 to 46 km)
The cycling itinerary today leads through Entre-deux-mers, the “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” winegrowing area. You will be introduced to family estates, with wine tastings, and have the opportunity to visit the‘Malagar’ former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as the Malromé castle, family house of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century.
Your castle -to -castle course will allow you to discover breathtaking panoramas, ancient buildings, scenic spots, an exceptional terroir and strange natural sights: the village of Sainte Croix du Mont offers a panoramic plateau formed by huge fossilised oyster beds accumulated from the tertiary and the medieval village Saint-Macaire is on the Garonne river with troglodyte houses. In the late afternoon, back on board again, the tour continues by ship, heading upstream along the Garonne River to reach Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle.
Day 3, Monday
Cadillac / Graves -Sauternes round tour ( 25 to 31 miles/39 to 50 km)
After a restful night on board, you will be ready to discover the Sauternais region by bike, where sweet dessert wines are made. Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also called the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as a Bastide. The route follows the winding banks of the Ciron river, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. The country roads are dotted with picturesque châteaux whose elegant turrets rule over an ocean of colorful vines. Time seems frozen in the medieval era when the region was under the rule of English crown. The Château de Roquetaillade (XIVth)is a defensive site, owned by the same family since….1306! You will see here the prestigious Château Yquem (Château Climens, Château Guiraud, Château Rayne Vigneau and many others).
Once back on board, you will sail down the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the famous Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the region's most prestigious panorama: the “Port de la lune” with magnificient XVIIIth facades, the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons all in one view.
Day 4, Tuesday
Heart of Bordeaux tour (6 to 20 miles/10 to 32 km)
Ready to discover Bordeaux? You will be offered three bike tours. Don’t miss the architectural gems with the UNESCO World Heritage Tour which will take you down the historical streets, monuments and hidden places of the world famous City of wine. You will begin with the historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions; 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. Also, you can discover Bordeaux with the Garonne River tour and cross some bridges to admire the total harmony of the city, in its surprising new and redeveloped areas. There is free time in the afternoon to shop or explore. Be sure to sightsee the town’s streets and shops where wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened Cité du Vin.
Day 5, Wednesday
Medoc/Margaux bike tour (18 to 35 miles/29 to 58 km)
You will cruise down the Garonne River, admire the facades of the docks of Bordeaux, at the point at Ambes where the two rivers join and enter the Gironde estuary. Your boat reaches the point where Dordogne and the Garonne rivers meet and flow into the Gironde estuary and it will moor at Cussac Fort Medoc, Unesco site from the Médoc wine region. You will have time to saunter into the village, where an exceptional old Fort testifies to the English military presence to guard the left bank of the estuary, frontiers of their highly coveted territory. Do you prefer “Medoc”? “Margaux”? ”Pauillac”? “Saint Estephe”? or “Saint Julien”? Biking there will help you to decide! Winding your way through vineyards you will discover some of Médocs best wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including the Châteaux Palmer, Pontet Canet, Grand Puy Lacoste, Lynch-Bages, Latour, Pichon- Longueville, Cos d'Estournel/Lafite Rothschild , Issan, Lewis Brown, Desmirail, Prieuré Lichine, Rauzan Segla Gassies and 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.
Day 6, Thursday
Blaye Fortress and vineyards round tour (15 to 26 miles/25 to 41 km)
You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairytale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Its wine chateaux may be little known but all the same beautiful and their production is just as prestigious to its more famous neighbors on the left bank. You will have the choice to visit some of them such as Monconseil-Gazin, Tayac, Eyquem and many others châteaux… After a short loop through the Blaye Citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to admire the military masterwork of architect of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, you will enter the “Côtes de Blaye” vineyard. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela passed through this region. Along an ancient railroad, now transformed into a pleasant bike path, you can visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the ”douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. Back on the boat, it heads to Bourg-sur-Gironde, officially recognized as a historic village because of its rich background and architectural heritage. In the footsteps of Louis XIV, spend an enjoyable evening. In the evening you will sail to Fronsac / Libourne on the Dordogne river.
Day 7, Friday
Libourne & Saint Émilion vineyards (21 - 32 miles/35 - 50 km)
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 through the countryside, lined with vines, you will enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Cycling through the landscape provides a unique view of the village's medieval lanes and surrounding vineyards. Your ride will continue on small picturesque country roads and paths where you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion's most famous châteaux. Along the way we see some of the 1rst Classified growth such as Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus, some of the world’s most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!
Day 8, Saturday
Libourne/ Fronsac: 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 in the city of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 09:00 AM.
Note: This cruise will be offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.
- Lower deck - 34 twin cabins & 2 junior suites
- Upper deck - 11 twin cabins 2 single cabins
- Loung bar
- Sun deck with sun loungers, chairs, tables and cycle shed
- All cabins have WiFi access, easy opening window, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, air conditioning, satellite TV and mini safe.
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