Bordeaux Bike and Cruise

7 Days

A river cruise where the emphasis is on overwhelmingly active day excursions? Yes, it does exist!

This is a perfect choice for the active traveller who loves river cruising and is interested in discovering the wines of one of France’s most renowned vineyard areas

You’ll spend your evenings cruising and dining on a family owned and operated boat along the waterways of the beautiful Bordeaux area of SW France.

During the day, stretch your legs on guided or self-guided cycle tours, passing through picturesque villages and exploring vineyards. En route you’ll make stops at classic wine estates in the main vineyard areas around Bordeaux – Entre-deux-mers, Sauternes, Graves, Bordeaux, Médoc, Blaye, Bourg, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

In each area you’ll enjoying wine tastings and learn about the life of the vineyard owner through the seasons.

About the boat

The neatly sized 78m long river cruiser is privately owned and can accommodate a maximum of 80 passengers in 49 cabins.

There’s a real family atmosphere on board the welcoming boat which has a lovely warmth thanks to its wood panelling and comfortable carpets.

The food is one of the highlights of this exceptional river cruising experience.  From the outstanding and varied breakfast buffet to the delicious evening meals prepared with the freshest local and seasonal produce, it’s a good job you’ll be active during the day!

About the river cruise

This river cruise provides a unique combination of culture and nature, sport, travel and adventure as well as fine wines and refined cuisine.

The cruise ship will navigate along the Gironde, Garonne and Dordogne rivers, promising beautiful scenes of traditional French life along the way.

In the late afternoon and early evening you’ll cruise to your overnight mooring point from where you’ll depart in the morning for your cycle tour.

About the cycling

Each day, your guided or self-guided bike tour will take you along quiet country lanes to visit chateaux and vineyard estates, historic villages and beautiful manor houses.

The daily bike tours are between 25 and 55km in length and can be adapted to your level with easier or harder options available on most days. E-bikes are available should you fancy giving your legs a rest!

You’ll discover the UNESCO heritage sites of the beautiful city of Bordeaux and the UNESCO registered village and vineyards of Saint Emilion.

Enjoy cycling on the peaceful backlanes and visiting many outstanding wineries where you can enjoy wine tastings and vineyard visits.

If you’re looking for a river cruise that’s a combination of the active and the decadent, we reckon this cruise in the Bordeaux area is just the ticket!

This river cruise is a great choice for those who enjoy staying active on vacation whilst still enjoying the finer things in life such as wine tastings, vineyard experiences, delicious gastronomy and visits to historic sites.

The great thing about this active river cruise is you can choose guided or self-guided bike tours each day and can either take your own bike or use one of those on board.

<p>Optional transfer from the meeting point in Bordeaux to the cruise start location. </p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, enjoy a short local ride to get used to your bike and to stretch your legs.</p><p></p><p>In the evening, a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.</p>

<p>After a good night's sleep you can look forward to your first day of cycling. You'll discover the historic village of Saint Macaire and its wonderful old gates and stone walls. There is an opportunity to have your first wine tasting at a château here too.</p><p></p><p>You'll ride through fields of maize and sunflowers to reach the historic town of La Reole. Discover its narrow cobbled streets and visit the two impressive castles as well as the church.</p><p></p><p>Make your way back to the cruise boat on the bike path which wends its way along the "Canal de la Garonne" which was constructed way back in the days of Napoleon.</p><p></p><p>If you've got the legs, make a detour via the beautiful scenery of Meilhan-sur-Garonne.</p><p></p><p>Later, the cruise ship will cast off and make its way along the Garonne River to reach Loupiac near the city of Cadillac.</p>

<p>Today you'll explore the delightful Sauternes area, passing through famous vineyards and enjoying tastings along the way.</p><p>You'll ride along the winding cycle path alongside the Ciron River to the