Vineyards everywhere in the Bordeaux region of France. Photo via Flickr:Peter Werkman www.peterwerkman.nl
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Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine

France Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in the Bordeaux.

The region of Bordeaux, located in sun-drenched, south-west France is the perfect setting for a bike and boat tour. Set at the confluence of the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary, it is one of the most prolific and famous wine growing regions in the world. Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills of the region have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines. Appellations such as Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux have made Bordeaux wines world famous.

At the region’s heart, is the cultural center, the city of Bordeaux. Once known as the Sleeping Beauty, it stretches along the riverbanks, inviting visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafés, and superb museums. This city sleeps no more! Cruise the French Rivers and bike through vineyards on carefully chosen routes and experience the French Joie de Vivre!

On board you will discover a wide variety of excellent local wines to enjoy during dinner or simply to sample at your leisure. The region's distinct cuisine will featured, prepared with the freshest ingredients.

Highlights:

  • Cycle through the world famous Bordeaux wine area
  • Historic and cultural Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • Sampling of different varieties of Bordeaux Wine
  • Architectural gems

Come on board! Sip local wine, sample French cuisine, cycle immersed in culture, and like the French, slow down and savor the good things in life; food, wine, and biking!

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Tour Dates

Castets-en-Dorthe/Cadillac to Libourne

Low Season: April 22, 2017

Mid Season: May 6, 2017

High Season: May 20, June 3, June 17, August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, 2017

Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe/Cadillac

Mid Season: April 29 and October 14, 2017

High Season: May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, September 2, September 16, Septembr 30, 2017

*Castets-en-Dorthe/Cadillac: The tour is planned to begin or end in Castets-en-Dorthe, pending the completion of a new dock. If it is not finished in time, the boat will remain docked in Cadillac.

*TRANSFER*: An optional transfer is offered and can be booked one-way or round-trip for a supplement. Booking this transfer is recommended, especially to/from Castets-en-Dorthe/Cadillac. Arrival day transfer meets at 2pm at Gare St Jean Train Station in Bordeaux and takes you directly to the boat. On departure day, the transfer will bring you back to Gare St Jean Train Station around 10am. See more information below in "Local Travel" under pricing.

A group discount is being offered on all departures. For groups of more than 10, one person travels free, equivalent to lower deck twin cabin pricing. Single supplement will still apply. These offers are not retroactive.

Skill Level

This tour is rated easy to moderate with daily cycling distances from 30 to 50 km (18 - 32 miles). The terrain is relatively flat with short climbs out of the river valleys onto the intervening vineyard area. Cycling tours in the basic package are semi-guided in that the tour leader provides daily briefings of the tour and participants cycle individually at their own pace with bicycle maps and route directions.The tour leader will be cycling all tours as well and can be reached on her/his mobile phone in case of questions or problems.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the comfort plus vessel, the Bordeaux.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink and tour briefing
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x self packed lunches, 7 x three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board until 4 pm
  • Daily cabin cleaning (change of towels on request)
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Cycling guide for those who want to cycle with guide (surcharge applies, advanced reservations required)
  • Maps and tour information, one set per cabin
  • GPS tracks available
  • 21 gear hybrid bike rental including panniers and map holder
  • Harbor and lock fees
  • Tour guide that gives daily briefings and is available by cell phone in case of emergency

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Transfer - can be booked one-way or round-trip for a supplement
  • Bicycle protection (optional - €10/hybrid bike, €20/ebike)
  • Helmet (limited number on board, advanced reservation required, €10 payable on board)
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine Map

2017 Itinerary: Direction Castets-en-Dorthe/Cadillac to Libourne

Day 1: Individual arrival in Castets-en-Dorthe or direct transfer booked from Bordeaux. Boarding at 3 pm. Optional bike ride, 10 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Cadillac - Sauternes - Castets-en Dorthe round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35-50 km)
Day 3: Cadillac - Entre-Deux-Mers/Graves round trip by bike, 21-32 mi. (35-50 km) | Cadillac - Bordeaux by boat
Day 4: Heart of Bordeaux by bike, 10 mi. (15 km)
Day 5: Bordeaux to Lamarque by boat | Lamarque - Margaux (Medoc) round-trip by bike 25 mi. (40 km) | Lamarque to Bourg by boat
Day 6: Bourg - Blaye round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35-50 km) | Bourg - Libourne by boat
Day 7: Libourne - Saint Émilion & Pomerol round-trip by bike, 21 – 32 miles (35 -50 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation and transfer back to Bordeaux

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1 (Saturday): Individual arrival in Castets-en-Dorthe or direct transfer booked from Bordeaux. Boarding at 3 pm. Optional bike ride, 10 mi. (15 km)​
Individual arrival to Castets-en-Dorthe or booked transfer from the 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 begins at 3 pm. Your bikes will be delivered and you may choose to enjoy a short bike ride around Castets, exploring this flat and fertile region, aptly named "Little Holland" with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetbale 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, followed by a tour presentation and dinner.

Day 2 (Sunday): Castets-en-Dorthe - Sauternes round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35-50 km)​ | Castets-en-Dorthe to Cadillac by boat
After a restful night on board, you will be ready to discover by bike the Sauternais region, where sweet dessert wines are made. The 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 Saurternes wine. The country roads are dotted with picturesque chateaux whose elegant turrets rule over an ocean of colorful vines. Time seems frozen in the medieval era when Englishmen ruled the region. In the late afternoon back on board, the tour continues by boat, heading downstream along the Garonne River to reach Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle.

Day 3 (Monday): Cadillac - Entre-Deux-Mers/Graves round trip by bike, 25 mi. (40 km) | Cadillac to Bordeaux by boat
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. The cycling itinerary today leads through this “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” winegrowing area. There is opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and the Malromé castle, house of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! 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 region's most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Bordeaux, 10 mi. (15 km)
The guide will propose a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels. The short cycling tour, mainly on the new bike paths along the Garonne river, offers beautiful panoramic views of the waterfront city. In the afternoon, enjoy the UNESCO sites of Bordeaux during a walking or cycling tour. Its main attractions are the Cailhau Gate (royal entrance to the city), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror and Place de la Bourse. Visit historic squares, a hidden garden and quaint locations where you can stop for a tasting of Bordeaux’s renowned “canneles” and coffee or take some fresh oysters and white wine. Be sure to explore the town’s streets and shops where fine wines are still stored in underground cellars carved in stone, do some shopping along the pedestrian-friendly Rue Sainte Catherine or visit the newly opened Cite du Vin.

Day 5 (Wednesday):  Bordeaux to Lamarque by boat | Lamarque - Margaux (Médoc) round-trip by bike 25 mi. (40 km) | Lamarque to Bourg by boat
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. Later, as you wind your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux’s best wineries including the chateau Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferriere, and last but not least, Chateau Margaux. You can stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit or 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 (Thursday): Bourg - Blaye Fortress and vineyards round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35-50 km) | Bourg to Libourne by boat
Today’s cycling will take you through endless vineyards, fairytale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Be enchanted by the ”douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. While the wine from this region may be lesser known than some ‘neighbors’ in the St. Emilion, Pomerol and Medoc areas, the quality of the wines produced is second to none. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain have passed through this region. In Blaye, you may cycle through or choose to take a tour of the impressive Vauban Fortress citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 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 where you will pass beautiful riverside homes. You will also see a partially sunken ship from WWII near the caves where French military would hide weapons and fuel. In the evening you will sail to the town of Libourne on the Dordogne river.

Day 7 (Friday): Libourne - Saint Émilion & Pomerol round-trip by bike, 21 – 32 miles (35 -50 km)
Beginning in Libourne, today’s bike ride will take you through the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, criss crossed with vines, you will enjoy the unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape of medieval villages and surrounding vineyards. Following picturesque back roads and paths, you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion's most famous châteaux and cycle past some of the world’s most famous wine estates, producers of Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, and Petrus.  A true paradise for wine lovers! In Saint Émilion, a true highligt of the week, you may choose to tour an underground monolithic church, climb the King’s Tower for an incredible view of the village , or visit a winery shop for a tasting. Later in the day, you may choose to explore the town of Libourne and it’s city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century or enjoy the many cafes and pedestrian-only shopping street Rue Gambetta.

Day 8 (Saturday): Disembarkation and transfer back to Bordeaux
Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to Gare St Jean train station in Bordeaux. Disembarkation around 09:00 AM, arrival in Bordeaux around 10am.

2017 Itinerary: Direction Libourne to Cadillac

Day 1: Individual arrival or direct transfer booked from Bordeaux. Boarding at 3 pm. Optional bike ride around Libourne, 7-10 mi. (10-15 km)
Day 2: Libourne - Saint Émilion & Pomerol round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km) | Libourne - Bourg, by boat
Day 3: Bourg -  Blaye round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km)
Day 4: Bourg - Lamarque by boat | Lamarque - Medoc round-trip by bike,  25 mi (40 km) | Lamarque - Bordeaux by boat
Day 5: Heart of Bordeaux by bike, 10 mi. (15 km) | Bordeaux - Cadillac by boat
Day 6: Cadillac -Entre-Deux-Mers/Graves round-trip by bike, 21-32 mi. (35-50 km)
Day 7: Cadillac - Sauternes round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation and transfer back to Bordeaux

Day 1: Individual arrival or direct transfer booked from Bordeaux. Boarding at 3 pm. Optional bike ride around Libourne, 7-10 mi. (10-15 km)​
Individual arrival or booked transfer from the train station in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat in Libourne on the Dordogne river.  Embarkation begins at 3 pm. Your bikes will be presented and you may choose to enjoy a short bike ride around Libourne or explore the town by foot. Discover the picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century and enjoy the many cafes or the pedestrian-only shopping street Rue Gambetta. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board, followed by a tour presentation and dinner.

Day 2: Libourne - Saint Émilion & Pomerol round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km) | Libourne to Bourg, by boat
Beginning in Libourne, today’s bike ride will take you through the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, criss crossed with vines, you will enjoy the unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape of medieval villages and surrounding vineyards. Following picturesque back roads and paths, you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion's most famous châteaux and cycle past some of the world’s most famous wine estates, producers of Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, and Petrus.  A true paradise for wine lovers! In Saint Émilion, a true highlight of the week, you may choose to tour an underground monolithic church, climb the King’s Tower for an incredible view of the village , or visit a winery shop for a tasting. In the evening, on board, enjoy a cruise to the jetty of Bourg, at the conjunction of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers into the Gironde estuary.

Day 3: Bourg -  Blaye and Fortress round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km)​
Today’s cycling will take you through endless vineyards, fairytale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Be enchanted by the ”douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. While the wine from this region may be lesser known than some ‘neighbors’ in the St. Emilion, Pomerol and Medoc areas, the quality of the wines produced is second to none. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain have passed through this region. In Blaye, you may choose to take a tour of the impressive Vauban Fortress citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 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 where you will pass beautiful riverside homes. You will also see a partially sunken ship from WWII near the caves where French military would hide weapons and fuel.

Day 4: Bourg to Lamarque by boat | Lamarque - Margaux (Médoc) round-trip by bike,  25 mi (40 km) | Lamarque to Bordeaux by boat
In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast while sailing the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Lamarque. Later, as you bike your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux’s best wineries including the chateau Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferriere, and last but not least, Chateau Margaux. You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit or tasting (optional). In the late afternoon, the MS 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.

Dia 5: Corazón de burdeos en bicicleta. (15 km) | Burdeos - Cadillac en barco
El destacados del día es la visita a la ciudad de Burdeos, donde tendrás la oportunidad de explorar la parte histórica de la mejor manera posible, en dos ruedas! Disfruta de las mejores vistas al costado de la costanera del rio Garonne. Podrás explorar y disfrutar las principales atracciones de Burdeos en bici o a pie. Visita la Cailhau Gate (puerta real de entrada a la ciudad) la gran campana de Pey Berlan, el triángulo dorado, las columnas girondinas y el agua espejada del palacio de Bourse. Visita sus plazas, los jardines escondidos, y todos sus cafecitos para disfrutar de un rico café o de un vino blanco con ostras. No te pierdas de hacer shopping en la calle Rue Sainte Catherine o visitar el recién abierto Cite du Vin. Luego de la cena, el barco partirá pasando por debajo del puente de piedra a lo largo del rio Garona hacia la pintoresca ciudad de Cadillac.

Day 6: Cadillac - Sauternes round-trip by bike, 21 - 32 mi. (35 - 50 km) | Cadillac to Castets-en-Dorthe by boat
After a restful night on board, you begin your day in Cadillac, a fortified medieval village known as the Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Today, you will discover by bike the Sauternais region, where sweet dessert wines are made. The 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. The country roads are dotted with picturesque chateaux whose elegant turrets rule over an ocean of colorful vines. Time seems frozen in the medieval era when Englishmen ruled the region. In the evening, cruise further upsteam to the scenic village of Castets-en-Dorthe, the end of the navigable part of the Garonne River.

Day 7: Castets-en-Dorthe - Entre-Deux-Mers/Graves round-trip by bike, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today's cycling itinerary takes you through the “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” winegrowing area on the northern bank of the Garonne river, widely recognized as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. You will have the opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and the Malromé castle, home of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! Your last dinner on board is in Castets-en-Dorthe.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation and transfer back to Bordeaux
Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux. After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to Gare St Jean train station in Bordeaux. Disembarkation around 9:00 AM, arrival in Bordeaux around 10am.

**Important**: The Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne Rivers are part of a tidal river system that results in changing water levels (daily changes of up to 6 meters / 20 ft.) in the region. Every effort is made to follow the scheduled itinerary, however, based on tides it may be ammended or modified as required. 

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Customer Feedback

  • Lisa S. 2 months ago

    I would rather recommend a trip to Germany or the Netherlands, but that's just my preference. The staff on the Bourdeaux was very nice.

  • Patsy V. 2 months ago

    I would recommend the trip if the operator makes improvements to the selfguided route finding; the narrative, GPS, and detail maps were inconsistent with each other and recommended routes were sometimes difficult to find. We had large area maps that allowed us to navigate and a crew member who helped but especially during the first couple days it was a bit challenging. The route narrative should include more information on sites to visit or note along the way. The bikes were heavy in comparison to other trips we have booked.
    I really enjoyed the scenery and sites; it is a lovely area to visit and bike, especially during late September. Grapes were cascading from the vines, just pre-harvest. The vineyards, wine tasting,chateaux, churches, fortresses, medieval towns, history and landscapes were wonderful along the routes. Experiencing the tidal surf (the mascaret) was also quite interesting.

  • Annette A. 2 months ago

    It was a fun week celebrating my birthday in the heart of Bordeaux with ten friends!

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  • Susan D. 2 months ago

    This trip was truly amazing. We cycled through beautiful countryside and visited spectacular vineyards. The only comment we have is that we didn't like using tokens for our drinks on board the ship. Would rather use a credit card. Also would like to have a choice of meals ie fish, meat or veggie rather than only one choice. Food was great but choice is important.

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  • Gordon M. 2 months ago

    The most memorable part of my trip was seeing the brilliant lights on the fabulous architecture of the historic buildings of Bordeaux. I was so impressed with these images against the skyline and the reflecting "mirror" pool in front of the buildings. We spent an evening walking along the boardwalk by the Garonne River and we could enjoy this breathtaking scenery.

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  • Joanne M. 2 months ago

    The most memorable part of my trip was being asked to push the large domino to start the "domino effect" which was a practice run for the "FAB Festival in Bordeaux". One evening, we walked by the colourful "Water Mirror", which is a famous kind of fountain in Bordeaux, and we stopped to examine one of the large dominoes which was made out of a white limestone substance. One of the organizers of the "FAB Festival" invited me to start the dominoes. I was thrilled to have such an honour. Everyone cheered. I will never forget it!

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  • Leonidas R. 2 months ago

    The barge BORDEAUX and all of the staff were great. The rooms small as expected but comfortable. The food at dinner was adequate and well presented but certainly not excellent for taste and quality. Breakfasts were ok often some of the hot food was served cold. Plenty of food and variety for breakfast.
    The guide, Scott, is a very nice person and tried extremely hard to help everyone but the maps and supplied route instructions are poor. Need a lot of work to become usable for everyone. No problem for me as I had a GPS unit with me. All of the time the routes include highways and roads. There are NO dedicated bike paths and that should be made clear on the trip description so people come in full knowledge of that issue. Such roads are likely to be unsafe for many ""first time"" riders. For that reason I would not recommend this trip to others. There are far safer bike routes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, with just as nice and memorable scenery and more ""lived in"" towns with cafes and bier gardens than this tour had to offer. After the first 20 Chateaux one gets easily bored seeing another Chateaux for the next 5 days. Generally the scenery was ok but having to dodge traffic is not fun at any time. Also spending 2 or 3 nights at Cadillac at the end is really a poor location and very little to do there. This trip is not quite ready yet.
    I will be riding again next year with Tripsite but we will go back to the countries mentioned above.

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  • L.G. Germishuys 5 months ago

    Really impressed by the effort and kindness of the staff on the boat.

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  • C. Machado 5 months ago

    Try and offer more non-meat entrees for dinner. Too much meat. Also, try and incorporate rail trails( voies ferrees) when possible. They provide relaxed cycling without worrying about constant traffic.
    Very friendly staff and good display of professionalism. Bikes were easy to ride! And, it was hard to have to drink only what the boat offered. Can we have more choice, especially in wine country like Bordeaux? Thanks for everything.

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Bordeaux France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Bordeaux is 78 meters (256 ft.) long and 10 meters (33 ft.) wide and can accommodate max. 96 guests. The vessel is under experienced French management. In the front part of the ship is the tastefully furnished salon/lounge with a nice bar and a small dance floor, large panoramic windows all around, and a separate restaurant. The sun deck has a large sunroof, chairs and tables & cycle shed (aft deck).

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