Bordeaux and the region of wine
From Fronsac/Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe
from 1,249 €
8 days / 7 nights
Web code FR105
Price per person
1249 € self-guided tour
Departures from Fronsac: Saturday 6.04, 20.04, 4.05, 18.05, 1.06, 15.06, 29.06, 13.07, 27.07, 10.08, 24.08, 7.09, 21.09, 5.10, 19.10 e 2.11.19
Departures from Castets-en-Dorthe on this link
- 7 overnights
- full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner - excluding drinks)
- accompanying material
- tour leader on board
- use of bed linen and towels
- hotline service
- transport to and from departure point
- all drinks on board and specified meals
- entrance fees to tourist attractions
- anything that is not mentioned under included
450/400 € single cabin below deck/above deck
180 € cabin above deck
300 € Junior suite cabin below deck
100 € high season from 7.09 to 21.09.19
80 € rental bike
180 € E-bike
150 € guided tour
50 € transfer to/from Bordeaux to the point of embarkation
259 € departure from 6.04 to 20.04 and 2.11.19
Day by Day
1° Individual arrival in Fronsac/Libourne (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 MS 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.
2° Fronsac/Libourne – Saint Emilion – Fronsac/Libourne (20/40 km - 15/30 miles)
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.
3° Fronsac/Libourne – Bourg (35/50 km - 15/30 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.
4° Bourg – Bordeaux (40 km - 25 miles)
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 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.
5° Bordeaux (15 km - 10 miles)
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.
6° Bordeaux – Castets-en-Dorthe (35/50 km - 25 miles)
Today you will discover the Sauternais region, famous for the sweet dessert wines produced in the area. Part of the route follows the winding banks of the small Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce a mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting 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 a medieval era when Englishmen ruled the region. In the evening cruise further upstream to the scenic village of Castets-en-Dorthe, the end of the navigable part of the Garonne River.
7° Castets-en-Dorthe – Malromé – CastleCastets-en-Dorthe(40 km - 16/28 miles)
Today’s cycling itinerary takes you through this “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 Malromé Castle, the 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.
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.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.
This tour goes along the territory of Bordeaux, among its sweet wine hills and easy rises and falls. Thanks to the limited distance to be run on the bike, the route is quite simple and suitable also for those who are not particularly well-trained. You will cycle mainly on by-roads with low traffic, whereas in Bordeaux you will find a good bike paths net.
How to get there
The precise point of embarkation in Fronsac/Libourne will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive by email some days before departure.
The closest airport is Bordeaux. From here you can take a bus (Jet’sBus- booking on www.30direct.com) to the central station of Bordeaux, where you can take a train to Libourne.
If the embarkation point is in Fronsac, from Libourne you can take a bus or a taxi. Further information on
Contact us for a free airfare quotation.
You can arrive to the central station of Bordeaux, where you can take a train to Libourne. If the embarkation point is in Fronsac, from Libourne you can take a bus or a taxi. Further information onwww.voyages-sncf.com.
It is also possibile to book a transfer from Bordeaux to Fronsac (and back), departure around 2 p.m., duration: about 1 hour, cost: 50 € per person.
Accommodation and meals
For this tour dinner, overnight and breakfast will be aboard a river cruise boat, while lunch, which is still included, consists of a packed lunch.
The Bordeaux is 78 meters (256 ft.) long and 10 meters (33 ft.) wide and can accommodate max. 80 guests. The vessel is under experienced French management.
The lower deck has 36 cabins:
- 34 twin cabins (approx. 7.5 – 8.00 M² = 81 – 86 sq.ft., 2 single beds next to each other)
- 2 junior suites (approx. 11.6M² = 125 sq.ft., 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area)
All cabins have small windows that can be opened, en-suite bathroom with shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, satellite- TV, mini-safe.
The upper deck has 11 twin cabins and 2 single cabins. The tastefully furnished salon/lounge is in the front part of the ship, 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, tables and cycle shed (aft deck).
Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are not included.
Breakfast: a continental breakfast is served on board: several kinds of breads, cheeses, ham, chocolate, jam, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea etc.
Packed lunch: during breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch to take with you on the way. The crew will also provide you with fruit and drinks.
Dinner: three courses.
Wine, beer and soft drinks are not included, but can be purchased directly at the restaurant on board.
Bikes and accessories
In this tour you can rent:
- unisex touring bike with 21 gears and hand brake with normal mount (ladies model),and a pannier bag. Bicycles have aluminum frames with frame suspension, SRAM grip shifters, unisex gel saddles, shock absorbers in front forks for unbeatable comfort.
- unisex e-bike with 21 gears and hand brake.
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
- pannier bag
- lock per bike
- GPS device and tracks
In each cabin you will find a pump and a repair kit.
In France children till 12 years are obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Some bike helmets are available on board, but we suggest you to bring your own.
You will receive by mail, some days before departure:
- embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
- Tour Notes;
- Final Tour Details.
If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.
By your side
If you have booked the guided tour (150 € supplement), during the whole journey the tour leader will be by your side. We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their function is that of coordinating the group and lead it along the route.
If you have booked the self-guided tour, you will meet a collaborator of ours on board. Every evening or every morning he/she will explain the route for the next day. If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to ask him/her any question. During the stages you can contact him/her for any matter regarding the route or mechanical problems.
For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
- office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
- emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
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Departure 10-17 August 2019
Online from 22 August 2019Highly recommend!