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Guided/Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code FR105

France / Bordeaux and the region of wine

From Fronsac/Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe

Discover the wine region of Aquitaine in between the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers. You will cycle in a real paradise for wine lovers, surrounded by old manors and countryside castles. Bordeaux, cultural capital city of the region, will welcome you with the elegance of its palaces and above all with its cycle paths, which make it one of the most bike-friendly cities of France.
  • Day by Day


    1. Arrival in 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 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 region. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

    2.  Libourne - Saint Emilion - 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. 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  –Castets-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.

    8. 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.



  • Route profile

    This tour goes along the territory of Bordeaux, among its sweet wine hills and some gentle ups and downs. Thanks to the limited distance to be run on the bike, the route is quite simple even if there are some climbs to consider. 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

    Embarkation starts at 03:00 p.m. The barge will leave only the day after.

    The precise point of embarkation in Libourne will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive by email some days before departure.

    By plane
    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. Further information on www.voyages-sncf.com.

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

    By train
    You can arrive to the central station of Bordeaux, where you can take a train to Libourne. Further information on www.voyages-sncf.com.

    It is also possibile to book a transfer from Bordeaux to Libourne (and from Castets to Bordeaux), departure around 2 p.m., duration: about 1 hour, cost: 60 € 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.


    Barge Bordeaux

    The Bordeaux is 78 meters (256 ft.) long and 10 meters (33 ft.) wide and can accommodate max. 80 guests.

    The cabins
    The lower deck has 34 cabins:
    32 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). The beds are 1.90 metres long, and can be converted into a 160 cm double bed (on request).

    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 double cabins and 2 single cabins.

    Common areas
    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).

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 80
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Hair dryer


    Watch Bordeaux photo gallery.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:
    - unisex touring bike with 21 gears and hand brake.
    - unisex e-bike with 8 gears and hand brake.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier per bike
    - lock per bike
    - Gps device and tracks ( deposit of 100 € have to be paid on spot)

    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.




  • Accompanying material

    You will receive by email, some days before departure:
    - embarkation voucher with the precise embarkation point
    - Tour Notes
    - Final Tour Details.

    On board you will receive:
    - maps of the tour
    - gps tracks and device (if requested, 100 € caution)



  • By your side

    During the journey you can either:
    - If you have booked the guided tour (160 € supplement) you can follow the tour leader . We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their role is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.
    -  follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our member of staff will illustrate the route of the day.  They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the cycling stretch dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile

    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.


  • 1 Client reviews
    • Antoinette

      Departure 10-17 August 2019

      Online from 22 August 2019

      Highly recommend!

Tour details


from 1,290 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type
guided/self-guided tour



Departures from Libourne: Saturday 11.04, 25.04, 9.05, 23.05, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 1.08, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09, 10.10, 24.10.20


Price per person
1290 € lower deck cabin


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner - excluding drinks)
  • accompanying material
  • GPS tracks
  • tour leader on board
  • use of bed linen and towels
  • hotline service

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Extra transport
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included

450/400 € single cabin below deck/above deck
190 € cabin above deck
300 € Junior suite cabin below deck
100 € high season (from 29.08 to 26.09.20)

95 € rental bike
185 € E-bike

160 € guided tour
60 € transfer to/from the point of embarkation


240 € departure from 11.04 to 25.04 and 24.10.20

Good to know

This tour offers the chance to choose if pedalling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader. For the guided option a supplement of 160 € per person applies. 


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