2020
Boat and Bike in France

Boat and Bike in France

Explore the famous vineyards around Bordeaux

 Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac

  • fairytale castles, mansions, vineyards
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • full board
  • Bike & Boat: MS Bordeaux

days
8

km / day avg.
40

The name Bordeaux instantly evokes wine – indeed this region is predestined for wine cultivation. Located in the southwest of France, vines have thrived on the softly rolling and fertile hills for centuries. Along the banks of the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, which flow into the mighty Gironde, lie fairy-tale castles, historic railway lines, which have been repurposed as cycle paths, manor houses and medieval villages. This bike and boat journey in the enchanting region around Bordeaux will make the hearts of wine enthusiasts beat faster. Experience the vast offerings of the Bordeaux region not only from aboard your cosy boat, but also from the saddle of your bike – France awaits you.

The starting place alternates between Castets-en-Dorthe and Fronsac. Available Dates are shown in the booking form. The route from Castets-en-Dorthe stays overnight in Loupiac (Day 2), the opposite direction starting in Fronsace stays two nights in Castets-en-Dorthe (Day 6 and 7).

This Bike & Boat holiday is fully booked for 2020

Unfortunately bookings can no longer be taken for this holiday for the 2020 season. Our Bike & Boat holidays are often booked out very early.
But don't give up! You're sure to find alternatives. And we're very happy to help you do so!

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Boat and Bike in France
  • Booking codes
    Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac – FR-AQSCF-08I
    Fronsac – Castets-en-Dorthe – FR-AQSFC-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Castets-en-Dorthe / Fronsac
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 185 - 300 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 15 and 60 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser: MS Bordeaux

The riverboat MS Bordeaux sails under French flag and will take you deep into the world’s most famous wine region along the rivers Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde. Sample delicious, regionally typical wines at the well-stocked bar and dance the night away with your fellow passengers. The tour guides on board will give you information about your upcoming tour every day.

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MS Bordeaux, ship view

Day 1: Arrival to Castets-en-Dorthe, Canal des Deux Mers, round trip approx. 15 km

After your arrival at the shipping pier, you can go on your first bike tour along the Canal des Deux Mers. You will cycle along plantations where kiwis, vegetables and walnuts are cultivated. The Canal is named ‘Canal of Two Seas’ as it connects the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. In the evening you will get to know your fellow passengers over a welcome cocktail.

Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe – La Réole / Meilhan-sur-Garonne, round trip approx. 30 – 45 km, Castets-en-Dorthe – Loupiac (by boat)

Follow the twisting river Ciron, whose cold spring water flows into the warmer waters of the Garonne. This process causes mist to form, which creates ideal conditions for cultivation of dessert wine grapes. Sumptuous palaces, which rise majestically over the vineyards, line your path. In the late afternoon you will once again board your ship, which will take you upstream to Loupiac.

Day 3: Loupiac – Sauternes, round trip, approx. 435 / 50km, Loupiac – Bordeaux (by boat)

You'll be going through the wine-growing region of Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux on your bike. Home of the famous artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Via Garonne, you get to Bordeaux, go underneath the stone Pont de Pierre bridge and then stop in the town centre - the first opportunity to go for a short walk through the historic quarter, which incidentally, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. There is more time to explore tomorrow.

Day 4: Tour of Bordeaux, approx. 15 / 50 km

Today you will become acquainted with the town of Bordeaux. A stroll through the city will take you to the most important sights, including the royal town gate, Cailhau, or the lake, Miroir d'Eau. The wine museum Cité du Vin explains the history of wine in the Bordeau area. In the artists' quarter of Chartrons, you can discover hidden gardens and squares. Or take the time to sit and relax in any of the many cafes. There is also the possibility to explore different routes by bike.

Day 5: Bordeaux – Lamarque (by boat), Lamarque – Médoc, round trip, approx. 40 / 60 km, Lamarque – Bourg-sur-Gironde (by boat)

Your day begins with a short boat trip to Lamarque. From there, explore the Médoc region by bike, with its famous vineyards. When in France, you should take the opportunity to go for a wine tasting! In the afternoon, the boat takes you to Bourg-sur-Gironde. There, Garonne and Dordogne merge, uniting to become the mighty Gironde, which flows into the Atlantic. After the evening meal, there is time for a walk through this atmospheric place.

Day 6: Around Blaye, round trip approx. 25 – 40 km, Bourg – Fronsac / Libourne (by boat)

In the morning, explore Blaye citadel by bike, which is built over the Gironde. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. In 1652, work began building these fortifications to protect Bordeaux's harbour. Your short trip round Blaye takes you through beautiful countryside, stately homes, castles, vineyards and delightful villages. In the afternoon, the boat takes you via Dordogne to Fronsac.

Day 7: Fronsac / Libourne & St. Émilion, round trip, approx. 25 – 40 km

You arrive in Libourne just at the right time to walk through the market. You'll find all sorts of local and regional specialities. Your cycling tour begins after that. Wine lovers will especially enjoy this: you'll be cycling to the world famous vineyards of Angelus, Ausone and Cheval Blanc. The highlight is the wonderful medieval town Saint Émilion and its castle. In the evening, let the day come to an end talking and chatting about the tour on the boat.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After disembarkation at 09.00 am your boat and bike holiday in France ends. You will either return home individually, or use the optional return transfer. If you wish, we would be happy to extend your stay in France.

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Basic Price

Main deck

Season A

04.04. - 25.04.
18.10. - 31.10.

Season B

26.04. - 22.08.
27.09. - 17.10.

Season C

23.08. - 26.09.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 450

Upper deck

Season A

04.04. - 25.04.
18.10. - 31.10.

Season B

26.04. - 22.08.
27.09. - 17.10.

Season C

23.08. - 26.09.

Additional fee single cabin 210

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights on board in the selected category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels are supplied and changed as needed
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Admission fees and excursions
  • Tips
  • Transfers
  • Fees for ferries

The minimum number of 20 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

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MS Bordeaux

Bar

MS Bordeaux, Bar

MS Bordeaux

Restaurant

MS Bordeaux, Restaurant

MS Bordeaux

Cabin

MS Bordeaux, Cabin

MS Bordeaux

Saloon

MS Bordeaux, Saloon

MS Bordeaux

  • 49 outside cabins: approx. 7 - 11 m²
  • Single beds at ground level, arranged next to each other
  • Individually regulated air-conditioning, shower / WC, satellite TV, mini safe, window
  • All windows in cabins can be opened (windows on the upper deck are slightly larger)
  • 2 single cabins are available on the upper deck
  • 2 junior suites are available on the lower deck, 11,5 m² with additional seating area

Boat facts

  • Built in 19843
  • passenger decks | 49 outside cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 96 passengers
  • Length: 78 m 
  • Width: 10 m
  • Facilities: Salon / Lounge with large panoramic windows, bar, small dance floor, partly roofed sun deck with seating
  • Languages on board: English, French
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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Main deck
Upper deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

450 €

Additional fee single cabin

210 €

Surcharge Junior Suite

290 €

Transfer Bordeaux - boat - Bordeaux

50 €

50 €

Surcharge guided cycling tours

150 €

150 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
Tandem
Tandem
150 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
175 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
Tandem
Tandem
150 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
175 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Tandem
  • E-Bike
Fittings

Pannier

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Rental Bike

21-gear Rental Bike

85 €

Tandem

150 €

E-bike

175 €

Boat and Bike in France
  • Booking codes
    Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac – FR-AQSCF-08I
    Fronsac – Castets-en-Dorthe – FR-AQSFC-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Castets-en-Dorthe / Fronsac
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 185 - 300 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 15 and 60 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Returning to Castets-en-Dorthe / Fronsac
    Return transfer from the city centre of Bordeaux (at meeting point) to the shipping pier, at 2 pm on the day of arrival and at 9 am on the day of departure, duration approx. 1 hour. Please include this option in your original booking.
  • Note
    In France bicycle helmets are mandatory for children under 12 years of age. However, for safety reasons we generally recommend wearing a helmet.
  • Minimum number of participants
    The minimum number of 20 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; we reserve the right to make changes.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
40