Boat and Bike in France

Boat and Bike in France

Explore the famous vineyards around Bordeaux on MS Bordeaux

  • Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac / Fronsac – Castets-en-Dorthe
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • full board
  • Bike & Boat: MS Bordeaux

8
days

40
km / day avg.

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).

Boat and Bike in France

Brief Information

  • 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.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

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.

MS Bordeaux

MS Bordeaux - Ship view

MS Bordeaux

Saloon

MS Bordeaux - Saloon

MS Bordeaux

Bar

MS Bordeaux - Bar

MS Bordeaux

Restaurant

MS Bordeaux - Restaurant

MS Bordeaux

Cabin

MS Bordeaux - Cabin

MS Bordeaux

Cabin plan

MS Bordeaux - Cabin plan

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.