Combining the waterways and wines of the sun drenched Bordeaux region in south-western France provides the perfect base for an exceptional bike and boat experience. Set at the confluence of the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary, Bordeaux 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 this iconic wine district have for centuries produced France's most remarkable wines. Appellations such as Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux have made Bordeaux wines the top choice for oenophiliac's around the world. As you cycle through vineyards and villages - and even a fortified citadel in Blaye - there are opportunities to visit many of the wine houses to sample their finest products. Each night you'll enjoy chef prepared regional specialties with fresh ingredients, whilst the bar offers a wide variety of excellent local wines to enjoy during dinner, or simply to savour at your leisure.
DAY 1 Embark mid afternoon at Castets-en-Dorthe, warm up cycle on the Canal des Deux Mers (15km / 9mi) (0ptional arrival transfer from Bordeaux) DAY 2 Sauternes round cycle, cruise to Cadillac (35-50km / 22-31mi) DAY 3 Cycle through the “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” winegrowing area, continue by boat along the Garonne to Bordeaux (40km / 25mi) DAY 4 Visit Bordeaux (15km / 9mi) DAY 5 Cruise to the Gironde Estuary, round cycle through the Medoc wine region with optional tastings, cruise to Bourg (40km / 25mi) DAY 6 Bourg to Blaye Fortress and vineyards round cycle (35-50km / 22-31mi) DAY 7 Explore the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas by bike (35-50km / 22-31mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes after breakfast in Fronsac/Libourne (optional transfer to Bordeaux). Note: itinerary operates in reverse on alternating departures.
= Guaranteed departure. If a guaranteed departure is full our consultant will contact you to discuss an alternative date.
1 Trip begins in Castets-en-Dorthe.
2 Trip begins in Fronsac.
3 22 Apr departure is early season - discount applies (3). High season is 13 May to 7 Oct - supplement applies. Fully guided cycling package available on all departures, min 8 and max 20 participants - supplement applies.
*7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights in a lower deck twin berth cabin with ensuite facilities aboard a category A+ barge (2 lower beds - supplement applies for upper deck or junior suite or single cabin) *21 speed trekking bike rental with pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *linen and change of towels as required *daily cabin cleaning *welcome drink and briefing on the first evening *multilingual tour leader in the vicinity during cycle day (fully guided option available - supplement applies), daily briefings, some short walking tours *information pack including route notes and maps (one set per cabin) *afternoon coffee and tea until 4 PM *emergency hotline