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Bordeaux, Castets – Fronsac

Cycling from Castets-en-Dorthe via Bordeaux to Fronsac

Castets-en- Dorthe
Bordeaux Airport

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Fronsac
Bordeaux Airport

Cycling through the beautiful, famous and beloved parts of France: The region of Bordeaux, located in sun drenched, south-western part of France is the perfect setting for a bike and barge tour.

Set at the confluence of the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary, it 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 the region have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines. Appellations such as Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux have made Bordeaux wines world famous. Daily cycling tours through these famous wine regions: you will visit many of them and probably taste various excellent wines.

  • Type of tour Guided, Self-guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40km (average per day)
  • Vineyards of Bordeaux
  • Blaye Fortress Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Canal de Deux Mers
  • City of Bordeaux

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Castets en Dorthe, embarkation as from 03:00 PM

15KM

Castets-en- Dorthe – Canal des Deux Mers round tour (10 miles /15 km)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe, located in the middle of the Garonne Valley. You can enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this fertile region called “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. Following the bike path along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you will discover this lush rural countryside, cycling through one quaint village to the next. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2

Sunday: Castets en Dorthe Sauternes round tour

35KM

Castets-en-Dorthe – Cadillac After a good sleep on board, you will be ready to discover by bike the Sauternais region, where sweet dessert wines are produced. The route follows the winding banks of the Ciron river, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In the autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce a mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the 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 the medieval era where Englishmen ruled the region. In the late afternoon, back on board again, the tour continues by ship, heading downstream along the Garonne River to reach Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle.

Day 3

Monday: Cadillac Entre Deux Mers

40KM

Graves round tour Cadillac – Bordeaux Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as a Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The cycling itinerary today leads through this “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” wine growing area. There is opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and the Malromé castle, house of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! Once back on board, you will sail the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the famous Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons which intermingle in a single view.

Day 4

Tuesday: Heart of Bordeaux bicycle tour

30KM

Bordeaux – Bourg The tour guide will offer a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels. The tour begins with a description of the town’s historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions; the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror… and more. You will ride on quiet roads to squares, a hidden garden or quaint location where you can stop for a tasting of the Bordeaux renowned “cannelés” and coffee or 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 wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone. After dinner, you will cruise the Garonne River, admire the facades of the docks of Bordeaux, the tip of the Ambe’s nozzle and enter the Gironde estuary. Your boat reaches the conjunction of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers into the Gironde estuary and will moor at Bourg, a town built on a rocky promontory.

Day 5

Wednesday: Bourg – Pauillac Pauillac-Lamarque

40KM

The boat cruises from Bourg to Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Médoc wine region. You will have time to walk through the village, where an exceptional old chateau testifies to the English presence to guard the left bank of the estuary, frontiers of their highly coveted territory. Then winding your way through vineyards, you will discover Margaux’s best wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and the last but not least Château Margaux . You can stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional) and learn everything about classifications before returning to the boat. In the late afternoon, the ship will cruise the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Blaye. The remarkable seventeenth century fortress of Vauban overlooks the area.

Day 6

Thursday: Blaye Fortress and vineyards

45KM

After a short loop through the citadel to admire the military masterwork of architect of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, you will enter the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. Its wine chateaux may be little known but is all the same beautiful and their production have nothing to envy to its more famous neighbors on the left bank. You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella have passed through this region. Along an ancient railroad, now transformed into a pleasant bike road, you can visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the ”douceur de vivre” (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. Back on the boat, you sail to Bourg-sur-Gironde, officially recognized as a historic village because of its rich background and architectural heritage. In the footsteps of Louis XIV, spend an enjoyable end of day. After dinner you have the option to go for a short ride or a walk to explore Bourg-sur-Gironde.

Day 7

Friday: Bourg-sur-Gironde – Fronsac | Fronsac Libourne & Saint Émilion

45KM

Today’s cruise brings you on the Dordogne river to Fronsac, where your bike tour finishes. In Libourne you can stroll to the picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. You can visit the weekly market on Friday mornings, before starting your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, bristling with vines, you will enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Cycling the landscape provides a unique view of the village’s medieval lanes and surrounding vineyards. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads and paths where you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion’s most famous châteaux. Along the way we see some of the first classified wines such as Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus-, some of the world’s most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!

Day 8

Saturday: Fronsac

Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to the per-agreed drop off point in the city center of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 09:30 AM.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/3/2017 - 6/11/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/17/2017 - 6/24/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/26/2017 - 9/2/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/9/2017 - 9/16/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/23/2017 - 9/30/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/7/2017 - 10/14/2017 Available Castets-en- Dorthe Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Bordeaux 2-berth cabin low beds, lower deck € 2198,-
Bordeaux 2-berth cabin, upper deck € 2498,-
Bordeaux Junior Suite for 2-people, lower deck € 2798,-
Bordeaux Season supplement per person in 2-berth cabin, from May 13th until Sept. 30th (departure) € 150,-
Bordeaux cabin for single use, lower deck € 1399,-
Bordeaux cabin for single use, upper deck € 1449,-
Bordeaux Season supplement in single cabin, from May 13th until Sept. 30th (departure) € 200,-
Bordeaux Package guided tour € 200,-
Bordeaux bus transfer to/from barge € 50,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed bicycle €75
Electric bicycle (limited number available) €165

Included

  • Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome cocktail, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening
  • Tour leader (English speaking) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short walking tours; individual cycling; semi-guided cycling tours: tour leader is not guiding the group, but cycling in the area and can be contacted during bike tours by mobile phone in case of questions, problems or emergencies (fully guided cycling as option / surcharge: see above)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin; – Complimentary coffee and tea every until 04:00 PM

Not Included

  • Transfers from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and Fronsac
  • reservation fee €20,00 (obligatory surcharge) per booking/party
  • package guided cycling
  • rental bicycle, rental e-bike
  • other transfers
  • parking fees
  • entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings
  • drinks on board, personal insurances
  • gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Special diets on request / surcharges may apply

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • No bike insurance available for this tour.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • The Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne Rivers are part of a tidal river system that results in changing water levels (daily changes of up to 6 meters / 20 ft.) in the region. Every effort is made to follow the scheduled itinerary, however, based on tides it may be amended or modified as required. This cruise will be offered in opposite direction on alternate weeks.

Arrival info

The embarkation on board the MV Bordeaux starts as from 3 PM. The barge stays docked in Castets the first day, so it will be no problem when you arrive later.

Mooring place in Castets-en-Dorthe

Airport:
The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Bordeaux Merignac Airport. There is a shuttle bus (‘Navette Shuttle’) from the airport to the train station (Gare St. Jean) in Bordeaux. Departure every hour daily from 8 AM to 11 PM, 30 minutes non-stop ride, one-way ticket € 7.50. Ticket purchase at driver on board or online. We advise you to book the collective bus transfer to the barge. See below.To get to the meeting point for the bus transfer from the train station: you can take the tram line, 11 minutes. Details will be mentioned in your travel documents.

Bus transfer:
When you have booked the bus transfer from/to Bordeaux you will be taken directly from Place de Quinconces (in the center of Bordeaux) to the place of embarkation and pick you up there at the end of the tour. This transfer bus leaves only once on Saturday at 2 PM for a group transfer to the ship, transfer time approx. 60 minutes. You need to be present at the meeting point before 1.30 PM. Bicycles can not be taken in this bus.The transfers must be booked in advance!costs: € 45,- per person (return ticket).

Train:
The nearest train station is in nearby Libourne. This station can be reached from Gare St. Jean in Bordeaux (takes about 40 minutes)From station Libourne you can take a cab to the docking place (about 7 car minutes).If you arrive at Gare St. Jean in Bordeaux you can also decide to book the collective transfer (must be booked in advance). See the above mentioned article.

End of the tour:
The tour ends one week later on Saturday morning after breakfast. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Fronsac

Mooring place in Fronsac

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a support vehicle accompany us?

    Our experience has taught us that virtually every cyclist is able to make it to the next hotel without difficulties, since you’ll be setting your own pace and have the whole day for the journey.  Should circumstances render you unable to cycle further, then our agent will obligingly find you the best manner of public transportation and/or taxi.  The costs, in such a case, must be self-incurred.

  • How do I get from the airport to the destination place and is this transfer included?

    Our sale and information department can inform you on this manner. These transfers are usually not included (see the included section for each tour).

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What are the cabins like?

    The Standard Plus category has bunk beds.
    The Comfort category is similar to Standard Plus, except there are low beds in the cabins.
    The ComfortPlus category is similar to Comfort, but the maximum capacity is 14 people (instead of 20/24 people).
    The Comfort DeLuxe category gives you about 9 square meters in the cabins, very well furnished with low beds and a comfortable equipped bathroom.

    In all categories the cabins have private shower/toilet and a porthole or window.
    There is room for a moderately sized suitcase per person.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

More questions

Price starting from € 1099,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Bordeaux
Bordeaux

About the barge

The vessel is under experienced French management.  In the front part of the ship is the tastefully furnished salon/lounge 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 and tables & cycle shed (aft deck).

Cabin plan

 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); the upper deck there has 11 twin cabins and 2 single cabins.
All cabins have small windows that can be opened, en-suite bathroom with shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, satellite- TV, mini-safe.

 

  • Offical name Bordeaux
  • Length 78 m
  • Width 10 m
  • Capacity 96 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Bordeaux Médoc

 

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