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Bordeaux, Libourne – Castets

From Libourne via Bordeaux to Castets-en-Dorthe

Bordeaux Airport

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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
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40 km, average per day
  • Vineyards of Bordeaux
  • Blaye Fortress Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Canal des Deux Mers
  • City of Bordeaux

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Embarkation Fronsac/Libourne; optional round tour


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 Fronsac/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 / Fronsac region. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2

Sunday: Fronsac/Libourne- Saint Emilion & Pomerol vineyards - Bourg


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.

Day 3

Monday: Bourg – Blaye | Round tour, Blaye Fortress and vineyards


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.

Day 4

Tuesday: Bourg- Lamarque – Medoc – Bordeaux


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.

Day 5

Wednesday: Bordeaux - Cadillac, cycling through the Heart of the Bordeaux region


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.

Day 6

Thursday: Cadillac – Sauternes - round tour - Castets-en-Dorthe


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.

Day 7

Friday: Castets-en-Dorthe – Entre-DeuxMers & Graves, round tour


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.

Day 8

Saturday: Castets-en-Dorthe: Disembarkation

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.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
8/1/2020 - 8/8/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/15/2020 - 8/22/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/29/2020 - 9/5/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/26/2020 - 10/3/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/10/2020 - 10/17/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/24/2020 - 10/31/2020 Available Libourne Bordeaux Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Bordeaux Lower deck: twin cabin on April 11 + April 25 and Oct. 24 € 1980,- 0 0
Bordeaux Lower deck: twin cabin from May 9 to Aug. 22 (incl.) and Oct. 10 € 2580,- 0 0
Bordeaux Lower deck: twin cabin on Aug. 29, Sept. 12 + Sept. 26 € 2780,- 0 0
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Bordeaux Lower deck Junior Suite for 2-people on April 11 + April 25 and Oct. 24 € 2560,- 0 0
Bordeaux Lower deck Junior Suite for 2-people from May 9 to Aug. 22 (incl.) and Oct. 10 € 3160,- 0 0
Bordeaux Lower deck Junior Suite for 2-people on Aug. 29, Sept. 12 + Sept. 26 € 3360,- 0 0
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Bordeaux Upper deck: twin cabin on April 11 + April 25 and Oct. 24 € 2360,- 0 0
Bordeaux Upper deck: twin cabin from May 9 to Aug. 22 (incl.) and Oct. 10 € 2960,- 0 0
Bordeaux Upper deck: twin cabin on Aug. 29, Sept. 12 + Sept. 26 € 3160,- 0 0
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Bordeaux Upper deck: single cabin on April 11 + April 25 and Oct. 24 € 1390,- 0 0
Bordeaux Upper deck: single cabin from May 9 to Aug. 22 (incl.) and Oct. 10 € 1690,- 0 0
Bordeaux Upper deck: single cabin on Aug. 29, Sept. 12 + Sept. 26 € 1790,- 0 0
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Bordeaux Guided cycling, per person € 150,- 0 0
Bordeaux Bus transfer to/from barge, per person € 50,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Tandem €150
21-speed bicycle 21-speed bicycle €85
Electric bicycle (limited number available) Electric bicycle (limited number available) €175


  • 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
  • Basic package “semi-guided cycling”: tour leader (English and French speaking) with daily briefings of the bike tours; individual cycling: 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 (package fully guided cycling as option / surcharge: € 120,- per person)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board at the end of each cycling tour

Not Included

  • Transfers from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and Libourne/Fronsac
  • Reservation fee € 20,- (obligatory surcharge) per booking/party
  • Package guided cycling
  • Rental bicycle/ 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 (max. approx. € 50,-) may apply

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & 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 metres / 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 ship stays docked in Libourne the first day, so it will be no problem when you arrive later.

Mooring place in Libourne

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).

There is no train station in Fronsac. We advise you to take the train or TGV to Bordeaux, Gare Saint Jean and book the collective bus transfer (see above).

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 Castets-en-Dorthe.

Mooring place in Castets-en-Dorthe

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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 will 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.

  • What biking level is the Bordeaux tour?

    Cycling during this tour in the Bordeaux area can be rated easy to moderate, with daily cycling distances from 30 to 50km. The terrain is relatively flat with some short climbs out of the river valleys onto the intervening vineyard areas and is suitable for cyclists with some (recent) practice and basic to moderate fitness levels.

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

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

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour.
    On the tours in Holland/Belgium/Germany/Italy/Croatia/Greece: the capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

    On the tours in France(Loire/Alsace/Champagne): max. of 18 participants.

    On the Bordeaux tour: max. of 80 participants.

    On the tours in Austria: capacity varies between 135 and 170 participants.


  • 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 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.

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Price starting from € 990,- * * There are no extra's included in this price



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 80 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Bordeaux Médoc Vineyards


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