Boat & Bike in South West France

Boat & Bike in South West France 1249 , 8 Days

Freely or guided, take cycle routes through stunning wine growing regions, visiting the historical heritage of typical villages of South West France, UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Over rivers and across the countryside, discover amazing panoramas on your bike.


Itinerary:
Day 1 (Sat.) “Canal des DeuxMers” round tour
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. You can enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this fertile region aptly named “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards.
In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.
(10 miles / 15 kms) Castets-en-Dorthe embarkation until 3:00pm

Day 2 (Sun.)  Castets-en-Dorthe to Loupiac/Cadillac
Today’s route drives you through Entre-Deux-Mers wine region. You will discover ‘Malagar’, former house of the writer François Mauriac, the Malromé castle, house of painter ToulouseLautrec., built in the16th century and its tombstone on Verdelais pilgrimage’s site: Walk of Croix et Calvaire. Châteaux after Châteaux, some great panoramas, historical buildings, picturesque sites, remarkable vineyards… Then in Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, you will enjoy a panorama formed by large fossilized oysters accumulated since the Tertiary and the medieval village of Saint-Macaire where you will see troglodytes houses along the river. At the end of the afternoon, you will sail along the Garonne River to reach the city of Cadillac.
(27-46 kms / 16-28 miles¬)

Day 3 (Mon.) Cadillac/Graves – Sauternes round tour
During this stage, you will cross the Sauternes wine region and also Graves, known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. On the road, you will ride along winding banks of the Ciron River, an icy river that, flowing into the warmer Garonne River, is associated with dessert wines Noble Rot process. And you will arrive on Château de Roquetaillade, a defensive Bastide, still belonging to the same family since 1306! You will also contemplate the prestigious Château d’Yquem, Château Suduiraut, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey and many others. Coming back to the MS Bordeaux, you will sail on the Garonne River to the majestic city of Bordeaux. You will enjoy the best panorama of the city: “Port of The Moon” with the “Pont de Pierre”, “Place de La Bourse” and the beautiful Quais which lead to the historical wine merchant area, the Quai des Chartrons, transformed into outlet shops and restaurants…a pleasant place to visit.
(35-50 kms / 21-32 miles) Cadillac – Bordeaux


Day 4 (Tue.) Bordeaux UNESCO bike tour
The tour guide will offer a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels: this short cycling tour, mainly over cycling lanes, offers beautiful panorama views of the waterfront and the city. Enjoy its classified UNESCO main sites: the entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the Water Mirror…and more. Take time to ride through the newly opened Cité du Vin, Chaban Delmas bridge and Darwin ecosystem, a refurbished factory where you will enjoy the view of the Quais, drinking a good coffee in a tree-filled place. A wonderful city to explore by bike or on foot. Many opportunities for shopping, souvenirs, food and wine tastings. And for bike challengers who want to ride a long loop, the Roger Lapébie’s cycling lane will take you to Créon and Sauveterre- en-Guyenne, in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region.
(10 miles / 16 kms) Bordeaux

Day 5 (Wed.) Margaux – Médoc round bike
In the morning, the ship will leave Bordeaux for Lamarque, here you will be in the Médoc wine region, one of the most famous ones. You will quickly find yourselves near Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc, where wine and tourism are quite highlighted. Then, prestigious properties will come one after another: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and last but not least Château Margaux. Many chances to stop on your road, taste, learn about Grand Crus classification and learn about wine making process. A secondary road is available here as a different loop or an additional one to the first in Margaux. You will reach Pauillac and Saint-Espèphe wine regions. Obviously, you will ride near Château Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and many other Grands Crus Classés wines. The end of the day is the perfect time for a dining cruise while the boat will cross the Estuary to reach the other bank of Gironde River. We will stop at Bourg, a beautiful little town, partially built on cliff. The old city centre allows you to overlook the Estuary.
(42kms / 26 miles) Bordeaux to Lamarque and Lamarque to Bourg

Day 6 (Thu.) Côtes de Bourg vineyards – Citadelle of Blaye
This region offers hilly landscapes covered with vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and manor houses. The opportunity to discover very pleasant wines and Châteaux such as Monconseil-Gazin, Eyquem, Marquis de Vauban and others: another good reason to stop and enjoy visit and wine tastings! The Gironde Corniche road is a must-see of this round tour: a calm and beautiful road which split beautiful manors on the one hand, and gardens on the other. In Blaye, take a loop through the Citadelle of Blaye, a Vauban Fortress built on Louis XIV, the Sun King’s request and now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit underground passages of the Citadelle to understand the whole history of the Fortress. Back in Bourg, you can stop to the typical and historical wash house. Water is very refreshing on your face after this biking day! In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail to Libourne/Fronsac on the Dordogne River.
(25-41kms / 16–32 miles) Bourg to Libourne/Fronsac


Day 7 (Fri.) Libournais and Saint-Emilion vineyards
Today's exploration will allow you to discover Libourne, and well-known vineyards of SaintEmilion and Pomerol. In Saint-Emilion, you will viisit this stunning medieval UNESCO World Heritage village, with surrounding vineyards of the same name. Panoramas are unique here. The Monolithic Church in the centre of the town is a monument not to be missed. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads. Along the way, you will see some of the classified and famous Châteaux, such as Angelus and its special bells, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut, Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin and Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin…some of the world’s most famous wines. A very pleasant road, prestigious Châteaux, wine shopping in Saint-Emilion… Paradise here for bike and wine lovers!
(21–32 miles)

 

Day 8 (Sat.) Libourne/ Fronsac: Débarquement & (option) transfert retour sur Bordeaux
After your last breakfast on board it will be time to say farewell and disembark. Disembarking will take place 9.00-9.30am, taking an (optional) bus to the centre of Bordeaux.


Price Includes:
Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category
Full board; 7x breakfast
6x picnic lunch during bike tours
7x three course dinner
Daily cleaning of the cabin; daily change of towels is possible
Welcome cocktail
presentation of the ship + crew and briefing on the first evening
Tour leader (English & French speaking) with daily briefings of bike tours; some short walking tours; individual semi-guided 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 or emergencies (fully guided cycling is on option – surcharge detailed below)
Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours - 1 set/cabin
GPS tracks and Free GPS available (deposit 100€)
Complimentary coffee and tea everyday until 4:00 pm.

Not Included:
Flight ticket to/from Bordeaux
2 Bus transfers: Sat. at 2:00 pm from meeting point in the center of Bordeaux to ship (Castets-en-Dorthe or Libourne respectively) and return on next Sat. at 9:00 am from ship to meeting point in Bordeaux (transfer time: 1hour each)
Reservation fee €15 (obligatory surcharge) per booking/party
Package guided cycling
Rental bicycles and/or e-bike (easier to ride through hilly countryside)
Other transfers
parking fees
entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings
Drinks on board
Personal insurance
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Special diets on request / surcharges may apply

Additional Services:
Twin cabin upper deck + € 180 per person
Rental bicycle with 21 gears
hand brakes
pannier bag: 85 €
Tandem bike € 165
Rental electrical bike (E-Bike): 185 € (limited number available
early bookings strongly recommended)
Other types of bicycles: only on reques
Guided bike tour (in English; 15 pers max/group): 165€
Bus transfers € 55


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Price
1349 EUR
Duration
8 Days
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The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1349 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1349 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1349 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1349 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1249 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1249 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
1249 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
990 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck
Price
990 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking
The price is for twin cabin lower deck

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