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Bordeaux's Garonne River- Cruise and Bike

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Cyrano de Bergerac
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Board the MS Cyrano de Bergerac for an  8-day cruise and bike adventure through the valleys of Médoc, Libourne, and the wine regions of Entre-deux-Mers and Bordeaux. As you explore the Southwest France region pass by world-famous castles, charming vineyards, quaint villages, renowned towns, and magnificent landscapes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux | Embark
Day 2 : Pauillac
Day 3 : Gironde Estuary | Blaye | Bourg | Blaye
Day 4 : Libourne | Saint-Emilion
Day 5 : Cadillac
Day 6 : Cadillac | Bordeaux
Day 7 : Arcachon Bay | Bordeaux
Day 8 : Bordeaux | Disembark

Highlights

  • Bike along some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in a world-famous castle renowned for its Bordeaux
  • Cruise the Gironde estuary and see the steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch next to Sauve-Majeure Abbey

Ship

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Blaye
  • Bordeaux
  • Cadillac
  • Libourne
  • Pauillac
  • Saint Emilion

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Friends biking during their trip together A vibrant square in Bordeaux The charming port city of Libourne Visit the Chateau Cadillac as you sail through France on your small ship cruise Wander the picturesque Saint Emilion on your French cruise

Day 1 Bordeaux | Embark

Board the MS Cyrano de Bergerac at 6 p.m in Bordeaux. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your biking vacation. Dinner is served on board, followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 2 Pauillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the beginning of the morning cruising to Pauillac. Toward the middle of the morning, set off on your bike for the day. Start your adventure biking to Saint-Estèphe, a town famous for its Baroque architecture, and its stunning view of the Garonne. Enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon bike along some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world and catch a glimpse of France’s biggest wine estates. Take the opportunity to taste some wine in a world-famous castle renowned for its Bordeaux. On your way back to Pauillac, see a few prominent wine estates like Chateau Pontet-Canet, Chateau Pichon Longeville Baron and Chateau Lynch-Bages. Get back on the ship for an evening of entertainment and remain in port overnight. 

Biking itinerary: in the morning from Saint-Estèphe 7 mi./11.3 km. (249 ft./76 m. elevation gain) — in the afternoon from Pauillac 22 mi./35.4 km (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain)

Day 3 Gironde Estuary | Blaye | Bourg | Blaye

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave Pauilliac early and spend the morning cruising the Gironde to the estuary. Cruise along the marshes and see the steep cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde, troglodyte homes and fishing cabins before reaching Blaye. Get on your bike in the afternoon and explore Blaye, with its vineyards, rich croplands and castles. Bike on hilly roads overlooking the magnificent Garonne area. Pass through Plassac and its Roman ruins, Marmisson and its infamous troglodytes (entry fee not included), and Bayon-sur-Gironde—where you can enjoy a stunning view of  “Bec d'Ambès,” the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Then, head to Bourg. If you feel like it, bike a few miles more to Saint-Gervais and contemplate the magnificent landscapes from the shadow of its medieval church, before returning to Blaye for the evening. After you return to the ship, enjoy an evening of dancing. Remain in port overnight.

Biking itinerary to Blaye: 19 mi./30.6 km. (1000 ft./305 m. elevation gain) - to Saint-Gervais: 31 mi./49.9 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)

Day 4 Libourne | Saint-Emilion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, cruise on the Dordogne towards heritage-rich Libourne. In the afternoon, start your bike tour through Saint-Emilion. Today’s itinerary brings you through the most renowned Bordeaux wine-growing areas like Pomerol, or estates like the Chateau du Cheval Blanc. Then visit Saint-Emilion's underground monuments. Enjoy some free time in the city, strolling along its lively streets and taking in its incredible monuments and unique architecture. Besides being incredibly beautiful, this city is also one of the main red wine-producing regions. Tonight’s entertainment is provided by the crew. Remain in port overnight.

Biking itinerary from Libourne: 21 mi./33.8 km. (698 ft./213 m. elevation gain) or from Saint-Émilion: 13 mi./20.9 km. (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain)

Day 5 Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise to Cadillac. Its preserved countryside, hilly landscapes and many small and quiet villages hold a wealthy heritage. Start biking towards the south in the afternoon, along the Garonne. Bike through the Sauternais, a region known for its sweet dessert wines, and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, a place to enjoy the stunning view of the valley. The famous Sauternes and Barsac vineyards are the highlight of today’s journey. Bike past Château d’Yquem, famous for its liquors and refined wines. Sauternes wine is world-famous for its quality and its unique sweetness. The region benefits from an oceanic climate, which favors the proliferation of the Botrytis cinerea fungus. This fungus confers the sweetness and distinct color to the Sauternes wine. After your day of biking, return to the ship and enjoy a free evening to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.

Biking itinerary from Cadillac: 24 mi./38.6 km. (898 ft./274 m. elevation gain)

Day 6 Cadillac | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start biking early this morning. While you enjoy the French scenery from your bike, the ship cruises towards Bordeaux, its final destination. Your tour begins with the fortified city of Cadillac and ends in Bordeaux. Stops are planned in La Sauve and Cenac. Enjoy a picnic lunch next to the Sauve-Majeure Abbey, which used to be a Benedictine monastery. Although it is in ruins, the abbey remains a tourist attraction thanks to its Romanesque architecture and sculpted capitals. This beautiful structure is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, continue heading to Bordeaux and enjoy the afternoon to roam across the city on your bike at your own pace. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Biking itinerary from La Sauve in the morning: 18 mi./29 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain); or from Latresne 28.5 mi./46.7 km. (1699 ft./518 m. elevation gain) - from Bordeaux in the afternoon: 36 mi./57.9 km. (1801 ft./549 m. elevation gain)

Day 7 Arcachon Bay | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although your vacation is coming to an end, your adventure is not over. After breakfast, a minivan drives you to your departure point on the Atlantic coast. After travelling through the vineyards, discover the coast and the ocean. Bike along the coast and the Pyla Dune, the tallest sand dune in Europe at more than 328 feet above sea level. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Arcachon, a famous seaside resort frequented by aristocrats since the second half of the 19th century. After lunch, board a boat with your bike and head for Cap Ferret, renowned for its oyster farms. Once onshore, bike through a pine forest until you reach the shuttle, which brings you back to the boat. Return on board in Bordeaux at the end of your long day. After dinner, enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Biking itinerary from Arcachon: 22 mi./35.4 km. (800 ft./244 m. elevation gain) — from Lège-Cap-Ferret: 35 mi./56.3 km. (1099 ft./335 m. elevation gain) - from the Atlantic Ocean: 45 mi./72.4 km. (1400 ft./427 m. elevation gain)

Day 8 Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Per person starting at
$3,223
Upper and Middle Deck Cabins.
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Main Deck
25 cabins with porthole (18 cabins with twin beds, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.
Main Deck Cabins.
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Middle Deck
25 cabins with porthole (18 cabins with twin beds, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.
Upper and Middle Deck Cabins.
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Upper Deck
21 cabins (16 cabins with twin beds, 4 cabins with a double bed (can be separated into 2 singles), 1 disabled cabin with a double bed, equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), satellite TV, hairdryer, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and the order of the excursions may be changed to ensure the best organization of your cruise. For the safety of passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner D1 to breakfast D8
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board and all drinks from the bar (except champagne and drinks on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Biking excursions
- Premium quality bikes
- Dedicated minivan support
- Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Assistant from professionnal leader during biking tours
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees.

This offer does not include:
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses
- Transfers
- Booking fees

Formalities:
Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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