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Best Time to Take a Bordeaux River Cruise (France)

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When to Take a Bordeaux River Cruise?

The most ideal time to travel to the region is during the harvest months of September and October, as the summer heat is waning. The mostly sunny days and pleasant temperatures make it a very comfortable time for a cruise of southern France

While the summer months of May to August also offer travelers a good Bordeaux cruise experience, keep in mind that temperatures can be higher.

At a Glance

  • Busy season: May-October (peaks in September & October)
  • Shoulder season: March-April, November
  • Avoid: December-February

Explore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux region
Explore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux region

Although metropolitan Bordeaux is a new addition to the European river cruise scene, it’s quickly gaining popularity among wine aficionados. Almost all river cruises in the continent will have some elements of wine tasting, but those in the Bordeaux region will include vineyard tours and visits to the chateaus which produce some of the world’s most famous vintages.

As local cuisine and wine are the central attractions on a Bordeaux cruise, traveling at the right time is paramount for an enjoyable experience. September and October are ideal for wine tasting, since this is when wineries have their harvests. Many cruises also include biking and walking tour opportunities, making it even more important to plan your trip during one of France’s nicer seasons. Spring and late summer offer mild temperatures and pleasant weather.

Couple raising glasses with wine
Couple raising glasses with wine

Once winter sets in December, temperatures drops fairly quickly and stay low throughout the end of February. When booking your cruise, you’ll find that the last cruises of the season depart in mid-November, while the first cruises of the year begin in late March or early April
Need help in planning your Bordeaux travels? Contact our Adventure Life travel experts to assist you in finding the best time for river cruises in France. 

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