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A visit to Bordeaux is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine & food. Setting sail from the city of Bordeaux, cruise and bike your way through one of France's most famous wine-growing regions sailing the Garonne, Dordogne Rivers, and Gironde Estuary. Historical châteaux, famed vineyards, and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne, and Bourg. Savor world famous vintages such as Grand Cru Classé wine as you wander from chateau to chateau. Most Bordeaux cruises feature active tour options with hiking and biking opportunities in addition to wine tastings and trips that last between 5-8 days, or extend your trip visiting Paris. Optionally, visit Bordeaux on an ocean cruise on the Atlantic. Contact us to get started planning today.

7 Best River Cruises Near Bordeaux for 2023-2024

3 Best Luxury River Cruises Near Bordeaux for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Taste of Bordeaux - Cruise Only$33998Mar 23, 2023Board an enchanting 8-day round-trip cruise from Bordeaux to Libourne on the MS Amadolce. Visit the towns of Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg, Libourne, and …
Bordeaux Affair$51458Apr 28, 2023Enjoy this 8-day luxury round-trip cruise from Bordeaux aboard Scenic Diamond. Visit Saint-Emilion, Medoc and Cadillac to explore the enchanting …
Fortified cities of the Atlantic and the Iberian Peninsula$590012Sep 20, 2023Join the Le Champlain on this 12-day cruise from Honfleur to Lisbon to see the beautiful scenery along the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain, and …

Bordeaux Travel Guide

Wine Tasting Cruises in Bordeaux

Arguably the world's most famous wine region, and France's largest producing 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine every year, needless to say, Bordeaux has myriad wine estates to explore (and taste)!

The classic red varietals of Cabernet Savignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc among others are normally blended for classic Bordeaux blends. The whites blend Semillon and Cabernet Blanc primarily.

We will taste Grand Cru wines in the most celebrated regions like Médoc, on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, that is home to the legendary Château Gruaud Larose, Château Léoville Poyferré Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville.

On the Right Bank, visit Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, and enjoy a wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. 

Some of our trips, such as a Taste of Bordeaux has it's gran finale with a trip to the Wine Museum of Bordeaux, where we will top-off our supreme knowledge of Bordeaux wines.  
Tour de Bordeaux - Bicycling on Bordeaux Cruises

All river cruises in the Bordeaux region offer optional picturesque bicycle rides strolling through the verdant hillsides dotted with châteaus, castles, and quaint villages. Try some of these popular bike rides in the region:

Bordeaux city ride - with over 400 miles of bike paths in the city, Bordeaux is a cycling paradise. Explore myriad churches and monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Blaye to Bourg bike ride - your riverboat drops you off in Blayne and sets sail for Bourg. At around  This amazing ride skirts along the coastline of the Garonne River between picturesque fortresses and abbeys.and seas of vineyards over rolling hills.


Popular Destinations in Bordeaux, France 

Some of the most popular destinations frequently visited on a trip to Bordeaux, France include:
  • Cadillac
  • Pauillac
  • Blaye & Bourg
  • Libourne
  • Fronsac
  • Bilbao & San Sebastian, Spain
  • Amboise

Best Bordeaux France Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024

  • Ponant - as the sole French cruise line, is a global ambassador for the "French Touch." With a French crew, discreet service, and refined cuisine, it makes every effort to maintain its distinctive cruising philosophy. Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne River in South-West France. On the L'Austral discover the rich wine tradition that makes it the world capital of wine.
  • CroisiEurope - offers cruises on the most beautiful canals of France aboard luxury barges. Discover the precious wines from along the Garonne and the Dordogne estuaries aboard MS Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Lindblad Expeditions - goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they've planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild areas. Cruise on the National Geographic Resolution to see the picturesque Bordeaux riverside.

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