Take a 7-day private cruise to the countryside known for its vineyards and Gothic cathedrals. Discover the hub of the famed wine-growing region of France, from Boé to Castet-en-Dorthe, aboard the luxury barge Rosa. Cruise across the beautiful bridge of Pont Canal d'Agen. Visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the center of the most famous appellation in Bordeaux. Experience French life with its world-class wines, rich cognacs, and sunset cocktails. Away from the vineyards, explore the region's fascinating historic architecture, including a visit to the 14th Century Château de Duras, the 13th Century fortified village of Vianne, and the medieval town of Nerac, where you tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot.
Explore the Bastide village of Vianne and ancient Barbaste with your private group of up to 8 people
Taste the famous local wines and cheese of the Bordeaux region
Morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, cross the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France, which spans the River Garonne. After lunch, visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King of France Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century, but much was destroyed during the French Revolution, and today only the impressive north wing remains. Finally, stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.
This morning, depart early to enjoy the colorful market of Aiguillon and then cruise to our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty fortified village with pastel-colored houses. After lunch head to the 13th-century bastide village of Vianne and see a skilled glassblower at work, then en route back to the barge, visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making. In the evening you can go to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th-century bridge with its 12 curved arches. Dinner ashore at ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, a local auberge in Barbaste.
Start the day with a relaxing cruise to the lovely little village of Le Mas d’Agenais, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through the stunning countryside. This afternoon visit a cheese workshop to see the different stages of manufactured cheese and enjoy a tasting of goats’ cheeses, including some flavored with ash and chili. On the way back to the hotel barge, visit the Romanesque Church containing an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. Dinner on board.
Morning cruise to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne with a view over the valley of the Garonne. In the afternoon, visit the 14th-century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history. You can wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.
Today, your final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon, visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and center of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of the premier and grand crus wines, where you can discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Castet-en-Dorthe | Disembark
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.