CroisiEurope ~ Bordeaux

Undulating through the valleys of the Medoc, Libourne and the Entre-deux-Mers, the Bordeaux region is both enchanting and mysterious. On this cultural cruise you will go through the largest area of AOC vineyards in the world. You will also discover Pauillac and the Medoc, Blaye, Saint-Emilion, the château de Roquetaille, Cadillac and Bordeaux. On this cruise get set to experience two great rivers and the Gironde estuary. A complex and colourful mosaic of scenery, textures and moods. Come and join us as we explore this rich and diverse region.

 
Magic of Bordeaux


4-14 NIGHTS CROISIEUROPE CRUISES ON THE GIRONDE RIVER

Chateau Margaux The Gironde Estuary is located in south-western France formed at the point where the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers meet, and is a welcoming entry point to the city of Bordeaux. All over the world, just the mention of the very name of Gironde brings to mind all its fine, noble wines: Blaye, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Médoc are just some of the great gems of the renowned Bordeaux vineyards.

The Gironde flows through around 40 ports located in the ancient marshlands, where the main industries are sailing and fishing. Within the Gironde, there are several islands dotted between the Bec d’Ambès and the Pointe de Grave at the seaward end of the estuary. One of the largest, and covered in 14 hectares of vines, is Margaux.

The main modes of transport for crossing the estuary are the “gabare” or barge, a traditional boat which makes the transport of goods possible and the “filadière”, a fishing boat with sails which owes its name to its shuttle-like shape. In addition, cruise liners some 280 metres long can also be seen in the “Port of the Moon”, the largest port in Bordeaux.

People began travelling on the Gironde as far back as the Bronze Age, with the trading of tin coming from Cornwall and the trading of copper shipped from Spain. This trade allowed the emergence and foundation of the town of Burdigala, which would eventually become the city of Bordeaux, the current administrative centre of the Aquitaine region.

Croisi Europe Excursions

Palace de la Bourse

During your cruise there will be many excursions offered. You will be able to explore the cities and sites on your cruise route. On these excursions, any transfers to the sites visited will be handled for you. Usually they will take place by coach. Also taken care of will be any admission to the tourist sites, guides, etc... in order to offer you a "turnkey" tour. Certain tours not far from the boat can be done on foot in the company of a CroisiEurope hostess. You will be given a brief presentation of the various excursions at your various destinations.

NOTE: Excursions are offered in French, English and other languages according to the passengers onboard.

Included Bordeaux Excursion Package includes guided tours and visits to the attractions on your cruise route. They are all pre-reserved at the time of booking your cruise. 

CroisiEurope Excursions 1
  • Excursion to Pauillac and the Chateaux du Medoc Road – A corner of the world that produces the most prestigious red wines on the planet
  • Excursion on the Corniche road and guided tour of Bourg a delightful village built on a rocky outcrop surrounded by medieval ramparts.
  • Guided tour of the Chateau de Roquetaillade and Cadillac a magnificent and prestigious medieval castle
  • Guided tour of Bordeaux
  • Guided tour of St Emilion and wine tasting
  • Day trip in the Arcachon basin
    (lunch included) – A modern, interactive scenography will help you to discover oyster farming and the history of the oyster.
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At A Glance

  •  Up to 138 passengers, Riverboat Cruise

  • 4 to 14 Night Cruise Programs

  • From USD $1,416 per person

  • Region: Bordeaux

  • Access: Paris TGV Station / Airport

  • Cruise Highlights: Visit the largest area of AOC vineyards in the world. Cruise 2 mighty rivers, the Gironde estuary and the Arcachon basin. Discover Pauillac and the Medoc. Take a guided tour of Bordeaux. Visit the medieval city of Blaye and its renowned wines. Walk through Saint-Emilion, and realize the history of this medieval city.

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