Guided/Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code FR099

France / Bordeaux and the region of wine

From Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac /Libourne

Discover the wine region of Aquitaine in between the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers. You will cycle in a real paradise for wine lovers, surrounded by old manors and countryside castles. Bordeaux, cultural capital city of the region, will welcome you with the elegance of its palaces and above all with its cycle paths, which make it one of the most bike-friendly cities of France.
  • Day by Day


    Individual arrival in Castets-en-Dorthe.

    Individual arrival and optional bus transfer from the train station at 2:00 p.m. in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe. The crew is waiting for you and you will have a first meeting to explain everything there is to know for your cruise. You settle in the cabin. You can try your bike and enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this fertile region aptly named “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards. You can also choice to visit your first Castle :

    In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.


    2° Castets-en-Dorthe – Loupiac (30/45 km - 15/30 miles)

    After a restful night on board, the first town you will discover by bike is the lovely Saint Macaire and its wonderfull gate and walls. There is opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as having your first wine tasting at a château. Riding along korn and sunflower fields you reach La Réole, using an Eiffel style bridge over the river Garonne. This town is famous because in 1190 Richard Lionheart, on his way to the holy Land, gave the town hall building to thank the locals for their loyalty to the English crown. This historical place holds two castles, an impressive church as well as narrow cobbelstoned streets.To end the day you will enjoy the bike path along the  « canal de la Garonne » and its deep blue water, built in Napoleon times. You can either go directly back to the ship or ride to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and the amazing scenery it has to offer. Later, you will sail along the Garonne River to reach Loupiac near the city of Cadillac.


    3° Loupiac – Bordeaux (35/50 km - 20/30 miles)

    Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as a Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The cycling itinerary today leads through this “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” wine growing area. There is an opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and Malromé castle, house of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! Once back on board, you will sail the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the famous Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons which intermingle in a single view.


    4° Bordeaux (15 km - 10 miles)

    Bordeaux is a UNESCO world heritage for a reason. The list of buildings, place and hidden gems is worth seeing : Walk into the city via La Porte Cailhau, the royal entrance. We suggest a thorough tour: Bordeaux is a City that doesn’t just glow due to its individual buildings, but through the grandiose, well preserved old city. Worth seeing is the Capuchine Market (perhaps with tastings of wine and oysters), the basilica, the Pont de Pierre, the first bridge of the city, which was built back in the day on Napoleons orders. You may admire the many squares, the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the Water Mirror...and more. Take time to ride through the newly opened Cité du Vin, Chaban Delmas bridge and Darwin ecosystem, a refurbished factory where you will enjoy the view of the Quais, drinking a good coffee in a tree-filled place.

    A wonderful city to explore by bike or on foot. Many opportunities for shopping, souvenirs, food and wine tastings. And for bike challengers who want to ride a long loop, the Roger Lapébie’s cycling lane will take you to Créon and Sauveterre-en-Guyenne, in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region.


    5° Bordeaux – Bourg (40 km - 25 miles)

    In the morning, the ship will leave Bordeaux for Lamarque, here you will be in the Médoc wine region, one of the most famous ones. You will quickly find yourselves near Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc, where wine and tourism are quite highlighted. Then, prestigious properties will come one after another: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and last but not least Château Margaux. Many chances to stop on your road, taste, learn about Grand Crus classification and learn about wine making process. A secondary road is available here as a different loop or an additional one to the first in Margaux. You will reach Pauillac and Saint-Espèphe wine regions. Obviously, you will ride near Château Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and many other Grands Crus Classés wines. The end of the day is the perfect time for a dining cruise while the boat will cross the Estuary to reach the other bank of Gironde River. We will stop at Bourg-sur-Gironde, a beautiful little town, partially built on cliff. The old city centre allows you to overlook the Estuary.


    6° Bourg – Fronsac/Libourne (25/40 km - 15/35 miles)

    This region offers hilly landscapes covered with vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and manor houses. The opportunity to discover very pleasant wines and Châteaux such as Monconseil-Gazin, Eyquem, Marquis de Vauban and others: another good reason to stop and enjoy visit and wine tastings!

    The Gironde Corniche road is a must-see of this round tour: a calm and beautiful road which split beautiful manors on the one hand, and gardens on the other. In Blaye, take a loop through the Citadelle of Blaye, a Vauban Fortress built on Louis XIV, the Sun King’s request and now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit underground passages of the Citadelle to understand the whole history of the Fortress. Stop in Plassac where you can visit the Gallo- Roman villa and its associative museum.Back in Bourg, you can stop to the typical and historical wash house. Water is very refreshing on your face after this biking day!

    In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail to Libourne/Fronsac on the Dordogne River.


    7° Fronsac/Libourne – Saint Emilion – Fronsac/Libourne (20/45 km -15/30 miles)

    Today's exploration will allow you to discover Libourne, and well-known vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol . In Saint-Emilion, you will viisit this stunning medieval UNESCO World Heritage village, with surrounding vineyards of the same name. Panoramas are unique here. The Monolithic Church in the centre of the town is a monument not to be missed. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads. Along the way, you will see some of the classified and famous Châteaux, such as Angelus and its special bells, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut, Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin and Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin...some of the world’s most famous wines.


    8° Fronsac/Libourne

    After your last breakfast on board it will be time to disembark.

    Disembarking will take place 9.00-9.30am, taking an (optional) bus to the train station of Bordeaux.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.


  • Route profile

    This tour goes along the territory of Bordeaux, among its sweet wine hills and easy rises and falls. Thanks to the limited distance to be run on the bike, the route is quite simple and suitable also for those who are not particularly well-trained. You will cycle mainly on by-roads with low traffic, whereas in Bordeaux you will find a good bike paths net.

  • How to get there

    The precise point of embarkation in Castets-en-Dorthe will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive some days before departure.

    By plane
    The closest airport is Bordeaux. From here you can take a bus (Jet’sBus- booking on to the central station of Bordeaux, where you can take a train (line 47) to Caudrot. You can reach the point of embarkation on foot or by taxi. Further information on


    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

    By train
    You can arrive to the central station of Bordeaux, where you can take a train (line 47) to Caudrot. You can reach the point of embarkation on foot or by taxi. Further information on

    It is also possibile to book a transfer from Bordeaux to castets-en-Dorthe (and back), departure around 2 p.m., duration: about 1 hour, cost: 50 €.


  • Accommodation and meals

    For this tour dinner, overnight and breakfast will be aboard a river cruise boat, while lunch, which is still included, consists of a packed lunch.


    Barge Bordeaux

    The Bordeaux is 78 meters (256 ft.) long and 10 meters (33 ft.) wide and can accommodate max. 80 guests. The vessel is under experienced French management.


    The lower deck has 36 cabins:

    • 34 twin cabins (approx. 7.5 – 8.00 M² = 81 – 86 sq.ft., 2 single beds next to each other)
    • 2 junior suites (approx. 11.6M² = 125 sq.ft., 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area)


    All cabins have small windows that can be opened, en-suite bathroom with shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, satellite- TV, mini-safe.


    The upper deck has 11 twin cabins and 2 single cabins. The tastefully furnished salon/lounge is in the front part of the ship, with a nice bar and a small dance floor, large panoramic windows all around and a separate restaurant.


    The sun deck has a large sunroof, chairs, tables and cycle shed (aft deck).



    Watch Bordeaux photo gallery. 



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • unisex touring bike with 21 gears and hand brake. 
    • unisex e-bike with hand brake. 


    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • pannier per bike
    • lock per bike
    • Gps device and tracks ( deposit of 100 € have to be paid on spot)


    In France helmet are not mandatory for adults, only for children till 12 years old. Some bike helmets are available on board, but we suggest you to bring your own. 



  • Accompanying material

    You will receive by mail, some days before departure:

    • embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
    • Tour Notes;
    • Final Tour Details.

    Please confirm that you have received all the information. If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.


  • By your side

    If you have booked the guided tour (150 € supplement), during the whole journey the tour leader will be by your side. We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their function is that of coordinating the group and lead it along the route.


    If you have booked the self-guided tour, you will meet a collaborator of ours on board. Every evening or every morning he/she will explain the route for the next day. If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to ask him/her any question. During the stages you can contact him/her for any matter regarding the route or mechanical problems.


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 1 Client reviews
    • Piergiorgio

      Departure 26 May - 02 June 2018

      Online from 07 June 2018

      Bella esperienza bici & boat, specialmente per appassionati del vino e delle degustazioni.
      Sarebbe stata carina una tappa sull’oceano
  • 1 Variations

Tour details


from 1,249 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type
guided/self-guided tour
Price per person
1249 € self-guided tour



Departures from Castets-en-Dorthe: Saturday 30.03, 13.04, 27.04, 11.05, 25.05, 8.06, 22.06, 6.07, 20.07, 3.08, 17.08, 31.08, 14.09, 28.09, 12.10, 26.10.19

Departures from Fronsac/Libourne on this link


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner - excluding drinks)
  • accompanying material
  • tour guide on board
  • use of bed linen and towels
  • hotline service

Not included

  • transport to and from departure point
  • all drinks on board and specified meals
  • entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • anything that is not mentioned under included


450/400 € single cabin below deck/above deck

180 € cabin above deck

300 € Junior suite cabin below deck

100 € high season (from 31.08 to 28.09.19)


80 € rental bike

180 € E-bike


150 € guided tour

50 € transfer to/from the point of embarkation



259 € 26.10.19 departure

100 € 17.08 and 12.10.19 departures

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