The MS Bordeaux takes you on a tour with a fresh start every day as you discover Bordeaux and its region by bike (6 daily bike tours). Our cruise is a boat trip around the mouth of the Gironde, the canal along the Garonne, and the Dordogne, which flows along the heart of the most famous vineyards in the region. The daily navigation offers exceptional panoramas and allows you to observe as closely as possible the famous “tidal bore”, a rare natural phenomenon.
At the confluence of culture and nature, combining sport, travel and adventure, fine wines and refined cuisine, this is a unique experience.
The daily bike tours are between 25 and 55 km, with the possibility of making the daily routes more or less long. If you are not at the best of condition, you can choose an electric bike. Every day promises surprises. Bordeaux, its historical sites, its landscapes, attractions and the meeting with the population offer a special experience. Visits of castles and vineyards, museums, historic buildings, the historic heart of Bordeaux, the village of Saint-Emilion or the fortress of Blaye are local treasures that are inscribed on the list of world cultural heritage. Each of these architectural jewels is the subject of stops during the cruise.
Arrival in Bordeaux, and, if you like, transfer from the inner city to the ship, the MS BORDEAUX.
We help you with your luggage, and show you your cabin. Afterwards, you can take over your bike and start your first small trip in Castets. This fruitful region is also called ‘Little Holland’, due to its many vegetable fields and fruit gardens.
During your welcome drink, you will get to know the ship team and the other guests. At dinner, you may be able to have first conversations with other travelers. You will sit at big tables, and it is possible to switch places on a daily basis.
Today, the bike route leads through the region Entre-Deux-Mers. You will discover ‘Malagar’, the former residence of the author François Mauriac, or the castle Malromé, the former residence of Toulouse-Lautrec. You can visit the grave of the painter in the pilgrimage site of Verdelais. You can bike from fortress to fortress – the view is breathtaking. Look forward to the town of La Réole, to the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, and the panorama plateau.
Here we have exciting findings of fossilized oysters. In the medieval village of Saint-Macaire, you can admire the many historical buildings.
In the late afternoon, the trip with the ship continues upstream on the Garonne, all the way to Loupiac, on the other side of Cadillac.
Today we will discover the Sauternes region on bike. You will ride through the region of Graves,where the Bordeaux wines are from. You will pass the famous vineyards Château d’Yquem, Château Suduiraut, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many more. The route follows the winding shores of the river Ciron, whose icey waters are floating into the warmer Garonne. Here flourishes the ‘Botrytis Cynerea’, the famous mold fungus. Wine makers cherish this mold fungus as the cause of a ‘noble rot’ of grapes. These are responsible for the wonderful royally sweet berry- and dry berry selection.
When the words ‘all men on board’ are uttered, we will leave and travel on the Garonne to the next highlight of our trip. The goal is to reach majestic Bordeaux, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Make use of an evening stroll to get a good impression. Our dock is directly in the historical center of Bordeaux.
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 and old train trollies.
In and around Bordeaux are many opportunities for sightseeing and shopping.
Today we arrive in one of the most famous wine regions of the world. Quickly you will get to the Château Lamothe Bergeron. Tourism and wineries are developing around here. The most famous vineyards are: :
Maucaillou, Poujeaux Rauzan Ségla Palmer, Issan, Priorat Lichine, Kirwan and the Château Margaux. They offer many opportunities for a stop, with or without wine tasting. You also have the opportunity to extend today’s trip to Margaux. You will pass by many vineyards, Chateaux Moutin Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and other classified Grands Crus Lagen.
A romantic route will be traveled in the evening on the MS Bordeaux. We will move further to Bourg-sur-Gironde.
This part of the trip offers views on endless vineyards, garnished with many castles. Beautiful and romantic is the church of Bayon. You have the opportunity to visit some of the castles in the area, such as Tayac, Eyquem Monconseil-Gazin, Marquis de Vauban or others. At the corner of the beautiful, quiet Corniche Street, which leads along the mouth of the river, lies the ruin of the gallo-roman villa in Plassac.
You soon will reach the Citadel of Blaye, also an UNESCO world heritage. Take your time for a tour. Back in Bourg, you may enjoy another small trip through the city and look forward to the sundowner on board of the MS Bordeaux. In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail to Libourne Fronsac.
At the beginning of today’s roundtrip, you will discover the small town of Libourne, as well as the famous vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. You should take your time in Saint-Emilion. The medieval village is also a UNESCO world heritage. Enjoy the amazing view of the medieval streets and surrounding vineyards. Visit the monolithic church and indulge in the small town flair with its wonderful bistros and restaurants.
Your trip will continue to scenic country roads, where you will have a nice overview of many well known castles of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Angelus, Beausejour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Dominica, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange Laroque, Fombrauge Grand Corbin, Gazin, Petrus, a small village, Nenin ...
Here are growing some of the most famous wines of the world. A real paradise for wine lovers. Your ship will wait for you at the end of the day, at the dock of Libourne.
After your last breakfast on board, it is time to say goodbye. Around 9am you will take the bus back to the train station of St Jean in Bordeaux.
Every second week, this cruise is going the opposite direction.
The river cruise ship MS BORDEAUX is 78 meters long and 10 meters wide. It accommodates a maximum of 96 guests in 49 cabins. To ensure that all guests have space, some of the cabins are reserved for single travelers. For your comfort we take a maximum of 80 passengers on board for any navigation of more than one day. The ship sails under experienced French management. The following languages are spoken and understood on board: French, English, German. Guests come from all over Europe, USA and other regions.
Style and atmosphere: A very cosy atmosphere with plenty of wood, warm colors and cozy carpets characterize the family atmosphere of the river cruiser. This is different than all the new ‘swimming hotels’. It fits the beautiful landscape.
Culinary: The day starts with a breakfast buffet. Fruit, eggs, juices, sausage, cheese, croissants and toast belong to the daily, slightly changing offer. If you want, you can assemble your own picnic lunch to take with you. The dinner menus are freshly cooked, following the French cuisine, and are accompanied by a wonderful wine selection.
Cabins: All cabins have daylight, carpeted floors, individually controlled air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini safe. All cabins have a small window which can be opened. They have a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.
Lower deck cabins: 34 Two-bed cabins with separate and adjacent single beds, which can be folded in during the day. The cabins are approx. 7.5 – 8.0 M² in size
2 Juniorsuite cabins: There are 2 junior suites (about 11.6 M²) with additional small seats and 2 beds, which are 1.90 meters long. Convertible in double bed 160 cm (on request).
Upper deck cabins: 11 twin cabins with the same equipment as the cabins on the lower deck. The windows on the upper deck are slightly larger and can also be opened.
2 single cabins, the bed is 1m wide and 1.90 meters long. The cabins are about 7.5 m² in size.
Easy to moderate – Mostly flat, some short uphill stretches. You cycle on paved country roads and bike paths. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
GUIDED or INDEPENDENT OPTION
This tour offers the choice to cycle independently (taking advantage of our very detailed route descriptions) or as an escorted group with your tour leader.
When booking the tour you need to specify which of these options you want.
By train: From Bordeaux Central Station, you may book a bus transfer to Castets-en-Dorthe or Fronsac at the beginning and end of your trip. You need to reserve these when booking the trip!
Via airport Bordeaux: the train station can be reached in 30 minutes, either by Taxi or within an hour via local bus.
Departs every Saturday from April to October.
From Castets-en-Dorthe to Libourne :
Departures on 14/04, 28/04 (early season), 12/05 (mid season), 26/05, 09/06, 23/06, 07/07, 21/07, 04/08, 18/08, 01/09, 15/09, 29/09, 06/10, 21/10 (mid season)
From Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe :
Departures on 21/04 (early season), 05/05 (mid season), 19/05, 02/07, 16/06, 30/06, 14/07, 28/07, 11/08, 25/08, 08/09, 22/09, 13/10 , 27/10 (mid season)
|Price per person, double occ, Lower deck cabin||CAD||$1880|
|Upper deck cabin cabin surcharge
Junior Suite surcharge
|Mid Season surcharge||$175|
|High season surcharge||$450|
|Surcharge for a cycling guide each day||$250|
|Gluten free or vegan diet surcharge: $75
E-bike surcharge: $160
This tour includes:
You may also book this tour without bikes. You will receive a full set of route notes for daily walking tours of from 12 to 17km. Deduct $125 for this option.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment