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Hiking Cruise MS Bordeaux

Hikers can use the river cruise for wonderful hikes, which we discovered for you!

Castets-en-Dorthe: Embarking at 3pm

Day 1: Castets-en-Dorthe – Around the “Canal des Deux Mers”

If you are arriving from Bordeaux, you can book a bus shuttle from Saint Jean train station. A walk will give a first impression of Castets. This fertile area is called “Little Holland”, due to its numerous vegetable fields and fruit gardens.

During a welcome drink you will meet the ship team and the other guests. The following dinner allows first discussions with your fellow travelers. They sit at large tables and many guests like to change their seats every day.

Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe / Entre-Deux-Mers (17 km)

Castets-en-Dorthe-Loupiac / Cadillac

Today’s route takes you through the Entre-Deux-Mers region. You will discover ‘Malagar’, the former residence of the writer François Mauriac, or the castle of Malromé, the home of Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the XVI century.

In the late afternoon, the MS Bordeaux embarks upstream on the Garonne, with the aim of reaching Loupiac.

Day 3: Circular route Loupiac / Graves – Sauternes (12 to 27 km).

Cadillac – Bordeaux

Today you will discover the region of Sauternes. You cross the Graves region, the birthplace of Bordeaux wines and the home of the prestigious winery Château d’Yquem, Château Suduiraut, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey and many others.

The route follows the meandering bank of the River Ciron, whose icy waters flow into the warmer Garonne. Here thrives, Botrytis Cynerea’, the famous mold fungus. Wine makers value the mold as a cause of the so-called noble rot on grapes. This is responsible for the wonderful noble berry and dry berry selection.

When we call “all men on board”, it is time to depart and go to Garonne to the next highlight of your trip. The destination today is the majestic city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You may want to go on an evening walk to get a first impression. Our dock is right in the historic center of Bordeaux.

3 circular routes are available:

  1. Circular route from Loupiac / Sainte Croix du Mont
    (12km / 3h30 / 120m)
    Excursion, hilly
  2. Circuit of Verdelais
    (27km / about 5 hours)
    with considerable differences in altitude between vineyards and forests.
  3. Circuit of Cadillac
    (13km / 3h30)
    To see: the castle of Cadillac

Day 4: Bordeaux round route through UNESCO world heritage city (12 km)

A beautiful ensemble, magnificently preserved. Its circular route leads to the Golden Triangle, the Girondins Column, the Water Level, the Capuchin Market, the Saint-Michel Basilica, the Saint-Croix Church and many other interesting streets and squares.

You will find beautiful places, romantic restaurants, and many possibilities for shopping.

Day 5: Round trip Margaux – Médoc (13/14 km)

Bordeaux – Lamarque, then Lamarque – Bourg

This is the entrance to one of the most famous wine regions in the world. You will quickly get to Château Lamothe Bergeron. Wine-growing and tourism are both relevant around here. The most famous vineyards are: Maucaillou, Poujeaux Rauzan Ségla Palmer, Issan, Priorat Lichine, Kirwan and Château Margaux. There are many possibilities for a short break, with or without wine tasting. You can also extend your current tour Margaux. You will pass the vineyards Chateaux Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and other Grands Crus Lagen.

We will continue on a romantic route on the MS Bordeaux in the evening, and will sail to Libourne-Fronsac.

4 routes are available:

  1. Circular route from Margaux
    (14km / 3 hours / 100 meters)
    Passage before the Margaux Castle.
  2. Circuit of Marmisson
    (14,5km / 3,5 hours / 150 heights)
    Overlooking the cliffs of the Gironde.
  3. Route of Listrac
    (13.6km / 3, 5 hours / 166 heights)
    Through the vineyards to Château Fonréaud; the hike continues to the forest.
  4. Circular walk of Cussac
    (13km / 3 hours / 100 meters)
    Around the vineyards, with possible visit of Fort Medoc and crossing of Cussac.

Day 6: Vineyards of Côtes de Bourg – Citadel of Blaye (12 km) Bourg – Libourne / Fronsac

This day offers views of endless vineyards, garnished with many castles. The Romanesque church of Bayon offers a beautiful view. You have the possibility to visit some castles like Tayac, Eyquem Monconseil-Gazin, Marquis de Vauban or others. At the turn of the beautiful and quiet Corniche road, which runs along the mouth of the river, lies the ruin of the Gallo-Roman villa in Plassac.

In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will leave for Libourne Fronsac.

Circular walk of Bourg
(12km / 3 hours / 120 meters)
Through the vineyards of Bourg, a pretty historical village with magnificent panoramas.

Day 7: Circular route through the vineyards of Libournais and Saint-Emilion (15 km)

Explore the town of Libourne and the famous vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. The town of St. Émilion is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it is certainly one of the highlights of this trip. Here you are in a paradise for wine and culture lovers.

3 routes are available:

  1. Circular walk of St. Germain
    (15 km / 4 hours / 470 meters).
    To see: Château La Rivière (with tasting possibilities).
  2. Circuit of Pomerol
    (14.5 km / 2.5 hours / 60 meters).
    Easy hike, but no shade
  3. Circular walk of Bocage
    (15 km / 4.5 hours / 300 meters).
    Attractive Fauna and flora.

Day 8: Libourne & Transfer back to Bordeaux (optional)

After the last breakfast on board, it is time to say goodbye. At 9am we will return by bus to St Jean station in Bordeaux.

Every second week the cruise is completed the other way around.

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