Cycle cruises by Classic or Electric Bike
Route: the classic Bordeaux wine route
This trip changes direction every week in high season.
You will leave Castets-en-Dorte for Libourne or the other way around.
MS Bordeaux – 8 days and 6 days bicycles
- 8 days / 7 nights
- individual or group travel
- cycling and boating
- about 230-275 km by bike
- difficulty of the cycle paths: 1-4
- touring bicycles or electric bicycles can be rented
Castets-en-Dorthe: boarding from 3pm
Day 1: Castets-en-Dorthe – Around the “Canal des Deux Mers” (15 km)
Arrival in Bordeaux and optional transfer from the centre to your hotel boat, the MSBORDEAUX. Once installed in the cabin, you take your bicycles in hand and enjoy a short first getaway around Castets. This fertile region is called “Little Holland” with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. Before dinner, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board with the presentation of the crew.
Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe/ Entre-Deux-Mers (27 to 46 km) Castets-en-Dorthe-Loupiac/Cadillac
Today’s bike itinerary takes you through the Entre-Deux-Mers. You will discover “Malagar”, the former residence of the writer François Mauriacou, the Château Malromé, house of Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the 16th century, as well as the painter’s tomb on the pilgrimage site of Verdelais: Way of the Cross and Calvary…
From Château to Château, the panoramas are breathtaking: Historic Monuments, ancient buildings, picturesque places: the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont offers a panoramic plateau formed by huge banks of fossilized oysters accumulated from the Tertiary and the medieval village of Saint-Macaire exposes cave houses to the river. In the late afternoon, the tour continues by boat, heading upstream along the Garonne River to reach Loupiac towards Cadillac.
Day 3: Cadillac/Graves loop – Sauternes (39-50kms) Cadillac – Bordeaux
During this stage, discover the Sauternes region by bike. Also cross the Graves region, the cradle of Bordeaux wines…
You then arrive at the Château de Roquetaillade, a defensive site, belonging to the same family since 1306! You pass in front of the prestigious Château d’Yquem, Château de Suduiraut, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey and many others. The route then follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne, an alchemy that allows the development of Botrytis Cynerea, the famous mushroom that produces this world-famous sweet wine.
Once back on board, sail on the Garonne River towards the majestic city of Bordeaux. You face the most prestigious panorama of the region: the “Port de la lune” with its sumptuous 18th century facades; the Stone Bridge, the Place de la Bourse and the Quai des Chartrons.
Day 4: UNESCO Bordeaux Core Area (10-50kms) Bordeaux
Bordeaux, a city whose heart is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a parade of architectural jewels leads you through the city’s historic streets, monuments and hidden places: the royal entrance to the city (La Porte Cailhau), the Tour de Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror, the Capuchin market, the Saint-Michel basilica, the highly unusual Darwin Ecosystem, from where the view of the Bordeaux quays is magnificent.
For the most challengers, the Roger Lapébie bike path leads you to Creon in the Entre-Deux-Mers.
Everywhere in Bordeaux, opportunities for visits and shopping abound. A memory break is easy to improvise.
Day 5: Margaux – Médoc loop (29-58kms)
Bordeaux – Lamarque, then Lamarque – Bourg
Escapade into one of the most famous wine-growing regions. You arrive very quickly at Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc, where wine and tourism are highly valued. Then follow in the order of prestigious Châteaux: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and last but not least Château Margaux. Many opportunities to stop, taste and learn some winemaker’s secrets before returning to the boat.
You also have the opportunity to make a new loop or extend the Margaux loop by going to the Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe appellations. You pass by Châteaux Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville, and other Grands Crus classés.
At the end of the day, you can enjoy a dinner cruise up the wide estuary to the other side of the Gironde sur Bourg, a village built on a rocky promontory overlooking the small port and offering you a breathtaking view of the Estuary.
Day 6: Vineyards of the Côtes de Bourg – Citadel of Blaye (25-41kms) Bourg – Libourne/Fronsac
This region offers a hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with castles, elegant monuments such as the Romanesque church of Bayon. You have the choice to visit some castles such as Tayac, Eyquem, Monconseil-Gazin, Marquis de Vauban and many others. At the bend of the very beautiful and peaceful Corniche road along the Estuary, come across the ruins of a Gallo-Roman Villa in Plassac.
Then a loop through the Blaye Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the guided tour of the underground passages of this fortress by architect Vauban.
Back in Bourg, the typical wash-house near the port allows you to refresh yourself after your day trip. In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail towards Libourne:Fronsac.
Day 7: Loop of the Libourne and Saint-Emilion vineyards (25-45 kms)
Your exploration of the day will lead you to discover the city of Libourne, then the famous vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. A UNESCO World Heritage Site village, you can discover a unique view of the medieval streets and surrounding vineyards, the monolithic church and the gentle way of life that reigns there.
Your tour continues on the picturesque country roads where you have a glimpse of the most famous Châteaux of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol: Angelus and its carillon, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut, Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin, Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin…, some of the most famous wines in the world. A real paradise for wine lovers!
Day 8: Libourne: Disembarkation & (option) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your last breakfast on board, it was time to say goodbye. Both the disembarkation and the return transfer by bus (optional) previously agreed behind the St Jean train station in Bordeaux, are before 09h30.
From one week to the next, the cruise is in the opposite direction.