Cycle cruises by Classic or Electric Bike Libourne – Castets
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
- lTouring bicycles or electric bicycles can be rented
Castets-en-Dorthe: boarding from 3pm
- Day 1 (Saturday) – LIBOURNE
Libourne: Boarding at 15:00 Individual arrival and optional bus transfer from Bordeaux station at 14:00 to the boat’s mooring point in Libourne. 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 into the cabin. You can try your bike and enjoy a first test ride along the Dordogne River. You can also enjoy the city rightly called “le petit Bordeaux”. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board with a presentation of the crew… Note: Every day, you drive in the heart of a new Bordeaux appellation. Your guide and road book will show you a Maison du Vin where you can stop for a few minutes to discover the wine region of the day with a tasting of local wines (free for individuals). An interesting stopover also for those who intend to visit the vineyards, they serve as a source of information for wine-related activities in their region. Every day, you will also find on your way a tourist office, historical monuments, cafés, restaurants and other places to visit.
- Day 2 (Sunday) – SAINT-EMILION
Libourne and Saint-Emilion vineyards (21-43 km/13-27 km) Level 2 After a night of rest, today’s exploration will allow you to discover Libourne and its famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. In Saint-Emilion, you will visit this magnificent medieval village classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by vineyards of the same name. The panoramas are unique here. The monolithic church in the centre of the city is a monument not to be missed. Your hike will continue on small picturesque secondary roads. Along the way, you will discover classified and famous castles, such as the 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 most famous wines in the world. A very pleasant route, prestigious castles, wine purchases in Saint-Emilion….. The evening gives you the opportunity to enjoy a dinner cruise along the Dordogne to Bourg-sur-Gironde, a small village built on a rocky promontory that overlooks the small port and offers you a breathtaking view of the estuary. NAVIGATION from Libourne to Bourg sur Gironde: 17:00 h. to 21:00h.
- Day 3 (Monday) – BOURG-SUR-GIRONDE
Vineyards of the Côtes de Bourg-Citadelle de Blaye (25-41km/16-32 km) Level 4 This region offers hilly landscapes covered with vines and dotted with fairy tale castles and manors. 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 visit and taste! The Corniche Girondine route is a must on this tour: a calm and beautiful route that separates beautiful homes and gardens. In Blaye, make a loop through the Citadel of Blaye, a Vauban fortress built on Louis XIV, at the request of the Sun King and now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Visit the Citadel’s underground passages to understand the entire 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 at the typical and historic washhouse. The water is very refreshing on your face after this day on the bike!
- Day 4 (Tuesday) – MEDOC
Margaux -Medocan loop bicycle (42km / 26 km) Level 1 NAVIGATION from BOURG-SUR-GIRONDE to LAMARQUE: 7:00 am to 9:30 am In the morning, the boat leaves Bourg and crosses the Gironde estuary to Lamarque, where you will be in the Médoc wine region, one of the most famous in the world. You will quickly find yourself near Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc, where wine and tourism are very present. Then, the prestigious properties will follow one another: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and finally Château Margaux. Many opportunities to stop on the road, taste, learn about the classification of the Grands Crus and learn about the winemaking process… A secondary route is available here as a different loop or an additional route to the first one in Margaux. You will reach the Pauillac and Saint-Espèphe wine regions. Of course, you will drive near Château Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and many other great classified wines. Back to MS Bordeaux, you will sail on the Garonne to the majestic city of Bordeaux. You will enjoy the best view of the city: “Port de la Lune” with the Pont de Pierre, the Place de la Bourse and the beautiful Quays, the Quai des ChartronsAboard, sail on the Garonne towards the majestic city of Bordeaux. You will discover the most prestigious panorama of the region: the Port de la Lune with its sumptuous 18th century facades, the Pont de Pierre, the Place de la Bourse, the quays, which lead to the historic wine merchants’ district including the Quai des Chartrons, transformed into shops and restaurants. NAVIGATION of BORDEAUX in Bourg-sur-Gironde: 17:00 h. to 20:00 h.
- Day 5 (Wednesday) – BORDEAUX
Bordeaux Vélo UNESCO (12 km / 48 km) Level 1 Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason. The list of hidden buildings, places and jewels is worth a visit: Walk through the city through the Cailhau Gate, the royal entrance. We suggest a thorough visit: Bordeaux is a city that shines not only for its individual buildings, but also for its grand and well preserved old town. To see: the Capuchin market (perhaps with wine and oyster tastings), the basilica, the Pont de Pierre, the first bridge in the city, built at the time on Napoleon’s orders. You can admire the many squares, the Grande Cloche du PeyBerlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the Water Mirror… and much more. Take the time to explore the city of wine, the Chaban Delmas bridge and the Darwin ecosystem, a renovated factory where you can enjoy the view of the Quays and drink a good cup of coffee in a wooded area – a wonderful city to explore by bike or on foot. Many possibilities for shopping, souvenirs, wine and food tastings and tastings, and for cyclists who want to make a loop, Roger Lapébie’s bike path will take you to Créon and La Sauve in the Entre-Deux-Mers region. NAVIGATION from BORDEAUX to LOUPIAC
- Day 6 (Thursday) – SEVERE-SAUTERNES
Loupiac /Graves -Sauternes (35-50 km/ 21-32 km) Level 3 Today, we will discover the Sauternes region, where sweet dessert wines are produced. We start by enjoying the view from Sainte-Croix du Mont before taking a look at the tomb of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the pretty city of Verdelais. The route then follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In autumn, when the climate is hot and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produces the fog that descends on the vines, thus promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine, you will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many others. Cadillac is located in the Graves region, also known as the cradle of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers, between the Garonne and the Dordogne. In the late afternoon, the tour continues by boat, heading upstream along the Garonne River to Castets-en-Dorthe. NAVIGATION of LOUPIAC in CASTETS-EN-DORTHE: 17h00 to 20h00
- Day 7 (Friday) – ENTRE-DEUX-MERS
Castets-en-Dorthe -Entre-Deux-Mers (27-46 km/ 16-28 km) – Level 1 The first town you will discover today is the charming Saint Macaire and its magnificent portal and ramparts. It is possible to visit the former residence of the writer François Mauriac as well as to have a first wine tasting in a castle. Along the corn and sunflower fields, you arrive at La Réole, by an Eiffel-style bridge over the Garonne. This city is famous because in 1190, Richard the Lionheart, on his way to the Holy Land, donated the Town Hall building to thank the local people for their loyalty to the English crown. This historic site houses two castles, an impressive church and narrow cobbled streets. To end the day, you will enjoy the bicycle path along the Garonne Canal and its deep blue waters, built during the Napoleonic era. You can either return directly to the boat or head to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and its magnificent landscapes for your last evening on board, where you will enjoy an unforgettable and festive dinner. Captain’s dinner with cocktail/creamer from Bordeaux and dance with the crew.
- Day 8 (Saturday) – CASTETS-EN-DORTHE
Disembarkation & (option) transfer back to Bordeaux After your last breakfast on board, it will be time to say goodbye and disembark. Disembarkation will take place from 9:00 am to 9:30 am, by bus (optional) to Bordeaux station.