Hiking Cruises MS Bordeaux
Day 1: Castets-en-Dorthe – Around the “Canal des Deux Mers”
Arrival in Bordeaux and optional transfer from the centre to your hotel boat, the MS BORDEAUX. Once installed in the cabin, you can 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 (17 km) Castets-en-Dorthe-Loupiac/Cadillac
Today’s itinerary leads you through the Entre-Deux-Mers. You will discover “Malagar”, the former residence of the writer François Mauriac or the castle Malromé, house of Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the 16th century. In the late afternoon, the tour continues by boat, heading upstream along the Garonne River to reach Loupiac towards Cadillac.
Greenway Tour (17km/D547m)
On the towpath of the Garonne Canal which will join the Canal du Midi.
Day 3: Loupiac/Graves loop – Sauternes (12/27km).
Cadillac – Bordeaux
During this stage, discover the Sauternes region. Also cross the Graves region, cradle of Bordeaux wines, home to 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.
3 circuits to choose from:
- Loupiac Circuit / Sainte Croix du Mont
- Verdelais Circuit
Significant difference in altitude between vines and undergrowth-
- Cadillac Circuit
What to see: Cadillac Castle
Day 4: Loop in the heart of Bordeaux UNESCO (12kms) 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 Saint Croix church.
Everywhere in Bordeaux, opportunities for visits and shopping abound.
Day 5: Margaux – Médoc loop (13/14kms)
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.
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.
4 Tours of your choice:
- Margaux Tour
Passage in front of Château Margaux.
- Marmisson Circuit
Stroll along the cliffs overlooking the Gironde.
- Listrac Circuit
Through vineyards to Château Fonréaud, the hike continues in the forest.
- Cussac Circuit
Between the vineyards with a possible visit of the Fort Médoc and crossing of Cussac.
Day 6: Vineyards of Côtes de Bourg – Citadel of Blaye (12kms) 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.
Back home, the typical washhouse near the port of Bourg allows you to refresh yourself after your day trip. In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail towards Libourne: Fronsac.
Through the vineyards of the Côtes de Bourg, a pretty historical village with magnificent panoramas.
Day 7: Loop of the Libourne and Saint-Emilion vineyards (25-45kms)
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!
3 Circuit of your choice:
- St Germain Circuit
To see: Château La Rivière (tasting opportunities).
- Pomerol Circuit
Easy hike but without any shade.
- Bocage circuit
Site of scientific interest for its fauna and flora.
Day 8: Libourne: Disembarkation & (option) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your last breakfast on board, it was time to say goodbye. Disembarkation and return transfer by bus (optional) previously agreed behind the St Jean train station in Bordeaux, are done before 09h30.
From one week to the next, the cruise is in the opposite direction.