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+44 1756 706500

Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country

This 5-night itinerary from Bordeaux follows the Gironde and Garonne rivers to the top French wine growing areas. Visits to Pauillac, Blaye and Cadillac with optional excursions to the Medoc and St Emilion

Cruise Only
5 nights from £831pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bordeaux Pont de Pierre
  • Chateau Latour
  • Caves and fishermens huts, Meschers

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Save 15% on 2022 departures! Book by 30 Jun 2021

45% Discount for the Second Passenger! Applies to 14 May, 12 and 30 June; 11 July and 14 August 2021 departures. Prices shown do not include discounts - please contact us for the latest prices

Book with Peace of Mind! More than 30 days before departure: Postpone your booking to another 2021 or 2022 date. Within 30 days of departure: postpone your reservation to a later date if you are affected by Covid 19 (on presentation of a positive test). If the cruise is cancelled by CroisiEurope, you will be able to change your date, request a voucher or request a refund. Applies to new bookings for 2021, booked between 1 March and 31 May 2021.

Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country Special Offer

This part of Aquitaine was fortified by English king Henry II and his successors, leaving ancient castles and fortified bastide towns across the landscape. Returned to France in 1453 after the Hundred Years War, the whole area has interesting historical sights such as hilltop Bourg and the citadel at Blaye.

France's three top chateau are in the Bordeaux area - Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Bordeaux itself is a World Heritage site with over 350 classified buildings and the small port of Pauillac shipped wines for centuries, brought down by barge along the rivers.

This itinerary travels from Bordeaux down to the Gironde estuary past cliffs and hilltop towns. Noted sights include the old houses carved out of the cliffs, and the carrelets, the famous fishermens' huts built on stilts over the water. Returning upriver on the Garonne, the ship visits Cadillac for an optional tour to St Emilion and its famous underground city before returning to Bordeaux.

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BOS - Bordeaux, Gironde and Wine Country Itinerary

Day 1 - Bordeaux (France)

Board your ship between 6pm and 7pm in Bordeaux. After settling into our cabins, we have a welcome drink in the lounge and are introduced to the crew. After dinner, we have a welcome party on board.

Day 2 - Pauillac

We head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving Pauillac. Built long ago by wine merchants or ship captains, Pauillac has managed to preserve the fine stone houses along its quaysides. Our optional excursion this afternoon is to visit the Medoc (reservation in advance essential) - the renowned region where the most famous red wines in the world are cultivated, a strip of land squeezed between ocean and estuary with a mild, humid climate ideal for wine cultivation. We pass through most of the great Medoc appelations such as Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Medoc following the famous Chateaux Route and the chateaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. There is also the optional excursion visiting the Medoc through walking, wine and cheese. We return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We moor for the night in Pauillac.

Day 3 - Pauillac - Blaye

We set sail early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We pass the Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Troglodyte houses and fishermens' huts, before arriving in Blaye. This superb acropolis was an ideal look-out post to watch for invaders and its fortress is the biggest attraction in Blaye. We set off on our optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Narrow and picturesque, the road snakes alongside the River Dordogne before reaching the Gironde Estuary. As we travel, we catch a glimpse of charming gardens, ancient fishermens' houses, remarkable dwelling places carved out of the heart of the cliff, not forgetting the famous carrelets, the unique fishermens' huts perched on wooden stilts on top of the water. The scenery here is an unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. An alternative optional excursion visits Blaye and its underground monuments.

Day 4 - Blaye - Libourne - Saint Emilion

Cruise to Libourne at the confluence of the Isle and the Dordogne. Perhaps take the optional excursion to Saint-Emilion, before returning to Libourne. Gala dinner on board. Moor for the night.

Day 5 - Libourne - Bordeaux

We have breakfast and lunch on board today as we continue back to Bordeaux, where we arrive later in the morning. We set off by coach for an optional guided tour of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the key sights and fine buildings on the banks of the River Garonne. Alternatively there is an optional visit to La Cite du Vin and wine-tasting.

Day 6 - Bordeaux

After breakfast on board, we disembark around 9am.

Please note that this schedule may be modified by the Captain in the light of tidal and other factors.

Price Includes

  • Five nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Itinerary as described
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 12th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £1067
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    • Jun 30th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £1067
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      Blue Water Price from: £1067 Blue Water Price from: £1067 Blue Water Price from: £1202
  • July
    • Jul 11th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £963
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      Blue Water Price from: £963 Blue Water Price from: £963 Blue Water Price from: £1098
    • Jul 22nd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £1098
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      Blue Water Price from: £1098 Blue Water Price from: £1116
  • August
    • Aug 3rd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £963
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      Blue Water Price from: £963 Blue Water Price from: £1098 Blue Water Price from: £1116
    • Aug 14th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £963
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  • September
    • Sep 7th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £1067
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      Blue Water Price from: £1067 Blue Water Price from: £1202 Blue Water Price from: £1220
    • Sep 18th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £1067
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  • October
    • Oct 17th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £914
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 11th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £831
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  • May
    • May 1st - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
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    • May 16th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
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    • May 21st - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
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  • June
    • Jun 5th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
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    • Jun 20th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
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      Blue Water Price from: £969 Blue Water Price from: £1089 Blue Water Price from: £1125 Blue Water Price from: £1177 Blue Water Price from: £1106 Blue Water Price from: £1142 Blue Water Price from: £1194
  • July
    • Jul 5th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £876
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    • Jul 20th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £876
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      Blue Water Price from: £876 Blue Water Price from: £952 Blue Water Price from: £996 Blue Water Price from: £1024 Blue Water Price from: £1072 Blue Water Price from: £1013 Blue Water Price from: £1041 Blue Water Price from: £1089
  • August
    • Aug 4th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £876
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £876 Blue Water Price from: £903 Blue Water Price from: £952 Blue Water Price from: £996 Blue Water Price from: £1024 Blue Water Price from: £1072 Blue Water Price from: £1013 Blue Water Price from: £1041 Blue Water Price from: £1089
    • Aug 19th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £876
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £876 Blue Water Price from: £903 Blue Water Price from: £952 Blue Water Price from: £996 Blue Water Price from: £1024 Blue Water Price from: £1072 Blue Water Price from: £1013 Blue Water Price from: £1041 Blue Water Price from: £1089
    • Aug 28th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £876
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £876 Blue Water Price from: £903 Blue Water Price from: £952 Blue Water Price from: £996 Blue Water Price from: £1024 Blue Water Price from: £1072 Blue Water Price from: £1013 Blue Water Price from: £1041 Blue Water Price from: £1089
  • September
    • Sep 12th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £969 Blue Water Price from: £1057 Blue Water Price from: £1089 Blue Water Price from: £1125 Blue Water Price from: £1177 Blue Water Price from: £1106 Blue Water Price from: £1142 Blue Water Price from: £1194
  • October
    • Oct 3rd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £969
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £969 Blue Water Price from: £1005 Blue Water Price from: £1057 Blue Water Price from: £1089 Blue Water Price from: £1125 Blue Water Price from: £1177 Blue Water Price from: £1106 Blue Water Price from: £1142 Blue Water Price from: £1194
    • Oct 18th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £831
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Blue Water Price from: £831 Blue Water Price from: £855 Blue Water Price from: £903 Blue Water Price from: £951 Blue Water Price from: £976 Blue Water Price from: £1024 Blue Water Price from: £968 Blue Water Price from: £993 Blue Water Price from: £1041
Map for Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country