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8 Days Classic Bordeaux Wine Route Cruise Cycling Holiday in France (Ms Bordeaux)
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Bordeaux, Gironde, France

Unparalleled Cycling Holiday France

Climb aboard to one of the most magnificent trips you will ever come to find as you explore the wonderland of France and discover Bordeaux and its region by bike. That is right! You will cycle through trails along vineyards, old-charm villages, and quaint historical sites that will take you back to a simpler world. Get a taste of the most sumptuous wines and let the tang of the country sweep you off your feet. Grab a sundowner by the terrace while your typical French evening menu arrives, elaborated by the chef. The MS Bordeaux will take you on a cruise with a fresh start every day. During the day, you will explore the area by bike and at night, the ship will be docked on the side of an enchanting river. If you can imagine it so vividly, then France must surely await you.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) and moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 171 miles / 275 kilometers
  • Bike type: Touring bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 165 EUR


  • Leisurely tour biking
  • Tasting of sumptuous wines
  • Hopping aboard the MS Bordeaux
  • Witness the wonders of southwest France
  • Vineyards and historical site tours
  • Cruising along charming rivers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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During this cycling holiday, you will be staying in cabins aboard the MS Bordeaux for nights one to seven. You may choose between the lower deck cabin, single cabin upper deck, and junior suite cabin lower deck.

MS Bordeaux

The river cruise ship is 78 meters long and 10 meters wide. It accommodates a maximum of 96 guests in 49 cabins. To ensure that all guests have space, some of the cabins are reserved for single travelers. For your comfort, Aquitaine Cruises takes a maximum of 80 passengers on board for any navigation of more than one day. The ship sails under experienced French management. The following languages are spoken and understood on board, French, English, and German. Guests come from all over Europe, USA, and other regions.

The ship has a very cozy atmosphere with plenty of wood, warm colors, and cozy carpets characterize the family atmosphere of the river cruiser. It is different than all the new "swimming hotels." It fits the beautiful landscape. The front of the ship houses the tastefully decorated salon or lounge with large panoramic windows, a well-stocked bar, and a small dance floor. The rear area fits the separate restaurant. On the partially covered sun deck, seating areas with chairs and tables invite you to linger. A bicycle storage facility is located on the back deck.

Lower deck cabin

The rooms are approximately 7.5 to eight square meters in size. Those are two-bedded cabins with separate and adjacent single beds which can be folded in during the day. There is daylight and the window can be opened. The room was carpeted floors, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-safe, bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. Those are only non-smoking cabins.

Single cabin upper deck

The rooms are approximately 7.5 square meters in size. They each have one large size bed. There is daylight and the window can be opened. They have carpeted floors, individually-controlled air conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-safe, bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. There are only non-smoking cabins.

Junior suite cabin lower deck

The rooms are 11.6 square meters in size. They have a small seating area and two beds which are 1.90 meters long. On request, you can book the possibility to transform those two beds in a 1.60-meter wide bed. There is daylight and the window can be opened. The rooms consist of carpeted floors, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-safe, bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. There are only non-smoking cabins.


Day 1: Castets-en Dorthe and around the “Canal des Deux Mers” (9 miles / 15 kilometers)

You will arrive in Bordeaux, and if you would like, you can transfer from the inner city to the ship, the MS Bordeaux. The team will help you with your luggage and show you to your cabin. Afterwards, you can take over your bike and start your first small trip in Castets. The fruitful region is also called “Little Holland” due to its many vegetable fields and fruit gardens.

During your welcome drink celebration, you will get to know the ship team and the other guests. At dinner, you may be able to have first conversations with other travelers. You will sit at big tables and it will be possible to switch places on a daily basis.

Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe to Entre-Deux Merx (17 to 29 miles / 27 to 46 kilometers) and Castets-en-Dorthe to Loupiac or Cadillac

On day two, the bike route will lead you through the region of Entre-Deux-Mers. You will discover “Malagar,” the former residence of the author, François Mauriac, or the Château Malromé, the former residence of Toulouse-Lautrec. You can visit the grave of the painter in the pilgrimage site of Verdelais. You can bike from fortress to fortress. The view will be breathtaking.

You will look forward to the town of La Réole to the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, and the panorama plateau. There, you will see exciting findings of fossilized oysters. In the medieval village of Saint-Macaire, you can admire the many historical buildings. In the late afternoon, the trip in the ship will continue upstream on the Garonne, all the way to Loupiac, on the other side of Cadillac.

Day 3: Round trip from Cadillac to Graves and Sauternes (24 to 31 miles / 39 to 50 kilometers) and Cadillac to Bordeaux

On day three, you will discover the Sauternais region on bike. You will ride through the region of Graves where the Bordeaux wines are from. You will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Suduiraut, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many more. The route will follow the winding shores of the river Ciron, whose icy waters are floating into the warmer Garonne.

There flourishes the “Botrytis Cinerea,” the famous mold fungus. Winemakers cherish the mold fungus as the cause of a “noble rot” of grapes. Those are responsible for the wonderful royally sweet berry and dry berry selection. When the words “all men on board” are uttered, you will leave and travel on the Garonne to the next highlight of the trip.

The goal is to reach the majestic Bordeaux, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Make use of an evening stroll to get a good impression. The dock will be directly in the historical center of Bordeaux.

Day 4: Tour through Bordeaux and UNESCO sites (6 to 31 miles / 10 to 50 kilometers)

Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason. The list of buildings, places, and hidden gems is worth seeing. You will walk into the city via La Porte Cailhau, the royal entrance. The team will suggest a thorough tour. Bordeaux is a city that does not just glow due to its individual buildings but through the grandiose of the well-preserved old city.

Worth seeing is the Capuchine market, perhaps with tastings of wine and oysters, the basilica, and the Pont de Pierre, the first bridge of the city which was built back in the day of Napoleons orders. You may admire the many squares and old train trollies. In and around Bordeaux are many opportunities for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 5: Round trip from Margaux to Médoc (29 to 58 kilometers), Bordeaux to Lamarque, and Lamarque to Bourg

On day five, you will arrive in one of the most famous wine regions of the world. Quickly, you will get to the Château Lamothe Bergeron. Tourism and wineries are developing around there. The most famous vineyards are Maucaillou, Poujeaux Rauzan Ségla Palmer, Issan, Priorat Lichine, Kirwan, and the Château Margaux.

They offer many opportunities for a stop, with or without wine tasting. You also have the opportunity to extend the day’s trip to Margaux. You will pass by many vineyards such as Chateaux Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville, and other classified Grands Crus Lagen. A romantic route will be traveled in the evening on the MS Bordeaux. You will move further to Bourg-sur-Gironde.

Day 6: Roundtrip to the vineyards of Côtes de Bourg to the Citadel of Blaye (16 to 25 miles / 25 to 41 kilometers) and Bourg to Libourne or Fronsac

That part of the trip will offer views on endless vineyards, garnished with many castles. Beautiful and romantic is the church of Bayon. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the castles in the area such as that of Tayac, Eyquem Monconseil-Gazin, Marquis de Vauban, and others. At the corner of the beautiful, quiet Corniche Street, which leads along the mouth of the river, lies the ruins of the Gallo-Roman villa in Plassac.

You soon will reach the Citadel of Blaye, also an UNESCO World Heritage site. Take your time for a tour. Back in Bourg, you may enjoy another small trip through the city and look forward to the sundowner on board of the MS Bordeaux. In the evening, the MS Bordeaux will sail to Libourne or Fronsac.

Day 7: Roundtrip to the vineyards of Libourne and Saint-Emilion (16 miles to 28 miles / 25 to 45 kilometers)

At the beginning of the day’s roundtrip, you will discover the small town of Libourne as well as the famous vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. You should take your time in Saint-Emilion. The medieval village is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will enjoy the amazing view of the medieval streets and surrounding vineyards, visit the monolithic church, and indulge in the small town flair with its wonderful bistros and restaurants.

Your trip will continue to scenic country roads where you will have a nice overview of many well-known castles such as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol as well as Angelus, Beausejour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Dominica, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange Laroque, Fombrauge Grand Corbin, Gazin, Petrus, a small village, Nenin, and so much more.

There, they are growing some of the most famous wines of the world. It is a real paradise for wine lovers. Your ship will wait for you at the end of the day, at the dock of Libourne.

Day 8: Libourne and transfer back to Bordeaux (optional)

After your last breakfast on board, it will be time to say goodbye. At around 09:00 a.m., you will take the bus back to the train station of Saint Jean in Bordeaux. Every second week, the cruise is going the opposite direction.

Rental bikes

The bikes are unisex with an aluminum frame, suspensions, comfortable saddle, and disc brakes. They are equipped with 21 speeds Shimano. The electric bikes have eight speeds Shimano Nexus with a central motor of 36 Volts 250 Watts, 15 amp hours lithium battery, and a Samsung LCD screen.

  • Tour bikes, 21-gear freewheel
  • Unisex model
  • 1 luggage bag per bike for equipment
  • 8 gear pedelecs and freewheeling for e-bikes
  • Unisex e-bike, women’s and men’s models upon request
  • Equipment e-bike as with rental bike
  • Special bikes such as tandems, children’s bikes, and more are available upon request
  • Bikes are lent at latest on the first bike day in the morning and turned in on the last bike day in the evening
  • Insurance is non-inclusive, via travel insurance
  • For your own safety, you are suggested to wear a bicycle helmet. The wearing of a safety vest during bad weather outside of closed villages is mandatory in France
  • Please let Aquitaine Cruises know during your booking about your height as well as your preferred kind of bike, especially with e-bikes. It is advised to make a reservation far in advance.

Skill level


  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents


  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Discover the Sauternais region, Graves, and famous vineyards
  • Go around Libourne, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Angelus, , Beausejour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Dominica, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange Laroque, Fombrauge Grand Corbin, Gazin, Petrus, a small village, Nenin, and more
  • Join a trip to Castets-en Dorthe
  • See the church of Bayon, castles such as that of Tayac, Eyquem Monconseil-Gazin, Masrquis de Vauban, Plassac, and the Citadel of Blaye
  • Stop at the wineries of Margaux
  • Tour around Bordeaux' Capuchine market, basilica, Pont de Pierre, squares, and train trollies
  • Visit Entre-Deux-Mers, Malagar, Château Malromé, Verdelais, La Réole, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, and Saint-Macaire


This cycling holiday will take place in Castets-en Dorthe, Cadillac, Bordeaux, Bourg-sur-Gironde, and Libourne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwest France.



  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • River


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


During this cycling holiday, you will be served with seven breakfast buffets with the possibility to pack a lunch box and seven dinners. Coffee and tea will also be provided in the afternoon. Per request prior to your trip, you may also choose between vegetarian or vegan cuisine. Look forward to a real and fresh regional kitchen!


  • 07:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 06:30 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 03:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Bar

Examples of an evening menu

  • Starter: Fine salad, quiche lorraine, or tomato and mozzarella on its beef arugula and black olives
  • Main course: Duck breast with Roquefort sauce and gratin dauphinoise, veal stew with basmati rice and carrots, or fish and shrimp lasagne with salad
  • Dessert: Chocolate fondant with custard, fruit salad, or Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice-cream

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you do not want to bike during the day, you can stay on board and enjoy the sundeck or the bar. You can also visit the city where the boat is docked or ask for outside services if you have a special request.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfast buffets with the possibility to pack a lunch box and 7 dinners
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • Tour descriptions
  • Maps

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

There is a connection with remote buses to Bordeaux. From Bordeaux, you may book a bus transfer to Castets-en-Dorthe or Fronsac at the beginning and end of your trip. If you are not able to bring your own bikes, you need to reserve them when booking the trip! The tickets for a bus shuttle from and to the Bordeaux main station in Gare Saint Jean is 50 EUR.

Arrival by train

You may travel to the train station in Bordeaux, Saint-Jean. From there, you will reach the venue via shuttle bus. From the airport, the train station can be reached within 30 minutes, either with a taxi or within an hour via bus. Aquitaine Cruises will gladly book your tickets for you with rates for international connections per request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 75 days before arrival.
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