France -boat&bike- Bordeaux - Chateaux, Rivers and Wine

Discover the ‘real’ Bordeaux region by bicycle and boat.
  1. 1 Independent arrival 10 miles /15 km Castets-en-Dorthe

    Day 1 (Sat): Castets-en- Dorthe - Canal des Deux Mers round tour (10 miles /15 km)
    Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe, located in the middle of the Garonne Valley. You can enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this fertile region aptly named "Little Holland" with its walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. Following the bike path along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you will discover this lush rural countryside, cycling through one quaint village to the next. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

  2. 2 Castets-en-Dorthe 21 - 32 miles / 35 - 50 km Cadillac

    Day 2 (Sun): Castets-en- Dorthe - Sauternes round tour (21 - 32 miles / 35 - 50 km) | Castets-en-Dorthe - Cadillac
    After a good sleep on board, you will be ready to discover by bike the Sauternais region, where sweet dessert wines are produced. The route follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In the autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce a mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine. The country roads are dotted with picturesque chateaux whose elegant turrets rule over an ocean of colorful vines. Time seems frozen in the medieval era where Englishmen ruled the region. In the late afternoon, back on board again, the tour continues by ship, heading downstream along the Garonne River to reach Cadillac, a small town with a towering castle.

  3. 3 Cadillac 25 miles / 40 km Bordeaux

    Day 3 (Mon): Cadillac - Entre-Deux-Mers / Graves round tour (25 miles / 40 km) | Cadillac - Bordeaux
    Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as a Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The cycling itinerary today leads through this "Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux" winegrowing area. There is an opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and Malromé castle, house of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! Once back on board, you will sail the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the famous Stone Bridge and the pier in the city center, facing the region's most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons which intermingle in a single view.

  4. 4 Bordeaux 18 miles / 30 km Bourg

    Day 4 (Tue): Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux bike tour (18 miles / 30 km) | Bordeaux - Bourg
    The tour guide will offer a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels. The tour begins with a description of the town's historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions; the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror... and more. You will ride on quiet roads to squares, a hidden garden or quaint location where you can stop for a tasting of the Bordeaux renowned "cannelés" and coffee or oysters and white wine. There is free time in the afternoon to shop or explore. Be sure to explore the town's streets and shops where wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone. After dinner, you will cruise the Garonne River, admire the facades of the docks of Bordeaux, the tip of the Ambe's nozzle and enter the Gironde estuary. Your boat reaches the conjunction of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers in the Gironde estuary and will moor at Bourg, a town built on a rocky promontory.

  5. 5 Bourg 25 miles / 40 km Blaye

    Day 5 (Wed): Bourg - Pauillac | Pauillac/Lamarque - Medoc bike tour (25 miles / 40 km) | Pauillac/Lamarque - Blaye
    The boat cruises from Bourg to Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Médoc wine region. You will have time to walk through the village, where an exceptional old chateau testifies to the English presence to guard the left bank of the estuary, frontiers of their highly coveted territory. Then winding your way through vineyards, you will discover Margaux's best wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and the last but not least Château Margaux . You can stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting (optional) and learn everything about classifications before returning to the boat. In the late afternoon, the ship will cruise the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Blaye. The remarkable seventeenth century fortress of Vauban overlooks the area.

  6. 6 Blaye 21 - 32 miles / 35 - 50 km Bourg-sur-Gironde

    Day 6 (Thu): Blaye Fortress and vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site) round tour (21 - 32 miles / 35 - 50 km) | Blaye - Bourg-sur-Gironde
    After a short loop through the citadel to admire the military masterwork of architect of Louis XIV, the "Sun King", you will enter the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. Its wine chateaux may be little known but is all the same beautiful, and their production has nothing to envy to its more famous neighbors on the left bank. You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella have passed through this region. Along an ancient railroad, now transformed into a pleasant bike road, you can visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the "douceur de vivre" (sweet life), so typical for this wine region. Back on the boat, you sail to Bourg-sur-Gironde, officially recognized as a historic village because of its rich background and architectural heritage. In the footsteps of Louis XIV, spend an enjoyable end of day. After dinner you have the option to go for a short ride or a walk to explore Bourg-sur-Gironde.

  7. 7 Bourg-sur-Gironde 21 - 32 miles / 35 -50 km Fronsac

    Day 7 (Fri): Bourg-sur-Gironde - Fronsac -  Fronsac, Libourne & Saint Émilion vineyards (21 - 32 miles / 35 -50 km)
    Today's cruise brings you on the Dordogne River to Fronsac, where your bike tour finishes. In Libourne you can stroll to the picturesque city square, lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. You can visit the weekly market on Friday mornings, before starting your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. Pedaling the countryside, bristling with vines, you will enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Cycling the landscape provides a unique view of the village's medieval lanes and surrounding vineyards. Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads and paths where you will get a glimpse of Saint Émilion's most famous châteaux. Along the way you will see some of the first classified wines such as Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus - some of the worlds most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!

  8. 8 Fronsac Bordeaux

    Day 8 (Sat): Fronsac: Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux

PRICES 2017 (pricing per person)


Twin cabin lower deck (2 pers.)
main season € 1249
mid season € 1099 (06/05 departure)
early season € 999 (22/04 and 14/10 departures)

Twin cabin upper deck (2 pers.)
main season € 1399
mid season € 1249 (06/05 departure)
early season € 1149 (22/04 and 14/10 departures)

Single cabin upper deck (1 pers.)
main season € 1,649
mid season € 1449 (06/05 departure)
early season € 1349 (22/04 and 14/10 departures)

Single use twin cabin lower deck (1 pers.)
main season € 1,599
mid season € 1399 (06/05 departure)
early season € 1299 (22/04 and 14/10 departures)

Junior suite lower deck (2 pers.)
main season € 1549
mid season € 1399 (06/05 departure)
early season € 1299 (22/04 and 14/10 departures)

INCLUDED
•Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category
• Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
• Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible), daily cleaning of the cabin
• Welcome cocktail, presentation of ship + crew and briefing on the first evening
• Tour leader (English speaking) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short walking tours; individual
semi-guided cycling tours: tour leader is not guiding the group, but cycling in the area and can be
contacted during bike tours by mobile phone in case of questions, problems or emergencies (fully guided cycling as option / surcharge: see on the right)
• Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
• Complimentary coffee and tea every until 04:00 PM

NOT INCLUDED
• 2 Bus transfers: Sat. at 02:00 PM from meeting point in the center of Bordeaux to ship (Castets-en-Dorthe / Fronsac, respectively) and return on next Sat. at 09:00 AM from ship to meeting point in Bordeaux (transfer time: 1 hr. each); roundtrip: € 50
• Reservation fee €15 (obligatory surcharge) per booking/party
• Package guided cycling: €200
• Rental bicycle with 21 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag €75 / rental e-bike €165 (limited number available)
• Other transfers, parking fees, entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings
• Drinks on board, personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion)
Special diets on request / surcharges may apply.

This ship is also available in full charter to groups.

* Family Special: child of the age up to incl. 15 pays 50% when booking with at least 1 full paying
adult; offer applies for all departures in July & August 2016; offer only applies to tour price, not to
additional services like rental bicycle, transfers etc

2017 SEASON DATES (dd/mm):

Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac:
departures on 22/04, 06/05, 20/05, 03/06, 17/06, 09/09, 23/09, 07/10

Fronsac to Castets-en-Dorthe:
departures on 29/04, 13/05, 27/05, 10/06, 24/06, 02/09, 16/09, 30/09, 14/10

  1. Balearic - Boat&Bike - FAQ1

    Accomodation - Three-masted barque "Atlantis" (all cabins with shower/toilet)

    With a length of 57 m and a width of 7.45 m the boat offers 17 comfortable cabins with active ventilation and air-conditioning, for up to 34 guests. Each cabin has two twin beds. From 1905 until the end of the 70s the Atlantis was the Light Vessel Elbe 2/Mayor Bartels and cruised through the Baltic Sea. Due to the sailing ship like hulk it was prevented from the salvaging. In the beginning of the 80s the lighthouse was replaced with three masts with sailcloth of 750 m² and the interior was equipped with comfortable cabins and an elegant saloon. The unique charm of the Atlantis is due to the caring maintenance of the owner and his crew who already sailed around the world with the boat. It is always an adventure when the crew sets sail with the help of their guests and when the proud barque is starting to move through the water. In this specific way the journey differs from our other Islandhopping programs with motor boats.

     Catering:

    The tour includes half board, and the different stages of the tour make it expedient that occasionally only breakfast is served on board, whereas on other days two warm meals are taken on board. 

  2. Balearic - Boat&Bike - FAQ2

    Included:

    - 8-day-trip on a tallship with crew

    - 7 nights on a tallship in a standard double cabin with shower/toilet

    - Catering as mentioned in the itinerary (7 x breakfast & 7 warm meals on board)

    - Guided or individual cycling tours as described in itinerary

    - Bed linen and towel (incl. change of towel once a week)

    - Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)

    - English speaking tour guide

Additional bookable extras:

- ½ a double cabin can only be booked on the Atlantis

- Surcharge for a single cabin: 500 euro

- Rental bike: 21-gear hybrid bicycle incl. Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week

- Rental e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier (max. 4 per tour/boat): 140 euro/week

- Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: gross negligence damage)

- Group transfer between Port de Soller and Airport Palma (on day of embarkation only): 30 euro per person/way.