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Canals & Waterways

The Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s capital city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde estuary, which flows into the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Ocean. The Dordogne and its watershed were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2012; the Garonne not only allows seagoing vessels to reach the port of Bordeaux, but also forms part of the “Canal des Deux Mers”, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.


Sightseeing Highlights

Tour the celebrated Cité du Vin, a unique cultural venue bringing a taste of Bordeaux’s vineyards to vivid life. Enjoy a shore excursion to The Arcachon Bay offering an up-close view of working oyster farms, followed by a classic French “pic-nique”. Discover the lively medieval village of St. Emilion, whose picturesque charms and imposing Monolithic Church are a testament to the wealth of the Nouvelle-Aquiatine’s wine production through the ages.

Indulgent Insights

Bon appetit in Bordeaux! Culinary experiences on Bordeaux river cruises spotlight the region’s pampered grapes and year-round abundance. Traditional dishes such as steak with Bordelaise sauce and breast of duck with apples and honey are paired with supple Merlots and rich Cabernet Sauvignons. Famous Bordeaux desserts, among them slices of puff pastry stuffed with frangipane cream, are served with glasses of Sauternes, the area’s delicious sweet wine – true barging bliss!


Why Barge in Bordeaux?

From the cellars of noble châteaux to vineyard-clad vistas, this wine region’s iconic appellations are an oenophile’s paradise. Barge cruises in Bordeaux further reveal the region’s many cultural enticements: discover Romanesque villages with Gothic architecture, pre-historic cave paintings, and bustling local markets. Moor right in the city of Bordeaux’s famed harbor, where there is no better spot than to relax on deck, a hearty Medoc in hand, and watch the sun go down while the city lights up.