€3,560 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Aquitaine
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeMIRCYC0816
- ItineraryBordeaux to Saint-Emilion
- Max Passengers24
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Meals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesItinerary Cruise between Castets-en-Dorthe and LibourneActivity Visit the region's famous vineyards. Includes wine tastings. Inclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
Explore Bordeaux with our cycling cruise on board the beautiful Mirabelle. Cycle along the scenic bike paths and explore charming villages, magnificent chateaux and the famed vineyards of the region.
- Cycle through the world-famous Bordeaux wine area.
- Visit historic and and cultural monuments.
- Sample the classic wines of Sauternes.
- Discover the architectural gems of Bordeaux.
- Accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroom
- All-Inclusive cruise program available for groups and private charters of 12 passengers and up to 24
- Includes bike rental and accompanying professional guide on bike
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Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion
Day 1, Sunday
Your plane lands on the runway at the airport Bordeaux-Merignac or your train enters the station of Bordeaux Saint-Jean. Our guide will meet you, welcome you and accompany you by bus to the boat moored along the Canal des Deux Mers Castets-en-Dorthe, in the middle of the Garonne valley. A welcome cocktail awaits you on board.
From the ship docked in Castets, we’ll explore the region’s little Holland with its walnut trees, its kiwi orchards, its vegetable and wicker fields, and its tobacco barns witnessing the fertility of the terroir.
Following the bike lane along the Canal des Deux Mers connecting the ocean with the Mediterranean we’ll discover this lush rural countryside, going from one quaint village to another medieval fortified water mill in the middle of nowhere, or a fortified bell tower telling us the poor people’s story. In the evening, the first dinner is a taste of the excellent meals are served throughout the cruise.
Day 2, Monday
You are in the Graves, the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. We will pass the locks of the canal to enter the Garonne and navigate at the foot of city Cadillac. You enjoy this princely Bastide and its Entredeux-Mers region wines between Garonne and Dordogne. Then, you will be ready to ride again to discover the Sauternais.
Cadillac loop to Sauternes
Excursion: 3 hours duration including 20 miles or so of cycling. Reasonable medium easy with one or two uphills.
From the ship we’ll cross the Garonne, and follow the winding banks of the Ciron river, whose icy waters flowing into the Garonne create the mist giving birth to the famous Sauternes, Europe's best late harvest wines.
Along the gently rolling country roads, we’ll see some of those picturesque chateaux, with their elegant turrets, ruling over an ocean of colorful vines, shrouded in their dignified haughtiness with the shadows of the past still lingering. The whole area seems to have come from a fairytale book where time has stopped in the middle ages when the English were the master of the region. A little stop at one of these aristocratic chateaux will unveil some secrets of the golden drop which we will taste. And leisurely we’ll retrace our way back to the ship.
Day 3, Tuesday
You will travel along the Garonne River towards the enchantingcity of Bordeaux, reaching the passage of the 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 intermingle in a single view.
Your guide will take you on a 3 hours city tour to discover on two wheels the architectural gems of Bordeaux. It begins with its historical background and then a discovery of its main heritage: from the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau door) to the BigBell Pey Berlan , the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column,the water mirror to mention only a few.
It begins with its historical background and then a discovery of its main heritage: from the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau door) to the BigBell Pey Berlan , the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column,the water mirror to mention only a few…
You will be riding quiet backroads, from one square to another hidden garden or a quaint location where we can stop for a tasting (canele/coffee or oysters/white wine). Then you can enjoy free time until evening to explore further on your own or indulge in shopping at the heart of the city.
Day 4, Wednesday
You will cruise the Garonne River, admire the tip of the Ambe’s nozzle and enter the Gironde estuary to the jetty of Blaye. The Coteaux stop will allow you to visit the remarkable seventeenth century fortress of Vauban.
Excursion: 2 hours duration including 15 miles or so of cycling. Easy ride.
After a short loop through the citadel presenting his military masterwork of the sun Kings architect, we’ll discover the Côtes de Blaye vineyards. Its wine chateaux may be little known but all the same beautiful and their production have nothing to envy to its neighbors on the left bank.
You’ll be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairytale chateaux, elegant manor houses was roamed since the middle-ages by countless number of pilgrims on their way to Compostella.
Along the ancient railroad turned into a pleasant bike road, taking you from one quaint village square to another towering chateau, you’ll be spellbound by the ”douceur de vivre” or sweet life so typical from this wine region. Eventually we might stop by at one of them to sample their wine on our way back to the boat for another pleasant evening.
Day 5, Thursday
You cross the Gironde estuary to reach another famous area of the Bordeaux region: the Medoc. The boat reached the wharf in the middle of Pauillac Castles.
Excursion: 4 hours duration including 15 miles or so of cycling
We start from the ship docked at Lamarque where we’ll be nosing around its village to see its exceptionally old chateau, witnessing the English presence to guard the left bank of the estuary, frontiers of their highly coveted territory.
Then winding our way through vineyards, we’ll discover Margaux’s appellation best wineries boasting 21first great classified growth including Palmer, Issan , Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and the last but not the least Chateau Margaux.
We’ll stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit / tasting and learn all about classifications before retracing our steps to the boat.
We sail on the estuary of the Gironde. By late afternoon Mirabelle reaches the Dordogne River and moor at Bourg where a relaxing bike ride awaits you before dinner.
Day 6, Friday
Today’s cruise takes you on the River Dordogne to Libourne. The highlight of your day will be an excursion to the picturesque town of Saint-Emilion, where wine is as old as the underground cellars carved in stone; You will visit the old town, explore the eighteenth century caves of monoliths and enjoy a vintage of Grand Cru.
Excursion: 4 hours duration including 25 miles or so of cycling and visit of the monolith church.
From the ship docked in the port of Libourne, we’ll browse through the main sites of this bastide before landing in the vines of St Emilion appellation on the outskirts of the town. We'll toil our way leisurely uphill to St Emilion village still nestled within its medieval ramparts. You’ll learn more about its religious foundation where the past is carved in this limestone witness to its former spiritual life.
Pedaling among the waving countryside, bristling with vines distilling the fresh air you’ll enjoy riding through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape, and receive a unique presentation of the village and its legendary founder story.
Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads and paths where you will discover St Emilion most famous châteaux. Along the way we see some of the 1rst classified growth that still lead the way to the paradise of the wine lovers such as Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus... Some of the world’s most famous wine estates!
You'll hear about all the little secrets of the wine making from pruning to bottling wherever we’ll find a moment to stop for a wine tasting of this prodigious nectar. This evening, back to the Mirabelle for your gala dinner onboard.
Day 7, Saturday
After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Mirabelle. Return transfer to the pre-agreed drop off point in Bordeaux will be provided. We hope that your cruise has created memories to last a lifetime!
Note: This cruise is offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks. Sightseeing and tour suggestions are based on availability and are subject to change.
- Length: 126 ft. long
- Width: 16.5 ft. wide
- 24 passengers
- 7 crew
- 12 cabins (110 sq. ft.) - ensuite bathroom with shower in each
- Air conditioning and heating
- Fully stocked bar
- Ice Machine for guest use
- WiFi and Guest Computer with internet access
- Entertainment Center
- Bicycles available for shore excursions
- Sundeck with canopy
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2017
Departure Dates (Sunday) Cabin per person (Twin) Single Supplement April 16 to October 8 3,890 Euros 1,600 Euros October 15 to November 12 3,560 Euros 1,600 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Departure Dates (Sunday) Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Charter 22 ppl Charter 24 ppl April 16 to October 8 54,290 Euros 61,460 Euros 68,110 Euros 74,240 Euros 79,800 Euros 84,880 Euros 89,000 Euros October 15 to November 12 50,300 Euros 56,800 Euros 62,790 Euros 68,250 Euros 73,150 Euros 77,560 Euros 80,980 Euros
From March 12, 2017 to October 12, 2017
Estuary Cruise Estuary Cruise (Margaux Island - Bordeaux Option) Cabin per person (Twin) 1,980 Euros 2,220 Euros Single Supplement 800 Euros 800 Euros Charter 24 ppl 45,120 Euros 49,590 Euros
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 85 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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