Discovery Cruise

Discovery Cruise

"Bordeaux River Cruise" is delighted to welcome you aboard to explore the Gironde Estuary and its islands, with your family or friends, by yourself, or in a group. Several cruise programmes are offered, with departures from Bordeaux, Blaye, or Pauillac: afternoon cultural cruises visiting unusual places, including a walk on Ile Patiras, or evening wine cruises accompanied by a winemaker. Our cruises are run by highly-experienced riverboat pilots and guides with recognised expertise in relevant cultural and scientific fields. It may be possible to book just before boarding, if seats are available.

Wine Tasting Cruise Cité du Vin

Guided cruise on the Garonne River, dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux

Enjoy a river cruise of Bordeaux and its world-class wines. With an wine expert you will taste 2 representative wines of regional vineyards. During your tasting, listen to the fascinating history of Bordeaux quays: the river and local wine trade are intimately linked.

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Starting from 21€/ Pax.

Picnic at 'Ile Nouvelle'

Guided walking tour in a nature reserve

Sailing on the estuary commented by sailors. Stopover & Picnic at 'Ile Nouvelle' to discover the old village : walking guided tour on the island.

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Starting from 18€/ Pax.

Cultural cruise TERRE & OCEAN association

Full-day tour of the estuary's historical heritage

Depending on the tides, enjoy a guided cruise accompanied with a scientific guide from the 'Terre & Océan' association. This cruise offers a variety of stopovers to discover isles of the Estuary's secrets... During the cruise, you will discover the numerous treasures of this natural environment with multidisciplinary approach: geography, heritage, ecology, history...

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Starting from 38€/ Pax.

UNESCO excursion

Guided boat tours on the Garonne river

Enjoy a unique way to discover Bordeaux. Our guided boat tours on the Garonne will take you along the port of Bordeaux, which has been distinguishly listed on the UNESCO list. Enter into the shipping past and the history of the city built on the thriving wine trade: passing under the lifting bridge between Pont de Pierre and Pont d'Aquitaine.

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Starting from 12.5€/ Pax.

Bordeaux Apéritif Cruise

Boat cruise with aperitif & wine tasting

Enjoy a scenic river cruise to discover Bordeaux. With family, friends or colleagues, spend a convivial, relaxing moment aboard our boat, the Sardane. You will taste 3 different and carefully selected wines, going with fresh and regional products: tapas, breads, cheeses and cooked meats. 

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Starting from 28€/ Pax.

June 10th // Meet the Hermione

Guided tour around this historic tall ship

On June 10th, the arrival of the Hermione will give you a taste of the Tall Ship's Regatta. Aboard Sicambre, experience its arrival directly and accompany the French ship and its 80 sailors until their arrival in the heart of Bordeaux. A guide will be on board to tell you about the emblematic three masts. A rare and convivial moment on the river where a glass of wine will be offered to you. 

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Starting from 21€/ Pax.
Starting from 12.5€/ Pax.

3 ‘Forts’ stroll

Guided boat tours on the Gironde estuary

Join us for a guided cruise among the Estuary islands. Enthusiast sailors will lead you to discover one of the most unusual and unique spots of rich maritime river landscape, passing in front of the UNESCO listed Vauban’s Bolt (Verrou Vauban). Enjoy the preserved nature between the saltwater universe of the Atlantic Ocean and the freshwater rivers Garonne-Dordogne.

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Starting from 24€/ Pax.

Corniche stroll

Boat trip on the estuary

Embark for a commented navigation. Let yourself be rocked by the rhythm of the waves and discover this picturesque road which reveals its secrets, between cliffs and squares, these famous huts on stilts. You will contemplate the Bec d'Ambès, the unique place where the Gironde Estuary gives way to the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. 

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Starting from 18€/ Pax.

Spend exceptional moments on board, and admire the fireworks during the Bordeaux wine festival or on the French National Holiday on July 14. Enjoy magical instants under the starry sky. During the wine-tasting in the good company of vintners, enjoy their top wines from the family estates. Choose your favorite viewpoint for this unique fire show in the heart of the river.

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Starting from 25€/ Pax.

Visit the lighthouse on Patiras island

Cruise along the estuary and enjoy the breathtaking view

Guided tour through the heart of the estuary and stopover on Patiras island. At the top of the lighthouse, your guide will explain you the view of islands, sailing channels, Médoc vineyards, as well as the history of the people who used to live on the islands. Today, Patiras also invites you to relax in a deckchair and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the island...

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Starting from 28€/ Pax.

Two islands excursion

Guided boat trip on the Gironde estuary

Excursion to the Gironde Estuary.  Make a stopover on Margaux Island for a wine tasting in the wine cellars. Then continue the excursion towards the islands and Vauban’s Bolt, guided by enthusiast sailors. Picnic "out of the bag", then stopover on Patiras Island. Enjoy the panorama over the archipelago and the vineyards from  the top of the Lighthouse. Refreshments and relaxation on the terrace.

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Starting from 45€/ Pax.

JUNE, 18th // Send-off parade of the old riggings

Guided tour for the return journey of the sailboats

For the last day of the "Bordeaux fête le vin", embark on board and live the last moments of these tall ships from the river. Accompany the old riggings until they leave the "port de la lune" and share a privileged moment for a last goodbye to the sailboats after a passage under the lifting bridge J. Chaban Delmas.

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Starting from 21€/ Pax.

Navigation on the Dordogne river

Commented navigation on the Dordogne river

Embark on board and discover the Dordogne with a professional guide on board. From the water, admire the facades of the communes facing the river and share a privileged moment on the blond waters of the Gironde Estuary.

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Starting from 18€/ Pax.

On November 11th of 2017, Bordeaux River Cruise has the honor of organizing a special cruise 'Americans in the Gironde', commemorating the centenary of the arrival of the Americans (1917) in Bordeaux. We will also celebrate the construction of the port of Bassens, built for the disembarkation of the troops and the armaments. This cruise will be animated by Didier Coquillas.

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Starting from 18€/ Pax.

Confluence stroll

Navigation in the "Bras de Macau" with stopover at Margaux Island and guided tour of Bourg-sur-Gironde

Embark and navigate to a unique place in the Estuary, Macau Arm. Land on Margaux Island, visit and taste locals wines. Continue with a picnic on board. Then sail to the confluence of two "rivers", birthplace of the largest estuary in Europe, the Gironde. Continue the stroll along the corniche up to Bourg-sur-Gironde to discover its port and its old town.

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Starting from 45€/ Pax.

JUNE 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th //Tall ship Cruise

Commented cruise as close as possible to the old rigging of the Tall Ship's Regatta

Starting from 18€/ Pax.

Apéritif cruise from libourne

Navigation from Libourne with apéritif & wine tasting

Embark for an hour and a half for a pleasant navigation on the Dordogne and discover Libourne differently. In the presence of a wine professional and ambient music, taste authentic wines from the vineyard on the right bank accompanied by some snacks: cheeses, bread, and regional cold meats.

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Starting from 22€/ Pax.

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