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Classic Bordeaux - Luxury Hotel Barge (21 Jun 2020)

Price: R 78,950.00

7 days, Boé to Castet-en-Dorthe onboard the hotel barge Rosa.

The Bordeaux region, with its special ‘terroir’, has been producing wine for around 2,000 years and some of the château estates have gained worldwide recognition for their superb and long-lived "Grand Cru" vintages. Lying in the southern part of western France on the Atlantic coast and with a well-drained stony soil, the area gets exactly the right blend of sun, rain and gentle breezes to create their wonderful wines.

Cruise Highlights

  • Gascony (Spring & Summer)
  • Visit the renowned Château Bellevue la Fôret for a winery tour and private tasting
  • Visit to Château de Goudourville
  • Guided tour and private tasting at a renowned local Armagnac producer
  • Visit Moissac and its UNESCOclassified abbey
  • Bordeaux (Summer & Autumn)
  • Tour of the famous Saint Émilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Cruise across the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct
  • Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings

Booking Details For This Luxury Hotel Barge Cruise

Departure date: Prices per person sharing from:
21 June 2020 R 78,950.00 pps

Cruise Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Day 1: Boé

Guests are met in Bordeaux** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Boé to Serignac-sur-Garonne

Morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, where we cross the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch we visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King of France Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century, but much was destroyed during the French Revolution and today only the impressive north wing remains. Finally, we stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Day 3: Serignac-sur-Garonne to Buzet-sur-Baise

This morning, we depart early to enjoy the colourful market of Aiguillon and then cruise to our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty fortified village with pastel-coloured houses. After lunch we head to the 13th century bastide village of Vianne and to see a skilled glassblower at work, then en route back to the barge we visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making. In the evening we go to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th century bridge with its 12 curved arches. Dinner ashore at ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, a local auberge in Barbaste.

Day 4: Buzet-sur-Baise to Le Mas d’Agenais

We start the day with a relaxing cruise to the lovely little village of Le Mas d’Agenais, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through stunning countryside. This afternoon we visit a cheese workshop to see the different stages of manufacture of cheese and enjoy a tasting of goats’ cheeses, including some flavoured with ash and chilli. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit the Romansque Church containing an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. Dinner on board.

Day 5: Le Mas d’Agenais to Meilhan-sur-Garonne

Morning cruise to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne with a view over the valley of the Garonne. In the afternoon, we visit the 14th century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Meilhan-sur-Garonne to Castet-en-Dorthe 

Today, our final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon we visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier and grand crus wines, where we discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting.  Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Castet-en-Dorthe

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.**



Validity 21 June 2020 departure
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator European Waterways
Inclusions • 6 Night Comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite staterooms or suites.
• Gourmet meals prepared by the on-board chef, fine wines and an open bar.
• Daily escorted excursions in an air-conditioned minibus to places of interest and private wine tastings.
• Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris.
• Bicycles and, on most hotel barges, an on-deck spa pool.
• Attentive service from an experienced crew – Captain, chef, tour-guide, and hosts/hostesses.
Exclusions • Flights
• Visas (if required)
• Travel Insurance
• Land Accommodation
• Meals and drinks not specified
• Anything of a personal nature
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