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Bordeaux by Bike and Boat: Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac (and reverse)

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  • 7 nights | 25 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €999
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers and cycle through the French vineyards on carefully chosen routes and experience this region to the fullest!

During this tour you will explore one of the most beautiful, famous and beloved parts of France: The region of Bordeaux, located in sun drenched, south-western part of France is the perfect setting for a bike and boat tour.

Set at the confluence of the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary, it is one of the most prolific and famous wine growing regions in the world. Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills of the region have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines. Appellations such as Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, and Médoc.

Daily cycling tours through these famous wine regions: you will visit many of them and probably taste various excellent wines. Bordeaux does not only offer the finest wines; it is also home to finest, scrumptious, distinct tasting culinary specialties. The cuisine on board is outstanding and menus will include regional specialties, prepared with fresh ingredients. The bar on board offers a wide variety of excellent local wines to enjoy during dinner or simply to taste them during your personal cocktail hour.

At the region's heart, the city of Bordeaux is the cultural center. Once known as the Sleeping Beauty, the UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches along the Garonne river banks, inviting visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafés and shops and superb museums. The probably most bicycle-friendly French city sleeps no more!

Note: this is a self-guided tour, but you have the option to book a guide if you wish. Please see the Included Services for more information.

Daily program

Note: This tour runs on opposite weeks from Castets-en-Dorthe or Fronsac. Both itineraries are listed below.

Direction: Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac
Apr 14, 28*; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23*; Jul 7, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Castets-en-Dorthe: embarkation from 3:00pm. 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 called "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.

Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe – Sauternes – Cadillac (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
After a good sleep onboard, 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.

Day 3: Loupiac/Cadillac – Entre-Deux-Mers/Graves round tour (25 miles/40 km)
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" wine growing area. There is an opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and the Malromé castle, home 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.

Day 4: Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux bike tour (10 miles/15 km)
The tour guide will propose a city tour of Bordeaux to discover its architectural gems on two wheels: this short cycling tour, mainly over cycling lanes, along both sides of the Garonne river in the cycling capital of France offers beautiful panorama views of the waterfront and the city.

In the afternoon, enjoy the UNESCO sites of Bordeaux during a walking or cycling tour. Its main attractions are 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 discover beautiful squares, a hidden garden or quaint location where you can do a tasting of the Bordeaux renowned “cannelés” and coffee or fresh 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 or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin.

Day 5: Bordeaux – Lamarque/Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour (25 miles/40 km)
The boat cruises from Bordeaux to Lamarque in the Gironde estuary, to start your cycling tour in the famous Médoc wine area. Winding your way through vineyards, you will discover some of Médocs most beautiful castles and prestigious wineries, which pride in 21 first great classified growth, including the Châteaux 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 Bourg, a picturesque little town near the conjunction of the Gironde and Dordogne rivers. The old city center overlooks the Gironde estuary.

Day 6: Bourg to Blaye Fortress and vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site) round tour (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
Cycling from Bourg, you will enter the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. Its wine chateaux may be little known but their production has nothing to envy to its more famous neighbors on the opposite river bank of Médoc.

You will be surprised to see what this region holds in secret behind its hilly landscape covered with endless vines and dotted with scattered fairytale 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.

In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban Fortess (on the UNESCO World Heritage List) to admire this military masterwork of the architect of Louis XIV, the "Sun King," before you return to Bourg by cycling part of the Corniche, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary. In the evening you will sail to Fronsac/Libourne on the Dordogne river.

Day 7: Fronsac/Libourne, Pomerol, and Saint Émilion vineyards (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
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. Take some time to visit beautiful Saint-Émilion. 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, Ausonne, Cheval Blanc, Petrus - some of the world’s most famous wine estates. A true paradise for wine lovers!

Day 8: Fronsac/Libourne: Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to the pre-agreed drop off point in the city center of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 9:00am.


Direction: Fronsac – Castets-en-Dorthe
Apr 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 25; Sep 8, 22*; Oct 6, 20, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Fronsac/Libourne: embarkation from 3:00pm. Optional round tour of Fronsac (7-10 miles /10-15 km)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat in Fronsac on the Dordogne river. After settling into your cabin, you can enjoy a short first test bike ride around the Fronsac area. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2: Fronsac/Libourne, Saint Émilion, and Pomerol vineyards round tour (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
Your day starts with a visit and stroll to the picturesque Libourne city square lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century and the (partly covered) commodity market. In Libourne your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas starts.

You will enjoy cycling through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape on small picturesque back roads and paths. Along the way you will pass the prestigious Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus châteaux and vineyards – some of the world’s most famous wine estates – a true paradise for wine lovers!

Highlight is a visit of Saint Emilion. In the evening the ship will cruise down the river to the small town of Bourg at the conjunction of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers where you will berth for the night.

Day 3: Bourg – Blaye round tour, plus Blaye Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
As you cycle, you will visit village squares and towering chateaux. Be enchanted by the "douceurde vivre" (sweet life), so typical for this wine region, the Côtes de Blaye vineyards. While the wine from this region may be lesser known than some neighbors in the St. Emilion, Pomerol, and Médoc areas, the quality of the wines produced is second to none.

As you cycle you will see endless vineyards, fairy tale chateaux, and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages, countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain have passed through this region. In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban citadel to admire the military

In Blaye, take a short loop through the Vauban citadel to admire the military masterwork of the architect of "Sun King" Louis XIV. Return to Bourg via the Corniche, a scenic, quiet road along the Gironde estuary.

Day 4: Bourg – Lamarque/Lamargue – Margaux (Médoc) round tour (25 miles/40 km)
This morning you will enjoy breakfast while cruising the wide Gironde estuary to the jetty of Lamarque. Later, as you wind your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux's best wineries including the châteaux Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and last but not least, Château Margaux. You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great

You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit/tasting (optional). In the late afternoon, your boat will sail along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux. The ship will berth for the night in the city center where you will see the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.

Day 5: Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux round tour (10 miles/15 km)
The highlight today is a visit to the city of Bordeaux where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical city the best way possible – on two wheels.

Enjoy fantastic views of the old city's waterfront during a bike ride on the new bike paths along the Garonne river. You will have an introduction with 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 Place de la Bourse, and more.

Visit historic squares, a hidden garden, and quaint locations where you can stop for a tasting of Bordeaux's renowned "cannelés" and coffee or take some fresh 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 fine wines are still stored in underground cellars carved in stone or to visit the newly opened La Cité du Vin. After dinner, you will cruise the Garonne to the picturesque town of Cadillac.

Day 6: Cadillac – Sauternes round tour (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
Today you will discover the Sauternais region, famous for the sweet dessert wines produced in the area. Part of the route follows the winding banks of the small Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne.

In autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce a mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting 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 a medieval era when Englishmen ruled the region. In the evening cruise further upstream to the scenic village of Castets-en-Dorthe, the end of the navigable part of the Garonne River.

Day 7: Castets-en-Dorthe – Entre-Deux-Mers and Graves round tour (25 miles/40 km)
Today's cycling itinerary takes you through this "Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux" winegrowing area on the northern bank of the Garonne river, widely recognized as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. You will have the opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and Malromé Castle, the home of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here!

Day 8: Castets-en-Dorthe: Disembarkation and (optional) transfer back to Bordeaux
After your final breakfast on board, it will be time for a return transfer (optional) to the pre-agreed drop off point in the city center of Bordeaux. Disembarkation before 9:00am.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

From Castets-en-Dorthe: Apr 14, 28*; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23*; Jul 7, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018. From Fronsac: Apr 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 25; Sep 8, 22*; Oct 6, 20, 2018. (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Apr 14, 2018 - May 04, 2018
Shoulder season: May 05, 2018 - May 18, 2018, Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018
High season: May 19, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018

Prices

Upper deck

From Castets-en-Dorthe: Apr 14, 28*; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23*; Jul 7, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018. From Fronsac: Apr 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 20, 2018. (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1149
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€250
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€200
Shoulder season
€200
High season
€250
Guided service, per person
€120
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Transfer
Round-trip transfer from/to Bordeaux city center to ship, per person
€50
Lower deck

From Castets-en-Dorthe: Apr 14, 28*; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23*; Jul 7, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018. From Fronsac: Apr 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 20, 2018. (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€999
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€250
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€300
Shoulder season
€300
High season
€350
Junior Suite upgrade
€300
Guided service, per person
€120
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Transfer
Round-trip transfer from/to Bordeaux city center to ship, per person
€50
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Boat Bike Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellation
In the event of cancellation by the Customer, the following percentages shall be due:

  • more than 84 days prior to sailing: 10%
  • 84 to 42 days prior to sailing: 30%
  • 42 to 28 days prior to sailing: 60%
  • 28 to 1 days prior to sailing: 90%
  • day of embarkation (no show) or later: 100%

Cancellation costs in % of the tour price (agreement)

Cancellation must be made by fax, with receipt to be confirmed by Supplier, or by registered mail. The date of cancellation shall be the date of receipt by the Supplier.

All changes are subject to a €25 change or rebooking fee.

Definitions
In these General Conditions, as well as in the related Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings: a. Supplier: The owner of the Ship or the tour operator b. Customer: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who enters into an Agreement with a Supplier.

c. Agreement: Any agreement that is entered into between a Supplier and a Customer, including any amendments and additions thereto, whereby the Supplier agrees to conduct a Tour aboard his Ship, and to which these General Conditions apply.

d. Guest: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who is authorized by the Customer to make use of the services of the Supplier. e. Voyage or Tour: The entire tour with inclusions as published, including stay aboard the Ship, taking place during the period set forth in the Agreement.

f. Luggage: Any luggage, consisting of easily transported or wheeled items, in the possession of a Guest. g. Ship: The Ship referred to in the Agreement. h. Price: Price of the Tour, as set forth in the Agreement.

Scope of Application
2.1 These Conditions shall form part of every Agreement. These Conditions shall also apply to the pre-contractual relationship between the Supplier and the Customer, as of such time as the Supplier has provided them to the Customer and the Customer has not objected to their application within 7 days thereof.

2.2 General conditions that conflict with the provisions hereof shall apply only if expressly accepted by the Supplier in writing and only with respect to the Agreement(s) concerned.

2.3 Amendments or additions to any provision of the Agreement or these Conditions shall be effective only if made in writing. 2.4 The Agreement and these Conditions constitute the entire agreement setting forth the rights and obligations of the Supplier and the Customer.

2.5 In the event of a conflict between the Dutch-language version of these Conditions and any version in another language, the Dutch-language version shall prevail. 2.6 In the event that any provision of these Conditions should be invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue to have effect. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a provision that approximates, to the extent possible, the intent of the invalid provision.

2.7 The contracting parties are the Supplier and the Customer. These conditions shall also apply between the Supplier and Guests, who are not parties to the Agreement between the Supplier and the Customer, and the Customer shall be responsible forensuring this. The Customer shall indemnify the Supplier for any and all liability of the Supplier vis-à-vis a Guest that would have been excluded if the Guest had been bound by these Conditions.

2.8 These Conditions shall also inure to the benefit of any legal or natural person upon whom, in the widest possible sense, the Supplier relies or has relied in the execution or performance of the Agreement or in the conduct of his business activities.

2.9 In the event of a conflict between the provisions of the Agreement and the provisions of these Conditions, the provisions of the Agreement shall prevail.

Liability of the Supplier
3.1 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for death or personal injury pursuant to part 3 of title 10 of Book 8 of the Civil Code, shall be limited to the sum of EURO 136.134,= per Guest. In the event that such damages take the form of an annuity, the capital shall not exceed EURO 136.134,= per Guest.

3.2 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for loss of or damage to Luggage shall be limited to EURO 1.000,=. Damage shall be limited to the current value of the Luggage. The Supplier shall have no liability for any non-pecuniary loss, indirect or consequential damages arising from the loss of or damage to Luggage.

3.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for any loss attributable to delay (irrespective of the cause thereof and whether arising before, during or after transportation), or to any deviation from the agreed upon time for starting and ending.

3.4 The Supplier shall have no liability for damages resulting from a thing, brought on board by a Guest, that the Supplier would not have permitted on board, had he been aware of its nature or character, if the Guest knew or should have known that the Supplier would not have permitted such a thing on board. The Guest shall be liable to the Supplier for any expenses and damages that may arise as a result of his having brought or having had such thing on board.

3.5 Without prejudice to article 6:107 Civil Code, in the event of personal injury suffered by a Guest, only that Guest shall have a cause of action for damages. Without prejudice to article 6:108 Civil Code, only the surviving spouse, children and parents who depended on the Guest for their support shall have a cause of action for damages. The value of the claims provided for in this section shall be based on the relative position and affluence of the claimant.

3.6 In the event that the Supplier proves that damage, loss or injury is attributable to the fault or negligence of the Guest, the Suppliers liability shall accordingly be set off, either completely or in part.

3.7 In the event that persons assisting the Supplier in performing his obligations render, at the request of the Customer or Guests, services that the Supplier is not obligated to perform, such persons shall be deemed have acted under the instructions of the Customer and/or the Guests to whom the services were rendered.

3.8 The Customer waives the right to set-off based on comparative negligence.

3.9 Should at the time of payment a dispute arise about the amount due, or a calculation be required for its determination which can not be carried out quickly, Customer shall be obliged to pay immediately that portion of the fee about which both parties agree and to furnish security for the portion disputed by the Customer, or the part of the sum which has not yet been determined.

3.10 All expenses incurred in collecting costs owed by Customer, whether legal or extralegal, are for account of

Liability of Customer and Guests
4.1 The Customer and the Guests shall be jointly and severally liable for any damage, loss or injury to the Supplier caused by the Customer, Guest or their Luggage. This shall apply to damage to the Ship, to injury and damage to any persons or property located on board, as well as to injury and damage caused by the Customer, Guests or their Luggage to persons or property not located on board the Ship, in the event such damages are sought from the Supplier.

4.2 The Customer shall not be entitled to rely on the Guests' own liability. 4.3 This article shall apply without prejudice to other or additional rights, including rights vis-à-vis third parties, of the Supplier.

Supplier
5.1 The Ship and its crew conform to the legal requirements.

5.2 Pursuant to the Agreement, the Supplier is obligated to use his best efforts to carry out the Tour. Supplier is entitled to cancel a tour when the number of applicants is less than the minimum number required as announced in the publication of the tour. Supplier shall inform Customer to this effect no later than four weeks before scheduled start of a tour, unless another period is announced in the publication of a tour (also refer to 5.7)

5.3 The sailing route shall be determined by the Supplier in consultation with the Customer.

5.4 The Supplier and/or the Captain shall at all times be entitled to decide that, as a result of weather conditions, high or low water, blocked sailing routes and similar conditions, including those relating to the Ship, the Ship cannot sail, or that it is necessary, in the broadest sense, to modify or cancel the Tour, or to change the place of departure or arrival.

5.5 The Supplier shall, in such case, make every effort to cooperate in finding an alternative or a solution, provided that any additional costs in connection therewith shall be reimbursed by the Customer. It shall be within the discretion of the Supplier to determine whether an alternative or solution is capable of being implemented and whether the Supplier can reasonably do so.

5.6 The provisions of this article shall also apply in event that the Supplier or Captain is forced to take one of the decisions referred to herein as a result of the actions or failure to act of one or more Guests, in the case of a delay, howsoever caused, and in the event the Supplier cannot reach the place of departure or arrival agreed to with the Customer.

5.7 Should the ship unfortunately be unavailable, Supplier shall attempt to replace it with a comparable Ship. Should this be impossible, Supplier shall be entitled to terminate the contract and cancel the Tour. Should Supplier terminate the contract due to a circumstance that can not be attributed to the Customer, Supplier shall offer Customer a Tour of comparable quality or an alternative tour of different quality with appropriate compensation of Price. Should Customer refuse to accept this offer, Customer shall be entitled to full refunding of the Price or remittance, or – should the tour already partially have been participated in – a proportional part of the price. Any liability on the side of the Supplier shall remain limited to the amount paid or due under contract by the Customer.

Obligations of Customer and Guests
6.1 The Ship shall be made available upon the commencement of the Tour, clean and with its complete inventory. Unless otherwise agreed, the Customer shall, no later than the day of debarkation, leave the ship behind in the same condition as he found it upon embarkation, i.e., clean, and with its complete inventory.

6.2 The Customer and the Guests must strictly comply with all requirements and instructions, whether prescribed by law or given by or at the behest of the Supplier or the Captain, in particular but not exclusively those relating to order and safety. In the event that such requirements or instructions are not followed, the Supplier shall be entitled to suspend performance or to rescind the Agreement.

6.3 The Customer and Guests shall not bring anything on board other than the Luggage.

6.4 The Luggage belonging to the Customer and Guests shall not constitute a nuisance. The Customer and Guests shall in no case be permitted to carry with them dangerous substances (in the broadest sense of the word), or to bring on board drugs or contraband. In addition, no pets or animals may be brought on board without prior permission.

Suppliers Right to Suspend Performance
7.1 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance by or on behalf of the Customer, the Supplier shall in all circumstances be entitled to immediately suspend performance of his obligations under the Agreement, while reserving all remaining rights vis-à-vis the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.

7.2 The right to suspend performance shall include the Suppliers right to deny the Customer or any of the Guests access to the Ship.

7.3 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance of these obligations by or on behalf of the Customer, followed by recourse by the Supplier to this right to suspend performance, the Supplier shall nevertheless be entitled to receive payment in the amount agreed upon, and shall not operate to the detriment of other or additional rights that the Supplier is entitled to enforce against the Customer pursuant to these Conditions and/or basic contract law.

Further Rights of Supplier
Access to the Ship, as well as to the Tour and the lodging and catering services, may be denied by the Supplier where necessary due to capacity, safety, public order, potential damage or nuisance, as well as in cases of past overdue invoices, all without prejudice to the other provisions of these conditions and reserving all remaining rights against the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.

 

Complaints
10.1 Complaints concerning invoices shall be made within fourteen days of the invoice date. 10.2 The Customer and/or Guest shall communicate any complaints concerning the performance of the Agreement to the Supplier and/or the appropriate personnel present immediately (during the trip), in order to give the Supplier the opportunity to take measures aimed at correcting any situation that is the subject of a legitimate complaint.

Rescission
12.1 In the event a. the Customer is declared bankrupt, makes assets available to creditors, submits a request for a moratorium on payments, has an attachment levied on all or part of his assets that is not lifted or placed in custodianship within ten days after the date of attachment; or b. decides to proceed or proceeds with the cessation or transfer of all or a significant part of his business activities, including the contribution of his business activities to an existing or to-be-established company, or changes the objects of his business enterprise; or c. fails in full or in part to fulfill any legal or contractual obligation vis-à-vis the Supplier, after having received written notice of default; or d. fails to pay any invoiced amount or portion thereof within the time period provided therefor, the Customer shall by operation of law be deemed to be in default, and any remaining payments shall immediately fall due.

12.2 Under the circumstances set forth in the previous section, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages and without prejudice to his other rights, such as rights relating to overdue fines, interest, and the right to demand damages, and without giving notice of default or seeking judicial intervention: a.to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, by sending written notice to that effect to the Customer; and/or b.to demand immediate payment of any sums due to the Supplier from the Customer; and/or c.before performing the Agreement any further, to obtain from the Customer security for the (timely) performance of his payment obligations.

12.3 In the event that the Supplier elects to rescind the Agreement, the Customer shall pay liquidated damages consisting of the Price, or the amount of actual damage, if this exceeds the Price.

Force Majeure
In the event that the Supplier is prevented by force majeure of a permanent or temporary nature from performing of continuing to perform his obligations under the Agreement, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages, by giving notice to that effect and without judicial intervention being required, to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, without prejudice to the Suppliers right to demand payment from the Customer for performance rendered prior to the commencement of the force majeure, or to suspend in whole or in part the performance or continued performance of the Agreement. The Supplier shall notify the Customer forthwith of any situation involving force majeure. In the event of suspension of performance, the Supplier shall retain the right to subsequently rescind the Agreement in whole or in part.

Applicable Law
14.1 Both the Agreement and these general conditions shall be governed exclusively by Dutch law. 14.2 Any dispute shall be submitted to the competent court in the district in which the Supplier has his place of business. In the event that the Customer is a Consumer, he shall be entitled, within one month, to designate a different court within the Netherlands.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 2
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.3
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4
  • Hotels or boat 4.7
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.7
  • Tour documents 4.7
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Menahemisrael September 18, 2017

Birthday trip

The best way to learn about bordeux. Our guide Scott was great

Rich and Connie June 3, 2017

Very enjoyable

This is the third boat and bike trip we've been on and we've liked all three. This one was the first in France. We really enjoyed the countryside and the cities and villages we went to, and of course the vineyards. We took the guided tour which was well worthwhile. Only two couples took the guided and we had a great time together with the guide Scott. Scott is very knowledgeable and got us in to see some things that others couldn't. Also, most others got lost on many days because the daily routes are loops that don't just follow the waterway. You really need to pay attention at the nightly meetings. We thought the food on the boat was quite good although it did not meet the expectations of everyone. I might add the crew on the boat were all very friendly and helpful. I feel the one negative is that you can't bring/drink your own wine/liquor on board without paying an outlandish uncorking fee.

Dave22 July 19, 2016

Bordeaux, France Boat and Bike Trip

This tour gave my wife and I many fond memories. We took the guided tour because we knew that the local guide would be able to provide information and regarding the local history and interests as well as take us to the out of the way locations. We were not disappointed. We would recommend this tour to anyone!!