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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: €990
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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 Dates & Prices tab for Included Services.

Daily program

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

Direction: Castets-en-Dorthe – Fronsac/Libourne
Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2019

Day 1: Castets-en-Dorthe: embarkation from 3:00pm. Castets-en-Dorthe – Canal des Deux Mers round tour (10 miles/15 km)
Individual arrival at 2:00pm in Bordeaux to the mooring location of the boat near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe (optional bus transfer from the train station is possible). The crew is waiting for you, and you will have a first meeting to explain everything there is to know for your cruise.

After you settle in the cabin, you can try your bike and enjoy a short first test bike ride around Castets, exploring this fertile region aptly named "Little Holland" with its walnut trees and kiwi orchards. You can also choose to visit your first castle.
In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.

Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe – Sauternes – Loupiac/Cadillac (16-28 miles/27-46 km)
After a restful night onboard, you will be ready to discover the Sauternais region by bike, a region where sweet dessert wines are produced. The first town you will discover is the lovely Saint Macaire and its wonderful gate and walls. You'll have an opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as have your first wine tasting at a château.

Riding along corn and sunflower fields, you reach La Réole by an Eiffel-style bridge over the Garonne River. This town is famous because in 1190 Richard Lionheart, on his way to the Holy Land, gave the town hall building to thank the locals for their loyalty to the English crown. This historical place holds two castles, an impressive church, and narrow cobblestone streets.

To end the day you will enjoy the bike path along the Canal de la Garonne and its deep blue water, built in Napoleon times. You can either go directly back to the ship or ride to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and the amazing scenery it has to offer. Later, you will sail along the Garonne River to reach Loupiac near the city of Cadillac.

Day 3: Loupiac/Cadillac/Graves – Sauternes round tour (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
Today we start by enjoying the view from Sainte-Croix du Mont before having a look at the grave of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the lovely town of Verdelais. Then 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 the mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine.

You will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many others. Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as the Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.

Once back to the boat, you will sail on the Garonne River to the majestic city of Bordeaux. You will enjoy the best panorama of the city: "Port of The Moon" with the "Pont de Pierre," "Place de La Bourse," and the beautiful Quais, which lead to the historical wine merchant area, the Quai des Chartrons, transformed into outlet shops and restaurants. Truly a pleasant place to visit!

Day 4: Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux bike tour (10 miles/16 km)
Bordeaux is a UNESCO world heritage for a reason. The list of hidden gems is worth seeing: walk into the city via La Porte Cailhau, the royal entrance. We suggest a thorough tour: Bordeaux glows not only because of its individual buildings, but through the grandiose, well preserved old city. The Capuchine Market is worth a visit (perhaps with tastings of wine and oysters) as well as the basilica, the Pont de Pierre, the first bridge of the city, which was built back in the day on Napoleon's orders. You will admire the many squares, the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondin's column, the Water Mirror, and so much more.

Take time to ride through the newly opened Cité du Vin, Chaban Delmas bridge and Darwin ecosystem, a refurbished factory where you will enjoy the view of the Quais, drinking a good coffee in a tree-filled place.

This is definitely a wonderful city to explore by bike or on foot. You'll have many opportunities for shopping, souvenirs, food and wine tastings. And for bike enthusiasts who want to ride a long loop, the Roger Lapébie’s cycling lane will take you to Créon and Sauveterre-en-Guyenne, in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region.

Day 5: Bordeaux – Lamarque/Lamarque – Margaux (Médoc) round tour (26 miles/42 km)
In the morning, the ship will leave Bordeaux for Lamarque, here you will be in the Médoc wine region, one of the most famous ones. You will quickly find yourselves near Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc. Then you'll pass a series of prestigious properties: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and last but not least Château Margaux. You have many chances to stop on the road to taste and learn about Grand Crus classification and the wine-making process.

A secondary road is available here as a different loop or an additional one to the first in Margaux. You will reach Pauillac and Saint-Espèphe wine regions. You will ride near Château Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and many other Grands Crus Classés wines.

The end of the day is the perfect time for a dining cruise while the boat will cross the Estuary to reach the other bank of Gironde River. We will stop at Bourg-sur-Gironde, a beautiful little town, partially built on a cliff. The old city center allows you to overlook the Estuary.

Day 6: Bourg to Blaye Fortress and vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site) round tour (16-32 miles/25-41 km)
This region offers hilly landscapes covered with vines and dotted with scattered fairytale chateaux and manor houses. The opportunity to discover very pleasant wines and Châteaux such as Monconseil-Gazin, Eyquem, Marquis de Vauban and others: another good reason to stop and enjoy wine tastings! The Gironde Corniche road is a must-see of this round tour: a calm and beautiful road which divides the beautiful manors on the one side and gardens on the other.

In Blaye, take a loop through the Citadelle of Blaye, a Vauban Fortress built on Louis XIV, the Sun King’s request and now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit underground passages of the Citadelle to understand the whole history of the Fortress. Stop in Plassac where you can visit the Gallo-Roman villa and its associated museum.

Back in Bourg, you can stop at a typical and historical wash house. Water is very refreshing on your face after this biking day!

In the evening, you will cruise to Libourne/Fronsac on the Dordogne River.

Day 7: Fronsac/Libourne, Pomerol, and Saint Émilion vineyards (13-27 miles/21-43 km)
Today's exploration will allow you to discover Libourne and the well-known vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. In Saint-Emilion, you will visit this stunning medieval UNESCO World Heritage village with surrounding vineyards of the same name. Certainly do not miss the Monolithic Church in the center of the town.

Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads. Along the way, you will see some of the classified and famous Châteaux, such as Angelus and its special bells, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut, Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin and Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin--some of the world’s most famous wines. A very pleasant road, prestigious Châteaux, wine shopping in Saint-Emilion.

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 between 9:00-9:30am.


Direction: Fronsac/Libourne – Castets-en-Dorthe
Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 2019

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. The crew is waiting for you and you will have a first meeting to explain everything there is to know for your cruise. 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 (13-27 miles/21-43 km)
After a restful night, today's exploration will allow you to discover Libourne, and well-known vineyards of Saint- Emilion and Pomerol. In Saint-Emilion, you will visit this stunning medieval UNESCO World Heritage village, with surrounding vineyards of the same name. Panoramas are unique here. The Monolithic Church in the center of the town is a monument not to be missed.

Your ride will continue on small picturesque back roads. Along the way, you will see some of the classified and famous Châteaux, such as Angelus and its special bells, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Barde-Haut, Clos La Madeleine, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin and Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin...some of the world’s most famous wines. A very pleasant road, prestigious Châteaux, wine shopping in Saint-Emilion.

Day 3: Bourg – Blaye round tour, plus Blaye Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (16-32 miles/25-41 km)
This region offers hilly landscapes covered with vines and dotted with scattered fairytale chateaux and manor houses. The opportunity to discover very pleasant wines and Châteaux such as Monconseil-Gazin, Eyquem, Marquis de Vauban and others: another good reason to stop and enjoy a visit and wine tastings!

The Gironde Corniche road is a must-see of this round tour: a calm and beautiful road which split beautiful manors on the one hand, and gardens on the other. In Blaye, take a loop through the Citadelle of Blaye, a Vauban Fortress built on Louis XIV, the Sun King’s request and now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit underground passages of the Citadelle to understand the whole history of the Fortress. Stop in Plassac where you can visit the Gallo- Roman villa and its associative museum.

Back in Bourg, you can stop to the typical and historical wash house. Water is very refreshing on your face after this biking day.

Day 4: Margaux – Médoc round tour (25 miles/42 km)
In the morning the ship will leave Bourg for Lamarque, here you will be in the Médoc wine region, one of the most famous in the world. You will quickly find yourselves near Château Lamothe Bergeron, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc, where wine and tourism are quite highlighted. Then, prestigious properties will come one after another: Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Prieuré Lichine, Kirwan and last but not least Château Margaux. Many chances to stop on your road, taste, learn about Grand Crus classification and learn about winemaking process.

A secondary road is available here as a different loop or an additional one to the first in Margaux. You will reach Pauillac and Saint-Espèphe wine regions. Obviously, you will ride near Château Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Pontet Canet, Pichon Longueville and many other Grands Crus Classés wines.

Once back to the MS Bordeaux, you will sail on the Garonne River to the majestic city of Bordeaux. You will enjoy the best panorama of the city: “Port of The Moon” with the “Pont de Pierre,” “Place de La Bourse,” and the beautiful Quais which lead to the historical wine merchant area, the Quai des Chartrons, transformed into outlet shops and restaurants...a pleasant place to visit.

Day 5: Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux round tour (10 miles/16 km)
Bordeaux is a UNESCO world heritage for a reason. The list of buildings, place and hidden gems is worth seeing: Walk into the city via La Porte Cailhau, the royal entrance. We suggest a thorough tour: Bordeaux is a City that doesn’t just glow due to its individual buildings, but through the grandiose, well preserved old city. Worth seeing is the Capuchine Market (perhaps with tastings of wine and oysters), the basilica, the Pont de Pierre, the first bridge of the city, which was built back in the day on Napoleon's orders. You may admire the many squares, the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondin's column, the Water Mirror...and more. Take time to ride through the newly opened Cité du Vin, Chaban Delmas bridge and Darwin ecosystem, a refurbished factory where you will enjoy the view of the Quais, drinking a good coffee in a tree-filled place.

A wonderful city to explore by bike or on foot. Many opportunities for shopping, souvenirs, food and wine tastings.

And for bike challengers who want to ride a long loop, the Roger Lapébie’s cycling lane will take you to Créon and Sauveterre-en-Guyenne, in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region.

Day 6: Graves – Sauternes round tour (21-32 miles/35-50 km)
Today we will discover the Sauternes region, where sweet dessert wines are made. We start by enjoying the view from Sainte-Croix du Mont before having a look at the grave of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the lovely town of Verdelais. The then 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 the mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting the perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine.

You will pass the famous vineyards of Château d’Yquem, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut Peyraguey, and many more. Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, also known as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. It is a fortified medieval village known as the Bastide in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region in between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.

Day 7: Castets-en-Dorthe – Entre-Deux-Mers and Graves round tour (16-28 miles/27-46 km)
The first town you will discover today is the lovely Saint Macaire and its wonderful gate and walls. There is an opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac as well as having your first wine tasting at a château.

Riding along corn and sunflower fields you reach La Réole, using an Eiffel style bridge over the river Garonne. This town is famous because in 1190 Richard Lionheart, on his way to the holy Land, gave the town hall building to thank the locals for their loyalty to the English crown. This historical place holds two castles, an impressive church as well as narrow cobblestone streets.

To end the day you will enjoy the bike path along the « canal de la Garonne » and its deep blue water, built in Napoleon times. You can either go directly back to the ship or ride to Meilhan-sur-Garonne and the amazing scenery it has to offer.

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 between 9:00-9:30am.

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: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2019. From Fronsac/Libourne: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 2019
Low season: Mar 30, 2019 - May 03, 2019, Oct 26, 2019 - Nov 09, 2019
Shoulder season: May 04, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019, Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019
High season: Aug 31, 2019 - Oct 04, 2019

Prices

Upper deck

From Castets-en-Dorthe: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2019. From Fronsac/Libourne: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1170
Shoulder season surcharge
€259
High season surcharge
€359
Single cabin surcharge (1 person in cabin)
€220
Guided service while biking, per person
€150
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Tandem bike
€150
Lower deck

From Castets-en-Dorthe: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2019. From Fronsac/Libourne: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€990
Shoulder season surcharge
€259
High season surcharge
€359
Single cabin surcharge (1 person in cabin)
€450
Junior Suite cabin upgrade
€300
Guided service while biking, per person
€150
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Tandem bike
€150
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CANCELLATION:
In case of cancellation by the customer, the refund of amounts paid after deduction of the amounts cancellation fee per person specified below depending on the cancellation date compared to the date departure and non-refundable fees are insurance fees, booking fees and visa fees and any other cancellation fees charged by our suppliers. If one of the passengers of a room or double cabin cancels the reservation, the remaining passenger will pay the extra room or double cabin for single use. All cancellations must be received by registered mail with return receipt.

Cancellation fees related to all benefits of the Company:

  • More than 84 days before the departure date: 10% of the agreed tour (package) price
  • Between 84 and 42 days before departure date: 30% of the agreed tour (package) price
  • Between 42 and 28 days before the date of departure: 60% of the agreed tour (package) price
  • 28 days to 1 day before the date of departure 90% of the agreed tour (package) price
  • On the date of departure or later 100% of the agreed tour (package) price

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Company.

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2.1-PRICE: Our prices in euros are per person. They are established on the basis of economic conditions existing at January 4, 2018 and is calculated at a flat rate including a set of services described in the programs and reserved by the customer to the exclusion of all benefits that the customer will book and pay to edge and excluding other costs and expenses occasioned by a fortuitous event (strike, riot, revolution, terrorist attack, weather conditions, water levels …). They are dependent on different factors in their calculations such as cost of transportation, cost of loading and unloading, port costs, fuel costs, various fees and taxes and are subject to revision. Therefore, and in accordance with the regulatory part of Book II of the Tourism Code, we reserve the right to revise the prices reported in this booklet in case of changes in fuel costs, exchange rates, various taxes such as VAT , taxes, … prices include all taxes, must be confirmed by the seller travel agent at the time of registration. If changes, recall more or less will not necessarily operated at the date of payment of benefits, but at the time of use, which only account. In any case, no price change shall occur within 30 days of departure.

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2.6-CANCELLATION: In case of cancellation by the customer, the refund of amounts paid after deduction of the amounts cancellation fee per person specified below depending on the cancellation date compared to the date departure and non-refundable fees are insurance fees, booking fees and visa fees and any other cancellation fees charged by our suppliers. If one of the passengers of a room or double cabin cancels the reservation, the remaining passenger will pay the extra room or double cabin for single use. All cancellations must be received by registered mail with return receipt.

Cancellation fees related to all benefits of the Company:

More than 84 days before the departure date: 10% of the agreed tour (package) price
Between 84 and 42 days before departure date: 30% of the agreed tour (package) price
Between 42 and 28 days before the date Out: 60% of the agreed tour (package) price
28 days to 1 day before the date of departure 90 % of the agreed tour (package) price
On the date of departure or later 100 % of the agreed tour (package) price
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Company.

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We reserve the right at any time to cancel any booking or part of it for any reason whatsoever, and the only obligation of the Company to repay all amounts paid for the canceled part of cruising by the Client without further liability. The Company cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, injury or delay, including travel delays due to bad weather, strikes, terrorist attack or any other causes beyond its control, initiated by the Client before the start of the cruise or during the cruise. If the client is refused entry to France due to non-compliance of papers (passports, visas, health certificates, etc.), the company accepts no responsibility for negligence of the customer of this nature , and the standard cancellation procedure applies. In case of force majeure, unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, floods, drought, strikes, terrorist attack and channel closures may occasionally result in changes to cruise itineraries and / or excursions. The Company is not responsible for these events. A change of route or excursions will not be accepted as a cancellation of a cruise pattern. An alternative will be chosen and customers will be informed of any changes. The Customer has no right to claim to the Company due to the failure or engine problem of the boat or other equipment or delays caused by repairs ships. Reserving a cruise means that the passenger is in good general health and can participate in this type of travel.

The company assumes no responsibility for illness, injury or death of a passenger before, during or after the cruise. The customer will be required to reimburse the costs generated in such cases even to indemnify the company. Insurance against personal injury and / or loss of personal effects is not included in the price and no responsibility can be accepted for accidents or loss on the boat or out. It is strongly recommended to clients to ensure themselves and their property. For loss or damage that would be caused by the negligence of the Company,its liability is limited to the price paid for the cruise. Passengers are liable for and shall pay to the Company all damages caused to the ship, its furniture and any equipment (including bike) ownership of the Company or to himself or to a third party caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, or any act or omission of the passenger, intentionally or negligently: it is for the customer to repair, replace or refund the lost object or broken the boat crew before the end of the cruise. This repair option or replacement is at the sole discretion of the Company.

The Company will not be responsible for damage, injury, death, inconvenience or expense due to the act of fault or action of any subcontractor associated with the cruise. The company is insured for any damage category that a passenger might encounter on the boat. Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of hosting descriptions boats. All information is indicative and no responsibility will be accepted by the Company for any changes or inaccuracies. For the health and safety of passengers and crew, smoking is only allowed outside of the ship and on bridges. Passengers are advised to get rid of cigarette residue or appropriately cigars and agree to assume all responsibility for any harmful consequences of tobacco remains: ashes, smoke …

These general conditions are governed by French law and in case litigation, all parties will have to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Bordeaux at any time and for any purpose.

2.8-REFUNDS / DISCOUNTS:

No refunds can only intervene if the client does not show the times and places mentioned on the convening of travel transmitted to it, as if he cannot present the police documents or health required for his journey (passports, visas, identity card, certificate of vaccination …) The operator cannot be held responsible for a delay prepositioning air, rail or land that would cause the non-presentation of the departing passenger for any reason whatsoever, even if the delay due to a case of force majeure, of unforeseeable circumstances or because of a third party. The renunciation of the services included in the travel services will not be refunded. Complaints about possible price differences cannot be considered. The signing of the reservation contract and the payment of the invoice by the customer as agreed acceptance rates and travel conditions. It is impossible to the operator consider, in retrospect, discounts or promotions in place after confirmation of travel. The reductions apply to the basic price excluding airport taxes, surcharges, handling fees, visa fees and insurance. Possible discounts are not cumulative with each other and can only be granted on commissioned rates or promotions.
INDIVIDUAL CABIN: The individual cabins are allowed up to 6% compared to the quota only.

2.9-PROCEDURES: Participants must meet the police and customs formalities in force at the time the course of the trip and according to their nationality, and be provided with all visa stay and transit and health certificates if required and this for all the countries affected by the route of the cruise or stay. For French nationals, we draw your attention in particular to the fact that since 1 January 2014, French legislation has extended the validity of the national identity card which is extended to 15 years instead of 10 years.

2.10 CHILD / CHILDREN: Bookings from minors will not be accepted. These must be made by parents or other adults over 18 years with proper permissions. Minors under 18 are not allowed to travel alone on board. They must be accompanied by parents or adults over 18 years. No alcohol is served to minors on board. An audit of the client’s age may be requested by the crew.

2.11 HEALTH, MOBILITY, SPECIAL ASSISTANCE AND MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS:

All passengers must make sure they are medically, physically and / or mentally able to take a trip without endangering their lives or those of others. No medical service is provided on board our boats. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity for mobility, being a disease requiring treatment or medical assistance or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. Indeed, no reservations will be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental conditions are likely to make their participation in the cruise or impossible or dangerous living for themselves or others or involving the safety of the ship, or conditions that require care or support to ensure not on board, partly because of unsuitable infrastructure. If necessary, people with reduced mobility may be accompanied at their own expense in order to obtain the required assistance. Any personal accident, diversion or charges forced stop disrupting the course of the trip would be the responsibility of the passenger who hid his incapacity. We recommend wearing shoes with non-slip soles adapted to life on board and excursions.

2.12-LANDING AND DENIED BOARDING PREMATURE: Boarding may be denied to any passenger and cruise can be interrupted for any passenger (the risk and expense of the landed passenger) when, in opinion of the commander or head of edge, passenger is not able to travel for administrative reason or other legitimate reasons, or disturbs or endangers other passengers. Such passenger may be disembarked at any port of call, without prejudice to possible prosecution or penalties by the competent authorities of the State concerned and without the responsibility of the owner being incurred. The Company may be required to repay the days not worked by the cruise passenger disembarked, nor to bear any costs incurred by the landing

2.13 FOLLOW THE TIMES CALLS: On call, the time limit schedules back on board and departure of the boat are mentioned on the boat and specified by the responsible board. It passengers to respect these times. The Company disclaims liability for non-boarding. No refund or compensation is due to the passenger in the event of non-compliance by him of the rules.

Optional 2.14-EXCURSIONS: hiking, biking, golf, etc …: The excursions mentioned in the brochure are optional. Routes excursions suggested in the programs are provided for guidance and are free choice of each passenger. These recommendations are subject to change due to external circumstances (eg, weather, strikes, transport delays, site closure, …) or because of local service providers. We are not responsible in case of unpredictable variation. In case of cancellation of a call, the Company will make every effort to ensure equivalent quality replacement activities. If definitive cancellation of a stopover, no compensation can be claimed as such. Any dispute, incident or accident in their conduct must be solved on the spot with the concerned officials and does not in any case engage the responsibility of the Company or the travel agency where was booked the trip.

2.15-PERSONAL / LUGGAGE are prohibited on board the animals, dangerous objects and products such as illegal substances, drugs, contraband materials, firearms, blunt and sharp objects, explosives, oxygen, compressed air or flammable products. .. the Company reserves the right to deny boarding to a passenger with them. The passenger liable for all damages to the owner due to non-compliance indicated above. Any loss of objects or any damage suffered by the passenger must be reported in writing to the board from the office of Ship during the cruise and accompanist or responsible through a circuit or a stay. The statement must be sent to the company by the passenger within three days of the end of the stay. Except in case of fault of his own, the company cannot be held responsible for loss, theft, pilferage and / or damage to property of the passenger. Our crew is available for handling luggage and responsibility for it cannot be committed. For the duration of the journey, baggage and the surveillance of personal belongings are in the passenger’s responsibility. The Company draws the attention of travelers on the fact that it can in no case be held responsible for forgotten items and it is responsible or their research or their repatriation. Therefore, the client makes the luggage forgetfulness will result in the potential additional cost carrier to recover. The customer is informed that in case of an oversight of luggage and a necessity of returning said luggage by the Company, the Company disclaims any responsibility for the contents of the latter and his dismissal. It is strongly recommended that passengers take out baggage insurance. If lost, late delivery or luggage damage through an air transfer, it is the passenger at the airport to fill a ballot irregularities luggage from the airline. The original will be required by it to any treatment claim.

2.16-OBJECTS OF VALUES: The Company is liable for loss or damage to valuables, money, securities, jewelry, personal property. We ask you not to leave valuables unattended. Furthermore, we advise you not to leave your luggage entrusted to carriers of valuables, keys or identification documents, essential to your health drugs. We cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of personal belongings. All purchases made during the cruise are the sole responsibility of the

2.17-customers CLAIMS: Any assessment of subjective order will be considered with interest, but will not give rise to compensation. If problems arise during the trip, it is highly recommended to share it immediately with your attendant or purser in order to make a real-time solution. In case of non-delivery or non-use of a service by client’s decision, no refund will intervene. Any complaint must be sent to us within 10 days of the end of travel, by any means to obtain a receipt to the seller, and this under the Tourism Code, and will be considered in the as it was found. The Company informs you that the response time is 1 to 2 months maximum duration of the survey of the services concerned. For any dispute concerning the Company, after entering our services and failing a satisfactory reply within a maximum period of 60 days, the passenger can enter the Tourism and Travel mediator, including contact details and entry instructions are on his website: www.mtv.travel.. Remember that each passenger uses its free choice of external service providers to the boat on her travels. In case of dispute between the passenger and other traders or external providers, the Company disclaims any responsibility and not intervene in the settlement of any conflict.

2.18 CANCELLATION OF CRUISES BY THE COMPANY: The Company reserves the right to cancel cruises due to circumstances of force majeure, recurrent climatic or natural events (rises and falls, cyclone …) or involving the impossibility enjoy certain benefits for reasons of passenger safety, and this at any time before departure, without obligation other than to refund the sums paid. In this case, the customer cannot claim any additional compensation. The company will propose to the passenger in possible cruise substitution of equivalent value. The passenger will have the right, at its option, to benefit from this alternative cruise or to be repaid with the procedures laid down in these conditions. If accepted by the passenger of the substitution cruise, no refund or payment of compensation for damages will occur. The Company reserves the right to cancel any cruise up to 21 days before departure in case of insufficiency of participants; the customer may not claim any compensation in this case.

2.19 MODIFICATION PROGRAMS ROUTES AND SCHEDULES: If strikes, riots, bad weather conditions endangering the operation of the boat safely or extraordinary circumstances or for any other legitimate reason, the Company may at any time and without notice, advance, delaying a start or stop or possibly change of call and cannot be held liable towards passengers in case of cancellation, advancement, delay, alteration or substitution. We reserve the right to commanders of vessels, cruise directors, guides and local representatives of the Company,if the circumstances require it to change at any time, routes and orders of our programs. In general, and this is the universal law, the commander of the ship’s primary mission is the safety of passengers. Whatever boat or destination, it is the only master on board and may, at any time, to divert the boat or drop a call. The commander may cancel the cruise or modify the cruise itinerary if it deems appropriate for the interests of passengers and the safety of the ship. The Company is not responsible for damage caused by delay, away from the agreed start and / or end time or making available a replacement ship because the agreed ship was not available due to unforeseen circumstances. The Company is not responsible for damage caused by a mechanical malfunction of the boat. In case of interruption of the cruise to the circumstances of force majeure, the client will get a refund of unused carried cruises but not be entitled to any additional compensation. If such changes or trip cancellations would occur, it would be applied to articles R 211-9 to R 211-11 of the Tourism Code. Possible hazards (civil holidays or religious, political demonstrations, strikes, breakdown, congestion, changes by government authorities, or any other legitimate reason) can cause changes in the stops, visits or trips, changes of which the Company cannot be held responsible and that cannot generate client’s claim. Precise stop cannot be the purpose of a program to discover a region in general and the pleasures of sailing.the Company Nevertheless,will make every effort to remedy the better to problems.

2.20-CHANGING THE CLASS NUMBER OR CABIN BY THE OWNER: For technical or operational reasons, the shipping companies or shipowners are entitled to assign the passenger cabin other than prescribed or selected reservation. In this case, the new cab is to be attributed at least in the same category. This change is not considered a valid reason for cancellation by the customer or a significant change in the contract and does not give rise to any compensation.

2.21-TRANSPORT: Changes / Cancellation: The strong increase in air and rail traffic, events beyond our control (strikes, technical incidents, weather, …) and security requirements are that airlines and railway companies, are not always able to meet the programmed schedules. Delays, both from that return, are possible and are beyond the control of the Company, no compensation other than that provided by law shall be granted, regardless of the personal or professional consequences incurred. It is therefore recommended to the client to provide a reasonable time, especially at home, in case of correspondence or important commitments. Changes of hours and dates imposed by the railways or airlines, can intervene on departure and arrival, and lead to a reduction or an extension of the trip. No compensation cannot take place as such on the price of the cruise. We recommend that customers making a pre or post delivery on their own, to book changed or refunded tickets. No customer is the cruise cancellation related to rail or air traffic will be taken into account. For information, airlines advise the re-confirmation of the return flight, it is for passengers to do so within the required time.

2.22 LIABILITY FOR PASSENGERS: Each passenger (or if a minor, his parents or guardians) is responsible for and agrees to indemnify the company for any damage to furniture, equipment or other property element of the boat for all damage in hotels or on planes used by the passenger as part of his trip. Each passenger (or if a minor, his parents or guardians) is responsible for and agrees to indemnify the company for any fine or violation imposed on the company because of an act, omission or breach of a law, whether or not a voluntary act on the part of the passenger. Passports must be in good standing with the countries crossed. It is the passenger to ensure the validity and compliance of his passport. Complaints about billing must be made in writing, clearly defined and documented and sent if possible, to the Company, within 10 working days after receipt of the invoice. Complaints about the contract must be clearly defined and described in the Company and / or captain after the customer has discovered the defects and anomalies. The consequences of improper filing a complaint are borne by the customer.

2.23 LIABILITY COMPANY: As the organizer quality cruises both in its capacity as owner, as charterer, the obligations of the Company are defined by the combined provisions of the Code of Tourism and the specific and full law applicable to the navigation of the vessel assigned to the cruise and in the absence of such a law to that of the law of 15 June 1895 and the present conditions that the cruise line acknowledges. The liability of the Company may be engaged only because of the crew or the fact the boat. Any discrepancy must be reported to the purser. The Company cannot be held responsible for any damage suffered by the passengers ashore: injuries, accidents, losses, deficiencies, delays, transport defects, etc .. due to external companies such as airlines, hotels, incoming agencies, restaurateurs, suppliers … All additional services (transport, accommodation, transfers, …) reserved in addition to the cruise are not its responsibility. Regarding the liability of the Company to passengers and third parties, it is ensured for physical or material by RC passenger warranty, navigation, retirement.

2.24-DATA PROTECTION:

In accordance with the Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978 and the provisions on the protection of personal data, the information provided to the Company by the other party are necessary to process the reservation and are essential to the benefit administration. With the client’s consent, these data may also be used by the Company to send its promotional and commercial offers by email or post. The other party has a right to access and correction with respect to all data concerning addressing the operator 9 rue du muguet 33000 BORDEAUX, stating his name and address.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

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

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 4.5
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Gnat June 21, 2018

Fabulous trip

Our boat-bike trip was wonderful. The bike guide paced the day perfectly; he had stops planned for food and the sights. I still am amazed how many kms I traveled each day.

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!!