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Cruises in Bordeaux and Gascogne

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.
A hotel barge cruise along the Canal de Garonne is a unique way to explore and appreciate the slow rhythm of this region with its subtle mixture of natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards, some of which are grand estates with imposing chateaux and others, more modest family affairs.
The “Canal des Deux Mers”, comprising of the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passing through the region of L’Occitanie – a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards and fields of sunflowers.

On our cruise through Gascony along the Canal de Garonne, we visit medieval fortified ‘bastides’ such as Valence d’Agen, learn about and taste some of the region’s wonderful local produce and pass picturesque villages and quaint farms. This stretch of canal is quieter and less well known than the Canal du Midi further east but has more of a feeling of the real France, off the tourist track.


Rosa Bordeaux

Reference: Barge

  • First Class

  • 4 cabins with 4 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share double stateroom from: A$ 6,220

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Rosa cruising naycRosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was completely refitted in 2010 to a high specification. The air conditioned interior includes a dining room, saloon, bar and four staterooms. Two of the staterooms have double beds and two have twin beds, all of which have full en-suite facilities. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable furniture.

The four crew consist of a knowledgeable captain, tour guide, housekeeper and a master chef whose culinary master pieces will be a regular delight throughout your cruise. Eight bikes are available for use and your tour guide, an expert in the local area, will be happy to advise you on the best routes to cycle should you wish to explore.

Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are currently offering on Rosa, along with some examples of the cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board.

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Mirabelle Bordeaux

Reference: Barge

  • 4* Barge

  • 12 Cabins

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$4,600

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Our all inclusive cruise, will take you along the River Garonne, Gironde Estuary and the Dordogne River,a brilliant way to see the country and visit the vineyards that produce all the great Bordeaux wines. The cruise includes tours in our private air conditioned coach to prestigious chateaux. These excursions always ends with a tasting which is essential for understanding what Bordeaux wines are all about, learning their secrets, and delving into their history.

Bordeaux Bike River Cruise for couples or groups up to 80 passengers


The BORDEAUX river cruise ship is 78 meters long and 10 meters wide. It accommodates a maximum of 80 guests in 45 cabins.
Just perfect for groups.  To ensure that all guests have space, some of the cabins are reserved for single travellers. 
For your comfort, we take a maximum of 80 passengers on board for any navigation of more than one day. 
The ship sails under experienced French management. 
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Our Cruise

The Cruise is a boat trip around the mouth of the Gironde in France, the canal along the Garonne, and the Dordogne, which flows along the heart of the most famous vineyards. The passage from effort to relaxation favors this particular recreation. The daily navigation offers exceptional panoramas and allows you to observe as closely as possible the famous “tidal bore”. Be the privileged spectators of this rare natural phenomenon: This wave sweeps over the river twice a day and disturbs the tranquility of the water, and surfers celebrate it every year.
At the confluence of culture and nature, combining sport, travel and adventure, fine wines and refined cuisine. This is a unique experience. The spirit of discovery, mastering the pleasure of encounters, effort, perseverance, mutual help, respect and kindness characterize this form of travel. Customers from all over the world and all age groups discover this form of travel with enthusiasm.

The Cabins: 

All cabins have daylight, carpeted floors, individually controlled air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini safe. All cabins have a small window which can be opened. They have a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.

Lower deck cabins:
  • 34 Two-bed cabins with separate and adjacent single beds, which can be folded in during the day. The cabins are approx. 7.5 – 8.0 M² in size
  • 2 Junior suite cabins: There are 2 junior suites (about 11.6 M²) with additional small seats and 2 beds, which are 1.90 meters long. Convertible in double bed 160 cm (on request)
Upper deck cabins
  • 11 twin cabins with the same equipment as the cabins on the lower deck. The windows on the upper deck are slightly larger and can also be opened.
  • 2 single cabins, the bed is 1m wide and 1.90 meters long. The cabins are about 7.5 m² in size.
Places to meet and relax: The front of the ship houses the tastefully decorated salon / lounge with large panoramic windows, a well-stocked bar and a small dance floor. The rear area fits the separate restaurant. On the partially covered sun deck, seating areas with chairs and tables invite you to linger. A bicycle storage facility is located on the back deck.

The on-board Services 

  •  Free WIFI on the whole ship
  •  Breakfast buffet and dinner. Lunches can be packed during breakfast.
  •  Security, heating and air conditioning in all cabins.
  •  Daily cleaning of the cabins.
  •  Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee

Our bike tours 

The daily bike tours are between 25 and 55 km, with the possibility of making visits more or less long. Visits are easy to moderate and if you are not at the best of your condition, you can choose an electric bike.
Every day promises surprises. Bordeaux, its historical sites, its landscapes, attractions and the meeting with the population offer a special experience. Visits of castles and vineyards, museums, historic buildings and playgrounds can be used to travel with children. We will show you what there is to discover, you decide where you stop. And your hotel room moves with you. No need to make and unpack. Your boat will allow you to discover the vineyards by bike in the heart of more than 117 000 hectares, and to discover each day the different wineries. The paths pass through small villages typical of history and monuments, always worthy of a cultural break.
The historic heart of Bordeaux, the village of Saint-Emilion or the fortress of Blaye are local treasures 
Optional Bike rental cost:
  • Bike rental with 21 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag – A$120
  • Electrical bike (E-bike) – A$270  (limited number available)
  • Other types of bicycles are on request
  • Tour and accommodation on board in the booked cabin category during 8 days/7 nights
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcome cocktail, presentation of ship + crew and briefing on the first evening;
  • Tour leader (English speaking) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short walking tours; individual cycling / semi-guided cycling tours: tour leader is not guiding the group, but cycling in the area and can be contacted during bike tours by mobile hone in case of questions, problems or emergencies (fully guided cycling as option/ surcharge)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for individual daily bike tours, 1 set/cabin
  • Complimentary coffee and tea every afternoon
  • Transfers on request from/to Bordeaux to/from the docking places in Castets-en-Dorthe and Libourne
  • Package guided cycling
  • Rental bicycle and Rental E-bike
  • Other transfers, parking fees, entrance fees & excursions & wine tastings, drinks on board
  • Personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion)

Cost price is per person in AUD for 2020 cruises



Type of Cabin

Type of Deck        


Double Cabins

Lower deck


Upper deck


Cabins Junior Suite      

Lower deck


Single Cabin

Lower deck


Upper deck



Optional Bike rental cost:
  • Bike rental with 21 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag – A$120
  • Electrical bike (E-bike) – A$270  (limited number available)
  • Other types of bicycles are on request

FOR RESERVATION, call 1300 302 623 or email your expression of interest to receive a details itinerary. 


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