Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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  • Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

    1. Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

    Discover Bordeaux from the River Garonne onboard the yacht, Le Luna. Enjoy a different perspective on the historic city with expert commentary. From the river, see some of the most famous sights of the city including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. Admire 18th and 19th-century mansions and art museums. Enjoy a glass of local wine and a small traditional cake from the region, known as a canelé.

    A great way to see the city on a hot day! We sat at a table at the back of the boat in the shade with a cool breeze. The compère managed to give us a running commentary in three languages! She was interested in us as well as telling us about the highlights of the city. The length of the trip was perfect - just 90 minutes and the glass of wine was lovely

  • Bordeaux: Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin

    2. Bordeaux: Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin

    Discover the wines and scenic waterfront of Bordeaux on a 1.5-hour wine tasting cruise, and marvel at 18th-century façades, romantic bridges, and busy ports from the River Garonne. Climb aboard the pleasure boat at La Cité du Vin landing stage (Quai de Bacalan) at 16:15, and then cruise by the historic buildings of the UNESCO-listed Port de la Lune. Pass under the bridges of the Pont Jacques-Chaban-Delmas and Pont d’Aquitaine. After you pass the village of Lormont, the boat will turn around and sail back to the city center from the port zone of Bassens. Along the way, taste 2 wines representative of the regional vineyards of Bordeaux, all under the expert tuition of a wine guide and lecturer. Learn the history of Bordeaux and its river and wine trade. Return to the quay at La Cité du Vin for an approximate 18:00 disembarkation.

    Our guide was thorough and charming. She gave the whole tour in french and english which was very impressive. The wines were quite nice, the pours were truly a taste though as opposed to a proper glass but that’s alright. Beautiful scenery on a nice boat that wasn’t crowded at all. Felt worth the price of admission. Would have been nice to learn how to tatste the wines before serving them rather than after, as we had not had a proper crash course in tasting prior to this tour.

  • Bordeaux River Cruise

    3. Bordeaux River Cruise

    See the sights of Bordeaux from a different perspective on a Garonne River cruise. Discover the Port de la Lune and its façades listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. At 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM, or 4:30 PM, you'll board the Sardane, a red and black river boat, for a cruise lasting one hour. Throughout the cruise, the captain will tell you the story of Bordeaux and about the link between the river and the wine trade. As the captain navigates the boat along the quays of the Garonne, you'll have an opportunity to admire the façades of the historic buildings. The cruise continues to the Pont de Pierre, the Pont Chaban Delmas and the Pont d'Aquitaine, some of the most famous landmarks in the city.

    The directions to the boat were easy to follow and boarding was quick, the staff did a good job in offering English commentary but honestly there wasn't a lot to see. A nice way to spend an hour but if time is an issue there are better ways to experience the city.

  • La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

    4. La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

    Embark on boat trip on a maxi-catamaran of 16 meters. Meet at the dock located in front of the 2 historic towers of la Rochelle. After a welcome speech, you will sail up the channel, looking one last time at the city in full daylight. Admire the Richelieu Tower and the harbour of Les Minimes on the way. Once at sea, the crew will stop the engine and open the sails as the sun come down. Set up your picnic if you brought one and take in the views of the ocean as the sun sets on the horizon.  Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes and history, or to ask questions about the boat. Start up a conversation to get to know the other passengers.  Once the sun has set, you will slowly start your way back, enjoying the lights of the city at night. You will arrive at the dock after passing between the two towers of the old harbor.

    it's cool to participate in raising the sail with the instructor!! And the music+guides are so great. You could dance with the music or sitting in the back quietly as u wish. Plus, we have plenty of seats to choose from, thus we could have a very rich view of the sea.(lying on the net is the best!) And thanks soooo much for the instructor's finding me back my lost bracelet!!

  • Bordeaux Lunch Cruise

    5. Bordeaux Lunch Cruise

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat in Bordeaux and cruise along the waterfront for a unique perspective of the beautiful city. Listed by UNESCO as an inhabited historic city of outstanding urban and architectural value, the port city of Bordeaux has more protected buildings than any other city in France except Paris. You will pass under a vertical-lift bridge spanning the River Garonne and continue to the Pont d'Aquitaine. While on board, enjoy a sit down menu of delicious French food, including a starter, main course and dessert. The boat will turn around after the Port of Bassens and return to the pier in Bordeaux at approximately 2:00 PM.

    This tour is for 3 hours and not 2 as stated by GetYourGuide. The tour was good and the food was good.

  • From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

    6. From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

    Board your superb 16-meter sailing catamaran at the old harbor of La Rochelle. After the welcome briefing, you will cross La Rochelle Bay admiring the Richelieu Tower and the Sailing Harbour of Les Minimes. Once outside the channel, the crew will establish the sails and direct the catamaran through the islands to the legendary Fort Boyard. Sit back and enjoy the views or eat your picnic if you brought one with you. Once at the Fort, you will sail around it, trying to approach it as much as possible in order to get the best views and photo opportunities.  On the way back, relax in the big trampolines under the sky. Enjoy the smooth rocking from the sea. Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes, the history, or the boat. Arrive back at the dock 4 hours after departure with a head full of memories and a photo album full of wonderful pictures.

  • Bordeaux: Brunch & Cruise Aboard the Yacht "Le Luna"

    7. Bordeaux: Brunch & Cruise Aboard the Yacht "Le Luna"

    Brighten up your Sunday with a yacht cruise aboard Le Luna accompanied by a 100% homemade sweet and savory meal for brunch. Take advantage of this exclusive experience on the only yacht cruise with brunch offered on the Garonne River. Come aboard and prepare to enjoy a continental buffet with homemade and seasonal foods. Sit back, relax, and enjoy scenic views of Bordeaux from the Garonne River. 

  • La Rochelle: 2.5-Hour Coastline Sailing Cruise

    8. La Rochelle: 2.5-Hour Coastline Sailing Cruise

    Start the day with a breath of fresh and salty air on a sailing tour. Meet at the dock, right in front of the two towers of the old harbor. Once aboard the 16-meter maxi-catamaran, the crew will give a quick safety briefing before setting sail. Head up the channel, admiring the different landmarks of the bay such as the Richelieu Tower, the sailing harbor of Les Minimes, or the "end of the world" lighthouse. Once out in the bay, the crew will unfurl the sails and stop the engines. Generally in the morning, the sea is quiet and few sailboats roam the sea. Take in the peaceful atmosphere, lie down on the trampolines, and let the waves rock you gently. Chat to the crew to learn more about the local environment, history, and nautical lifestyle. You will be back at the dock just before lunch, after one last parade between the old towers.

  • Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

    9. Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

    Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is pe...

    Emilian is an excellent guide. He knows his history of the area, is very professional and very personable. We enjoyed our tour very much.

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What people are saying about Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Great time with Adèle who gave us an excellent tasting and explanation of Bordeaux !!! A clear and precise smiling speech, thank you again and we hope to see you very soon!

Ideal for a different look on both shores. The guide's explanations are really a plus for discovering the history of Bordeaux. Really to do with the family.

Very good experience! Adèle, the tourist guide, made the visit even more pleasant thanks to the quality of her explanations on the city of Bordeaux.

A wonderful way to rest for an hour and discover from the Garonne, the facade of the quays of Bordeaux.

Very good service and very pleasant walk on the Garonne