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Bordeaux Waterways

Enjoy a rich blend of exciting history and culinary traditions on a river cruise through France's Bordeaux wine region. Home to gentle Atlantic breezes, lush rolling hills and verdant vineyards, the region has produced renowned wines for centuries.

The Bordeaux region is part of Aquitaine, a former kingdom located in southwestern France. Here, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge to form the Gironde estuary south of the city of Bordeaux. Cruises typically begin and end in this city, where you'll find grand architecture, superb museums and cafes serving mouthwatering delicacies.

While cruising, you'll visit prestigious chateaux, charming towns and notable wineries. Stops along the Garonne River usually include Cadillac's ancient harbor and 16th-century chateau, as well as the nearby vineyards of Sauternes where you can sample dessert wines and learn how they are made. Highlights on the Dordogne include Saint-Emilion, the oldest wine-making area of the Bordeaux region, and the citadel of Blaye, an imposing fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Near the Gironde estuary lies the town of Pauillac, gateway to the Medoc wine route and its scenic landscapes. If you're lucky, you may see le mascaret, a natural wave phenomena that happens throughout the year, but particularly from June through November, in the Gironde estuary.

Our sailings on the Bordeaux waterways are hassle-free and easy to budget. Experienced cruise directors take care of all the day-to-day details, while expert guides help you make the most of your time in port. And best of all, the price you pay up front includes your stateroom, onboard meals and entertainment and sightseeing excursions.


Book Now and Save on Bordeaux Cruises!


  • Save an additional $200 to $400 per couple on select Uniworld departures when you book by March 26, 2015. This offer can be combined with other Uniworld deals. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 to $1,600 per couple off select Uniworld 2016 river cruises when you book and pay in full by June 30, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $500 to $1,500 per couple off 2016 AmaWaterways sailings when you book by July 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $300 to $800 per couple off select 2016 Uniworld sailings when you book by June 30, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save 10% to 20% off select European Waterways sailings when you book by April 7, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save 10% to 20% on select European Waterways departures when you charter the entire vessel. Book by April 7, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Past passengers of African Travel, Brendan, Contiki, Insight, Trafalgar and Uniworld save $300 per couple off cruises that are 12 nights or less or save $500 per couple off Uniworld cruises that are 13 nights or longer. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Past passengers save an additional $100 to $200 per person off any Viking cruise. Offer applies to guests who have traveled with Viking within the past two years. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive free unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as free prepaid gratuities for onboard and onshore services, on any Uniworld Europe river cruise. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The Bordeaux Waterways cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Marseillan to Le Somail)   7   Montpellier, France   Montpellier, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Castelnaudary to Homps)   7   Montpellier, France   Montpellier, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Le Somail to Bram)   7   Montpellier, France   Montpellier, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Marseillan to Beaucaire)   7   Montpellier, France   Montpellier, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Argeliers to Marseillan)   7   Béziers, France   Béziers, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Le Somail to Carcassonne)   7   Béziers, France   Béziers, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise in Gascony and Bordeaux   7   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Classic Cruise on the Canal du Midi (Trebes to Salleles d’Aude)   7   Narbonne, France   Narbonne, France   Euro Waterway   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    'Enchanté'- Canal du Midi   7   Narbonne, France   Narbonne, France   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Chateaux, Rivers & Wine   8   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux   8   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Taste of Bordeaux 2016 (Cruise-Only)   8   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux 2016   8   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Chateaux, Rivers & Wine 2016   8   Bordeaux, France   Bordeaux, France   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Taste of Bordeaux 2016   14   Paris, France   Paris, France   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Portrait of Majestic France   15   Paris, France   Bordeaux, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Portrait of Majestic France 2016   15   Paris, France   Bordeaux, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Portrait of Majestic France 2016 (For Families)   15   Paris, France   Bordeaux, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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