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Discovering the wine country from the river  

Seeing famous vineyards from a boat on the Garonne is a special pleasure. In fact, there are several river cruises to choose from. The landing station is in the heart of the city, and you can go from there far up the estuary.

 

You will glide past magnificent 18th century buildings lining the quays, go underneath the new Chaban-Delmas bridge, and then leave the city behind you to admire the vineyards in Blaye and the Médoc growing on fertile silty soil near the river.  You can visit various places along the way such as the unspoiled, mysterious islands in the middle of the estuary or the city of Blaye and its famous 17th century citadel designed by the military architect Vauban. Most river cruises also include a meal and a tasting of Bordeaux wines. If you feel in the mood for music and dancing, some cruises also include entertainment after dinner. Other options included commentary by a local winegrower. He or she will explain Bordeaux wine to you better than anyone else.