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Short cruises in Bordeaux

Looking to discover Bordeaux and its surroundings from the water? You certainly can, thanks to mini-cruises that will offer you a unique view of the Port de la Lune and the estuary.

For those who would like to leave the mainland for only a few hours, short tours offered by many river cruise lines are a must. Taking off for a brief time, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Bordeaux’s building facades as you follow the curving river and see a different side of Bordeaux’s beautiful bridges. And if you're looking for a real adventure, some excursions even venture beyond the Bec d'Ambès if you must know! Maritime Bordeaux awaits!

1/ Heritage Cruise

Are you dreaming of a "100% historical" trip along the Garonne? Opt for a guided tour of Bordeaux by boat: averaging 1 and a half hours of sailing beside Unesco ranked buildings on the shores of Bacalan, these cruises are offered by the companies River Cruise, Burdigala or SAS Yacht de Bordeaux. Each time, a tour guide will present the history of Bordeaux, its maritime and port activity and its wine trade. An original and invigorating way to visit the capital of Gironde!

©Teddy Verneuil - @lezbroz
©Teddy Verneuil - @lezbroz

2/ Gastronomic cruise

For those who prefer combining a trip along the quays with gastronomy, the company River Cruise offers dinner cruises just for you. Their two options: lunch on the water aboard the Sicambre restaurant boat. On the menu: regional cuisine prepared on board. Or the more romantic of the options, a gastronomic evening: still aboard the Sicambre, you can enjoy a seasonal dinner (3 meals to choose from) as you sail along the illuminated quays.

©Benjamin Juhel
©Benjamin Juhel

3/ Younger cruise

For those who would like to take their children along for the adventure, Burdigala Cruises offer a family package on school holiday afternoons. Namely the "Pirates Cruise", takes the shape of a game and is ideal for discovering Bordeaux in a fun way. Guided by Captain Adam, you'll have to solve puzzles to find the pirates' treasure! Snacks offered. Ideal for children aged 4 to 12. 

©Mathias Ruget - Bordeaux River Cruise
©Mathias Ruget

4/ Aperitif cruise

Fancying an aperitif-music night on the river? These two options are for you: the River Cruise aperitif ride or Marco Polo Cruises’ Wednesday evening events (exclusively in July/August/September). With River Cruise, you’ll board the Sardane at 6pm, for a 2-hour tour, with ambient music, wines, bread, cheeses and regional charcuterie. On the Marco Polo, you will sail from 7pm to 9pm to the rhythm of a DJ set, with tapas and drinks, starting at the “pontoon of honour” at the Château de  Grattequina  in Blanquefort (and returning to the same spot).

©Benjamin Juhel
©Benjamin Juhel

5/ Estuary Cruise

Finally, if you dream of leaving the Port de la Lune for half a day, even if it means leaving the Gironde estuary, you have a great option: the Médoc wine cruise aboard the Marco Polo offered by River Cruise. You will start with a bus ride to a winery in Médoc then board the boat at Fort-Médoc and return to Bordeaux by way of the river. Taste 3 different wines on board.

©Kaktus - Bordeaux River Cruise
©Kaktus - Bordeaux River Cruise


Discover the cruises

The Greater Bordeaux area reserves some wonderful surprises and numerous amazing experiences for you, thanks to its cultural and recreational offerings: gastronomical tours to feast your eyes and palate, or tasting workshops to tempt you into overindulgence! 

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