Travel Reports

Find inspiration and information about our bike and barge trips in our travel reports. 

At the invitation of Boat Bike Tours, Sandra und I flew on early Saturday morning, 8th October, via Paris to Bordeaux.

Without any problems, we got by bus from the airport to Gare St. Jean train station in Bordeaux, where the transfer bus to Cadillac was waiting for us. Where we first met our fellow travel companions for the next few days- couples from Australia, United States and Canada. With bright sunshine and pleasant 20 degrees Celsius, we stepped aboard the MS Bordeaux in Cadillac, and settled into our cabins.  

Only one hour later, we were already sitting on a bicycle, exploring Cadillac. Naturally, we relaxed over a cup of coffee in the sunshine in the centre of the nice little town before we went back to the ship. Around 6:00 pm, Captain Arnold welcomed us on board. Pascale, the hotel manager, and Scott, our tour manager, introduced the crew and the ship; we had a safety briefing and learnt about the program for the next few days. Afterwards, we enjoyed our dinner accompanied by a fine wine (very tasty food!).

Eventually, Scott invited us to the first tour briefing into the salon. Before, however, he introduced us to the „Wine of the day“.  Every day there would be a regional wine, that day, it was a dry white wine from the wine growing area of Entre-deux-Mers and - how nice - the wine of the day was available for a special happy hour price.

We also got to know the schedule for the remainder of the trip:

Sunday:

After the tasty and hearty breakfast, we set off for the first cycle tour. From Cadillac, we cycled up to Sainte-Croix-du Mont, and on the way up, we had to shift into the first gear. But when we reached the top, we were rewarded with a splendid view over the vineyards. We continued cycling towards Verdelais, and after a short visit to the grave of the famous artist Toulouse-Lautrec, we enjoyed a cup of coffee in the sun. We kept on in the direction of Castets-en-Dorthe, a picturesque little town located along the Garonne River. Here you can find some beautiful picnic spots. Sandra and I, however, had not prepared a packed lunch in the morning, so we cycled on to Langon, where we had a tasty lunch and a little red wine in a small bistro. After the nice lunch, the remaining 14 km were no problem, and in the afternoon, we could enjoy the autumn sun on the sun deck. 

Wine of the day: a fine red wine from Graves

Monday: 

Vineyards and wine estates as far as the eye can see!

That day, we cycled a wide loop via Langon through the Sauternes region past such famous chateaux like Yquem and Gravas and back to Cadillac. The weather was still gorgeous – and this time we had the afternoon ended with a fresh drought beer on the sun deck.  Then it was time to set sail for Bordeaux. And with a beautiful red evening sky, we passed under the bridge „Pont de Pierre“ and tied up the ship in the heart of the city, close to the Place de la Bourse.

Wine of the day: a sweet white Sauternes

Tuesday:

We followed Scott’s suggestions and started the day with a little cycle round tour alongside the river, with a longer stay in the Darwin, a green alternative ‘space for creation ‘, with cafés, offices, small shops and art galleries and afterwards at the botanical garden of Bordeaux.

The rest of the day we spent to discover Bordeaux’ magnificent city centre and the shopping street Rue Sainte-Catherine.

Wine of the day: who would expect otherwise – a full-bodied red Bordeaux wine

Wednesday:

Our stay in this beautiful city was about to end. The MS Bordeaux set sail for Lamarque to continue its journey. We got off the ship and spent the morning in the brand new futuristic wine museum „La Cité du Vin“, an interactive museum and a must-visit destination for every wine lover. Afterwards, we went to the airport and back to Bremen.

Summary: a cosy ship, delicious food and fine wines, wonderful landscape and fantastic sceneries, interesting and nice travel companions, and a worthwhile journey.

Sabine and Sandra, SE-Tours - Bremerhaven