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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Mirabelle'- Canal des Deux Mers, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers 2017

7 Days

Limited to 24 guests

Lovely 'Mirabelle' travels on the Canal des Deux Mers and the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers with an itinerary that highlights the vintages of this famous wine region. Sample local wines at Château Guiraud and Domaine Rousset Peyraguey, taste fine wines at estates in Côtes de Bourg and the Medoc peninsula, and make a memorable excursion to the medieval village of Saint-Émilion. There are also opportunities to accompany your onboard gourmet chef to the morning market, then watch as dinner is prepared. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests.
'Mirabelle'-  Canal des Deux Mers, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers Vessel

Vessel Information

126 feet long and 16.5 feet wide

Capacity for 24 in 11 twin suites and 1 double suite. Each en suite bathroom has a shower stall and one basin.

Wood-paneled salon offers a CD player and 46" TV with DVD player

Large sun deck has a canopy for shaded comfort

A limited number of bicycles provided

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Bordeaux and transfer to 'Mirabelle,' moored in Castets-en-Dorthe on the Garonne River. After a welcome cocktail and crew introductions, settle into your cabin before dinner on board.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Drive into the Sauternais region today to sample the local vintages at Château Guiraud and Domaine Rousset-Peyraguey. Then cruise through a set of locks on the Garonne River to Cadillac, mooring at the foot of this bastide (planned medieval town). Visit Château de Roquetaillade, an impressive eighth-century castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Cruise to Bordeaux today, past Pont de Pierre to the Port of the Moon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the city's center and offers lovely panoramic views. Enjoy time at leisure in Bordeaux to soak up the atmosphere or shop in the fine boutiques.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Continue cruising along the Garonne River to visit the citadel at Blaye, a remarkable 17th-century fortress designed by Vauban, France’s legendary military engineer. After lunch, travel to Château Falfas in the Côtes de Bourg for a tasting of the estate's fine wines.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Cruise the Gironde estuary to the Médoc Peninsula, an area known for its viticulture. From Pauillac, take a drive through this famous wine region to visit a noted wine estate for a tasting. After lunch, cruise to Bourg to visit the museum of horse-drawn carriages and enjoy a walk through the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

The cruise continues along the Dordogne River to Libourne. Enjoy a memorable excursion to the medieval village of Saint-Émilion with its cellars dug out of solid rock. Stroll down the old cobblestone lanes to the 14th-century cardinal's palace. Visit the monolithic church, the largest underground church in Europe with eighth-century catacombs. Stop for a wine tasting at Château Rochebelle before returning to your barge for a gala farewell dinner on board tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, return to Bordeaux, arriving in late morning.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 12-22 guests.

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