Garonne River Tours
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Flowing down from the Spanish Pyrenees all the way to France’s Atlantic coast, the Garonne is the most important river of southwestern France. Passing through two major cities—Toulouse and Bordeaux—the Garonne also runs into the Gironde estuary, the largest of its kind in Europe.
A boat cruise along the Garonne river is a popular choice for visitors to Bordeaux, and there are numerous options available. Take a sightseeing cruise past riverside landmarks, such as the Basilica of St. Michael, Louis XV's grand Place de la Bourse, and Quai Richelieu; enjoy lunch or a wine tasting on board; or set sail on an evening dinner cruise, with a view of Bordeaux’s illuminated skyline. In Toulouse, sightseeing cruises along the Garonne often link up with the Canal du Midi, offering views of the Chateau d’Eau, Notre-Dame de la Daurade, and the Pont Neuf.
Walking and Segway tours also take in sights along the Garonne river.
Things to Know Before You Go
- River tour options include cruise ships, Viking-style sailboats, jet boats, and canoes.
- Bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat—it can get chilly, especially at night.
- Many boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.
How to Get There
The Garonne river runs for 274 miles (441 kilometers) through southwest France and Northern Catalonia. In Bordeaux, most boat cruises set sail from Quai Richelieu or Cité du Vin. In Toulouse, boats set sail close to the Pont Neuf.
When to Get There
Garonne river cruises in Toulouse run from July to October, while cruises run year-round in Bordeaux. For the most impressive views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise.
The Gironde estuary, located where the Garonne and Dordogne rivers meet the Atlantic, is the biggest in Europe and teems with wildlife. The estuary’s nine uninhabited islands and surrounding marshlands are home to a wide variety of migratory birds, including storks, spoonbills, ospreys, and black-winged stilts, while the waters have eels, river lampreys, and wild sturgeon.
Address: Toulouse, France
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Garonne River
As a private tour guide I have a privilege to work with people who travel at their own pace. Most of them come to France to expand their knowledge about the country history and culture but also to relax and to have a good time. My walking tour is designed to create for my clients a relaxed atmosphere that makes them feel at ease in a foreign culture. My goal is not only to show them the important monuments and landmarks but also to share with them my love for France, its culture and its people. While striving to offer my clients a good service, I try to make their stay in Toulouse enjoyable and unforgettable.
high-end electric bike with a guide. Get a thorough safety briefing and then set off to see the sights. Pedal through the St. Etienne neighborhood and see the Cathedral then ride along the Canal de Brienne, where you take in river views, and get to know some local secrets down hidden alleyways.
From the south, starting pedaling along the canal du midi, this bike tour will then lead you through St Aubin and Matabiau neighbourhood before joining the Twin Bridge area, the very end of the canal du midi. Up north you will ride along the wild the Garonne river banks and around Sesquière lake for a peaceful moment. The river will lead you back in the city center to wander around the former St Pierre harbour and la Daurade harbour, not to forget the magnificent Pont neuf (new bridge) and the enjoyable atmosphere along the quay. Water is the guiding thread of this tour, you will discover all the water circulation through the city’s network and how canals works with each other.
This is a completely private tour. You will enjoy a private pick up from your hotel or place of choice inside Toulouse. Once you meet your driver and separate tour guide we will start your private tour of Toulouse. Toulouse has so much to offer and don’t miss the chance to get to know its most important monuments and sites next to your private official tour guide and separate driver. Here is an example of a list of locations that you can enjoy: - Garonne River - Basilique of Saint Sernin (UNESCO listed site) - Place du Capitol - Visit of the outside of the Museum de Toulouse - Church of Les Jacobins - Hotel d’Assezat (Fondation Bemberg) - Place de la Trinite - Quai de la Daurade - Église Notre Dame de La Dalbade - Hotel du Vieux Raisin - Cathedral St Etienne - View of musée des augustins - Canal du Midi - Rue Saint Rome - Place Saint- George - If time permits or you would especially like, we can arrange a stop at Cité de l’Espace - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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