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Bordeaux Garonne River Lunch Cruise

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Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux Garonne River Lunch Cruise
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Take a leisurely midday break with a lunch cruise through Bordeaux on the Garonne River. Sip a welcome apéritif as you settle in for the cruise, then dine on a lovely 3-course lunch prepared on board with seasonal and regional ingredients. As you eat lunch, watch the sights of this UNESCO-listed city drift past – including Quai Richelieu, Pont de Pierre, Place de la Bourse and the Basilica of St Michael.
  • Bordeaux river cruise including lunch
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail as you glide along the Garonne River
  • Admire a panorama of Bordeaux's UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront
  • View famous sights including Place de la Bourse, Pont de Pierre and Basilica of St Michael from the comfort of your boat
  • Sit down to a freshly prepared 3-course lunch
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Alcoholic and soft drinks (available to purchase on board)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Séminaires Bordeaux - Bordeaux River Cruise , Face au n°24, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux, France
12:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Head for the waterfront of the Garonne River near the city center of Bordeaux to climb aboard the awaiting river boat and begin your lunchtime cruise. Enjoy a 'welcome aboard' apéritif as you get settled into your seat.

The Garonne River, one of the longest in France, cuts through Boardeaux and the famous wine country that surrounds it. This makes it a particularly scenic waterway, either in the countryside or in the UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux.

As you float along the river, gaze out at the beautiful buildings along Bordeaux's waterfront. Drift past the 18th-century square called Place de la Bourse, designed by an architect working for King Louis XV. See the arch at Porte de Bourgogne on Quai Richelieu, glide underneath the Pont de Pierre and check out the impressive spire atop the Basilica of St Michael.

During the cruise, feast on a 3-course lunch prepared right on board the boat. The menu changes with the seasons, since the kitchen staff uses seasonal and local ingredients in the dishes, but a sample menu is listed in the Itinerary section below.

After the boat goes underneath the Pont d'Aquitaine and reaches the Château Grattequina, it turns around and goes back the other way toward the starting point, where the cruise ends.
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Place de la Bourse
La place de la Bourse de Bordeaux est l'un des plus beaux monuments de la ville qui a été l'un des symboles emblématiques du classement au patrimoine
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Pont de Pierre
Le pont de pierre est l'un des plus beaux monuments de Bordeaux. C'est aussi le premier pont construit sur la Garonne au XIXe siècle par Napoléon 1er.
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Port de la Lune
Le port de la Lune est le nom familièrement donné au port de Bordeaux, du fait d'un large méandre en forme de croissant que décrit la Garonne
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La Cite du Vin
espace culturel, sensoriel et ludique autour du vin et des civilisations.
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Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces)
L'Esplanade des Quinconces bordée d'arbres plantés en quinconces occupe un vaste emplacement de 12 hectares (dont 6 d'espaces verts) en bordure de la Garonne
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Pont Jacques Chaban Delmas
Le pont Jacques-Chaban-Delmas, à Bordeaux, est un pont levant franchissant la Garonne entre le pont de pierre et le pont d'Aquitaine
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • There is no recorded commentary on board
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bordeaux river cruise
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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, May 2022
The description of this tour includes 2 inaccuracies: 1) The description says the cruise lasts for 2 hours and the departure time is 12:00. The reality is embarkation begins at 12:00 and lasts approximately 30 minutes; the boat cruises for 2 hours; and disembarkation takes another half hour. Thus, the entire tour is 3, rather than 2 hours. Since we were catching a flight immediately following the cruise, this additional hour was a problem for us. 2) The description also says the cruise will be in French and English. Nothing was in English - not the onboard commentary, the menu, or the brochure describing the sights along the riverbanks. It would have been nice to know what we were passing. And the wait staff had to scurry to find one waiter who spoke some English to translate the menu for us.
Excellent trip—great...
, May 2022
Excellent trip—great value for the money. Staff very attentive and our meal was outstanding. Was a fine day for boating and we enjoyed the various sites along the way. Would have been helpful to have a route map with a description of the features in English—some outstanding sites.
Great . ...
, May 2022
Great . Lunch took a long time since there was only 2 to 3 waiters for all passangers. No time for smiles or any kindness
I didn’t feel like a tourist because it was mostly people from France that was a good feeling
, Sep 2021
This was a fun way to have a nice lunch while seeing the city at a good price I think it’s a fun activity to do here
Lovely Cruise and Meal
, Jul 2018
Top notch all the way around. Splendid lunch, very professional, pleasant and welcoming staff. Couldn’t have been a nicer experience! Highly recommended and very reasonable price. We would definitely go again on our next visit to Bordeaux. Go see ‘em!
This was an excellent experience...
Margaret S
, Oct 2017
This was an excellent experience. The staff were so friendly and efficient and the food really was delicious. The organization was very good we had a nice window table for just the two of us and the tables had already been allocated before boarding. It was a lovely way to spend a lunchtime and to see Bordeaux from the river. I can highly recommend this trip.
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This wasn't quite what I expected...
Zelma B
, Aug 2017
This wasn't quite what I expected, although my expectations may have been unreasonable. I expected to see more than the riverfront and did not. That being said, wha we did see was quite nice, the lunch was very good and the staff was friendly and professional.
Relaxing way to spend a couple of...
Bruce W
, Aug 2017
Relaxing way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny day. The boat is comfortable - nice dining area and plenty of outside space to enjoy the sun and views. The sights are pretty much limited to what you can see from either bank of the riverside in town - half the trip passes docks and industrial areas on one bank, nondescript countryside on the other. No choice in food - fish was cold after being served pointlessly in unheated cassoulet type pots. Staff very pleasant. No commentary or even map of the route provided.
The cruise was interesting but we...
, Oct 2016
The cruise was interesting but we didn't like the lunch.
The service and lunch were excellent...
, Sep 2016
The service and lunch were excellent and the boat well appointed. Well worth it.
This is a great experience. Highly...
Ming P
, Sep 2016
This is a great experience. Highly recommended. The environment was great and the staffs were very friendly. Food was also nice. We bought a bottle of wine that paired with the food.
We has a lovely tour on the river...
, Aug 2016
We has a lovely tour on the river with a very tasty lunch. It contained seasonal ingredients, was well presented and the staff were very attentive.
The service from the wait staff was...
Debrah P
, Oct 2015
The service from the wait staff was excellent, but that was it. It was advertised as Emglish but there was none, no commentary on the cruise and the map was only in French. Meal was ok. Appetizer and dessert were above average, main course was well below average. I was very disappointed and cannot recommend. It turned out to just be a fair meal on a boat. We had notice where we went or what we saw.
Great river cruise with lunch down...
Elyse T
, Jul 2015
Great river cruise with lunch down the Garonne, small boat so not too many people, the two staff serving lunch were very pleasant and attentive to us and spoke good english as well. Food was good value for money.
This is a lovely thing to do...
Sandra L
, Jul 2015
This is a lovely thing to do, quality of lunch was better than we expected and Bordeaux from the river is a sight worth seeing.
the food and service were great but...
Riva B L
, May 2015
the food and service were great but the view from the boat nothing to rave about. We enjoyed the time on board as the waiter and others on board were fun to converse with.
Bonne journée mais pas très beau temps
, Jun 2022
Le repas était bon fait maison parfait mais trop d'attente de plus on ne comprenait pas ce que racontait le guide trop de bruitsi non c'était très agréable
Promenade super agréable...
, Jun 2022
Promenade super agréable au fil de la Garonne ! Expérience a recommander Le repas qui accompagnait cette balade était délicieux !
Étant donné le temps...
, Jun 2022
Étant donné le temps pluvieux difficile de profiter de tous les avantages. Repas correct accueil agréable personnel charmant
Cadeau anniversaire
, Jun 2022
Trop de bruit mais le repas très bien le personnel parfait dommage le temps n'était pas au rendez-vous belle journée quand même.

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