Garonne River Tours

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Flowing down from the Spanish Pyrenees all the way to France’s Atlantic coast, the Garonne River 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.
 
The Basics
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.
 
Gironde Estuary
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.
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Address: Toulouse, France
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Garonne River Cruise Including Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Spend a delightful 1.5 hours relaxing on a cruise along the Garonne River, sipping prestigious Bordeaux wines and gazing at the fantastic scenery. Watch the attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux, including Place de la Bourse, give way to the vineyard-covered hills of the Aquitaine region as you learn about this area's wine-making history from your onboard guide. Choose from two starting points for the cruise, Quai Richelieu or Cité du Vin.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Garonne River Cruise Including Lunch from Bordeaux

Take a leisurely midday break with a 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Garonne River Cruise Including Dinner from Bordeaux

Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour dinner cruise along the Garonne River to see the sights of Bordeaux from the water. Begin with a welcome apéritif as you settle into your seat on the boat. Watch as the many attractions of this UNESCO-listed city drift by the windows while you dine on a 3-course dinner made with seasonal and regional ingredients.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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