Aquitaine & Bordeaux

Aquitaine & Bordeaux

Heritage and beauty

The Aquitaine in south-west France is steeped in history, has a beautiful climate and fabulous scenery wherever you travel.

Hotel barges

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Rosa
Aquitaine

Rosa

8 guests

Gascony: Montauban to Boé

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 12 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1106 FB self-drive

P1106 FB

7 guests

P1107W self-drive

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R self-drive

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R self-drive

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Nicols

Nicols have 10 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO self-drive

N DUO

4 guests

N OCTO self-drive

N OCTO

8 guests

N PRIMO self-drive

N PRIMO

4 guests

N QUATTRO B self-drive

N QUATTRO B

4 guests

N QUATTRO FLY C self-drive

N QUATTRO FLY C

6 guests

N1100 self-drive

N1100

9 guests

N1170 self-drive

N1170

10 guests

N1310 self-drive

N1310

12 guests

N1350 B self-drive

N1350 B

10 guests

N900 DP self-drive

N900 DP

7 guests


Le Boat

Le Boat have 19 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Cirrus B self-drive

Cirrus B

4 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Countess self-drive

Countess

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


Aquitaine & Bordeaux

Aquitaine & Bordeaux information

Named Aquitaine after the Latin word aqua, meaning water, this region in the southwest of France is one of its largest and most diverse, both geographically and culturally.
With woodlands and orchards, vine-clad hillsides, meadows and fields of corn, it’s no wonder that so many artists call it home. You may find yourself similarly inspired!

Cobbled streets and timbered houses abound in picturesque villages throughout Aquitaine, which also reputedly comprises the highest number of well-preserved medieval bastide towns anywhere in Europe.
A masterpiece of Romanesque art, Moissac’s famous abbey, and cloister are just one of many historical sites to visit.
Explore the ancient bastide town of Montauban with its elegant arcades and grand pink houses.
Call in at the Armagnac-producing town of Condom, with its 14th-century cathedral and medieval old town. Visit the French Renaissance Chateau Henry IV in Nerac, or discover the Cistercian Abbaye de Flaran, founded in 1151.

The region is also renowned for its concentration of Prehistoric sites, which includes caves and rock paintings.

Sample the regional cuisine in one of the many superb restaurants, or browse the traditional open-air markets in medieval squares for delicious local produce to enjoy once back on board.
Some of the local delicacies include foie gras, truffles, cep mushrooms, confit de canard, prunes, and walnuts.
Pair the excellent cuisine with the superb wines for which this region is so well known, St. Emilion and Margaux being just two that immediately spring to mind.
Also renowned is the Armagnac brandy with its dedicated museum housed in a turn of the century cellar.

Home to the most extensive wine fair, Vinexpo, Bordeaux is synonymous with wine. While it is not possible to cruise to Bordeaux, you may like to visit this city before or after your cruise.
It is the Bordeaux wine that forms the base of the rich gravy in the traditional dish, the entrecôte marchand de vin with its Sauce Bordelaise.
The cuisine is also known for plentiful fish and shellfish, including the indigenous Gravette oysters.

Bask in the mild climate and abundant sunshine as you explore the region’s waterways.

Choose from the tree-lined, narrow River Baise; the still, tree-shaded waters of the Canal de Garonne; or the link waterway of the Canal de Montech with its fascinating boat lift.

Explore the Rivers of The Garonne, rising in the central Spanish Pyrenees, or the Dordogne, with its source in the mountains of the Massif Central. Both rivers ultimately join the Atlantic Ocean at Bordeaux.

Waterways in this region

The Canal du Midi, the Canal latéral à la Garonne, the Canal de Montech, the river Baïse, the River Lot, the River Garonne

Places to visit

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Pont Canal in Agen
  • Saint Pierre Abbey in Moissac
  • Musee des Jouets, the toy musuem in Montauban
  • In Toulouse
    • Basilica of Saint Sernin
    • Couvent des Jacobins
    • Les Abattoirs (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
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