Bordeaux River Cruise Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $7,699 - $10,499 /person

+$224 Port Fee

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Small Luxury Ship

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Bordeaux River Cruise Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Small Luxury Ship

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun, Sep 2025: Jun, Sep

From $7,699 - $10,499 /person

( +$224 Port Fee )

Vineyards & Châteaux of Garonne, Dordogne & Gironde

Decadent. Sophisticated. Extraordinary. Are we talking about last night’s glass of Bordeaux or your week along the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers? There's no difference when the most coveted wines in the world are at your fingertips. When gorgeous scenery unfolds from the seat of your bike. All making for a river cruise bike tour much like the perfect red: well-balanced and simply intoxicating.

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Highlights

  • Pedal in the romantic realm of vineyards and châteaux: Margaux, Yquem, Rothschild and Angelus
  • Ride along the Garonne River, discovering the rolling hills and dramatic terrain of Bordeaux’s wine regions
  • Stroll through St-Émilion, a beautiful World Heritage site and epicenter of French wines
  • Taste exquisite local specialties—superb wines, fresh oysters, flavorful cheeses and decadent macarons

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France

Start/End Bordeaux

Airports & Travel details*

* Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Warm up with a leisurely ride beginning in the Margaux region and passing through several picturesque villages • Arrive in enchanting Bordeaux, one of the largest urban World Heritage sites, with more than half the city restored and protected • Get to know St-Émilion’s beautifully restored Romanesque architecture and narrow cobblestone streets • An oenologist at a wine school offers an initiation into the art of tasting—you'll learn how to recognize Bordeaux vintages by color, smell and flavor • Spin through a bucolic grapevine-laden landscape, home to world-famous wineries and Grand Cru wines • Pedal inland through the French countryside en route to the wine-making town of Libourne, where the Isle and Dordogne Rivers meet.

Accommodations

Nights 1-7

AmaDolce
AmaWaterways Ship

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

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Days 3-5

Description

Follow a gorgeous corniche road to the town of Blaye, known for its impressive 17th-century citadel, a World Heritage site • Venture into the rolling hills of the Côtes de Bourg AOC and admire the bounty of the Dordogne River as you ride by stately châteaux • Wine and revelry await you in Bourg • Cruise the Dordogne River and then hop on the bike to spin through Haut-Médoc’s most celebrated AOCs of Saint Julien, Pauillac, and Saint Estèphe • Soak up fairy-tale scenery paired with some of the world's most prestigious vineyards, from Pichon Longueville and Pontet-Canet to Mouton Rothschild.

Accommodations

Nights 1-7

AmaDolce
AmaWaterways Ship

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

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Days 6-8

Description

A beautiful ride takes us into the coastal Sauternes AOC, renowned for its fungus-affected sweet wines • Leave vineyards behind to explore the Atlantic coast, catching sight of the Dune de Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune • Discover the golden beaches of Arcachon Bay, a favorite seaside escape of the 19th-century French bourgeoisie • Cap off your adventure with a ferry ride and the chance to sample fresh Cap Ferret oysters • We dock in the heart of Bordeaux, where city lights accompany a memorable meal on our final night aboard the ship.

Accommodations

Nights 1-7

AmaDolce
AmaWaterways Ship

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

View sample deck plans

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships
The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.
Backroads Support on Board and on Shore
We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.
Backroads Cruising Life
If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.
Meals
On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.
Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow
Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' Captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.
Stateroom Categories
In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
Double-Docking

Most port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.

From $7,699 - $10,499 /person

+$224 Port Fee

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Accommodations

Small Ships, Big Adventures

Our small ships feel more like boutique retreats, offering an experience a world away from the typical large cruise.

Ship may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-7

AmaDolce
AmaWaterways Ship

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

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From $7,699 - $10,499 /person

+$224 Port Fee

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS
  • Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.

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+$224 Port Fee

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