From the wines of Bordeaux to the waters of the Bay of Biscay to the heritage of Biarritz, Southwest France boasts a proud legacy. Its landscapes and luxuries are awaiting discovery on our Bordeaux by Boat river cruise journey.

Suggested journey at a glance: 14 days/13 nights including seven nights on a luxury river cruise through Bordeaux and pre- and post-cruise extensions in Paris, Bordeaux, Landes, and Biarritz

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This suggestion is just one of many ways to discover France. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a Ker & Downey Bordeaux by Boat itinerary.


After a night in Paris, you will transfer directly to Bordeaux to set sail along the regions three stunning rivers: the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde. Your journey is a historical and invigorating one, allowing you to explore the region’s most breathtaking backdrops, wines, and cultural treasures in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more.  Highlights of your river cruise include a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, marveling at the sights of Blaye Fortress and the Lansac Windmill along the way. You will also have the chance to slow down in Libourne and Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit, and a heritage walking tour of Bordeaux.

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In Landes, it is time for two-nights of pure relaxation at the romantic Les Maisons Marine d’Huchet, your Relais & Chateaux beach hideaway led by Michel Guerard. It’s an idyllic spot to soak in the sun, take a swim, dine on gourmet cuisine, or set out immersive adventures in nature – be they hiking in the nature reserve, paddling on the lake, or horseback riding on the beach at sunset.

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Conclude your time in Southwest France in Biarritz, located along France’s Basque Coast. A chocolate workshop in Bayonne, an exploration of the ancient medieval fortress of Hondarribia, and a private tour of the 19th-century Chateau Abbadia are the highlights of your time here, as is a stay at the famous Le Palais.

Custom Trips to Western Europe

Ready to say bonjour to our Bordeaux by Boat river cruise? Contact a Ker & Downey designer to handcraft your own journey to France. Read more about the seasonality and pricing on the Ker & Downey Difference in Western Europe. Every journey you’ll read about on our website is completely customizable. We have hundreds of itineraries designed by Ker & Downey experts, ready to be tailored just for you – get in touch to get started on your own custom journey.