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Cruise In France On The Garonne And Dordogne Rivers And Gironde Estuary In The Bordeaux Region Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge MIRABELLE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 24-passenger Mirabelle offers an ideal introduction to Bordeaux wines during a unique cruise to the five major Bordeaux wine districts. Every day the Mirabelle will take you to a different Bordeaux wine region. Jean-Luc Magnac, oenologist and wine consultant for your cruise, will provide all the information you need to understand Bordeaux wines: topography, geology, grape varieties, etc., as well as recommended pairings with food. The Chef and Jean-Luc are masters in the art of finding just the right balance between food and wine for creating unforgettable gastronomic experiences. On board the Mirabelle you will discover the gastronomic wonders of South West France, such as foie gras, duck confit, and oysters.

Your all inclusive cruise will take you along the Garonne River, Gironde Estuary and the Dordogne River to see the country and visit the vineyards that produce the great Bordeaux wines. The cruise includes tours in an private air-conditioned coach to prestigious chateaux. These excursions always end with a tasting, which is essential for understanding what Bordeaux wines are all about, learning their secrets, and delving into their history. The cruise will also enable you to discover the area's outstanding architectural heritage reflecting centuries of history. This includes ancient fortified castles, superb Romanesque churches, prehistoric caves, and unique Gallo-Roman sites. You will also have time to stroll around charming cities and villages, investigate open-air markets featuring wonderful local produce and enjoy shopping in a wide variety of boutiques.

The Mirabelle has 12 cabins, each about 130 sq ft with twin beds, except for one newly-configured double-bedded cabin, and all with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Each cabin has two windows and six of the cabins have an upper bunk bed for groups up to 30. There is a sundeck with canopy at the bow with tables and chairs for enjoying the scenery and dining on deck as well as a large new upper deck with lounge chairs. The salon is filled with banquettes with plenty of seating and there is an adjacent dining room with round tables for six, all with large panoramic windows.

We were on board in September 2015 and met the owner Pascale, the guide Jean Luc, the chef and the captain Denis, who were all charming and full of information about the Bordeaux region. We thought the cuisine was exceptional and Jean Luc gave a great explanation of the delicious Bordeaux wines paired with the cuisine.


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Mirabelle's Deck Plan


Dining Aboard The Mirabelle:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet
cuisine served aboard the Mirabelle. BREAKFAST
Our Continental breakfast includes fresh breads, assorted sliced meats, fresh butter, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and yogurt.

Mirabelle Sample Dinner Menu

SAMPLE WINE LIST


Passenger Comments:


The cruise was Magical!!! Best trip I've ever been on. The high points were going through the locks, the excursions in the Bordeaux wine regions and the gourmet meals and wine. The service was superior. We never wanted for anything. Every request was met with YES.
T.M., TX, USA, September 2016


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Bordeaux: Garonne & Dordogne Rivers
Castets-en-Dorthe to Libourne, 2018

Sunday - Castets-en-Dorthe
We welcome you to Bordeaux at the Saint-Jean station and take you by bus to the boat, which is waiting for you on the Canal des Deux Mers. After a welcome cocktail, we will serve your first dinner. A taste of the delicious cuisine that awaits you during your trip. After dinner, you may want to take a walk.

Monday - Loupiac
On the way to Cadillac, you will experience a beautiful landscape to the right and left of the Garonne. Visit the castle of Roquetaillade, a defense center, which is owned by the same family since 1306! In the wine region of Sauternes, you can see the famous Châteaux d'Yquem, Rieussec, Haut Peyraguey and many others, including Château Guiraud or Malle. Wine tastings await you here.

Tuesday - Bordeaux
Your ship is right in front of the "Port of the Moon" with its magnificent facades from the eighteenth century; You will see the Pont de Pierre, the Place de la Bourse and the Quai des Chartrons. The historic Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a range of architectural jewels. Numerous monuments and hidden places await you: the royal entrance of the town (La Porte Cailhau), the Pey Berlan tower, the D'Or Triangle, the column of the Girondins, the "Mirroir d'Eau" (relecting pool), and the basilica of Saint-Michel. The Capuchin market invites you to a tasting of oysters and white wine. Bordeaux offers wonderful shopping and dining experiences.

Wednesday - Blaye
After an intermediate stop with a wine tasting on the island of Margaux, you will enjoy moments of relaxation provided by the journey to the Gironde estuary. Discover the amazing citadel of Blaye, a fortress of the Vauban era and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The famous castle Marquis de Vauban welcomes you to taste the popular wine in the Côtes de Blaye.

Thursday - Médoc - Bourg

You cross the estuary to explore the Médoc: world famous vineyards and castles are located here: Lafite, Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet, Latour, Pichon, Listrac, Margaux, Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Rauzan Ségla, Palmer, Issan, Kirwan. One of the Grand Crus such as Château Lamothe Bergeron or Prieuré Lichine open their doors to you for a tasting visit. Later, you may want to enjoy a snack at the Chocolaterie Mademoiselle de Margaux. During today's dinner, we will sail to Bourg, a historic town on rocky grounds.

Friday - Libourne
We continue on the Dordogne to the Libourne Pier and its exciting weekly market. We take a trip to Saint-Émilion, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The wine is as old as the monolithic church, which was carved into stone during the 18th century. You can visit a winery and enjoy a vintage bottle of Grand Cru. Your tour continues with the most famous wineries of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol: Angelus, Beauséjour, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Dominica, Trottevieille, Gaubert, Bel Air Monange, Laroque, Fombrauge, Grand Corbin, Gazin, Petrus, Petit Village, Nenin, some of the most famous wines in the world. A true paradise for wine lovers! Back on board, a gala dinner will soon be waiting for you.

Saturday - Libourne - End of the cruise
After your final breakfast on board, departure is scheduled between 9 and 10am. Your bus will take you back to the St. Jean station in Bordeaux.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Every other week the cruise is in the reverse direction.


Mirabelle
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 11 Castets-Libourne Low
Mar 18 Libourne-Castets Low
Mar 25 Castets-Libourne Low
Apr 1 Libourne-Castets Low
Apr 8 Castets-Libourne Low
Apr 15 Libourne-Castets High
Apr 22 Castets-Libourne High
Apr 29 Libourne-Castets High
May 6 Castets-Libourne High
May 13 Libourne-Castets High
May 20 Castets-Libourne High
May 27 Libourne-Castets High
Jun 3 Castets-Libourne High
Jun 10 Libourne-Castets High
Jun 17 Castets-Libourne High
Jun 24 Libourne-Castets High
Jul 1 Castets-Libourne High
Jul 8 Libourne-Castets High
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Castets-Libourne High
Jul 22 Libourne-Castets High
Jul 29 Castets-Libourne High
Aug 5 Libourne-Castets High
Aug 12 Castets-Libourne High
Aug 19 Libourne-Castets High
Aug 26 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 2 Libourne-Castets High
Sep 9 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 16 Libourne-Castets High
Sep 23 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 30 Libourne-Castets High
Oct 7 Castets-Libourne High
Oct 14 Libourne-Castets Low
Oct 21 Castets-Libourne Low
Oct 28 Libourne-Castets Low
Nov 4 Castets-Libourne Low
Nov 11 Libourne-Castets Low

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 11 Castets-Libourne Low
Mar 18 Libourne-Castets Low
Mar 25 Castets-Libourne Low
Apr 1 Libourne-Castets Low
Apr 8 Castets-Libourne Low
Apr 15 Libourne-Castets High
Apr 22 Castets-Libourne High
Apr 29 Libourne-Castets High
May 6 Castets-Libourne High
May 13 Libourne-Castets High
May 20 Castets-Libourne High
May 27 Libourne-Castets High
Jun 3 Castets-Libourne High
Jun 10 Libourne-Castets High
Jun 17 Castets-Libourne High
Jun 24 Libourne-Castets High
Jul 1 Castets-Libourne High
Jul 8 Libourne-Castets High
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Castets-Libourne High
Jul 22 Libourne-Castets High
Jul 29 Castets-Libourne High
Aug 5 Libourne-Castets High
Aug 12 Castets-Libourne High
Aug 19 Libourne-Castets High
Aug 26 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 2 Libourne-Castets High
Sep 9 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 16 Libourne-Castets High
Sep 23 Castets-Libourne High
Sep 30 Libourne-Castets High
Oct 7 Castets-Libourne High
Oct 14 Libourne-Castets Low
Oct 21 Castets-Libourne Low
Oct 28 Libourne-Castets Low
Nov 4 Castets-Libourne Low
Nov 11 Libourne-Castets Low


*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.





MIRABELLE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE LOW
Mar 11 thru Apr 14
Oct 14 thru Nov 17
HIGH
Apr 15 thru Oct 13
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
$3,750
$4,100
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,700
$1,700
Charter for 12
$52,950
$57,150
Charter for 14
$59,800
$64,700
Charter for 16
$66,100
$71,700
Charter for 18
$71,850
$78,150
Charter for 20
$77,000
$84,000
Charter for 22
$81,650
$89,350
Charter for 24
$85,250
$93,700


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Bordeaux to the barge and return.
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday.
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transportation from Paris to Bordeaux and return
- Suggested 5% gratuity to be paid in equivalent euros to the captain for distribution to the crew




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This page last updated December 8, 2017