Garonne River Cruise and Ile de Patiras Mdoc Wine-Tasting Tour from Bordeaux

Explore the vineyards and waterways of Bordeaux by boat and bus on this full-day wine tour, starting with a Garonne River cruise. Enjoy lunch and wine tastings as you drift past Bordeaux’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront and the vineyards along the Gironde estuary, stopping on Ile de Patiras to climb the lighthouse and photograph the sweeping landscapes. Then hit the road through the famous Mdoc wine region, where youíll visit a winery to sample local wines and learn about Bordeaux’s rich winemaking heritage.Board your river cruiser at Bordeauxís Quai Richelieu and head off down the Garonne River. Enjoy a panorama of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront, lined with many historic architectural gems.Leave the hustle and bustle of Bordeaux behind as you continue along the waterways of the Gironde estuary, where the Garonne and Dordogne rivers converge. Enjoy lunch on board, and pair your dishes with specially selected local wines. As you dine and enjoy views of the surrounding vineyards, your guide will explain the history of the region and answer any questions you may have.Arrive at Ile de Patiras, a picturesque little island in the middle of the estuary, home to vineyards and maize fields. Disembark here for refreshments, and tour the lighthouse to take in panoramic views over the archipelago and the Mdoc vineyards beyond.Switch to a coach or minivan and drive through the vineyard-covered countryside ofMdoc, one of Bordeaux’s most famous wine regions. Visit a local wine estate to meet its resident winemaker and enjoy a tasting session. Discover the traditional methods used to produce wine in this area and learn of Bordeauxís esteemed winemaking reputation as you sip prized wines such as merlot and cabernet sauvignon.After nine hours discovering the winegrowing territories around Bordeaux, travel back to the city to conclude your tour.Sample Menu:Starter (choice of one):Homemade terrineMullet tartare with dill vinaigretteMain course (choice of one):Cod brandade Cockerel with lemon and seasonal vegetables Cheese course: Comt, Brie and aged Mimolette Dessert (choice of one):Molten chocolate cake Fruit panna cottaDrinks:CoffeeWine and soft drinks are available on an la carte basis and are at your own expense

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