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Blaye River Cruises

About Blaye

If you’re taking a river cruise which explores France’s beautiful Bordeaux region, then there’s every chance you’ll visit Blaye on your travels. Blaye sits on the Gironde River on the right bank of the Gironde estuary, and is around 35 miles north of Bordeaux. If you’re travelling inland, it is the last river port you’ll visit before the Gironde converges with the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The town started off life as a port occupied by the ancient Gaul tribe the Santones and was formerly known as Blaye-et-Sainte-Luce until its name was shortened to ‘Blaye’ in 1961. The Frankish hero Roland is said to have been buried in the town’s basilica, where the famous citadel now stands. Indeed, the citadel is key to the town’s history, as it played an important role in the wars against the English and Spanish.

Exploring Blaye

The main attraction in Blaye is undoubtedly the ruins of its aforementioned 17th century citadel, which is set in the rock beside the river and was built by France’s leading military engineer at the time, Vauban. Along with the town’s walls and its two Forts – Pate and Medoc – the citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it also holds within its ruins a gothic chateau, which houses the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of river cruise excursions typically offer a guided tour of the castle, on which you’ll get to learn all about its fascinating history.

If you find yourself with a little more time to spend in Blaye, then another popular attraction within walking distance of the citadel is the Chateau Marquis de Vauban winery. Here, visitors can sample vintages from the Medoc region and tailor their visit to suit and the winery offers guided tours, wine-tastings, a wine-grower’s lunch and for something a little different, horse carriage tours of its picturesque grounds. If you want to make viticulture the focus of your visit to Blaye but feel like something a little more personalised, then Villa St Simon offers a number of private tours.

Blaye tips

Unsurprisingly, Blaye is a great place to sample a vintage red or two but it also boasts quite a large number of quality restaurants for its size offering all manner of authentic French cuisine on their menus.

Blaye Itineraries

Bordeaux

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine - Bordeaux Roundtrip

34 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
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Pinhao

Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

8 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
20 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux

Taste of Bordeaux

29 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
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Avignon

Amsterdam to Bordeaux

1 sailing date April 2019
42 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Bordeaux
APT Cruising logo FROM £23619pp
Peso Da Régua

Douro, Basque Country & Bordeaux Delights

6 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
22 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to , Versailles
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Bordeaux

Chelsea Flower Show, Loire Valley, Dordogne

1 sailing date May 2019
16 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to France , Bordeaux
APT Cruising logo FROM £11339pp
Libourne

Douro, Basque Country And Bordeaux with Lisbon

9 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
19 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to France , Bordeaux, France
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Libourne

Best of France Barcelona to Paris

9 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
27 Nights From Barcelona, Spain, to Tours
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Saint Emilion

11 Day Bordeaux Cruise with Loire Valley

4 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Paris
APT Cruising logo FROM £4889pp
Bordeaux

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine - Bordeaux Roundtrip

35 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1395pp
Saint Emilion

Bordeaux Affair

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3069pp
Blaye

Roundtrip Bordeaux

2 sailing dates November 2019
1 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
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Rouen

A Protrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Paris
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Bordeaux

A Portrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

13 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Paris
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5229pp
Bordeaux

A Portrait of Majestic France - Paris to Bordeaux

24 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Paris, France to Bordeaux, France
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4649pp
Libourne

Bordeaux & The River Dordogne

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
6 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
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Saint Emilion

Roundtrip Bordeaux

1 sailing date May 2019
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
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Blaye

Brilliant Bordeaux

25 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Bordeaux, France
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £1689pp
Bordeaux

11 Day Bordeaux River Cruise - Paris to Bordeaux

3 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Paris, France to Bordeaux, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £4469pp
Lyon

Ultimate France - Bordeaux to Avigon

25 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
21 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Avignon
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £8819pp

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