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About Libourne

Libourne lies just 18 miles east of Bordeaux on the River Dordogne in the southwest of France. It sits three miles from the vineyards of Pomerol and five miles from Saint-Emilion, and is known as the wine-making capital of the northern Gironde region. At the meeting point of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, Libourne is a town of good food and outstanding wine. It began as a fortified town in the 1200s, one of several hundred new settlements built in southwest France at the time in an attempt to colonise the territory. Libourne sits at the very heart of France’s greatest wine-producing region near Bordeaux; historically its location made it an important commercial port during the medieval period, allowing for the export of the region’s renowned, lucrative vintages.

Exploring Libourne

Visitors to Libourne may have the chance to step ashore and take a trip to neighbouring Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its medieval architecture and Pomerol wines. Some itineraries could also give you the chance to take an excursion to Bergerac, where you can find the finest truffles and red wines that the Bordeaux region has to offer and enjoy a true taste of southern France.

Suitably wined and dined, why not return to Libourne itself to continue seeing the sights? Every weekend the town plays host to one of the largest fresh food markets in the region which sets up in the town square, the Place Abel Surchamp. Amongst the stalls you’ll find outstanding local produce and freshly-cooked meat, as well as clothing and bags for sale; you might also see bundles of trimmings from the vineyards, which are locally used as firewood for barbeques.

One of the most popular attractions to be found in Libourne is the ornate town hall, dating from the 16th century, which houses a small museum and library, making it a rewarding attraction to explore both inside and out. Other attractions include the surviving medieval Gate of the Great Port and the beautiful Gothic church with its 232-foot spire. If you're in port at just the right time, the town’s three-day arts festival, Fest’arts. It features musicians, actors and artists who bring equal doses of comedy and satire to the streets of Libourne and typically takes place in early August.

Libourne tips

Libourne's surely a place to taste the finer things, including some of the most celebrated wines of the Bordeaux region and a wealth of local produce sourced in the town square's authentic market, which is also the idela place to pick up a souvenir or two.

Libourne Itineraries

Blaye

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine - Bordeaux Roundtrip

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

Roundtrip Bordeux

2 sailing dates December 2018
5 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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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

5 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
22 Nights From Lisbon, 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
Peso Da Régua

Douro, Basque Country And Bordeaux

5 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
19 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Bordeaux
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Blaye

Grand Bordeaux With Loire Valley

3 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Paris
APT Cruising logo FROM £5039pp
Bordeaux

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine - Bordeaux Roundtrip

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Blaye

Bordeaux Affair

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3139pp
Bordeaux

A Protrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

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

A Portrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

24 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Paris
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5719pp
Rouen

A Portrait of Majestic France - Paris to Bordeaux

46 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Paris, France to Bordeaux
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4939pp
Bordeaux

Bordeaux & The River Dordogne

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
6 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
Shearings logo FROM £1179pp
Libourne

Roundtrip Bordeaux

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

Bordeaux Affair - Bordeaux to Bordeaux

5 sailing dates April 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2129pp
Blaye

Brilliant Bordeaux

28 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2029pp
Bordeaux

11 Day Bordeaux River Cruise - Paris to Bordeaux

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

Christmas in the Bordeaux

1 sailing date December 2018
4 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
CroisiEurope logo FROM £349pp
Libourne

New Year in the Bordeaux Region

2 sailing dates December 2018
4 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Bordeaux
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Lyon

Ultimate France - Bordeaux to Avigon

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

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