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Garonne River Cruises


Originating in the Spanish Pyrenees and flowing northward into France, The Garonne River is one of the major rivers in southwestern Europe.  Measuring approximately 329 miles in length, the river winds its way through Spain’s Aran Valley, passing through Toulouse, Agen, and Bordeaux in France before joining the Dordogne River and ending its journey in the Bay of Biscay.  It plays a significant role in the history, economy, and culture of the regions through which it traverses.


Interestingly, in a rarity for rivers, between June and October a natural phenomenon takes place on the Garonne called a tidal bore – a wave that travels up the river against the natural current.  Water sport enthusiasts can often be found surfing the wave that occurs.


A nourishing river, vineyards and scenic fertile landscapes line it’s banks - offering opportunities for leisurely strolls, outdoor activities and of course, tastings of some of France's most renowned wines in nearby chateaus; but it is also due to the temperature and Mediterranean climate of the Garonne Valley as to why Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes as well as fresh produce thrive here, and why some refer to this region as the vegetable garden of France.  



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As you would expect, visiting Bordeaux is a must for any wine connoisseur.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are all grown here, and the city is surrounded by vineyards.  Visitors to the city often opt to savour World-class wines in fine chateaus or perhaps learning about the winemaking process at the Cité du Vin wine museum; however, with 347 UNESCO listed buildings, dozens of museums and art galleries, and some of the best food in all of France to experience and explore, the city of Bordeaux offers so much more than its wine.


The city markets present great opportunities to try authentic French cuisine.  Spread over 81 stalls, Les Capucins Market is the largest and most famous market in the city.  Offering fresh and high-quality products to take-away or enjoy on site, food lovers can often be found enjoying a seafood platter including the best oysters from the Bay of Arcachon, tapas between friends, or simply stopping for a coffee.



Undeniably charming and authentically French, is the town of Cadillac.  Located in the Gironde department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France, Cadillac lies along the right bank of the Garonne River, just over 19 miles southeast of Bordeaux.  Featuring quaint narrow streets, medieval architecture, and lively squares, the town also hosts a weekly market where visitors and locals can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, wines, and other local delicacies – a popular treat are cannelés (small French pastries with a caramelized crust and soft custard centre flavoured with rum and vanilla).


The town’s star attraction is the stately Château de Cadillac, a magnificent 16th-century castle built for Duke Epernon.  Boasting beautiful gardens, elegant architecture, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, it’s an iconic landmark.

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