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Our most recommended Nouvelle-Aquitaine Sailing Trips & Tours

Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

1. Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

Discover Bordeaux from the River Garonne onboard the yacht, Le Luna. Enjoy a different perspective on the historic city with expert commentary. From the river, see some of the most famous sights of the city including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. Admire 18th and 19th-century mansions and art museums. Enjoy a glass of local wine and a small traditional cake from the region, known as a canelé.

La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

2. La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

Embark on boat trip on a maxi-catamaran of 16 meters. Meet at the dock located in front of the 2 historic towers of la Rochelle. After a welcome speech, you will sail up the channel, looking one last time at the city in full daylight. Admire the Richelieu Tower and the harbour of Les Minimes on the way. Once at sea, the crew will stop the engine and open the sails as the sun come down. Set up your picnic if you brought one and take in the views of the ocean as the sun sets on the horizon.  Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes and history, or to ask questions about the boat. Start up a conversation to get to know the other passengers.  Once the sun has set, you will slowly start your way back, enjoying the lights of the city at night. You will arrive at the dock after passing between the two towers of the old harbor.

From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

3. From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

Board your superb 16-meter sailing catamaran at the old harbor of La Rochelle. After the welcome briefing, you will cross La Rochelle Bay admiring the Richelieu Tower and the Sailing Harbour of Les Minimes. Once outside the channel, the crew will establish the sails and direct the catamaran through the islands to the legendary Fort Boyard. Sit back and enjoy the views or eat your picnic if you brought one with you. Once at the Fort, you will sail around it, trying to approach it as much as possible in order to get the best views and photo opportunities.  On the way back, relax in the big trampolines under the sky. Enjoy the smooth rocking from the sea. Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes, the history, or the boat. Arrive back at the dock 4 hours after departure with a head full of memories and a photo album full of wonderful pictures.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

4. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Explore Bordeaux from a new perspective with a river cruise on the Garonne with live commentary. Sail into the heart of the French wine region and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Port de la Lune. Learn about the architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as you relax on board. Make your way to the pontoon close to Pont de Pierre and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Settle down on your boat and start your cruise along the Garonne river. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you admire the beautiful buildings that line the riverbanks. Pass by the Place de la Bourse historical square, the district of Saint-Pierre, and the iconic Cite du Vin.

Bordeaux: Brunch & Cruise Aboard the Yacht "Le Luna"

5. Bordeaux: Brunch & Cruise Aboard the Yacht "Le Luna"

Brighten up your Sunday with a yacht cruise aboard Le Luna accompanied by a 100% homemade sweet and savory meal for brunch. Take advantage of this exclusive experience on the only yacht cruise with brunch offered on the Garonne River. Come aboard and prepare to enjoy a continental buffet with homemade and seasonal foods. Sit back, relax, and enjoy scenic views of Bordeaux from the Garonne River. 

La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

6. La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

Meet at the Kapalouest pontoon, just in front of the old port, and start your sailing excursion. Once aboard the Columbus, the crew will give a quick safety briefing before setting sail. Sail along the channel admiring various monuments on the bay including, the Richelieu tower and the bout du monde lighthouse. Once in the bay, the crew will unfurl the sails and shut down the engines. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and let the waves gently rock you. Chat with the crew and learn about the local environment, history, and the nautical way of life. You will be back at the dock after 3-hours, after a final passage between the two towers. The Columbus is a sailboat full of history and maritime heritage. This large 18-meter monohull was built in La Rochelle in the PINTA shipyards. Its first vocation was ocean racing since it participated in the Vendée Globe with the skipper and Rochelais owner Jean-Yves Terlain in 1992. In the early 2000s, the ship was transformed into an expedition sailboat dedicated to safeguarding the marine environment. It is best known for its numerous missions in defense of the environment and oceans with the Sea Shepherd, WWF, and BLOOM. Today it continues to charm and raise awareness among the general public when hosting its passengers in La Rochelle.

La Rochelle: Coastline Sailing Cruise

7. La Rochelle: Coastline Sailing Cruise

Start the day with a breath of fresh and salty air on a sailing tour. Meet at the dock, right in front of the two towers of the old harbor. Once aboard the 16-meter maxi-catamaran, the crew will give a quick safety briefing before setting sail. Head up the channel, admiring the different landmarks of the bay such as the Richelieu Tower, the sailing harbor of Les Minimes, or the "end of the world" lighthouse. Once out in the bay, the crew will unfurl the sails and stop the engines. Generally in the morning, the sea is quiet and few sailboats roam the sea. Take in the peaceful atmosphere, lie down on the trampolines, and let the waves rock you gently. Chat to the crew to learn more about the local environment, history, and nautical lifestyle. You will be back at the dock just before lunch, after one last parade between the old towers.

Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

8. Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.

Bay of Arcachon: Cruise with Oyster Tasting and White Wine

9. Bay of Arcachon: Cruise with Oyster Tasting and White Wine

Explore the stunning sights in the Bay of Arcachon on a cruise in a comfortable speedboat named L'empreinte. Enjoy a private tour that can be customized to suit your individual needs. Take advantage of this moment to taste oysters from the Bay of Arcachon accompanied by a glass of white wine. Choose from a tour with pickup in Le Canon, Cap Ferret, or Port d'Arcachon. Hop aboard the elegant speedboat and cut across the water to spots like the island of L'Île aux Oiseaux where local birds like to visit the wetlands and the Cabanes Tchanquées buildings stand on stilts. Gaze at the otherworldly sand dunes of la Dune du Pyla or the lush nature reserve of Près salés d'Arès. Take in views of the La Leyre river and sail on the Noroit coast. Admire the wind and water-shaped Le Banc d'Arguin sandbank. Unwind with the fresh sea air blowing thorugh your hair. Taste fresh oysters paired with white wine aboard the ship as you take in the sights.

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What people are saying about Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Wonderful trip, guide and crew, and fellow passengers helpful getting my unsteady wife and walker on board. Forgot how cold it can be and left my jacket in car, but went below when it got too cold.

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed this boat cruise. It enabled us to view Bordeaux from a different perspective. The tour guide & staff were wonderful—helpful, charming and knowledgeable.

A lovely way to see Bordeaux- highly recommend this trip. Informative and interesting.

Had a great time on the boat. The shipper tells interesting things about what we see.

A great experience! thanks to Tristan and Jérémy for their sympathy!