Dordogne River Cruise & Visit to Monbazillac Castle
- Bergerac: Enjoy a walking tour of the city with free time to shop and grab a quick lunch (at own expense). The old town area is full of history and intrigue.
- Dordogne River: View the lovely Dordogne valley countryside as you cruise on a luxury open-air barge. Take it the sights and sounds of this beautiful rural oasis.
- Monbazillac Castle: Stop at historic Monbazillac Castle and sample the sweet wine that bears its name. The architecture and ambiance will sweep you away.
About this Bergerac tour
This tour starts in the heart of Bergerac's old town. Explore the area on a 60-minute walking tour along the neighborhood's cobblestone street, past the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac and by the cathedral, whose spire dominates the cityscape. After the tour, you'll have an hour to explore the local shops in town on your own.
Board a traditional open-air French barge for a 90-minute cruise along the picturesque Dordogne River, which dominates the landscape in this part of the country, gliding slowly by vineyards, verdant hills and dramatic cliffs that seem to come right to the water's edge.
Upon disembarking the barge, you’ll travel to Monbazillac Castle, which dates back to Medieval times for a tour and a taste of the local sweet, white wine that bears the castle’s name
Keep in mind that the stores in Bergerac (as in most parts of France) are not open on Sundays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Be Sure to Drink the Local Wine!
The residents of Monbazillac have been crafting wine for centuries. However, it's only been since 1936 that this appellation has become a protected designation under the French government. Monbazillac Qine is made from a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes and tastes something like a Sauterne. Monbazillac wine can only be made from grapes that have been affected by so-called "noble rot," a type of bacteria that concentrates the sugar in the grapes. All grapes used in this wine are harvested by hand; no mechanical picking machines are allowed.
Please make your way to the Bergerac Tourist Office at 97 Rue Neuve d'Argenson, 24100 Bergerac to meet our GoBe Representative.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain or excessive sun glare. Shops are often closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.
Tour involves roughly 1 hour of walking over various surfaces. Participants must be able to enter/exit the boat without assistance and navigate multiple steps at Monbazillac Castle.
French, English, German, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the wine tasting portion of the tour so bring photo ID for proof of age.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour. Tour is not accessible for travelers with walking difficulties.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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