Annual Bordeaux Wine Festival: A Feast for the Senses

The Bordeaux Wine Festival, held from June 22-25, 2023, at Place des Quinconces on the banks of the Garonne River, offers visitors an unforgettable experience. With over 80 different Bordeaux wines, nightly fireworks, a wide range of gastronomic delights, lively music, and a captivating display of Tall Ships, this event is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike.

Combining the Festival with a Luxury Barge Cruise

European Waterways Rosa river cruise
Hotel barge, Rosa. Image credit: European Waterways

European Waterways’ luxury hotel barge Rosa is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive away from the festival, offering a six-night, all-inclusive cruise along the Canal de Garonne. Travelers can combine their festival experience with a cruise aboard Rosa for a truly immersive gastronomic and cultural adventure in Southwest France. According to European Waterways’ managing director, Derek Banks, guests can enjoy free transfers to and from the festival.

Save 20% on Charter with Rosa’s July 2 Departure

Rosa, an 8-passenger luxury hotel barge, offers air-conditioned ensuite cabins, attractive wood paneling, and a sun deck for alfresco dining. The barge is also featured in Rick Stein’s French Odyssey series. With several six-night departures in June and early July, Rosa offers the perfect accompaniment to the festival. For travelers planning an extended stay, a 20% discount on Rosa’s July 2 charter makes the whole-boat price just $30,400, saving $7,600 off the regular price of $38,000.

Highlights of the European Waterways Cruise

The cruise itinerary includes a private tour of Château de la Motte with the resident Countess, a tour and private Armagnac tasting at the renowned Domaine de Lapeyrade, a visit to the UNESCO-classified Moissac Abbey, and a tour and private tasting at an organic winery in the Brulhois wine region. Other highlights include cruising across the 1,900-foot Plan Canal D’Agen Aqueduct and a traditional flat-bottom boat tour on the Garonne River.

Exceptional Wine Pairings and Memorable Experiences

Vineyard in Bordeaux
Image credit: Laura Sonier

Every European Waterways cruise features meals paired with two of the finest regional vintages, accompanied by a host who shares the story behind each selection. A Gascony and Bordeaux cruise with European Waterways is an unforgettable experience for wine lovers or anyone looking to expand their knowledge of this fascinating region.