The Gironde is the largest navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river) in western Europe, formed by the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne in south west France. As such it is an area of outstanding natural and cultural interest with a choice of waterways to explore, with Bordeaux itself sited just upstream on the Garonne providing the perfect base from which to see this wonderful area by cruise ship.
The Bordeaux and Medoc (to the north-west) areas are both world famous wine-producing areas, providing an unusually lush and green setting for your cruise in this coastal area.
Being 65km long the Gironde has calm inshore waters with other lovely towns to stop at, such as Blaye, an important strategic citadel in medieval times, on the right bank and Pauillac on the left bank, home to three of Bordeaux’s five first-growth wines: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Mouton-Rothschild. The Gironde area faces west and is renowned for wonderful, romantic sunsets across the estuary.