In Bordeaux

Luxury River Cruises through France's legendary wine country


River Cruises

Cruising through the legendary wine region on the scenic Garonne and Dordogne Rivers


Gourmet Cuisine & Wines

Tango's on-board chef uses only the freshest locally-sourced meats, seafood, fish, and seasonal produce, prepared using traditional methods and recipes unique to the region, served with the Captain's pick of exceptional local wines.


Relaxed Luxury

Tango's large salon, with soft leather sofas, fully-stocked bar, and dining table, provides the perfect space for relaxing, dining, or enjoying after-dinner drinks and conversation. Large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, and rich teak wall panelling recreate the atmosphere of 1930's French passenger liners.


Welcome Aboard Tango!

A cruise on Tango means a week of relaxed luxury, gourmet cuisine, and fine regional wines. Each day you will cruise for several hours. Take a seat on the sun deck, put your feet up, and sip a glass of wine, watching the scenery as you float by.

Tango's English-speaking tour guide escorts you on daily excursions in our air-conditioned mini-van. You'll explore the Bordeaux countryside, visiting historic sites, and shopping the open air markets. Learn about viticulture at local wineries, and of course, enjoy tasting their wines!


Tango, a classic French canal barge, is fully restored as a luxury floating hotel. Rich teak paneling and brass portholes create the atmosphere of a vintage ocean liner. Skylights provide fresh air and a bright interior. Tango's 4 cabins, each with brightly-tiled ensuite bath, can accommodate up to 8 guests. The Captains Cabin has a private entrance from the main deck. The Captains cabin has one king bed. The VanGogh, Renoir and Cezanne cabins can be made up with either one queen, or two twin beds each.
Tango's Salon

Tango's SalonWith Fully-Stocked Bar

Tango's large salon, with fully-stocked bar, soft leather sofas, and dining table, provides the perfect space for relaxing, dining, or enjoying after-dinner drinks and conversation.

VanGogh Cabin

Tango's CabinsCaptains, VanGogh, Renoir, and Cezanne Cabins

Tango's 4 cabins, each with colorfully-tiled ensuite bath, can accommodate up to 8 guests. The Captains Cabin features a vintage claw-foot tub.


Tango DecksidePlenty of outdoor space to enjoy the fresh air as you cruise

Tango offers two decks areas: a sun deck with hot tub spa and a canopied deck with table and chairs for al fresco dining with the beuatiful Bordeaux countryside as a backdrop.

Tango's Bordeaux Cruise Itinerary

Cruising through the legendary wine region on the scenic Garonne and Dordogne Rivers Aboard Tango, soak in all the gourmet luxury, historic charms, and postcard-worthy scenery of the French countryside as you cruise the meandering waters of the Garonne and Dordogne in the fabled French wine region of Bordeaux. With an experienced tour guide to tailor the week's excursions to the interests of you and your group, you can follow the wine-focused itinerary detailed below or opt for activities like golf, kayaking, hot-air ballooning, vineyard bike rides, antique shopping, airplane tours, and even visits to see prehistoric cave paintings during your enchanting week on the water.


Your tour guide picks you up from your pre-arranged meeting point in Bordeaux and brings you to Barge Tango, where you're welcomed aboard with a festive glass of champagne. An evening cruise and romantic evening mooring await, as you settle into your spacious and comfortably appointed cabin. Relax on deck over hors d'oeuvres, then sit down to a meal of modern French cuisine prepared by Tango's onboard chef.


La Cité du Vin & Médoc
Set off in the morning for a scenic cruise, mooring just outside Bordeaux's celebrated Cité du Vin. This unique cultural facility brings wine to life through immersive, sensory exhibits, all housed within an evocative modern architectural setting. The tour wraps up with a tasting in the elegant Belvedere room on the eighth floor, with 360-degree views of the city and surrounding landscape.
Head back to the barge to linger over lunch prepared from market-fresh, regional produce. Keep your camera handy for the afternoon's leisurely cruise to Médoc, where you'll hop off the barge for wine-tasting at the world-renowned Châteaux Margaux, Return to Tango, admiring the beautiful châteaux along the route, and relax over dinner featuring fresh takes on classic French cuisine.


Leave the rolling hills of wine country behind for a trip to the sparkling Atlantic seaside and Arcachon Bay. A motorboat whisks you out across the dazzling blue waters of the estuary for up-close views of working oyster farms and the striking Dune du Pilat, a massive mountain of sugar-white sand rising above the pines. Back onshore, you're treated to a déjeuner sur l'herbe as you enjoy the classic country pastime of picnicking, complete with a round of freshly shucked oysters. Head back to Tango for a cruise across the Gironde Estuary to the historic village of Blaye, where your evening's mooring is just a stone's throw from the ramparts of the ancient Citadel. Dinner is served on deck, under the romantically lit canopy.


In the morning, delve into the area's centuries-worth of history with a guided tour of Blaye. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this riverfront village features an impressive 17th-century citadel and fascinating military history. Scope out the architectural treasures in town, and venture out to the prehistoric caves of Pair-Non-Pair-undiscovered until 1881, this subterranean site contains engravings of animals that are among the oldest in the world. Back on Tango, savor lunch as you cruise through the afternoon to Libourne. Moored at the foot of the town's 14th-century clock tower, evening brings a deck-side tasting of fine local Pomerol wines before you sit down to dinner.


Libourne & Saint-Emilion
Set off in the morning with Tango's chef for a stroll into Libourne for market day. Roam among stalls heaped with seasonal produce, local meats and cheeses, and gourmet specialties as you help select items to take back to Tango for lunch. In the afternoon, make your way through the chateau-dotted countryside to the alluring medieval village of St. Emilion. Discover the wines cultivated in this magical hilltop town, then meet up with Tango as it cruises toward the fairytale village of Bourg, an idyllic setting to moor for dinner.


Return to Bordeaux
Gain special insight into the winemaking processes and techniques employed in Bordeaux with a visit to a cooperage, where traditional barrels are crafted from fragrant French oak. Watch artisans at work using centuries-old practices to form the barrels, and learn about the importance of everything from shape to materials in wine production. Return to Tango for lunch and a leisurely cruise to your final mooring in Bordeaux. Toast your time aboard Tango and end your week on a high note with a special festive dinner prepared by the chef.


Following a final breakfast on the barge's sunny deck, the crew sends you off to continue your travels.

City of Bordeaux

Cuisine & Wine Aboard Tango

Tango's on-board chef specializes in cuisine de terroir, using only the freshest locally sourced meats, sea food, fish, and produce prepared using traditional methods and recipes unique to the region. Tango pairs each course with the exceptional wines of the Bordeaux region. This is the true cooking of the French people.

What our Passengers Say

"...life onboard the Tango was like living in a dream."

"We can't think of anything that could have made our voyage any better. A magnificent "Tango" lovingly and well designed and expertly piloted by Daniel; the very best possible caring on board service, meals to die for, and last but not least, the most well organised, educational and enjoyable tours possible. And our fellow passengers were the best!"

Carol Ann and Karl Barnickol Georgetown Lake, Montana, U.S.A.

"From the moment we were picked up in the the minivan and arrived in on Tango, it has been the most magical vacation we have ever had! We're leaving you with heavy hearts and dream of returning someday! Tango is a beautiful vessel, thank you for turning it over to our family and making us feel so welcome, we felt like we were living a dream."

The Crosby Family Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

"With this captivating landscape unrolling like a private movie around me, each day passes by. The routine onboard is happily shaped by the rhythm of meals: late lazy breakfasts, followed by long lunches, afternoon canapes, and three course dinners, with some local cheesetasting thrown in (the cost of the trip is all inclusive - which means as much French wine tasting as desired)."

Alice Coomans Luxury Travel Magazine Australia, Fall 2007

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Call us at 1.703.339.5254 (US); 33(0) (France)