Trip Planning

To assist in making your travel plans, we offer links to the following websites:

Travel To and From the Barge
You will embark on your cruise Sunday at 4:00 pm. Departure time is 10:00 am Saturday. On arrival and depature, you will be transported to/from a local train station, hotel, or car rental agency. The fast track TGV train is the best way to get from major cities to the barge. You can find schedules and buy tickets online at either or With the introduction of the new TGV Atlantique service in July 2017, the trip from Paris Gare Montparnasse to Bordeaux St. Jean station is barely over 2 hours.

Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD / LFBD) is the closest airport to Bordeaux for international and domestic fights. This airport is 27 km (7.5 mi) from the center of the city of Bordeaux. An additional fee may apply for airport transfers.

Where to Stay Before and After Your Cruise
The French Government Tourist Office at has information on all the towns and cities in France with links to hotel websites. We recommend the following hotels for pre or post cruise stays within the cruising area.

Bordeaux Hotels

L'Hôtel Particulier Bordeaux
44 rue Vital Carles, 33000 BORDEAUX
+33 5 57 88 28 80
Ideally located near the city hall of Bordeaux, the Hôtel particulier offers a new concept of accommodation with an alternative between guest rooms and hotel apartments.
We highly recommend L'Hôtel Particulier.

Hôtel de Sèze
23 allées de Tourny, 33000 BORDEAUX
+33 5 56 14 16 16
Hôtel de Sèze is in an elegant hotel with contemporary notes, and a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the hotel's restaurant, Le Comptoir de Sèze, a lounge, spa and private golf course.

Yndo Hôtel
108 rue Abbé de l'Epée, 33000 BORDEAUX
+33 5 56 23 88 88
Near the golden triangle of Bordeaux, The YNDO Hotel or a contemporary way of life in luxury, quietness and delicacy. Its very spacious 12 rooms and suites arouse emotions and surprise. Each room offers a unique decoration and is designed in a different style.

Boutique Hôtel Bordeaux
3 rue Lafaurie de Monbadon, 33000 BORDEAUX
+33 5 56 48 80 40
Right at the centre of Bordeaux, Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux is a luxury hotel oozing charm. It is of contemporary design, made for comfort and well-being, where Bordeaux wine and stylish, yet comfortable, decor are the main features. The hotel is close to the best restaurants in Bordeaux, and chiquest and quanitest shops with all the designer labels.

Golf du Medoc Hôtel & Spa MGallery
1366 chemin de Courmateau, 33290 LE PIAN-MEDOC
+33 5 56 70 31 31
Located just outside Bordeaux and nestled amidst two golf courses, classed among Europe's finest, the Golf du Médoc Resort is a unique establishment that rubs shoulders with the famous vineyards.

Mercure Bordeaux Château Chartrons
81 cours Saint-Louis, 33300 BORDEAUX
+33 5 56 43 15 00
Located in the old wine merchants district, the 4-star Mercure Bordeaux Château Chartrons hotel's beautiful Victorian facade lights up the neighborhood. You will enjoy the facilities: restaurant with terrace, fitness area, family rooms, large meeting rooms; everything is on hand for both work and leisure.

Hôtel Château Grattequina
Avenue de Labarde, 33290 BLANQUEFORT
+33 5 56 35 76 76
Situated only 15 minutes away from the center of Bordeaux, Château Grattequina provides a privileged location on the waterfront for your stay in Bordeaux.The hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool, and several other spaces that allow you to eat or relax near the water. Its 10 rooms, furnished with refinement, have a unique spirit reflecting the unhurried charm of a former country mansion along the Garonne River.

Find other hotels listed at Bordeaux Tourism website.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover all parts of your journey. If you need to cancel due to illness, you'll be able to recoup the cost of your barge trip, which Canals of France cannot refund. Contact your own insurance agent, AAA, or

Weather Predictions
A handy site for checking weather forecasts is We recommend bringing a comfortable pair of walking shoes, and informal clothing. Tango's passengers will want to include a bathing suit for the on-deck spa.

Internet Access and Cell Phones
Call your cell phone company and/or Internet service provider and pre-arrange rates for the duration of your travels if you intend to bring your mobile devices. There is Wifi on board for accessing emails.

Bank Cards and Money Exchange
Call your bank and advise them you’ll be using your credit and/or debit card(s) in France. Posting a Travel Alert will avert cancellation due to suspicion of fraudulent use.

We recommend you use Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) to withdraw cash, and not change Dollars to Euros at a bank. Make sure your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is four digits long. Check with your bank regarding transaction fees for withdrawals and credit card purchases. For instance, Bank of America has an agreement with BNP bank in France and does not charge a transaction fee for cash withdrawals.

Check for the current exchange rate. Prices for Boutique Hotel Barge deposits and balances due are subject to change following Dollar / Euro fluctuation.