Garonne River Cruises
* Garonne River Cruises
Let café au lait waters be your guide through northern Spain and the South of France as you travel upon the Garonne River. Originating in the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains, the river follows a 357-mile course through valleys, ethereal countryside and fertile vineyards before joining the Dordogne River at the Gironde Estuary. The first major city travelers encounter after leaving the mountainous surroundings of Pyrénées National Park is Toulouse. Also known as the “Pink City,” Toulouse is so nicknamed for its clay-colored brick buildings - the bricks made of mud from the Garonne - and is one of the largest cities in France. Continuing on its winding northerly journey, the river flows into the beloved Bordeaux wine region. Vineyards cascade toward the riverfront, and stunning examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture come into view. Bordeaux is the perfect place to get a taste of the South of France, with its famed wines and gastronomic delights. Approaching the estuary, the wine town of Blaye is perhaps best known for its ancient citadel, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, the small villages and charming hamlets along the way only enhance the otherworldly ambiance of the Garonne region.