tango - bordeaux

canal cruising in france

tango - bordeaux

canal cruising in france

TANGO Luxury River Cruises through
France’s Legendary Wine Country

Tango is operated by Captain Daniel Sak, a second- generation barge owner.
Captain Sak also personally supervise all of Tango’s culinary experiences.

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tango - bordeaux

Canal Barge in France

explore France’s most popular wine region


Tango, built in 1931, navigated the northern canals of France until the 1950's. She was then used to transport grain between the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports on the Canal du Midi. Inspired by the nautical beauty and lavish comforts of passenger liners from the 1930’s, the Tango’s décor features large brass portholes, French art deco fixtures, Provençal ivory linens, and rich teak wall paneling. Sperb Provencal tiles on the deck and in the gorgeous bathrooms. All meals prepared aboard Tango are made with fresh and seasonal market produce bought daily, the best quality meats and poultry from area farms, and fresh Atlantic seafood and fish. Tango’s route begins and ends in the city of Bordeaux, mooring right on the newly redeveloped and iconic waterfront.

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SUNDAY / BOrdeaux

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Tango at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Bordeaux city. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before a sunset cruise and your first gourmet dinner aboard.

MONDAY - bordeaux - Medoc

The adventure begins with a morning cruise, providing the perfect time to relax on deck and watch the scenery slip by. Once moored, your Tour Guide escorts you to Bordeaux's celebrated Cité du Vin, a unique cultural facility which brings the world of wine to life through immersive exhibits. Return to Tango for an afternoon cruise, and then go ashore to enjoy a winetasting at the world-renowned Châteaux Margaux. Back onboard, take a bicycle ride or dip in the hot tub before cocktail hour and a gourmet dinner end the night.

TUESDAY - Medoc / blaye

Leave the rolling hills of wine country behind for the sparkling Atlantic seaside and Arcachon Bay. Your Tour Guide accompanies you in a motorboat that whisks you across the estuary for up-close views of working oyster farms; then enjoy a country picnic for luncheon, complete with freshly shucked oysters. Then it’s back to the barge for a leisurely cruise across the Gironde Estuary to the ancient village of Blaye. Enjoy cocktails and canapes while socializing on the deck as your Chef is preparing another gourmet dinner.

WEDNESDAY - Libourne

Begin the day with a guided tour of Blaye, a riverfront village with a fascinating military history, including a 17th century citadel. Then, your Tour Guide escorts you to explore the prehistoric caves of Pair-Non-Pair. Undiscovered until 1881, this subterranean site contains animal paintings which have been identified as among the oldest in the world. Return to the barge and unwind during a gentle afternoon cruise and sample the region's finest Pomerols presented at a casual onboard winetasting. Meanwhile, Chef is in the galley putting the final touches on tonight's dinner.


Foodies and Francophiles are in for a real treat this morning when they accompany Tango's chef to Libourne’s local market to help select ingredients for today's luncheon. Browse the market stalls teeming with seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, and gourmet specialties. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide will take you to discover the medieval village of St. Emilion, whose picturesque charms are matched only by the world-renowned quality of the wines produced there. Rendezvous with Tango as it cruises toward the village of Bourg, an idyllic setting for cocktails and dinner this evening.

FRIDAY - Bourg to Bordeaux

This morning, the techniques of wine-making are revealed when your Tour Guide accompanies you to a cooperage, where traditional aging barrels are handcrafted from fragrant French oak. Watch artisans at work using centuries-old building practices, and consider the importance in wine production of everything from shape to materials. Back on board during the afternoon cruise, savor a glass of wine on the deck as you watch the final landscapes of scenery slip by. Tonight's festive Farewell Feast ends your Bordeaux barge cruise in style.


After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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  • 2018 value season
    6 nights all inclusive






  • 2018 regular season
    6 nights all inclusive

    April to October

    US$ 5100 / 4800

    US$ 1500

    US$ 20800

    US$ 30000

    US$ 39600

Price for Tango includes:

• 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath. • all meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning. • all wines with lunch & dinner. • open bar. • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


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Bon voyage!