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Tango

Bordeaux

Tango moored © Sonia JonesDaniel Captain Tango © Sonia JonesVan Gogh cabin - Tango © Sonia Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Features

Tango - Kitchen - Daniel Sak

 

This boutique style barge offers romantic cabins, polished teak flooring, gleaming brass portholes, and luminous ceramic tiled baths. Owner and Chef, Daniel Sak, is a perfectionist and has made sure his barge captures all the senses of the south. This beautiful barge has modern-inspired decor and divine French country cuisine. Daniel’s cooking uses the freshest ingredients and is flexible to any taste or requirement.

 

Tango CabinThe Captain’s cabin has its own entrance onto the main deck, and is exquisitely fitted with the original mahogany panelling and cabinets. It features a separate bedroom with king-size bed, dressing room and ensuite bath. The Captain’s cabin is available for private charters of eight passengers, or on individual cabin weeks.

The Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir cabins can be made up with twin or queen beds. The ensuite bathrooms in all cabins feature hand made Provencal tiles and contain all amenities.


Tango Deck

Tango’s décor is a delight in all its details. Large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, provincial ivory linens, and rich teak wall panelling recreate the atmosphere of 1930’s French passenger liners. Up on deck, two terraces provides the perfect space for congregating for after dinner drinks and conversation.

 

 

Floorplan

Sample itinerary: Bordeaux

Aboard the 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. During your cruise week, a portion of each day is spent navigating aboard Tango, with the remainder of the day on a guided excursion ashore. Tango’s experienced tour guide tailors the week’s excursions to match your interests. Follow the wine-focused itinerary described below, or opt for activities like golf, kayaking, hot-air ballooning, vineyard bike rides, shopping, antiques, airplane tours, and even visits to see prehistoric cave paintings during your enchanting week on the water.

Sunday:
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.

Bordeaux

Monday: 
Set off in the morning for a slow-paced and 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 a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding landscape.

With your appetite whetted, 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 Tango 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.

Dune de Pylat

Tuesday:
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 ancient village of Blaye, where your evening’s mooring is just a stone’s throw from the stone ramparts of the UNESCO-listed citadel. Dinner is served under the romantically lit canopy on deck.

Wednesday:
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 the 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.

Saint-Emilion

Thursday: 
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 to select items to take back to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon, make your way through the chateau-dotted countryside to the alluring medieval village of St. Emilion, whose picturesque charms are only matched by the quality of the wines produced here. Discover the wines cultivated in this magical hilltop town during a tasting, and then meet up with Tango as it cruises toward the fairytale village of Bourg, an idyllic setting to moor for dinner.

Friday:
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.

Saturday – Departure for the continuation of your journey.
After breakfast the tourguide will take you to the pre-arranged departure point for the continuation of your journey.

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Testimonials

“The Barge was a fantastic experience and the crew could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. The excursions were well planned and the countryside was breathtaking. The winery and mussel cooking was certainly a highlight as was Carcassonne. If you need for any prospective clients to call to discuss I would not hesitate to recommend it to them.” – John B. (June 2016)

“We thoroughly enjoyed our six days on the Tango, Canal du Midi. The whole experience is to be highly recommended to any-one contemplating time in the south of France. The icing on the cake was the program of daily trips to sites of interest. Daniel, the owner, has an absolute knack of surrounding himself with the best co-workers. The region is filled with history worth spending a lot more time getting to know than we had in one week. The whole experience was worth every cent.” – Inge & Fred (June 2015)

“Tango is certainly a unique product” – Damien & Judy (April 2012)

“The barge is magical and so are all the staff! We love the skipper Daniel and Chef Tony who is Michelin class. Chris would be the best guide I have ever experienced and Libby is a beautiful hostess alongside the lovely young trainee, Jessie. Tango is a magnificent barge that surpasses our expectations and we can only hope that it doesn’t change but why should it? I think it’s only going to get better!  One trouble is – we’ll all be fat as fools by the time we leave Tango” – Robert and Jo – (August 2012)

Cruise Fares

Tango cruise fares for 2018:

 

 Private charter – Full board: from €4,350 per person based on 8 passengers
 Open week – Full board – Twin/double cabin: from €4,200 per person
• Single supplement: from + €1,200

 

Included in the fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system

 

 

 

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