One of the most rewarding ways is to explore Bordeaux' countryside is by bicycle.
While our ship, the AmaDolce, was sailing the short distace from Blaye to Bourg, we 'raced' her by bicycle. Without taking detours, it's about an hours ride, but of course we took our time, exploring the sights, villages and vineyards on the way. We began at Blaye's Citadel, one of the impressive ancient fortifications built to protect Bordeaux from foreign naval attacks, and since 2008, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. We pedaled through vineyards, and finally along the waterfront, to take in the views of the Gironde estuary. It was there, that the AmaDolce finally took the lead ; )
A minor disclaimer is that we had to navigate three hills between Blaye and Bourg, nothing dramatic, and there were definitely enough stops along the way to catch our breath.
Our bike adventure was part of our river cruise itinerary, but you can contact Bordeaux by Bike directly for tours. I can highly recommend it, it's a perfect way to get a real sense of place, and of course to work up an appetite.
>>>Nina Dietzel traveled onboard the beautiful AmaDolce, and explored Bordeaux courtesy of AmaWaterways.