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Tango hotel barge in Bordeaux region

Reference: Tango Barge

  • 3 or 4 Cabins for 4 up to 8 people
  • Crew of 4 
  • Price per person twin share: from $8,000 per person 


The Tango hotel barge captures the intimacy and authenticity of life on the French waterways that the 900-passenger river cruisers never can.

A cruise on Tango means a week of relaxed luxury, gourmet cuisine, and fine regional wines. Take a seat on the sun deck, put your feet up, and sip a glass of wine, watching the scenery as you float by.

You'll be escorted on daily excursions, exploring the Bordeaux countryside, visiting historic sites, and shopping the open air markets. Learn about viticulture at local wineries, and of course, enjoy tasting their wines! Ports of call include Bordeaux, Médoc, Blaye, Saint-Emilion, Bourg, and Branne.

Tango features a rich vintage décor that makes this an exceptional boutique barge. Not only are the cabins and main rooms exquisite, but the original two-room Captains suite of mahogany and brass and claw-footed bathtub is also one of a kind. The cuisine is exceptional as ingredients are sourced from local growers. And best of all, Tango offers a near-perfect river cruise itinerary through France's iconic Bordeaux region.

The multi-talented owner Daniel Sak gives his guests an insider's experience of the local culture. Wine expert, chef and pilot, he selects a professional crew and offers a top experience.


  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating:Yes
  • Salon: Light and spacious salon with skylight, comfortable sofas, dining table seating eight.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Two tiled sundecks - one for alfresco dining with dining table, chairs and large parasol and one for lounging with hot tub, lounge chairs and large parasols
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin features:Large Van Gogh suite (190 sq ft) and two smaller cabins (135 sq ft), all with twin beds or queen bed and ensuite bathroom with shower. Captain's cabin (196 sq ft) with separate entrance, king bed, and bathtub only available for 8-passenger charter.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: VW minibus seating 9.
  • Bicycles: 6 aluminum frame Scott mountain bicycles (3 mens, 3 womens)
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas
  • Menu Plan: Offers full board 6-night cruises or 5-night half board charter cruises

VanGogh, Renoir, Cezanne and Captains* Cabins

Tango's 4 cabins, each with colourfully-tiled ensuite bath, can accommodate up to 8 passengers. (*Captains Cabin available for 8 passenger charters only)


Tango's on-board chef uses only the freshest local produce and can cater meals to your specific dietary desires while introducing you to the luscious cuisine of the Bordeaux region. Tango's owner, Franco-American Daniel Sak, is a graduate of the French National Cooking School in Burgundy. He designs all the menus in a state-of-the-art kitchen and oversees sourcing of ingredients. Owner of a vineyard in Southern France, he is also a connoisseur of Bordeaux wines.

You'll savor the best Bordeaux has to offer: fresh-caught Atlantic seafood, creamy foie gras, tender steak Bordelaise, roast lamb, locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, delectable pastries, and the region's fine artisanal chocolates.


  • Six nights accommodation.
  • All meals, with one meal on shore at a quality restaurant of the Captain's choice.
  • Transfers to and from the barge from the Beziers train station or local hotel.
  • All excursions and visits to historical sites, museums, entrance fees, vineyards for wine-tastings, markets, and restaurants in our air-conditioned minivan.
  • All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard.
  • Use of on-board bicycles, deck-side spa, library, CD/DVD collection and player.

From A$8,000 per person based on 8 people charter

All-inclusive 6-night cruise - Charter only

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Bordeaux region itinerary

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  • Day to Day itinerary

    Itinerary sample corering Bordeaux, Médoc, Blaye, Saint-Emilion, Bourg, Branne


    Your First Night Aboard

    Our tour guide meets you at 4:00 pm at a pre-arranged meeting point in Bordeaux and brings you to Tango where you'll be welcomed with a festive flute of Crémant de Bordeaux, and savory regional hors d'oeuvres. Get acquainted with the crew who will do their best to make every moment of your cruise a memorable one. Settle into your staterooms before a welcome candlelit dinner on board. 

    La Cité du Vin

    Set off for a scenic cruise to la Cité du Vin where immersive, sensory exhibits, housed in a captivating architectural complex, will triple your understanding of this region's fabled wines. Celebrate your new expertise with a dégustation in the elegant Belvedere room on the 8th floor which offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding landscape. Head back to the barge for lunch, and sit back and admire the scenery as we cruise along the sparkling waters of the Gironde Estuary. Dinner onboard the barge. 

    Touring the Médoc

    This is the land of the wonderous wines created in the mythic terrains of Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux. Your guide will lead you through these renowned vineyards, extensively classified and reclassified by oenophiles, making a special stop at the exceptionally picturesque Château Beychevelle in the Saint-Julien commune. Look forward to a full day of touring and tasting, pausing only for a delicious lunch in the midst of these world-famous vineyards. Return to the barge for an evening cruise and dinner on board. 

    A UNESCO-listed Citadelle in Blaye

    The Marquis de Vauban designed the Citadelle de Blaye for Louis XIV in the 1639. You'll have a guided tour of the site, followed by a visit to a lively street market. After lunch on the Tango, cruise past picturesque fishing huts and sumptuous mansions to your evening mooring in the delightful village of Branne. You can stroll or cycle through the town before aperitifs and dinner on the barge. 


    Our air-conditioned minivan will whisk you past alluring chateaux to the medieval village of Saint-Emilion where wine-grapes have been cultivated since the Gallo-Roman era. Visit the 14th century Cloisters of the Collegiate Church and the shops before repairing to a noteworthy hillside domain for a tour of their wine-making facilities and a tasting. In the afternoon you will cruise towards the fairy-tale village of Bourg, once colonized by the Visigoths, and subsequently fortified under several royal reigns. Dinner on board. 

    Return to Bordeaux

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a guided walking tour of Bourg that will include the Gallo-Roman fountain, historic façades, the castle, antique shops, and a museum of horse-drawn carriages. After lunch on board, the Tango will cruise toward Bordeaux where, upon arrival, you'll board a water-taxi to the center of this dynamic town to admire the Water Mirror reflecting pool, the 11th century Cathedral, the Neo-Classic 18th century Opera house and/or the city's unlimited shopping opportunities. Farewell gala dinner on board.


    After breakfast, the tour guide will accompany you to a pre-arranged departure point for the continuation of your journey.

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