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26 Jun 2018

John Brown and Jamie Alpert

Pros and Cons: Pros: Great crew–friendly, attentive, helpful; Ship in good condition and clean; bikes in good condition & my wife loved her E-bike. Cons: wine available for purchase on board was at best mediocre & fairly expensive. You can buy much better wine at chateaus or wine stores during trip for considerably less & at least partially offsetting the $12 corkage fee. also, the company could do a much better job at coordinating chateau visits with daily rides. I thought countryside was pretty, but not enchanting as are other vineyard bike tours (Sonoma for example)

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 26 Jun 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We asked the owner of the ship for a comment: All the drinks and alcohol have cheaper prices on board than in any restaurant or bar. Of course, water is free on board and a bottle of of 1.5 liter water (flat or with gas) cost 2.5 €. The prices of the bottles of wine are between 17 and 32 €. This is the price they will find elsewhere for this kind of wine. Each evening a different wine is offered at 2.5 € per glass to allow passengers to enjoy all types of Bordeaux wines. Every wine is different! Each palace also, that is why the service of the corkage fee of 10 € is proposed (it assumes the expenses of services, glasses, cleaning, conservation fridge, bins ...). It is often refused in the establishments of Bordeaux, but the boat cannot propose a range of wine sufficiently extensive in a region where there are more than 7000 castles.

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