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The Gabares are traditional flat-bottomed boats in the style that have been used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages. Les Gabares propose boat trips along the river Dordogne.
The Gabares used to transport goods along the Dordogne, especially wine from the vineyards which run along the length of the Dordogne - the vin de Domme, Pecharmant, Monbazillac, Saint Emilion and Pomerol being the main vinyards.
A trip on one of the Gabares offers a relaxing way to enjoy the sight of some of the many Dordogne chateaux and villages from the perspective of the river. Various sights and wildlife are pointed out to you as you meander slowly down the river aswell as the history of the Gabares. (Audioguides are available free of charge in English).
Les Gabares information
Les Gabares Norbert offer 55 minute boat trips from La Roque Gageac allowing you to admire the Chateau de Castelnaud, the Chateau de Marqueyssac, the Chateau de Lacoste and the Chateau de la Malartrie from the vantage point of the river.
Les Gabares Norbert run between the 1st April and the 1st November 10.00-18.00 (afternoons only in October).
Gabares de Beynac offer a 50 minute ride with views of the Chateau de Beynac, the Chateau de Marqueyssac, the Chateau de Fayrac and the Chateau de Castelnaud.
Les Gabares de Baynac run every 30 minutes from 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.00 May to September; every 60 minutes from 11.00-17.00 April and October.
The Gabares of Bergerac offer a 50 minute cruise with wildlife and the town of Bergerac being the principle points of interest.
A new circuit has been added in 2013 leaving from Creysse. This is a 1h30 trip towards Mouleydier and the Barage de Tuilieres. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am.
The Gabares of Bergerac run between easter and all-saints day in October.
New for 2013 the Gabares of Bergerac are offering an evening trip on Saturdays with an apperatif, snacks and music included. You will need to reserve and the price is 30 euros. The trip starts at 19.30 and finishes at 22.30.