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About Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne River Cruising

The Garonne and Dordogne Rivers flow together at Bec d'Ambès, and here they form the Gironde Estuary. Spanning 50 miles long and 2-7 miles wide, the Gironde Estuary acts as a tidal mouth for the Garonne River, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Not only is the Gironde the largest estuary in Western Europe (covering 245 sq miles), it also acts as the natural divide to the famous Bordeaux Wine Region. The left bank includes the Medec and Graves areas, while the right bank is home to Libournais, Bourg, and Blaye. The city of Bordeaux lies just south of the Gironde. It is a port city on the Garonne River and the fifth largest city in France.