Marvel at the beautiful verdant landscape surrounding you on the tour
You'll be spoilt for choice on this epic tour of Bordeaux
Enjoy the atmosphere and the cuisine on offer
Soak up the scenery and enjoy the picturesque journey
Visit a number of vineyards and enjoy the splendid views of this region in France
Known as one of the prettiest villages in Bordeaux, St-Emilion is a quintessential example of the region's historic beauty
Fantastic cycling, lovely views, flavoursome food and, of course, exquistine wines, are all features of this unmissable tour
Share the experience with a small group of like-minded souls on this tour
Savour the endless views of beautiful vineyards, historic buildings and lovely French countryside

Tour de Bordeaux France: Cycling Tour Bordeaux

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$37
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$3,623 USD

Enjoy relaxed cycling through the vines of this legendary region, the holy grail of wine connoisseurs around the world. Follow the Dordogne River to taste the wines of St-Emilion, Margaux and Sauternes. The itinerary has been tailored for easy cycling, small groups, and for you to experience the best food and wine of this rightly famous region. Not only do you get to sample some of the worlds best wines directly from the cellar door and cycle amongst the gentle hills of Bordeaux in the warm glow of the European summer sun, but Bordeaux also offers unforgettable accommodations, incredible food and the most delightful French countryside villages you can imagine. It really is a rolling postcard.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural
  • Distance
    155.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    Bordeaux and Dordogne
  • Distance
    155.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival

    Transfers are from Libourne train station and Bordeaux airport. Your hotel is in the heart of the Libournais wine region and lies on the edge of the prestigious Pomerol appellation. The hotel, in the village of Puisseguin, has its own winery. After making sure everybody is happy with their bicycles, there will be a short excursion into the surrounding vineyards. There should be time for a stroll at the hotel grounds and maybe a late afternoon swim in the hotel’s inviting terraced pool before freshening up for the first of many memorable dinners.

    • Hotel in Puisseguin
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Moncaret

    Heading east, the route takes you through the Montagne wine districts, passing through typical wine villages, until you descend off the plateau towards the river Dordogne. You will arrive in Moncaret, where a super crisp white wine is produced. As a diversion from all the grapes, you will visit the ruins of a Roman villa which overlooks the village; the excavations have uncovered some fascinating details about daily Roman life in the provinces of Gaul. The rest of the day’s ride follows the Dordogne until you arrive at the hotel, the Chateau de Sanse. Take time for a swim in the heated pool, or relax on the terrace overlooking a verdant valley with a cold beer or a glass of the local appellation, before an al fresco dinner of gourmet food.

    • 28.6 miles
    • Chateau de Sanse
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  3. Day 3A circular day in Sanse

    Tuesday is a circular day, so you will be returning to the Chateau de Sanse this evening. Today's cycling takes you to the Bastide (fortified village from the Hundred Years War) of Pellegrue; although the fortifications are now gone, the central square with its covered market remains, and is a great stop for an early coffee break. You are now getting to the edge of the wine making region, and the vines start to be replaced by the source of another delicacy – plum trees!

    Prunes, in particular the succulent, often Armagnac-soaked varieties known as Pruneau d’Argen are a specialty of the region, and find their way into chocolares and other delicious treats. There will be a stop at a producer to taste! Next on the route, and a great place for lunch, is the market town of Duras standing on a hill topped by its medieval fortress. On the ride back to Sanse,l pop in to an organic wine producer in the Bordeaux Sainte-Foy appellation to get an idea of the work that goes on in the vineyard, and of course to try the results!

    • 31.1 miles
    • Chateau de Sanse
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  4. Day 4Sanse to Saint-Emilion

    An easy day starting with an easy cycle along the riverbanks of the Dordogne. After crossing the river at Castillon-la-Bataille, scene of the final defeat of the English in the Hundred Years War, you will arrive in the Libournais. A gentle climb through the Cotes-de-Castillon vineyards will see you into the ancient ramparts of St-Emilion. In addition to its fabulous wines, St-Emilion is one of the prettiest towns in South-West France. Within its ancient walls can be found the Chateau du Roi and, notably, the Eglise Monolithe – a church, dating from the 8th Century which was carved from a single block of rock.

    Spend the afternoon exploring St-Emilion and sleep here tonight!

    • 28.6 miles
    • Accommodation at Saint-Emilion
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  5. Day 5Saint-Emilion Vineyards

    No packing today as you sleep in St-Emilion again tonight. Yesterday you will have learned about the legend of St-Emilion a monk who fled from Vannes, his hometown, to return and devote himself to prayer. Through his many disciples he founded one of the first religious communities. Many of the monks worked the land and soil surrounding St-Emilion making it into the vineyards you see today.

    You will ride through these vineyards and then have a tasting and a dinner in one of the local vineyards. Depending on the itinerary, you may participate in a cooking school at a local vineyard where you can eat your own creations; alternatively dinner can also be at a neighbouring vineyard

    • Accommodation in Saint-Emilion
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  6. Day 6Entre-Deux-Mers and Bordeaux

    Today you will head into the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region – although literally translated the name means ‘between two seas’ the seas in question are in fact the rivers Dordogne and Garonne. After crossing the Dordogne, follow the Roger LaPebie Cycleway, which is a converted railway track. This of course means that hills are not a problem, and navigation is a cinch! The first stop is the Abbaye de Sauve-Majeure. Classified a World Heritage Site in 1998 by UNESCO, the abbey was founded in 1079 and was once home to 300 monks.

    For the afternoon, rejoin the La Pebie cycleway, and make your way into Bordeaux itself to complete the week’s cycling tour. Bordeaux has no shortage of attractions, from the beautifully restored 18th century Customs Houses lining the river to the sophisticated shopping along Rue Ste- Catherine. The final dinner together will be at one of the many gourmet restaurants on which the city prides itself.

    • Hotel in Bordeaux
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  7. Day 7Departure

    After breakfast, you have another chance to walk around the city, maybe buy a bottle or two of wine, and to exchange contact details with new friends, before making your way to the station or the airport for your onward journey.

    • Breakfast