Departure from Bordeaux
All year round
The French city of Bordeaux is the ideal place for those seeking to enjoy a cultural trip through French History and a unique experience in this wine country. Tourists come to Bordeaux for its renowned vineyards but also for its rich culture, gathering many beautiful monuments and charming castles. The city being flat and having special tracks for bikes, it's the perfect place for cyclists willing to visit the region.
Day 1: Bordeaux
Arrival in Bordeaux - a large city with good rail access and commercial airline flights from several European capitals. The historic city is very picturesque and offers visits including the wine museums and shops for local wines. Settle in your hotel.
Orientation & bike set-up at your hotel
Our local guide (French native & English speaking) will meet you at your hotel in the evening of your arrival day (or morning after according to the time we will plan with you). He will bring your bicycles, road-books, GPS and touristic information. An expert of the region, you can ask him all the questions you have about your trip. Then he will adjust your bike so you feel comfortable riding.
Night at your hotel in Bordeaux.
Day 2: BORDEAUX / SAUVE MAJEURE ABBEY / SAINT MACAIRE
Start your tour by riding out of Bordeaux stress free on a bicycle path found alongside the Garonne river going out to the vineyards. Along the way you will pass the famous wine town of Cadillac and can stop at the chateau. Arriving at St Macaire you can relax at the hotel are stroll the town in search of a good wine aperitif ! Discover the charming medieval village of Saint Macaire, which used to be a rich merchant town in the Bordelais area.
Distance : 64 Km (40 mi).
Elevation : 583 m.
Night and dinner (included) at your hotel
Day 3: SAINT MACAIRE / ENTRE DEUX MERS WINE REGION / SAINTE GEMME
A ride through the Entre Deux Mers region and its vineyards. You will use both bicycle paths and some small country roads on your ride. Numerous small towns and bastides are along the route and each worth exploring. Overnight in a Bacchus (wine theme) B&B property tonight.
Distance : 34 Km (21 mi).
Elevation : 519 m.
IMPORTANT NOTE : you won’t have any possibilities to buy supplies on today’s itinerary. There are no restaurants on today’s itinerary. You must buy your picnic and snacks in Saint Macaire before you leave.
Night at your B&B - Dinner included at the Guest table.
Day 4: SAINTE GEMME / MONSEGUR / CHATEAU DES DUCS / SAINTE GEMME
Ride through the quiet country roads and vineyards of this widely unknown area. You will ride into the department of the " Lot et Garonne " ! You can see the Chateau des Ducs in Duras, as well as the vineyards of the Cotes de Duras. From there, you cross back into the Gironde department through the Dropt Valley and head back to your B&B via Monsegur where you can stop at the Bastide of Monsegur and imagine this old village closed up at night to protect citizens from bandits in the medieval era.
Distance : 55 Km (34 mi).
Elevation : 807 m.
Dinner included at the Guest table.
Day 5: SAINT GEMME / SAINT EMILION
A ride to one of the most famous vineyards of the region : Saint Emilion ! Discover this World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Emilion as early as the 2nd century AD. The town was named after the monk Emilion, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area. Take some time to explore this charming town and visit the Tour du Roy which dates from 1237.
Distance : 52 Km (32 mi).
Elevation : 527 m.
IMPORTANT NOTE : You won’t have any possibilities to buy supplies on today’s itinerary, only in Branne, and once you have arrived in St Emilion. And there are no restaurants along the itinerary either.
Night at your hotel in Saint Emilion.
Day 6: SAINT EMILION / CASTILLON LA BATAILLE / LALANDE DE POMEROL / POMEROL
Loop tour around the region to Castillon La Bataille and among the vineyards for a great wine theme day ! Or day off to explore the village and taste some local produce ! Wine tastings, shopping, and cultural visits abound in this famous town. It is also rather touristy, but as a cyclist, you can easily and quietly escape.
Distance : 52 Km (32 mi).
Elevation : 376 m.
Night at your hotel in Saint Emilion.
Day 7: SAINT EMILION / SAUVE MAJEURE ABBEY / CREON
Ride back to Bordeaux through wine country and the charming town of Creon where you pickup the cycle path back to Bordeaux.
Distance : 51 Km (32 mi).
Elevation : 429 m.
Night in Bordeaux
Day 8: BORDEAUX
Departure from Bordeaux : You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and depart at your leisure. Trains from Bordeaux to Paris all day long. We can help with added nights, car rentals, or other extensions to your travel.
Other services Included with your tour
Technical and emergency support available at all times by phone.
GPS - GARMIN Oregon 600T or 450T From day 1 to day 8
During your orientation we provide you 1 GPS for 3 people. The model is a Garmin 600t (or equivalent)
The routes described in your roadbook are pre-programmed in the GPS. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy !
Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristical information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).
YOUR BIKE - Hybrid SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 (or equivalent) From day 1 to day 8
The SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty "trekking" geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 27 speed transmission and integrated front and rear lights, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
Included with your bike rental :
• Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / pump / 2 spare tubes
• Handlebar bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
• 1 water bottle
• Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. 2-night accommodation in 5* Hotel in Bordeaux
2. 1 night in 3* Hotel in Saint Macaire
3. 2-night accommodation in 4* Guest House in Sainte Gemme
4. 1 night accommodation in 4* Hotel in Saint Emilion
5. Daily breakfast at each hotel
6.Dinner(s) included when listed in itinerary
7. All transfers of luggage between your hotels
8. Orientation as mentioned above
9. High quality Hybrid bike rental (E-bike and Road bikes are available in addition to the tour price)
10. Detailed ROAD BOOK, including detailed maps, touristic information and detailed cue sheet (turn list)
11. 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON 600 or 450T (or equivalent) for 3 people
12. Comprehensive trip literature
13. Technical and emergency support available at all times by phone
1. Airfare and local transfers to and from the trip
Lodging before and after the trip
3. Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your road book.
Tour begins in Bordeaux
Pick up information
Tour ends in Bordeaux
This cycling tour is adapted to riders with some cycling experience. Itinerary includes rolling countryside and possible short climbs.
Hotel list on request.
- Prices are for 2 to 4 persons double room sharing
- Single supplement: 740€
- Currency is in Euro
Possible languages: English