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Bordeaux Cycling Tour

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Hit The Highlights Of Bordeaux By Bike

Highlights

  • Premium Bicycles
  • Explore the historical center of Bordeaux and beyond
  • Visit the Charming Chartrons District
  • Cross the Chaban-Delmas Bridge for a great view
  • Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Program & Itinerary

Join us in the heart of the historic center of Bordeaux in a centrally located meeting point to start a magnificent bike ride. Your English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the dedicated meeting point. After a short presentation and introduction to the tour, it will be time to go over all the safety procedures and get you fully equipped so that your Bordeaux Bike tour takes place in ...

Join us in the heart of the historic center of Bordeaux in a centrally located meeting point to start a magnificent bike ride. 

Meet your English speaking guide

Your English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the dedicated meeting point. After a short presentation and introduction to the tour, it will be time to go over all the safety procedures and get you fully equipped so that your Bordeaux Bike tour takes place in comfort and security.

Begin your City of Bordeaux bike tour

Once we get you fully equipped, you will set off on your adventure with a short break at the Place du Palais before quickly reaching the magnificent Pont de Pierre bridge to cross the Garonne river. The track that runs along the right bank offers a unique view of Place de la Bourse and the “port of the moon”, with its majestic 18th century façade. It is the perfect place for us to start learning about the history of Bordeaux over the centuries. 

Place de la Bourse

The Royal Square, today Place de la Bourse, is considered to be the most elegant façade located on the quays of Bordeaux. Initially, the architectural program completed the installation of a statue of Louis XV that was inaugurated on the 19th of August 1743. Construction of the square took more than 25 years and the hard work of two 'Intendants' (Civil Officers) and three architects.

The architectural style is directly modeled on the works of Mansart for Versailles. Eventually, the statue of Louis XV was taken off its basement in 1792 and replaced by the fountain of the Three Graces.

Saint Michel district

Another pit stop on the left bank to discover the authentic districts of the city such as Saint Michel and its famous market, before heading towards the historic centre with its cobblestone streets and unforgettable animated squares, which are lined with many lively café terraces. Here we will see many historic monuments -the Saint Pierre square, the Saint André cathedral, and the Golden Triangle with the Grand Théâtre as a highlight.

The Golden Triangle

Under the name of Golden Triangle lies a district of Bordeaux that englobes Cours Georges-Clemenceau, Cours de l'Intendance and the Allées de Tourny. These three very large streets form a Triangle of which each tip ends with a square: Gambetta, Comedie and Tourny. Historically, this is where all the most luxurious shops and financial institutions were located. In the 18th century, the wealthiest persons of Bordeaux started building Private Mansions, vaste and luxurious city houses, built for a single family and its servants.

Place de la Comédie

This impressive square is located between the Grand Theater of Bordeaux and the houses that face it to the west. The impressive portico composed of 12 Corinthian columns of the Grand Theater, designed by architect Victor Louis, dominate the whole composition of the square.

The Theatre was inaugurated in 1780 and originally the ground sloped up so that carriages could drive inside the colonnade. In 1899 the building was classified as a Historical Monument. Today, the Theater is home to the National Opera of Bordeaux.

The Grand Theatre

The inauguration of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux took place on April 7, 1780. It took Victor Louis more than 7 years to achieve the construction commissioned by the Governor of Guyenne, Louis Armand du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu. Built in a Neoclassical style, the Grand Theatre impresses with its main façade composed of a portico of 12 Corinthian columns above which stand 12 statues - nine muses and 3 goddesses of Classical Mythology.

Quinconces Square

From there, we head for Les Quinconces with its monument dedicated to the Girondins. The square is located where the Chateau Trompette use to be located. Built in the 15th century its main goal was to comfort the authority of the French Kings on Bordeaux as the City had been under English rules for more than 300 years. The legend says that the canons of the Chateau were not pointed towards the River but towards the town, just in case.

The Monument dedicated to the Girondins

In 1883 a monument dedicated to martyrs of the French Revolution that originated from Bordeaux and  named Girondins was erected. It is crowned with a Statue that represents an Angel of Liberty and at the bottom of the column, the fountain of the Girondins represents a number of symbols such as the triumph of the Republic for work, security and peace.

The Public Garden

The public garden and its peaceful alleys, a true haven for rest and relaxation right in the heart of the city, a meeting place on sunny days for Bordeaux locals since the middle of the 18th century. The Garden is home to a Museum as well as more than 1.000 trees some of which are more than 150 years old.

The Chartrons district

We will then go to the Chartrons district, famous for its wine cellars, a district which has long been the heart of the wine trade in Bordeaux. Drained by the Dutch at the end of the 16th century, this swampy area of Bordeaux suddenly becomes available for development.

It is at that time that a number of famous wine merchants originating from England, Ireland, Scotland or Germany (Kirwan, Barton, Schröder, Johnston or Schÿler) will build their cellars. The district will be linked to Bordeaux in the middle of the 18th century.

It is also at this period of time that the winemaking techniques evolve. This will be important in the transformation of the new French Claret into what were to become world famous bordeaux wines.

The Garonne Riverfront

As we begin to wrap our tour up, we will make our way over to the riverfront to enjoy the pretty stroll along the Garonne which will take us towards the famous water mirror on the Place de la Bourse. We then will return to our headquarters and finish the tour.

The itinerary may vary according to the weather or possible city events. Please note that we also operate cycling tours from the medieval village of saint emilion, in the famous vineyards of the medoc, in the entre deux mers wine region. All bike tours in the Bordeaux wine regions include wine tasting sessions of great wines. All bike tours can be done with electric bikes.

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  • Pick up at a dedicated meeting point in Bordeaux

  • Introduction of the tour and safety rules

  • Follow a 2.5 hour tour in the city of Bordeaux

  • Return to original departure point

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Know before you book

  • Duration : about 2.5 hours
  • Distance covered : 13 km
  • Special price for 6 – 12 year olds
  • Minimum : 2 people
  • Maximum : 10 people
  • Ponchos provided in case of rain
  • Water bottles provided (no plastic on our tours)

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Bicycles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Exact meeting point location will be sent after your booking

Departure

Operator information will be sent after booking. Meeting point will be in central Bordeaux.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Top comfort Beach Cruiser model bikes
  • 2.5 hours Bordeaux Bike Tour
  • English speaking local guide

Excluded

  • Personal insurance
  • Meals or Drinks
  • Entrance fees or tasting fees

FAQ

  • How strenuous is this cycling tour in Bordeaux?

    Bordeaux is a fantastic city to cycle in as most of the town is completely flat! This is a relaxed tour and the guide will always adapt his tour to the rest of the guests. No need to be in very good physical condition to follow this bike tour as it is adapted to all.
  • Does this Bordeaux cycling tour take place on rainy days?

    Yes, the tour will run rain or shine unless the weather conditions are extreme such as strong winds or heavy rain. In case of light rain, we will provide ponchos for every participant.
  • Is this small group Bordeaux Bike Tour available as a private tour?

    Yes, absolutely. Don't hesitate to contact our team of travel experts and they will organize everything for you. We can include gourmet food visits and wine tastings, meals and even Chateau visits in the districts close to Bordeaux.
  • What should I wear on a Bordeaux Bike Tour?

    Wear comfortable clothes adapted to the daily weather condition. Don't forget to take with you some sun glasses, hat or cap as it can get pretty hot in the summer months in Bordeaux; We will provide the helmet and fresh water so please do not bring any plastic bottles.
  • Where will we meet our cycling tour guide?

    As we work with a number of operators, there are different meeting points that are possible within Bordeaux. Depending on the day of your tour and the hour chosen we will send you the meeting point details as well as all operator information once you have booked the tour. 
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