Beautiful Beynac in Dordogne, France. Photo via Flickr:Francisco Javier Garcia Orts

Good wine comes from good grapes. Bordeaux, France. Photo via Flickr:Paul Tridon
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Bordeaux to Sarlat Wine and E-Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

A cycling experience for food and wine lovers!

  • This electric bike tour in France will take you through the Bordeaux and St Emilion "grands crus" great vineyards to the medieval chateaux of the Dordogne area. And it is not just about the bike! Get used to raising your glass, as you will be sampling what are considered to be the best wines in the world! The gastronomy of the region, also world-renowned, is another highlight of this extraordinary bike tour in France. Do you want a challenge? Choose a hybrid touring bike or road bike instead. Whatever your choice, this route is, as some have said, "with a spectacular wine museum, vineyards, chateaus, prehistoric cave paintings - what’s not to love?"

    Other highlights:

    • Bordeaux classified rich in UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Centuries-old architecture
    • Ancient chateaux
    • Lascaux grottos
    • Saint Emilion
    • Bergerac
    • Les Eyzies
    • Incredible French scenery, food, and wine

    *In 2020, this tour will be offered as a 6 or 9-day tour. You decide!

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  • 2020

    9-day tour

    Standard accommodations2 - 3 ppl from 4 ppl
    Twin/double $ 2679 £ 1395 $ 2,430 1625 $ 2788 kr 17387 $ 1,832 $ 2596 £ 1352 $ 2,355 1575 $ 2703 kr 16852 $ 1,776
    Single supplement $ 635 £ 331 $ 576 385 $ 661 kr 4119 $ 434 $ 635 £ 331 $ 576 385 $ 661 kr 4119 $ 434
    Dinners included $ 396 £ 206 $ 359 240 $ 412 kr 2568 $ 271 $ 396 £ 206 $ 359 240 $ 412 kr 2568 $ 271
    Superior accommodations  
    Twin/double $ 3330 £ 1734 $ 3,020 2020 $ 3466 kr 21613 $ 2,278 $ 3083 £ 1606 $ 2,796 1870 $ 3209 kr 20008 $ 2,109
    Single supplement $ 1154 £ 601 $ 1,047 700 $ 1201 kr 7490 $ 789 $ 1154 £ 601 $ 1,047 700 $ 1201 kr 7490 $ 789
    Dinners included $ 462 £ 240 $ 419 280 $ 480 kr 2996 $ 316

    $ 462 £ 240 $ 419 280 $ 480 kr 2996 $ 316

    Solo traveler supplement: $ 585 £ 305 $ 531 355 $ 609 kr 3798 $ 400

    6-day tour

    Standard accommodations2 - 3 ppl from 4 ppl
    Twin/double $ 1932 £ 1006 $ 1,752 1172 $ 2011 kr 12540 $ 1,322 $ 1866 £ 972 $ 1,692 1132 $ 1942 kr 12112 $ 1,276
    Single supplement $ 412 £ 215 $ 374 250 $ 429 kr 2675 $ 282 $ 412 £ 215 $ 374 250 $ 429 kr 2675 $ 282
    Dinners included $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 275 kr 1712 $ 180 $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 275 kr 1712 $ 180
    Superior accommodations  
    Twin/double $ 2410 £ 1255 $ 2,186 1462 $ 2509 kr 15643 $ 1,649 $ 2328 £ 1212 $ 2,111 1412 $ 2423 kr 15108 $ 1,592
    Single supplement $ 709 £ 369 $ 643 430 $ 738 kr 4601 $ 485 $ 709 £ 369 $ 643 430 $ 738 kr 4601 $ 485
    Dinners included $ 305 £ 159 $ 277 185 $ 317 kr 1979 $ 209 $ 305 £ 159 $ 277 185 $ 317 kr 1979 $ 209

    Solo traveler supplement: $ 528 £ 275 $ 478 320 $ 549 kr 3424 $ 361


     

    extra options

    2020

    Extra nights

    BordeauxStandardSuperior
    Twin/double $ 145 £ 76 $ 132 88 $ 151 kr 942 $ 99 $ 214 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 223 kr 1391 $ 147
    Single supplement $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 802 $ 85 $ 148 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 154 kr 963 $ 101
    Sarlat  
    Twin/double $ 127 £ 66 $ 115 77 $ 132 kr 824 $ 87 $ 231 £ 120 $ 209 140 $ 240 kr 1498 $ 158
    Single supplement $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 51 kr 321 $ 34 $ 181 £ 94 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1177 $ 124

    Discount for hybrid touring bike:

    9-day tour: $ 173 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 180 kr 1123 $ 118 6-day tour: $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 695 $ 73

    Extra day electric bike rental: $ 58 £ 30 $ 52 35 $ 60 kr 374 $ 39 Extra day touring bike rental: $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 51 kr 321 $ 34

    Carbon road bike (non-electric): available on request

    Departure transfer
    Sarlat to Bordeaux: on request
     


     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start is Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. However, flying to Paris CDG International Airport is also very convenient, especially if you are spending time in Paris before your tour.

    Local Travel

    Bordeaux Airport
    From the airport, there is a Navette Shuttle bus that provides transfers from the airport to the train station. Travel time is 30 minutes and there are departures every hour from 8 am to 11 pm. A one-way ticket is approx. € 8 and can be purchased from driver (VISA and MC accepted). You will find the shuttle bus at the exit of airport hall B. Paris CDG International Airport
    You can take the TGV train from Charles de Gaulle. There is a TGV station (located under terminal 2). Travel time to Bordeaux Saint-Jean is +/- 3 1/2 hours. There are several departures daily. Paris City Center
    There is a TGV train from the city (Gare Montparnasse) to Bordeaux. Travel time is about 2 hours.
    Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can check schedules and fares and reserve your tickets on the SNCF siteSNCF site>

    Climate

    Classified as having an ‘oceanic climate’ due to its situation on the west coast of France the Bordeaux area actually tends to enjoy warmer summers and milder winters than its other oceanic climate counterparts. In actuality, it can feel more like a Mediterranean climate, although the amount of rainfall during the summer the months prevents it from being classified as such. A good website to visit to research average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Also available, 24 or 27-speed hybrid touring bike with two panniers, handlebar bag with map holder, bottle cage, lock, safety vest, helmet, and repair kit as well as one odometer per booking. Road bikes are available as well!

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

This tour is being offered with electric bikes included which reduces a moderate to difficult route to an easy route, depending on the amount of assistance you use. For those electric cyclists who want more of a challenge, you can use less assistance as you tackle the hills and increase the difficulty level as you choose. Hybrid touring bikes and road bikes are also available which increases the difficulty level to moderate to difficult. To enjoy this tour to its full potential, you should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable cycling hills, regardless of which type of bike you use. Daily distances range from 17 to 43 miles (26 to 68 km) with ascents and descents.

Where You’ll Stay

This tour is offered with two levels of accommodations. The Standard level consists of 2 and 3 star accommodations and the Superior level consists of 3 and 4 star accommodations.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for the length of tour
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Aluminum frame 9 or 10 speed Cube Electric Bike with front suspension, Bosch 250 watt motor, and hyrdaulic disk brakes
  • Accessories: 2 waterproof rear saddlebags, 1 waterproof front bag with map holder, bottle carrier, repair kit, lock, helmet, and one mileage counter per booking
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks are available but must be requested in advance
  • City taxes
  • Hotline 7 days a week

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Book a night in Bordeaux or Sarlat!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length6–9 days
From1172 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020:

Daily from March through October 31

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux to Sarlat Wine and E-Bike Tour Map

9-day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 3: Excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 29 mi. (46 km) 
Day 4: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 5: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Day 6: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
Day 7: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Day 8: Excursion to La roque Gageac and Beynac, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 9: Departure from Sarlat

All distances are approximate. Do note that itinerary is subject to change due to road construction or other circumstances.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
From your ideally located hotel, Bordeaux is at your fingertips. With nearly 1,810 hectares designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is plenty to see and do. Pey-Berland Tower, Saint Michel's Basilica, and the Aquitaine Museum are just a few of this city's highlights. Bordeaux also has its fair share of restaurants where you can find foie gras from Landes, oysters from Arcachon Bay, or strawberries from the Perigord, all of which can be enjoyed with a Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, or any of the other exquisite wines that make this region famous!

Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Leaving town on one of the original cycling paths, you will reach Créon, a typical fortified village of this area. Continuing on, countless vineyards will be your backdrop until your destination of Cadillac. Although most people associate this name with the luxury car (indeed the town shares its name with the Frenchman who also founded Detroit), Cadillac is home to an imposing chateau built by the Dukes of Épernon. Overlooking the river Garonne, this Chateau served as a women's prison for 130 years!

Day 3: Excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 29 mi. (46 km) 
We think you will enjoy this excursion for 2020. After a ride between forest and vineyards, the Chateau Yquem appears ... veritable icon of the Sauternes wines! A honey flavor for a sweet white wine highly appreciated by any wine lover! From the deep cellars to the small routes between vineyards, ride on the path of soil renown through the entire world. Then en route, you have the opportunity to stop at the Toulouse Lautrec resting place before coming back to Cadillac.

Day 4: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Today's route takes you through the heart of 'Entre-deux Mers' vineyards, from the Garonne to the Dordogne River. You will have a chance to visit the charming village of Rauzan, overlooked by a dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the prestigious village of Saint-Emilion. Saint-Emilion is one of the culturally richest villages in historical testimony, which can be witnessed through the still immaculate architecture. Don't miss the King's Tower,  located in the middle of town. Who it was built for is still a mystery, but one thing is for certain, the view from the top is not to be missed!

Day 5: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Today continues again through the vineyards of St. Emilion. Half-timbered houses and sunny streets await you in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. The Dordogne river runs through the center of this town and even has a small beach where you are invited for a dip! The day ends in Bergerac, but not before passing through vineyards of Montbazillac. The ancient city of Bergerac is characterized by its elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment, and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot, all contribute to its world-class charm.

Day 6: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
You will follow the river once again to the picturesque village of Limeuil. This fortified town is located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers; an ideal spot for swimming and canoeing! Continuing on, the route ends in Les Eyzies. This town is a testament to human persistence, the houses are cut out of the sheer rock cliff! Nicknamed "the Prehistory capital", Cro-Magnon men had been unearthed here, contributing to the most impressive archeological excavations of the Paleolithic period.

Day 7: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Departing Les Eyzies, you will pass beautiful landscapes until Montignac, home of the Lascaux grottos. These caves are known around the world for the impressive prehistoric paintings depicting animals, human figures, and abstract signs. The medieval town of Sarlat is today's destination. Famous for its delicious gourmet meals such as foie gras and mushroom truffles, and for its bustling markets full of fresh produce, you will not go hungry in Sarlat!

Day 8: Sarlat - La Roque Gageac - Beynac - Sarlat, 27 mi. (42 km)
Today is a beautiful round trip ride passing by peaceful villages and impressive chateaux. La Roque Gageac is a beautiful ancient harbor town perched on the river Dordogne. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. Beynac is another old village with a rich history. Home of the Beynac Castle, built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac, it sits atop a sheer cliff face precarious enough to discourage any invaders. This castle has also been used as a location for several French films. 

Day 9: Official end of the tour

 

6-day tour

Day 1: Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Saint Emilion, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 3: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 4: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 38 mi. (61 km)
Day 5: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 16 or 34 mi. (26 or 54 km)
Day 6: Departure

All distances are approximate. Do note that itinerary is subject to change due to road construction or other circumstances.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
From your ideally located hotel, Bordeaux is at your fingertips. With nearly 1,810 hectares designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is plenty to see and do. Pey-Berland Tower, Saint Michel's Basilica, and the Aquitaine Museum are just a few of this city's highlights. Bordeaux also has its fair share of restaurants where you can find foie gras from Landes, oysters from Arcachon Bay, or strawberries from the Perigord, all of which can be enjoyed with a Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, or any of the other exquisite wines that make this region famous!

Day 2: Bordeaux - Saint Emilion, 40 mi. (64 km)
For your first bike stage, you depart from the town center, riding on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you through the heart of ‘Entre-deux Mers’ vineyards to Créon, a typical fortified village of the area, then to the former Sauve-Majeure Abbey. After a stop at the medieval chateau of Rauzan, you continue to explore the Bordeaux vineyards by reaching the famous village of Saint-Émilion. Discover this World Heritage site, the fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.

Day 3: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 42 mi. (68 km)
Cycle once again through the famous St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Dordogne river. There you will enjoy the charming 18th-century Sainte-Foy-la-Grande village with its half-timbered houses and sunny streets. From here, you follow the splendid routes going through the Montbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. Stop in Bergerac, city of art & history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

Day 4: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 38 mi. (61 km)
You leave the Renaissance city center of Bergerac to follow the Dordogne River until the beautiful and picturesque village of Limeuil. At the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, this medieval village offers an ideal swimming or canoe spot in an outstanding natural environment. Proceed to Les Eyzies, a village built on a cliff with numerous prehistorical testimonies.

Day 5: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 16 or 34 mi. (26 or 54 km)
From Les Eyzies, nicknamed "The Prehistory capital", on the long version of this stage you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes until Montignac for visiting the well known Lascaux grottos which is one of the most important prehistorical sites due to its numerous prehistorical paintings and caves. Excursion in the Sarladais country to join the famous medieval town of Sarlat. This city is also well known by gourmets for its delicious local products, such as ducks ‘foie gras’, truffles mushroom and its market where you can smell, taste and discover all these treasures.

Day 6: Departure

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Tour Reviews

  • Chris B. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a wonderful adventure with great surprises on the journey. This is hilly territory but very rewarding for the challenge. With a spectacular wine museum, vineyards, chateaus, prehistoric cave paintings - what’s not to love.

  • Debbi Z. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved traveling through the small french villages and stopping for great places for lunch. We have so many memories but our favorite town was Sarlat. I wish we would have spent more time there. The staff at all the hotels were so nice and had a special place for us to keep our bikes. It made it so easy. We loved our trip and were a little worried about being self-guided. It worked out well and we will do it again. At the end we were not ready to say goodbye to our bikes.

    • John 12 months ago    

      What type of bikes did you have - road or hybrid?

  • M. Flynn 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our trip was well organized logistically and the biking routes were beautiful. I highly recommend Tripsite and will be booking future trips with them. Thanks for a fantastic week of biking.

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