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Bordeaux Wine Country Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

Cycling in Bordeaux - a bike tour through French wine country

  • Cycling a loop around Bordeaux, you will pedal the finest Bordeaux wine route! Dotted with châteaux, the Médoc region is home to the greatest Bordeaux wines and unbelievable scenery.

    The city of Bordeaux is known all over the world thanks to its famous vineyards and thus is a logical starting point for your cycling trip. You will follow an itinerary which will guide you from the ‘Entre deux mers’ area to the land of ‘Haut Médoc’.

    Smell the delicate and fruity fragrances diffusing from the infamous vineyards and learn about the glorious and turbulent past of this ancient land.

    Highlights:

    • Sauterne vineyards
    • Château Yquem
    • Toulouse Lautrec
    • Heart of ‘Entre-deux Mer’ vineyards
    • The charming village of Rauzan
    • Scenic ride from ‘Bordeaux Supérieur’ to Côtes de Blaye AOC vineyards

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  • 2020

    Tour package

    Standard Category

    Superior Category

    Twin/double

    $ 1577 £ 822 $ 1,428 957 $ 1648 kr 10222 $ 1,083

    $ 1800 £ 938 $ 1,629 1092 $ 1881 kr 11664 $ 1,236

    Single supplement

    $ 585 £ 305 $ 530 355 $ 611 kr 3792 $ 402

    $ 651 £ 339 $ 589 395 $ 680 kr 4219 $ 447

    Dinners included (5)

    $ 330 £ 172 $ 298 200 $ 344 kr 2136 $ 226

    $ 346 £ 180 $ 313 210 $ 362 kr 2243 $ 238

    Solo traveler supplement

    $ 330 £ 172 $ 298 200 $ 344 kr 2136 $ 226

    $ 330 £ 172 $ 298 200 $ 344 kr 2136 $ 226

     

    Excursion to Sauternes + xtra night in Cadillac
    including bike rental
    Standard categorySuperior category
    Twin/double $ 214 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 224 kr 1389 $ 147 $ 231 £ 120 $ 209 140 $ 241 kr 1495 $ 158
    Single supplement $ 82 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 534 $ 57 $ 115 £ 60 $ 104 70 $ 121 kr 748 $ 79

     

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bicycle: $ 115 £ 60 $ 104 70 $ 121 kr 748 $ 79 Extra day bike rental: $ 49 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34 Extra day electric bike rental: $ 58 £ 30 $ 52 35 $ 60 kr 374 $ 40 Trailer/child bike/infant seat on request

    Extra night (Bordeaux)Standard categorySuperior category
    Twin/double $ 145 £ 76 $ 131 88 $ 152 kr 940 $ 100 $ 218 £ 113 $ 197 132 $ 227 kr 1410 $ 149
    Single supplement $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85 $ 148 £ 77 $ 134 90 $ 155 kr 961 $ 102

    Transfers from Bordeaux to airport:

    1 - 4 ppl. sharing costs: $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 103 kr 641 $ 68 5 - 8 ppl. sharing costs: $ 132 £ 69 $ 119 80 $ 138 kr 855 $ 91

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG International Airport or Bordeaux International Airport.

    Local Travel

    From Paris, you can take the TGV train.
    There is now a high-speed TGV train with direct route from Paris to Bordeaux and vice versa that runs several times each day.
    From Paris center (Gare Montparnasse), TGV train is about 2 hours.
    From CDG airport in Paris to Bordeaux, TGV train is about 3.5 hours. Book tickets in advance, they can sell out.
    Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can visit the SNCF website for more information and to book.

    Climate

    Classified as having an ‘oceanic climate’ due to its location 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. Be sure to check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to check regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more weather-related facts is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in °F for Bordeaux are: March 57/40°, April 61/43°, May 67/50°, June 73/55°, July 79/59°, August 79/59°, September 74/54°, and October 64/48°.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycles are available upon request. E-bikes have a universal frame, equipped with 2 back saddlebag, one front bag & map holder, bottle holder, safety vest, repair kit, lock, helmet, and one counter (per booking)

    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.


Where You’ll Stay

2019
Accommodations in 3-star hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
2020
Accommodations in either 3 star (standard category) or 3 and 4 star (superior category)

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 5 nights in 3 or 4-star establishments depending on booked category
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transportation
  • 27-speed cube hybrid bike equipped with two panniers, handle bar bag with map holder, lock, safety vest, mileage counter, and repair kit
  • Route descriptions and maps (one set per room)
  • Tour information
  • Boat transfer on Day 5
  • City taxes
  • 7-day emergency hotline
  • GPS files (must be requested in advance!)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights before or after tour can always be arranged.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length6 days
From957 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals possible from March 1 to October 31, 2020

Skill Level

This Bordeaux bike tour is classified as a moderate to difficult self-guided hotel tour with 5 days of cycling (from 24 to 37 miles per day). The terrain includes hills! Electric bicycles available upon request

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux Wine Country Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km)
Option: Add an extra night in Cadillac and excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 28 mi. (46 km) 
Day 3: Cadillac - St. Emilion, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: St. Emilion - Blaye, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 5: Blaye - Bordeaux, 38 mi. (61 km); optional loop to Pauillac, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Departure from Bordeaux

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
After you arrive at your centrally located hotel, try out your bikes and cycle Bordeaux, with its numerous green and flowered fields and its exceptional heritage. The quality of life is naturally punctuated with gastronomic pleasures and wonderful nightlife.

Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Leave the town center of Bordeaux and embark on an easy ride on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you to Créon, a typically fortified village of this area. Continue through the vineyards of Cadillac until the wall of the village surrounds you.

Option: Add an extra night in Cadillac and excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 28 mi. (46 km) 
Today’s adventure is a loop through the vineyards. After a ride between forests and vineyards, the Chateau Yquem will appear and invite you to discover another taste: a sweet, white wine highly appreciated by wine lovers! Ride from the deep cellars to the quaint routes through the vineyards. En route you will have the opportunity to stop at the Toulouse-Lautrec, a resting place before coming back to Cadillac via Loupiac.

Day 3: Cadillac - St Emilion, 30 mi. (50 km)
This stage of your Bordeaux bike tour leads you through the heart of the ‘Entre-deux Mers’ vineyards, from the Garonne to the Dordogne river. You will have the opportunity to visit the charming village of Rauzan, overlooked by its dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the prestigious village of Saint-Emilion, one of the richest villages in historical testimonies.

Day 4: St Emilion - Blaye, 40 mi. (64 km) 
Leave behind St Emilion and it’s great vintage wines to ride along the Bordeaux vineyards and the soil “Bordeaux Supérieur”.
Blaye is also known for its citadel overlooking the Gironde river, dignified and magnificent, it was built by Vauban during the 17th century.

Day 5: Blaye - Bordeaux, 38 mi. (61 km); optional loop to Pauillac, 12 mi. (20 km)
Your day begins by crossing the Gironde Estuary by boat to Lamarque and the Médoc vineyards. You will smell the salt in the air today because an estuary is a widening channel of a river where it nears the sea!  For the most courageous and for the vintage wine lovers, a detour towards Pauillac is a must! Then, for a wonderful finishing touch, stop at the prestigious Château Margaux  before riding to Bordeaux.

Day 6: Departure
Your Bordeaux bike tour ends after breakfast

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Tour Reviews

  • Alex Ladouceur 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Some hotels definitely better than others. Also some of the road directions were not translated well. Overall, however, generally satisfied with the trip but the service could use some improvements.

  • Michael Schwartz 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip. Beautiful countryside, the route keeps you on small back roads and paths so you see very little traffic for most of the trip, just lots of grape harvesting (if you go in the fall). Hotels and food were good, and everything worked perfectly. I tailored the trip to suit my needs and tripsite was very accomodating. Highly recommended.

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