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Bordeaux Wine Country

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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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  • Twin/double: £ 809 $ 1,735 952 $ 1434 NOK 8965 kr 8275 $ 1,076 Single supplement: £ 297 $ 638 350 $ 527 NOK 3296 kr 3042 $ 396 Supplement for solo traveler: £ 170 $ 365 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226 Excursion to Sauternes, including bike rental: £ 93 $ 200 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Single supplement: £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57

    Tour package

    Standard Category

    Superior Category

    Twin/double

    £ 813 $ 1,744 957 $ 1442 NOK 9012 kr 8319 $ 1,081

    £ 928 $ 1,990 1092 $ 1645 NOK 10283 kr 9492 $ 1,234

    Single supplement

    £ 302 $ 647 355 $ 535 NOK 3343 kr 3086 $ 401

    £ 336 $ 720 395 $ 595 NOK 3720 kr 3433 $ 446

    Dinners included (5)

    £ 170 $ 365 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

    £ 178 $ 383 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237

    Solo traveler supplement

    £ 170 $ 365 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

    £ 170 $ 365 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

     

    Excursion to Sauternes + xtra night in Cadillac
    including bike rental
    Standard categorySuperior category
    Twin/double £ 110 $ 237 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147 £ 119 $ 255 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158
    Single supplement £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 £ 59 $ 128 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79

     

    extra options


    Extra day bike rental: £ 13 $ 27 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17 Electric bicycle: £ 51 $ 109 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 21 $ 46 25 $ 38 NOK 235 kr 217 $ 28 Extra night: 
    Bordeaux: £ 79 $ 170 94 $ 141 NOK 880 kr 813 $ 106 Single room supplement: £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 5 Dinners included: £ 170 $ 365 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226 Trailer/child bike/infant seat on request
    Transfers from Bordeaux to airport: On request

    Electric bicycle: £ 59 $ 128 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79 Extra day bike rental: £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 30 $ 64 35 $ 53 NOK 330 kr 304 $ 40 Trailer/child bike/infant seat on request

    Extra night (Bordeaux)Standard categorySuperior category
    Twin/double £ 75 $ 160 88 $ 133 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 £ 112 $ 241 132 $ 199 NOK 1243 kr 1147 $ 149
    Single supplement £ 64 $ 137 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 76 $ 164 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102

    Transfers from Bordeaux to airport:

    1 - 4 ppl. sharing costs: £ 51 $ 109 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 5 - 8 ppl. sharing costs: £ 68 $ 146 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

     

    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
From952 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 and 2020

Daily arrivals possible from March 1 to October 31

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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