Saint-Émilion is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo via Flickr:traveljunction

Sauterne wine in southern France. Photo via Flickr:Megan Mallen
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Bordeaux Wine Country

France Bike Tours

Cycling in Bordeaux - an Incredible France Bike Tour

  • 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 & fruity fragrances diffusing from the infamous vineyards and learn about the glorious and turbulent past of thus ancient land.

    Highlights:

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

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  • 2017:
    Twin/double: £ 1109 $ 1,768 1164 NOK 11640 kr 10745 $ 1,397 Single supplement: £ 288 $ 459 302 NOK 3020 kr 2788 $ 362 Supplement for single traveler: £ 176 $ 281 185 NOK 1850 kr 1708 $ 222

    2018:
    Twin/double: £ 892 $ 1,423 937 NOK 9370 kr 8649 $ 1,124 Single supplement: £ 286 $ 456 300 NOK 3000 kr 2769 $ 360 Excursion to Sauternes, including bike rental: £ 102 $ 163 107 NOK 1070 kr 988 $ 128 Single supplement: £ 45 $ 71 47 NOK 470 kr 434 $ 56 Supplement for single traveler: £ 171 $ 273 180 NOK 1800 kr 1662 $ 216

    extra options

    2017:
    Electric bicycle: £ 38 $ 61 40 NOK 400 kr 369 $ 48 2018:
    Extra day bike rental: £ 14 $ 23 15 NOK 150 kr 138 $ 18 Electric bicycle: £ 52 $ 84 55 NOK 550 kr 508 $ 66 Extra day electric bike rental: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30 Extra night: 
    Bordeaux: £ 76 $ 122 80 NOK 800 kr 738 $ 96 Single room supplement: £ 57 $ 91 60 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 5 Dinners included: £ 181 $ 289 190 NOK 1900 kr 1754 $ 228 Trailer/child bike/infant seat on request

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG International Airport or Bordeaux International Airport.

    Local Travel

    From CDG, it is recommended to take the TGV train direct to Bordeaux. There are trains that run throughout the day. Schedules and pricing can be found on the TGV/SNCF website. This is a 4 1/2 journey. If you fly to Bordeaux International Airport, the city is easily accessible.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. 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 available upon request.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star hotels, all rooms with private facilities.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 5 nights in 3 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transportation
  • 27-speed cube hybrid bike equipped with two saddlebags, a high visibility jacket, an anti-theft device, map holder, and repair kit
  • Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
  • Tour information
  • Boat transfer on Day 5
  • 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
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

2017: Arrival possible on weekdays (not Saturday or Sunday) from March 1 to October 31, 2017
2018: Daily arrivals possible from March 1 to October 31, 2018

Skill Level

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux Wine Country Map

This tour has been updated for 2018. The itinerary and includeds have changed. Please ask if you need to see 2017 itinerary which was a 7 day tour.
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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Customer Feedback

  • Alex Ladouceur 2 years ago

    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 6 years ago

    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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