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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in a combination of guesthouses and 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1780USD

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Overview

Trip Code: BBC

Trip highlights


  • Cycling the among the prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux
  • Stunning chateaux and architecture
  • Visiting the citadel at Blaye on the Garonne
  • Soaking up the hospitality in specially chosen hotels
  • Visiting UNESCO listed sites of Bordeaux and St Emilion

You don't need to be a wine aficionado to be able to appreciate this self guided cycling trip among the vineyards of this prestigious French wine region. During this bike based trip you'll explore the Pauillac and Margaux vineyards along the Medoc 'Route des Vins' as well as discover some of the most famous chateaux and the biggest stars of Bordeaux's Official Wine Classification of 1855, a system of ranking the region's best wines as requested by Emperor Napoleon III. Cross the estuary to the Haute Gironde and visit the citadel of Blaye, built by Vauban by order of Louis XIV to protect Bordeaux. Continue cycling through charming villages, past stunning architecture and a succession of vineyards and intriguing monuments. During the tour you'll also discover the sunny slopes of the beautiful hills of Entre-des-Meux area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers as well as stay in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Bordeaux and St Emilion.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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On arrival at Bordeaux train station or airport, you'll be picked up and transferred by taxi to your hotel in Pauillac (approx 60km). Here you you will receive your bike and route information. In the heart of the Medoc wine region, Pauillac is home to three of the five Grand Cru class chateaux - an excellent starting point for your vineyard cycle!

Meals:  D

Today you will discover the biggest stars of the Bordeaux 1855 wine ranking, along with stunning architecture and other jewels of this fine vineyard region. You will pass by Pauillac's famous Premier Cru/First Growth status Chateaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Also Chateaux Pichon Longueville (2nd cru/Second Growth) and Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages (5th classified growth). Stop at the entrance of the famous Chateau Margaux to admire the classical facade dating from the early 19th century. Truly a wonderful cycling day along the Grand Cru route, from Pauillac via St Julien and Moulis to Margaux. Dinner at the hotel.

Meals:  B,D

The route today will lead you to Lamarque, where you embark the 'bac' (ferry) and cross the Gironde estuary. Reach the magnificent citadel at Blaye before continuing along the banks. Imposing and majestic, the citadel overlooks the estuary with its 33 hectares, offering a splendid view over the Gironde. You will pass through the vineyards of the Cotes de Blaye AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur then cycle towards Bourg-en-Gironde, along the 'Corniche Fleurie' where the countless palm trees, pink laurels and oaks reflect the sweet climate. Bourg is an architectural jewel. Built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by medieval walls, the village is one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the estuary. Dinner at a restaurant.

Meals:  B,D

On the road to St Emilion's vineyards you will cycle through two other appellations: Fronsac and Pomerol. Fronsac is the most historic vineyard of Bordeaux, with wines having been served at King Louis XIV's court. The appellation Pomerol, near to St Emilion, covers a small plateau north of Libourne. It's a small area with a great reputation - the wines of Pomerol are among the most appreciated in France and include the famous 'Petrus'. Today's cycle will lead you into heart of the best wines of Pomerol and St Emilion such as Chateaux Angelus, Petrus, Cheval Blanc... At the confluence of two rivers, the Dordogne and the Isle, these three great terroirs marry beautiful landscapes of hills and plateaux, forming picturesque mosaics and seemingly endless vines. You will discover beautiful domains inhabited by growers and their families. Overnight in St Emilion. Option to upgrade for the 2nights in St Emilion: must be requested at the time of booking - supplement applies.

Meals:  B

Today's cycling is a circuit around St Emilion, enjoying the vineyards, architecture and landscape. The trail heads east from St Emilion, through vineyards and villages, to Castillon la Bataille and returns to St Emilion along the banks of the Dordogne River.

Meals:  B

After cycling through Branne on the Dordogne, you will reach the 'Roger Lapebie' bike path and enjoy an ideal route through natural landscapes, taking several rest and water stops. Follow this pleasant track to Creon, a typical bastide village of the region. The area has a rich architectural heritage of medieval towns, country houses, fortified mills, abbeys and Roman churches. Continue past wharves and over the stone bridge spanning the Garonne to the majestic Place de la Bourse in the heart of Bordeaux. Overnight in Bordeaux.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 3 dinners – usually 3 courses with regional specialties featured
  • 6 nights in a combination of charming guesthouses and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade hotel St Emilion available - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked. GPS Tracks available on request
  • Taxi transfer from Bordeaux station or airport to Pauillac on day 1
  • Rental bike equipped with helmet, lock, repair kit, panniers and handlebar bag (electric bike available on request - a supplement applies)
  • The ferry crossing from Lamarque
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Bordeaux
  • Lunches daily, 3 dinners and all beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

The cycling is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily cycling distances from 20 to 53 km (12.5 to 33mi) which should take between 3-6 hours. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a good level of fitness. The journey alternates between following bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be worn. You need only carry your camera and water bottle etc as your luggage is transported for you between hotels.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 23 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$1780USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Optional upgrade St Emilion superior hotel (2nts) - twinshare ppUSD$90
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$180
  • Single Supplement standard hotelsUSD$500
  • Single Traveller Surcharge standard hotelsUSD$890
*Prices listed are per person

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