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Bordeaux Wine Route Cycle Tour

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This cycling tour of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine vineyards include some of the most famous wines : Saint Emilion, Entre Deux Mers, and other small wine villages throughout the region.
France
Cultural
Cycling
Food & Wine
Active Holiday Packages

Highlights

7 nights accommodation in charming hotels

Explore Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin, at your leisure

Visit World Heritage Site of Saint Emilion with Romanesque churches and Roman ruins

Discover the charming medieval village of Saint Macaire

You will start in Bordeaux, which is easily accessible from Paris. Then cycle along the charming Garonne River, you will make your way to the Entre deux Mers, a famous wine region and then to Saint Emilion. This tour brings you back to Bordeaux where you can visit the Cathedral and shop on the rue Sainte Catherine. You will enjoy cycling around Aquitaine, a region known for its wine, its food, and a rich heritage of walled towns, abbeys, and medieval castles.

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Included

2 nights in Bordeaux at Hotel de Normandie - 4*
1 night in Saint Macaire at Les Feuilles D'Acanthe - 3*
2 nights in Duras at Hostellerie Des Ducs - 2*
2 nights in Saint Emilion at Hotel Auberge De La Commanderie - 2*
Orientation in person with local guide
9 meals included - 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Hybrid bike rental included
Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets (no cue-sheet on day 3,4 & 5)
1 GPS for every 1-3 people
All luggage transfers
Comprehensive trip literature
Technical and emergency support available at all times

Itinerary

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Bordeaux Wine Cycle Route

Average / Day : Distance : 54.17 Km / 33.67 Miles - Elevation gain : 559.67 Metres

Bordeaux Wine Cycle Route
Day 1
Bordeaux

Arrive in Bordeaux - a large city with good rail access and commercial airline flights from several European capitals. The historic city center is picturesque and offers a variety of attractions including wine museums and shops for local wines. Orientation in the evening with bike delivery and set up at your hotel.

Overnight in Bordeaux at the Hotel de Normandie

Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Day 2
Bordeaux → Sauve-Majeure Abbey → Cadillac → Saint Macaire

Distance 1 : 40 Miles - 64 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 583 Metres

Start your tour by riding out of Bordeaux on a bicycle path alongside the Garonne river and out to the vineyards. Along the way you will pass the famous wine town of Cadillac where you can stop at the chateau. Arriving at St Macaire you can relax at the hotel and stroll around the town in search of a good wine aperitif! Discover the charming medieval village of Saint Macaire, which used to be a rich merchant town in the Bordelais area.

Overnight in Saint-Macaire at Hotel Les Feuilles D'Acanthe.

Breakfast, Dinner
Bordeaux → Sauve-Majeure Abbey → Cadillac → Saint Macaire
Saint-Macaire
Day 3
Saint Macaire → Duras

Distance 1 : 29 Miles - 47 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 650 Metres

Ride through the Entre Deux Mers region and its vineyards. You will use both bicycle paths and some small country roads during your ride. Numerous small towns and bastides are along the route and each is worth exploring.

Overnight in Duras at Hostelleries des Ducs.

Breakfast, Dinner
Saint Macaire → Duras
Duras
Day 4
Duras Monsegur → Chateau des Ducs → Duras

Distance 1 : 34 Miles - 55 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 710 Metres

Ride through the quiet country roads and vineyards of this widely unknown area. You can see the Chateau des Ducs in Duras, as well as the vineyards of the Cotes de Duras. From there, you will head back to the Gironde department through the Dropt Valley, back to your hotel via Monsegur, where you can stop at the Bastide of Monsegur, an ancient Medieval village.

Overnight in Duras at Hostellerie Des Ducs.

Breakfast
Duras Monsegur → Chateau des Ducs → Duras
Chateau des Ducs
Day 5
Duras → Saint Emilion

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 610 Metres

A ride to one of the most famous vineyards of the region: Saint Emilion! Discover this UNESCO World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Emilion as early as the 2nd century AD. The town was named after the monk Emilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock during the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started the wine production in the area. Take some time to explore this charming town and visit the Tour du Roy which dates back to 1237.

Overnight in Saint Emilion at Auberge De La Commanderie.

Breakfast
Duras → Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion
Day 6
Loop Ride Around Saint Emilion Vineyards

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 376 Metres 

Loop tour around the region to Castillon La Bataille and among the vineyards for a great wine day! You can also take the day off to explore the village and taste the local produce. Optional ride - approx 52 km. Wine tastings, shopping, and cultural visits are abound in this famous town.

Overnight in Saint Emilion at Auberge De La Commanderie.

Breakfast
Loop Ride Around Saint Emilion Vineyards
Castillon la Bataille
Day 7
Saint Emilion → Sauve-Majeure Abbey → Creon → Bordeaux

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 51 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 429 Metres

Ride back to Bordeaux through the vineyards and the charming town of Creon where you will pick up the cycling path back to Bordeaux. Dinner out on your own in Bordeaux, perhaps with an excellent bottle of local wine to celebrate your journey!

Overnight in Bordeaux at Hotel de Normandie.

Breakfast
Saint Emilion → Sauve-Majeure Abbey → Creon → Bordeaux
Sauve-Majeure Abbey
Day 8
Bordeaux

Departure after breakfast, trains run from Bordeaux to Paris frequently. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Active Holiday Package

Cycling Level Active

Cycling is an incredible way to discover a region. You have the ability to go as far as you want, but also slow down to enjoy the special moments. With a bike, you discover places that would be otherwise impossible. 

 

7 nights
from AUD2,916
per person, twin share
France
Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Cultural, Cycling, Food & Wine
Active Holiday Packages
01 Mar 2021 - 30 Sep 2021

Hotel options

Hotel de Normandie
Hotel de Normandie

Bordeaux
The Hotel de Normandie is located in the heart of the 18th-century centre of Bordeaux, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Garonne riverfront, the Grand Théâtre opera house and the city’s other main monuments are only a short walk away. The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), situated opposite the hotel, will allow you to discover the Bordeaux wine country. The windows of the hotel de Normandie offer a view of Bordeaux’s famous Esplanade des Quinconces, a short distance from the Grand Théâtre and the Place Tourny square.

Les Feuilles D'Acanthe Hotel
Les Feuilles D'Acanthe Hotel

Saint-Macaire 
Les Feuilles D'Acanthe is located in the very heart of the medieval city of Saint Macaire. It is housed within the walls of a magnificent merchant's house dating from the 16th century, which has been completely renovated to provide a perfect combination of the beauty of the local heritage with the latest modern facilities. The interior of the hotel such as the carreaux de Gironde (tiling typical of the region), the bare stone walls, oak furniture and crossed mullion windows will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time to the Middle Ages. The guest rooms offer every comfort plus fabulous views over the old town of Saint Macaire, making your stay an unforgettable experience. The centrepiece of the sunny internal courtyard is a covered swimming pool and Jacuzzi, where guests can relax, alone or as a family, before going on to enjoy the creative gourmet menus that are prepared by the chef from the finest produce of the region.

Hostellerie des Ducs
Hostellerie des Ducs

Duras
The Hostellerie des Ducs is a 19th century convent, which inspired the Blanchet family to share their passion for this amazing region. The restaurant prides itself on blending subtle flavours, that if the Dukes of Duras were to return, they would certainly book the best table in the restaurant. They would also marvel at the welcoming, calm bedrooms, the magificent floral garden and the swimming pool, before coming inside for a game of billiards.

Auberge De La Commanderie
Auberge De La Commanderie

Saint Emilion
The Auberge de la Commanderie is one of the historic sites located at the heart of the medieval town. The main part of the building was of templar origin and the annex was used as a last hiding place by the counter revolutionary Girondin deputies. Both buildings are unique of old Saint-Emilion and were renovated in 2003 with modern amenities.

Important notes

Please note that pricing is based on a “from price” which varies on each departure and is subject to change without notice. Please contact our friendly team for exact pricing, availability, and upgrade options.

Our hotels or B&B provide amenities that are ideal for active vacations, located in easy walking distance to downtowns, restaurants and sightseeing. We prioritise family-owned, authentic accomodations over large chains. If the hotel advertised on our website is full, we will book you in another hotel similar in category.

Excluded

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

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