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Bordeaux Bike Tour

“Bordeaux, another great biking trip with DuVine, we look forward to our 3rd trip with you. ”
Europe
, France
, Bordeaux
, Pommerol
, Saint Emilion
, Pauillac
, Saint Julien
, Margaux
, Medoc
, Haut Medoc
, Entre-deux-mers
, Bages, France, Europe

from $4,595* per person 6 Days April-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: DuVine Adventures 16 people max
  • Airport near paris, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
Join us on one of our most relaxing bike tours as we cycle peaceful byways along emerald-green fields and endless fertile vineyards that bear some of the world's finest wines.

Imagine 99,000 acres of Merlot … 62,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon … and 32,000 acres of Cabernet Franc. Welcome to Bordeaux.  From serene Gensac, dotted with relics of its feudal past, we’ll bicycle across the famed Dordogne River to medieval St. Emilion. Private wine tastings reveal the nuances of exquisite Cabernets and dry Sauvignon Blancs at the appellations of St. Emilion, Pomerol, and Margaux. You’ll understand why the most serious wine drinkers are drawn to this wine lover’s paradise. Close each day sipping Bordeaux’s elixir and delighting in cuisine fit for a gourmand. And three soothing nights at our exclusive Bordeaux spa serve as a perfectly calming cap to each fulfilling day.

Locations visited/nearby

Europe , France , Bordeaux , Pommerol , Saint Emilion , Pauillac , Saint Julien , Margaux , Medoc , Haut Medoc , Entre-deux-mers , Bages, France, Europe

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Sydney, Australia
    Bordeaux, another great biking trip with DuVine, we look forward to our 3rd trip with you.
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    have gone on 4 DuVine trips and I have had a fantastic time on each and plan on going to Bordeaux next year. I have referred several colleagues and friends, all have come back with rave reviews.
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, DuVine Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    I have gone on 5 DuVine trips and I have had a fantastic time on each. I have referred several friends and colleagues, all have come back with rave reviews.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Wenonah, NJ USA
    One of the best vacation experiences we've had. We won't hesitate to recommend this to everyone. The guides have a fascinating blend of competence, fun loving and a real free spirit.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Boston, MA USA
    We had a great time, we were able to get into places that were closed and the guides seemed to know everyone, everywhere we went. Very knowledgeable about the area, wine, and architecture. Great biking, small roads - no traffic.
    5

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Itinerary

Day One: Coubeyrac
After your guides greet you at the Libourne train station with a light lunch, it’ll be a short drive into the country to your first hotel. Rouse your palate with the region’s finest sparkling wine as we toast your arrival at Château de Sanse, in peaceful Gensac. After a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review, we’ll spin alongside the Dordogne River on a loop ride through Pessac-sur-Dordogne. We’ll stop for a visit with our friend Roger, who has turned his old watermill and bakery into a fascinating winery. He will explain his passion for wine as well as how to properly taste Bordeaux wines. Back at the château, relax by the pool or take in the fabulous terrace views of the Gensac vineyards. After an invigorating day of indulging your senses, a typical bordelaise homemade dinner in the Château Carbonneau's own dining room will be prepared for you by your hosts.
 
Meal: Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations visited: Gensac, Pessac-sur-Dordogne
Distance cycled: 15 kms / 9 miles
 
Day Two: Crossing over the Dordogne to St. Emilion
Today’s ride takes us down a long descent to cruise again alongside the Dordogne River. Pass by kiwi trees and fishermen looking for a catch on this calm, meandering river. After crossing over the river via historic Castillon-la-Bataille, we will arrive at the medieval city of St. Emilion. This breathtaking destination is home to an astounding monolithic church that was carved by Benedictine monks out of a single slab of stone - truly a remarkable sight! Upon arrival, we will taste the famous St. Emilion wines at one of our favorite estates. Lunch is at the café of your choice in the main square, where there are ample options. You are then enrolled at the “wine school” in town, where you will really developyour inner sommelier. End the afternoon with a café au lait and one of the town’s trademark macaroons, or stroll and shop along the cobbled streets. We will continue our ride past famous Grand Cru Classé chateaux as we make our way to Château Grand Barrail Hotel and Spa, an exquisite example of the art of warm hospitality, which you will experience in full form at dinner here tonight.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations visited: Flaujageus, St. Magne, St. Christophe, Castillon & St. Emilion
Distance cycled: 30 kms / 19 miles
 
Day Three: Pomerol & St. Emilion
Delight in a leisurely breakfast, explore the extensive and picturesque grounds of your luxurious château, then climb onto your bike and prepare for a fantastic day of cycling. Famed for its wonderful green stretches and rich vineyards, the region has ideal terrain for biking. We’ll cycle by some of the most important estates in Pomerol and St. Emilion: Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac, Petrus, Ausone, and more. We will taste the wines of Chateau Figeac or Petrus' neighbor to the east, Château Gazin. We’ll relax and pleasure our senses with a gourmet picnic surrounded by historic windmills. We will then cycle back to town where you can spend the day shopping or return to the hotel to be pampered at the spa. The night will be yours to dine at any of the outstanding St.Emilion restaurants, your guide will be happy to reserve a table for you.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic
Destinations visited: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne & St. Emilion
Distance cycled: 21 kms / 13 miles
 
Day Four: Off to the Grand Cru Vineyards of the Medoc!
After a sumptuous breakfast, it’s back to the bikes with a chance to say goodbye to St. Emilion and Pomerol. We’ll wind our way through the villages and vineyards of the Paysage Bordelais down to the banks of the Dordogne river and to the Gironde estuary. The Bordeaux region straddles the Gironde estuary that is formed where the Garonne and Dordogne rivers converged. It is the largest in Europe, and exerts a major influence on the vineyards of the Medoc with the sandy alluvial soil. The English made Bordeaux what it is today due to their huge appreciation for French wines and their desire to import the wines, easy to do because of its location. Between the secret wine towns of Bourg and Blaye we’ll pause for lunch before boarding a ferry that will take us across the Gironde. We’ll arrive in the cradle of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Medoc, and bike to our haven for the night, the luxurious Cordeillan Bages. You’ll enjoy a wine tasting at the hotel’s own Lynch Bages winery after a comprehensive visit to their impressive cellars that combine traditional techniques with modern day technology. Tonight you will enjoy a casual meal at the Brasserie in the old town of Bages.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destinations visited: St André-de-Cubzac, Bourg, Blaye, Lamarque, Beychevelle, Pauillac
Distance cycled: 60 kms / 37 miles
 
Day Five: Margaux Loop Ride
Delight in a leisurely breakfast, explore the extensive and picturesque grounds of your luxurious Château, then climb onto your bike and prepare for a fantastic day of cycling. Famed for its wonderful green expanses and rich vineyards, the region boasts ideal terrain for biking. We’ll cycle by some of the most important estates in Bordeaux: Chateaux Palmer, Margaux, Latour, Beychevelle, Pichon Longueville, and more. We will stop to taste the wines and enjoy a gourmet lunch en route. These lovely estates are the perfect places to see the process of winemaking in the middle of the harvest period. We will then cycle back to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the day golfing, resting, or being pampered at the spa. The night will be yours to celebrate with a very special farewell dinner at the two Michelin star restaurant Cordeillan Bages with Chef Jean-Luc Rocha. The quality of his work earned him the coveted title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007. A pure product of the modern school of French cuisine, he is always eager to try something new whilst setting very high standards. His expertise combines technique with tradition. Bon appetite!
 
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
Destinations visited: Margaux, Beychevelle, Pichon Longville, Pauillac
Distance cycled: 30 miles
 
 
Day Six: The Medoc - Bordeaux
After breakfast, feel free to enjoy a final stroll around the grounds before we drive back to Bordeaux, where you can say goodbye to the esteemed region however you see fit.
 
Meal: Breakfast
Accomplished: Total Satisfaction!

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