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8 Day Wine and Cycling Tour in Gironde, France
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Remarkable Cycling Tour in France

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. You will start in Bordeaux which is easily accessible from Paris then cycle along the charming Garonne river and 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. Enjoy cycling around Aquitaine, a region known for its wine, its food, and a rich heritage of walled towns, abbeys, and medieval castles!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point-to-point
  • Terrain: Typically flatter terrain, no notable hills or anything of a steep gradient
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 191 miles / 308 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Leisure cycling
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 145 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 145 EUR
  • Tandem bike: Available to rent / 50 EUR

Highlights

  • 6 days' cycling tours
  • Riding through the most famous vineyards
  • Detailed maps and Garmin Oregon GPS
  • Inclusive of luggage transfers
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 7 nights' lodging

Styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various superior 2-star, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Bordeaux

You will 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 many visits including the wine museums and shops for local wines. You will have orientation in the evening with bike delivery and set up at your hotel.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your own
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 2: Ride to Saint Macaire

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 Saint Macaire, you can relax at the hotel and stroll around the town in search of a good wine aperitif. You can discover the charming medieval village of Saint Macaire which used to be a rich merchant town in the Bordelaise area.

  • Distance: 40 miles / 64 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 583 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 3: Cycle around the Entre Deux Mers Vineyards to Sainte Gemme

You will 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.

  • Distance: 21 miles / 34 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 519 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 4: Loop ride in The Vineyards

You will ride through the quiet country roads and vineyards of this out of the beaten path 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 and head back to your hotel via Monsegur where you can stop at the Bastide of Monsegur, an ancient medieval village.

  • Distance: 34 miles / 55 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 807 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 5: Ride to Saint Emilion

You will ride to one of the most famous vineyards of the region, Saint Emilion. You can 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 second century AD. The town was named after the monk Emilion, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock during the eighth century. It was the monks who followed him that started the wine production in the area. You can take some time to explore this charming town and visit the Tour du Roy which dates back to 1237.

  • Distance: 32 miles / 52 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 572 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 6: Loop ride around Saint Emilion Vineyards

You will take a 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. The optional ride is approximately 52 kilometers. Wine tastings, shopping, and cultural visits abound in this famous town.

  • Distance: 32 miles / 52 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 376 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 7: Cycle back to Bordeaux

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

  • Distance: 32 miles / 51 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 429 meters
  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 8: Departure day

You will depart after breakfast. Trains from Bordeaux to Paris are available all day long. Discover France can help with extra nights and car rentals.

  • Meals included: breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Road books

The road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that has been planned and laid out. The significant time and incorporated the feedback of the customers over many years (since 1997) have been investigated to make the road books even better. The road books include color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

Garmin GPS

Since 2008, Discover France has mainly chosen Garmin for the GPS (or equivalent brand in some countries). They change the units every two years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices so they are available on all of the tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS and enjoy. One GPS is provided for every three people

The bikes

Hybrid bike

The hybrid bike is the Scott Sub Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom rack time carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes are available: S, M, L, and XL.

Road bike

The road bike is Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver an extreme lightweight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. Discover France has all sizes for you: XS, S, M, L, XL.

Electric bike

With its integrated rack, seamless assist and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom: the freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute, or the freedom to feel the wind in your face, effortlessly.

Tandem bike

This is a more upright and adventurous model that brings the strength, stability, and smooth-rolling comfort of 29-inch wheels to the two-up crowd.

Included in bike rental

Hybrid and electric bike rental

Your bike comes with two bags (one rear pannier + one front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.

  • Rear pannier containing: helmet / lock / pump / two spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: toolkit / tire levers / patch kit
  • One water bottle "Souvenir"
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)

Road bike

  • Saddlebag containing: toolkit / tire levers / patch kit / two spare tubes / one hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • Two water bottle "Souvenir"

Location

You will ride from Bordeaux to Saint-Macaire, Sainte Gemme, Saint Emilion, and ride back to Bordeaux. France has many beautiful places to visit and Bordeaux is an absolute must for wine lovers. If you are seeking fantastic food and a rich experience of French "Art de Vivre”, Bordeaux and the Gironde area is a great place to visit. The region is flat and has lots of bike paths. It's the perfect place to go on a wine tour, cycle through vineyards, and discover legendary Châteaux wines like Saint Emilion. But Bordeaux is more than renowned wine country. It is also the ideal place for those who are seeking to enjoy a cultural trip through French history with beautiful monuments and charming castles.

Food

You will be provided with seven breakfasts and four dinners. Some meals are not included in each destination to give you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all the information needed with the team support in your roadbook.

Bordeaux food and wine

From Pauillac to Saint Emilion and Pomerol, some of the most famous French wines come from Bordeaux and on your trip to Bordeaux and Gironde, you will be surrounded by vineyards and Chateaux. You can't come to this region without going on a wine tour and tasting different Bordeaux wines. Gironde also offers great food and you will have to try the specialties such as the oysters from the Bassin d'Arcachon or the delicious cannelés Bordelais, a small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla and shaped like a cork.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Exploring the village and taste the local produce in Castillon La Bataille
  • Strolling around the town of Cadillac
  • Wine tasting in some vineyards or towns

What's included

  • 6 days' cycling tours through the vineyards
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed road book (including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary, and cue sheets)
  • 1 Garmin Oregon GPS for 3 people
  • Luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Trip and / or medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any personal items
  • Drinks
  • 8 lunches and 5 dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). Flights to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) are possible from many European cities. From Paris Orly Airport (ORY), it is only one hour and five minutes away.

Arrival by train

From Paris Montparnasse Train Station, take the TGV (high-speed train) to Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean Railway Station. The approximate duration is three hours and twenty minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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