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France - Bordeaux

France - Bordeaux

Degree of difficulty - B

To go to Bordeaux and not sample the wine would be remiss, but there is a lot more to this area than just wine. This is a journey around a beautiful and memorable area dotted with vineyards.

We stop off at many chateaux where the owners show off their traditional skills and pass through the extraordinary landscape and fishing villages of the Bas Medoc. The vineyards continue as the scenery changes to beautiful wooded hillsides as we pass through St Emilion and Bergerac. The river is wide but full of islands and rapids, and the medieval Bastides, both French and English, at St. Foy Le Grand, Lalinde and Limeuil remind the visitor of the fantastic history of this area.

After a day on the saddle what better way to indulge yourself in guilt free dinners all washed down by the finest local wines.

The tour includes a set collection from Angouleme train station to the first hotel and a drop off at the end of the tour to Bordeaux train station.

DAY 1 Saturday
Make your way to Angouleme train station where set transfers are arranged to Les Eyzies at Moulin De La Beune

DAY 2 Sunday Les Eyzies to Lalinde 24 miles / 39 km
We’re off, this isn't wine country yet, but it is beautiful country. Our cycling holiday takes us over the 'Cingle de Tremolat' where we're treated to 3*** views across the Dordogne valley.
We take a lunch break at the lovely Bastide town of Limeuil where the Dordogne and Vézère rivers meet. We end the day at Lalinde, another Bastide and once an important town where the canal took boat-traffic past the rapids of the Dordogne.

DAY 3 Monday Lalinde to Sainte Foy la Grande 38 miles / 61 km
Today we enter wine country, on our way to Pecharment, within Bergerac. All will be explained by le Comte de Saint Exupery, the owner of Chateau Tiregand. After lunch in Bergerac we cycle into the hills of Monbazillac, home of famous dessert wines including the award winning Chateau Caillavel, one of the most renowned producers in the region. From Monbazillac a flat run into Ste Foy – La – Grande, another beautiful bastide. 

DAY 4 Tuesday Sainte Foy la Grande to Saint Emillion 28 miles / 45 km
Today we uncover a wonderful secret, Montravel, where we meet one of the superstars of local wine making, Daniel Hecquet at Chateau Puy Servain. His dessert wines are world class. A lovely cycle along the Dordogne Valley leads to St. Emilion, home to some of the finest wines in the world. It’s a great place to visit, and Chateau la Clotte is a great introduction to the wines. This evening we’ll eat at their cousins restaurant in the heart of St Emilion, and stay at Auberge de la Commanderie.

DAY 5 Wednesday Saint Emillion to Blaye 39 miles / 63 km
Today starts with a wonderful descent to Libourne. We’re now into Fronsac, after St. Emilion and Pomerol the best known of all the right-bank appellations, and we visit possibly the finest producer of all, Chatuae de la Riviere by repute the most beautiful vineyard in Bordeaux. After lunch we cycle to Blaye, an appellation with a fast-improving reputation, staying at Le Citadelle within an enormous fortress overlooking the river.

DAY 6 Thursday Blaye to Pauillac 14 miles / 23 km
Today we cross the Gironde by ferry to the Haut Medoc, home of the finest wines in the world including Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Latour. We visit two vineyards, Chateau du Raux owned by the delightful Bernard family, and Chateau Lynch-Bages an 1855 classed growth. Today is a real step up in class. Tonight we stay in Pauillac on the banks of the Gironde, the centre of world wine making.

DAY 7 Friday Pauillac 34 miles / 55 km
We spend most of today on tiny roads an d tracks. Before lunch we’ll visit the estate of Chateau Loudenne. Our final visit is to a very traditional vineyard at Chateau Your de By where we’ll discover the best value among some excellent wines.

DAY 8 Saturday
An early departure for the train in Bordeaux that reaches Paris in the late morning and London by 3.00 pm in the afternoon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€1625 based on 2 sharing a room
€2020 for single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in village hotels
- All breakfasts and seven dinners
- Guide cycling with group
- Luggage transfer 
- Maps and route details
- 21 speed tour bike/pannier bag
- Waterproof jacket
- Cycling jersey
-Transfer from train station (Anglouleme)
-Transfer back to train station ( Bordeaux )

Self Guided Tour Information

Self Guided tours are not available on this route.


Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

Les Eyzies

Day 1 hotel Day 1 bedroom Day 1 Garden

Day 1: Moulin de la Beune


Day 2 hotel Day 2 single room Day 2 Breakfast room

Day 2: Hotel Le Foret

Sainte Foy la Grande

Day 3 Hotel LEscapade Hotel Day 3 Hotel LEscapade room Day 3 Hotel LEscapade pool

Day 3: Hotel L'Escapade

Saint Emillion

Day 4 Hotel Day 4 room Day 4 Breakfast

Day 4: Auberge de la Commanderie


Day 5 hotel1 Day 5 pool1 Day 5 room

Day 5: Hotel La Citadelle


Day 6 Hotel Day 6 lounge  

Day 6 & 7: Hotel France et Angleterre

How to get to the start point in Bordeaux:

Local airports: Both Bergerac and Bordeaux are well placed. Bordeaux means a long transfer at the beginning of the week, Bergerac means a long transfer at the end of the week. Both these options can be expensive, so our advice would be:
Bordeaux airport. Take the train from Bordeaux to Les Eyzies, and we'll arrange collection from the train station. At the end of the week the transfer goes via Bordeaux Merignac, which is on the Pauillac side of Bordeaux.
Bergerac airport. Transfer to Les Eyzies. At the end of the week, our bikes are returned to Les Eyzies, via Bergerac airport if necessary.

All details on trains in France are available through the website RailEurope.com. (If you drive you can leave your car at the first hotel.)

On arrival at Angouleme train station you will be met by a tour representative and brought by minibus (90 miles/approx. 2 hrs) to the starting point at Les Eyzies de Tayac. These are the only transfers that we arrange, so it is very important that you are on the right train.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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