EVC12DL Bordeaux and its prestigious vineyards
7 days – 6 nights
From April to October.
"Countries where the waters of the Dordogne, the Garonne River and the Atlantic ocean wed to form the largest estuary in Europe, this trip has something for all appetites of nature and culture, leisure and sports, friendliness and gastronomy. Marshes, vineyards, forests, rivers, small ports, towns and charming villages, castles, wine estates and churches make up the landscape under the sun of the southwest area! "
Roads and trails are opening the way to other landscapes: The vineyards of the Medoc, Pauillac, Margaux, Gironde Estuary, Upper Gironde and the vineyards of Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, the Entre-Deux-Mers and the beauties of Bordeaux.
You will love the comfort of luxury accommodations we have selected as well as the quality of the local cuisine you can enjoy during dinner.
You go through the Pauillac and Margaux vineyards before taking the boat to cross the estuary and continue your tour on the other side, in the Haute Gironde. You will take the Medoc “Route des Vins”, where are some of the most famous wine chateaux in the world, visit the citadel of Blaye, built by Vauban, stroll through cities and charming villages and discover the sunny slopes of the beautiful hills of Entre-Deux-Mers, a succession of vineyards and prestigious monuments.
You will stay in the heart of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, such as Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. This cycling tour, alternating cycle paths and minor roads in quite flat terrain along the river and vineyards, will delight you with its diversity of landscapes. You will be accommodated every night in Relais & Châteaux, hotels 4 and 5 star and private castles; you could have dinner in few of the most famous restaurant of the Bordeaux area.
Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to the Medoc
Arrival at the train station or airport of Bordeaux.
Transfer by taxi to Pauillac. Delivery of your bike, information about the area and the road book.
Overnight in Relais & Château in Pauillac
Day 2: La Route des grands crus – 45 Km
Meet a representative for a presentation of the bikes and the tour.
You will leave Pauillac, home of three of the five first Grands Crus Classés and 15 Crus Classé Medoc, toward Margaux.
You will discover the biggest stars of the 1855 wine ranking with stunning architecture, but also all the other jewels of this reference vineyard .
Your tour will pass by the famous Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, 1st Great Classified Growths, but also by the Châteaux Pichon Longueville (2e cru), Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages (5th classified growth).
This route is certainly magnificent!
Throughout this trip, the Grands Crus succeed. Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Moulis down to the village of Margaux and the famous Chateau Margaux.
Stop in front of the entrance of Chateau Margaux can admire the classical façade of the building constructed in the early 19th century.
Dinner and overnight in 4 star hotel or private chateau in Margaux
Day 3: Crossing the estuary and the "Route de la Corniche" – 43 or 53 Km
This route will lead you to Lamarque where you embark for a crossing of the Gironde estuary.
And you will reach the magnificent citadel of Blaye before continuing your journey on the banks of the estuary. Imposing and majestic, the citadel overlooks the estuary with its 33 hectares in the heart of the city, offering a splendid view over the Gironde.
You will pass through the vineyards of the Cotes de Blaye AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur.
Finally, you will cycle towards Bourg-sur-Gironde, along the "Corniche Fleurie", where the presence of countless palm trees, pink laurels and oaks reflects a climate of great sweetness.
A visit is a must for lovers of beautiful stones: Bourg-sur-Gironde is an architectural jewel. Clinging to a rock, surrounded by walls, the village is one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the estuary.
Dinner and overnight at a private
Day 4: The vineyards of Fronsac, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion - 40 Km
On the road to Saint-Emilion vineyards you will cross two other appellations: Fronsac and Pomerol.
The appellation Pomerol, close neighbour of Saint-Emilion, covers a small plateau north of Libourne. Small area, but great reputation.
The wines of Pomerol are among the most appreciated in France, including the famous "Petrus".
This circuit will lead you into the heart of the best wines of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion as Chateau Angelus, Chateau Petrus and Chateau Cheval Blanc!
Let’s talk about Fronsac: this is the most historic vineyards of Bordeaux since we drank Fronsac in the court of King Louis the 14.
At the confluence of two rivers, the Dordogne and Isle, great terroirs of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac marry beautiful landscape of hills and plateaus, forming a beautiful mosaic of plots, vines extends to infinity.
On this tour you will discover beautiful domains, often planted in the vineyards and inhabited by the growers and their families.
Overnight Relais & Château in Saint-Emilion – B&B
Day 5: Saint-Emilion! Vineyards, architecture and landscapes – 20 or 35 km
Circuit between stones and wine. This circuit within the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion will make you travel around the eastern part of the court of Saint-Emilion vineyards and villages...
The program, estates, old stones and remarkable sceneries. You can reach Castillon la Bataille and return by the bank of the Dordogne River.
Overnight Relais & Château in Saint-Emilion – B&B
Day 6: Saint-Emilion - Bordeaux - 50 km
After passing through Branne on the Dordogne River, you will reach the bike path "Roger Lapébie" and enjoy an ideal route for a bike ride in the heart of natural landscapes, with several rest stops and water points. You will follow this pleasant track which goes to Creon, typical bastide village in the region.
You will ride through a rich architectural heritage, medieval towns, country houses, fortified mills, abbeys, Roman churches.
This track will take you to the majestic Place de la Bourse in the heart of Bordeaux. You will have an overview of the wharves, the Garonne and the stone bridge you cross a few minutes before!
Overnight Hotel 5 star in Bordeaux B&B
Day 7: Departure after breakfast
7 Day/6 Night
Extra charge Electric bike: $33.25 per cycling day
Road book and local documentation
Meeting with a representative with presentation of the bikes and the tour.
2 nights in Relais & Château, 1 night in 4 star hotels or Private chateau, 1 night in private castle and 1 nights in 5 star hotel
Fee for the estuary crossing
Taxi transfer the first day from Bordeaux train station or airport to the first accommodation or the last day (if arrival by car)
Bicycle (VTC) Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag
Assistance for the bike (for big damage)
4 dinners *
Notes for the restaurants:
Cordeillan Bages in Pauillac closed Monday & Tuesday
L’Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion closed Sunday & Monday
* Extra dinners’ indicative cost
Night 1 in Pauillac:
Dinner: Cordeilan Bages 2 courses and dessert: $175.00
3 courses and dessert: $271.25
Dinner: Café Lavinal (500 metres from Cordeillan Bages) (closed on Sunday)
2 courses and 1 dessert: $77.00
Night 4 & 5 in Saint-Emilion:
Dinner: Hostellerie de Plaisance 4 courses: $166.25
5 courses: $236.25
Night 6 in Bordeaux:
Dinner: Regent Grand Hotel Restaurant le Pressoir d’Argent: $323.75