Bordeaux Vineyards
Guided cycling holiday from £2085 per person
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On this tour you can experience the landscapes of the Dordogne River, known for the wines produced in its fertile valley. The countryside is packed with meandering rivers, vast forests, vineyards, beautiful sunflower fields and maize.

The history of the area is fascinating, while exploring the caves along the river, one can find historic cave paintings. During the years of 1154 to 1453, Bordeaux thrived under English rule, as King Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine. The English admired Bordeaux’s red wine which aided the region to gain a worldwide reputation for their superb wines. During this period of prosperity, the region is filled with eye-catching architecture including chateaux, churches, abbeys and monasteries.

Vineyards cover the Bordeaux landscapes, covering the valleys of the Dordogne and Garonne. . Wine-lovers will be absorbed in vignobles of St-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac in the Libournais, Graves and Sauternes in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, and Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux in the Medoc peninsular. In this region, one can explore incredibly well-known Chateaux bearing Nestled in these famous appellations are Chateaux bearing many of the most well-known names to be found on a wine bottle — Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Lynch-Bages, Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux, Yquem, Cheval-Blanc and Petrus!

We mainly cycle on easy cycle paths along the river’s edge although there are some hills. On this route you will be guaranteed some unforgettable sites as we journey through the historical past of the region as well as the renowned and beautiful vineyards.

  • Eye-catching panomaras across the Dordogne valley
  • Easy cycling through vineyards and pretty French villages
  • Explore the ancient cobbled streets of St Emilion
  • Traffic-free roads and cycle paths along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers
  • Wine tasting in admired Graves and Sauternes

What people have said

“Fabulous, we enjoyed it all. The guides were extremely accommodating – we’ll certainly do this again!”
Lynne S, Calgary AB
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 21 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
based on 2 sharing
£2085.00
From 9 July 2017 to 15 July 2017
based on 2 sharing
£2085.00
From 13 August 2017 to 19 August 2017
based on 2 sharing
£2085.00
From 10 September 2017 to 16 September 2017
based on 2 sharing
£2085.00
From 1 October 2017 to 7 October 2017
based on 2 sharing
£2085.00

Supplements:

Single room supplement: £425.00 per passenger

Transfers:

Pickups are from Libourne TGV station and Bordeaux airport.

Return to Bordeaux airport and TGV station.

Discounts:

A 5% discount will apply for all group bookings over 6 passengers.

What's included

  • 2 experienced bilingual guides with each tour
  • Delicious gourmet dinners for all 6 nights of your tour
  • Entry fees to attractions and historical sites
  • Fine wine (or soft drink alternative) with all evening meals followed by coffee
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Quality helmets (if required)
  • Quality Trek bicycles
  • Transfers from convenient locations
  • Trip planner with route notes and maps3* (occasionally 4*) auberges inns and hotels
  • Water Bottles
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Day 1

We will be picked up from Libourne train station and Bordeaux airport and taken to our first hotel which is located in the centre of the Libournais wine region in a village named Puisseguin, as well as lying on the edge of the prestigious Pomerol appellation and even has its own winery! We ensure everyone is perfectly fitted on their bicycle before taking a short trip into the vineyards of Pomerol. The renowned Chateau Pétrus, one of the world famous red wines comes from Pomerol. Here, we have a tasting before exploring the hotel gardens or swimming in the hotel’s terraced pool. This is followed by a delicious dinner preparing us for the day of cycling tomorrow!

Day 2 – approx. 46km/27 miles

Today we cycle through the Montagne wine district towards the river Dordogne, through classic wine villages. If there is enough time, we will visit a local winemaker where we can learn about the grape growing process. Moncaret produces a crisp white wine and this is our next destination.. We also visit the ruins of a Roman Villa which overlooks the village; allowing us to learn about history of the village and Roman life in the provinces of the Gaul. We follow the river Dordogne which leads us to our hotel for tonight called the Chateau de Sanse. Before a well-deserved dinner of gourmet food, we can swim in the heated pool, or relax on the terrace overseeing a flourishing valley.

Day 3 – approx. 50km/31 miles

We take a circular route as we are returning to the Chateau de Sanse tonight. We begin by visiting a fortified village from the Hunded Years War, Bastide of Pellegrue, a fantastic spot for a morning break. We then head through plum trees until reaching the wine making region. Pruneau d'Agen is an important feature of the region, and are found in chocolates and other treats so our next stop is a producer. A short cycle takes us to our lunch spot; the market town of Duras located on top of a hill. On our journey back to the Hotel, we visit an organic wine producer in the Bordeaux Sainte-Foy appellation to broaden our knowledge on work in the vineyard and a tasting.

Day 4 – approx. 46km/29 miles

Today is a fairly easy day as we begin by cycling along the river Dordogne. We cross the river at Castillon-la-Bataille, scene of the final defeat of the English in the Hundred Years War, taking us to the centre of the Bordeaux vignobles, arriving in Libournais. Here, we cycle through the Côtes-de-Castillon vineyards before reaching ancient ramparts of St-Emilion. St-Emilion is one of the most beautiful towns in Southern France and is home to the 13th Century Chateau du Roi and the Eglise Monolithe. The Eglise Monolithe is a church built in the 8th Century, carved from one block of rock And is also a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, we head to a vineyard for a tasting of some of the most celebrated wines including Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone. Our hotel tonight is situated in St-Vincent so after crossing the River Dordogne we arrive here. The hotel has its own a respected Bordeaux Superieur winery so before our restaurant dinner, we can visit the winery or swim in the pool.

Day 5 – approx. 52km/33 miles

We begin by cycling to the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region which translates to ‘between two seas’, the seas that this refers to are actually two rivers; Dordogne and Garonne. We follow the Roger LaPebie Cycleway, which is a converted railway track. This of course means that it is a practically flat journey. Our first stop is the Abbaye de Sauve-Majeure, founded in 1079 and in 1998 was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Abbey is located next to the Maison des Vins des Entre-Deux-Mers. After lunch, cross the river Garonne into the Sauternes wine area where we head to a vineyard specialising in dessert wines for a tasting. Our chateau hotel oversees the village of Sauternes and produces its own dessert wine, even being accorded Premier Cru status by the accreditations of 1855. We wander into the village for a delicious dinner looking out into the beautiful vines.

Day 6 – approx. 56km/35 miles

We start by cycling through the vineyards of the Graves region, home to the legendary Château Haut-Brion .We then go through vines and forests on car-free, tranquil roads, taking a tasting and visit at a winery of the Graves appellation. Graves has distinguished reds and a extraordinarily clear white, accomplished by decreasing the temperature at the beginning stages of fermentation. After lunch we cycle along the La Pebie cycleway, leading us into Bordeaux itself.. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Bordeaux such as the magnificent restored 18th century Customs Houses lining the river and the stylish shopping along Rue Ste-Catherine. Dinner tonight is at a gourmet restaurant where you are guaranteed a final delicious meal.

Day 7

After breakfast, there will be time to do some shopping, explore the city a little more and to say goodbye to new friends before being transferred to the station or airport. You may like to stay on for day or two as there is so much to offer in this amazing city or take a tour of the Medoc peninsular – let us know and we can organise bookings for you.
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What people have said

“Fabulous, we enjoyed it all. The guides were extremely accommodating – we’ll certainly do this again!”
Lynne S, Calgary AB

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What people have said

“Fabulous, we enjoyed it all. The guides were extremely accommodating – we’ll certainly do this again!”
Lynne S, Calgary AB

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“Fabulous, we enjoyed it all. The guides were extremely accommodating – we’ll certainly do this again!”
Lynne S, Calgary AB

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