Bordeaux Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Bordeaux
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Occasional Rider
- Price From: $4495
- Single Supplement: $ 900
|May 26 - May 31, 2013||$4795||Call to book|
|Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2013||$4795||Call to book|
|Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2013||$4795||Call to book|
|Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2013||$4795||Call to book|
|Jul 14 - Jul 19, 2013||$4795||Call to book|
Cycle amongst endless acres of vineyards from the Dordogne to the Gironde. Contemplate a bold Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc or a smooth and fruity Merlot in Pomerol. Learn from the masters in one of the premier wine centers of the world, tasting their finest vintages as you cycle from one renowned estate to another. A true oenophile’s paradise, this cycling tour in Bordeaux features picturesque routes amongst the grapes, along the Dordogne, and through enchanting medieval cities like St. Emilion. Indulge every night in the perfect meal to accompany your outstanding vintages and unwind in complete luxury in regal châteaux.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Bordeaux
Your guides will greet you at the Libourne train station, and we’ll share a light lunch before driving into the country. We’ll rouse our palates with the region’s finest sparkling wine and toast our arrival at Château de Sanse in peaceful Gensac. After a bike fitting, we’ll spin alongside the Dordogne River on a ride through Pessac-sur-Dordogne. We’ll stop for a visit at our friend Robert’s winery, where he’ll teach us how to properly taste Bordeaux wines. Then relax by the château’s pool or take in the views of the Gensac vineyards. Tonight we’ll enjoy a homemade Bordelaise dinner and wine tasting at Château Carbonneau.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Gensac, Pessac-sur-Dordogne
Accomplished: 9 miles / 15 km
Day Two: Crossing the Dordogne to St. Emilion
Start today with a long descent and cruise alongside the Dordogne River. Pass by kiwi trees and fishermen looking for a catch. Crossing the river via historic Castillon-la-Bataille, we’ll arrive at the medieval city of St. Emilion. We’ll develop our inner sommeliers today with lunch and an instructive wine tasting at Château de Candale. End the afternoon with a café au lait and a delicious macaroon. Our ride continues past famous Grand Cru Classé châteaux on our way to Château Grand Barrail, where we’ll enjoy an exquisite meal and a restful sleep.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Flaujageus, St. Magne, St. Christophe, Castillon, St. Emilion
Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km
Day Three: Exploring Pomerol and St. Emilion
Explore the château’s picturesque grounds this morning before we set off on our ride through the wonderful green stretches and vineyards of the region. We’ll cycle by some of the most important estates in Pomerol and St. Emilion: Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac, Petrus, Ausone, and more. Taste the exceptional wines of Château Figeac. We’ll relax and treat ourselves to a gourmet picnic surrounded by historic windmills. Cycle back to town to spend the day shopping or return to the hotel and spa. Tonight is yours to dine at any of the outstanding St. Emilion restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet picnic
Destinations: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne, St. Emilion
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km
Day Four: The Grand Cru Vineyards of the Médoc
We’ll wind our way this morning through the villages and vineyards of the Paysage Bordelais and down to the banks of the Dordogne and the Gironde estuary. Between the little-known wine towns of Bourg and Blaye, we’ll pause for lunch before boarding a ferry across the Gironde. Arriving in the cradle of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Médoc, we’ll bike to the luxurious Cordeillan Bages. Enjoy a wine tasting at the hotel’s Lynch Bages winery after a comprehensive visit to their impressive cellars. Dinner tonight is at the brasserie in the old town of Bages.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: St André-de-Cubzac, Bourg, Blaye, Lamarque, Beychevelle, Pauillac
Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km
Day Five: Margaux Loop Ride
Our route this morning leads us past some of the most revered estates in Bordeaux: Châteaux Palmer, Margaux, Latour, Beychevelle, Pichon Longueville, and more. We’ll stop to enjoy the wines and a gourmet lunch en route. At the right time of year, witness the winemaking process in the middle of the harvest period at these gorgeous estates. Afterward, we’ll cycle back to the hotel to spend the rest of the day golfing, resting, or being pampered at the spa. The night is yours to celebrate with a very special farewell dinner at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Cordeillan Bages, with Chef Jean-Luc Rocha. Bon appétit!
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet picnic / Dinner
Destinations: Margaux, Beychevelle, Pichon Longville, Pauillac
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km
Day Six: Au Revoir
After breakfast, enjoy a final stroll around the grounds before we drive back to the city of Bordeaux, where your guides will see you off at the Bordeaux train station.