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The Best of Bordeaux + Burgundy Bike Tour

Oenophiles Only: A Full-Bodied Exploration of French Winemaking

8 days / 7 nights Level: 2Price from: $9,995Collection: Specialty, Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Take part in tastings that reveal the grand wines of Bordeaux, from a private experience at the prestigious Château Angélus to a barrel-side sample in the cellars of Couvent des Jacobins
  • Taste Crémant with our friend, a local winemaker, accompanied by his mother’s homemade savory gougères (Burgundian pastries)
  • Blend your own bottle of wine before a celebratory dinner of haute cuisine at Cordeillan-Bages
  • Spend the afternoon at the Hospices de Beaune, an architectural masterpiece in Beaune that hosts the wine world’s single most important auction each year

Eat

In Burgundy; coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, escargot, Jambon Persillé, foie gras, andouillette sausage; cheeses like chevre, Époisses, bleu de Bresse, and Citeaux
In Bordeaux; foie gras, duck confit, Périgord truffles, and terrines

Drink

In Burgundy; sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne, robust Pinot Noir Grand Cru wines from Aloxe-Corton and Montrachet, and smooth, well-aging Chardonnays from Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet
In Bordeaux; bold and complex Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the Médoc; well-rounded and fruity Merlot blends in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion; sweet Sauternes from Grave

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Bordeaux

    Your guides will greet you at the Libourne train station and whisk you away to the village of Saint-Émilion. Surrounded by some of the world’s most legendary vineyards with names like Angelus, Ausone, and Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion is synonymous with fine wine. Check into the luxurious Hostellerie de Plaisance before hopping on the bikes for a ride through the Grand Cru vineyards to a wine-paired lunch at the Château de Candale. Then pedal back to Saint-Émilion for a true introduction to the region during a wine-tasting seminar. Your reward is the first of many incredible dinners at a local gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 10 miles / 16 km, elevation gain: 160 meters
    Accommodations: Hostellerie de Plaisance

  • Day 2

    Exploring Pomerol and Saint-Émilion

    Enjoy a loop ride through the storied vineyards of this region. Cycle past Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac, Petrus, and more on our way to Château Angélus, one of only four chateaux in the region to attain the top ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classés A. Enjoy an amazing and exclusive wine tasting here, and you will understand why Parker has awarded Angelus 90+ points for an incredible run of 15 years in a row! After an unforgettable French picnic prepared by your guides, we will ride back to the hotel in time for relaxation before heading to Château Troplong Mondot for another truly amazing tasting experience followed by a great dinner at their Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne, Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 205 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 53 km
    Accommodations: Hostellerie de Plaisance

  • Day 3

    Crossing the Gironde Estuary

    Say a fitting goodbye to Saint-Émilion with a visit to the fascinating Couvent des Jacobins and its cellars before riding to that other wine capital of Bordeaux: the Médoc. The route winds its way through the villages that dot the banks of the Gironde estuary. Pause for lunch by the ramparts of the UNESCO-recognized Blaye Citadel before boarding a ferry to cross the Gironde. Arriving in the cradle of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc, we’ll bike to the luxurious Cordeillan Bages Estate. Enjoy an amazing visit followed by a wine tasting at the world-famous Château Mouton Rothschild. Dinner tonight is at our favorite restaurant in the nearby village.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bourg, Blaye, Lamarque, Beychevelle, Pauillac
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 432 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km
    Accommodations: Château Cordeillan-Bages

  • Day 4

    Saint-Estèphe Loop Ride

    Our route this morning leads us to Saint-Estèphe past some of the most revered estates in Bordeaux: Châteaux Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, and more. Enjoy lunch in the little village of Bages before looping back to the hotel. This afternoon head to the nearby Lynch Bages estate to learn about the blending method used to create a Lynch Bages wine. Then try your hand as a wine-maker as you blend your own wine! The night is ours to celebrate with a very special Bordeaux farewell dinner of haute cuisine and local fine wine at Cordeillan Bages, a meal to remember. Bon appétit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pauillac, St Estephe
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30  km, elevation gain: 91 meters
    Accommodations: Château Cordeillan-Bages

  • Day 5

    From Bordeaux to Burgundy

    Today we bid adieu to the big wines and estates of Bordeaux and begin our immersion into the boutique, elegant world of Burgundy. After a short flight to Lyon your guides will transfer you to your next hotel in Beaune. Explore Beaune, relax, or take an optional bike ride with a private visit to the Hospices de Beaunea historic charity hospital. In addition to being an architectural masterpiece, the Hospices is famous in the wine world for its much-anticipated wine auction held here each November. We’ll follow this with a private dinner in the cave (wine cellar) of a local Grand Cru producer.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bordeaux / Lyon / Beaune
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 6

    Explore the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune

    Ride from the medieval walls of Beaune, cycling through the picturesque villages of the French countryside. Enjoy extraordinary views of St. Romain’s 13th-century castle ruins, pedal past Charolais cows, the château at La Rochepot, and the hamlet of Orches. Indulge in a gourmet lunch in Puligny-Montrachet paired with both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown on the estate. Then cycle back to Beaune through Volnay and Pommard. This evening, feel free to choose between Beaune’s incredible selection of restaurants, from brasserie to Michelin star.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Beaune, St. Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 465 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 7

    The Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits

    Start the day with a tasting at the best Crémant producer in Burgundy, Parigot and Richard, before riding to the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Continue through Aloxe-Corton and Comblanchien past exquisite examples of Burgundian tiled roofs and villages that barely survived WWII. Stop for lunch in Vosne-Romanée at a wine and truffle producer. In the afternoon, spin past the world-famous Romanée-Conti vineyard on our way back to our hotel. Tonight, head to Maison Bouchard for a spectacular tasting and a private farewell dinner with matching wines from this famous estate, an intimate and truly Burgundian experience.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Savigny-les-Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: of 150 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 8

    Au revoir

    After breakfast, enjoy your last few hours in Beaune sitting at a café, strolling through the city center, or snapping some final photographs of this beautiful part of Burgundy. Your guides will bid you farewell at the Dijon train station before you head off to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris or Bordeaux, France
Pick-Up Location: Libourne Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Paris or Lyon, France
Drop-Off Location: Dijon Train Station

Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 8 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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