Bordeaux Bike Tour

The Battle of the Banks: From the Médoc to Saint-Émilion

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price from: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Be treated to haute cuisine and local wine pairings at the exquisite Château Cordeillan-Bages
  • Cycle to world-renowned vineyards, including Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pétrus, Château Mouton Rothschild, and Château Cos d’Estournel (to name a few)
  • Marvel at the monolithic church and picture-perfect shops in the town of Saint-Émilion
  • Understand the nuances of area wines during exclusive tastings in subterranean cellars and at top wineries like Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Château de Candale, Château Beauséjour, and more

Eat

Foie gras, duck confit, Périgord truffles, and terrines

Drink

Bold and complex Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the Médoc; well-rounded and fruity Merlot blends in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion; sweet Sauternes from Grave

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Bordeaux

    Your guides will greet you at the Bordeaux train station and whisk you away to the Graves wine region. Arrive at the stunning Sources de Caudalie Hotel where you’ll be treated to a light lunch before getting a full introduction to your bike and the week’s itinerary. Enjoy an easy warmup spin on this generally smooth terrain past internationally recognized châteaux and sleepy villages. Back at the hotel after your first ride, you can wander in the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafite, enjoy the pool, or just settle into your luxurious accommodations. Our meal at the hotel’s casual bistro sets the tone for a fun and exciting week!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bordeaux, Martillac
    Accomplished: 10 miles / 16 km, elevation gain: 72 meters
    Accommodations: Sources de Caudalie

  • Day 2

    Through the Entre Deux Mers to Saint-Émilion

    After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll wind our way through the villages and vineyards of the Paysage Bordelais up to the banks of the Garonne River where we’ll cross over into the Entre-Deux-Mers region. Here we’ll enjoy some excellent riding along rolling hills and a tranquil bike path all the way to the Dordogne River. Your day of cycling will be more than rewarded when you arrive at our hotel, Château Grand Barrail, in the famous vineyards right outside of the beautiful village of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Martillac, Langoiran, Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 57 km, elevation gain: 305 meters
    Accommodations: Château Grand Barrail

  • Day 3

    Exploring Pomerol and Saint-Émilion

    Explore the château’s picturesque grounds this morning before we set off on our ride through the world-famous vineyards of the region. We’ll cycle past some of the most important estates in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion: Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac, Petrus, Angélus, and more. After an unforgettable lunch at the impressive Château Candale, we’ll head back to the hotel to freshen up. This evening, we return to Saint-Émilion for an exclusive wine tasting with Madame Borne, our beloved friend and a highlight of the entire trip.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne, Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 205 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 53 km
    Accommodations: Château Grand Barrail

  • Day 4

    Crossing the Gironde Estuary

    Today you have the option of riding all the way to the next hotel or transferring for a shorter easier ride. We’ll wind our way this morning through the villages that dot the banks of the Gironde estuary. After passing the little-known wine regions of Bourg and Blaye, we’ll pause for lunch near the ramparts of the UNESCO Blaye Citadel before boarding a ferry to cross the Gironde. Arriving in the cradle of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc, we’ll continue biking to the luxurious Cordeillan-Bages Estate. Dinner tonight is at the brasserie in the old town of Bages, a short walk from the hotel.

    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 5

    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. A visit to one of these domains reveals what makes the region’s wines so renowned and delves into understanding the pivotal 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Then we circle back towards Pauillac and picnic on seasonal produce by the Gironde Estuary. This afternoon, either enjoy the luxurious comforts of the hotel or stroll over to the village of Bages to shop for souvenirs. The night is ours to celebrate with a very special farewell dinner of haute cuisine and local fine wine at Cordeillan Bages. This is sure to be a meal to remember.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 91 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 50 km
    Accommodations: Château Cordeillan-Bages

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    After breakfast, enjoy a final stroll around the grounds or a last spin on the Grand Cru roads towards Château Margaux. Then it’s back to the city of Bordeaux where our bike tour concludes at the Bordeaux train station and your guides see you off to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km

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

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 11.45am at the Bordeaux Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Bordeaux, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Bordeaux Train Station or city center hotel

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $800

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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
  • 4 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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