Bordeaux Bike Tour

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, local wine pairings, and two Michelin-starred dinners at our exquisite hotels
  • 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, Château Suduiraut, and more

Eat

Foie gras, duck confit, lamb, macarons from Saint-Émilion, 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 the Médoc!

    Your guides will greet you at the Bordeaux train station for a transfer to the heart of the famous Médoc wine appellation region. A light lunch and visit to Château Lanessan is followed by our bike fitting and safety talk. Our first ride is an introduction to Bordeaux’s internationally recognized estates, including Châteaux Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Latour. With our palates primed for a week of wine tasting, circle back towards Pauillac and settle into our luxurious hotel. Tonight, raise the first of many glasses over haute cuisine at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 128 meters
    Shorter Option: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 104 meters
    Accommodations: Château Cordeillan-Bages

  • Day 2

    Crossing the Gironde Estuary

    This morning, we’ll wind our way through the villages that dot the banks of the Gironde estuary. Spin through vineyards heavy with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes before boarding a ferry to cross the Gironde. Disembark in Blaye near the ramparts of the UNESCO-classified 17th-century citadel, then continue cycling into the little-known wine regions of Bourg and Blaye. We’ll pause for lunch in Bourg’s romantic town square. This afternoon, finish riding to our hotel or hop in the van and head straight to the spa. This evening, we’ll kick things off with a glass of Merlot, followed by dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Beychevelle, Lamarque, Blaye, Bourg, Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 213 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km, elevation gain: 560 meters
    Accommodations: Château Grand Barrail

  • Day 3

    Exploring Pomerol and Saint-Émilion

    Explore the château’s picturesque grounds before we set off on our ride through the region’s world-famous vineyards. We’ll cycle past some of the most important estates in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion—Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac, Petrus, Angélus—then taste reds from the Pomerol appellation. After an unforgettable lunch at the impressive Château Candale, 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. Tonight, dine on your own in town—your guides will gladly recommend their favorite restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne, Saint-Émilion
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 200 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 365 meters
    Accommodations: Château Grand Barrail

  • Day 4

    Through the Entre-Deux-Mers and into Les Graves

    After a scrumptious breakfast, set out on the tranquil bike paths that lead us to the Dordogne River. Here, we’ll cross into the Entre-Deux-Mers region, known for its crisp white Bordeaux wines. The scenery from the saddle includes lush vineyards under endless blue sky, ruins of medieval abbeys, and classic sun-drenched villages. After lunch, we near vineyards of Paysage Bordelais and arrive at the banks of the Garonne River where our hotel is located. The Sources de Caudalie boasts its very own vineyards, Château Smith Haut Lafitte—we’re sure to taste some of the wines grown right here during dinner at the hotel’s bistro.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Émilion Langoiran, Martillac
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 298 meters
    Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 268 meters
    Accommodations: Sources de Caudalie

  • Day 5

    Sweet Wine and Bittersweet Farewells

    Begin the day with croissants and coffee on the terrace of our hotel, then hop on the bike to reach another stellar wine region—Graves. Pedal through medieval villages that marry French and English architecture en route to Sauternais, the capital of sweet wine. These wines were made to pair with a picnic lunch, and we’ll do just that at a favorite Sauternais Château, learning how the influence of “noble rot” gives Sauternes its tasty notes of honey, caramel, and tropical fruit. This afternoon, challenge yourself and ride all the way back to the hotel, or take a quick transfer back and indulge in some of the hotel’s famous vinotherapy spa treatments. Tonight, it’s time to toast our week together: first with a cocktail in the salon, and finally with a two-Michelin-starred dinner overseen by Chef Nicolas Masse. Bon Appétit!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Martillac, La Brede, Landias, Sauternes
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 213 meters
    Shorter Option: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 135 meters
    Accommodations: Sources de Caudalie

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds and through the vineyards, or seize the opportunity for a last spin through Bordeaux’s sleepy villages and superior wineries. Then it’s back to the city of Bordeaux, where your guides will see you off to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Martillac, Bordeaux
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 117 meters

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Bordeaux, France Pick-Up Location: Bordeaux train station Pick-Up Time: 11:45 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris or Bordeaux, France Drop-Off Location: Bordeaux train station or airport Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

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2018Single Supplement From: $1,050
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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

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
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