The UNESCO World Heritage village of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Bike Tour

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

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,495Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Be treated to haute cuisine, local wine pairings, and a Michelin-starred dinner at our exquisite hotel Les Sources de Caudalie
  • Cycle to world-renowned vineyards, including Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pétrus, Château Mouton Rothschild, and Château Cos d’Estournel (to name just 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 de Candale, Château Gazin, 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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Cyclist approaching Château Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux
DuVine guide at a wine tasting in Bordeaux
Sunset landscape over vineyards at winery in Bordeaux
Couple kissing with their bikes leaned against oak trees on a DuVine cycling tour of Bordeaux
Front garden and main entrance of Château Cordeillan-Bages hotel with bikes
Print Itinerary
  • 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. There’s no better way to begin our week than with a wine tasting and garden picnic at Château Lamothe Bergeron, a historic wine estate and leading producer of Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. After a safety review and bike fitting, our first ride takes us along Bordeaux’s internationally recognized estates, including Châteaux Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Cos d’Estournel. With our palates primed for a week of wine tasting, circle back towards Pauillac and settle into our luxurious hotel. Tonight, we’re treated to the first of many memorable dinners together.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 617 feet / 188 meters
    Accommodations: Château Cordeillan-Bages or La Maison D’Estournel

  • Day 2

    Crossing the Gironde Estuary

    Start the day with a dreamy French breakfast before we bid farewell to the left bank of the Gironde estuary. Board a ferry across the river bound for the right bank and disembark in Blaye, which stands just opposite the river from Pauillac. Visit the UNESCO-classified 17th-century citadel, then spin through vineyards heavy with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After a wine-paired lunch with a brocante (flea market) flair. continue cycling into the little-known wine regions of the Côtes de Bourg. Round out the afternoon riding into Guîtres where we hop in the van and head straight to the hotel spa. Tonight, the hotel has set a table just for us, and our dinner is lovingly prepared from garden-fresh produce and ingredients sourced from producers in the region. The cherry on top is the domaine’s own wine, made in partnership with Château Angelus—known for their Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Crus.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Blaye, Bourg, Saint-Laurent-d’Arce, Guîtres, Sainte-Colombe
    Accomplished: 41 miles / 66 km, elevation gain: 1,935 feet / 590 meters
    Shorter Option: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 1,085 feet / 331 meters
    Accommodations: Château du Palanquey

  • Day 3

    Exploring Pomerol and Saint-Émilion

    Today is all about exploring the region’s world-famous vineyards on two wheels. We’ll cycle past some of the most important estates in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion—Cheval Blanc, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Pressac, Petrus, Angélus—and taste reds from the Saint-Émilion appellation. After an unforgettable lunch at the impressive Château de Candale, we hop back on the saddle for the final push to the hotel to freshen up. This evening, we return to Saint-Émilion for an exclusive wine tasting with our friend and local wine merchant Benoit. Afterward, dine on your own in town or at the hotel—your guides will gladly recommend their favorite restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Pomerol, Bertin, Montagne, Saint-Émilion, Sainte-Colombe
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 176 feet / 537 meters
    Accommodations: Château du Palanquey

  • Day 4

    Through the Entre-Deux-Mers and into Les Graves

    After tucking into an inviting 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. Following a locally sourced picnic lunch prepared by your guides, 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: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 1,935 feet / 590 meters
    Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 1,256 feet / 383 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 Sauternes, the capital of sweet wine. These wines were made to pair with  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, Landiras, Sauternes
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 1234 feet / 376 meters
    Longer Option: 52 miles / 83 km, elevation gain: 2195 feet / 669 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: 14 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 525 feet / 116 meters

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Bordeaux, France Pick-Up Location: Bordeaux Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris or Bordeaux, France Drop-Off Location: Bordeaux Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

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

2023Single Supplement From: $1,100

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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
  • 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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