Cycle Bordeaux - Care-free cycling holidays in South West France

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Cycling the Roger Lapebie
Chateau d'Arche  Relais in the Sauternes, Bordeaux
Dining out in Place St Pierre, Bordeaux
Chateau La Louviere, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
The circus comes to St Macaire
Chateau Dardenac and ready to ride

A Taste of Bordeaux

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A Taste of Bordeaux

A taste of Bordeaux

A gentle 7 night tour that with 4 to 6 days of cycling wanders up the Garonne’s right bank  through several of Bordeaux’s better apellations. It crosses the river at St Macaire and then ambles through Graves vineyards to Bazas before discovering the Sauternes and returning to Bordeaux by way of Podensacor Portets. The route and accommodation mix aims to give you a real experience of this corner of southwest France - comfortable, self-assured and determined to enjoy ‘the art of living’ regardless of the demands of modern life. You may take home only a few bottles but are likely to also pack stacks of golden memories.   

The Tour Itinerary: 

Please note that the accommodation linked to here is representative of what we will book (and usually the actual accommodation) but as we select small, charming, overnight stops, until we receive your enquiry we cannot discover their availability (so call soon).

From Bordeaux you cross to the right bank of the Garonne and cycle up the valley of the Pimpine  to reach  the bastide town of Creon. Onto La Sauve where the abbey tower offers panoramic views of the Entre Deux Mers vineyards - a view little changed since the abbey hosted  streams of Compostella pilgrims in the middle ages. From here wander along back roads in the direction of Cadillac or Langoiran to reach your hosts for the night.- a rural Chambre d'hote at which you will be made very welcome.
country road near La Sauve

The next day there is a choice of route both of which take you through terroirs producing sweet white wines (Monprimblanc, Loupiac, St Croix du Mont). The reward for climbing to the latter is more splendid views as far as the Landais forest and a chance to picnic just below the village church and chateau.  Following the Garonne upstream brings you to Verdelais where Toulouse Lautrec is buried not far from his family home. From here you follow the valley bottom to reach St Macaire with its impressive ramparts and town gates where your three star hotel - Les Feuilles D’Acanthe  and its plunge pool/jacuzzi, await you.

On the following day you also have a choice of route as you cross the Garonne and cycle past Graves vineyards to reach the ancient fortress of Roquetaillarde and then the tiny cathedral ’city’ of Bazas. A late picnic here can be enjoyed in the water meadows below the walls, or the town and its backstreets explored for bygones and bargains. The Bazas Hoard has already been found but who knows what else there is? Shortly after leaving Bazas you join another dedicated cycle track through the turpentine pines taking you to either Uzeste’s Sous la Tonnelle or the nearby village of Villandraut.

The next day you may choose to treat as a rest day and take the chance to walk (or perhaps canoe) along the Ciron - unless you prefer a circular ride visiting St Symphorien by a forest track or heading south to Prechac and the former royal ‘Hunting Lodge’ at Chateau Cazeneuve. In either village you are surrounded by reminders of Pope Clemente V - a local lad who became the first ‘Avignon’ Pope in the 13th century. Supper can be had at the Brasserie overlooking the river at Villandraut.

Your sixth day takes you through Villandraut down the valley of the Ciron to Bommes and the Sauternes vineyards and could include a visit to Chateau Malle before you turn north towards Bordeaux. The adjacent railway line has numerous small stations if you prefer an earlier return to the city but otherwise you could continue to Podensac with its Lillet distillery and 'Maison' of Graves wines. Those with a few more miles in their legs can cross the Garonne once more to visit the remarkably well-preserved medieval village of Rions or even continue to La Brede. 

In Bordeaux you can take your final full day as a city break or explore further by either cycling directly out of the city or by taking advantage of the network of local train lines. Destinations could include the  town of St Emilion, the Medoc vineyards, or Arcachon with its oyster ports, elaborate Rococco villas and the spectacular Dune de Pyla. And of course the city itself offers an exquisite historic centre, and tempting shops, restaurants and galleries to soften the blow of your tour ending.


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Key points

  • Distances average 24 miles per day with a maximum of 27 miles
  • Options on most days of extending the ride or, on day 5 of shortening it
  • Excellent accommodation in a variety of settings
  • Plenty of chances to ‘ eat local’ and enjoy the authentic vins du pays. 
  • Terrain: A gentle gradient along a former railway track to Creon on day one and a short/sharp ascent that can be walked up on day 2, otherwise mostly flat.
  • Suitable for: first time tourers; those who enjoy a gentle pace and frequent stops; wine drinkers who’d like see how it gets to their glass; those who have skipped their gym classe. In short, this tour is the ideal accompaniment to all meats, salads, fish, cheese and desserts and also makes an excellent aperitif.

Chateau in the Garonne valley 

Start day: any day of the week 1st April  to 9th October. The tour includes:

  • 7 nights 2 star/3 star hotels and 3 Epis Chambre d’Hotes on B&B or half-board basis
  • Hire of fully equipped hybrid bicycle
  • Supply of detailed maps and route notes and accompanying commentary
  • Luggage transfers on every move-on day
  • Greeting on arrival day by your host who will offer a short walking tour of the city
  • He will check you are comfortable with the bikes, routes, any other details  PLUS 
  • He will be on call during the week should any problems arise.

Options  Some variations in the category of hotels and this tour can be booked with evening meals included on some nights

Price  £689  per person for two adults sharing a double room on a B&B basis
Excluded:Travel to, or from Bordeaux city centre, admissions, other incidentals and any meals not specified.

It is a condition of all our tours that guests are responsible for purchasing adequate insurance for a cycling holiday on public highways.