Bordeaux Vineyards and Chateaux: Self-Guided

dordogne - chateau de Castelnaud 1 LVT

bordeaux 8 LVT

dordogne - La Roque Gageac 3 LVT

dordogne - dordogne river 4 LVT

dordogne - Sarlat market 3 LVT

dordogne - vineyards 2 LVT

Have a bike experience among amazing landscapes! On this tour, you will ride through the breath-taking landscape of Bordeaux and St Emilion “grands crus” vineyards before reaching the old villages and medieval chateaux of the Dordogne area, also famous for its outstanding gastronomy. Along the way you will have the chance to bike near the beautiful Dordogne River with its many bends and curves, sample the local delicacies of the town of Sarlat, and see the unique and beautiful town of Les Eyzies where many houses were built right into the side of a mountain! This trip is not to be missed for history and gastronomy lovers.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
From your perfectly located hotel, discover Bordeaux! It has numerous green and flowered open spaces, exceptional heritage, and a rich quality of life including gastronomic pleasures and evening celebrations.

Day 2: Bordeaux – Cadillac – 30 miles (49 km)
Proud of its new transport facilities, Bordeaux offers excellent access for bikes! You can leave the town center easily to ride on an original and rustic cycling path, which will lead you to Créon, a typical fortified village of this area. Then you’ll continue through the vineyards of Cadillac until you reach the surrounding wall of the village.

Day 3: Cadillac – Saint Emilion – 31 miles (50 km)
This stage will allow you to ride through the heart of “Entre-deux Mers” vineyards from the Garonne to the Dordogne River. You will have the opportunity to visit the charming village of Rauzan, overlooked by its dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the prestigious village of Saint-Emilion, one of the richest villages in historical testimonies.

Day 4: Saint Emilion – Bergerac – 42 miles (68 km)
Today you’ll ride once again through the great St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Dordogne River. There you will enjoy the charming 18th century village Sainte-Foy-la-Grande with its half-timbered houses and sunny streets. Next it will be time to follow the splendid routes crossing the Monbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. You’ll then head to Bergerac, a city of art and history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

Day 5: Bergerac – Les Eyzies – 38 miles (61 km)
This morning you’ll leave the Renaissance city center of Bergerac to follow the Dordogne River to the beautiful and picturesque village of Limeuil. At the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, this medieval village offers an ideal swimming or canoe spot in an outstanding natural environment. Next you’ll move on to Les Eyzies, a village with prehistoric links that has been built on a cliff.

Day 6: Les Eyzies – Sarlat – 16 or 34 miles (26 km or 54 km)
On the longer version of this stage, from “The Prehistory Capital” Les Eyzies, you will bike beautiful landscapes until Montignac before visiting the well known Lascaux grottoes, one of the most important prehistoric sites due to its famous prehistoric cave paintings. Ride through Sarladais country to join the famous medieval town of Sarlat. This city is well known by gourmets for its delicious local products, such as foie gras and truffles.

Day 7: Tour Ends
Your tour ends, with departure during the day.

OPTION: Extra night in Sarlat with excursion:
La Roque Gageac – Beynac – Sarlat – 26 or 30 miles (42 or 48 km)
Today you have the option to discover the most beautiful views over the Dordogne area and its numerous medieval villages and chateaux. After riding on the peaceful cycling path, you’ll go to the charming Domme village to take in an amazing view over the river and the entire valley. Then you will continue to La Roque Gageac, an ancient river harbor pressed to the cliff, before visiting Beynac with a chateau perched impressively on the rock!

Getting There

The TGV (high-speed) train goes from Paris (Gare de Montparnasse) to Bordeaux St. Jean train station. The train ride takes about three hours and tickets for the TGV have to be reserved ahead of time. From the train station in Bordeaux take a taxi to the first hotel.

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included. Lunches are on your own.

Prices and Dates

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Tour Length

7 days/ 6 nights

Included
    • – Accommodations in small, mostly family-owned two and three-star hotels and guesthouses
    • – All breakfasts and dinners.
    • – 27-speed bike rental, including HELMET,panniers, lock, repair kit, and map holder
    • – Luggage transportation – pieces of luggage limited to 2 p.p. & 32 pounds per piece
    • – Route descriptions, maps and travel highlight information
    – Emergency service phone number 7 days a week.
Bicycles

Bikes are included in the price of the tour. Bikes are well-maintained 27-speed men’s and ladies bikes, equipped with saddlebags, repair kit, odometer, and lock. Bike Helmets are included. Bikes are adjusted by a cycling specialist.

Level of Difficulty

Moderate to challenging. The cycling itinerary takes place on quiet country roads with little traffic. However, the changing topography can also mean gradients that are not always easy. The steep hills are usually short and can be walked if one chooses. There are also a few days with long mileage.

Excluded

Not included in the tour
– Air fare
– Entrance fees to the various mentioned attractions
– Beverages
– Lunches
– Other items of a personal nature

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in April and May are 55-65, June, July, and August 65-80, September and October 60-75. Average rainfall is 6 days per month.

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