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 hotel ideally located, discover Bordeaux, with its numerous green and flowered open spaces, its exceptional heritage, then the quality of life naturally punctuated with gastronomic pleasures and nocturnal parties.

Day 2: Bordeaux – Cadillac – 30 miles (49 km)
Proud of its new transport facilities, Bordeaux has given a large access to bikes! By this way, leave easily the town centre to ride on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you to Créon, a typical fortified village of this area! Then continue through the vineyards of Cadillac until 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)
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. Now it’s time to follow the splendid routes crossing the Montbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. Make a stop in Bergerac, city of art & history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

Day 5: Bergerac – Les Eyzies – 38 miles (61 km)
Leave the Renaissance city center of Bergerac to follow the Dordogne River until the beautiful and picturesque village of Limeuil. At the confluence of the the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, this medieval village offers an ideal swimming or canoe spot in an outstanding natural environment. Proceed to Les Eyzies, a village built on a cliff with numerous prehistorical testimonies.

Day 6: Les Eyzies – Sarlat – 16 or 34 miles (26 km or 54 km)
From Les Eyzies, nicknamed “The Prehistory capital”, on the long version of this stage you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes until Montignac for visiting the well known Lascaux grottos which is one of the most important prehistorical site thanks to its numerous prehistorical paintings and caves. Incursion in the Sarladais country to join the famous medieval town of Sarlat. This city is also well known by gourmets for its delicious local products, such as ‘foie gras’, truffle mushrooms and its market where you can smell and taste all of these treasures.

Day 7: Sarlat – La Roque Gageac – Beynac – Sarlat – 26 or 30 miles (42 or 48 km)
A last bike excursion to discover the most beautiful views over the Dordogne area, with its numerous medieval villages and chateaux. After riding on the peaceful cycling path, go to the charming Domme village, offering an amazing view over the river and all the valley. Then continue to La Roque Gageac, ancient river harbour pressed to the cliff before visiting Beynac with its impressive chateau perched on his rock! You return to Sarlat to end the tour.

Day 8: Departure during the day

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

Seven continental breakfasts and three dinners are included. Lunches are on your own.

Prices and Dates

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Tour Length

8 days/ 7 nights

Included
      – Accommodations in small, mostly family-owned two and three-star hotels and guesthouses
      – Seven continental breakfasts and three 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
– Four dinners
– 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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