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Bordeaux Vineyards and Châteaux - Self Guided Bike Tour France - Van Gogh Tours

Bordeaux Vineyards and Chateaux

From: $2,030 USD

6 Days / 5 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Imagine Yourself…

  • Biking the bends and curves of the picturesque Dordogne River
  • Toasting the heritage of Bordeaux with a local wine
  • Riding through the vineyards of Monbazillac as its majestic chateau comes into view
  • Discovering some human prehistory at Les Eyzies and Lascaux
  • Sampling delicious truffles and foie gras in the local market

Overview

Van Gogh Tours - Bordeaux Vineyards and Chateaux France - Cycle TourHave an unforgettable bike experience in amazing French landscapes! On this tour, you will ride through breathtaking Bordeaux and St Emilion‘s “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’ll have the chance to bike near the beautiful Dordogne River with its bends and curves, sample the local delicacies of the town of Sarlat, and see the unique and beautiful Les Eyzies where many houses were built right into the side of a mountain! This is the perfect French trip 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. Your bike and information folder will be waiting for you at your hotel. 

  • Day 2: Bordeaux  – Saint Emilion – 40 miles (64 km)

    For your first bike stage, leave easily the town centre to ride on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you through the heart of ‘Entre-deux Mers’ vineyards to Créon, a typical fortified village of the area, then to the former Sauve-Majeure Abbey. After a stop at medieval chateau of Rauzan, continue to explore the Bordeaux vineyards by reaching the famous village of Saint-Émilion. Discover this World Heritage site, the fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.

  • Day 3: Saint Emilion – Bergerac – 42 miles (68 km)

    Cycle once again through the famous St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Dordogne river. There you will enjoy the charming 18th century Sainte-Foy-la-Grande village with its half-timbered houses and sunny streets. From here, follow the splendid routes going through the Montbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. Stop in Bergerac, city of art & history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

  • Day 4: 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 5: 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, enjoy the beautiful landscape 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 ducks ‘foie gras’, truffles mushroom and its market where you can smell, taste and discover all these treasures.

  • Day 6: Tour Ends

    Your tour ends, with departure during the day.

Dates & Prices

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Accommodation

Double

Single

3 & 4* Hotels

$ 2030

$ 2890

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental
  • Choose your own starting date
  • This tour can be guided upon request
  • What's included

    • Daily accommodations in small, mostly family-owned three and four-star hotels
    • 5 breakfasts and 1 dinner (Day 3)
    • Wine tasting
    • 27-speed bike rental, panniers, lock, repair kit, odometer, and map holder 
    • Luggage transportation (limited to 1 per person & max 32 pounds per piece)
    • Route directions, maps, and local brochures
    • GPX files
    • Emergency service phone number 7 days a week
  • Bikes

    Bikes are well-maintained 27-speed men’s and ladies bikes, equipped with saddlebags, repair kit and a lock. Bring your own helmet. 

    Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($100 per person).We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver. In addition, you can rent children’s bikes, child seats, and bike trailers.

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  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast and one dinners. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. 4 Dinners will be on your own, and you can choose one of many delicious restaurant options within easy walking distance from our hotel.

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Beverages
    • Lunches
    • 4 dinners
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

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