Bordeaux Vineyards & Beaches

7 Days & 6 Nights 4.6 Read 8 reviews
  • Cycling through the world-famous Bordeaux wine area to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The enchanting Bay of Arcachon with its quaint oyster villages.
  • Sampling the classic wines of Sauternes and Entre-deux-Mers.
  • Relaxing rides through the peaceful pine forests of Gascogne Regional Park.
  • Encountering the former residence of painter, Toulouse-Lautrec.
Starting in the premier wine growing region of the Côtes de Bordeaux make your way on two wheels through landscapes of pine forest and lagoons to the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Arcachon. This cycling tour is focused in the Gironde region of France with its treasure trove of historical, natural and cultural riches. En route you will encounter bastide towns, wine chateaux and vineyards, the Garonne River, oyster villages, bays, beaches, and dunes.

What To Expect

This tour packs in so many diverse landscapes. If you enjoy seeing contrasting views every day then this is the tour for you. Not only do you cycle in the world-famous Bordeaux wine region, but you also bike through pine forests and finish in the coastal terrain of the Atlantic. You’ll also stay in charming local accommodations in which you may relax at the end of a rewarding day of cycling.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is rated easy to moderate as the majority of the cycling routes are quite flat. The first day, however, is quite hilly with a 570m overall elevation gain. However, the distance on this day is only 40km, and you will have all day to do it.

The routes on this cycle tour are mainly small country roads with little traffic. There are also some dedicated cycle paths (20km), especially when you are in the Bay of Arcachon. These are dirt tracks where bikes can navigate with no problem. Please note that there is a short section (5km) where you have to cycle on a busy road.

Navigation

You will be supplied with comprehensive route notes and 25:000/50:000 maps. Therefore you should have no problem finding your way. Any biking options will be provided in your route notes.

Accommodations

6 Nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses are included.  All the accommodations have been carefully selected to provide a warm welcome and they are nicely located.

Included
  • 6 Nights in 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses
  • 6 Breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfer from Bordeaux to your accommodation near Cadillac
  • Baggage transfers
  • Return ticket for Bay of Arcachon boat crossing
  • Guided wine tasting
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Emergency support from our local partners and UK Office
Excluded
  • Travel to Bordeaux and from Arcachon
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • 5 Dinners
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike rental
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike rental

When To Go

This tour is available to start any day of the week from April to October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.

Getting to the Start

The closest airport to the start of your tour is Bordeaux Airport. This airport is served by several low cost airlines, such as Easyjet, Flybe and Ryanair and also by regularly scheduled airlines, such as Air France and British Airways. You can also take a TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux, which takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.

From Bordeaux Airport or Train Station a taxi transfer to your hotel near Cadillac is included (an approximate 30 min drive from each location).

Getting from the End

There is a train station in Arcachon and from here you can take a direct train to Bordeaux. For information on train times and schedules please check the SNCF website.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sunhat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.

Equipment

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good quality ladies and gents Arcade hybrid 10-gear bikes are available. E-bikes are also available for rental. Your bike will be delivered to you at the first hotel before your arrival. Please provide us with your height as the bike will be adjusted to the correct height before it is delivered.

All rentals include a helmet, lock, tool-kit, pump, inner tubes, handle-bar bag and also panniers.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bordeaux. Transfer to Cadillac/Beguey Day 2 Entre-deux-Mer to Sainte-Macaire 25 miles / 40 km Day 3 Sauternes Vineyards to Gascogne Regional Nature Park 33 miles / 53 km Day 4 Through the Gascogne Regional Nature Park to Le Barp 20 miles / 32 km Day 5 Towards the Bay of Archachon 28 miles / 45 km Day 6 Boat transfer across the bay. Cap Ferrat Cycle 37.5 miles / 60 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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