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Itinerary

A taxi will be waiting for you at the Pauillac train station upon your arrival to transfer you to your first hotel. At the end of the afternoon, our Trip Manager will meet with you for your Trip Orientation, to answer questions, and to check your bike fitting, before your first dinner.

Ride out of Bordeaux along the Garonne, passing in front some magnificent 17th and 18th century manor houses, before joining the Roger Labeypie bike path in the village of Latresne (the path is named after a local winner of the Tour de France bike race). This fabulous path winds you through the countryside of the Entre Deux Mers region (literally, between two seas). We recommend leaving it by the medieval village of Creon, for explorations and perhaps to find some lunch, before continuing on. Leave the path near the village of Guilac, to wend your way up towards, and then over, the Dordogne River at the bridge of Branne. It isn’t very far from there, riding through vineyards, until you see your goal in the distance: St Emilion.

Your final day’s ride is one of the prettiest, and is purposely a little shorter, in order to give you time for St Emilion itself, and a final wine tasting at the end of the day. Head out of the mediaval town and into the countryside and famous vineyards which surround it, starting into the area to the northwest in the Pomerol region. The Pomerol area is tiny, but the small production of essentially Merlot wines is renowned around the world today, and not only because of its star, the wines from Petrus, which of course you’ll ride by – as well as Chateaux Canon, Beausejour Becot, Angelus (with its iconic bells), and the vineyards of Cheval Blanc and Figeac… Even if you are not a wine connaisseur, you’ll love the truly beautiful riding, on tiny roads and interlaced with ancient stone walls and the lush vineyard greenery and chateaux themselves. Then back to St Emilion, with time for exploring, including the incredible underground church, entirely carved into the rock (its construction extracted over 15,000 cubic metres of rock!) and its catacombs, as well as the Romanesque church and the winding cobblestoned streets and houses.

After your final breakfast, catch the little Tacot shuttle from the centre of the village to the Saint Emilion train station, on the outskirts of town – Bon Voyage!

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation of the comfort level of your choice * CLASSIC, CLASSIC+ or DELUXE
  • Hotel taxes
  • All breakfasts, 3 dinners (drinks not included with the dinners)
  • 3 visits and tastings at Grand Cru Classés Chateaux
  • Fully equipped quality touring bike **
  • Orientation with our Trip Manager at the start of the trip
  • Detailed maps and step-by-step route instructions
  • Regional information and advice
  • Uploadable GPS file of the route to use on a free APP in your smartphone ***
  • Transfer from Pauillac train station to first hotel
  • Train tickets from Margaux in to Bordeaux
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Phone call support 7 days a week

* Price based on double room occupancy – please contact us for details on single room supplements
** E-bikes and Road bikes are available on request (subject to supplement)
*** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)

Hotel Details

Classic Tour

1750 € / pers.

2 Nights
Au Coeur des Vignes – Pauillac

2 Nights
Hotel Pavillon Margaux – Margaux

1 Night
Hotel de la Presse – Bordeaux

2 Nights
Auberge de la Commanderie – Saint Emilion

Classic + Tour

1990 € / pers.

2 Nights
Au Coeur des Vignes – Pauillac

2 Nights
Chateau Marojalia – Margaux

1 Night
Grand Hotel Francais – Bordeaux

2 Nights
Logis des Remparts – Saint Emilion

Deluxe Tour

3450 € / pers.

2 Nights
Hotel Cordeillan Bages – Pauillac

2 Nights
Hotel Relais Margaux – Margaux

1 Night
Le Palais Gallien – Bordeaux

2 Nights
Hotel de Pavie – Saint Emilion

Our bikes

The high quality, light touring bike is the default bike included on the tour. It is perfectly suited to riding with lots of stops for explorations.

Upon request, and for a supplement, you can have a road bike or a pedal-assist electric bike – contact us for details.

All our touring bikes come equipped with removable handlebar bag with clear map case, flat tire kit (with extra inner tube), pump, lock, rear rack and back panniers, water bottle holder and new water bottle, bell and kickstand.

Ahead of the tour, we will ask you if you wish to use our helmets, and if you want toe cages on the pedals (both free of charge).

Each of our regions has its own bike fleet, often with a couple of different bike makes depending on sizing – if you want to know the specific bike details for your tour, just contact us, and we’ll be happy to send you the specs!

 

TOURING BIKE - men's frame (included in trip cost)

TOURING BIKE - Woman's Frame (included in trip cost)

E-bike - men's frame (supplement charge)

E-bike - women's frame (supplement charge)

Road (racing) bike (supplement charge)