A taxi will transfer you from Bordeaux train station upon your arrival or from your hotel 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.
A great loop ride awaits you today, replete with great Chateaux names, as well as tranquil countryside and small villages. Lots of photo opportunities, as you pass by Chateaux such as Giscours, Dauzac, Kirwan, Prieure Lichine, Palmer, and Chateau Margaux. Even for those who aren’t wine fanatics, the beauty and grandeur of the extraordinary architecture will not leave you unmoved! And of course, we have set up and organized visit and tasting for you near the end of your ride. Take some time to pull your thoughts away from the wine to enjoy a stop at the artisanal chocolate factory in Margaux as well, or perhaps the pull of the great names will be too much, in which case you can stop at a local wine bar for an end-of-the-day drink.
Today’s ride takes you northwards along the Garonne Estuary, passing by more great names from the Medoc wine world (Pichon Longueville Baron, Gruaud Larose, and Beychevelle, for example). But you’ll also enjoy a stop at the impressive Fort Medoc fortification, built by the war engineer and architect Vaubun, famed for his skill in both designing fortifications and breaking through them in the 1600s under King Louis XIV. The ride isn’t too long, so you can consider catching a ferry at Lamarque to cross over the estuary into the town of Blaye, and visit the UNESCO-listed Citadel there. But be sure not to miss your visit and tasting, near the end of your ride that we have organized for you!
Today’s ride is perhaps the prettiest of your tour, and it gives you a great variety of sites and scenery: shady forest and groves, fields of wheat and sunflowers, trickling streams, and little villages of the lovely golden stone of the Garonne Estuary. And let’s not forget the renowned vineyards! You’ll get opportunities to photograph a couple more of the big names of the Medoc today, as you pass the grand chateaux of Pontet Canet, Lafite Rothschild, and Cos d’Estournel. You can also explore several villages, and the beautiful 10th century abbey of Vertheuil. A visit and tasting is organized for you today to fit in with your ride.
After your final breakfast, we transfer you to the Pauillac train station for your further travels – Bon Voyage!
- 4 nights’ accommodation of the comfort level of your choice * CLASSIC, CLASSIC+ or DELUXE
- Hotel taxes
- All breakfasts, and 2 dinners (drinks not included with the dinners)
- Orientation with our Trip Manager at the start of the trip
- 3 visits and tastings at Grand Cru Classé Chateaux as described, or equivelants depending on availability *
- Fully equipped quality touring bike **
- Detailed maps and step-by-step route notes
- Uploadable GPS files to use on a free APP in your smartphone ***
- Regional information and advice
- Transfer from Bordeaux to the first hotel upon your arrival
- Transfer to Pauillac train station at the end of your trip
- Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
- Phone call support 7 days a week
* Please note the chateaux visits and tastings may not be available on Sundays
** E-bikes and Road bikes are available on request (subject to supplement)
*** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)
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)