The Wine Route by bike: the Bordeaux vineyards on a loop from Bordeaux
Highlights of the stay:
- Renowned vineyards: Saint-ÉMilion, Médoc, Graves, Cadillac
- Castles and wine estates
Day 1 : Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to St.-Emilion
Individual arrival in Bordeaux by car, train or plane. Private transfer to St.-Emilion, the first vineyards classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check into your hotel and overnight with breakfast in St.-Emilion.
Day 2 : From St.-Emilion to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (37 km)
Enjoy the optional visit of the famous undergrounds of St.-Emilion and be marvelled by the iconic monolithic church. Leaving behind the rolling countryside of the St.-Emilion plateau, you cycle through the « Entre Deux Mers » region, passing through Branne on the banks of the Dordogne river. You then join the Roger Lapébie cycle path, a former railroad line that has been recycled as a safe cycling route. This second part of the route is very easy on the pedals, with little gradient. It does, however, offer views of verdant vineyards and passes through picturesque villages with their prestigious architecture, typical of the Bordeaux hinterland.
Overnight with breakfast in Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.
Day 3 : From Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to Cadillac (30 km)
You cycle through the Gironde countryside. You are still in the « Entre Deux Mers » region. Cycle through the Loupiac terroir and slowly approach the lands of Côtes de Bordeaux, Cadillac and Graves. This area is rich and varied. The itinerary leads you along quiet roads, but the height difference makes this a demanding stage. In Cadillac, you can visite the Château Vieille Tour (with tasting by appointment), the Cadillac Wine House or the Château Ducal.
Overnight with breakfast in Cadillac.
Day 4 : From Cadillac to Bordeaux (48 km)
You leave Cadillac via the towns of Beguey and Rions, a very pleasant Graves wine-growing area. The itinerary takes you along quiet roads, but the gradient is quite steep on the first part. You then reach the Roger Lapebie cycle path in Sadirac, which takes you all the way to Bordeaux. This track, which is a former railroad line, allows you to stop off at old railway stations that have been converted into cafés or restaurants. Once in Bordeaux, you cross the Pont de Pierre which offers a stunning view of the Bordeaux quays. You then cycle along the Garonne river to your hotel. Here you can admire the famous Place de la Bourse.
Overnight with breakfast in Bordeaux.
Day 5 : From Bordeaux to Margaux (37 km)
Leave the center of Bordeaux and take the cycle path to Blanquefort. Keep going towards Le Pian-Médoc, where you can cycle gently through the Médoc vineyards. The route is flat and signposted through the famous Margaux appellation. The « Entre Deux Mers » cycle path leads you near castles, where you can enjoy the optional visit and tasting in the Château du Tertre.
Diner, overnight with breakfast in Margaux.
Day 6 : From Margaux to Pauillac (35 km)
You leave Margaux and cycle through the heart of the Médoc vineyards. The route is marked to the town of Lamarque. Short sections of the route take you through Bordeaux vineyards. As you reach Pauillac, you cycle through stunning castles. You can do a visit and tasting in one of the famous wine estates.
Overnight with breakfast in Pauillac.
Day 7 : St-Estèphe bike loop and end of the tour in Bordeaux (20 km)
Today, you cycle along the Gironde Estuary to reach St.-Estèphe. The route is totally flat in the region of castles. Enjoy the included guided tour and tasting in the Château Lafon-Rochet in St.-Estèphe. Come back to Pauillac in the afternoon where you will have a transfer to Bordeaux (included). End of your tour and departure. You can book an additional night in Bordeaux if you want to extend your stay.