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The Tour de Gironde by bike

From Bordeaux to the Atlantic Coast, through the vineyards of the Médoc region.
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with group
  • Theme coast, wineries
1315€

Information : The Tour de Gironde by bike

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  • Roadbooks French / English / German

In brief

This cycle tour of the Gironde department follows 430km of bike routes designed with safety in mind where you can enjoy exploring the best that this lovely area has to offer…at an easy pace.

A voyage of discovery that takes you from the estuary of the Gironde to the quaysides of Bordeaux, from the vineyards of Blaye to those of the Médoc and the Entre-deux-Mers, then along the Atlantic coast and the Canal of the Garonne river, through the heart of the pine forests of the Landes of Gascogne, and right round the fabulous Bay of Arcachon!

You’ll love

  • Exploring the vineyards of the Entre-deux-Mers, St Emilion and Sauternes
  • Visiting the Abbey of Sauve-Majeure and the Bird Reserve at Le Teich
  • Discovering the beautiful Bay of Arcachon
  • The sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast

Program : The Tour de Gironde by bike

  • D1 Arrival in Bordeaux

    Bordeaux, your starting point, is simply one of the most cycle-friendly towns of France.
    Getting around is easy on a bike network that can take you to the Quartier des Chatrons, the Great Belfry (‘la Grosse Cloche’), the Pey-Berland Tower, the quaysides along the river’s edge and the soaring modern architecture of the “Cité du Vin”, opened in June 2016. The view from the top is breathtaking…

    After you have found a place to eat (there are plenty), you spend the night in your 3 Star hotel in the heart of the city of Bordeaux.

  • D2 Ride from Bordeaux to St Emilion

    58 km stage – level terrain – estimated time about 4hrs 30.
     
    The Greenway (Voie Verte) heads out from Bordeaux towards Saint Emilion in the heart of the ‘Entre-deux-Mers’ area south-east of Bordeaux.  You cycle along the route of a former railroad past a string of attractively repurposed stations.  Along the way, a visit to Sauve-Majeure Abbey, a Romanesque masterpiece completed in 1079, is a must.  It is situated on the pilgrim’s road - the Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Way of St James).
    Carefully tended vineyards mark the approach to Saint Emilion whose wines enjoy worldwide renown.
    Your accommodation is in the heart of the mediaeval borough.
     
    Dinner at the restaurant and night in guestrooms in the old town centre.
  • D3 Ride from St Emilion to Fontet

    55 km stage – level terrain – about 4hrs30


    If you like visiting mediaeval villages, you’ll love La Réole, accredited ‘Ville d’Art et d’Histoire’. Overlooking the river Garonne and the valley below, mediaeval La Réole has a historic centre and narrow cobbled streets. Next you go back to the banks of the Garonne river that guides you towards a delightful abode…


    Dinner and night in charming guest rooms with a large garden and swimming pool.

     

  • D4 Ride from Fontet to Villandraut

    50 km stage – level terrain – about 4hrs (+1hr for option 1, and +1hr for option 2). 

    • Option 1 – Sauternes - is 15 km. 
    • Option 2 - Château de Roquetaillade - is also 15 km.

    Today you cycle along the Canal de la Garonne through idyllic countryside.   When you get to the Sud (south) Garonne, enjoy a stroll around the small cathedral town of Bazas.  On the Chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, Bazas is not to be missed.   The large central square of the old city, with broad shaded passages beneath mediaeval arcades, exudes all the charm of the south-west.  The spectacular Gothic cathedral of Saint John Baptist is a UNESCO listed building.


    Dinner and night in charming guest rooms.  Private swimming pool.

  • D5 Transfer from Villandraut to Belin-Beliet, then ride to Arcachon

    50 km stage – level terrain – about 4hrs


    This morning, after the transfer to Hosteins, you cycle on through the pine forests of the Parc Naturel des Landes de Gascogne.  As you advance you may well begin to feel a hint of the sea breezes that drift in from the bay of Arcachon. Have a good look at the typical port of Biganos then head on towards the Réserve Ornithologique of Le Teich (Bird Reserve). Here, the exuberant encounter of the flora and fauna of the bay of Arcachon is unique in France.  After your visit you follow the cycle track past the oyster huts towards the distinctive town of Arcachon.


    Dinner near the beach and night in 3-star hotel.

     

  • D6 A ride in the Arcachon Bay area

    26 km stage – level terrain – About 2hrs30

    A day to enjoy all that the Bay area, with its special atmosphere, has to offer.  There’s something for everyone.  From the bustling seafront with its shops and sandy beaches, to the meditative peace of the forest of the Landes nearby.  From the architectural curiosities of the ‘Ville d’Hiver’ to the huge natural dune known as Le Pyla (the heap!).  In short, a delightful cycle ride punctuated, if you fancy it, by a once-in-a-lifetime climb to the top of Europe’s highest sand dune.

    You find your own place to eat this evening – plenty of choice - then go on to a comfortable night at the hotel.
  • D7 Ride from Arcachon to Lacanau

    45km stage – level terrain – about 4 hrs

    In the morning you load your bike onto a small boat that takes you across the bay to land at Cap Ferret.  Then you cycle down to the southernmost extremity of the peninsula, with great views of the Atlantic swell meeting the calmer currents of the Bay.  We recommend you take a break to visit one of the pretty oyster cabins bordering the Bay. For a truly spectacular view, why not make your way up the steps of the lighthouse?  And remember your towel today, because you can stop and enjoy a trip down to one of the plentiful beaches whenever you like.
    Lacanau lies between its Lake and the Ocean.  It enjoys an attractive ‘Belle Epoque’ atmosphere and architecture, and a choice of many enjoyable activities on land and water.

    Dinner and night in a 4-star hotel with pool and spa.

     

  • D8 Transfer to Bordeaux and departure

    Breakfast followed by transport to Bordeaux.

    Departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In double room

Adulte : 1365 €
Adolescent (12 - 17 ans) :  1365 €
Bébé (0 - 1 an) : 80 €

In triple room

Adulte : 1295  €
Adolescent (12 - 17 ans) : 1295 €
Bébé (0 - 1 an) : 80 €

In single room

1715 €

Solo traveller

2035 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In double room

Adulte :  1315 €
Adolescent (12 - 17 ans) : 1315 €
Bébé (0 - 1 an) : 80 €

In triple room

Adulte : 1250 €
Adolescent (12 - 17 ans) : 1250 €
Bébé (0 - 1 an) : 80 €

In single room

1665 €

Solo traveller

1985 €

What's included ?

  • 5 days half-board
  • 2 B&B (days 1 and 6)
  • 1 boat crossing from Arcachon to Cap Ferret (jour 7)
  • Luggage transfers    
  • 2 transfers (days 5 et 8)
  • 2 winery visits with tastings (Entre-deux-mers and Sauternes)
  • 1 visit to the Abbey of Sauve Majeure
  • Roadbook and maps
  • Technical and logistic assistance

 

Optional

  • Bike hire from: :
    • Adult / or junior:  100 €
  • Electric bike: 135 €

What's not included ?

  • Dinner on days 1 and 6
  • Drinks and supplements
  • Return trip from your home to the first accommodation
  • Underground car park in Bordeaux for the duration of the holiday
  • Personal holiday insurance

 

Caractéristiques techniques

  • Circuit itinérant à vélo, sans accompagnateur
  • Type de routes : Pistes cyclables, chemins viticoles/agricoles et petites routes de campagne tranquilles
  • Type de vélo requis : vélos tous chemins

Organisation

  • These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your luggage is transported between stages and your roadbook will be your guide throughout your stay. We provide logistical and technical support as necessary.
  • Accommodations has been chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome, and environmental and architectural excellence.
  • Some of the stages of the tour are offered without evening meals. At these stages, the possibilities for restoration are numerous and diverse.

N.B: the accommodation described above is indicative and may be modified according to availability at the time of the final reservation

 

Access

By car

Several highways serve the city.

By plane

Bordeaux Mérignac Airport

By train

Bordeaux train station

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