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Minimum route distance 74 miles (118 km) | Average temperature 25 degrees (May to September)
The name Entre Deux Mers refers to the triangle of land that sits between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, to the east of Bordeaux. The land here on the right bank of Bordeaux produces a variety of vintages, from the soft Merlot’s of St Emilion to the sweet whites of Sauternes. The tour takes you through this verdant landscape from south to north, stopping in our pick of the best 3 and 4-star hotels in the region.
What not to miss
Arrive at Bordeaux
Arrive by plane, TGv or independently and transfer to your hotel in St Macaire, by taxi. Take some time to stroll around this quaint Bordelais village, before a delicious dinner and a good nights sleep ahead of your first days cycling.
Optional Round Trip to La Reole | Distance 26 miles (43 km)
After a hearty continental breakfast in our boutique hotel, a ride to the river port town of La Reole is on the cards. You’ll follow the Garonne valley to Castets-en-Dorthe before following a canal side cycle path to La Reole itself. La Reole was once the second city of the region but these days is a charming small town that sits perched above the Garonne on a hillside. The ride back to St Macaire winds through backroads and passes through the town of Langon.
Cycle to Sauternes | Distance 23 miles (38 km)
Today you will cross the River Garonne and cycle south to the village of Sauternes in a loop through an area of forest and vineyards. The route passes the villages of Roaillan, Ozeste and Villandraut, all delightful stops for lunch. We also suggest a visit to the Chateau de Roquetaillade and the ruined castle of Chateau de Villandraut.
Optional Round Trip Through Sauternes Vineyards | Distance 18 miles (28 km)
Sauternes is an appellation famous for its sweet wine produced by the regions rare white grapes, possibly the best in the world. The round trip route will offer you the chance to cycle through this vineyard covered area until you reach the Chateau de Malle near Preignac, a magnificent Renaissance building with beautiful gardens. Back in Sauternes, we recommend a guided wine tour and tasting at either Chateau Sauternes or Chateau Guiraud.
Cycle to Cadillac | Distance 26 miles (43 km)
Your cycle now heads North into the River Garonne valley through several villages en route to the small town of Cadillac, which bequeathed its name to the car. The day starts by crossing the Ciron valley to Cerons and then Podensac with the opportunity to visit the Lillet distillery and see how the popular apéritif is produced. In the Garonne valley, you can visit the intriguing Chateau Mongenan in Portets before crossing the river at Langoiran and cycling to Cadillac. Enjoy the view of the Ducal Chateau from the hotel gardens with a glass of the local wine in hand.
Optional Round Trip to St Croix du Mont | Distance 13 miles (22 km)
Today’s optional round trip takes you out of Cadillac through some more prime Bordeaux vineyards such as Montprimblanc before reaching St Croix de Mont, a superb but less well-known appellation located on a panoramic plateau made up of vast fossilised oyster beds. Then heading back to Cadillac, you’ll pass through Loupiac, where wines have been produced since Roman times.
Cycle to St Emilion | Distance 25 miles (40 km)
Your final day in the saddle will take you through a valley towards Targon and the Entre Deux Mers (the land in between the Rivers Dordogne and Garonne). A picnic lunch is recommended next to the remains of a Knights Templar Commanderie before continuing onto Branne, crossing the Dordogne river and cycling into Saint Emilion. Arriving at your last hotel situated at the top of the town, relax with a dip in the pool or drinks in the garden before a final well-deserved delicious dinner.
We say Au Revoir before transferring you by taxi to Bordeaux airport or TGV station.
Right in the heart of medieval St-Macaire, a picturesque town that sits between the vines and the ocean, this hotel is a magnificent, renovated 16th-century mansion, decked out with oak furniture, terracotta floors and tastefully modern décor. We recommend a dip in the pool before dining alfresco in the town.
Set in the heart of the village of Sauternes, a short walk from 2 great local restaurants and surrounded by rolling fields cloaked in vines. La Sauternaise is a charming B&B with stylishly furnished en-suite rooms. The Galhaud family look forward to welcoming you.
Hotel Château de la Tour blends modern styling with a traditional hotel experience. The restaurant and wine cellar on site is fantastic, but the real crown jewel is the vast garden, covering 3 acres. The outdoor swimming pool is always a nice treat after a day in the saddle. The views of the Chateau of Cadillac are an added bonus.
A stunning location, impeccable grounds and stylish rooms make this hotel a real highlight for any itinerary. Tucked away up a quiet street in the UNESCO world heritage site of St Emilion, the amount of space, particularly the gardens and pool, are a pleasant surprise upon arrival. The breakfast is highly touted too.
Minimum route distance 74 miles (118 km)
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