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Your cycling holiday in France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

Discover majestic Chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes in one of the most beloved parts of France. Cycling through six famous Bordeaux wine regions and alongside the Garonne and Dordogne rivers to the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, with plenty of time to sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. 

What not to miss

  • La Cite du Vin in cycle friendly Bordeaux
  • Toulouse-Lautrec’s former home, Chateau Malrome
  • Wine tasting in one of the many Chateaux
  • Cloitre des Cordeliers in Saint Emilion

What’s Included

  • Flights and transfers
  • En suite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux
  • Full board
  • Semi-guided cycle tours
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Bikes with panniers
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Local support whenever needed

Map

Your cycling holiday in France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

8 Day Tour 

Day 1

Arrive at Bordeaux.

Transfer to Castets-en-Dorthe where you will board the MS Bordeaux and be equipped with your bicycle. There is an optional ride to get used to your bike around Castets-en-Dorthe, exploring this region also known as “Little Holland” before enjoying a welcome cocktail onboard.

Day 2

From Castets-en-Dorthe to Sauternes then Cadillac | Distance 21 miles (35km) or 32 miles (50km).

Your first day’s cycling will enable you to discover the Sauternais region, famous for producing sweet desert wines. Following country roads and the banks of the Ciron River, you will see picturesque medieval chateaux with elegant turrets and vineyards galore. Back on board your boat you will cruise down the Garonne River to Cadillac for the evening.

Day 3

From Cadillac to Entre-Deux-Mers and Graves then Bordeaux | Distance 25 miles (40km).

The fortified medieval town of Cadillac is located in the region of Graves, the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. Today’s cycle route will take you through the “Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux” wine growing area and offers the opportunity to visit the house of artist Toulouse-Lautrec, Chateau Malrome, which also offers wine tastings. You can also explore the former residence of writer Francois Mauriac. After your cycle, the boat will head to Bordeaux for the night, reaching the Pont de Pierre (Stone Bridge) and Place de la Bourse in the centre of this fabulous city.

Day 4

Bordeaux | Distance 10 miles (15km).

The morning’s ride will take you along both sides of the Garonne River through one of France’s cycling capitals, offering superb views of the waterfront and the city. In the afternoon, you will have time to continue exploring the vibrant city of Bordeaux, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Attractions include the royal entrance to the city, Porte Cailhau, the Miroir d’Eau fountain and the decanter shaped la Cite du Vin building.

Day 5

From Bordeaux to Lamarque, Margaux then Bourg | Distance 25 miles (40km).

You will start the day with a cruise along the Gironde river to Lamarque in the heart of the famous Medoc wine region. The round-trip cycle will take you through the vineyards, where you will discover prestigious wineries such as Chateaux Palmer and Chateau Margaux, where you can stop for an optional visit and tasting session. Once back on board, your boat will take you along the Gironde to the pretty town of Bourg, which overlooks the confluence of the Gironde and Dordogne rivers for the evening.

Day 6

From Bourg to Blaye Fortress then Fronsac/Libourne | Distance 21 miles (35km) or 32 miles (50km).

Cycling from Bourg you will pass through the Cotes de Blaye vineyard, a relatively unknown wine but nevertheless a fantastic area covered with endless vines and scattered with fairy-tale Chateaux and beautiful manor houses, Many pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella have passed through this area over the years. From Blaye, the route takes a loop to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vauban Fortress, designed by the architect of Louis XIV, Sebastien Le Prestre, in the 17th Century. You will return to Bourg, following the Corniche, a scenic path alongside the Gironde estuary before the boat travels on to Fronsac/Libourne on the Dordogne rover.

Day 7

From Fronsac/Libourne, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion | Distance 21 miles (35km) or 32 miles (50km).

After breakfast, wonder into the picturesque square in Libourne and on Friday mornings you can explore the weekly market as well as its 16th Century buildings. Then it’s time to head into the famous countryside and vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. You will have time to explore the medieval lanes, vineyards, Chateaux and the town of Saint-Emilion itself, as well as sampling some of the area’s best wines of course!

Day 8

We say “au revoir” before transferring you directly to Bordeaux.

Please note that this tour is offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks. 

Your cycling holiday in France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

Departure Dates

Direction - Castets-en-Dorthe to Libourne/Fronsac

Tour Only Prices

Departure
Dates
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people) Price (Single Occupancy)
28 April Twin (Lower Deck) £1189 £1495
12 May Twin (Lower Deck) £1289 £1595
26 May Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
9 June Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
23 June Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
7 July Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
21 July Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
4 August Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
18 August Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
1 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
15 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
29 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
13 October Twin (Lower Deck) £1445 £1795
28 April Twin (Upper Deck) £1339 £1554
12 May Twin (Upper Deck) £1445 £1645
26 May Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
9 June Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
23 June Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
7 July Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
21 July Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
4 August Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
18 August  Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
1 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
15 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
29 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1595 £1845
13 October

Twin (Upper Deck)

£1445 £1645
28 April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1445 N/A
12 May Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1595 N/A
26 May Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1745 N/A
9 June Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1745 N/A
23 June Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1745 N/A
7 July Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1745 N/A
21 July Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
4 August

Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
18 August Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
1 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
15 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
29 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
13 October Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1745

N/A
  • Ebike supplement: £75 per person
  • Above Deck Cabin (Comfort Boat): £95 per person
  • Above Deck Cabin (Premium Boat): £145 per person
  • Single Occupancy (Comfort Boat): £285
  • Single Occupancy (Premium Boat): £475
  • Single Occupancy (Comfort Boat) Above Deck: £375
  • Single Occupancy (Premium Boat) Above Deck: £665
  • Child Reduction (Comfort Boat): £465
  • Child Reduction (Premium Boat): £565
  • Triple Room Reduction (Comfort Boat): £465
  • Triple Room Reduction (Premium Boat): £565

Price including flights and accommodation

Departure
Dates
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people) Price (Single Occupancy)
28 April Twin (Lower Deck) £1525 £1819
12 May Twin (Lower Deck) £1625 £1915
26 May Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
9 June Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
23 June Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
7 July Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
21 July Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
4 August Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
18 August Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
1 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
15 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
29 September Twin (Lower Deck) £1775 £2115
13 October Twin (Lower Deck) £1625 £1915
28 April Twin (Upper Deck) £1675 £1869
12 May Twin (Upper Deck) £1775 £1965
26 May Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
9 June Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
23 June Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
7 July Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
21 July Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
4 August Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
18 August  Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
1 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
15 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
29 September Twin (Upper Deck) £1915 £2165
13 October

Twin (Upper Deck)

£1915 £2165
28 April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1819 N/A
12 May Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1915 N/A
26 May Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2065 N/A
9 June Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2065 N/A
23 June Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2065 N/A
7 July Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2065 N/A
21 July Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
4 August

Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
18 August Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
1 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
15 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
29 September Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£2065

N/A
13 Ocotber Junior Suite (Lower Deck)

£1915

N/A
  • Ebike supplement: £85 per person

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4055.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partners in Europe.

Your cycling holiday in France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

MS Bordeaux

  • Capacity: 96 guests

  • Length: 78 meters long and 10 meters wide

  • The lower deck has 36 cabins: 34 twin cabins, 2 single beds next to each other, 2 junior suites, 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area 

  • All cabins have small windows that can be opened, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet

  • Salon/lounge

  • Bar and a small dance floor

  • Large panoramic windows

  • Restaurant

  • Sun deck 

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