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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays 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
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays 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 Cycling Holidays France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays 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.

Deck Plan & Cabins

Cabin Details:

  • All cabins have small windows that can be opened, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet
  • The lower deck has 34 twin cabins with 2 single beds next to each other.
  • The lower deck has 2 junior suites with 2 single beds next to each other and a small sitting area.
  • The upper deck has 11 twin cabins and 2 single cabins.

MS Bordeaux

  • Capacity: 96 guests

  • Length: 78 meters long and 10 metres wide

  • Salon/lounge

  • Bar and a small dance floor

  • Large panoramic windows

  • Restaurant

  • Sun deck 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays France

A Taste of Bordeaux | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices

Departure
Dates (Every Saturday)
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people)
1st June - 24th August Twin (Lower Deck) £1375
31st August - 28th September Twin (Lower Deck) £1475
5th October - 19th October Twin (Lower Deck) £1375
26th October - 2nd November Twin (Lower Deck) £1125
30th March - 27th April Twin (Upper Deck) £1295
4th May - 24th August Twin (Upper Deck) £1555
31st August - 28th September Twin (Upper Deck) £1655
5th October - 19th October Twin (Upper Deck) £1555
26th October - 2nd November Twin (Upper Deck) £1295
30th March - 27th April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1415
4th May - 24th August Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1675
31st August - 28th September Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1775
5th October - 19th October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1675
26th October - 2nd November Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1415

Price including flights and transfers

Departure
Dates (Every Saturday)
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people)
 1st June - 24th August Twin (Lower Deck) £1615
31st August - 28th September Twin (Lower Deck) £1705
5th October - 19th October Twin (Lower Deck) £1615
26th October - 2nd November Twin (Lower Deck) £1365
30th March - 27th April Twin (Upper Deck) £1535
4th May - 24th August Twin (Upper Deck) £1785
31st August - 28th September Twin (Upper Deck) £1875
5th October - 19th October Twin (Upper Deck) £1785
26th October - 2nd November Twin (Upper Deck) £1535
30th March - 27th April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1655
4th May - 24th August Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1895
31st August - 28th September Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1995
5th October - 19th October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1895
26th October - 2nd November Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1655

2020 Package Prices (Includes Flights and Transfers)

Departure
Dates (Every Saturday)
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people)
4th April - 25 April Twin (Lower Deck) £1455
2nd May - 22nd August Twin (Lower Deck) £1745
29th August - 26th September Twin (Lower Deck) £1845
3rd October - 17th October Twin (Lower Deck)

£1745

24th October - 31st October Twin (Lower Deck) £1455
     
4th April - 25th April Twin (Upper Deck) £1645
2nd May - 22nd August Twin (Upper Deck) £1925
29th August - 26th September Twin (Upper Deck) £2025
3rd October - 17th October Twin (Upper Deck) £1925
24th October - 31st October Twin (Upper Deck) £1645
     
4th April - 25th April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1735
2nd May - 22nd August Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2025
29thst August - 26th September Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2115
3rd October - 17th October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £2025
24th October - 31 October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1735

2020 Tour Only Prices

Departure
Dates (Every Saturday)
Type of
Cabin 
Price (Sharing 2 people)
4th April - 25 April Twin (Lower Deck) £1115
2nd May - 22nd August Twin (Lower Deck) £1415
29th August - 26th September Twin (Lower Deck) £1515
3rd October - 17th October Twin (Lower Deck)

£1415

24th October - 31st October Twin (Lower Deck) £1115
     
4th April - 25th April Twin (Upper Deck) £1295
2nd May - 22nd August Twin (Upper Deck) £1595
29th August - 26th September Twin (Upper Deck) £1695
3rd October - 17th October Twin (Upper Deck) £1595
24th October - 31st October Twin (Upper Deck) £1295
     
4th April - 25th April Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1395
2nd May - 22nd August Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1695
29thst August - 26th September Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1795
3rd October - 17th October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1695
24th October - 31 October Junior Suite (Lower Deck) £1395
  • Ebike supplement: £110pp
  • Guided cycling supplement: £160

Single supplement available on request. 

Please note that this tour departs on Saturdays and runs in alternate directions each week. For further information, please speak to one of our team on 020 7471 7750.

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.

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