The Bordeaux Wine Routes

Along the Dordogne and Gironde riverbanks

Highlights

Prestigious vineyards of Pomerol, Pauillac, Margaux...
Saint-Emilion, part of UNESCO's world heritage
Bordeaux, capital of wine and buzzing city

Cycling through some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world

Bordeaux, more than a designation

From the lovely town of Bergerac you cycle down the Dordogne and Gironde rivers to reach some of the most prestigious vineyards. Among the most famous are Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Emilion…

On small roads it is a journey through vineyards, nature and wine cellars. It is an opportunity to discover more about the culture and making of wines and enjoy a few tastings.

The architectural heritage is as impressive as the wine. You ride between “castles” of all sizes. In the evening you stay insmall towns of character where you can also taste gourmet local cuisine. Saint-Emilion, a renowed city of wine with a beautiful historical architecture, is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage!

The journey continues to Bordeaux, the “Sleeping Beauty”. Since this nickname was given to her, the city has woken up, its streets and cellars are lively and yours to enjoy!

Easy: you occasionally or regularly ride your bike and have experience in cycling for a whole day. You enjoy discovering new territories in a leisurely way. You can ride up to 35 to 55 km a day on relatively flat routes.
Day 1 - BERGERAC

Our guide welcomes you on the first day. If you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, hop on your bike for a first loop to the vineyards of Pécharmant. This robust red wine has a dark garnet color, well worth a tasting! In the evening, enjoy the charming town of Bergerac and its lively streets.


Day 2 - FROM BERGERAC TO SAINTE RADEGONDE - 54km

You ride along the south shore of the Dordogne River throughout the day. Leaving the city of Cyrano, you ride through the vineyards of Bergerac and Monbazillac. Monbazillac is the pride of the region. This sweet white wine marvelously accompanies aperitif, foie gras and cheeses like Bleu or Roquefort. No doubt you will find some on your table! Halfway, you reach the fortified city of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande: an ideal spot for lunch. You are at the Gironde’s front door and about to enter into the lands of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. The road continues along the river. Your stop for the night in the heart of vineyards and nature.


Day 3 - FROM SAINTE-RADEGONDE TO SAINT-EMILION - 40km

You cross the Dordogne and after a few kilometers, you are in the middle vineyards, as far as your eyes can see. On small roads you ride between prestigious Chateaux and reach Saint-Emilion. The town is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. Enjoy the evening to discover this fascinating city.


Day 4 - FROM SAINT-EMILION TO SAINT-CIERS-DE-CANESSE - 53km

A day through prestigious vineyards. After leaving Saint-Emilion and its great wines you ride through the vineyard of Pomerol. It is known for famous wines such as Petrus, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Gazin and many others. In Libourne, an important port, discover a 13th century Bastide. With its mound Fronsac enjoys a privileged position. Enjoy the Bourg and its charming streets above the harbor. Wonderful places of the right bank of the Dordogne with less prestigious red wines but equally interesting!


Day 5 - FROM SAINT-CIERS-DE-CANESSE TO PAUILLAC - 55km

You ride 55 km, including 5 to cross the Gironde by boat. It forms at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, a few kilometers upstream. You arrive in the land of Medoc and its red wines: Saint-Julien and its 11 Grands Crus, Pauillac and 18 great wines, Saint-Estephe the northernmost of the Médoc AOP (PDO - Protected Designation of Origin).


Day 6 - FROM PAUILLAC TO BORDEAUX - 57km

After riding through the vineyards of Pauillac and Saint-Julien, you reach Margaux. It is the largest and southernmost of the Medoc designations (POD). Margaux gathers 21 castles, the largest number of classified wines in the Medoc. You reach Bordeaux by the Garonne riverbanks and ride on bike paths that take you to the historical heart of this beautiful city. On an evening, you can enjoy the city's attractions including its many wine cellars where you find all the names crossed over this great week.


Day 7 - BORDEAUX

End of stay after breakfast in Bordeaux. You can enjoy the morning in Bordeaux to visit the beautiful sites of the city of wine.


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 1070€

Chambre privilège

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 1665€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 1070€ / person with Confort Range
  • 1665€ / person with Privilege Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 102€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 198€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

Other options

  • Extra nigh in Bergerac in a double room (breakfast included) - Confort : 60€ / person
  • Extra nigh in Bergerac in a single room (breakfast included) - Confort : 110€ / person
  • Extra nigh in Saint-Emilion in a double room (breakfast included) - Confort : 70€ / person
  • Extra nigh in Saint-Emilion in a single room (breakfast included) - Confort : 120€ / person
  • xtra nigh in Bergerac in a double room (breakfast included) - Privilege : 130€ / person
  • Extra nigh in Bergerac in a single room (breakfast included) - Privilege : 230€ / person
  • xtra nigh in Saint-Emilion in a double room (breakfast included) - Privilege : 180€ / person
  • Extra nigh in Saint-Emilion in a single room (breakfast included) - Privilege : 320€ / person

The price includes :

Self Guided Tour
– 6 nights in a double room
– 6 breakfasts
– 2 dîners (1 dîner en gamme privilège)
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide personnally welcomes you on Day 1
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Taxes
– Application fees

The price doesn't include :

Self Guided Tour
– Braekfast on Day 1, lunches and diners on Days 1/3/5/6/7
– Boat crossing of Gironde with the BAC (tickets can only be purchased at the boat)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Drinks
– Visits

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance 24H/7 you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here ?

Meeting Point

Bergerac, Dordogne (24)

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel