The Bordeaux Wine Routes

Along the 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 Bordeaux you cycle down the Garonne then the Dordogne river before 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!

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Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

BORDEAUX

Arrive to Bordeaux on your own. Orientation meeting at your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 2

From BORDEAUX to SAINT-EMILION 52km 300m Niveau Loisir

You leave the regional capital on a bicycle lane that takes you into the Bordeaux countryside to the charming little walled city of Creon. Continue your ride by admiring the site and the Romanesque pillars of the La Sauve-Majeure Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a few kilometers, you are in the middle of vineyards, as far as the eye can see, that stay with you all the way to Saint Emilion.

Day 3

From SAINT-EMILION to BLAYE 49km 130m Niveau Loisir

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 4

From BLAYE to PAUILLAC 50km 60m Niveau Loisir

You ride 50 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 5

From PAUILLAC to BORDEAUX 60km 67m Niveau Forme

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 6

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.

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Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel La Citadelle

Starting from 865€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Au Logis des Remparts Hôtel La Citadelle Chateau Pomys

Starting from 1210€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

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, 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

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • 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

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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

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Getting here

Meeting point

Bordeaux, Gironde (33)

Bordeaux by car
  • From Rennes by A83 & A10 (470 km 4h30)
  • From Paris by A10 (580 km 5h35)
  • From Lyon by l’A89 (555 km 5h20)
Bordeaux by train*
  • TGV Train Station in Bordeaux
Bordeaux by plane*
  • Airport in Bordeaux

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation 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 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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