Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary

Trip codeCyclo 02
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Bordeaux, Royan - France
Duration :8 days
Departure :Daily from April to October
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
From 1125 €
Pricing informations
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  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary
  • Cycling holidays around the Gironde estuary

Tour description

Cycling tour around the Gironde estuary

During the Gironde estuary cycling tour, you’ll explore one of the most beautiful famous and beloved parts of France. The region of Bordeaux, located in sun drenched. South-western part of France is the perfect setting for a bike and wine tour. This cycling holiday leads to the biggest European estuary. Explore 2 different areas: first bike through the prestigious vineyards of the Medoc in the famous Bordeaux region. Take the “Wine road” of Médoc by bicycle, home of the most famous wine-growing chateaux in the world. Then cross the Gironde estuary by ferry to « Royan ». Continue your bike tour and enjoy the landscapes of « Charente-Maritime », « Haute-Saintonge » and « Haute Gironde ».  Typical cliffs, villages of Talmont, Blaye or Bourg.

Meet  winemakers of the famous “Cognac” and “Pineau” in « Charente ». Explore the diverse landscapes of the French countryside, visit superb Romanic churches in the towns, windmills, old castles and discover Gallo romanic sites. This cycle tour follows a mixture of bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards allowing discovery of the exceptional natural and diverse surroundings of the region.

Set at the confluence of the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary. It is the most prolific and famous wine growing regions in Aquitaine. Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills of the region have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines. Appellations such as Saint-Émilion, Margaux, Sauternes, Médoc and Pauillac have made Bordeaux wines world famous.

The Gironde estuary cycling tour through these famous wine regions: you will visit many of them and probably taste various excellent wines. Bordeaux does not only offer the finest wines; it is also home to finest, scrumptious, distinct tasting culinary specialties!

After each day’s cycling stay in some of the region’s best hotels and charming guest houses. To be more confortable during your cycling tours, we can Bike hire or an E-bike as you prefer!

Highlights
  • The Médoc wine route: Margaux, Moulis, Pauillac
  • The boat trip across the largest estuary in Western Europe
  • The limestone cliffs of Meschers and their picturesque fishing huts
  • The Vauban Citadel of Blaye
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Program

Day 1Arrival in France and transfer from Bordeaux to the Medoc

Arrive at the train station or at Bordeaux Airport. A taxi takes you to your 3-star hotel in « Pian Medoc » where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you. This cycling tour is perfect for everyone who wants rise up their wine knownledge! You’ll learn everything about French wine, appellations, tannins, winemaking, Gran cru, grape varieties like Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec or Petit Verdot. Brdeaux wine region is perfect for a cycling tour!

Night and breakfast included.

Day 2Biking day through the heart of the “Medoc rouge” 25 to 40 km - 55 m

Today’s cycle to « Macau » takes you on the “Road of the Chateaux” along the estuary toward « Margaux », « Saint-Estephe » and « Moulis », where wines, spirit houses and wineries await you. Every village, every chateau is a dream for everyone in this well known area! The route des chateaux  is certainly one of the most beautiful road! Start your holiday cycling across « Margaux » vineyards, « Haut Medoc », « Moulis-en-Medoc » and past renowned chateaux. Make red wines tastings, we recommend tasting of Grand Cru  Take the time to stop in the little port along  backroads, including « St Julien ». Head toward the estuary and encounter pleasant and diverse landscapes. This stage leads to the heart of the “Medoc rouge” as far as « Moulis-en-Medoc ».

Overnight in a charming guesthouse, a superb residence, located in the middle of the vineyards and ideally situated 200 m from prestigious chateaux.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3Cycling along the Wine route in the Medoc 50 to 60 km - 120 m

Today continue cycling along the “Road of the Chateaux” which is well known for both its unusual chateaux and its wine. Explore the many historic sites along your bike route such as « Brion » in « St Germain d’Esteuil », the Chateau of « Castera », the Abbey of « Vertheuil » and the « Fort Medoc » built by Vauban. On your two wheels, cycle to the capital of the Medoc, « Pauillac », one of the greatest red wine region in Bordeaux with the famous cabernet sauvignon grapes.  Its 18 “Grand Crus Classes 1855” and its charming port make this town an unmissable destination. Take a leisurely time and discover the appellation of  most famous chateau of Medoc starting with Chateau Latour, chateau Mouton-Rothschild or Lafite Rothschild.

Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast located in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4Cycle towards the mouth of the estuary and Royan 55 to 60 km - 45 m

Follow an easy route across the vineyards and marshes that lead to a fascinating and charming part of the « Medoc ». Cycle alongside the longest estuary in Europe and discover a Wilder Medoc, where many fish and migrating birds find sanctuary.  Make some short stops along the banks of the estuary in small charming harbour towns such as « St Christoly» or « La Marechale » and explore huts built on stilt, small fishing ports and landscapes such as CAMARGUE. Don’t miss “Richard’s Lighthouse” that offers an outstanding view of the estuary.

At the top of the « Medoc » area, cycle to « Soulac », a pretty seaside village boasting pine perfumed landscape and sandy beaches. Take the ferry across the estuary to « Royan » and enjoy the view of the « Cordouan » lighthouse and the cliffs of « Meshers » on the right. Welcome to the other side of the river for holidays in « Charente-maritime » country!

Overnight in a 3-star hotel in « Royan located in the heart of the seaside town. Breakfast included. Dinner is not included but many restaurants are situated next to your hotel. Take an optional extra night here to explore the beach and the Ocean.

Day 5Cycle in the Charente-Maritime region from Royan to Mortagne 35 km - 185 m

Today ride throughout the Charente countryside and discover its treasures.

With the Bordeaux wine tour, you’ll cycle through beautiful landscapes from the coastal marshes, cliffs and forests, oyster farms and fishing ports. Discover the pretty village of Talmont-sur-Gironde, its church and blooming streets, the caves of Meshers-sur-Gironde, the archaeological site of Fa and the retreat of St Martial. Many stops to enjoy!

Ideally located on a headland at the entrance to the « Gironde », « Royan » has been a seaside town for about two centuries. Royan’s seafront curves around the northern end of the « Grande Conche » Beach – an imposing crescent of buildings where contemporary and “belle époque” villas alternate.

Leave « Royan » and take the “boulevard Garnier” with its beautiful villas from the XIX century.

Stop at the Park in the estuary, « Pôle nature » of the « Charente Maritime » and enjoy interactive exhibitions and activities in order to know everything about the estuary.

Cross « Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet », the old capital of Caviar, with its port. Then discover all about the Pineau, Cognac and Charentais wine, (They produce white wines and especially Sauvignon blanc) with the winemaker in « Mortagne ».

End your bike journey in the exceptional site of « Mortagne-sur-Gironde », a pretty hill-top village with its fishing and sailing port.

Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast, opposite the port. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 6Cycling in the Charente - Pineau and Cognac 35 to 45 km - 200 to 300 m

Leaving the banks of the estuary discover the estates producing Cognac and Pineau de Charente. Pass fields of sunflowers, windmills and châteaux before returning to the estuary and the vineyards of the «Côtes de Blaye » and «Côtes de Bourg ». Cycle along small roads and feel the wildness and immensity of the area. Follow the hills covered with wheat and vineyards.

Overnight in a lovely bed and breakfast. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 7Biking day along the Corniche road 50 to 60 km - 150 m

Following the estuary marshes through historic « Blaye » and medieval Bourg.

Imposing and majestic, the citadel at «Blaye » has a commanding view over the river. Continue along the banks of the Gironde Estuary and cycle through the vineyards of the Cotes de Blaye, AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. Follow the little road called the “Corniche Fleurie”,with its countless palm trees, pink laurels and oaks as far as «Bourg-sur-Gironde ». This attractive small town is an architectural jewel. Clinging to a rock, surrounded by walls, the village is one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the Estuary. Discover prehistoric caves with ancient wall paintings.

End of your cycling holiday in the heart of the vineyard in the village of «Bourg-Sur-Gironde ».

Overnight in a beautiful house. Dinner and breakfast included

Day 8Departure

After your breakfast, the owner of your guest house will drive you to the train station. With this cycling holiday, we share you the best of Bordeaux, and Bordeaux wines! Add some extra-day to your holiday to explore Saint-Emilion or the Graves area (Chateau Haut-Brion is one the best chateaux to visit!).

Train journey, (without the bikes) to Bordeaux.

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage to the next accommodation so that you fully enjoy your daily ride.

You leave your luggage at the reception desk before your departure.
At the end of the afternoon, you recover them in the next accommodation (at the reception or directly in your room).

Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 hand luggage.

We remind you that rental bikes are equipped with saddlebags to be used to bring your belongings useful for the day.

Your travel pack corresponds to the documents or numeric files that you receive before your trip (usually one month before) and upon your arrival at the first accommodation.

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for luggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and recovery of rental bikes if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number(s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information

The travel book including a map with the route (at the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications

The voucher(s) to be given to the service provider(s) (only if requested)

On request and depending on the tours:

The “Evazio” application to download to your Smartphone for a “GPS” guidance. This guidance is visual (reading of the track on the Smartphone’s screen) and vocal.

The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary

The loan of a GPS device with pre-loaded tracks

GPX traces of every step for use with your own navigation device

On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:

  • A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
  • An electric bike adapted to the route

With its equipment:

  • 1 rear bag
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 set of repair
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 anti-theft device
  • 1 charger (for the electric bike)

For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size

  • A child’s bike
  • A baby seat
  • A trailer
  • A follow-up bike

The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.

At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.

The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:

  • Comfort : The trip mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and guesthouses.
  • Superior : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guesthouses.
  • Luxe : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars or equivalent

Our assistance remains available for the duration of your stay.