Bordeaux bike tour. Medoc vineyard and ocean coast

Trip Code : Cyclo 06

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Bordeaux Médoc - France

Duration

6 to 8 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

40 to 55 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 6 days - 5 nights : 785 €
  • 7 days - 6 nights : 880 €
  • 8 days - 7 nights : 955 €

Including services

  • 5 to 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 4 to 5 dinners) (wine included excepted for dinner 5 and 6)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • GPS App for smartphone with vocal guiding as well
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Taxi transfer first day or/ and last day
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • 1 or 2 dinners (in Pian Medoc) : 25 € per dinner
  • Touring bike : 85 to 95 €
  • Electric bike : 128 to 167 €
  • Taxi transfers train station / airport to and from the last hotel : 25 to 45 €
Tour description

Self-guided cycling tour in France across the Medoc area near Bordeaux in Gironde. Cycle through the impressive Medoc in the famous Bordeaux wine region. The West section of the Medoc is shrouded in light and sun, and the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches are bordered with an immense forest. The east, located on the side of the Gironde estuary, offers views of the winegrowing region. Beginning of your bike tour  on the “wines road”, cycle past well known chateaux: Giscours, Margaux, Latour and go through the winegrowing areas which produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world. The Explore by cycling through the diverse landscapes of the Medoc, visit superb Romanic churches in the villages, windmills, old castles and discover some unique Gallo romanic sites. This biking journey follows a mixture of bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside largest Europe estuary, atlantic coast and vineyards, allowing discovery of the exceptional natural and diverse surroundings of the region. After each day’s cycling, stay in some of the region’s best hotels and charming guest houses.

Itinerary

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

In case of your arrival at the train station or at Bordeaux Airport, our taxi drives you to your 3-star hotel in Pian Medoc where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.

Night and breakfast included.

Day 2: Cycle through the heart of the “Medoc rouge” to Macau - 35 km

Today’s cycle to Macau takes you on the “Road of the Chateaux” along the Gironde toward Margaux, Saint-Estephe and Moulis, where wine and spirit houses await you. Every village, every chateau is a dream for everyone in this well known area! The route des chateau is certainly one of the most beautiful road! Start your holiday cycling across Margaux vineyards, Haut Medoc, Moulis-en-Medoc and past renowned chateaux. Take the time to stop in the little harbours along the route, 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 bed and breakfast. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3:  Cycling along the Wine route – Medoc area – 53 km

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 path such as Brion in St Germain d’Esteuil, the Chateau of Castera, the Abbey of Vertheuil and the Fort Medoc built by Vauban. Cycle to the capital of the Medoc, Paulliac.  Its 18 “Grand Crus Classes” and its charming harbour make this town an unmissable destination. Discover the most famous chateau of Medoc starting withLatour to Lafite Rothschild.

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

Day 4 : Cycle along the Gironde Estuary – 40 to 50 km

For those on the 6-days tour and 8-day tours (Not included on the 7 days tour)

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.

Take the time to visit Lesparre and its monument, as well as “Les Noisettines de Medoc,” a small business that creates sweets with hazelnuts.

Overnight in the same bed and breakfast that Day 3. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5: Cycle through vineyards, pine forest and along the Ocean – 60 or 65 km

The cycle tour today starts from the banks of the estuary to the ocean, across marshes and vineyards.

Today’s route offers the three components of the Medoc: water, pine and wine. Most of the cycling is along the cycle paths, but there are some sections on small roads and quiet paths.

Pass villages with pretty churches, the Windmill of Vensac (an authentic windmill that still produces flour) and the pine forests which border the ocean.

Enjoy a break at the beach of Montalivet-les-bains before returning to your accommodation.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel,dinner and breakfast included.

Warning: If you choose the 6 days- tour, this stage is the last one. The next day a taxi transfer to the airport or the railway station is arranged.

Day 6 : Biking between lake, ocean and forest – 54 km

Today cycle on the way to Lacanau, an easy day following the ocean track. Go through the forest and discover a variety of landscapes. Cross Hourtin beach with its wide coast and its Dunes, a - paradise for everyone - . Cycle on little roads and marked paths across the pine forest, a wild and preserved area. Stop at the “Lagune de Contaut” for a picnic to observe the fauna and flora. Then, go down to the lake of “Carcan-Hourtin”, one of the biggest natural fresh water lakes of France, and the coastal beaches. End your journey in Lacanau going through the 'étang de Cousseau La forêt’ and have a relaxing evening in this popular town.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel, located in the heart of the 100 acres of pines, between lake and ocean. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 7: Cycle back to the heart of haut Medoc vineyards area – 53 km

Start your journey through a wild landscape cycling into the forest, at the edge of the lake and alongside little picturesque beaches. What a pleasant morning!
Follow the “Green Way” of Lacanau Ocean and ride in the pine forest, and enjoy the nature. This track was built on the top of the former railway and offers an enjoyable and comfortable ride. Stop half way for a picnic where an area has been laid out with tables, benches and a fountain; in the shade, it is very pleasant.
End of the cycling holiday in the same place it started: in the heart of the Medoc.
Overnight in Le Pian Medoc, in the same 3-star hotel of your first night. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Back home

After breakfast a taxi takes you to the airport or train station in Bordeaux (Optionnal).

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