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Travel with DIGnGO on a bike tour in Bordeaux & Dordogne. You bike through the lush vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. You cycle past the exclusive wine domains of Château Petrus and Château Cheval Blanc. You ride along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. And you bicycle through some of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” : La Roque-Gageac, Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac. Biking in Bordeaux with DIGnGO is wonderful!
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On the first day of our trip, we shuttle from Libourne to Saint Emilion. After a light lunch at a local cafe your leaders fit your bike.
Then, head on a ride from Saint-Emilion into Pomerol. As you cycle, you pass by some of the most famous Bordeaux estates and sun-kissed vineyards producing some of the world’s most exclusive wines. On this leg of the journey you see the famed Moulin de Calon windmills, constructed in the 15th century. Your bike route then loops through the scenic town of Montagne before ending in the lovely medieval village of Saint-Emilion and your home for the next two nights, the Hostellerie de Plaisance. a hotel that delivers all of the town’s authentic charm with an air of modern elegance. From your hotel terrace you take in the breathtaking views of the village with its monolithic church spire standing tall among the stone buildings below.
Later that afternoon, you make your way to Château Soutard, where you enjoy a tour of the vineyards followed by a tasting.
In the evening, take the time to explore the village and shop at the many small stores. Don’t miss Nadia Fermigier macaroons, who took over after Madame Blanchez. Macaroons are a local specialty and have been produced here in Saint-Emilion since 1620. Dinner is at a local Saint-Emilion restaurant, Le Tertre, for an evening of elegance among the historical beauty of the town.
Today’s Ride: 19 miles with 800 feet of climbing
This morning and before getting on your bike for your first full day of biking, enjoy a visit of Saint Emilion’s underground church. Beginning in the 9th century, men removed underground slabs of stones for building in Saint-Emilion and also for the nearby châteaux, which explains both the presence of extensive underground galleries and the largest monolithic church in Europe.
Today’s route offers a wide variety of scenery and architectural example including roman churches, medieval ruins and French Renaissance chateaux all set against the lush and green countryside. Take a break in the town of Pujols.
Later in the day you visit and taste at one of the Grand Cru domaine on the plateau of Saint-Emilion, where the best wine in this region comes from. In the cellars, you learn about the winemaking particularities while visiting the vat facility, barrel fermenting rooms and the underground aging cellar.
Due to the massive layers of limestone the vines get good drainage during the wet years, while retaining needed moisture in the dry vintages and also adding PH and various mineral elements to the soils. Due to its massive layers of limestone deposits, Saint-Emilion wine from the châteaux located on the plateau produces rich wines with exotic textures and minerality.
In the evening, you are on your own for dinner in town.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 37 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Get an early start and shuttle to the Dordogne region and Domme, a town resting atop an astonishingly high cliff. It offers a breathtaking view of the Dordogne River and nearby villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac.
From the center of Domme bike to the town of La Roque-Gageac, considered by many as one of France most beautiful villages. The town is wedge between the Dordogne river and the magnificent limestone cliffs. The village is simply a delight with cobbled paths that wind their way between stone houses that lie below the cliff face. Gabarres, which might resemble the old trading barges that once filled the river, sail past this charming town. Take in the wonderful sights sitting idyllically on the banks of the Dordogne River before continuing toward the town of Beynac.
Later that day, you visit Beynac most striking feature, its magnificent castle, which was once besieged by none other than Richard the Lionheart.
Back on your bike, begin the last stretch of your ride through tobacco fields and lush walnut groves to the town of Tremolat, where your next hotel a former farmhouse awaits: Le Vieux Logis.
This evening, Vincent Arnoud, a 1 Michelin star chef, welcomes you in the hotel’s dinning room.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 8 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 37 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Today, you bike from your hotel along the sweeping curves of the Dordogne Valley to the unassuming town of Les Eyzies de Tayac, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1979, located in the heart of the Vezere Valley and where our ancestors settled more than 400.000 years ago.
Browse the local shops and choose a restaurant in Les Eyzies de Taillac for lunch on your own. After a light lunch you get to visit one of the Prehistoric cave that dot the Dordogne countryside. Inside, reach into humanity’s distant past as you’re treated to views some Magdalenian engravings and paintings dating back to 14,000 B.C. The cave was discovered in 1909 and is the only frieze of prehistoric sculptures in the world to be shown to the public.
Later in the afternoon, you ride under the canopy of some beautiful forests while being treated to views of more chateaux and abandoned fortresses. It’s easy to get lost in the sweeping history of the land while riding in these remote locales, and you may daydream that you’re galloping astride a fine white stallion in the 15th century as you trek through the beautiful Dordogne valley before arriving back at your hotel, where you have time to enjoy the luxurious pool, lounge in one of the many comfortable sitting rooms, and dine at the hotel’s bistro restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 34 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 42 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Today begins with a short transfer to the village of Lacave. Start riding toward the fortified 13th century windmill known as the Moulin de Cougnaguet set in a gorgeous limestone canyon by the Ouysse River. Tour the mill and learn how the it was used, see the mechanism and learn how it worked, embrace the history of the structure, and – if you’re lucky – be able to taste the homemade plum liqueur.
Back on your saddle you begin a gradual climb up to a plateau that leads you to the unique 12th century village of Rocamadour. Perched literally on a cliff’s edge overlooking Alzou Canyon, Rocamadour seems almost magical and has some claims to its mystical ambience – it sits on the ancient Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.
Go into Rocamadour to explore the village’s many chapels including the Chapelle Notre Dame, home of the Vierge Noire (black virgin) statue. This strangely beautiful statue depicting the Madonna was, according to the legend, dug whole out of the ground while a tomb was being dug at the chapel’s entrance in 1166. Since then, hundreds of miracles have been attributed to this statue, including none other than King Henry II of England, who claimed to have been cured of all ills after visiting the statue.
After exploring town, bike back to Lacave and gather in the hotel’s beautiful dining room and enjoy your sumptuous meal for your final evening together in the Dordogne River Valley.
Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Short Option: 13 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 44 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the Dordogne river one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the train station of Brive la Gaillarde marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through the Bordeaux and Dordogne regions.
This Bordeaux trip was a wonderful adventure, with beautiful accommodations and wonderful meals. We enjoyed the attractions, well chosen and a wonderful addition to the cycling. We had very professional leaders (Sarah and Flynn), lovely people always catering to our needs. We ate far too well, after all the cycling I couldn’t believe I came home heavier than I left.
We really got the impression you would do anything to make our bicycle tour great. Exceptionally helpful, courteous, friendly and kind, we also liked our trip leaders very much.
I think I said it all in my note but again: the knowledge, intelligence, professionalism, congeniality, adaptability of our guides made this the best trip we have ever taken. Your choices of hotels, restaurants and sites surpassed anything we could have imagined.
I received this trip for a 60th birthday present. I told my husband that I loved that trip as much as our our honeymoon. This cycling vacation is the BEST trip I have EVER taken.
We are still talking about it and plan to do another one next spring with only DIGnGO! You are the BEST!
Thank you for a great bike tour. This cycling vacation through Bordeaux certainly exceeded all our expectations. We will recommend DIGnGO to other Canadians.