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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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Start in Saint-Émilion, a medieval village in the Bordeaux wine area. From there, you set out on a loop ride through the wine country. Ride along some of the world most exclusive vineyards. Pedal to Pomerol, home to Château Pétrus. Pass by Château Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru Classé A, the highest rank in the classification of Saint-Émilion wine. You continue to Montagne and Les Moulins De Calon before you taste great Bordeaux wines at Château Soutard, a Grand Cru Classé. In the evening, you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint Émilion.
Today’s Ride: 19 miles with 800 feet of climbing
This morning, your Bordeaux wine country cycling tour combines historic visits with easy biking routes. Before you get on your bike, enjoy a visit of Saint-Émilion Monolithic church and undergrounds, hewn from limestone in the 12th century. Then, pedal through the Entre-Deux-Mers region on your way to Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac. Continue cycling through the Gironde on your way to Pujols for lunch. In the afternoon, you head back to your hotel. On the way, take a break to taste Grand Cru wines at a château with old dry stone terraces and clay-limestone terroir. Settle in your room before dinner on your own 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
On your third day, start with a transfer to Domme (2h15). Your Bordeaux bike and wine tour continues through the Dordogne region. Start biking from Domme, a town atop an astonishing high cliff. Set off to La Roque-Gageac, a town wedge between the Dordogne river and limestone cliffs. Stroll through town and admire the golden yellow houses typical of the Périgord. Then, you bike to Beynac-et-Cazenac, one of the most beautiful villages in France famous for its castle, the Château de Beynac. In the afternoon, ride through tobacco fields and lush walnut groves on your way to Trémolat before dinner at your hotel gourmet restaurant.
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
Spin along the sweeping curves of the Dordogne Valley, an area famous for its gourmet delights, notably foie gras, walnut and truffles. For lunch, arrive in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a town in the Vézère Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. In the afternoon, tour the prehistoric cave of Abri du Cap Blanc with engravings from 14,000 BC. Later on, follow forested routes and ride by chateaux and abandoned fortress. Before dinner at your hotel bistro restaurant, cool off by the luxurious pool.
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
Cycling in Dordogne is amazing so get ready for another adventure today. Start with a minivan transfer to Lacave (1h30) and pedal to the Moulin de Cougnaguet, a 13th century mill. Take a break to tour the mill and taste the homemade plum liqueur. Then, pedal to Rocamadour, a 12th century village on the old Camino de Santiago. Once in town, enjoy lunch and explore the Chapelle Notre-Dame, home of the Black Madonna. Later that day, gather in the hotel dinning room for a final evening in the Dordogne 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
Your Bordeaux to Dordogne bicycle tour ends in the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde.
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.