Medoc Vineyard Cycle

tours / Cycling

Medoc Vineyard Cycle information and booking

from
$1490
  • Duration
    6 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 5 nights in 3 star hotels and charming guesthouses

Highlights

  • Cycling through the stunning and diverse landscape of the Medoc region
  • Visiting the famous wine chateaux and discovering the little known vineyards and their wines
  • Soaking up the hospitality in small family run hotels
  • Cycling through vineyards and marshlands on your way to the coast of France

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This self-guided cycle will take you 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 on the “wine road” cycle past well known chateaux and through the winegrowing boroughs which produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world. You will explore the diverse landscapes of the Medoc, visit superb Romanic Churches in the villages, and discover some unique Gallo-Romanic sites. This journey which follows a mixture of bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural and diverse surroundings of the region. After each day's cycle you will be warmly welcomed in some of the regions best hotels and charming guest houses.

What's included

  • 5 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 5 dinners – usually 3 courses with regional specialties featured.
  • Table wine and coffee each night with dinner except day 5
  • 5 nights in 3 star hotels and charming guesthouses with private facilities on a twinshare basis
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • Maps and itineraries
  • Arrival and departure transfers between bordeaux and your hotel
  • Tasting tips and tourist information
  • Hybrid rental bike including lock, panniers, repair kit and helmet
  • 7 day emergency support service

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bordeaux and transfer to Pian Medoc
On arrival at Bordeaux's train station or airport you will be transferred to Pian Medoc and your hotel. Here you will receive your welcome pack containing tourist information, maps and an itinerary. Overnight in a traditional 18-bedroom house with pool and 6 acres of parkland. Fine, gastronomic cuisine with the specialities of the area and a wine cellar, containing several of the “Grands Crus” of the Medoc*. * Note that the accommodation description is for our first choice. If this hotel is not available we reserve the right to substitute a similar quality hotel or B&B.
Day 2 Cycle through the heart of the "Medoc rouge" to Macau (40km)
Today's cycle to Macau takes you on the "Road of the Chateaux" along the Gironde towards Margaux, Saint-Estephe and Moulis, where wine and spirit houses await you. The cycle will take you across vineyards and past chateaux. Take the time to stop at the little harbours along the route, including St Julien. As you head toward the estuary you will encounter pleasant and diverse landscapes. Dinner and overnight in a charming guesthouse.
Day 3 Follow the "Road of the Chateaux" to your vineyard guesthouse (53km)
Today you will continue along the "Road of the Chateaux", well known for both its chateaux and its wine. Cycle to the capital of the Medoc, Paulliac. With its stellar wines -three of the First Growth chateaux are here - and with a charming harbour, this town an unmissable destination. In the late afternoon you will be welcomed in a charming guest house located in the middle of the vineyards.
Day 4 A circular cycle along the banks of the Gironde and estuary (40-50km)
Today's cycle is an easy route across the vineyards and marshes that will take you to a fascinating and charming part of the Medoc. This morning you will visit the longest estuary in Europe, where many fish and migrating birds find sanctuary. You should make some short stops along the banks of the estuary in small, charming towns such as St Christoly or La Marechale. The Lighthouse of Richard offers an outstanding view of the estuary. Take the time to visit Lesparre and its monuments, as well as "Les Noisettines du Medoc," a small company that makes delicious sweets using hazelnuts.
Day 5 Through pine forests, vineyards and by the ocean to your hotel (60 or 65km)
The cycle today will take you from the banks of the estuary to the ocean, across marshes and vineyards. Today's route offers the three wonderful components of the Medoc: water, pine and wine. Most of the cycle is along the cycle paths, but there are some sections on small roads and quiet paths. You will pass villages with pretty churches, the Windmill of Vensac (an authentic windmill that still produces flour) and the pine forests which border the ocean. You can enjoy a break at the beach of Montalivet-les-Bains before returning to your accommodation.
Day 6 Taxi to airport or train station in Bordeaux, trip concludes
The trip concludes with a return transfer to Bordeaux's train station or airport.