It will take you through the peaceful area known as the Entre-Deux-Mers and through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Emilion, one of the world’s best known wine-making villages. If your time allows it, we can extend your stay with a few extra days in the town of Bordeaux and a loop in the Medoc region. This is a wonderful short escape, just a hop away from major European cities.
Note that we also offer an extraordinary guided tour for groups of 6 with stays on exclusive wine estates.
Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux.
Arrive in Bordeaux at the time of your choice. Your hotel is a 3-star property “of character,” with a lot of character and only a few steps from the train station making it a top choice if you wish to hop on a train and discover the Medoc region (as mentioned above we can provide you with suggested routes if you chose to extend your tour with us.) A short walk from your hotel you’ll find remarkable restaurants where you can experience the local gastronomy.
Day 2: Bordeaux – Courpiac (approximately 38 km or 23 miles).
In the morning, we’ll pick you up and transfer you to Créon in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers wine-making area, and you’ll receive your bike and all necessary materials from our team. You will start your bike adventure by cycling toward the tiny village of Courpiac (population: 102!). Most of today’s ride takes place on the traffic-free bikeway “Piste Roger Lapébie.” Along the way you will have many opportunities to stop at interesting attractions. You will pass the Abbaye de La Sauve Majeure a historic Benedictine abbey and at the top of its tower you can get great panoramic views of the area you are traveling through. At the foot of the abbey you will find the Maison des vins de l'Entre-deux-Mers overlooking the 1500 hectares of vineyards and 240 winegrowers of the area where you can discover and taste the subtle blend of local wines. One of the most unique sites along this ride is the gardens, orchards, conservatories, tea farm, and maze of Ferme-Parc Oh! Légumes Oubliés (Oh! Forgotten Vegetables). While you are discovering local history, flavors, and biodiversity and making your way toward Courpiac, your luggage will be delivered to your guesthouse where you will have dinner and stay the night.
Day 3: Courpiac - Ruch (approximately 30 km or 18 miles).
Today’s short ride will take you on very quiet roads through the vineyards of the “Entre-deux-Mers” from the tiny village of Courpiac northeast to the town of Ruch. Lightly inhabited, with very little traffic, this area is ideal for cycling. You will pass by a small lake where Le Domaine Departemental De Blasimon has provided a wide variety of outdoor activities that you can partake in at your leisure or just take time to enjoy your pre-packed picnic lunch and some sunshine. The Cave des vignerons réunis de Blasimon or Blasimon cooperative wine cellar is a co-op made up of 54 local wine estates certified "Agri-Confiance," a quality and environmental label/certification. This is a great opportunity to taste or purchase some of the Entre-deux-Mers red, rose, or dry white AOC-labelled wines ("Appelation d'Origine Controllee" or controlled designation of origin which guarantees that these wines are locally-produced and of great quality). Before you reach your final destination of Ruch, you can take time to visit the 14th Château de Rauzan. This medieval castle is complete with walled fortress, bridge, spectacular dungeon and defensive tower. Today’s itinerary provides a great balance of history, local culture, and outdoor activities.
Day 4: Loop from Ruch (approximately 51 km or 31 miles).
This loop will take you up north across the Dordogne River to the world-renown hilltop village of Saint-Emilion. There you can lunch outside enjoying the sites and stores of its wonderful historic center. Spend some time exploring the streets and the monuments of this architectural gem. The way back will be done following tiny roads through rural countryside amidst grazing cows… None of our other trips will transport you this far from civilization and all its “benefits” (noise, pollution, and traffic). A dinner of authentic fare will conclude this memorable day.
Day 5: Ruch to Créon – Transfer to Bordeaux (approximately 31 km 19 miles).
After breakfast, you will depart Ruch and ride toward Créon. Most of the ride will take place on the traffic-free bikeway through a valley where you will encounter the remains of a 12th and 13th century Benediction abbey, Bastide et Abbaye de Blasimon. As you pass through the rolling vineyards you have the opportunity to stop once more at the Cave des vignerons réunis to taste a variety of wines from the cooperative growers before heading back into Créon. In the town you have some time to visit the historic English-origin Bastide de Créon across from the main square of this traditional market town. From Créon, we will transfer you back to Bordeaux.
The price is per person, based on double occupancy.
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