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Bergerac to Bordeaux Cycling Tour

offered by supplier M19958 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1334 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1507 US Dollar (USD)

The tour's entry point is Bergerac which has excellent rail and air connections with major European gateways. Here guests are met by the company's own staff and fitted out with fully-equipped quality hybrid bikes, tour notes and maps and the route is 'walked through' in detail. After a night in their hotel in the historic centre of Bergerac guests leave heading south through Monbazzillac and Issigeac before turning west. While you explore the rolling countryside we carry your bags to their next overnight at a rural Chambre d'hote close to the medieveval village of Eymet.

The next day the tour flows down the valley of the river Dropt through Duras towards La Reole on the Garonne. A picnic lunch here on the riverbank will be enough fuel to carry you across the flat valley bottom to the Canal Laterale - a photographers delight with its tree shaded reflections, lock basins and forbidding Chateau. A delightful riverside route then brings you to St Macaire - an ancient river port- and your home for the night, Les Feuilles d'Acanthe. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and a relaxing plunge/whirlpool.

The first destination of your third day is the ancient and tiny cathedral 'city' of Bazas. Your route there takes you through vineyards of the Graves appelation as it meanders across the Girondine landscape to join a dedicated cycle track that like so many, once carried steam locomotives. Bazas itself peaked sometime in the 15th century since when it has quietly dozed in it rural backwater. A stroll around the ramparts and a peek inside the cathedral may be all you have time for if you first enjoy an extended lunch break. Returning to the smooth cyclepath will lead you into the edges of the Gascon forest and towards either Uzeste or Villandraut where you overnight.

The following day has been set aside for either lazing or exploring a little of the local area in more detail. So in addition to paying your respects to Papa Clemente V you could visit the royal hunting lodge of Cazeneuve, tour the ancient fortress of Roquetaillarde where the same family has been in residence for over 700 years, or leave the history lessons and paddle a canoe down the Ciron.

The valley of the Ciron is your route east the next day when you cycle through the rich green vineyards of the Sauternes perhaps stopping off at the village of that name for a tasting. The Chateaux Malle also lies on this route and offers a fascinating view of a living country house interior. Swinging North you ride through more vineyards and invitations to taste until you reach Cerons where you cross the river to head for the home of your charming hosts at Domaine Pascaud. Supper that evening may be taken within the walls of the fortified village of Rions which is only a brief stroll away.

You retrace a little of the previous days route in the morning to enter Cadillac - the small town that by a roundabout route gave its name to a large motor car. It too, has encircling walls and towers plus the chateau of the Dukes of Epernon. Continuing north you pass through the Entre Deux Mers region and past the abbey of La Sauve a waypoint on a Compostella pilgrimage route. Before you emerge on the banks of the Dordogne at Branne in the distance you will catch sight of St Emilion's towers. Dismount as you enter its steep streets to better enjoy its character and bustle. Tonight you stay at a hotel in the town or a Chambre D'hote a little outside it.

Unless you book the 9 night/10 day option of an extra day here you need to squeeze as much as you can into the morning before setting off towards Creon and the Roger Lapebie cycle route that snakes down the valley of the Pimpine to regain the Garonne. Here at Latresne it is an easy last few miles to reach Bordeaux by a riverside route where you are re-united with your luggage for the last time. A night at a city centre hotel completes your tour unless you choose one or more excursions to the coast or Medoc from this beautiful city.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hire of a quality hybrid bike and all its accessories
- 8 to 10 nights accommodation in 2/3 star hotels or trois epis Chambre d'hote
- Baggage transfer on each move-on day
- Detailed tour book with route notes and maps
- 24/7 telephone access to local support who will come to your assistance if required
- A walking tour of Bordeaux is included as part of the welcome package.

Price Excludes:
- Insurance
- Any meals not specified
- Admissions
- Drinks or other personal expenditure costs of arrival to tour start point (first hotel) or departure point (last hotel).

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2010

The company devises and supports self-guided cycle tours through the vineyards, valleys and forests within 50 miles of Bordeaux, France and retails these through its website to English speaking markets worldwide. Its specialization in just one locale exploits its knowledge of that area and combined with hands-on...

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