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Past the vineyards and through the forests

Whether it’s walking the medieval pilgrims’ trail through Conques and Lot, exploring the vineyards and cobbled streets of St. Emilion, or biking the gently rolling valley roads of the Aquitaine, a getaway to Southwest France will leave you with little to be desired. It is the land offering the ultimate food and wine double-header. Between succulent feasts and wine tastings, you’ll also experience  some of France’s best biking through truly stunning landscapes and hidden villages.Your palate wants to go already.

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The best time of year to visit South West France is from May to September.

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Dordogne: The heart of French life

It is the France that many imagine but few truly experience. You’ll go to the very heart of French life, where culture and history mingle with exceptional food and outstanding local vintages, and the entire experience is set against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty. The gentle landscape reveals its share of stunning vistas and the sheer, simple beauty of everyday life as it ambles along in this most remarkable of regions.

  • Ride your way through the forest and farmland of the beautiful Dordogne.
  • Taste some of the vintage wines Bordeaux is famous for
  • Lose yourself in the grounds of a medieval château

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Conques & Lot: La France Profonde

Whenever we pass through the hamlet of Lacalm at the “entrance” to the region, we can’t help but smile—as this is a true description of the way in which people live here—as it appears to have been for hundreds of years. With sweeping visits at every turn, complimented by delicious meals, and good people—whether you bike or hike (or both), a refreshing lack of pretense here cannot but bring you much happiness!

  • Be welcomed like family by one of France’s celebrated chefs.
  • View a moving and unforgettable recital in the Abbaye.
  • Bike and hike along quiet roads, bike paths and nature trails.

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Bordeaux: Legendary Vines

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Parker, the critics agree—Bordeaux is something special. Though what’s given this region the ability to produce wines that captivate our imagination is nothing short of mythical terroir and proud tradition. The bike rides transport us through the centuries, past scenic appellations, manicured vineyards and remarkable chateaux—visiting extraordinary locals, bistros and spectacular wines along the way.

  • Enjoy your own private “blending” class in wine school.
  • Experience tastings and learn culinary skills with a master.
  • Explore the scenic views of Bordeaux by bike.

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Feature Hotels

Hotel du Palais, Biarritz

From an avant-garde, Michelin-starred restaurant Formerly the summer mansion of Napoleon III and now one of Europe's great palace resorts, Hotel du Palais is situated on a cliff overlooking the pristine sands of Biarritz main beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features a luxurious spa, a Michelin-starred restaurant, two bars, a tearoom and a heated saltwater pool. View hotel website »

Relais et Château Michel Bras, Laguiole

The stunning Bras property is hidden away within gorgeous mountainside and untouched Laguiole terrain, creating a surreal contrast with the minimalist decor. Huge glass windows surround the lounge offering breathtaking views and all guest rooms provide a private and relaxing garden terrace. Run by Michel Bras, the hotel's restaurant prepares food deeply rooted in the French countryside. View hotel website »

Château Cordeillan-Bages, Pauillac

This 17thC chartreuse was turned into a Relais & Châteaux hotel by a family of neighbouring Château Lynch-Bages. Contemporary décor set the stage for the real event: a restaurant that is definitely worth a trip across the Atlantic. Chef Jean-Luc Rocha kept BOTH his mentor Thierry Marx's Michelin stars. View hotel website »

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Accolades

“Our guides were exceptional and the hotels were fabulous! Each day exceeded the last in beautiful scenery, delicious food, wine and fun! Thank you B&R!”

— Romero Marcello, Bordeaux to Dordogne Biking 2010


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