Exploring 20,000 Years of Culture
On this, the ultimate food-and-wine journey, we move from Left Bank to Right (facing downstream) on into the Dordogne Valley. We begin in Bordeaux, where the riding is as smooth as a Château Mouton Rothschild (you’ll understand soon enough). Then, it’s eastward to the Dordogne Valley, land of medieval castles, Cro-Magnon cave paintings and exquisite cuisine. Prep your senses for succulent feasts, almost daily wine tastings and some of France’s best biking.
Bordeaux to Dordogne Biking is a signature B&R Biking trip—expertly guided, small groups, premium hotels.
Bordeaux to Trémolat
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price per person from: $5,695
Single supplement: $1,000
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Day by Day
A perfect first day: biking the famous Route des Châteaux, tasting at a Grand Cru winery and dining on gastronomic specialties of the area with two-star chef Jean-Luc Rocha.
Move from Left Bank to Right across the Gironde Estuary for a breathtaking ride through vineyards to our hotel, a 14thC château.
Cycle to Pomerol, one of the many famous appellations we’ll visit over the week. In the evening visit St-Emilion's underground cathedral then reward yourself with dinner from Philippe Etchebest’s two-star Michelin kitchen.
Take a step back in time and explore the medieval castle of Beynac, then follow the Dordogne River down the "Valley of the Five Châteaux". Sip an an apéritif to gypsy jazz tunes.
Follow an expert through the prehistoric etchings and drawings of the Rouffignac cave. Shop for regional delicacies in Le Bugue and Limeul before a final-night send-off in our hotel's elegant garden.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel and au revoir in Trémolat.
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 »
Hostellerie de Plaisance, St-Émilion
This hotel is a 14thC old stone building set in a prime location, right in the heart of St-Émilion. The Hostellerie de Plaisance features a highly rated gastronomic restaurant and a gorgeous terrace overlooking the old town of St-Émilion. Its warm and friendly atmosphere, paired with an ambience both chic and tranquil, makes this hotel the ultimate in relaxation. View hotel website »
Le Vieux Logis, Tremolat
Originally built in the 16thC as a monastery, this Relais & Châteaux historic property has been completely reimagined as a well-appointed luxurious hotel. Every spacious and comfortable guest room has its own unique decor, using antiques and often rustic country pieces. The tranquil outdoor pool and stunning gardens are the perfect place to kick back after a day of riding. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Moderate. Our average bike ride is 53 km (33 mi.), with the option one day to do a 105 km (65 mi.) Century Ride. Our first three days let you warm up your legs, as the topography is flat or very gently rolling. Later in the trip, the Dordogne’s terrain means that each day involves a few challenging hills—but the climbs and descents are either short or gradual. Most roads are very quiet, with a few busier sections in towns. Vineyard and coastal scenery dominate in Bordeaux, in contrast to forest, castles and farmland in the Dordogne Valley.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All breakfasts, three lunches and all dinners, including wine
- Use of a customized Cannondale bike: a hybrid, a racing bike with drop bars, or a racing bike with flat bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“My most memorable moment was our ride through the Dordogne Valley. It was truly beautiful and I wish we could have spent another day there. The meals were fabulous... and the accommodations were some of the nicest I've ever stayed in. All in all, maybe the best vacation I've done.”
— Jim Condry,
Bordeaux to Dordogne Biking 2012
Notes from the Road
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