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Bordeaux Luxury

St. Emilion to Graves

Newly Redesigned Bike Tour

Oenophiles and Foodies unite! This is the trip you've been waiting for. Join Trek Travel for the perfect blend of world class wines, fresh fare, and riding through tranquil rolling vineyards.

Experience one of the most highly respected French culinary regions with a collection of stellar meals. Show your wine enthusiasm at the wine school in Saint-Emilion where we develop our own tasting palette through refinement of sight, smell, and taste. Indulge in a visit of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte owner's private cellar and exclusive tasting. What about the cycling? It doesn't disappoint, as we pedal from one quaint village to another, meandering among miles and miles of vineyards and forest through the oldest growing region in France. This isn't just another wine country. This is the world's premiere destination of wine. Welcome, and drink up.

Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Chateau de Montaigne to St. Emilion
Approximately 13 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Chateau de Montaigne to Puisseguin to St. Emilion
Approximately 23 miles with 1,366 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bordeaux Train Station at 10:45 AM, and a 60-minute shuttle will bring you to Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, a picturesque village east of Bordeaux. After enjoying a delightful picnic, you will be professionally fitted on your Trek Domane bicycle before biking toward the medieval town of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating to prehistoric times and an important red wine growing area. The afternoon ride will take you along the Dordogne River and through quaint farmlands, ancient forests and charming villages to our luxury hotel. Stroll the grounds before meeting on the terrace for a welcome drink and overview of the week. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a gastronomic dinner featuring local specialties to celebrate our first day in the Bordelais.

Hotel:

Hostellerie de Plaisance
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

St. Emilion to Lussac Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 950 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

St. Emilion to Lussac to Castillon Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 1,930 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning’s leisurely ride will introduce you to the seasonal work of the vineyards. You’ll ride through rolling vineyards to a succulent lunch that your guides have arranged. Meander on quiet roads then relax in our luxurious hotel, or stroll through the cobblestone streets of the charming and lively medieval village of St. Emilion. This evening, prepare yourself for an arduous scholastic endeavor—wine school! With the help of our expert oenologist and teacher, you'll learn the intricacies of the French appellation system and the art of wine tasting. After school, you are free to enjoy a relaxing bistro meal in St. Emilion.

Hotel:

Hostellerie de Plaisance
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

St. Emilion to Sainte Terre to les Côtes de Castillon
Approximately 37 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

St. Emilion to Sainte Terre
Approximately 13 miles with 270 feet of climbing

Description:

Today will be a quintessentially French day. Bordeaux is the most popular destination for French travelers, and one of the most popular activities is meandering along the area's "wine routes" to taste some the area's wines. Take your time on today's ride through the Dordogne Valley and its vineyards to stop at estates such as Château Gaillard, Château Pipeau and Château Haute-Nauve. Chat with local producers and taste their wines if you'd like. Lunch will be on your own today, and you may spend the afternoon exploring St. Emilion or continue riding through the wine growing territory known as Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux. The ride even goes by a biological preserve known for its abundance of orchids and two protected species of butterflies. Tonight we'll reconvene as a group for a casual dinner together.

Hotel:

Hostellerie de Plaisance
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

St. Emilion to Abbaye de la Sauve
Approximately 17 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

St. Emilion to Caudalie
Approximately 38 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning’s route will take you across the Dordogne River into the largest wine producing area of the Bordelais—the Entre-Deux-Mers. In addition to its wine reputation, the area was the site of many battles during the Hundred Years' War. You’ll cruise along the bike path and make your way to a small village where you'll enjoy lunch near an 11th century abbey founded by the Benedictines. This afternoon, you’ll ride through vineyards and quiet roads to cross the Garonne river, leading you to the village of Martillac, center of the Pessac Leognan appellation. Further down the road, you’ll reach your luxurious home for the next two nights, Les Sources de Caudalie. Later, you’ll gather with the rest of the group on the terrace for a cocktail before a dinner at La Table du Lavoir, known for its stellar menu highlighting the region’s fresh produce and other local specialties.

Hotel:

Les Sources de Caudalie
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
5

Today's Ride:

Caudalie to Sauternes Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 1,020 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Sauternes Loop
Approximately 54 miles with 2,020 feet of climbing

Description:

Scenic and varied riding through the famous vineyards of Sauternes and Barsac are the highlight of today’s ride. Quiet vineyard roads lead you to the village of Sauternes, whose namesake wine is internationally known for its quality and distinctively sweet taste. Opportunities abound for dégustations (wine tastings) along the route. A quaint local bistro will fuel you for either the afternoon’s ride or an afternoon back at Les Sources de Caudalie to relax. This evening, the group will gather for a private wine tasting and tour of the famous Château Smith Haut Lafitte. After the visit, you’ll meet for dinner with the rest of the group at the hotel's 2-star Michelin restaurant, La Grande Vigne, to enjoy the creations of Chef Nicolas Masse, a dinner fit for royalty.

Hotel:

Les Sources de Caudalie
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Caudalie Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy a leisurely morning with a warm croissant and café au lait or choose to go for a final spin in the lush countryside. You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM. A private coach will transport you to the Bordeaux St. Jean train station in time for afternoon trains.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


OPTIONAL PARIS ADD-ON PACKAGE

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Explore the city of Paris

3 days | 2 nights or 4 days | 3 nights

From $999 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

The ‘City of Light’ has something for everyone. Start with a stroll and spot famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame - take time to visit the Louvre museum or venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Discover the height of French gastronomy and admire the couture fashion or shop at the diverse boutiques throughout the city.

Get an insider’s view with a city walking tour led by a local guide, born-and-raised Parisian, who not only knows the Paris Landmarks and neighborhoods intimately, but will also help you make the most of your stay in Paris. Discover the popular areas around the Tuileries gardens, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, before finishing in the Marais district – Parisians’ favorite area for both shopping and people-watching.

Explore Paris’ local food scene independently with your Tasting Passport, where you will meet with six local artisans and get to sample their quality products from wine to Foie Gras while learning about their craft.

What's Included:

  • 2 or 3 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Paris
  • 1 Trek Travel exclusive city walking tour with a local guide
  • 1 Tasting Passport valid for six different artisanal food tastings
  • List of hand-picked restaurant recommendations
  • Option to add on travel assistance for flights and rail tickets for an additional fee.

Gratuities for your guides are not included and are at your own expense and at your discretion

How to get there

Choose the Paris add-on package before or after your Bordeaux, Provence, Annecy to Alpe d'Huez or Classic Climbs of the Tour trip package.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Pantheon
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Palace of Versailles

Read through our FAQs for more information.

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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Hostellerie de Plaisance on Trek Travel's Bordeaux bike tour

Hostellerie de Plaisance

Saint-Emilion, France

Relais & Chateaux Logo Set on a hilltop in the heart of Saint-Emilion, Hostellerie de Plaisance offers breathtaking views of the famous medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this elegant and tranquil property you will experience ultimate relaxation in the world’s most famous wine producing region.
Stay at Les Sources de Caudalie on Trek Travel's Bordeaux bike tour

Les Sources de Caudalie

Martillac, France

A former tobacco farm set on acres of vineyards, Les Sources de Caudalie is an elegant hotel and luxurious spa rolled into one. Each room is individually decorated with elegant country charm, and the restaurants on site offer fresh local cuisine. Famous for its vinotherapy and world-class spa, the hotel boasts every sumptuous amenity necessary for ultimate pampering and true relaxation. Andrew Harper hotel reviews

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Bordeaux trip, you will stay in two elegant accommodations featuring vineyards, ultimate pampering and peaceful surroundings.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • On our Bordeaux trip, the region’s palate is as rich as its wine. Sit down to steak, lamb and fish simmered and served in a wine- based sauce, complemented with a hearty regional red wine. Oysters and mussels join the ranks of sturgeon and mullet as fresh seafood favorites in Bordeaux. Garden grown vegetables accompany most dishes and a cheese course rounds out the meal. Of all the local specialties, the most renowned is sauce bordelaise served over entrecote (beef steak), made with red wine, marrow-based brown stock, shallots and seasonings. Finally, from the town of St. Emilion come some of the best macarons ever baked.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5%-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage| 30
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Mileage |2,200

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Bordeaux is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mostly flat terrain, with some rolling hills and quiet winding roads lined with vineyards.There are some short steep climbs near St. Emilion. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Private wine-tasting class in St. Emilion
  • Visit and tasting at Château Smith Haut Lafitte
  • Visit and tasting at Château de Montaigne
  • Visit Abbaye de la Sauve
  • Optional tour of Europe’s largest underground, monolithic church

The Bordeaux region enjoys a warm climate. July and August bring temperatures in the 60s to low 80s. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your vacation.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG) and transferring on to Bordeaux. From the Charles de Gaulle Airport, you may take a commuter flight to Bordeaux. Air France has numerous daily departures. If you must travel the day of our trip, there is a flight leaving Paris on Air France at 7:15 AM arriving in Bordeaux at 8:30 AM. Contact them at www.AirFrance.com for more details. From the Bordeaux Airport, you may take a shuttle service into Bordeaux (6€) or opt for a short taxi ride (20€). If you’d rather, from Paris you may take the high speed TGV train directly to Bordeaux from Charles de Gaulle Airport (3 hours) or the Montparnasse station in the city of Paris. For all train travel, feel free to confirm train times and fares on the posted timetable on France’s rail site, www.SNCF.com.

Bordeaux St. Jean train station | Bordeaux, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bordeaux St. Jean train station (Gare Saint-Jean 33800 Bordeaux) at 10:45 AM on the first day of the trip. To find your guides, exit the train station keeping the McDonalds on your left. Café du Levant will be across the street. After a 60-minute shuttle, you’ll arrive in one of the picturesque villages of the region. After enjoying a delightful picnic, you will be professionally fitted on your Trek bicycle before biking toward the medieval town of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hostellerie de Plaisance (+33 (0)5 57 55 07 55), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately 50€.

Les Sources de Caudalie | Bordeaux, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Bordeaux St. Jean train station. Our private coach will transport you to the Bordeaux train station in time for afternoon trains. Please do not reserve seats on any train leaving before 12:00 PM. Adieu et à bientôt!

Before: Bordeaux, France

Stroll throughout the city and take in the elegant sites and sounds of this exquisite cultural/wine centre. Explore the central districts from the Quartier des Chartons to the Esplanade des Quinquonces. Enjoy the narrow alleyways of Tourny and wander toward Quartier des Grands Hommes. One must see the church of Notre-Dame and the Cloister of the Dominician convent. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.

The Regent Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

The Grand Hotel is one of the most beautiful and unique hotels in Bordeaux. After a faithful restoration,it resumed its rightful place in the heart of downtown Bordeaux. It is as elegant as in the past, respecting its colorful history and offering the finest world class hospitality. 150 rooms.

2-5 Place de la Comedie | +33 (0)5 57 30 44 44 | www.TheRegentBordeaux.com | ~$425

Petit Hotel Labottiere

In the heart of Bordeaux: a unique and precious witness the art of living in the XVIII century. At the end of the 18th century, a gentleman imbued with discerning taste, had a private mansion built in the heart of Bordeaux, next to the Public Gardens, that has today after extensive refurbishment been returned to its original splendour, and opened to the public. Liliane and Michel Korber have devoted over twenty years of loving care to refurnishing this monument and bringing it back to life.

14, rue Francis Martin | 011 33 6 75 67 86 21 | www.PetitHotelLaBottiere.fr | ~$250

Tulip Inn Le Bayonne Etche-Ona

This centrally-located hotel, a member of the Best Western group is an affordable option in the heart of the city. The rooms are well sound-proofed and comfortably furnished. 65 rooms.

15 cours Intendance | +33 (0)5 56 48 00 88 | www.Bordeaux-Hotel.com | ~$300

After: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums.A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées.You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel.

Hotel La Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | www.Hotel-Paris- Lademeure.com | ~$210

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street in the center of a prestigious neighborhood, this is a stylish hotel where Oscar Wilde lived in 1899.The hotel’s website has some useful information and links to activities.

Opéra 13, rue Marsollier | +33 (0)1 42 96 68 14 | www.Louvre-Paris- Hotel.com | ~$185

Hotel d'Angleterre

Situated on one of the most famous streets in the world, right in the heart of the Champs-Elysées between the Etoile and Concorde.

91, rue La Boétie | +33 (0)1 43 59 35 45 | www.Angleterre-Paris-Hotel. com | ~$130


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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