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Bordeaux

One of Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities, pedal between the impressive architecture, historical landmarks and wine bars. There are stunning Gothic and neoclassical buildings including the Grosse Cloche, Palais Rohan and Bordeaux National Opera, as well as the modern masterpiece, the Cité du Vin museum, with it's aluminium exteriors that mirror a swirling wine glass.

Oenophiles can cycle between vineyards, tasting world class red wine in Saint-Émilion, sweet white wine in Sauternes and dry white wines in Entre Deux Mers. The best time to visit the wineries are between the months of May to early September, before the Autumn harvest. Pair a visit to the vineyards with a trip to Arcachon, famous for its oyster production. The oysters are perfectly complemented with a Sauvignon Blanc from the Bordeaux region.

Insider tips:

  • Visit wineries in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion
  • Climb the Dune de Pilat for Atlantic views
  • Eat macarons in Saint-Émilion
  • Learn about wine at the Cité du Vin
  • Discover Arcachon's Ville d'Hiver
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Bordeaux is famed for its delicious wines, gorgeous vineyards and bike-friendly city. Much of the region's terrain is very gentle, making it an ideal place to enjoy taking in the sights from the saddle.

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Renowned for its fine wines and known as the wine capital of the world, the region has 7,000 wineries with 90% of them producing a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The region does also produce both sweet and dry white wine, albeit in smaller quantities.

 

Once a popular beachside retreat for wealthy Parisians in the 19th and 20th centuries, cycle along Arcachon’s bay where the 26 oyster farms produce 10,000 tonnes of oysters each year. Then pick up picnic supplies at the morning market each Tuesday to Friday in Place Abel Surchamp and Rue Montesquieu.

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Historical sights

An amazing 1,810 hectares of Bordeaux has UNESCO status, cycle along the wide boulevards and past the neoclassical architecture in this bike-friendly city. Once a Benedictine monastery that was an important stop for pilgrims, the Romanesque Abbey de la Sauve-Majeure was repurposed as a prison during the French Revolution.

 

Carved out of the hillside in the 12th century and painted in the 14th, the Saint-Émilion monolithic church’s three naves sit beneath a 68m bell tower. Take a break from cycling to climb to the top for endless views of the countryside and grapevines.

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    Classic | Bordeaux's Wines & Vines | Self Guided

    This tour takes you through the verdant Entre Deux Mers, from the south to the north. You will stop at the best three and four-star hotels in the region and sample some of the best vintages.

    • The chateaux of Roquetaillade and Villandraut for a glimpse into the regions past.
    • The world-class red wines of Pomerol and St Emilion.
    • The sweet and dry white wines of Sauternes and Cadillac.

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    Classic | Bordeaux City & Beach Break | Self Guided

    The city of Bordeaux offers a heady mix of rich history, world-class architecture and a fantastic collection of fine wines. This tour aims to show off the best of Bordeaux, from the city, right to the beaches.

    • Bordeaux City – Its architecture, culture, food and wine.
    • The grand wine chateaux of the Margaux appellation.
    • The sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay.
    • The spectacular views from the top of Dune du Pilat.

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    Classic | Bordeaux City & Vineyards | Self Guided

    The metropolis of Bordeaux is an exciting one to explore, with a rich abundance of heritage and world-class architecture, gastronomy and of course, world-class wines. This tour is not one to be missed.

    • Bordeaux City – Its architecture, culture, food and wine.
    • The world-class red wines of Pomerol and St Emilion.
    • The sweet and dry white wines of Sauternes and Cadillac.

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    Single Centre | Bordeaux City Break | Self Guided

    This amazing single centre holiday is perfect for those looking to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux. This city break will allow you to explore the streets and vineyards of Bordeaux all from one lovely hotel.

    • Bordeaux City – Its architecture, culture, food and wine.
    • The grand wine chateaux of the Margaux appellation.
    • The sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay.
    • The sweet and dry white wines of the Entre Deux Mers vineyards.

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  • Bike & Boat Holiday in Bordeaux

    Bike & Boat | A Taste of Bordeaux

    A weeks cruise on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Explore charming St Emilion and historic Bordeaux. The MS Bordeaux is graded as a 3 star vessel.

    • La Cite du Vin in cycle friendly Bordeaux
    • Toulouse-Lautrec’s former home, Chateau Malrome
    • Wine tasting in one of the many Chateaux
    • Cloitre des Cordeliers in Saint Emilion

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