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Bordeaux & St Emilion

Gironde’s vineyards, rivers & valleys
Wine lovers will delight in this leisurely, self-guided holiday. Starting and finishing in elegant Bordeaux, you cycle eastwards from hotel to hotel while your luggage is transferred, with many wine-tasting opportunities in and around the historic villages of this cycle-friendly area.
Bordeaux & St Emilion. 6 nights
Bordeaux & St Emilion. 6 nights

Holiday information


A cycling holiday in Gironde

Between the Dordogne and the Garonne, the two rivers which flow into the broad Gironde Estuary just north of Bordeaux, the misleadingly named Entre-Deux-Mers (‘Between Two Seas’) area produces world-renowned wines which are the perfect accompaniment to the fine gastronomy of south-west France. Nowadays, tranquillity reigns over this beguiling region, but the fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the varied, gently undulating landscape are testament to a more turbulent era, when ownership of the land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War.
Starting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this captivating holiday explores the area to the east – including famous St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. As you would expect, there are numerous vineyards along each day’s route where you can call in for tastings, but, equally, this holiday is about visiting handsome villages with rich, colourful histories.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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    mm 96 83 73 70 75 57 46 56 74 84 93 97
  • Arrival in Bordeaux
    Night 1: at Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Bordeaux to Rauzan: 46km
    Setting off on your bikes, you leave Bordeaux via the elegant, red-brick Pont de Pierre over the River Garonne and initially head along the east bank. You soon join a dedicated cycle trail that you follow for the rest of the day along the route of a disused railway whose defunct stations have been converted into cafés and restaurants. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the importance of wine here, it is not long – barely 10 kilometres into the route – before you find yourselves amid vineyards. You pass through several villages – some with small museums such as that devoted to ‘forgotten’ vegetables – and charming, fortified Créon, the capital of the Entre-Deux-Mers region. We recommend making a short detour to La Sauve, whose ruined abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next door is a wine-tasting centre where you may want to linger before completing the remaining quarter of your route to the Ilot-Vignes where you spend the next two nights.
    Bordeaux to Rauzan: 46km
    Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure
  • Choice of routes from Rauzan: 37km or 48km

    Circular route from Rauzan via St Emilion: 48km
    This first option follows quiet country roads through a stream valley and across a fertile plain where you may spot storks and herons to reach famous St Emilion, a justifiably popular wine town which straddles the tops of two hills. Admire the sweeping views over the Dordogne Valley while you catch your breath, then take your time to explore the ancient ramparts, castle, hermitage of St Emilion, monolithic troglodyte church and the maze of narrow streets and stone stairways linking picturesque small squares.

    Circular route from Rauzan via Sauveterre: 37km
    Full of history, from the Middle Ages to the Second World War, the second option is a very pleasant and varied circuit leading along the final section of the disused railway to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, a 13th-century bastide with four fortified gates and a central square where a bustling market is held on Tuesdays. From here, you explore gently undulating scenery, passing through another charming fortified village, Blasimon, to return to Rauzan. Like those of Blasimon, Rauzan’s peaceful streets belie a turbulent past – particularly during the Hundred Years War – upon which you can ponder as you gaze across the surrounding scenery from the top of Rauzan’s majestic circular castle keep or admire the stalactites and stalagmites in the village’s Célestine Cave, which served as a hideout for two members of the French Resistance.
    St Emilion
    Circular route via St Emilion: 48km
    Circular route via Sauveterre: 37km
  • Rauzan to Cadillac: 30km
    Today's route takes you past vineyards and small villages, before an exhilarating freewheel into Cadillac offering splendid views along the way. In the afternoon, explore the historic streets of the town, visit the château, or relax by the pool in the garden. Your accommodation for your two nights here is the Hotel du Château de la Tour.
    Rauzan to Cadillac: 30km
    Château in Cadillac
  • Circular route from Cadillac: 26km
    Today, we suggest a gentle circuit on the south side of the river which allows you to see the famous Sauternes and Graves vineyards, and the picturesque châteaux of the area. The scenery here is quite different to previous days as you explore this fertile plain.
    Circular route from Cadillac: 26km
    Scenery on the circular route from Cadillac
  • Cadillac to Bordeaux: 40km
    Your final route begins with a gentle section along the Garonne valley, followed by a few short sharp hills to conquer before continuing with an easy cycle along the old railway line back to Bordeaux.
    There is plenty of time to explore this elegant city, its broad avenues creating a wonderful sense of space. Of the many grand 18th-century buildings (which have been restored to their former glory in recent years), it is worth seeking out the City Hall, the Grand Theatre and the Stock Exchange. There is a museum of fine art (housing works by Rubens and Delacroix, among others) as well as a museum of contemporary art, plus, as you would expect, a wine museum, where you can end your visit with a tasting or two. For more serious tastings, including some grands crus, be sure not to miss the Max Bordeaux Wine Gallery. Finish the day as the people of Bordeaux do: with a stroll or a cycle ride on the quais running alongside the river.
    Most places of interest (both in Bordeaux and the villages of Entre-Deux-Mers) are closed on at least one day of the week, and sometimes two outside the ‘main’ season (June to September). If you are interested in visiting a particular place, please check the opening days with us before finalising the dates of your holiday.
    Cadillac to Bordeaux: 40km


You stay in a pleasant mix of accommodation (see our page about chambres d’hôtes for more information on French guesthouses).
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 21 May 2022 £995 £335
    22 May - 30 Sep 2022 £1075 £360
    1 - 25 Oct 2022 £995 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: £84 in 2022 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 21 May 2022 £1215 £335
    22 May - 30 Sep 2022 £1285 £360
    1 - 25 Oct 2022 £1215 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: £84 in 2022 per person

    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Bordeaux (TGV), approx. duration out 6h-7h/home 6h40. Pay locally for taxis or tram between Bordeaux station and hotel (0h10).
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 21 May 2022 £1160 £335
    22 May - 30 Sep 2022 £1230 £360
    1 - 25 Oct 2022 £1160 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£200
    Single traveller supplement £200

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return Channel crossing between Folkestone and Calais with Eurotunnel for your party and one car.

    > More information about travelling self-drive

    Electric bikes available: £84 in 2022 per person

    A supplement of £65 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel on 1-2, 8-9, 14-15 & 29-30 April, as well as for inbound travel on 9-10, 16-18 & 23-24 April. A supplement of £42 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel on 27-28 May; 2-3 Jun; 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30 Jul; 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 Aug; and 21-22 Oct, as well as for inbound travel on 2 May; 4-5 Jun; 30-31 Jul; 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 27-29 Aug; 3-4 Sep; and 29-30 Oct.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel du Château de la Tour, Cadillac
    Suite: 01 Apr - 31 May 2022 £50
    Suite: 01 Jun - 30 Sep 2022 £55
    Suite: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £50
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2022 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    As Bordeaux is best explored on foot, prices do not include an extra day’s bike hire.
    Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, Bordeaux (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2022 £88 £136
    Bordeaux or Bergerac
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bordeaux (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Bristol - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bordeaux Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Bergerac jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Bergerac British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bordeaux British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bordeaux British Airways 
    Heathrow - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bergerac jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Bordeaux Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bergerac jet2 
    Manchester - Bordeaux easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Bordeaux (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bordeaux

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own taxi (0h45) or shuttle bus (1h) Bordeaux airport to hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    own taxi (0h45) or shuttle bus (1h) from hotel to Bordeaux airport pay locally flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bergerac

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Bergerac to Bordeaux St Jean (1h30), taxi or tram Bordeaux St Jean to hotel (0h10, pay locally) £20 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi or tram hotel to Bordeaux St Jean (0h10 pay locally) rail Bordeaux St Jean to Bergerac (1h30) £20 1300
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • high-quality bicycle
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – cycling holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 18, 21 or 24 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes, which remain the principal means of navigation).
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You are responsible for damage to or loss of the rental bike while it is hired to you. Always be careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and remove all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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