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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.
 
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Itinerary

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
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    mm 96 83 73 70 75 57 46 56 74 84 93 97
  • Arrival in Bordeaux
    Night 1: at Hotel La Tour Intendance (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 Romagne: 45km
    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 Château de Crecy where you spend the next two nights.
    Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure
  • Choice of routes from Romagne: 40km or 50km

    Circular route from Romagne via St Emilion: 50km
    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 Romagne via Sauveterre: 40km
    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 two more charming bastide villages, Blasimon and Rauzan. Their 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
  • Romagne to Cadillac: 22km
    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.
    Château at 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.
    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.
    Bordeaux
 

Accommodation

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 - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 2 May £920 £250
    3 - 24 May £945 £260
    25 May - 30 September £995 £275
    1 - 25 October £920 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    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: add £55 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 - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 2 May £1080 £250
    3 - 24 May £1098 £260
    25 May - 30 September £1145 £275
    1 - 25 October £1080 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    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: add £55 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Bordeaux (TGV), approx duration 6h40. Pay locally for taxis or tram between Bordeaux station and hotel (0h10).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 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 sames services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 01 April - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 2 May £995 £250
    3 - 24 May £1030 £260
    25 May - 30 September £1095 £275
    1 - 25 October £995 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£185
    Single traveller supplement £185

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Electric bikes available: add £55 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel La Tour Intendance
    Standing superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £22
    Hotel du Château de la Tour
    Suite: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £54
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £5

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

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £5pp per day.
    Hotel La Tour Intendance (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £90 £122
    Château de Crecy (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £83 £123
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bordeaux, Bergerac

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we reccommend 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 - Bergerac Flybe 
    Birmingham - Bordeaux Flybe 
    Birmingham - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bergerac Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Bordeaux easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bergerac Flybe 
    Edinburgh - Bordeaux Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Bergerac Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Bergerac Flybe,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Bergerac British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bergerac Flybe 
    Gatwick - Bordeaux British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bordeaux easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Stansted - Bordeaux Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bergerac Flybe,  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
    Norwich - Bordeaux Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Bergerac Flybe 
    Southampton - Bordeaux Flybe 
    Southampton - Bordeaux (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we reccommend 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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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.

    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) £22 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) £22 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bordeaux

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    shuttle bus Bordeaux airport to hotel (0h45) pay locally flexible
    direct taxi Bordeaux airport to hotel (0h45) £22 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    shuttle bus hotel to Bordeaux airport (0h45) pay locally flexible
    direct taxi hotel to Bordeaux airport (0h45) £22 flexible
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • 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.)
  • 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 do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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