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Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour
Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour

High rocky outcrops riddled with caves. Dense oak forests. Rivers meandering beneath limestone cliffs. The Dordogne's distinctive beauty has inspired people for 14,000 years. The Cro-Magnons painted in caves. Their descendants erected splendid fortresses and hilltop bastides. It's yours to discover on two wheels. In neighboring Bordeaux, find the appeal of medieval villages and fertile vineyards, lavish hotels and tastings of world-famous wines. Spend perfect days riding and drinking in everything that is Dordogne and Bordeaux.

Days 1-2 Peaceful rides on country roads past walnut groves, tobacco fields and timeless villages  Cro-Magnon cave art at the prehistoric grottos of Rouffignac depicting images of mammoths, bison and other large game that once roamed these hills  Take a guided tour into the cave to explore prehistory up close. 

Day 3 A perfect duo: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture Pedal through small farming hamlets and fertile vineyards en route to St-Nexans Explore and taste the wine from 16th-century Château de Monbazillac Bike past row upon row of prestigious Bergerac vineyards, where the ripening fruit will one day become a sumptuous red wine.

Day 4 After spinning out of the wooded Dordogne River Valley and into the vineyard-laced Bordeaux region, admire stunning mosaic-tiled floors at the Gallo-Roman ruins in Montcaret  An oenologist at the Vignobles & Châteaux wine school offers an initiation into tasting; you'll learn how to recognize Bordeaux vintages by color, smell and taste.

Days 5-6 Exclusive tour and <i>d├ęgustation</i> with a local expert at a Grand Cru château  Two-wheel it on undulating terrain past centuries-old churches, inviting hamlets and famous vineyards  Stroll through the World Heritage site of St-Émilion before our walking tour reveals its underground treasures.


Trip Highlights
  • A perfect duo: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture
  • Prehistoric cave paintings at Rouffignac
  • Enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine and private wine tastings with local experts
  • Pedal by world-famous Bordeaux Grand Cru vineyards
  • St-Émilion, whose history dates back to the 2nd century
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Premiere Inns

Le Vieux Logis (2 nights): This enchanting manor house-hotel with idyllic gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant was a priory in the 1500s. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

Château des Vigiers (1 night): This grand château, set on the Bordeaux Route des Vins, dates back to 1597 and features Michelin-starred cuisine. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)

Hostellerie de Plaisance (2 nights): In the heart of a medieval village, an exceptional hotel that exudes refinement and discreet luxury. A Relais & Châteaux member.


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13 500
2 21* 500 42 1600 47 2000
3 24* 1200 42* 1600
49 1700
4 17* 800 25 1300 42 1500
5 16 500 36 900 50 1300
6 12 300
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/25-30 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/1-6 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/8-13 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/22-27 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $5098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/27-8/1 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/3-8 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/17-22 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/5 Price: $5098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $5098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/9-14 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/19-24 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/26-10/1 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/30-10/5 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/12-17 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $6,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $6,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $5,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

This was my first premiere trip and it was amazing. I consider it one of life's greatest experiences. The mix of superb leaders, great cycling, fascinating excursions, and exceptional food, wine and accommodations made this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Terry Downey - Tucson, AZ

The trip exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The bicycle routes were fantastic: true "back roads" of France. What a wonderful way to see the countryside. We never could have had that experience in any other sort of vacation environment.
Peggy Hillman - Indianapolis, IN

This was a fabulous trip and the guides were the BEST we've ever had. They both were exceptional. This trip exceeded our expectations!!!!! We are planning our next trip already!!!!
Joann Levy - Sun Valley,ID