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Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour

Dordogne & Bordeaux—Grand Wine Estates

From $4,698 - $5,148 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,290 to $1,720 for sgl. occ.)

Travel through time across the French countryside. In Dordogne, swans and boats glide along the meandering river. Quiet hamlets rest among walnut groves. Next there's Bordeaux, with the World Heritage site of St-Émilion. A grapevine-laden land graced with noble châteaux and world-famous vineyards. Discover these landscapes on two wheels.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy a perfect pairing—the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture
  • Savor Michelin-starred meals highlighting the region's bounty and prepared by celebrated chefs
  • Pedal past world-famous Bordeaux Grand Cru vineyards and learn about the region's vintages with a local expert
  • Explore St-Émilion, beloved for its extraordinary monolithic cathedral, exceptional landscape and wines
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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bike alongside the Dordogne River, passing picturesque medieval villages | Discover the lush flora, vineyards and fields of the Périgord's brilliantly colored agricultural regions | In the caverns of Rouffignac, behold Cro-Magnon cave art depicting mammoths and other animals | Experience prehistory up close on a guided tour into the cave | Relish a Michelin-starred dinner created by distinguished chef Vincent Arnould.

Day 3 Follow the winding river past farming hamlets and Bergerac vineyards brimming with ripening fruit | Bike to the 16th-century Château de Monbazillac | Enjoy splendid valley views while sipping the regional sweet white wine, famous since the 17th century | Tonight another outstanding dinner awaits.

Day 4 Take in views of lavish castles and picturesque vineyards as they appear majestically on the horizon | 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 flavor.

Days 5-6 Stroll through St-Émilion, a beautiful World Heritage site and epicenter of French wines, before a walking tour of its underground treasures | Enjoy a macaron—the sweet and chewy cookies have been produced here since the 1600s | Make sure to save some room for a six-course dinner paired with delicious wines.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,598 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,698 - $5,148 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,290 to $1,720 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Le Vieux Logis
Le Vieux Logis

Trémolat (2 nights)

Château des Vigiers
Château des Vigiers

Monestier (1 night)

Hostellerie de Plaisance
Hostellerie de Plaisance

St-Émilion (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Dordogne and Bordeaux

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Le Vieux Logis

Le Vieux Logis

Trémolat (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

Château des Vigiers

Monestier (1 night)

This grand château, set on the Bordeaux Route des Vins amid vineyards, dates back to 1597 and its restaurant boasts a Michelin star. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Hostellerie de Plaisance

Hostellerie de Plaisance

St-Émilion (2 nights)

In the heart of a medieval village, an exceptional hotel with a two Michelin star restaurant that exudes refinement and discreet luxury. A Relais & Châteaux member.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 6* 300 23 1300
13 800
2 21* 1700 42* 2900 47 3200
3 24 1600 28 1900 46 2900
52 3400
4 19* 300 34 1300 41 2600
5 17 700 38 1600 51 2400
6 12 500
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Dordogne and Bordeaux

Dining under the Michelin Stars

After a day of biking by the winding Dordogne River and among renowned Bordeaux estates, you earn your just reward: this connoisseur's trip includes three Michelin-starred dining experiences, pairing exquisite cuisine with expertly chosen wines.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Dordogne and Bordeaux trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Dordogne and Bordeaux has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Dordogne and Bordeaux live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Navigate Your Way in Dordogne and Bordeaux

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Dordogne and Bordeaux. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Dordogne and Bordeaux—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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