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Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour

Through Prehistory to the Great Wine Estates

  • A perfect pairing: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture
  • Discover the stunningly preserved engravings and paintings at the Rouffignac cave
  • Savor three Michelin-starred meals, including one by celebrated chef Vincent Arnould
  • Pedal past world-famous Bordeaux Grand Cru vineyards
  • Explore St-Émilion, beloved for its extraordinary monolithic cathedral and exceptional landscape

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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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Enjoy peaceful rides on country roads past walnut groves, tobacco fields and timeless villages  Bike alongside the Dordogne River, passing picturesque bastides (medieval villages) At the grottoes 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 Enjoy an ideal pairing: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture  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 Michelin-acclaimed dinner awaits.

Day 4 Pedal among world-famous Grands Crus châteaux set in a breathtaking World Heritage landscape  Visit the Gallo-Roman ruins at Montcaret and admire the spectacular 5th-century mosaic-tiled floors of these former villas  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 Cycle past centuries-old churches, inviting hamlets and manicured vineyards 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 decadent six-course dinner paired with delicious wines, mais oui!

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Premiere Inns

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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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 two Michelin stars that exudes refinement and discreet luxury. A Relais & Châteaux member.

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Good routes and cultural program with excelen cusine

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from Fishers, Indiana

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Comments about Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour:

Your trip leaders and the quality of your staff make all the difference to me. Sofia, Kelsey and Kate were able to make the trip above and beyond my expectations. Excellent hotels, meals and riding locations. Well implemented by the leaders. Excellent communication from beginning to end.

 
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Wonderful trip

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from Buffalo, NY

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Comments about Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour:

I am impressed by the quality of your team. You have developed the secret sauce to attract the right kind of talent and let them shine providing excellent customer service and experience. This one has been our best Backroads trip and they all have been fabulous.

 
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Beyond all expectations!

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This was my first trip and I cannot say enough good things about it. You run an exceptional operation and choose outstanding leaders. I had the time of my life.

 
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Gorgeous, exciting biking - - do this trip.

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Great trip. Overall, outstanding. Backroads never fails to disappoint, and this was one of the best vacations we have ever had. The leaders were extraordinary.

 
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Comments about Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour:

Trip was top-notch! Our leaders, Sophia and Kate (Hannah our van gal), were all the absolute best. Made the trip even better and we all really enjoyed getting to know them. They were fun, kind, helpful and easy-going especially to 17 loud great friends who were all A types!! The rides were challenging and beautiful. Stopped at the perfect times to enjoy a small village, the beautiful scenery and a cocktail or two! I would rate the accommodations as phenomenal! They were so beautiful and spacious. Was nice to take a short ride one morning and lounge at the pool for the afternoon on our middle day. Perfect timing on that hotel! The whole trip was amazing. Great friends, great guides, rides, bikes, scenery, hotels, food and of course WINE! I would rate it a 12 out of 10!!

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Dates & Prices

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.

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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.

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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 levels 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.

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 Premiere Inn trip, 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—both are 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 why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

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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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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