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.
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.
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.
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.
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!