Cycling tours in the Dordogne, Bordeaux and Aquitaine

Published by Lyn on 23 September 2014

Our pick of organised cycling tours of the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Lot-et-Garonne and south-west corner of France.

2018 Bordeaux Wine Festival by Bike

Cycle from Toulouse to Bordeaux in time for the city's wine fair

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling & Activity Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 69 14 49 73

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1000

This special one-off trip is a self-guided ride put together by the veteran tour planners at Bonkersfrog. You'll ride the tranquil towpaths of the Canal de Garonne from Toulouse to Bordeaux, arriving in the wine capital of the world in time for the city's prestigious wine festival. Daily mileage is 40-80km per day, with regular stop en route, including at Moissac, Agen, Marmande and Langon. From Sauveterre follow the Roger Lapebie bike path through vineyards, past abbeys and into Bordeaux, a riverside UNESCO-listed gem. Here, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and wine. The price includes transfers from the airport/train station at Toulouse, 7 B&B nights in quality hotels, quality touring bikes with rack and day pannier, daily luggage transfers, maps and full route notes.
Date for 2018: June 9-16

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A Self-Guided Ride from Rocamadour to La Roque Gageac and Sarlat

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1300

Benefit from local knowledge that Annie and Cliff, an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991. This 7-day itinerary will take you through lush green countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliff side overlooking the Ouysse gorge and through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you will have the chance to visit the Gouffre de Padirac, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, a thriving town not to be missed. In addition you have Chateau Marquayssac, with stunning gardens  and vistas. Much of your gentle ride will be along the river bank – it will be hard to leave!

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A Taste of Bordeaux - Boat and Bike Holiday

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through famous vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1289

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world and this tour will open up the city and its surrounding vineyards to you, allowing you to explore grand chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes at your own pace. You will pedal through six famous Bordeaux wine regions with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as your companions along the way. Visit the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, but don't worry – there's plenty of time to also sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK, ensuite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux, full board, semi-guided cycle tours, welcome cocktail, bikes with panniers, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly local support whenever needed.

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Across the Pyrénées

Ride 16 climbs and 705km on this spectacular Pyrénéan adventure

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
8 days/7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
€1800

Do you want to climb the biggest and most beautiful cols in the Pyrenees? Then, start in Biarritz and finish in Ax les Thermes 10 days later. En route take in the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and Peyresourde – in total there are 16 climbs (with over 12,000m elevation gain) over 705km. Fully supported by professional guides and cars. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and snacks and drinks while you're on the bike. Optional bike hire available. 
Dates for 2017: July 2-9, September 8-15 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)

 

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Affordable, personalised biking holidays

Meander through the French countryside on a self-guided break

Offered by:
Cycle South West France

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 85 14 56 17

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €125

This super break gives you the chance to experience the countryside of south-west France at its best. It's based at the bike-friendly house owned by Jean-Pierre and Clare, a Franco-English couple with a love of the outdoors in general and the Lot-et-Garonne in particular (Jean-Pierre grew up here so he knows the roads around here as well as anyone). Their village house in Buzet-sur-Baise (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse) is just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – meander along its towpaths or ask the guys to put together a more challenging inland route for you. Why not try a weekend package? Excellent value for money, it includes three nights' accommodation, bike hire and route info. Relax near the pool after your ride, explore the local village, or Clare can help arrange wine-tasting, kayaking or other activities for you. This is a perfect, stress-free getaway in one of France's lesser-explored areas. 

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Arcachon Bay Cycling Tour

Family-friendly trip to discover oyster farms, beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €265

Arcachon Bay is an easy and relaxing cycling destination. Cycling is mostly on car-free paths, and there are lots of places to stop for refreshments (or a swim). From the oyster-farming village of Gujan Mestras to wide sandy beaches, the great dune of Pyla and fragrant pine forests, Arcachon is a treat for the senses (and the tastebuds). Take a boat ride to Cap Ferret to enjoy views back across the bay, wander the pedestrian preccinct at Arcachon or climb sand dunes for panoramic views. Fishing huts, colourful boats and awesome architecture combine to make Arcachon a super cycling destination.

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Around Bordeaux and its Greatest Vineyards

A perfect combination of wine and cycling through glorious countryside

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €805

Bordeaux is surrounded by famous vineyards and the city itself is full of culture, historic buildings and top-class restaurants ... what better starting point for a cycling trip? This self-guided tour takes you along shady cycle paths, through some of the finest vineyards in the world, and across scenic rivers such as the Garonne and the mighty Dordogne. Price includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star hotels, a boat transfer for you and your bike, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region, luggage transfers, bike hire, and a support hotline in case you need help en route.

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Atlantic to Mediterranean - Canal des Deux Mers Cycling Tour

Coast to coast tour across popular south of France route

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 2237 1131

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €2000 per person

This self-guided tour allows you to experience one of the most popular bike routes in France but without the hassle of having to hire bikes, plan the route or find accommodation. Take in the vineyards of Bordeaux to the magical Roger Lapebie bike route out of the city, the ancient citadels of Carcassonne and the lapping waters of the Mediterranean at Sete. You will be met at the airport by Andy and Cris, who will have your bike, route maps and notes ready for you. Price includes accommodation, luggage transfers and bike hire. The itinerary includes rest days along the way in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Carcassonne, so you can combine sight-seeing with cycling.

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £825

Inntravel Bordeaux and St Emilion mapStarting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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