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.

Bordeaux to Arcachon by Bike

Ride from city to the sea through vineyards and pine forests

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of cycling

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €695

From the vibrant and beautiful city of Bordeaux (one of our personal favourites at FWF), follow dedicated bike paths from the city centre through famous vineyards and along shady pine forests paths to the beaches of Arcachon bay and the Atlantic coast. This route offers a real mix of landscapes, giving you a real feel for south-west France. Price includes 4 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist info with point-to-point highlights, luggage transfers, bike hire, boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon and a support hotline in case you need extra support.

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Bordeaux to Biarritz on La Vélodyssée

Ride France's south-west coast along La Vélodyssée

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1389

Biarritz to Bordeaux by bikeStarting in beautiful Bordeaux (one of Freewheeling France's favourite cities), head west towards the coast along the traffic-free bike path to Lacanau. When you reach the coast, pick up La Vélodyssée and head south on dedicated bike trails, parallel to sand dunes and past deserted stretches of beach to Cap Ferret and the ferry to Arcachon. Stop off at the Great Dune of Pyla (recently voted one of the world's best beaches) before continuing through the pine forests of the Landes forest. From here, it's on to Biscarrosse, Mimizan and Moliets before you enter Basque country and the beaches of Hossegor, Capbreton and Biarritz. This is a gentle ride, with total distances per day ranging between 29km and 63km. B&B hotel accommodation, bikes and road books all included in the price. 

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Bordeaux to Sarlat: Vineyards, Châteaux and the Dordogne

Some of the best cycling in south-west France

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €1095

We're a bit impartial to this itinerary at FWF because we live on the route; we ride these roads a lot and know what a wonderful area it is for cycling. On this itinerary, you head out of Bordeaux on the Roger Lapebie bike route and into the vines of the Entre deux Mers, its undulating landscape providing stunning views across the valley. You'll loop back up through Rauzan (if you're lucky you'll catch its famous antiques market) before continuing on to the old UNESCO-listed town of St-Emilion for a glass of red among the vines. It's then east to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (try and time your trip to be there on a Saturday morning for the market – voted the best in France). Further east is Bergerac and Montbazillac (beware the hill!), home to some of the region's finest sweet white wines (and at a fraction of the prices of Sauternes). From here it's into the Dordogne proper for pre-history, hill-top villages and more river valleys. Price includes B&B hotel accommodation, travel folder and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency phone support. (If you take this trip, email me at FWF so we can join you for a day stretch).

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Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycling Tour

A self-guided ride along the canal with vineyards as companions

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally easy to moderate

Price:
€950 per person

Starting in the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux, this tour devised by Andy and Cris at Bonkersfrog will take you along the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. Tailored route maps and notes are provided so you can just focus on enjoying the villages, the tranquil, shady bike path and the world famous vineyards nearby. This is a leisurely holiday for all abilities, taking in 50-60km per day on almost pan-flat backroads and traffic-free bike paths. The trip includes all B&B accommodation, quality bike hire and helmet, route notes and maps, and luggage transfers.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne

Canalside riding between two of France's most beautiful cities

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €770

The Canal de Garonne allows you to follow ancient canal paths almost all of the way from the beautiful town of Bordeaux to the pink palaces of Toulouse. The high-quality towpaths provide a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the canal. You'll will pass rivers, vines and orchards as you cycle gently along, taking in medieval fortified towns, good local food and great wines. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, a detailed travel folder with itineraries and colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of local attractions, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency support hotline in case you need assistance.

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Bordeaux Vineyards to the Atlantic Coast

A self-guided ride through the Medoc to beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €869

This cycle trip leads you through the heart of the Bordeaux region: from the wine traditions handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forests. You'll start in Bordeaux, with the beautiful architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre and its cycle-friendly river routes. Head north through the Medoc vineyards, passing some of the most prestigious wine houses in the world, such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then it's off to the pine forests of the Atlantic coast, down to the spectacular Cap-Ferret, and by boat to the Arcachon basin and the largest sand dune in Europe, la dune du Pyla. Finish your holiday at Arcachon, where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, enjoying the local oyster en route.

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

There are many highlights on this self-guided ride in the Dordogne – from the Grottes du Cougnac and Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century – to the Gramat Causse and Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. There's also the fabulous underground river system at the Gouffre de Padirac and the stunning village of Carrenac. Follow the River Dordogne from one village to another and see how La Roque Gageac hugs the cliffs on the river's edge. Don't forget to take in the ancient caves of Lascaux just outside Montignac. The caves are one of the world's most precious prehistoric sites and UNESCO-listed. From here, ride on to the market town of Sarlat with its bustling limestone medieval centre. Having lived and cycled in the region since 1991, Anglo-French couple Annie and Cliff can help you get the most out of this stunning region of south-west France.

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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

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

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

Ride the classic cols of the Tour de France with the local Basque experts. Over the course of seven days in the Pyrenees, you will climb, among many others, the Aubisque, Hautacam and the Tourmalet, fully guided and escorted by a support car (but also available self-guided). You will stay in 2-3 star hotels that are well-versed in welcoming groups of cyclists and looking after them. Nine climbs in the Pyrenees in all, 11,000m elevation gain and 480km of cycling. High spec bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2017: June 19-25, July 24-30 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)
 

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Coast and Basque Mountains Cycling Holiday

Experience the varied beauty of the Basque region

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£1139

This tour opens up the unique culture and geography of the Basque Country, taking rugged coastal scenery, historic villages such as Hondarribia, a walled old town packed with colourful Basque houses, and, of course, the renowned cuisine. You will also get the chance to enjoy the classic French resort of Biarritz and take a train journey to the summit of La Rhune for breathtaking views of the Western Pyrenees. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling with 6 nights' accommodation, including 3 evening meals, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire, river shuttle ticket and an English-speaking rep to help you get the most of your holiday.

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£400 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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