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.

Entre Deux Mers Cycling Holiday

Cycle from La Rochelle to Toulouse on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£980 (camping option), £1335 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

The Entre Deux Mers is one of south-west France's wonderful surprises (Freewheeling France knows this because it's not far from our own base and we ride the area south-east of Bordeaux often). This fully guided tour lets you in on the secret. It starts on the Atlantic coast at La Rochelle before winding down through the vines of Bordeaux, crossing some of the country's most prestigious wine appellations, including the Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Graves and Armagnac. But it's not all quiet country lanes and glasses red overlooking gently sloping hills and river banks: there is also Bordeaux itself, that exquisite, magical old city on the banks of the Garonne, and the Toulouse, France's elegant old 'Pink City’. There are options for either camping or B&B, so you can decide on your preferred accomodation. Price includes tents and camping kit (and a support car to carry them for you), all breakfasts and lunches plus three evening meals (you'll want to wander off to sample the local cuisine on the other nights). Bike are also included if you're not bringing your own. You can link this tour to the Atlantic Coast and Canal du Midi trips to make your way from the north of France to the south.

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Family cycling tour along the Atlantic Coast

A fun self-guided ride for the family through forests and along beaches

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 €759

A cycling holiday for all ages on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France. Leave Bordeaux via pine forests, and head towards the sand dunes and beaches of the west coast. Spend some time in Bordeaux, with its family-friendly pedestrianised streets and playgrounds on the waterfront. Cycle along the river, stopping for ice-cream at the restored 'hangars' on the riverfront at Chartrons. Then head off on car-free bike paths through forests that line the route towards the sea. Here, water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding await you, combining with cycling to provide a true nature-lover's holiday. Eat oysters at one of the restaurants hugging the Bay of Arcachon, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a juice as the sun goes down and ponder the next day's adventures.

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From Bordeaux to Arcachon along the Atlantic Coast

A short break for young and old in south-west France

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €424

A family cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful and safest bike paths in France. The Bordeaux to Atlantic Coast route takes you through fragrant forests of pine trees to the white beaches and sand dunes of the coast. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux, enjoying its beautiful architecture and riverfront, before joining the bike path heading west. When you arrive at the coast, ride along the long the peninsula to Cap Ferret, admire Arcachon Basin, indulge in oysters and stroll through the town of Arcachon itself, with its wide pedestrian boulevard and restaurants. Don't forget to take the time to climb the Dune du Pyla – the highest sand dune in Europe – and be amazed by the views from the top. At the end of each day, dip your feet in the warm waters of the sea and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux's finest.

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From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the Basque coast

Explore the Pays-Basque with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €895

From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, go by bike to discover the Basque Country and Bearn region. During your cycling week, enjoy the rich historical and cultural heritage by cycling on secured cycle paths and quiet back roads. Discover the quaint Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, an essential stop city on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Cycle into the heart of the Bearn, passing by small traditional villages where you can enjoy the delicious local products (think mountain goat's cheese and other fresh produce). Then, cycle along the Basque coast and take the Vélodyssée bike path that leads you to the fishing ports of St-Jean-de-Luz and Bidart, and to beaches of Biarritz.

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Grand Cru Tour

A wine lover's paradise

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£2599

This prestige cycle tour is for those who are interested in the renowned wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines at top chateaux along the way. You will stay in top-rated hotels and the itinerary includes two Michelin-starred menus. The cycling will mainly follow the Medoc Route des Vins through famous vineyards such as Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Pichon Longueville and you will also visit the hilltop St Emilion, again surrounded by incredible vineyards. Included in the price is 5 days' cycling, 6 nights' B&B accommodation and 5 evening meals. There is also one night in a private chateau, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed route notes, station transfers and a local agent to help you along the way.

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La Rochelle to Bordeaux - La Vélodyssey

The ocean on one side and pine forests of the other

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
£1247

This cycle adventure offers wonderful variety, from the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to pine forests and marshlands. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, with its world-class aquarium, you'll follow the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 cycle route along the coast. On the way you'll be able to visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsula so you can discover the vineyards and UNESCO city of Bordeaux. Included in the price is luggage transfer, detailed route notes, 7 nights' accommodation, and a local agent to provide any help you may need.

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La Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

From the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the vine of the Medoc

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €819

Velo Voyageur Atlantic CoastFrom La Rochelle's ancient fortified harbour you'll ride on the Atlantic Velodyssey route along beaches, through marshes and pine forests. You'll discover the city of Rochefort and its 'Corderie Royale', Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and the costal town of Royan. You'll cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Le Verdon and continue your bike trip across Médoc peninsula. You'll cycle along the seashore then through Grand Crus vineyards such as Mouton-Rothschild. You'll reach Pauillac before getting to Bordeaux by train with your bikes to discover this historic and lively city. All in all, a great cycling holiday!

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