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Highlights

The tour of Gironde is a cycling trip that will allow you to discover Bordeaux, its great vineyards, the Gironde estuary, Blaye with its medieval city and the Atlantic Coast. This tour of Gironde is exceptional because of its diversity of landscapes, between large metropolis, vineyards, ponds, ocean and pine forests. You will ride mainly in safety on bicycle lanes. You will cross the Gironde Estuary twice with your bike. This route is a loop with a starting and finishing point in Bordeaux, a city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To see

- Bordeaux
- Blaye to visit the fortified Citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Vauban citadel
- Soulac and Lacanau

Gastronomy

Cannelés Bordelais, Oysters of Arcachon, Caviar of Aquitaine

Wine

Pauillac, St Emilion, Pomerol

Testimonials

PROGRAM

J-1

Arrival in Bordeaux


Bordeaux is a large city with good rail access and commercial airline flights from several European capitals. This historic city is very picturesque and offers a variety of attractions, including wine museums and shops for local wines. If you arrive early enough, take the chance to visit the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux. Transfer on your own to the hotel, settle into your hotel.


Accommodation : Hotel des Grands Hommes ** - Bordeaux show
Accommodation : Hotel de Normandie**** - Bordeaux show
Included : Emergency support,concierge service,phone not provided,mobile guidance application,roadbook,travelbook,Orientation with a local guide,luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast

J-2

From Bordeaux to Blaye


Enjoy Bordeux before you leave, its exceptional heritage, visit its Cité du Vin and stroll along the Quays of the Garonne. This UNESCO listed metropolis is magnificent. Get on your bikes to reach Blaye through small roads in the middle of the great vineyards of the Médoc such as Margaux. Arrived at Lamarque, take your bike to cross the Gironde Estuary (ticket: about 3 € per person not included). Here you are in Blaye.

Distance : 50 Km (31 mi).

Elevation : 225 m.


Accommodation : B&B Villa Saint Simon - Blaye show
Accommodation : Hotel La Citadelle *** - Blaye show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-3

From Blaye to Mortagne-sur-Gironde


In Blaye, take the time to visit the Vauban Citadel classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site before leaving for Mortagne. You follow the Estuary which widens over the kilometers, you will leave the vineyards of Blaye. You will drive to the port of Mortagne sur Gironde, labeled "Villages of stones and water". You will discover the village from the top. Its belvedere with its orientation table is one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Gironde, the largest estuary in Europe.

Distance : 65 Km (40 mi).

Elevation : 230 m.


Accommodation : B&B Logis de la Garenne - Mortagne sur Gironde show
Accommodation : B&B La Rive - Mortagne sur Gironde show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-4

From Mortagne-sur-Gironde to Soulac


This morning, you will leave Mortagne to join the Ocean. You will stay on the edge of the Gironde Estuary all day long, you will cross the marshes, preserved landscapes, wild nature, some small villages are on your way to stop and enjoy. Arrived in Royan, you will take the ferry (not included, to be paid on site) with your bike to reach Le Verdon Sur Mer. Take advantage of the crossing of the Estuary to observe the extent of the Atlantic Ocean and admire the Pahre of Cordouan in the open sea. You will have about ten kilometers left to reach Soulac sur Mer, a beautiful seaside resort on the Atlantic Ocean. Take advantage of its small shopping streets and small typical villas of all colors.

Distance : 50 Km (31 mi).

Elevation : 420 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Ecume des jours ** - Soulac -sur-Mer show
Accommodation : Hotel des pins*** - Soulac -sur-Mer show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-5

From Soulac to Hourtin


You will leave Soulac and ride on the Vélodyssée, a famous bicycle path that runs along the Atlantic Ocean from North to South. Heading due south, you will cross pine forests with sometimes a view of the Ocean between the dunes. Enjoy the quietness of this bike path. You will reach Hourtin and its lake which is the largest in France.

Distance : 56 Km (35 mi).

Elevation : 260 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin show
Accommodation : Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin show
Included : luggage transfer

J-6

From Hourtin to Lacanau


You will still be all day long on the beautiful cycle track the Velodyssey. You will ride along the Atlantic coast, its immense beaches and you will ride through a dense forest of maritime pines. Tonight, you will make a stop in Lacanau, a small town of surfers by the ocean.

Distance : 36 Km (22 mi).

Elevation : 130 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Cote d'argent - Lacanau Ocean show
Accommodation : Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast,Access to the Spa

J-7

From Lacanau to Bordeaux


You will leave Lacanau along the lake and then head towards the pine forest to reach Bordeaux. You will take a bicycle path which will make you discover small villages in the middle of the forest like Saumos, Sainte Hélène or Salaun. You will then join the periphery of Bordeaux to finally reach Bordeaux.

Distance : 66 Km (41 mi).

Elevation : 290 m.


Accommodation : Hotel des Grands Hommes ** - Bordeaux show
Accommodation : Vitalparc Hotel & Spa****- Lacanau Ocean show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-8

Departure from Bordeaux


You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and depart at your leisure. (Depart on your own). Trains from Bordeaux to Paris all day long. We can help with added nights, car rentals, or other extensions to your travel.


Accommodation : Hotel de Normandie**** - Bordeaux show
Included : breakfast

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Arrival in Bordeaux : from Paris Paris Montparnasse
(around 3h by train)

By Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities
(around 1h from Paris Orly)

Departure from Bordeaux : 3h by train to reach Paris Montparnasse

By Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities
(around 1h to reach Paris Orly)

BIKES


included

Hybrid Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty "trekking" geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 27 speed transmission and integrated front and rear lights, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Electric Assisted Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT SUB TOUR ELECTRIC-RIDE 30 unisex (or equivalent)

All the fun of cycling in an electric version. The SCOTT Sub Tour eRide 30 will assist you in all your rides in town or in the countryside thanks to its 500 Wh Bosch battery.

Available sizes : XXS, XS, S, M, L

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."




optional

Road Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT ROAD BIKE ADDICT 30 Disc (Standard) (or equivalent)

With a new geometry that focuses more on endurance. The SCOTT ADDICT 30 Disc will become your preferred choice for long distance travel.

Available sizes : XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Excellence

More info

Bike rental description :

PINARELLO Pinarello X3 - 105/Di2 (Excellence) (or equivalent)

Equipped with a Shimano 105 Di2 12 speed drivetrain and a brand new carbon frame, the Pinarello X3 is designed to go the distance thanks to its ability to filter vibrations and absorb the shocks present on your next

road.

Sizes available: XXS,XS,S, M, L, XL,XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.



Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump.
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Gravel Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

SCOTT Speedster Gravel 30 (Standard) (or equivalent)

A talented and versatile gravel road bike. Designed to go the distance, explore the roads less traveled or speed up your daily commute. It's high enough for long-distance comfort and forward-leaning enough for speed.

Available sizes :XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Bottles (2)
  • Front bag (S)
  • Rear saddlebag (L)
  • Computer
  • Padlock
  • Patch Kit (tire levers, spare tubes, multi-tool, patches, pump)
  • Pedals : flat, cages or own available

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Premium

More info

Bike rental description :

TREK Emonda SLR 7 (Premium) (or equivalent)

The all-new TREK Emonda SLR 7 is the lightest model of the American Brand. Equipped with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 transmission, the gear shift is faster and more precise.

Available sizes : XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :



  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."

Details

Included


ACCOMODATIONS

- 7 nights of accommodation in hotels or Guest house with private shower and/or bath

MEALS

- Daily breakfast at each hotel

BIKES

- Hybrid bike rental included

GEAR

- Complimentary Discover France Gear (including water bottle, drawstring bag)
- Guidance Application (phone not provided)

SUPPORT

- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed Road Book, including detailed maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
- Concierge service available to assist you for your requests during your trip (taxi transfer, restaurant, activities...)

TRANSFER

- All luggage transfers

Not included


- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Drinks
-Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
- Multirisk travel insurance

Other questions?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

FAQ

Rates

Tour rates vary based on hotel availability and specific start date

PRICE FROM / PER PERSON
BASIC HOTEL ACCOMODATION
STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION
Double occupancy *
2160 €
2240 €
Single supplement **
305 €
320 €
Solo traveler ***
3040 €
2830 €

* Please contact us for triple hotel rates. ** Traveling with a group. *** Traveling alone.

Upgrade your bike

From / Per person

Electric Assisted Bike - Standard
135€
Road Bike - Standard
135€
Road Bike - Excellence
290€
Gravel Bike - Standard
360€
Road Bike - Premium
135€

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Cancellation insurance 6%

BASIC HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

Hotel des Grands Hommes ** - Bordeaux

The hotel is located in the historic heart of Bordeaux, a stone’s throw from the Marché des Grands Hommes, the Grand Théâtre, Théâtre Fémina… An ideal location for holidays. Our hotel is in ideal base from which to discover Bordeaux’s wonderful architectural heritage, as well as its pedestrianised streets and quays. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
https://bordeaux-centre.brithotel.fr/

Hotel de Normandie**** - Bordeaux

The hôtel de Normandie is located in the heart of the 18th-century centre of Bordeaux, listed as a World heritage Site by UNESCO. The Garonne riverfront, the Grand Théâtre opera house and the city’s other main monuments are only a short walk away.The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), situated opposite the hotel, will allow you to discover the Bordeaux wine country. The windows of the hôtel de Normandie offer a view of Bordeaux’s famous Esplanade des Quinconces, a short distance from the Grand Théâtre and the Place Tourny square.
http://www.hotel-normandie-bordeaux.com/

B&B Villa Saint Simon - Blaye

Beautifully restored with its 1860's charm. The spacious rooms are furnished in the period style and there are lots of collector’s items that give the chambres d’hôte a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. A traditional French breakfast is offered each morning in the house dining room.
https://villastsimon.com/

Hotel La Citadelle *** - Blaye

Located inside the citadel, in the heart of this surprising and remarkable natural and architectural heritage, the charming hotel La Citadelle stands at the gateway to the Bordeaux region, in Blaye on the banks of the Gironde. This hotel has everything to please: an exceptional location, quality services and a friendly and professional welcome. Your hosts will welcome you in their home of character nestled above the river and overlooking the ramparts. Here, 21 rooms with all comfort, a private car park, a swimming pool, a very pleasant terrace, a bar and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Gironde estuary await you.
https://www.hotelcitadelleblaye.com/

B&B Logis de la Garenne - Mortagne sur Gironde

Ideally located 2 minutes from the magnificent port of Mortagne sur Gironde, the hotel Le Logis de La Garenne will be an ideal place to put down your suitcases and discover the richness of our region. The setting is pleasant, the place is calm and restful. You will be able to have breakfast in the room or on the terrace... The rooms with soft colors, located on the ground floor with individual access, will make you appreciate the rest in this magnificent shady park.
http://www.logisdelagarenne.com/

B&B La Rive - Mortagne sur Gironde

Situated in one of the 18th century residences bordering the port, the house has 3 guest rooms, each with its own shower room and toilet. They also offer the living room, with its breathtaking view of the port and the estuary. Breakfast is served in the living room or in the garden when the weather permits, knowing that the sunshine is comparable to that of the French Riviera.
http://www.la-rive.fr/

Hotel Ecume des jours ** - Soulac -sur-Mer

Located in Soulac sur Mer, this hotel is a cozy nest for your getaways. They have 11 rooms, each decorated in a different style. Individually decorated, the rooms include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Some open onto a balcony. Every morning, buffet breakfasts (9€/pers) are served in our dining room or, in fine weather, on the pleasant terrace overlooking our small garden.
https://www.hotelecumedesjours.fr/

Hotel des pins*** - Soulac -sur-Mer

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Composed of 3 buildings, Hotel des Pins is ideally situated in the Medoc region only 100 m from the beach and on the forest edge, its an ideal place for a short or a long stay. Hôtel des Pins offers 29 rooms, some with balcony or terrace, with refined interior design. In summer, you will appreciate our shaded terrace and the extensive gardens where you can relax and breathe in the fresh sea air. The restaurant provides tradition and quality, accompanied by a selection of the best Médoc wines.
https://www.hotel-des-pins.com/

Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin

The hotel les Pins is a family hotel which consists of 18 independent rooms on the same level, arranged around the outdoor swimming pool (open from June 1st to August 31st). A large parking lot is at your disposal and free WI-FI is available throughout the hotel. Hourtin is located on the edge of the largest natural freshwater lake in France, the Lake of Carcans - Hourtin. You will be able to practice a multitude of activities there. At 10 km from the hotel Les Pins, by road or by bike paths, reach Hourtin-plage and enjoy the joys of the Atlantic Ocean. In Hourtin-bourg, you will take advantage of the market and all the amenities necessary for the smooth running of your vacations.
https://www.hotel-hourtin.com/

Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin

The hotel les Pins is a family hotel which consists of 18 independent rooms on the same level, arranged around the outdoor swimming pool (open from June 1st to August 31st). A large parking lot is at your disposal and free WI-FI is available throughout the hotel. Hourtin is located on the edge of the largest natural freshwater lake in France, the Lake of Carcans - Hourtin. You will be able to practice a multitude of activities there. At 10 km from the hotel Les Pins, by road or by bike paths, reach Hourtin-plage and enjoy the joys of the Atlantic Ocean. In Hourtin-bourg, you will take advantage of the market and all the amenities necessary for the smooth running of your vacations.
https://www.hotel-hourtin.com/

Hotel Cote d'argent - Lacanau Ocean

From an exceptional geographical location (facing the ocean with direct access to the central beach and in the heart of the town centre) the Hotel Côte d'Argent offers quality services in a unique and pleasant setting. Its faithful, dynamic and attentive team will do its utmost to give you a warm and friendly welcome. The hotel has 22 rooms, a car park and a bicycle garage and is open all year round. Let yourself be carried away by the sound of the waves...
https://www.hotel-lacanau.fr/

Hotel Les Pins** - Hourtin

The hotel les Pins is a family hotel which consists of 18 independent rooms on the same level, arranged around the outdoor swimming pool (open from June 1st to August 31st). A large parking lot is at your disposal and free WI-FI is available throughout the hotel. Hourtin is located on the edge of the largest natural freshwater lake in France, the Lake of Carcans - Hourtin. You will be able to practice a multitude of activities there. At 10 km from the hotel Les Pins, by road or by bike paths, reach Hourtin-plage and enjoy the joys of the Atlantic Ocean. In Hourtin-bourg, you will take advantage of the market and all the amenities necessary for the smooth running of your vacations.
https://www.hotel-hourtin.com/

Hotel des Grands Hommes ** - Bordeaux

The hotel is located in the historic heart of Bordeaux, a stone’s throw from the Marché des Grands Hommes, the Grand Théâtre, Théâtre Fémina… An ideal location for holidays. Our hotel is in ideal base from which to discover Bordeaux’s wonderful architectural heritage, as well as its pedestrianised streets and quays. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
https://bordeaux-centre.brithotel.fr/

Vitalparc Hotel & Spa****- Lacanau Ocean

Just 5 minutes by car from the beaches, Vitalparc Lacanau Océan offers calm and comfort in a special environment. The hotel & spa has 57 rooms to offer that have been entirely renovated and which are perfectly equipped. They are spread out over 4 floors and all come with a balcony or a terrace overlooking the swimming pool or the nearby pine forest. Subdued, elegant, light and airy, they provide a perfect environment for rest and relaxation. Some of the rooms have disabled access.
https://www.vitalparc.com/en/

Hotel de Normandie**** - Bordeaux

The hôtel de Normandie is located in the heart of the 18th-century centre of Bordeaux, listed as a World heritage Site by UNESCO. The Garonne riverfront, the Grand Théâtre opera house and the city’s other main monuments are only a short walk away.The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), situated opposite the hotel, will allow you to discover the Bordeaux wine country. The windows of the hôtel de Normandie offer a view of Bordeaux’s famous Esplanade des Quinconces, a short distance from the Grand Théâtre and the Place Tourny square.
http://www.hotel-normandie-bordeaux.com/