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Bordeaux needs no introduction in terms of its largest export. Producing around 850 million bottles a year, it is one of the world’s most acclaimed wine producing regions and has a heritage dating back to the 8th century. Join your guides on this week of cycling in Bordeaux and the Dordogne and delve into the heart of France’s wine country.
The countryside in the south of France offers some of the most idyllic rural scenery in Europe. It’s big enough to get blissfully lost in and varied enough to hold anyone’s interest, and there’s a reason why Bordeaux is so suitable for wine production – the climate here is characterized by mild winters and long warm summers, making it a very inviting holiday spot for visitors from colder climes!
This tour has been put together for anyone wishing to explore the wine legacy of Bordeaux while enjoying some great cycling in the country. Along the way you’ll stay in a variety of carefully selected predominantly 3 star hotels and meet some of the famous players in the Bordeaux wine scene.
The history of Bordeaux is as fascinating as it is extensive. It produces a large variety of everyday wines as well as some of the most expensive bottles in the world. The most costly bottle of wine ever was accidentally broke here; though luckily the owner had the good sense to insure it (the single bottle was valued at $225,000!) This is a wine tour above and beyond anything you might expect. Of course, tasting the stuff is a given, but what sets your week apart are experiences such as sharing a glass with a respected winemaking Count in his country house and watching the famous master Patrick Bernard at work.
Bordeaux is one of those idyllic European countrysides you can’t help but fall in love with. Cycling in Bordeaux would certainly appeal to romantic couples, as well as wine aficionados and cycling enthusiasts. Obviously a fair amount of Bordeaux wine is consumed on the trip, so anyone who isn’t comfortable with this may wish to choose from one of the other country cycling holidays listed on Tourdust (similarly, this trip isn’t ideal for minors.)
As the routes travelled lead you mainly through estate lands, the cycling isn’t technical and does not require a great deal of fitness, making your week all about tranquillity rather than white-knuckle riding. You will spend a long time in the saddle though (covering on average 30 miles per day – see itinerary below) so a little bit of muscle tone will go a long way to avoiding aches the next day!
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