The Medoc Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £829 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cross the vast peninsula of the Medoc
• Cycle around the Gironde Estuary
• Cycle through famous vineyards
• Stop off at pretty Medoc villages
Cycle Route Features
This journey with various landscapes alternates bicycle paths trough forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural surrounding which will fulfill you with its diversity.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to Pian Medoc.
Arrival at Bordeaux’s train station or airport. Taxi transfer to Pian Medoc and accommodation in a three stars hotel. Welcome pack of the area and circuits will be given.
The quality and the service of this hotel created a climax of peace and quiet which explains the “Grande histoire” of this traditional 18 bedrooms house with pool and a 6 acres park. Fine and gastronomic cuisine, with the specialities of the area and a wine cellar, containing several of the “grands crus” of the Medoc. Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 2: The chateaux’s road – 40 km
Departing from Pian Medoc to Macau, the chateaux’s road goes alongside the Gironde toward Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Moulis…wine and spirit houses are waiting for you.
The Medocan area is well known worldwide because of the name of every village and every chateau make amateurs and wine passionate dream. One must stop in the little harbours such as St Julien in order to imagine that in times past, the “gabares” were rolling on the stream charged with barrels.
This chateaux’s road which crosses the Medoc is assuredly one of the most beautiful! You will start your bike itinerary by crossing the vineyards of Margaux, Haut-Médoc et Moulis-en-Médoc with strolls among some of the most well known Chateaux.
If you go on jaunt toward the estuary, you will make the most of this itinerary without any difficulty whilst encountering pleasant and diversified landscapes whatever the season.
This circuit will lead you to the heart of the “Medoc rouge”. Night in guesthouse. 3 charming guesthouses possible for this step Dinner in the guesthouse or in restaurant.
Day 3: Reflection of the vineyards on the river – 53 km
Departure from Moulis for a cycling day into famous vineyards, among the hills covered of vineyards and across the marshes that separate them.
You will also discover the history of Medoc through its remnants such as walking across the archaeological site of Brion in St Germain d’Esteuil, the Chateau of Castera, the Abbey of Vertheuil and the Fort Medoc built by Vauban.
“Road of the Chateaux” well known for their wine… and some Chateaux for their unusual architecture.
You will go to Paulliac, the Medocan capital. Its 18 “grands Crus Classes” and its charming little harbour make this place an inescapable destination with glorious chateaux , from Latour to Lafite Rothschild. In the late afternoon you will be welcomed in a “3 epis” charming guest house located in the middle of the vineyards. Night in guesthouse.
3 charming guesthouses possible for this step Dinner in the guesthouse
Day 4: The lowland with the multiple facets – 40 to 50 km
Warning : This step is not included in the 7 days cycling tour
This part of the Medoc fascinates those who take the risk to devote themselves to its charms.
The incredible landscape offers to the cyclist new sensations, which only the sailors have in memory. Easy journey across the vineyards and marshes along the little Medocan villages. You will first go alongside the longest estuary of Europe.
Wilder Medoc where fish and migrating birds find sanctuary. On the banks of the Gironde the scenery of tiny fishing ports remind the land of Carmargue.
Some short stops are recommended by the banks of the estuary such as in St Christoly or La Marechale, small ports full of charms with their grounded boats. The lighthouse of Richard offers an outstanding view of the estuary.
Do not miss the visit of Lesparre and its monuments and the visit of « Les Noisettines du Médoc », a small company made by craftsmen creating sweets with hazelnuts as a main ingredient, exclusively using natural products. Return to your housing at the end of the afternoon; Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 5: Three Medoc in one journey – 60 or 65 km
From the bank of the estuary to the one of the ocean across the massive marsh and the final vineyards, this stroll offers the three components of the Medoc: water, pine and wine.
A big part of this circuit is on the cycle paths the rest is on little roads and quiet paths. The villages offer an interesting patrimony with pretty churches.
You will go passed the Windmill of Vensac (authentic windmill still producing flour) and the pine forests which border the ocean. In the middle of the journey you will enjoy a bathing break at the beach of Montalivetles- bains before heading back to your housing. Night in charming house. Dinner in restaurant.
Day 6: Towards the ocean track – 54 km
Warning : End of tour for the 6 days cycling tour. Transfer after
breakfast to the Bordeaux airport or train station. After passing the marsh landscape you will reach the encounter between the forest and the ocean, Hourtin plage with its wide coast and
its dunes is a paradise for lovers.
You will then arrive on marked paths across the pine forest and will cross a wild and protected territory with a rich and incredibly diversified fauna and flora. Thus, the Lagune du Contaut will be an ideal stop to picnic. The Medoc also shelters behind its dunes some vast fresh water lakes.
You will cycle alongside the lake of Carcan-Hourtin one of the biggest natural fresh water lake of France, and the coastal beaches.
From Carcan you will go down to Lacanau passing by the pond of Cousseau La forêt. The lakes, the pathways and the cycle paths are just harmony to your hotel, itself located in the heart of the 100 acres of pines, between lake and ocean. Night and dinner in hotel*** between lake and ocean Dinner, night and breakfast.
Day 7: Back to the hearth of haut Medoc vintage – 53 km
You will start your journey in a wild landscape; in the forest, in the border of the lake and alongside little picturesque beaches. The “green track” of Lacanau-Ocean was built on the top of the old railway.
It goes straight ahead in the forest where the pine trees draw a corridor which can sometimes be quite drafty when the wind is blowing on the seafront.
It’s a beautiful and safe circuit. You can stop half way through where the area has been laid out with tables, benches and a fountain; it’s in the shadow and very pleasant to shelter from the sun.
At the end of the day you will arrive at Le Pian Médoc and will be welcomed in the same three stars hotel as your first night . You will then end your circuit the same way as you’ve started it: in the heart of the Medoc. Dinner and night in hotel***.
Taxi transfer to Bordeaux’s train station or airport.
This journey with various landscapes alternates bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural surrounding which will fulfil you with its diversity.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Medoc tour stays in 3* hotels and 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- The bicycle (VTC : Hybrid bike for men or women). Replaced every year
– Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag
– Assistance for the bike (for big damage)
– The road book
– The taxi transfer from Bordeaux to the hotel (First day)
– The taxi transfer from the hotel to Bordeaux (Last day)
– 5 to 7 nights half board in three stars hotels and charming guest houses.
– Transfer of the luggage at every step
– Drinks (wine and coffee for the dinners excepted for night 5 and 6) and one drink for the picnics (in case they choose the Full board option).
- The assistance repatriation
– The cancellation insurance
– The entrance fees for visits and wine tasting
– The not mentioned drinks and personal purchasing.
The Medoc, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Category A: 3*** and 4**** Hotels
Holiday Price (April to October):
Cat A: £829
Cat A: £249
Availability: April to October 2017
Departure Days: Daily
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-Bike Rental: £69
Extra Night Prices:
Bordeaux: £64 per person per night (B&B only)
You will stay in the same hotel as the previous night.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £829
Single Supplement: £249