France - Cycling Medoc and Gironde estuary 6 to 8 days.

France - Cycling Medoc and Gironde estuary 6 to 8 days.

Self-guided cycling tour in the Medoc area

More than one million chateaux adorn the Medoc territory, whether they are historical domains, large production, simply family vineyards. 

The West of the vast peninsula of the Medoc is shrouded in light and sun with the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches bordered with a huge forest whereas the East of the Gironde Estuary offers views of the winegrowing Medoc.

First, you will take the “wine road” which picks off the most well-known chateaux: Giscours, Margaux, Pauillac, Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild…and you will explore the winegrowing areas and the most prestigious wine worldwide.

The Medoc has also a great variety of landscapes; a walk trough the marsh, horse breeding and aquaculture. Windmills and old castles on top of the hills. In the villages you will find some superb Roman Churches, and somewhere in the land, some unique Gallo-Roman sites.

This cycling day is a succession of bicycle paths trough forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards to discover the exceptional natural surroundings.

You will be warmly welcomed every evening in three or four stars hotels and charming guest houses

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 star hotel. Welcome pack of the area and a road book will be provided. The quality and the service of this hotel creates a peaceful atmosphere which explains the “Grande histoire” of this traditional 18 bedrooms house with pool and a 6 acres park. Fine and gastronomic cuisine, with the specialties of the area and a wine cellar of several “grands crus” of the Medoc.
Dinner, night and breakfast.

Day 2

The Chateaux Road – 40 km
Departing from Pian Medoc to Macau, the Chateaux road goes alongside the Gironde towards Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Moulis...wine and spirit houses are waiting for you. The Medoc area is well known worldwide. Have a stop in the little harbors such as St Julien in order to imagine that in the past, the “gabares” were rolling on the stream charged with barrels. This Chateaux road which crosses the Medoc is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful!
Start your ride through the vineyards of Margaux, Haut-Médoc et Moulis-en-Médoc and some of the most well-known Chateaux.
Continue along the easy-riding estuary, to find pleasant and varied 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

The Vineyards and the river – 53 km
Departure from Moulis for a cycling day into famous vineyards, among the hills covered with vines and across the marshes which separate them. The archaeological site of Brion in St Germain d’Esteuil will tell you more about the History of the region and discover the Chateau of Castera, the Abbey of Vertheuil and the Fort Medoc built by Vauban.
The route follows the “Road of the Chateaux” well known for their wine… and some Chateaux for their unusual architecture. Go to Paulliac, the Medoc capital. Its 18 “Grands Crus Classés” and its charming little harbor a must-see as well as the glorious Chateaux as Latour, Lafite or 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 a guesthouse. 3 charming guesthouses possible for this stage
Dinner in the guesthouse

Day 4

The lowlands of Medoc– 40 to 50 km
Warning : This step is not included in the 7 days cycling tour This part of the Medoc has a great power of attraction. The incredible landscape offers new sensations to the cyclist. Easy riding day across the vineyards and marshes along the little Medocan villages. Ride first along 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 reminds the Provençal Carmargue.
A few short stops by the banks of the estuary such as in St Christoly or La Marechale and by small ports full of charms with their grounded boats. The lighthouse of Richard offers an outstanding view over the estuary.
Don’t 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 accommodation at the end of the afternoon. Dinner, night and breakfast.

Day 5

Three Medoc Châteaux in one day– 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 Montalivet-les-bains before heading back to your housing.
Night in charming house. Dinner in restaurant

Day 6

- the Ocean track – 54 km
Warning : End of tour for the 6 day cycling tour. Transfer after breakfast to Bordeaux airport or train station.
After passing the marsh landscape reach the border between the forest and the Ocean, Hourtin plage with its wide beach and its dunes is a paradise for Nature lovers. Arrive then on marked paths across the pine forest and cross a wild and protected territory with a rich and incredibly diversified fauna and flora. The Lagune du Contaut is the ideal stop for a picnic.
Behind the dunes the Medoc also shelters 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 surrounded your hotel 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.

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Self guided BIKING-CYCLING
Level
BORDEAUX VINEYARDS
Duration :
6 Days
From :
785 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

3 or 4 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance 

 

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Starts in : Bordeaux

Ends in :Bordeaux

Access : Bordeaux train station.TGV from Paris (3 hour trip)

Bordeaux airport : low cost Companies from London

 

  

 

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

cecile@icietlanature.com

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

 

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more ; combine with another tour in another region

 

See also :

Cycling between Bordeaux and Toulouse (Canal de la Garonne)

Cycling from Bordeaux to Biarritz (Velodyssey)

Cycling from Bordeaux to Arcachon

Cycling in Black Perigord

Cycling in the Charente

Cycling in Medoc area

 


 

 

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3 or 4 star hotels or charming Guest Houses

Cycle between the estuary, the vineyards, the Ocean

The most prestigious wine worldwide