Cycling holidays in Aquitaine
Cool off by the ports and pines of the Atlantic Coast around La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and fashionable Châtaillon-Plage, or get a taste for Cognac and heady offerings around the Dordogne and Bordeaux.
Whichever route you travel water will never be far away and you'll find history and mystery a-plenty, from the regimented town of Rochefort to the prehistoric caves by the crags of Rocamadour and Les Eyzies or the turreted 'bastides' of chateaux vineyards.
Our self-guided cycling holidays and short breaks in Aquitaine feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel cycling tours .
Three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Five famous wine-growing areas. One amazing part of France. Aquitaine’s riverside vineyard regions have so much to offer and you don’t have to be a wine buff to appreciate their rich and complex flavours. Sail along the historic waterways on board MS Bordeaux, mooring up at ancient Loupiac and bustling Bordeaux, claret country Lamarque and rocky Bourg-sur-Gironde to enjoy a delicious collection of day rides. Along the way you’ll get a taste of all those magnificent Bordeaux wine-growing areas – Sauternes, Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers; Côtes de Bordeaux and Saint Emilion – and encounter châteaux, catacombs and fortified ‘bastide’ villages by the score, as well as Aquitaine’s cultural capital, Bordeaux. Whether you’ve a thirst for history, a palate that appreciates fine wines or just want to sample some flavoursome, take-it-or-leave-it scenic cycling near the Dordogne, Gironde and Garonne rivers, this is a fab tour for you.
is on board the riverboat MS Bordeaux in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning situated on the lower deck. The barge has 39 cabins and can accommodate up to 80 guests. Full details about MS Bordeaux including layout plans are available here. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
From the prehistoric caves at Vézère Valley and Lascaux to the turreted châteaux and fortified ‘Bastide’ towns, there is history around every corner. Dramatic crags and breath-taking panoramas, rolling hills and thick forests make for the widest scope of landscapes all within a short pedal of the famous river valley. Cycling gently along flat riverside lanes, or climbing higher to picnic above the rooftops, this is a circular tour where every effort is very richly rewarded.
In Souillac (2 nights), Rocamadour, Gourdon, La Roque Gageac, Les Eyzies and Sarlat.
Get a real taste for ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ and the breath-taking Atlantic coast on a tour that’s the finest blend of ancient and modern. Enjoy the company of the Charente river as you get to know the warming flavours of Cognac country and pedal on through rolling vineyards towards the Roman amphitheatre at mighty Saintes. Historic Rochefort - built to a rigid plan to defend the French Royal Navy - may be a more sober affair, but its nearby oyster farms are an invitation to chew on things and chill out with a glass of Charentais Blanc, before coasting it up via stylish sandy beaches and more modern resorts to colourful La Rochelle and that French holiday island favourite, Ile de Ré.
In Cognac (2 nights), Saintes, Rochefort and La Rochelle (2 nights).
Cruise Aquitaine’s historic waterways from Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe and explore five of France’s top wine-growing areas by bike in just a week. Cycle through Claret Country and Côtes de Bordeaux. Freewheel down St Emilion slopes or delve into the wine-growing history of Entre-Deux-Mers. Stop off at a Sauternes Château or two and sit and sip the rich sweetness of south-west France. With riverboat MS Bordeaux as your floating accommodation, you can enjoy a deliciously different Aquitaine cycle tour every day as you cruise along the Dordogne, Gironde and Garonne rivers. Discover ‘caves’ and catacombs, ‘bastides’ and bridges, country ‘Châteaux’ homes of prestigious wines and the mega-modern wine and culture museum in bustling Bordeaux. A tour that‘s irresistible for wine buffs and brim-full of interest all round too. Just bring a thirst for some superb scenic cycling!
On board the riverboat MS Bordeaux in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning .
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