- Bike tour of the St-Emilion region with train ride from Bordeaux
- Enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting lesson at a family-run cheateau
- Cycle through vineyards and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the French countryside
- Pass renowned St-Emilion wine chateaux like Pomerol and Cheval Blanc
- Taste four different wines throughout the day
- Discover the delightful village of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people offers a more personalized experience
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What You Can Expect
When you arrive in St-Emilion, hop on your bike and follow your guide to the first wine chateau of the day – a family-run venue located in the middle of a beautiful park in the heart of St Emilion. After you are greeted with your first sample of wine, sit down to a delicious three-course lunch in the gardens of the chateau or in the orangerie, depending on the weather (please see the Itinerary section below for a sample menu). When you’ve finished eating, learn about different wine-tasting techniques with a class that includes two glasses of wine from the chateau. Train your nose to recognize different flavors and learn how to analyze the color. Then discover more on a tour of the chateau and wine cellars.
Jump back on your bike and cycle 10 miles (15 km) through the beautiful vineyards of St Emilion and past many well-known chateaux like Pomerol, Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Make your way to Chateau Soutard, a classified-growth chateau set within 66 acres (27 hectares) of land and fully renovated in 2010. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and the wine cellars, learn about the winemaking process and how the grapes get from the vine to the bottle, and try three different wines.
Finally, bike into the village of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the Middle Ages. While the village is known for the hundreds of surrounding vineyards that produce St-Emilion wine, the charming village itself is also worth a visit. Take a guided tour, and then cycle back to the train station for your return journey to Bordeaux.
This easy bike ride is a total of 12.5 miles (20 km).
- Charcuterie (ham, pate, dried sausage, chorizo)
- Roast pork or beef (cold) with a vegetable salad
- Chocolate cake
- Lemon pie
Excellent value and so much fun. This tour is an entire day of fun times. We rode bicycles all over St. Emilion, had a gourmet lunch and learned about wine, vineyards, history etc. There are a couple of decent sized hills on the ride, but our bikes had gears, so that made it easy. The wine was fabulous and our tour guide was great. He made sure that everyone had a great time on this tour. Highly recommended.
This was the highlight of our 12 day trip. I was a bit nervous at first as my husband and I are "ride around the neighborhood" kind of bikers. It was perfect! A bit difficult in places but I was very happy to say I only walked my bike in one very steep place. It was the highest point of the ride and definitely worth the effort.
Lunch was very good and had lots of fruit, cheese, meat and pasta choices along with 3 bottles of wine and dessert. Good thing there were 9 of us.....the most difficult part of the ride was behind us and we were a happy group from this point. the winery was very informative and well worth the visit. We learned a lot about Bordeaux wines and wine in general. There were several photo ops along the way. The path was mostly paved, very safe and picturesque. Oh, and the wine was Delicious. :)
All in all, a fantastic day!
I recommend this tour to anyone in average to above average physical condition.