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  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Spend a day exploring the French region of St-Emilion by bike, accompanied by a friendly guide. From Bordeaux, take a train to the UNESCO-listed village of St-Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour. Then cycle to a family-run wine chateau for lunch. Enjoy a wine-tasting class and a tour of the wine cellars, before you continue biking through vineyards and past famous chateaux such as Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Stop at a Classified Growth chateau, and end your tour with a final wine tasting. Numbers are limited to 16 on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Bike tour of the St-Emilion region with train ride from Bordeaux
  • Discover the delightful village of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 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 Petrus and Cheval Blanc
  • Taste four different wines throughout the day
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people offers a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group St-Emilion Bike Tour from Bordeaux Including Wine Tastings and Lunch

Small-Group Tour of St-Emilion by Bike

Meet your guide in central Bordeaux and collect your bicycle from a local shop. Your bike tour starts as you follow your guide along the banks of the Garonne River to the train station, from where you and your bike will be transported to St-Emilion by train. On the short ride, your friendly guide will brief you on cycling safety and tell you about the famous wines of Bordeaux. Depending on the group size and time of year, you may travel by minibus instead.

When you arrive in St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the Middle Ages, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the beautiful village. Next, 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 Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Make your way to a classified-growth chateau on the edge of St Emilion and 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 before finishing your tour with a tasting session of wines from the estate. All you need to do next is cycle back to the train station or hop in the minibus to return to Bordeaux.

This easy bike ride is a total of 12.5 miles (20 km) but you must be in good physical health.

Itinerary

Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):
Starter:
  • Charcuterie (ham, pate, dried sausage, chorizo)

Main Course:

  • Roast pork or beef (cold) with a vegetable salad

Dessert:

  • Chocolate cake
  • Lemon pie

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide Julie was extremely friendly, helpful and informative. The bikes were very good quality, and the trip was not too taxing, even for those who hadn't cycled for years. Fantastic lunch, and really educational yet fun/relaxed winery tours and tastings. Overall a highly worthwhile trip indeed !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed it - very informative, fantastic lunch and of course lots of wine. Remy our guide was fantastic. Highly recommended.

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