The family friendly tour
8 days/7 nights with two possible ‘stayput days’- one at either Bazas, Uzeste or Villandraut, where you can do circular rides.
Please note the accommodation identified here is indicative of the location and quality that we use, but until but we hear from you we cannot confirm availability. So call soon.
The tour begins with a gentle ride out of Bordeaux alongside the Garonne to reach the Roger Lapébie cycle path at Latresne. This ex-railway route follows the verdant valley of the Pimpine through the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards, to reach the bastide town of Créon and afterwards La Sauve-Majeure – an important pilgrimage waypoint for those heading for Santiago de Compostela. Depending on your route, the following day you could be welcomed at one of several chambres d’hotes that we favour. The accommodation can give an inside view of French domestic life, and often the opportunity to sample French domestic cuisine as opposed to the restaurant variety.
The following day, you take a route that follows country lanes winding down to the Garonne at Langoiran, and after visiting the ruined fortress at Pied-du-Chateau, it follows more obscure little roads to pass behind Lestiac and it reaches Rions. Here you may stay at the Relais des Remparts in the village, or further on at Cadillac at the hotel Detree. Neither will disappoint.
In the morning, an early start should allow time for a stroll around Cadillac and a peek at the Duke of Epernon’s former home before setting off across the Garonne to reach Cérons and Barsac. From Barsac you reach the Ciron river and follow its path to the Sauternes area and the hamlet of Bommes. This is a riverside picnic spot where in the park opposite there is a tree-top climbing route. A rest here should energise riders for the next stage which can include a visit to the village of Sauternes on the way to Villandraut. Here there is the remains of Pope Clement V’s chateau to explore, and a cafe on the square for an final energy boost.
The route from here is simply to join the long-distance cyclepath through the Landaise forest that leads to Uzeste, where the 13th century pope is entombed in the church, and you may stay at one of two chambres d’hotes.
This next day is ‘at liberty’ where you can choose how much touring you wish to do. There are several day rides available, including one to Chateau Roquetaillarde. Alternatively you could take a ramble through the turpentine pines for a picnic and wildlife spotting, or for the more energetic, a canoe trip down the Ciron (you are collected downstream at Bommes so there is no uphill paddling).
Your hosts may offer a table d’hote meal or you may choose to dine in Villandraut where there is a choice of three restaurants.
From Uzeste your route can lead further through the forest to Bazas, and from there by way of Coimeres or Castets to Langon and Verdelais. Here your overnight is a hostellerie beside the church in a village that is quintessential rural France. From here you have a hill to climb to reach Ste Croix-du-Mont. At this hamlet, the church affords great views over the Garonne valley below, and Oyster shell grottes to wander at. You then descend to Loupiac where there is an excavated Roman villa and bathhouse before reaching Cadillac again and from there crossing the river to Cérons and taking the train back to Bordeaux. This route is one which we feel will best suit a family with older children.
For those with younger children, we can modify the route to provide shorter distances and a return to Bordeaux a day earlier, where an attractive option is to ride to the station and take the train to Arcachon for a day of beaches and oysters (with or without the bikes). The journey time of 35-50 minutes allows a full day at this elegant seaside resort with its trips across the bay, beaches and stilt houses, aquarium and the highest sand dune in Europe. In the evening return to Bordeaux for a farewell dinner. On the next day the ‘navette’ (airport bus) can whisk you to the airport in approximately 30 minutes.
- 7 nights 2 star/3 star hotels and 3 epis Chambre d’Hotes on B&B basis
- Use of fully equipped quality hybrid bicycle
- Supply of detailed maps and route notes
- Luggage transfers
- Greeting on arrival day by your host who will offer a short walking tour of the city centre
- Briefing session and pre-ride checks to ensure you are comfortable with the bikes, routes, any other details PLUS
- Your host will be on call during the week should a significant problem arise
Options Some variations in the category of hotels, and this tour can be booked with evening meals included on some nights
Day rides are between 13-22 miles per day with an average of 20 miles.
On most days of extending the distance and the ‘stay-put days’ have a number of circular rides available
Accommodation: is a mix of 2-star hotels and 3 epis (or equivalent) Chambre d’Hotes.
Mostly flattish but a smooth gradient on day one (to Creon) and one sharpish uphill (dismount and walk to better admire the view) on day three.
Suitable for families who have done some day rides together and for most youngsters 8 and above. Designed so the grown-ups can relax in child-friendly accommodation.
Travel to/from Bordeaux, return travel to Bordeaux by train, admissions to sites/buildings, costs of excursions, other incidentals and any meals not specified.
It is a condition of all our tours that guests are responsible for purchasing adequate insurance for a cycling holiday on public highways.
£748 per person for two adults sharing a double room on a B&B basis. £452 (60%) for a child under 12 sharing a bedroom with parents (max 2 children) on some nights. Under 2’s just £50 each.
Any day of the week 1st April to 16th October.