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Laced with an extensive network of stress-free, car-free bikeways, Bordeaux and its surroundings welcome all types of riders, including novice riders and families. It’s never been easier to get to Bordeaux, thanks to low-cost carriers serving the airport and train connections around France. When time is of the essence, our short itinerary is a perfect introduction to the peaceful vineyard-covered region known as Entre-Deux-Mers(“Between Two Seas”). Moreover, once you leave the stunning city of Bordeaux, you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped modern civilization!
Bring your appetite and leave your hand-held devices behind on a short escape into bliss. Throughout your tour, you’ll find ample opportunities to savor wine tastings and regional specialties. One of the highlights will be your time in Saint-Emilion, one of the world’s best-known wine-making villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Arrive in Bordeaux at the time of your choice. Your comfortable hotel is conveniently located near the train station. A short walk from your hotel, you’ll find remarkable restaurants where you can experience the local cuisine and get a head start on sampling the region’s finest wines.
In the morning, we’ll pick you up and transfer you to Créon in the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers, and you’ll receive your bike and all necessary materials from our team. Most of today’s ride takes place on the traffic-free bikeway “Piste Roger Lapébie.” You will pass the Abbaye de La Sauve Majeure, a historic Benedictine abbey — climb the tower for great panoramic views! At the foot of the abbey, you will find the Maison des Vins de l'Entre-deux-Mers overlooking the 1,500 hectares of vineyards run by 240 different wine producers.
One of the most unique sites along this ride is the farm “theme park” called Oh! Légumes Oubliés (Oh! Forgotten Vegetables), a unique site with orchards, conservatories, gardens, and a maze. Plants outnumber people here, and you’ll find yourself blissfully “off-the-grid” in the tiny village of Courpiac. The village population hovers around 100!
Today’s short ride will take you on very quiet roads through the vineyards to the town of Ruch. Lightly inhabited, with very little traffic, this area is ideal for cycling. Look for a small public lake near Blasimon, where you can partake in various outdoor activities.
While in town, stop at the Cave des vignerons réunis de Blasimon (Blasimon cooperative wine cellar), a co-op made up of 54 local certified wine estates. This is a great opportunity to taste or purchase some of the Entre-deux-Mers red, rosé, or dry white wines with of “AOC” designation! ("Appelation d'Origine Controllee" or controlled designation of origin, guarantees that these wines are locally-produced and of great quality). Before you reach Ruch, you can take time to visit the Château de Rauzan. This medieval castle is complete with a walled fortress, bridge, spectacular dungeon and defense tower!
You can choose to spend the day as you wish, but we highly suggest our loop as it leads to the world-renowned hilltop village of Saint-Emilion! Stroll through the historic center, find a place to enjoy lunch, search for the perfect souvenir — pass the time however you please! The way back takes you along tiny roads through rural cow farms, far away from the reminders of everyday life. (That is, of course, unless you are a farmer!) Conclude this memorable day with a dinner of authentic fare.
After breakfast, depart Ruch and ride toward Créon. Most of the ride will take place on the traffic-free bikeway. Wheeling through the valley, you’ll encounter the remains of a 12th and 13th-century Benedictine abbey, Bastide et Abbaye de Blasimon. As you pass the rolling vineyards, perhaps you’ll stop once more at the Cave des vignerons réunis for one last wine tasting.
In Créon, you’ll have some time to visit the historic Bastide de Créon across from the main square of this traditional market town. From Créon, we will transfer you back to Bordeaux, where you are free to depart at your leisure.