Day 1. Arrival at Bordeaux airport or train station and transfer by taxi to Pian Medoc.
Remember to indicate your arrival time and flight/train number.
Check in and dinner at Hotel le Pont Bernet , a medium-sized 3* hotel with swimming pool located in a 6-hectare park. In the evening you can enjoy a nice dinner made with specialties from the area, and of course the wine cellar has many of the area's great cru-wines on offer. Please note that this dinner is not included in the price.
(The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays).
Day 2. To Moulis / Listrac. 40 km.
From Pian Medoc you'll follow the "Road of the Chateaux" along the Gironde river. You'll come through the vineyards of Margaux, Haut-Médoc and Moulis-en-Medoc and past some of the famous chateaus. Take a break at the small harbour of St. Julien. From here, back in the day, they used to ship out wine barrels to places like Bordeaux.
Accommodation and dinner depending on availability at e.g. Chateau de Quittignan Brillette , a small castle and chambres d'hôtes (bed & breakfast), Les Mélusines , a chambres d'hôtes located in a beautiful 18th century mansion amidst the vineyards, or at the Chateau Beauséjour, a charming chambre d'hôtes from the 19th century.
Day 3. To Saint Seurin de Cadourne / Saint Yzans and Medoc. 53 km.
Today, you'll continue along the chateaux road, past one amazing chateaux after another. Some are famous for their fine wines, others for their distinctive architecture. You cycle through Pauilliac, Medoc's main town, beautifully situated on the banks of the Gironde river. Around the city there are no less than 18 "Grands Crus Classes", famous chateaux from Latour to Lafite Rothschild, and the charming little harbour makes the town almost irresistible. In the late afternoon, you'll check in to your accommodation at a charming 3* chambres d'hôtes such as "Le Moulin de St-Yzans" or "La Hourqueyre". All are guesthouses beautifully located between the vineyards.
Day 4. To Royan. 55-60 km.
First, you'll follow the riverbank through the "wild Medoc", rich in fish and birds. Take a break in the small charming fishing villages of Saint- Christoly or la Marechale , where the boats are grounded on the seabed. From "the Richard Lighthouse" there is a fantastic view of the estuary. From here, the route splits off from the river and continues through the landscape out towards the sea to Soulac with white sandy beaches and green pine forests. The cycling day ends with a small boat trip, giving you a view of Royan, the Courdouan lighthouse and the slopes at Meshers. Accommodation in Royan in a cozy 3* hotel by the sea, e.g. Family Golf hotel or Hotel Foncillon.
Day 5. To Mortagne sur Gironde. 35 km.
Since today's stage is short, we recommend you take the time to have a look around the town of Royan. Royan has been known as a seaside resort town for the last 2 centuries due to its pleasant climate and its white sandy beaches. Towards the end of World War II, the town centre of Royan was bombed out. But fortunately, most of the beautiful "Belle Epoque" houses survived, and they can still be found along the promenade. After the war, the centre of Royan was rebuilt in a modern 50's style. One of the architects participating in the rebuilding was Claude Ferret, one of Corbusier's students. The best examples of the 50's architecture are Notre Dame de Royan, Palais de Congress and the Central Market Hall.
From Royan you cycle along the coast, past the cliffs and oyster beds, through small pine forests to idyllic harbour villages to finally meet the wine growers around Mortagne. Here you’ll have arrived in the area of the Pineau, Cognac and Charentes wines. Accommodation opposite Mortagne-sur- Giron's idyllic harbour in either chambres d'hôtes de charme "la Rive" or la Maison du Meunier.
Day 6. To Saint Palais / Soubran. 40-45 km.
You leave the river bank and cycle inland through the Pineau and Cognac area. It's a beautiful landscape with vineyards, old windmills, sunflower fields, enchanting houses and magnificent castles. The small roads lead back to the riverbank and south along wheat fields to the Bordeaux vineyards, first at Cotes de Blaye, and later at Cotes de Bourg. Accommodation in cozy chambre d'hôtes such as "La Sauvageonne", "Domaine la Fontaine" or la Bertonnière.
Day 7. To Virsac / Bourg sur Gironde. 50-60 km.
Along the estuary to Blaye, an exciting town with a famous citadel built by Napoleon's architect, Vauban. From the citadel there is a great view of Gironde. By bike, you continue on the beautiful coastal road with palm trees, laurel and oak trees to Bourg sur Gironde. Here is a nice little harbour, while the old well-preserved town sits on a cliff top.
Accommodation at Bourg sur Gironde between the Cotes de Bourg vineyards, e.g. at the charming Chambres d'hôtes Chateau Julie or "Chez Madame Poissonneau".
Day 8. Departure Day.
Transfer to the train station in Saint Andre de Cubzac after breakfast (included). From here, you take the train to Bordeaux, cost approx. 8 EUR. For guests who have arrived in their own car, it's possible to book transfer from the final hotel to Pian Medoc, where the car is parked - price 225 DKK per person.
Transfer after breakfast with taxi from the last accommodation back to the first accommodation (in case of self-drive) or airport/railway station in Bordeaux costs 225 DKK per person.