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Bicycling Bordeaux & the River Dordogne

For centuries, Bordeaux has been synonymous with some of the world’s finest wines. Join us, and discover that it is also home to some of the world’s best cycling.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 19 - 38 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Bicycling Bordeaux & the River Dordogne

In this tranquil corner of France, tidy villages share a forested valley with elegant châteaux. Wine makers tend cherished grapes with squinty-eyed care. This rich culture embraces old ways, and we’ll do the same as we sample the region’s namesake vintages, pause for a picnic with longtime VBT friends, explore one of France’s 100 most beautiful markets, head into the cavernous underground of St. Emilion, and so much more. Perfection!

Cultural Highlights

  • Delight the eye as you cycle through villages, woods, vineyards, fruit orchards and cattle pastures
  • Embark on a private guided walking tour of the medieval town of St. Emilion
  • Visit a private home, where you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch
  • Learn about wine production at a private estate – and enjoy a tasting
  • Wander the charming streets of Sainte Foy la Grande, a 13th-century walled town
  • Browse through one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France
  • Relax at the pools, golf courses, and other recreational amenities of your hotels

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists.

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Bordeaux
May 67°  Jun 73°  Jul 79°  Aug 79°  Sep 74°  Oct 64°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Bordeaux
May 2.8  Jun 2.6  Jul 2.1  Aug 2.3  Sep 2.8  Oct 3.4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3- and 4-star French hotels and châteaux
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 5 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3- and 4-star French hotels and châteaux
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Paris – 2 nights for only $445 • Post Trip: Bordeaux – 2 nights for only $245

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with your Trip Leaders and fellow travelers
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $745 | Land Only Single Supplement: $545

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly Overnight to Paris

Depart the U.S. for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Paris

Upon arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please note: Make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps our representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to your Paris hotel (approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic). At this time, please verify with your airport representative the time of your transfer tomorrow to the Paris Montparnasse train station. Important: If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the CDG Airport, please call 06 72 07 59 24 or 06 15 15 15 25 from within France. Outside of France, call +33 672 07 59 24 or +33 615 15 15 25.

Use the rest of the day to relax or begin exploring the City of Light.

Please note: Exchange bureaus may not be open on Saturday afternoons or Sundays in Paris, and ATM availability can be intermittent once you leave the city. So you may want to exchange some money prior to joining the tour.

Hotel: Hotel Franklin Roosevelt

DAY 3: All guests meet in St. Emilion / Transfer to hotel

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your Trip Leaders in the lobby of the Hotel Palais Cardinal at 3:30 p.m. They will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please contact the first hotel to advise the staff of any travel delays or changes so they can inform your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT representative in the hotel lobby. The representative will have a group train ticket and help you transfer to the Paris Montparnasse train station, where we board a train for Libourne (approximately 3 1/2 hours). Plan to have lunch on your own and use bathroom facilities before leaving the train and meeting your VBT representative in Libourne. Perhaps buy a sandwich or picnic-style lunch in Paris and eat it on the train. Once the entire group is assembled, you will transfer via taxi to St. Emilion and your first hotel (transfer time approx. 20 minutes).

Please be advised: Your train schedule varies according to your departure date. Trains typically depart between 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Our airport representative will provide you with the meeting time for the transfer. If you would like more information, please contact our Tour Consultants for more schedule information.

Our centrally located hotel in the medieval town of St. Emilion has an inviting area by the pool, next to the old ramparts of the village. You have free time to relax and settle in before your VBT Trip Leaders offer a safety and bike-fitting session and warm-up ride. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Palais Cardinal
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 4.5 miles (7.5 km)

DAY 4: Cycle the satellite Grand Crus Estates of St. Emilion

After breakfast, we cycle through the surrounding villages of St. Emilion, with their rolling terrain of vineyards. Our ride leads us into tiny, quiet villages and past several impressive vineyard châteaux, some renowned by oenophiles. Among them are the Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc—both classified as 1st Grand Cru Classe A. We return to town to select from many options for lunch on our own.

In the afternoon, you may wish to venture out again by bike, relax and taste wine in one of the many cellars right in town, or take a dip in our hotel's outdoor pool. Afterward, you are free to select a restaurant of your choice for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Palais Cardinal
Meals: B
Daily Options: 12.6 or 27 miles (21 or 44 km)

DAY 5: Private walking tour of St. Emilion / Cycle to a home-hosted lunch / Château de Sanse

After breakfast, we gather for a private guided walking tour of the medieval town of St. Emilion and discover its underground monuments. (Please note: as time allows, we might enjoy this walking tour the previous afternoon instead.) We then leave St. Emilion and cycle downhill to the banks and flood plain of the River Dordogne. Enjoy a beautiful ride along the river to the private home of Christine and Emmanuel Courtaud, where we will stop for a picnic-style lunch and time to visit with the couple and learn about life in this splendid region.

After lunch, we continue riding along the Dordogne to Castillon-La-Bataille, the site of the end of the Hundred Years' War, and through small villages, vineyards and fruit orchards. Keep an eye out for white egrets and buzzards perched on markers along the trail. We finish our ride at our hotel, the intimate Château de Sanse. Here, we can enjoy the pool or relax on the terrace before a typical dinner in the château.

Hotel: Château de Sanse
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 26.5 or 38 miles (42.5 or 61 km)

DAY 6: Cycle the vineyards / Picnic lunch / Wine tasting

After leaving the hotel, we cycle through a small wood to the top of a nearby crest before a long and pleasant downhill meander. Then, pass through Ste. Radegonde and eventually arrive again on the banks of the Dordogne. Look out for the charming traditional windmill on the way.

A lovely outdoor lunch, prepared by your Trip Leaders, will be waiting for you at a scenic picnic site.

Our cycling today also takes us past a 13th-century castle in the small town of Rauzan and the abbey at Blasimon dating from the 12th century. An endless tableau of vineyards and rolling cattle pastures also mark our progress. Before dinner in the château tonight, we visit with Claire Poncet at the Château Font Vidal. She will explain the entire process of wine production on her estate, and then offer us a tasting.

Hotel: Château de Sanse
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 13 or 32 miles (20 or 51 km)

DAY 7: Cycle the Dordogne / Ride into villages

After breakfast, we cycle into the Dordogne region. Our ride takes us back down to the banks of the River Dordogne. You may wish to stop at the tiny store in Pessac Sur Dordogne to buy a sandwich and fruit for a picnic lunch along the way. Continuing to the small village of Eynesse, you can stop for a snack or beverage in the rustic café on the main square. Then, we pedal south on a more undulating road through small hamlets and villages that line the picturesque Gravouse Valley. In the small village of Les Leves et Thoumeyragues, you'll find a restaurant that serves as another possible lunch option.

Our road takes us next through small woods and past vineyards to our home for the next two nights, Château des Vigiers. Once settled in, you have time to relax before gathering for dinner in the hotel's bistro.

Hotel: Château des Vigiers - Relais
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 19 or 34 miles (31 or 55km)

DAY 8: Local market visit / Farming hamlets

After breakfast, we cycle to the medieval town of Sainte Foy la Grande, a walled town on the banks of the Dordogne dating to the 13th century. Here, you can wander through the town square, with its arcades and half-timbered houses, while enjoying the town's Saturday market. You can find a wide range of high-quality local produce, as well as clothing and local handicrafts. This wonderful gem is rated as one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France. You may wish to purchase fresh-from-the-farm ingredients for your lunch here.

Our cycle route continues along the banks of the river to the hamlet of La Grande Font. Later, we head back to our château, where you can enjoy some free time in the outdoor pool, in the spa or on the golf course. Tonight, we celebrate with a special farewell dinner in one of the hotel's dining rooms

Hotel: Château des Vigiers - Relais
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 16 or 20 miles (26 or 32 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Bordeaux / Free time / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, you will be transferred to our Bordeaux hotel, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. Your tour ends here, where taxis can be arranged for transfers to the Bordeaux railway station or airport. Important: Train departures from the Bordeaux train station prior to 12:30 p.m. are not recommended. Guests departing earlier must make transfer arrangements at their own expense from the last hotel to the train station or airport in Bordeaux. Taxi cost is approximately 200 euros (travel time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes).

VBT Air Package and Post-Trip Extension guests: After breakfast, we transfer to our Bordeaux hotel by private motorcoach. Here, you have the rest of the day to relax and explore this magical city. There are several self-guided walking trails through the various districts, including one that passes through the lovely public gardens. This park has played a significant role in Bordeaux history. Several French artists contributed to the park design. During the French Revolution, it was used for official ceremonies until Napoleon redesigned it as a classic English garden. Today, it's the perfect place to rest and relax.

If you want a glimpse of art or history in Bordeaux, all you need to do is walk through the city's streets. Many buildings in Vieux Bordeaux have retained their charm and character over centuries. If you're looking for historical views of the city, you can walk through the Quartier Saint-Eloi. There, you can see the Grosse Cloche, the great bell that once rang from the old Town Hall's belfry. If you continue along Victor Hugo Avenue, you can see the Porte de Bourgogne, a huge stone arch that was once an entrance to the city.

Another interesting place to explore is the Palace Royale. Built in 1755, this building is a fine example of French classical architecture. During its construction, the building's beauty influenced the style of its surrounding neighbors. The result is several miles of the most beautiful architecture in the city.

While Bordeaux is famous for its wine, it is also celebrated for its food, as you'll discover during dinner on your own this evening.

Hotel: Bayonne Etche Ona
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for Home

After breakfast*, transfer to the Bordeaux airport for your return flight.** Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” The transfer is prearranged by VBT and is prepaid. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Château de Sanse

Set against a backdrop of spectacular vineyards and woodlands, the Château de Sanse has been meticulously restored from the ruins of a magnificent 18th-century Château. During your stay at this landmark yet intimate accommodation, savor fine dining in the hotel restaurant, enjoy the attention of an English-speaking staff and relax in your uniquely decorated room, offering a satellite television, telephone and in-room safe. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby and in select guest rooms.
Free WiFi Included

Château des Vigiers - Relais

The Château des Vigiers is known as “Little Versailles” because of its similarities to Louis XIV's Château in Versailles, including its use of natural springs to feed small dams and fountains. Our rooms are located in the Relais des Vigiers, which was inspired by the region’s ancient tobacco-drying barns and constructed to eco-friendly standards. The Relais features the same 4-star quality as the Château itself and offers its own breakfast room, heated pool and state-of-the art fitness center. All of the unusually spacious rooms feature a balcony or terrace, walk-in shower, LCD television, minibar, coffee/tea-making equipment and air conditioning. Please note that all rooms are non-smoking. Enjoy fine dining at the hotel's restaurant, Les Fresques, awarded one Michelin star.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Franklin Roosevelt

The Franklin Roosevelt hotel, located in the heart of the Golden Triangle – the prestigious region between the Champs-Elysées and the Seine. From here, you’ll enjoy easy access to the city’s monuments and museums, as well as chic shopping and restaurants. Breakfast is served in a charming glass-roofed lounge, and at the end of the day, you might relax in the cozy bar with its wood paneling and leather armchairs. Your elegant room features air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, telephone, minibar, in-room safe and Internet access.
Free WiFi Included

Palais Cardinal

The Palais Cardinal is located along the medieval walls of St. Emilion, overlooking the region’s vineyards. Its rooms are welcoming and cozy after rewarding days of cycling. The hotel produces wine which ranks high in the international market.
Free WiFi Included

Bayonne Etche Ona

Located in the heart of Bordeaux, in the city's Golden Triangle, the Bayonne Etche Ona is housed in an 18th-century building that was completely renovated in 2004. Enjoy the hotel’s atmosphere of elegant refinement and easy access to historic attractions, museums, restaurants and shops. All 61 rooms are soundproofed and tastefully appointed, and offer air conditioning, LCD satellite television, minibar and Internet access.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Beyond Memorable!

    My husband and I celebrated his 50th birthday on this fabulous bicycling tour with VBT. The sights, sounds and tastes were incredible. We especially enjoyed St. Emilion (what a place!) and the fabulous 2nd hotel - Chateau De Sanse. Our trip leaders (shown in this crazy photo) were so gracious, fun, and thoughtful - one of them even loaned me her second rain jacket, as I had forgot to pack that critical piece. The food and wine was beyond fantastic and the French people were gracious and welcoming. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2014
    Posted by: KathyMcAfee
    From: Simsbury, CT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • cycling through vineyards & along the Dordogne

    Two highlights in addition to the cycling included: St Emilion is a "preserved" area that has nuggets of interesting history to visit...la tour du roy, the monolith, walking the original walled city outside and inside was enjoyable. Chateau des Vigiers presented its historical background with the chai/brasserie and chateau settings for two dinners. The relays provided guests with "lovely" spacious accommodations for two nights.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 10, 2014
    Posted by: gungadin
    From: Ohio
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • a delight

    Biking along the river, through countryside banked by vineyards…the air perfumed by grapes and fruit. What could be better? Wonderful guides made the days flawless. This was a great trip. Looking forward to many more.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 25, 2014
    Posted by: happynyccyclist
    From: New York, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • 11 VBT TRIPS & ALL SUPERB, NEVER PROBLEMS HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    PARIS TO BOURDEAUX GREAT TRIP. WONDERFUL HISTORICAL SITES TO VISIT. LODGINGS & FOOD ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. VBT GUIDES ALWAYS THE FINEST. BOOKED FOR NEXT TRIP THIS SUMMER TO LAKE CONSTANCE. KEEP UP THESES GREAT TOURS.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: HENRY41
    From: Deerfield, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Our first VBT experience was a winner!

    Never having gone on an organized tour of any kind, we were a bit hesitant of what this trip would be like. We both agreed, we could do it again, and again, and again. The leaders were very conscientious and aware of the different personality types, making it fun for all, without going overboard with directions and organization. We felt free to do our own thing if we so chose. We love the fact that everything, down to filling the water bottles and checking the bicycles each morning was taken care of. We are now trying to decide which trip to do next!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: Elaine2
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Lovely cycle routes and great leaders

    We thoroughly enjoyed this cycling tour. The routes were very well-planned with virtually no traffic and the route directions were clear and easy to follow. St. Emilion, the first stop, is a lovely town. The other two hotels were chateau hotels in the countryside. I didn't love the hotel in St. Emilion because the rooms were small, but it was well located. The last hotel was particularly nice with very good food and a beautiful room for our farwell dinner, and we enjoyed the morning at a local market followed by a visit to a local farm. I don't eat meat, and even though France can be challenging for non-meat eaters, there were plenty of fish and vegetarian options for the dinners. The shorter option each day was always fairly easy, with significantly more hills on the longer option. We went in mid -September and had beautiful weather. Only one morning of rain and it only lasted about an hour. We also had excellent trip leaders. We are hoping to do another VBT cycle trip next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 27, 2013
    Posted by: COcyclist
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Perfect first tour for me!

    Like many people (I would guess), I was hoping when I took my first bike tour that I would be challenged, but not TOO much! This trip was perfect because the flatter, easier riding was in the morning and there was always an option to do approximately 12-15 more miles in the afternoon which was often a bit hillier. The scenery is fabulous in this area, the food was great, and the accommodations ranged from one that was adequate to two chateaus that were superb. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an easy-moderate way to see beautiful, rural France. VBT does a great job!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: Brawley
    From: Charlotte, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great way to see Bordeaux region

    A very well organized and pleasant way to spend pedaling through the gorgeous countryside of France. Exactly what I was hoping for.

    Posted on: August 01, 2013
    Posted by: PeterW
    From: Oakland, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Dream Vacation

    This was a perfect vacation. Beautiful landscape like none I have ever seen; lush, ancient, historic, and french! Challenging exercise that can be modified to suit your skills and preference. A varied introduction to the local culture. Wonderful meals and wine, all accompanied by interesting and fun travel mates. Not to mention the delightful guides, always ready with a smile, a joke, a yummy snack, cultural advice, and help with any question or need. Favorite memories: sitting on the terrace at our chateau, sharing a glass of wine with fellow cyclists after the days ride, looking out over the vineyards and farm land spread out below. Lunch at a little windmill made into a summer home, the owners spoke no English but wished to share their spot with us. The final hill on the day's "long ride". A candle lit gourmet dinner in a 13th century chateau. Sharing it all with friends. Thank you VBT,

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Margaret1
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour would not be top of my list

    I felt this trip was lacking in a number of ways. First, we were in the wine country and we should have visited an amazing winery and maybe had some meal there (lunch or dinner). The winery we did visit was very uninteresting. The food was not as good as most trips. Starting with the welcome night, what was that , olives and nuts and very limited wine. Other welcome evenings are much more elaborate (what a disappointment). I realize that all the food was included because there is no where to go at night but many of the presentations were great but taste was lacking. Don't even get me started on the first night hotel, awful. The other hotels were great and the leaders and other guests were wonderful. I also think VBT should think up some better excursions the place we had our picnic at and tasted that fish and walked through the gardens , a little boring. Also the excursion through the town where the market was, also boring. That being said the riding was great I only wish you offered longer options for the stronger riders. So of all the 5 trips I've been on this was the first time I would say I was disappointed with VBT and some of their selections. I will go on another VBT because I still had a wonderful time I just feel like this particular trip needs some work. And it would not be a trip I would recommend to first time VBT riders.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: Diane
    From: nj
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent trip, worth every penny, leaders were great, routes were great, the food was the highlight, especially the wine tour

    This was our first bicycle trip and I was apprehensive, what if I couldn't keep up? What if there are too many hills? My fears were unfounded. Not only were the bicycles easy to ride, but the routes were all flat (if you wanted hills you could go other routes). The other guests were all so nice, the guides were excellent, very personable and knowledgeable. Each hotel we stayed at offered something different, local color, scenic views, classic architecture, great food. Though the weather was coolish and at times a little wet (typical for this time of year), we enjoyed not having to be too hot and being able to see the vineyards as they were being harvested. One highlight was to be able to stand next to one of the automatic harvesters to gauge their height and also watching as a machine crushed the grapes and expelled the stems. Quite amazing. We loved every minute and are trying to plan our next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 09, 2012
    Posted by: Motomamma
    From: El Cerrito, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This vineyard bike trip was splendid in all ways!

    This tour is superb in all ways I went into this tour (of the Dordogne ) with little expectation. I found that: it was superbly organized; the leaders were wonderful, capable, knowledgeable people; the vineyards will never be forgotten; the planning (2 nights at the same Chateau, 3 times) was so good; the 'lack of emphasis' on food did not mean that the food was inferior -- in fact it was excellent! French food. And the biking....with all taken care for all of the group, the biking -- despite rain almost every day -- was thrilling. Seriously. Nothing but accolades do I have for this tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 23, 2012
    Posted by: Currens1
    From: Boston, Massachusetts
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is superb in all ways

    I went into this tour (of the Dordogne ) with little expectation. I found that: it was superbly organized; the leaders were wonderful, capable, knowledgeable people; the vineyards will never be forgotten; the planning (2 nights at the same Chateau, 3 times) was so good; the 'lack of emphasis' on food did not mean that the food was inferior -- in fact it was excellent! French food. And the biking....with all taken care for all of the group, the biking #despite rain almost every day!# was thrilling. Seriously. Nothing but accolades do I have for this tour. Diane d'Almeida

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: Dalmeida12
    From: Boston, MA 02108
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • I'm hooked

    This was my first VBT trip - but it won't be the last! Bicycling along the Dordogne was exhilirating with fabulous views and opportunities for exploring. The planning provided by VBT made this trip - great guides with knowldege of the region, technical and leadership skills, and winning personalities enhanced the experience. The logistics and accomodations, including the bicycles, were excellent. All in all, a great vacation

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2012
    Posted by: nycbiker
    From: New York City, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • For once, we returned from a vacation feeling relaxed.

    The pace of this tour was perfect. There was just enough on the itinerary that we did not feel rushed. The dinners in both Chateau de Sanse and Vigiers were extraordinary and, of course, paired with lovey French wines. The flights connections, ground transfers, trains, etc. were all smooth and comfortable. We learned new things about wines and wine production on the vineyard tour. The new bikes were a dream to ride. The trip leaders helped us with celebrations for the mulitple birthdays that fell during our trip. It was quite memorable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Dianne53
    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • gorgeous scenery, wonderful guides, spectacular cycling

    An incredibly enjoyable trip with the perfect amount of challenges (steep hills) and rewards (lovely chateaus and yummy food). I was enchanted by the picturesque landscape - the tiny villages, the endless grape vines. Our guides were fantastic, personable and professional. They did a wonderful job of keeping us informed and on track. I highly recommend this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 13, 2012
    Posted by: LynneD
    From: Toronto, ON, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The safest biking one could ask for...

    The Bordeaux bike trip is very "biker friendly" and allows for a comfortable amount of leisure time to enjoy the beautiful countryside. The arranged transportation is efficient and first class. The accommodations are not your usual "europeon" style, allowing for a very comfortable stay after a day of biking and exploring.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: September 30, 2012
    Posted by: PSES
    From: Conn.
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fabulous rides in beautiful countryside!

    Not only were our VTB leaders incredible, but the other riders in our group were so much fun and made the trip very special! The routes we rode were beautiful and we loved all of the special side activities that make a VBT trip interesting and informative as well as fun!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 30, 2012
    Posted by: Lori56
    From: Littleton, CO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Oooh LaLa - Bordeaux

    Two personable experienced leaders; 20 wonderful guests (18 new friends for me); comfortable, well maintained bicycles, and fantastic riding conditions and scenery. The route was perfect for us as we pedalled along the scenic River Dordogne in Bordeaux, France. We passed through and visited many quaint, small villages, had a picnic lunch after a good hike to the top of a hill overlooking vineyards and chateaus one of the days. And each new day offered a choice between a shorter or longer ride - whichever your heart and body desired on that day. It is one of my favorite rides so far (and I've done many others).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: September 28, 2012
    Posted by: BikinGal
    From: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The Bordeaux countryside offers a quiet and beautiful venue for cycling. The wine and food were superb!

    This tour had all of the elements of a great vacation. The itinerary was well planned, with a good balance of cycling and non-cycling activities. The trip leaders were friendly and supportive. The other participants were interesting and fun. The overnight accommodations kept getting better as the week went on, as did the food and wine. It was a fabulous trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 27, 2012
    Posted by: Sharon47
    From: Lebanon, PA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our Spectacular Trip

    I always come back amazed that each trip surpasses the trip before. The splendor of the countryside, the warmth of the French people, the outstanding leaders make it our annual "dream come true". We have spoken to many people on the trips and othe cyclists and all argree that VBT has the most wonderful trips. The leaders are remarkable and the value can't be beat. We keep coming back and will do so for years to come! Sharen Weissman

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 27, 2012
    Posted by: Shareen
    From: NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Out of five trips with VBT, this was overall the best

    The group leaders were outstanding. Their thoughtfulness, organization, knowledge, explanation of the routes and their difficulty, humor and overall personalities put the "icing" on this trip. The trip routes through the rural areas were well planned and gave us a variety of vineyards, farms, villages, catherdals and food. Our stops in the medieval villages and towns gave us ample time to visit, explore and investigate.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Bunny
    From: Arizona
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Another wonderful VBT trip

    As always, we loved this VBT trip. The food was wonderful, the guides were great and the scenery was beautiful. We can't wait for our next VBT trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Lori
    From: Philadelphia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great food, exercise, wine and countryside

    Our trip was a sensory extravaganza! Wonderful vistas of the French countryside as we rode along the rivers embraced by the smell of lavender and honeysuckle. Gorgeous chateaus with delightful menus, extensive wine lists and oh, so comfortable beds to fall into after a day of cycling. Our guides provided the perfect balance of managing the details while encouraging the freedom of adventure along the routes. What an amazing way to travel through some of the most beautiful winecountry of the world.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2012
    Posted by: juliet
    From: vancouver, BC canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The idyllic countryside of Bordeaux

    The Bordeaux, Dordogne area has a different feel from other countrysides in France. It is covered in rolling hills and vineyards, wonderful people and peaceful towns. We were so inspired, we keep trying to figure out how to MOVE there & live in this beautiful area of the world. The riding schedule was perfect; the directions, meticulous and the watchful eye of the guides always a welcome surprise when you had a flat tire or ran out of water...they always seemed to show up at the right time. The riding was just right, the longer option was just the amount of riding we wanted each day and, of course, we could have rode less. We really enjoyed the others on this trip and have already corresponded with most of them, sharing photos and staying in touch. The meals were perfect, the dinners, fantastic. The accomodations were wonderful, large rooms, beautiful baths, we really enjoyed Chateau de Sanse and Chateau Vigneirs. The hospitality was outstanding in both places. We loved visiting the markets and stopping in the towns all along the way. Great trip, great memories! Thanks!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 16, 2012
    Posted by: Sharky
    From: Arizona, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Bordeaux & River Dordogne Trip Satisfies all the senses!

    Our June VBT bike trip along the Dordogne River was a delight. Who can argue with breathtaking views and excellent food?! My favorite sensory overload was the cacophony of smells provided by the roses, poppies, honeysuckle, and huckleberries alongside the river and the vineyards. Another very positive feature of this, our 4th VBT trip, was that the guides provided different ride length options for the afternoon excursions. I frequently took the shorter route providing more time to shower and relax before wine tasting and dinner while my husband took the longer routes providing the biking challenges he craved. We feel very fortunate to be able to participate in biking vacations which exercise our bodies, palates, and our minds.~PeggyC

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 12, 2012
    Posted by: PeggyC
    From: MD & CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Like Biking Through a Painting

    We had a wonderful time on this trip. The biking was beautiful every day, with scenes that were often like riding through one of the Impressionist paintings we had just seen in Paris. Those wheat fields really do shimmer! And while there were some nice rolling hills, they were just enough to allow lovely long views and never very hard. Our guides Adele and Benoit were very fun to be with and took great care of us. The food (and wine!) was delicious, hotels lovely, activities interesting... in short, everything was perfect. Definitely recommend this as a wonderful way to see rural France.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 12, 2012
    Posted by: rawood
    From: Connecticut
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great views, great leaders, great rides, problematic hotels and food

    This is my ninth trip with VBT and I am beginning to feel alarmed by the decline of quality. To begin on a positive note, our leaders and the rides were superb. There is no prettier view anywhere than the ones we had in Bordeaux/Dordogne and for that alone the trip is heartily recommended. After all, you’re there to ride. But you’re also there to eat and relax and there the ratings are more mixed. The hotel in St. Emilion was awful. The rooms were far too small. Here you run into VBT’s current problem, maintaining great accommodations and food at relatively low prices in the face of escalating costs and an unstable Euro. One solution would be to stay outside St. Emilion and just come in for an afternoon’s tour of the marvelous underground church and the quaint and lovely streets. Secondly, the food offerings this trip were far more restrictive than in the past, with no beef for dinner at all and generally just three dinner menu choices, meat, fish or vegetarian. The food at the hotel in St. Emilion was not acceptable (dinner; breakfasts were uniformly good at all our hotels). It’s France; the food needs to be great. Our guides provided two delicious picnic lunches, so it certainly can be done. The second hotel was architecturally impressive with lovely views, BUT our room had no door on the bathroom. This is definitely not an idea whose time has come. We welcomed in all cases the presence of swimming pools and a great bunch of new friends. In all, we’re glad we went, but in all we hope for better food and lodging in the future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Deborah27
    From: California, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Good variety of activities.

    This was my first tour with VBT, and I was very impressed with the organization, from airline tickets to being met at airport to train and being met getting off the train and meeting our expert guides. Everything was well-thought out and taken care of. Some of the directions were a little confusing, but we were the virgin group. Loved the picnics and hotel choices.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Burt74
    From: Gold Hill, Oregon
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A feast for the palate and the eyes

    Beautifully prepared food and abundant fine wine served up amidst medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals make this trip a feast for the senses. Highlights of this trip include cycling through vast vineyards, exploring a huge old town market and hiking to a hilltop meadow for a sumptuous picnic prepared by our trip leaders. After the day's cycling, most of the group took advantage of the beautiful outdoor pools at our hotels. This trip is a great combination of exercising, seeing beautiful country, and all the while feeling very pampered.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Catherine
    From: Massachusetts, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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