Wine Tasting Bike Tour Through France: By Jen Oliak

Have you been on a biking tour? A few years ago, Dave and I went on a wine tasting bike trip in France with our good friends, Iliana and Greg. We went with Backroads, an adventure travel company known for their well planned trips in exotic destinations. Our bike trip consisted of 5 days through the wine regions of Dordogne and Bordeaux.

This trip was indulgent. We were hesitant to book it at first due to the cost (it was about $4500 per person excluding airfare) — it seemed too extravagant. But looking back, we wouldn’t have done it any other way. It was such a wonderful way to see the countryside of France.

We rode about 20-30 miles each day with a beautiful picnic or restaurant lunch waiting for us en route. Dinners were usually held at Michelin star restaurants. Dave and I never experienced such good food and wine in our lives. The scenery was breathtaking. The hotels were 4 or 5 star.

I loved sharing special moments with my husband during this once in a lifetime trip. Spending time with our long-time friends made it even more memorable.

Below are pictures from each day of our tour.

Each morning, we were given a schedule of the towns we would ride through, our meeting points, where we would stop for lunch, dinner and breaks in between.  Our days started around 7:30am and ended after dinner with a 2-3 hour break in the afternoon.  It was a very active trip!

I loved that we didn’t have to think or make any decisions other than what was related to the road we were biking! I also loved that I could indulge on the food and wine after burning hundreds of calories biking.

Day 1: We started in Pontours and got geared up for our first ride of the week. 13 miles to Tremolat.

wine tasting bike tour through france

Ready for our adventure! We only did one “practice ride” before-hand from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica and back, about 22 miles so we weren’t sure how we would do on the trip.

wine tasting bike tour through france

Flawless architecture

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

We stopped to have coffee in a charming town named Molieres.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Puling into first hotel, I was in awe of the beauty.

wine tasting bike tour through france

For the first two nights, we stayed at Hotel Le Vieux Logis: A 4-star hotel with beautiful grounds and large rooms.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Out little patio outside of our room

wine tasting bike tour through france

Day 2: 18 mile ride, picnic lunch at Maison Villatte Plassard, Grottes of Rouffignac and dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bistro d’enface at hotel Le Vieux Logis.

wine tasting bike tour through france

Street market

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Foie Gras? Geese and Ducks were everywhere.

wine tasting bike tour through france

Isn’t this what you would expect a local farmhouse market to look like? Just beautiful.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Even the cows were beautiful.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Yup, this was the normal lunch picnic spread. Can you imagine?

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Our set up for Michelin Restaurant dinner at hotel

wine tasting bike tour through france

Day 3: 18 miles through Dordogne River Valley: Lunch of Duck Confit and mashed potatoes (a Perigordian feast) at Quatre B&B.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Hotel #2 Chateau Des Vigiers. Breathtaking.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Dinner with bike group

Day 4: Vineyards of Saussignac to St Emilion. Gallo Ruins of Montacaret, picnic lunch and wine school at Vignobles & Chateaux.  Dinner at At Hotel – Les Fresques 

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

St. Emilion

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

We attended a wine class

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Best wines of the world on display. No, we were not able to taste.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

 

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Day 5: Hotel stay at Hostellerie de Plaisance, wine tasting at Vignobles & ChateauxPremier Grand Cru Chateau de Beausejour Becot – tour of winery and tasting. Picnic lunch, shops in St. Emilion, home to great macarons. Dinner at Hostellerie de Plaisance.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Premier Grand Cru Chateau de Beausejour Becot tour and tasting

wine tasting bike tour through france

Vineyard visit – We were given history on the wine

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Our guides. Not only were they in superb shape, they were very classy people.

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

wine tasting bike tour through france

Our Biking Group at the last night’s dinner.

So, what do you think?  If you’ve ever thought of taking one of these bike trips, do not hesitate.  Dave and I absolutely loved it and plan to do a bike trip again in another part of the world.

Flavor Your Life with an Ounce of Salt. A lifestyle blog by Jen Oliak.