Nouvelle-Aquitaine

History and viticulture

The southwest region of France is known around the world for its long tradition of wine production. This is evidenced by the names of our stopover towns - Cognac, Bordeaux, Sauternes and Saint-Émilion - where the cocktail hour will present many delightful dilemmas. It is also famous for its architectural heritage, which includes several UNESCO sites! You will enjoy a magnificent view from atop the ramparts of Angoulême.  You will also appreciate the size of the Citadel of Blaye, a 38-hectare military complex along the shore of the Gironde River, dating back to the era of Louis XIV. In Bordeaux, you will come across many historic honey-coloured limestone buildings, especially in the Port of the Moon sector. Lastly, in Saint-Émilion, steep, narrow streets will take you through this charming town skillfully carved like an amphitheatre into a limestone hill. In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, with its fine stonework and exquisite wine, the past is an indication of the future and the present is synonymous with pleasure.

Formula: Vélo Québec Voyages
Trip length: 12 days / 11 nights
Level of difficulty: 2+

General Conditions

Options for serving you better
Delayed departure or return, single occupancy, travel insurance, bike rental (for several destinations) and much more: ask our consultants!

From day to day




Short route: 284 km • Long route: 542 km

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to Angoulême (1.5 hrs).
Day 2: Free day or looped route via Ruelle-sur-Touvre, Brie, La Rochefoucauld, Chazelles, Dirac (63 km).
Day 3: Angoulême, Sireuil, Vibrac, Bassac, Jarnac, Saint-Brice, Cognac (57 km).
Day 4: Free day or looped route via St-Laurent-de-Cognac, St-Sauvant, St-Brie-des-Bois, Burie, Richemont. Looped route via Chaniers, Saintes (45 or 67 km).
Day 5: Cognac, Celles, Jarnac-Champagne, Jonzac, Étauliers, Le Pontet, Blaye (77 km).
Day 6:  Free day or looped route via Villeneuve, Bourg, Tauriac, St-Urbain, Berson (47 km).
Day 7: Ferry from Blaye to Lamarque. Lamarque, Arcins, Moulis-en-Médoc, Soussans, Margaux, Macau, Bordeaux (55 km).
Day 8: Free day.
Day 9: Bordeaux, Villeneuve-d’Ornon, La Brède, St-Selve, St-Michel-de-Rieufret, Illats, Barsac. Looped route via Pujols-sur-Ciron, Sauternes, Yquem (43 or 59 km).
Day 10: Barsac, Cérons, Targon, Faleyras, Branne, Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac, Sainte-Terre, Saint-Pey-d’Armens, Saint-Émilion (52 km).
Day 11: Free day or looped route via Pomerol, Gougon, Montagne, Villefranche-de-Lonchat, Belvès-de-Castillon (65 km).
Day 12: Transfer to Bordeaux airport and flight back to Montréal.

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

- round-trip air transportation for passenger, baggage and bicycle with Air Transat;
- transfer between airport and hotel;
- 11 nights in two- to four-star hotels (double occupancy);
- 11 breakfasts and 3 evening meals;
- ferry transfer on day 7;
- baggage transportation (one bag per person, 20-kg maximum);
- mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle;
- GPX data and daily route plans;
- taxes;
- protection from the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA) $ 3.50 per $ 1,000 starting November 1, 2021.
 
Equipment (e.g., bicycle) is not included.

From 12 to 20 cyclists, accompanied by our guide.

Single occupancy: supplement of $1020
 
Departure/Arrival : Montréal-Trudeau/Bordeaux > Bordeaux/Montréal-Trudeau

Price of land portion of trip (taxes included): $3045
Package excluding air transportation for passenger and bicycle.



Vélo Québec Voyages est une agence de voyages accréditée, fondée en 1995. Elle propose 70 destinations à vélo au Québec et à travers le monde, et fait voyager quelque 6000 vacanciers chaque année.