- Discover the vineyards of the Medoc
- Cycle round the largest natural lake in France
- Relax in beautiful coastal towns
The Gironde Estuary is formed by the meeting of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and, after flowing for over 80km, it makes its grand entrance into the Atlantic Ocean by the historic lighthouse of Cordouan. On this peninsula the Bordeaux vineyards have been growing for centuries around an array of prestigious architecture and undiscovered nature.
We begin cycling from the peaceful harbour town of Pauillac through the diverse landscape of the Medoc passing the world famous wine growing chateaux of Margaux and Lamarque. After reaching the northern tip of the peninsula at Soulac-sur-Mer, there is a wealth of unspoilt landscape to discover; a submerged Bronze Age village, Roman remains and the modern day route of the Camino de Santiago.
The ride then heads south through marshland, dunes, pine forests and the largest natural lake in France at Carcans before returning to the charming harbour of Pauillac.
What makes this trip responsible?
Cycling is a fantastic way to travel while minimising your impact on the environment. Pedalling under your own steam we help the economy of the small villages and communities that we pass through and we use a local operator who employs local staff and uses small, family run hotels.
Here at Exodus we feel the need to offer our clients an alternative to air travel within Europe and to destinations where taking the train can be a viable alternative to flying.
Working in cooperation with Rail Europe, our sales team will be happy to reserve your seats and tickets can be booked 3 months prior right up until the day of departure, subject to availability. Suggested train times and further information can be found within the Trip Notes.
Cyclists looking out to sea, Bordeaux