A Cycling Journey: Exploring Bordeaux and Médoc Wine Regions
Cycle through miles of vines in the Bordeaux and Médoc Wine Regions of La Gironde as you discover the importance of seafood and winemaking to this lovely region in the South of France.
Program No. 3239RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

A century ago, the La Gironde was once so swampy its inhabitants used stilts to navigate the wet terrain. Today, this region in the south of France is covered by miles and miles of vines that comprise the Médoc and Bordeaux wine regions. Come bike this ancient land and learn its unique story from local experts. Bicycling along quiet, vineyard-lined roads past châteaux fit for fairytales from one beautiful village to the next. Stop to learn about the importance of the seafood and wine industries and sample the specialties that make La Gironde famous.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Novice to experienced cyclists welcome! Cycling up to five hours (25-40 miles) daily on primarily flat terrain with frequent water and rest stops. Must bring your own helmet. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
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Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the winemaking process and taste local vintages at vineyards both famous and unknown, like Château Mouton Rothschild. Cycle to Gujan-Mestras to learn about oysters at the Maison de l'Huître and taste fresh seafood from the Arcachon Bay. Explore the lively city of Bordeaux and its fantastic array of old buildings and courtyards, cafes and wine shops with a free day for the perfect finish to a wonderful week.
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Dewey Markham
Dewey Markham, Jr. has lived in Bordeaux since 1993, but his roots are firmly planted in N.Y. where he was raised, worked as a chef, and attended the Culinary Institute of America. Dewey has worked as director at a French cooking school in Paris, has taught courses at the Culinary Institute and holds a degree in wine tasting. Dewey is the author of “Wine Basics” and “1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification,” winner of the James Beard Award for wine book of the year.
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