Family France | CycleVentures

Family France

Are we there yet?

We begin this adventure in Paris as you board the Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) at the Gare de Montparnasse. Upon arrival to Bordeaux we cycle for two gentle point-to-point days on quiet bike paths and backroads to the gates of our private rural chateaux where we spend a full week. What to do? Explore the renowned Bordelais wineries, cycle the myriad of quiet roads, visit a local chateaux, enjoy the region's gastronomy, take a cooking class and do unique activities with the kids like cave exploring, swimming and horseback riding. Our goal on this trip is to ensure that everyone can ride safely each day and will have interesting and fun things to do when off their bikes. Stronger cyclists can ride unlimited distances on any given day. Families can choose to arrive as many days prior to the start of the trip as they wish and create their own Paris adventure.

This trip is priced on 12 participants minimum and the chateaux accomodates up to 25 persons. Price decreases with more participants. Private chef is available for all meals.

Itinerary

Day 1: TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux. Cycle to Aiguillon. — 40-58 km

This morning you’ll board the Train a Grand Vitesse (TGV) from Gare de Montparnasse to Bordeaux. Upon arrival to Bordeaux you’ll be greeted by your guides to transfer to the medieval town of Marmande. Spend the afternoon riding in shady paths between orchards and villages to reach the colorful Bastide of Daumazan. It’s the land of the wine of Buzet sur Baïse, and then you discover the village of Port Sainte Marie and its amazing church. Sleep at a property near Aigullion.

Day 2: Cycle to Agen — 28 km

On this stage we will join the Garonne River. Today is a unique opportunity to visit little medieval villages, and their Romanesque churches. Once in Agen, you cross the Canal’s bridge, one of the most beautiful in this region.  There are a number of medieval buildings in the center of Agen. Tonight we’ll feast on the delicious local fare. “Bon appétit!” Sleep at hotel in Agen.

Day 3: Cycle to our private Chateaux. — 30 km

Today we’ll leave the canal and discover a preserved countryside dotted of various pigeon houses. Have a stop in La Bastide de Donzac to discover the past rural way of life and the famous Gallo-roman city of Auvillar. We’ll end this day at the gates to our home for the next week, our beautiful private Chateaux.

Day 4: Explore the region & chateau living

There are a myriad of activities during the days spent at the chateaux. Cycling is the primary focus and we’ll have loops on pre-described routes planned for the group daily. What else is there to do?

Day 5: Explore the region & chateau living

Besides riding from the door of our property, some of the group might choose a guided horseback riding adventure while others might go wine tasting in famous Cahors, just a 45 minute drive? Others will choose to relax around the pool today.

Day 6: Explore the region & chateau living

This afternoon we’ll have a local chef arrive to chateaux for a private cooking class while the kids might visit the local waterpark or go guided ‘splunking’ or cave exploring at a nearby river.

Day 7: Explore the region & chateau living

Some of the group might take a day trip by train to vibrant Toulouse for shopping and sightseeing while others might pack a pic-nic and cycle to the Séoune river for lunch and a swim. Or, others can sleep in then walk from the property to a medieval village for a leisurely lunch while others ride to Moissac to visit its exceptional cloister in the Saint-Pierre abbey.

Day 8: Explore the region & chateau living

France is famous for it’s market days. Today we’ll choose a local market to visit followed by a long lunch at the three-star Michelin rated restaurant “Aubergade”. This aftertoon is devoted to relaxing at the chateau.

Day 9: Last day in paradise

Some might choose to go for a ride while others have planned a petanque tournament before dinner.

Day 10: Transfer to Bordeaux, TGV to Paris. Bon voyage!

This morning we’ll bid adieu to south western France and our chateau and transfer back to the Bordeaux train station for our journey to Paris and the end of our trip. Au revoir.

Details

Dates: Private trips only
Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
Joining In: Paris, France
Skill Level: Intermédiaire
Total Distance: 156 km (or more)
Land Cost: $4195 CAD

Ride Map

See the approximate route of the trip on Google maps. Register today!

Skill Levels

Here are descriptions of the skill & fitness levels required for our cycling trips.  Remember, the support van is never far away if you need a lift and on all of our trips you can always ride more if you wish. We’re here for you.

Intermédiaire

Flat and rolling terrain and shorter riding days of approximately 50–70 km. Elevation gains of up to approximately 700 meters daily. Suitable for beginner and intermediate cyclists. Stronger riders looking for more kilometers can extend most days.

Avancé

Rolling terrain with some bigger climbs and averaging approximately 70-100 km daily. Elevation gains of approximately 700 meters and above daily. Suitable for fit beginners, strong intermediate riders and above. A triple crank or compact crank is recommended. Stronger riders looking for more kilometers can extend most days.

Spécialiste

Long riding days over 100 km daily and long climbs with steep sections can be expected. Caters to strong cyclists or riders in good physical condition seeking a mental and physical challenge. Elevation gains of approximately 1000 meters and above daily.