now part of France (joining in 1665 and before that for some 200 years it was part
of England), the Gironde region, its main city of Bordeaux and wine are strongly linked. Bordeaux
itself has one of Europe's largest shopping areas and offers cultural
highlights throughout the year. To the north and east stretch
fields of vines producing mainly red wines but also dry white, sparkling and
sweet white wine. To the west sits the Arcachon bay where mussels and
oysters are raised in enormous quantities and the Parisian comes to
enjoy his August.
is easy to get here by train from Paris and both Bordeaux and
Bergerac airports offer good gateways to the traveller within Europe.
Bicycle holidays in Bordeaux are not generally offered by large travel agents or international tour operators. But it is perfectly possible to use the web to book bike tours offered by local operators. Accommodation and other costs are relatively low for France. Our estimate of the cost of a reasonably comfortable holiday (ie staying in medium quality hotels, and eating and drinking moderately well) and assuming you rent a bike, based on riding for 7 days and two people sharing a room for 6 nights is:
||Cost in Euros
| Bike hire
|| €10/day per bike for 7 days
|| €80/night for 6 nights
| Food and drink
|| €40 per person per day, for 7 days
| Public transport
|| say €20 per person
making €1,240 in total, or €620 per person.
A lot of the smaller tourist web sites are written in French only. This should be no barrier to you using or them as Google offers a number of translation solutions. Our preferred option is the Google toolbar which can be downloaded, as the quality of translation is reasonable and in most cases the web page will appear in English as you read down it. This means it is always up to date and integrated with the website.