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The region that produces the biggest volume of fine wines in France and that, among our travellers, is also known as a great destination for cycle tours – Bordeaux aims to be known as the world's wine capital with the opening of a new museum.
The banks of the Garonne River have long been dominated by wide boulevards and neoclassical buildings, but soon this will change. With the opening of an ultra-modern museum this June, Bordeaux will have a new landmark in the shape of the La Cité du Vin museum. The museum will “explore the evolution of wine and honour all vintages of the planet” and will be housed in a futuristic, glass-clad, curved building right on the banks of the Garonne.
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A Bordeaux Cycle Tour
With a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, Bordeaux is the largest wine growing area in France. On our eight-day cycling tour, which starts and ends in the wine capital, you can explore many of these vineyards. This gives you plenty of opportunity to experience the museum and at the same time discover the wine growing area with all your senses.
We travel by bicycle through the vines of the Sauternes area, vineyards of the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux, and along rivers meandering their way across beautiful countryside. Imposing castles will catch your eye on this Bordeaux cycle tour, while pine forests, sand dunes and the Atlantic coast will add a multitude of dimensions to your cycling trip through rural France.
Back in Bordeaux, you can choose to enjoy a last view of this stunning region from the top of the 55-metre tower of the La Cité du Vin to conclude your Bordeaux cycling tour.
If you like to receive more information on the museum or about our Bordeaux cycling tour, you can contact our team of travel experts or read more on The Vineyards of Bordeaux cycle tour.
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