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Saint Emilion Scenic Drive

Bergerac - Saint Emilion - Saint Macaire - Bordeaux

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Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Historical sites Historical sites
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Saint Emilion Scenic Drive ACTIVATE MAP Stages3 km181 h/stage1.3

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Saint Emilion Scenic Drive in France?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 45EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 77EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 198EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 243EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 63EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 132EUR eat & more 144EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 314EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 377EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 126EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 209EUR eat & more 192EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 451EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 577EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 201EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 426EUR
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Saint Emilion Itinerary

The Saint Emilion Scenic Drive is a 181km route that starts in Bergerac, France and ends in Bordeaux, France. It is a journey of discovery through stunning landscapes, ancient monuments and quaint villages. The best time to take the drive is during the spring and summer months, when the countryside is exploding with colour and the vineyards are in full bloom. Along the route, you will pass through Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Saint Macaire, a picturesque village with a charming old town centre. The roads are generally in good condition, though they can be narrow in parts, so exercise caution when driving. This drive is a great way to experience the beauty of the French countryside, and it is suitable for all types of drivers. With a moderate budget, you can create unforgettable memories and a unique experience.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 181 km route length
budget fair budget
good for tourist good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level low accident level

START Bergerac

Distance 181 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: modest 47.0 kWh Airports BOD , EGC
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Bergerac in France is the perfect starting point for the road trip named "Saint Emilion Scenic Drive". This picturesque town is situated on the banks of the Dordogne River and provides a great base to explore the surrounding countryside and vineyards. A visit to the old town center and its quaint cobblestone streets is a must to experience the unique atmosphere of Bergerac. There are plenty of interesting sights to explore, such as the 16th century St. Jacques Church and the 16th century Town Hall. For a more relaxing day, take a walk along the banks of the Dordogne River and enjoy the stunning views. The closest international airport to Bergerac is Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD). From here, visitors will find several car rental companies offering a selection of vehicles to choose from. Start your "Saint Emilion Scenic Drive" with a visit to Bergerac, and take in the breathtaking scenery and unique atmosphere of this French town. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside and vineyards, and make the most of your road trip.

1 Bergerac - Saint Emilion

Distance 59 km Driving time 1.2 h Pace: modest 15.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Bergerac to Saint Emilion road trip! This journey is approximately 59 km and can be completed in less than 2 hours. The road is mostly straight, with a few narrow sections, so keep your eyes peeled for the stunning views of the French countryside. As you travel, you can explore the historical sites of Bergerac, such as the Maison des Vins, the Château des Vigiers, and the Église Notre-Dame. Moving on to Saint Emilion, you can admire the medieval architecture of the Monolithic Church, the Château des Merles, and the Château Fombrauge. Along the way, you can also take in the picturesque views of the vineyards and rolling hills. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for a bite to eat or to take a quick break. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

2 Saint Emilion - Saint Macaire

Distance 60 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: modest 15.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a road trip through some of the most beautiful places in France? Start your journey in Saint Emilion, a charming village with a rich history and amazing architecture. From there, drive to Libourne, a picturesque town with a beautiful riverfront. You will find many charming cafes and restaurants, as well as some great shops. Continue your journey to Cadillac, a beautiful town with a rich cultural heritage. Here, you can visit the famous Château de Cadillac, a stunning castle that dates back to the Middle Ages. Finally, end your journey in Saint Macaire, a small town with a charming atmosphere. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy the scenic roads, and you'll only need about two hours to complete your journey, a distance of about 60 km. Be sure to take in the sights and sounds of the countryside, and don't forget to check out the itinerary for this stage for more information on attractions, accommodation, restaurants, and campsites. Bon voyage!

3 Saint Macaire - Bordeaux

Distance 62 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: modest 16.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 62km journey through the picturesque French countryside, starting in Saint Macaire and ending in Bordeaux. Along the way, you'll pass through the charming towns of Sauternes and La Brede. This road trip should take no more than two hours, so you'll have plenty of time to explore the sites and attractions. The first stop is Sauternes, home to some of the best sweet wines in the world. Here you can visit the many vineyards, taste the local wines, and learn about the history of the area. The next stop is La Brede, a charming village known for its historical sites. Here you can explore the ruins of the Château de la Brede and the Church of Saint-Martin. Finally, you'll reach the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Here you can visit the many museums and monuments, enjoy the local cuisine, and explore the city's vibrant nightlife. Along the way, you'll also pass through some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so be sure to keep an eye out for these. The road may be narrow in some sections, so please drive with caution. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the "Itinerary" of this stage. Bon voyage!

  Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is the perfect ending point for the Saint Emilion Scenic Drive, a scenic drive through the beautiful French countryside. Located on the west coast of France, Bordeaux is the fifth-largest city in the country and the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The city’s historic center, known as the “Quartier des Chartrons”, is full of charming old buildings, cobblestone streets and some of the finest wine in the world. Take a stroll along the quay of the Garonne River, with its impressive bridges, and then explore the many shops, restaurants, and museums that line the river. No visit to Bordeaux is complete without a visit to the Place de la Bourse, one of the most beautiful squares in France. Here you can find the famous Miroir d’Eau (Water Mirror), an impressive fountain that reflects the buildings around it. If you’re looking for a unique experience, take a boat ride on the Garonne River or explore the nearby vineyards. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the city and its surrounding area, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. For those traveling by air, Bordeaux Airport (BOD) is the closest international airport. From there, you can rent a car and continue your journey to Bordeaux. End your road trip with a visit to Bordeaux and take in all that this beautiful city has to offer. From its stunning architecture to its delicious wines, Bordeaux promises a memorable experience that you won’t soon forget.

Saint Emilion at a glance

Facts for safer driving in France

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 90 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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