Dordogne Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Dordogne
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $5195
  • Single Supplement: $1100
Tour Dates

Jun 21 - Jun 26,  2015 $5195 Book Now
Jul 26 - Jul 31,  2015 $5195 Book Now
Aug 16 - Aug 21,  2015 $5195 Book Now
Sep 6 - Sep 11,  2015 $5395 Book Now
Oct 11 - Oct 16,  2015 $5195 Book Now

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Gaze in wonder at this magical land of caves, rivers, and prehistoric creations on the Dordogne Bike Tour. Cycle gently rolling hills and along the riverbanks through lush, green forests. Explore the river valley by kayak, with its rugged plateaus, sharp rock outcroppings, and sheer cliffs. From the incredible village of Rocamadour to the verdant Forêt Domainale Barade, there might not be a better backdrop for a cycling vacation. Indulge in the pinnacle of Périgord cuisine, foie gras, and truffles, and toast Dordogne with a glass of Monbazillac. Unwind and enjoy the sunset over the bucolic French countryside from the terrace of elegant châteaux.

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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Dordogne
Your guides will greet you at the Bergerac train station, and we're off to start our bike tour in the Dordogne countryside. We’ll toast our with the region’s finest sparkling wine. After a bike fitting and safety talk, take a loop ride by the Dordogne River and through the vineyards. We’ll treat our taste buds in the sweet wine region of Monbazillac and the red-producing region around Bergerac, as we stop to visit one of the best producers in Monbazillac. Enjoy a light lunch and wine pairing along the way. Relax at the hotel this afternoon before a savory feast tonight in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bergerac, Monbazillac, St Nexans
Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km
Accommodations:  Le Vieux Logis

Day Two: Into the Périgord
Cycle through rolling hills along the Dordogne as we immerse ourselves in the depths of the Périgord. Pass charming villages and stop to admire the manors and châteaux scattered throughout the region. We’ll enjoy a café lunch in the center of Le Buisson de Cadouin. Continue east to the delightful town of Beynac-et-Cazenac, following the river past orchards of walnut trees and famous châteaux. Cross the Dordogne into Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most famous towns for medieval art and history in France. Staying in the heart of the town at the Clos la Boëtie, we’ll indulge in an authentic Dordogne meal at our favorite local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Le Buisson de Cadouin, Castelnaud la Chapelle, Sarlat-la-Canéda
Accomplished: 43 miles / 69.5 km
Accommodations:  Clos La Boetie

Day Three: A Ride through Pre-History
Greet the day with seasonal fruits and homemade pastries. Today we’ll delve into Dordogne’s rich history as we ride through the Forêt Domainale Barade. Cycle through the lush countryside, stopping for a gourmet picnic en route to Lascaux II. Be amazed by the paintings left by Cro-Magnon people in this complex series of caves that are over 17,000 years old. Rolling though the countryside on the return ride to Sarlat, we’ll spot an abundance of agricultural and culinary specialties of the region: walnut trees, ducks, and geese – which become the famed walnut oil and foie gras. Tonight you are free to explore Sarlat’s excellent bistros and try them yourself.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Sarlat-la-Canéda, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, St. Cyprien
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km
Accommodations:  Clos La Boetie

Day Four: La Dordogne by Kayak
Explore the Eglise Sainte Marie markets this morning and score a few truffles and other Périgord treats. After, we’ll shuttle to Vitrac for a unique view of the Dordogne—by kayak! Paddle along with the river’s current, passing by hillside villages, châteaux, and endless forests. Enveloped by nature, we’ll dip our feet in the cool waters on the beach, then stop in a nearby village for lunch. Hop back on your bike for an afternoon spin and follow the shaded path past scenic villages and a magnificent viaduct. Arriving at our hotel, Château de la Treyne, we’ll relax along the riverbanks until another delicious dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Beynac-et-Cazenac, Carsac-Aillac, Cazoulès, Souillac
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km
Accommodations: Chateau de la Treyne

Day Five: Getting to Know Rocamadour
Visit the historical monuments and Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rocamadour. Ride in the footsteps of pilgrims from every country—among them kings, bishops, and nobles—that trekked here for over hundreds of years. Rocamadour is a place unlike any other, set in a gorge perched above the river and built right amongst the rocks and trees. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch as your guides teach you about the exceptional specialty goat cheese named after the town. After visiting this incredible village, we’ll wind our way through the scenic countryside back to our riverside retreat. Tonight we dine in luxury at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Rocamadour
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km
Accommodations: Chateau de la Treyne

Day Six: Au Revoir
After a final morning to enjoy the Dordogne countryside however you please, your guides will transfer you to Brive la Gaillard and see you off at the train station where our bike tour comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast