Dordogne Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Dordogne
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $5195
  • Single Supplement: $1000
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
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Gaze in wonder at this magical land of caves, rivers, and prehistoric creations on the Dordogne Bike Tour. Cycle over undulating hills and along riverbanks through lush, green forests, and pause for a moment in one of many medieval hilltop villages. 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, Dordogne paints a perfect backdrop for a cycling vacation. Indulge in the flavors of Périgord cuisine, foie gras, and truffles, and toast the region with a glass of Monbazillac. Unwind and enjoy the sunset over the pastoral French countryside from the terrace of our elegant château.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Dordogne
Your guides will greet you at the train station in Soulliac, and we’ll set off into the countryside. We’ll toast our arrival during a light lunch at Château de la Treyne, our breathtaking hotel perched atop the Dordogne river. After a bike fitting and safety talk, we'll start our cycling trip with a loop ride in the surrounding countryside, plunging into the forests and gorges that have made the Dordogne famous for its natural beauty. Relax a bit at the hotel before we dine in luxury in its Michelin-starred restaurant.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Souillac, Lacave
Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km
Accommodations:  Château de la Treyne

Day Two: 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—who have trekked to this site over hundreds of years. Rocamadour is a place unlike any other, set in a gorge perched above the river and built among 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 will dine at a chic local bistro.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Rocamadour
Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 675 meters
Accommodations:  Château de la Treyne

Day Three: La Dordogne by Kayak
Wake up today and get energized with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and pastries. We’ll start with a breathtaking ride through the rolling countryside, passing by hillside villages, châteaux, and vast forests. Arriving at Vitrac, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and relax before switching gears and hopping in some canoes to explore the region from the Dordogne River: the area’s original highway. Paddle along with the river’s current, passing by châteaux built right into the cliffs above. Upon arrival at Castlenaud, we’ll enjoy a refreshing glass of wine under the shadow of the Château, an important castle during the Hundred Years War. We’ll then transfer to Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most famous towns in France for medieval art and history. Here we will discover our next stunning hotel, Clos la Boëtie. Tonight we’ll indulge in an authentic Dordogne meal at our favorite local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Vitrac, Castelnaud, Sarlat-la-Caneda
Accomplished: 25 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 555 meters
Accommodations:  Le Clos la Boëtie

Day Four: A Ride Through Pre-History
Today we’ll delve into Dordogne’s rich history as we ride through the Forêt Domainale Barade. Enjoy cycling through the lush countryside before stopping for a gourmet picnic en route to Lascaux II. Be amazed by the perfect replicas of real-life paintings left by Cro-Magnon people in this complex series of caves that are over 17,000 years old. Rolling through the countryside on our return ride to Sarlat, we’ll spot an abundance of agricultural and culinary specialties of the region: walnut trees, ducks, and the 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: 42 miles / 67.5 km, elevation gain: 1,060 meters
Accommodations: Le Clos la Boëtie

Day Five: Castles and Panoramas
After a tasty breakfast, we’ll start the day with a shuttle to nearby Beynac-et-Cazenac, a medieval town frozen in time, topped with yet another fully intact medieval castle. After some time to explore the château and soak in the views, we’ll start our journey west towards the famous sweet wine region of Monbazillac. Pass charming villages and stop to admire the manors and château scattered through the region. We’ll enjoy a cafe lunch in the center of Le Buisson de Cadouin. After our arrival at our last hotel, Le Vieux Logis, we’re in for a treat with a savory feast in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Saint-Cyprien, Siorac-en-Perigord, Le Buisson-de-Cadouin, Saint- Chamassy, Tremolat
Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 650 meters
Accommodations: Le Vieux Logis

Day Six: Au Revoir
Bid farewell to this stunning region with a final optional loop ride or some more time relaxing at your beautiful hotel. Your guides will then transfer you to Marmande where they will see you off at the train station.

Meals: Breakfast
Accomplished: Optional 7.5 miles / 12 km
 

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