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Dordogne Bike Tour

An Undiscovered Sanctuary of France's Simple Beauty

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,195Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Pay a visit to the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a centuries-old pilgrimage site in Rocamadour
  • Canoe on the Dordogne River for a different perspective of the region’s dense forests, hillside manors, and grand châteaux
  • Be treated to a trio of Michelin meals at Château de la Treyne, neighboring Pont de l’Ouysse, and Le Vieux Logis hotel
  • Marvel at Cro-Magnon paintings in the Lascaux cave complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sample the AOC appellation sweet wines of Monbazillac

Eat

Foie gras, Périgord truffles, wild cèpe mushrooms, walnuts, Rocamadour cheese, and game like duck and Toulouse goose

Drink

Dark, full-bodied reds and fruity, dry whites of the Bergerac region; sweet dessert wines from Monbazillac

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Dordogne

    Meet our guides at the train station in Soulliac and transfer to Château de la Treyne, our breathtaking hotel perched over the Dordogne river, just in time for a light lunch. After a bike fitting and safety talk, we’ll start today’s loop ride in the surrounding countryside, plunging into the forests and gorges that are the hallmarks of Dordogne’s natural beauty. Stop for a coffee in the 12th-century town of Martel and meander the streets, admiring the quaint storybook architecture. Tonight, toast to a wonderful week ahead: we’ll kick off our first evening at a Michelin-star restaurant near our hotel.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pinsac, Baladou, Martel, Lacave
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 530 meters
    Accommodations:  Château de la Treyne

  • Day 2

    Delicious and Delightful Rocamadour

    Begin the day with a visit to Rocamadour’s historic monuments and Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our ride follows the footsteps of pilgrims from every country—among them kings, bishops, and nobles—who have made the trek to this site over hundreds of years. Rocamadour is a place unlike any other, set in a gorge above the river and chiseled right into the rocks and forested hillside. At lunch, it’s imperative to order the goat cheese that shares this town’s name—best enjoyed on a slice of bread studded with local walnuts or atop a salad. We’ll leave Rocamadour behind and continue our winding ride through the scenic countryside with one more stop to taste some additional local specialties. Back at our riverside retreat, relax at the hotel pool before we dine in luxury at the hotel’s own Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lacave, Rocamadour, Calès
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 800 meters
    Accommodations: Château de la Treyne

  • Day 3

    Le Dordogne's Castles by Canoe

    This morning starts with a rolling ride through the Dordogne’s hillside villages and cool, fresh forests. We’ll arrive in the chiseled village of Vitrac for a picnic on the banks of the Dordogne river. Switch gears after lunch and trade our pedals for paddles as we canoe down the river—the region’s original highway. The Dordogne’s gentle current will carry us alongside castles built into towering cliffs overhead and a world of flora growing in limestone shelters at eye level. Hop out in Castlenaud and perk up with a glass of wine in the shadow of the Château, a castle that figured prominently in the Hundred Years’ War. Transfer to Sarlat-la-Canéda, a town famous in France for medieval art and history, and settle into our hotel in the heart of town. This evening, explore the pretty medieval streets in search of a dinner spot that speaks to you, or ask our guides for a recommendation.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Vitrac, Castelnaud, Sarlat-la-Canéda
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 767 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 935 meters
    Accommodations: Plaza Madeleine

  • Day 4

    A Ride Through Pre-History

    Today, take part in a local ritual—a morning at the town market. Once we’ve shopped for tempting truffles, fresh strawberries to snack on, and walnut oil to take home, we’ll delve into Dordogne’s rich history with a ride through the Forêt Domainale Barade. Our next stop is Lascaux, a complex that houses world-famous cave paintings first discovered in 1940. We’ll take our time admiring the engrossing reproductions of these Cro-Magnon creations, which are over 17,000 years old. Emerge back into the daylight and continue to pedal beside the river to one of the most picture-perfect villages in France: Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. For lunch, we’ll try the foie gras this region is famed for. After, choose to keep riding or hop in the van to our next stylish accommodation. Tonight, we’ll regroup and walk to the tiny town of Trémolat for an excellent bistro-style meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Sarlat-la-Canéda, Montignac, Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, Trémolat
    Accomplished: 45 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 1,055 meters
    Accommodations: Le Vieux Logis

  • Day 5

    Sweet Wines in Monbazillac

    After a tasty breakfast we’ll head west towards Monbazillac, a region well-known for its production of sweet wine. This may be the most challenging ride of the week, but trust that the hills at the beginning of the day will give way to the lilting vineyards of Les Landes. Visit the pristine Château de Monbazillac where we’ll discover its glorious past and taste the sweet wines that give Bordeaux’s Sauternes a run for their money. After an energizing lunch, challenge yourself to finish the week in the saddle or reward yourself with a massage back at the hotel. We’re in for a memorable final night: a savory feast awaits us in the hotel’s elegant Michelin restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Trémolat
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 680 meters
    Longer Option: 49 miles / 79 km, elevation gain: 740 meters
    Accommodations: Le Vieux Logis

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Bid farewell to this stunning region with a quick optional loop ride or a late, lingering morning at the hotel. Your guides will then transfer you to Bergerac and see you off at the train station.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Optional Ride: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 440 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Brive–Souillac, France Pick-Up Location: Souillac Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Bordeaux or Bergerac, France Drop-Off Location: Bergerac Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am
Travelers Take Note

A pre-tour night in Souillac or Treyne is recommended in order to facilitate an easier transition to the start of the tour.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $1,450

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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