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Dordogne / Périgord

The best of the Dordogne by bike

A cycling trip in the heart of the Dordogne to discover the different gems of the region between bastides, medieval towns, castles and prehistoric caves. A cycling holiday week in the heart of the South West!

Reference DP0801
  • Loop trip
  • 8 days
  • Challenging
  • From April to October
  • Minimum age 14 years
GPSGPS application available
899€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Our self guided cycling holiday in the Dordogne will totally immerse you in the heart of a region marked by history. Discover the exceptional prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley called the Man’s Valley such as the Cro-Magnon shelter, La Roque Saint-Christophe and the famous Lascaux cave. Then, you reach the medieval town of Sarlat and its renowned market where you will have the opportunity to taste delicious regional products (truffles, foie gras, nuts, mushrooms ...). Enjoy a second day in Sarlat to cycle to the valley of castles where you can exchange your bicycle for a canoe to explore the Dordogne river. You will be charmed by La Roque-Gageac, listed among the most beautiful villages of France, and the majestic châteaux de Beynac and Castelnaud, strategic places during the Hundred Years War. You change banks and cross the charming bastides of Belves and Beaumont-du-Périgord on your way, as well as the châteaux de Bannes and Lanquais or the Cadouin abbey listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Finally, you cycle back to Bergerac, its harbour and its historic center where you enjoy a sweet and last evening.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Bergerac

    You arrive in Bergerac, city of Art and History where you can meet the statue of Cyrano, famous hero of the play by French author Edmond de Rostand. Take the time to stroll through the heart of the Renaissance town with its charming alleys and half-timbered houses. Be sure to stop by the covered market to taste some delicious local products: foie gras, mushrooms, walnuts, duck confit, truffles ... Welcome to Dordogne!

    Day 2

     
     

    Bergerac - Le Bugue

    Bike
    52km
    You take a beautiful greenway along the Dordogne river to leave Bergerac. The peaceful shores of the river are only disturbed by the majestic gabarres (traditional boats) sailing there. From the charming town of Lalinde, small winding roads lead you to the top of the cingles de Limeuil et Trémolat from which you can admire the meanders of the river.

    Then, you cycle to the medieval village of Limeuil, listed among the most beautiful villages of France and located at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers. You are now following the Vézère valley, known as the "Vallée de l’Homme" (Man’s Valley) with its fifteen prehistoric sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your day ends at Le Bugue, a charming little town built like an amphitheater on the side of a hill.

    Day 3

     
     

    Le Bugue - Montignac

    Bike
    38km
    You leave Le Bugue to reach Les Eyzies, a troglodyte village considered as "the world capital of prehistory", it was here that the Cro-Magnon Man was discovered. You can take a short break to visit the beautiful National Prehistory Museum housed in the former castle. You keep cycling along the Vézère river where you will come across many architectural treasures: the Maison Forte de Reignac, the Roque Saint-Christophe and the Château de Losse.

    Then, you cross the medieval village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, very typical village of the Black Périgord. You finally arrive in Montignac, a charming medieval town where you can visit one of the most precious gems of prehistory: the Lascaux Cave.

    Day 4

     
     

    Montignac - Sarlat

    Bike
    44km
    From Montignac you cycle on small country roads to the village of Saint-Genies, one of the most beautiful villages in the Black Périgord. You cross Salignac and its castle, then a few kilometers further, cycle by Eyrignac gardens where we advise you to stop for a visit. Listed as a Historic Monument, these gardens are a green masterpiece combining rose gardens, ponds, flowers, grass carpets, fountains and plant sculptures on an area of 200 hectares.

    You end your day cycling down to Sarlat, the capital of the Black Périgord. Labeled City of Art and History, the medieval city holds a large number of national heritage sites, a real open-air museum! Finally, do not miss the traditional market of Sarlat, one of the most famous in the region!

    Day 5

     
     

    Sarlat

    Bike
    43km
    Bike or canoe
    Today, discover the most prestigious castles of the Dordogne by bike or canoe!

    A beautiful loop tour takes you to the foot of the most beautiful castles of the region: the château de Monfort perched on its rocky spur, the château de Castelnaud and its museum of war in the Middle Ages and the château de Beynac, one of the best preserved in Dordogne. You also cycle through the villages of Domme and La Roque-Gageac, both listed among the most beautiful villages in France. On your way you will also have the opportunity to visit the majestic Marqueyssac Gardens overlooking the Dordogne valley.

    For those who wish to admire the castles from a different perspective, you can exchange your bike for a canoe! You cycle from Sarlat to Vitrac (12km) where you leave your bike to get a canoe. You explore the Dordogne river while admiring its castles until Beynac where you leave the canoe (16km-3h). Then, we will drive you back to Vitrac in a mini-van where you collect your bike to cycle back to Sarlat (12km).
       

    Canoe ride along the Dordogne 3h

    You must be able to swim.
    21,00 € / adult

    Day 6

     
     

    Sarlat - Belvès

    Bike
    44km
    You leave Sarlat cycling on small mountain roads to reach the banks of the Dordogne river for a few kilometers. You arrive at the foot of the very beautiful village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. We advise you to stop to visit the heights of the village on foot as well as its imposing castle from which you will have a spectacular view over the Dordogne and the neighboring castles.

    Then, you continue your ride and reach the château des Milandes, home of the famous American-born French entertainer, Josephine Baker. The castle is a surprising combination of Renaissance and Art-Deco style and pays tribute to the extraordinary destiny of its owner. Finally, you cycle up to Belvès, a medieval city nestled on the top of a hill.

    Day 7

     
     

    Belvès - Bergerac

    Bike
    58/63km
    You start your day cycling to Cadouin and its Cistercian abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you continue your way to the bastide of Beaumont-du-Périgord where you can visit its impressive fortified church. On your way, you will also come across the magnificent château de Bannes perched proudly on its rocky spur.

    A few kilometers further, we recommend a small detour to visit the château de Lanquais, nicknamed the "Unfinished Louvre of Périgord". Then, you reach the banks of the Dordogne to take the greenway which leads you to Bergerac for your last evening.

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Bergerac

    After breakfast, enjoy a last stroll through the streets of Bergerac before leaving.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You will enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included zhen you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.

    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You will get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-star hotels or charming Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    You will be asked for a deposit (imprint of bank card) when you collect the bikes.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).



    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Le Vélo Voyageur App

    Like a sat nav, the route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. Discover and enjoy every moment of your trip by following the directions and listening to the descriptions of the point of interest on your way.

    Following the itineray becomes easy as a child's play and you can enjoy the trip instead of concentrating on the maps.
    Your cycling holiday also includes practical information from our partners and all the latest news.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download the Le Vélo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. During the trip, once the app dowmnloaded, your phone can be off-line


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: To Bergerac airport, flights from Lyon, Nice, Brussels and many cities in England (London, Liverpool, Manchester...). Then take a taxi to the city center. Other nearby airport: Bordeaux. Then take a train to reach Bergerac.

    • By train: direct regional trains from Bordeaux to Bergerac (1h20). To plan your trip, www.oui.sncf


    Parking

    If you come by car to Bergerac, you can park in the secure car parks of Bellegarde, Gambetta ou République.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We advise you to plan half a day for visiting Bergerac, which is worth it. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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