Unique bike adventure in Dordogne

Unique bike adventure in Dordogne starting in  St Emilion, World Heritage site.

A perfect pairing:  Bordeaux’s renowned viticulture and the Dordogne’s colourful history – Dordogne itself  paints a perfect backdrop for a cycling vacation!  Gaze in wonder at this magical land of caves, rivers, and prehistoric creations on the Dordogne Bike Tour.
Discover one of France’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions, the name Dordogne, is equivalent to famous cave paintings, remarkable chateaux, delicious food, rolling green countryside, and historic villages!
All that makes Dordogne famous is available in this trip! Cycle over undulating hills and along riverbanks, be spellbound from cliff-side villages, dine in terrific surroundings, indulge in the flavors of Périgord noir cuisine: foie gras and truffles.

Discover these landscapes on two wheels.

Highlights

  • Visiting the town of St. Emilion with its monolithic church, beautiful views and great little shops
  • Pedal past world-famous Bordeaux Grand Cru vineyards
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St Emilion

Meet in Bordeaux- we arrange transfer to first hotel - bike fitting session
Discover this World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become St Emilion as early as the 2nd century AD. The town was named after the monk Emilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area. Take some time to explore this charming town and visit the Tour du Roy which dates from 1237.Welcome dinner at hotel Chateau Franc Maine
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Loop in Entre-Deux-Mers

Loop ride on nice road all the way to Branne, La sauve exploring the wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.
After the ruined Benedctine abbey of La sauve Majeure , founded in 1079, was really important stop for pilgrims en route to Spain Santiago de Compostela. Continue to Sauveterre on the bike path where is planned to have lunch. Back to St Emilion
Wine tasting at chateaux and dinner at Restaurant L'Huitrier Pie
Total Distance 50km/31,2miles
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Bergerac

You will cycle through the vineyards to Bergerac, located on the Dordogne river, a large town with good rail access and services. The ride pass wine area in the north. This is your gateway into the famous Black Perigord. The historic city is very picturesque and offers visits including the Maison des Vins - for local wine. Lodging and dinner at Chateau Les Merles just outside Bergerac town.
Total Distance 65km/40,6miles

4

Belves & Cadouin

Circular bike ride from Bergerac to Cadouin, Limeuil and Lalinde skirting the river Dordogne . Pedal through French farm country along Dordogne river
First nice stop can be Belves, for a coffee, in Places des Armes, the town is encircled by ramparts on a promontory above the valley and bristling with seven towers.
The lunch stop is planned in Cadouin, charming village with abbey- it was famous pilgrimage, also Richard the Lionheart! Back to the saddle and from Lalinde you will ride in a beautiful road inside forest that brings to hotel. Free dinner in Bergerac
Total Distance 59km/36,8miles
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Tremolat & Les Eyzies de Tayac

Departure from hotel first stop can be Tremolat, a warm, friendly and beautiful village which boasts a tower, old houses and a Romanesque church and chapel. Then direct to the medieval village of Les Eyzies de Tayac – Les Eyzies and the Vezere valley is world capital of prehistory – billed as the “Vallee de l’homme” this area is home to the greats concentration of prehistoric site in Europe. They are by no means the oldest, but it is the sheer wealth and variety that a is quite stunning.
Fro les Ezies transfer to Sarlat capital of Perigord noir-and beautiful medieval small town. If someone want to ride there is a quiet and small road – other 20 km Dinner La Cou Levrine
Total Distance 50km/31,2miles
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Domme, Vitrac & jardin

Bike trip from Sarlat passing castles: Laroque Cageac and Domme, one of the best examples of a medieval 'Bastide' town in France, famous for its panoramic view over the Dordogne valley. Jardin d’Eyrignac, St-Geniès with its partly ruined chateau and fortress-like church, all constructed from the same warm-yellow stone under heavy lauze roofs.
Total Distance 66 km/41,2miles
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Arrivederci - Au Revoir

Let's enjoy all together a farewell breakfast. Transfer to Bordeaux airport or station
Château Les Merles - Bergerac
Charming XVIII Château Les Merles Recently renovated design rooms and suites with all modern comfort. Situated in the in the heart of Bergerac vineyards and forests on the hills of the Dordogne river, Château les Merles offers a challenging 9-hole golf course with driving range and putting green, swimming pool, tennis court and wellness center. Gastronomique restaurant
Plaza Madeleine - Sarlat
The hotel Plaza Madeleine is located in the heart of Sarlat with direct access to the medieval city. Contemporary, opulent decor, relaxed atmosphere, quality of services, is our first choice: it was completely renovated and redesigned. For your enjoyment, hotel now has a heated pool, a wellness center.
Chateau Franc Mayne - St Emilion
Le Relais Franc Mayne is in a 17 acre vineyard, half a kilometer from the medieval village of St. Emilion on the ancient Gallo-Roman path Rooms are uniquely decorated, feature a view of the vineyard, the surrounding park or the inner courtyard of the Castle. Stylish dining room on the terrace and bio - pool !

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 2950 per person in double occupancy
single room supplement euro 550

Inclusions
Six nights in superior hotels with private bath and breakfast
Six dinners & one wine tastings
Snacks and drinks along the way
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
All Shuttles and technical assistance
Support Van, all transfer baggage
Services of experienced guides
Cicloposse water bottle

Not included
Airfare to Italy, train to brive, lunches, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 140
Race bike     euro 180
E-Bike          euro 180

 

Tour Reviews

26 settembre 2016

Now that I am back I can write to say a HUGE thanks to both of you for organising and managing such a wonderful tour. Everything went off very smoothly and there were no problems with routes, hotels, food, bikes, logistics, etc. In fact the opinion from the majority of cyclists was that this was one of the best ever tours. The Dordogne Valley is indeed very beautiful and the routes Marco chose were ideal for our standard of riding and the quality of the hotels was just perfect. Gigi did an outstanding job with the back-up vehicle. Grazie, grazie, molte grazie!

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