The best of Dordogne, France best bike trip
Cyclists consider Dordogne one of the nicest places to ride because it provides a lovely combination of natural beauty, with the Dordogne River running right through the town, and ancient history virtually untouched by the hand of time. There are many reasons why Dordogne should be on any cyclist’s to-do list!
Dordogne is equivalent to famous cave paintings, remarkable chateaux, delicious food, rolling green countryside, and historic villages.
NOTE this trip is rated easy to moderate: any leisure biker can face this bike tour.
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.
Cycling Sarlat & Bergerac Highlights
- Gaze in wonder at this magical land of caves, rivers, and prehistoric creations
- Bastide town of Domme, La Roque-Gageac, built flat against the cliffside overlooking the Dordogne, and with original troglodyte dwellings.
- Overnight at medieval town of Sarlat – best explored in the evening, when the beautiful “lauze” stone roofs and tiny cobblestoned streets are lit up beautifully
Arrive in Bergerac - Mauzac et Grand Castang
Arrival in Mauzac. Settle in your charming hotel. You can either relax by the pool or walk around the park before your orientation. Orientation & bike set-up : our local guide (French native & English speaking) will meet you at your hotel in the evening of your arrival day (or morning after according to the time we will plan with you). He will bring your bicycles, road-books, GPS and touristic information.
An expert of the region, you can ask him all the questions you have about your trip. Then he will adjust your bike so you feel comfortable riding. Hotel :
gouret Dinner included
Tremolat, Le Bugue & Les Eyzies de Tayac
Prehistoric people living in the Dordogne Valley first settled in the mouth of Font de Gaume around 25,000 BC. The cave was forgotten until the nineteenth century when local people again began to visit the cave. Paintings were discovered and date from around 17000 BC, during the Magdalenien period. The caves most famous painting, a frieze of five bison was discovered accidentally in 1966 while scientists were cleaning the cave.
NOTE : The best day to visit Font de Gaume will be on your ride from Les Eyzies to Sarlat. Check information on the next days to know how to get tickets.
Distance : 51 Km (32 mi).Elevation : 643 m. distance : 14 miles ascent : 385m
Gourmet Dinner included
Font de Gaume,Château de Commarque & Sarlat
You can decide to ride a longer distance (with more elevation) with a longer option that goes by the Chateau of Commarque (open to public), facing his rival the Chateau de Laussel- The visit of Chateau de Commarque is like a travel in the past and its he location gives you excellent opportunities to take nice pictures. Chateau Laussel is not open for visitors but still nice to admire. Then take your bike again to come back to you ride in the forest and finish in one of the best town in the area : Sarlat.
Distance : 29 km (18mi) Elevation 580m
Saint Leon sur Vezere & Lascaux II
Today you ride to Lacave and where you can visit the local cave. In this cave, the visit starts with a short underground train ride, at the end of which you will meet a guide to take you on a mile-long visit ! On your way to Lacave, you can stop in Souillac and its Church of Sainte Marie.
Distance : 41 Km (25 mi). Elevation : 575 m..
gourmet dinner included.
Gouffre de Padirac & Rocamadour
Château de Montfort & Carsac Aillac
Distance : 46 Km (29 mi). Elevation : 619 m.
We suggest you buy your picnic and snacks in Rocamadour before you leave because on the road no grocery stores.
La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud & Belves
Distance : 38 Km (24 mi).Elevation : 491 m.
Departure from Belves
La Metairie - TremolatIn the heart of the Périgord, in the wilds, La Métairie will appeal to you, with its rural and stylish side at the same time.
You will find a smiling landscape, a refined gastronomy, personalized rooms and a gentle way of life.
Les Glycines - Les Eyzies de TayacHotel Les Glycines: a delightful lush park featuring weeping willows, ros trees, poplars and, next to a swimming pool, a few palm trees. A splendid terrace overlooks this enchanting building. Spacious rooms ensuring a peaceful stay, nestled in the 19 th century building, with its sober and elegant façade.
Hotel le renoir - SarlatThis graceful property in a quiet area, offers elegant accommodation and modern facilities to make your stay in Sarlat a pleasant one. Modern, elegant and timeless, Le Renoir hotel is highly surprising. Built in a non-conventional style, it is located in the very heart of the medieval city.
Le Pont de l'Ouysse - LacaveThe Pont de l'Ouysse hotel and restaurant are nestled beneath a vertiginous cliff crowned by the Belcastel Castle. The mysterious Ouysse River, its banks lined with footpaths and gardens, flows quietly by. Along its banks, a subtle melange of flowers, aromatic plants and vegetables adds a note of colour and a hint of bygone days. From a simple farm, Le Pont de l’Ouysse has grown into a hotel whose refined charm is the product of careful growth and development, with part of its newly-found space having been reclaimed from the rocky cliff in which it is nestled.
Les Esclargies - RocamadourWelcome to a place where everything is dedicated to relaxation and well being. It is here in Rocamadour, in this elegant hotel "Les Esclargies" amongst the oak trees, that we invite you to spend your next holiday. Situated in Rocamadour, not far from the castle, the hotel has been built amongst the oak trees which are typical of this region.
La Ville Romaine - CarsacLa Villa Romaine built on a Gallo-Roman site perfectly combines comfort from the past and the present. It deploys its 19th century architecture in three exposed stone wall buildings organised around a vast inner courtyard looking over the pool and the park. The hotel, stood opposite the River Dordogne and the Druids' Forest, neighbouring the water gardens with lotus flowers and white water lillies, provides exceptional panoramic views of the countryside.
Hotel Clement V - BelvesIn the heart of Belvès, medieval city, this former grocery shop has been transformed into the charming hotel Clement V. Owners’ goal was to give the whole a “home sweethome” intimate atmosphere, the harmony of the antique furniture combined with the quality of thematerials and fabrics and bedrooms are spacious. Beauty and calm in the heart of all major sites, castles and bastides.
Price & Inclusions
March, April, October euro 1690 per person in double occupancy
May , June Euro 1780 per person in double occupancy
July, August, September Euro 1850 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 490
Seven nights in excellent four & three-star hotels
Three gourmet dinners
Delivery bike at first hotel and professional bike fitting
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Technical and emergency support available
Drop Off bikes and gear in Bergerac
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Hybrid bike euro 110
Race bike euro 210
E-bike euro 210
20-25 miles on gently rolling terrain.