Dordogne Cycling

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  • Pedal through iconic and ancient Périgord landscapes
  • Visit the Lascaux Caves, said to be the prehistoric equivalent to the Sistine Chapel
  • Wander the medieval cobbled streets of charming Sarlat la Canéda
  • Cycle past fortified villages and immense chateaux
  • Pause in Les Eyzies to sample the local truffles
France’s Dordogne region is one of Europe’s most beautiful valleys and where you will find many great examples of pre-historic cave art and dwellings. Cycle through distinctive limestone villages and the undulating countryside, whilst pausing to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the incredibly vibrant cave paintings of Font de Gaume. The French call the Dordogne by its ancient name of Périgord and this cycling tour is concentrated in the Périgord Noir. This region is characterised by its amazing history, the dark oak forests of the Vézère Valley, its chateaux-studded countryside and unrivalled gastronomy. On this cycling tour you will experience the very best that this region has to offer. Begin in the handsome market town of Souillac, strategically placed on the confluence of two rivers. Spend two nights in medieval Sarlat la Canéda, a wonderful base for exploration and stroll down its medieval cobbled streets. A rest day may be spent here or take a great cycle to La Roque-Gageac; a village tucked underneath cliffs next to the Dordogne River. Les Eyzies is a town famous for its trogolodyte cave dwellings, prehistoric cave paintings and is located in the Vézère Valley, where you will discover some 150 archaeological sites. Explore Les Eyzies on a rest day or take a loop cycle through the surrounding area, to the 12th century Chateau of Le Commarque and see newly-discovered noblemen’s houses. Their remains were buried by vegetation for over 350 years and lie in an area of untouched beauty. A visit to the Dordogne would not be complete without a visit to Roque St Christophe. This spectacular limestone edifice which is over 1km long was an enormous troglodyte dwelling and inhabited until as recently as the 18th century. Complete your cycling loop of classic Dordogne landscapes back in Souillac, your point of origin. This self-guided cycling tour in the Dordogne includes seven nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels, 7 breakfasts, baggage transfers, maps, route notes and a comprehensive information pack.
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What To Expect

This self-guided cycling tour takes you in a loop through some of the most iconic yet untouched landscapes of the ancient Périgord region, or the Dordogne, its modern name. You will see hill-top villages and pedal through unrivalled rolling countryside. See many World UNESCO Heritage Sites such as the Font du Gaume, Lascaux Caves and the Abri du Cap Blanc.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Featured in our collections:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

You will need to have a fairly good fitness level to fully enjoy this trip as it does involve some steep climbs. However, the distances per day are not too long so you will have plenty of time for stops along the way to visit all the amazing sights. There is also the option to take rest days in Sarlat la Canéda and Les Eyzies if you wish. You will be cycling along quiet country lanes. This tour is rated moderate.

Navigation

The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination.  There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.

Accommodations

Your 8 day, 7 night self-guided cycling tour includes 7 nights in a combination of 2 and 3* hotels all located in iconic towns or villages of the Dordogne.   

Alternate accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo travellers can also travel on this tour with an additional supplement.

Meals

Breakfast is included at your hotel each morning. You can buy your lunch in local shops or markets and it is easy to find local restaurants on the evenings, or you may dine at your hotel.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Baggage transfers
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Souillac
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire

When To Go

Dordogne summers are hot and sunny, where temperatures of 35 to 39 degrees Celsius are common. It would be best to start early to miss the heat of midday and avoid possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Getting to the Start

By Air: There are a few different airports to choose from. It is possible to fly into either Toulouse, Brive, or Bordeaux Airports. There is a railway station in Souillac and you can take trains from both Toulouse, Bordeaux and Brive. The SNCF website will give you times and schedules. If you fly into Brive Airport the easiest way of reaching Souillac is to take a taxi. The cost is around €50 and it takes approximately 30 minutes.

By Car: Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. Then drive to Souillac (approximately 5-6 hours). You can park your car in Souillac either in an open car park opposite the hotel or in the secure hotel car park (for approximately €6 per night).

Luggage Transfer

When you are cycling between accommodation your main bag will be transferred. We ask that you limit your luggage for transfer to one bag of up to 20kg.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. The Orbea hybrid bikes have an aluminium frame and 24 Shimano gears. All rental bikes come with a luggage rack and 2 rear panniers, 1 handlebar bag with holder, a water bottle holder, 1 lock, 1 pump, and a repair kit with inner tube.

Complete bike speculations are listed in your information pack.

Helmet rental is not included. If you wish to rent a helmet they are available at the bike hire company located near the first hotel.

Question

Answer

Brand

Orbea

Bike Type

Hybrid

Frame types

gents, ladies

Sizes

17, 19, 21, 23 in / 44, 48, 52, 58 cm

Front suspension

yes

Stand

yes

Mud guards

yes

Luggage rack Rear/Front

Yes/no

Paniers

Yes

Handle bar Bag/ map holder

Yes/yes

Bottle holder/Water bottle

yes

Computer meter

No

Interchangeable pedals

TBA

Front gear set

3

Back gear set

8

Brakes

V-brake

Helmet included

No (can be hired from supplier, 2€ per day)

Puncture repair kit

Yes

Spare inner tubes/ how many

Yes/1

Pump

Yes

Lock

Yes

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Souillac Day 2 Cycle Souillac to Sarlat le Canéda 23 miles / 37 km Day 3 Rest day in Sarlat la Canéda or optional cycle to via La Roque-Gageac 20.5 miles / 33 km Day 4 Cycle Sarlat la Canéda to Les Eyzies via Beynac 17.5 miles / 28 km Day 5 Rest day in Les Eyzies or optional cycle via Font de Gaume 18 miles / 29 km Day 6 Les Eyzies to Montignac via Roque St Christophe 19 miles / 30 km Day 7 Cycle Montignac to Souillac via the Lascaux Caves 30 miles / 48 km Day 8 Onward travel

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