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Highlights

  • Cycle across the Dordogne region from Souillac to Rocamadour
  • Dordogne delicacies of ceps, truffles & confit du canard
  • Explore the spectacular cliffside village of Rocamadour
  • Discover the subterranean waterways of Gouffre de Padirac
  • Pedal the ‘Beaux Villages’ of Carennac & Loubressac

Discover the Dordogne’s geological wonders, medieval settlements and world famous gastronomy as you pedal from Souillac to Rocamadour.

Following the River Dordogne cycle to the hilltop villages of Martel and Collonges la Rouge. Pedal to the enchanting villages of Carennac and Loubressac where sun drenched restaurant terraces invite you to indulge in local dishes created with ceps, truffles and canard.

Explore the subterranean waterways of Gouffre de Padirac as you roll west to the dramatic cliffside village of Rocamadour. Here sample local delicacies of goats cheese and saucisson, rounding off with a day of poolside relaxation.

Day 1 Arrive Souillac

Connected to Brive, Bordeuax and Toulouse by train the small market town of Souillac dates back to Roman times. Located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Borrèze Rivers, the town centre enjoys a laid back pace and its 11th century abbey is worthy of a visit.


Overnight: Souillac


Day 2 Cycle to Martel

Cycling south east, follow the River Dordogne into the lush Ouysee Valley. Continuing riverside, the latter section of today’s ride ascends to the distinct skyline of Martel’s seven medieval towers. Spending two nights here means there is plenty of time to relax poolside and explore the town.


Cycle: 27km


Overnight: Martel


Day 3 Loop Ride to Collonges la Rouge

Spend the day exploring Martel and relaxing poolside or take a day ride to the vibrant red village of Collonges la Rouge. A rolling route heads north through farmland and vineyards. The well preserved red conical turrets make Collonges one of the must see villages in the region. With little more to do than absorb its beauty and browse the artisan shops, a relaxed lunch in one of the small cafes is highly recommended.


Cycle: 36km


Overnight: Martel


Day 4 Cycle to Saint Cere

An easy morning of cycling follows the River through the ‘Beaux Village’ of Carennac. Nestled on the banks of the Dordogne its 11th century Cluniac priory was once home to French writer Fénelon. Further upstream you will reach Saint Céré where you will spend the next two nights.


Cycle: 35km


Overnight: Saint Céré


Day 5 Loop Ride to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

North of Saint Céré is the riverside village of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. Dating back to the 12th century. Enter via the original gateway, Porte St. Catherine, to a world of narrow streets, timbered houses and ornamental stonework. We also suggest leaving time for a riverside picnic before heading back to Saint Céré.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Saint Céré


Day 6 Cycle to Rocamadour

This morning cycle to Loubressac. Perched on a hilltop, ochre roofed buildings sit beneath the church of Saint John Baptiste. Onwards and further west, the Caves of Padirac, a fascinating site of underground waterways await exploration! The final destination is Rocamadour. An exquisitely picture perfect village. Over the next two nights discover the signature food and historic sights of this famous village.


Cycle: 38km


Overnight: Rocamadour


Day 7 Discover Rocamadour

Set deep in the canyon of the Alzou Stream, the dramatic location of Rocamadour has long drawn pilgrims for the wondrous abilities of its Black Madonna at the Chapelle Notre Dame. Enter the village via a medieval archway to discover a world of locally produced saucisson, pâtes and wheels of Rocamadour goats cheese. In the afternoon you can always relax poolside at the hotel.


Overnight: Rocamadour


Day 8 Transfer to Souillac, Onward Travel

After breakfast a transfer to Souillac by private transport is included. If you would like an extra day or two by the pool in Rocamadour we would be happy to arange this for you.


Custom Itineraries: If you are short on days or would simply prefer a shorter cycling break, you can reduce the trip duration to either a 7, 6 or 5 day trip by omitting night(s) in Martel, Saint Céré or Rocamadour.


Please contact us for further information and prices. 

Accommodation

Each evening will be spent in 3* or 2* hotels. We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but on occasion, especially during peak season, we do use alternate accommodation of equal or higher standard. Examples of accommodation are listed below.


Single Rooms& Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party or are travelling as a solo cyclist single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. 


Meals

Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.  Lunches and dinners are not included. One of our favourite experiences in the Dordogne is to pick up local cheeses and boulangerie breads for a riverside picnic. As you will be staying the heart of each village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose an evening dining spot. You will find a number of recommendations in your information pack.



 

 

 

 




Vielle Auberge - Souillac

An old coaching inn, the Vielle Auberge is only a short 15 minute stroll from the main train station. The hotel also boasts a mouth-wateringly good restaurant and swimming pool.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Relais St Anne - Martel

Located in the heart of Martel, this hotel provides rest and relaxation with its peaceful gardens and swimming pool. Being centrally located also means you’re never too far from a inviting cafes and bars.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Victor Hugo – Saint Cere

Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional timber house is located next to the river and enjoys a shady terrace from which to enjoy petit déjeuner before setting out on the bikes.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Le Troubadour - Rocamadour

This 18th century converted farmhouse enjoys a relaxed atmosphere, swimming pool and panoramic views only a short walk from the centre of Rocamadour.


 

 

 

Grade & Terrain

This cycling tour is graded moderate. Cycling distances are between 35 and 40km on well surfaced country and urban roads. It is perfectly suited to regular cyclists that enjoy pedalling for the rewards of hilltop villages, rolling valleys and gastronomic experiences. You will
cycle principally on quiet country lanes and some busier roads when approaching
towns. Please always mindful of other road users.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route
notes and maps that accompany your itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account
of your route to give you continual points of reference and help you find your way.


Rental Bikes

Trek or Cube hybrid bikes are available for hire. All bikes are equipped with a pannier, helmet and spare inner tube along with a pump and tyre levers. EBikes are also available on
this trip and are great for providing a boost on the hills when the legs need it most! For more information on EBikes please click here.


If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you
currently ride.


hybrid rental bike


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate hybrid or touring bike for this trip.


Travel Insurance

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


General Information

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

Getting to/from Souillac


Air: It is possible to fly into either Toulouse, Brive, or Bordeaux Airports.  All of which are serviced by scheduled and low-cost airlines.


All cities connect with Souillac train station. Approximate journey times below:


Toulouse (2 hours)


Brive (30 minutes)


Bordeaux (4 to 5 hours)


The SNCF website will give you times and schedules. If you fly into Brive Airport you can also easily hop into a taxi on arrival.  The cost is around €50 with journey time approximately 30 minutes.



Ferry: From Portsmouth (UK) to Caen, Souillac is around a 5 to 6 hour drive. 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). Direct Ferries have details of route crossings and sailing times to the UK.


Included

  • 5 Nights 3* hotels & 2 Nights 2* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Taxi transfers from Rocamadour to Souillac (day 8)
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support

Excluded

  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to/from Souillac
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo cyclist supplement
  • Bike hire
  • EBike hire
  • Extra nights

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Dordogne can get very busy from June through to September. You will find up to date availability on our website and please contact us if you have a query.  

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is well suited to cyclists that ride as part of an active lifestyle and may have previously been on a cycling holiday.  The roads in this region of France are generally in good condition. You will encounter some sustained sections of hills on each cycling day but this also means there are enjoyable downhill sections and picturesque, flat riverside riding. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. Cycling distances on this holiday are broken up with opportunities to stop for coffee in sleepy villages, enjoy riverside picnics and visit some of the regions prehistoric attractions.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation. Just leave them at the reception at your hotel in the morning and they will be picked up and taken to the next overnight stop. Please limit your luggage to one bag per person of no more than 20kgs. If you require more than 20kg of luggage allowance please contact the office.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need shoes or trainers and relaxed clothes to cycle in (layers are always a good option), a daypack/hydration pack and sunblock. A full kit list will be provided in your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

March to June and September to October are just about perfect conditions.  Daytime temperature can vary from late teens in March to the late twenties in June. The spring months also offer the best of Dordogne’s flora and fauna. July and August are much warmer and the Dordogne is in full swing. September through to October deliver warm days of cycling and fewer tourists make for prime time visiting.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

Public transport is very irregular, so if you do not want to a cycle a stage local taxis is generally your only option. In some cases the baggage transfer service that takes your bags on to your next accommodation may be able to assist, but this is never guaranteed. Often your accommodation can also assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.

 
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