Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Cahors

Cycling Holiday in the Lot Valley, France

Lot Valley, France   (Holiday ref: AH120016)
8, 9 or 10 days, from €1,130

Enjoy a self-guided Cycling Holiday Tour in Lot Valley in the South-West France with wonderful cycling, tasty food, exquisite wines, comfortable accommodation & amazing scenery.

Our Cycling Holidays in the Lot Valley are self-guided tours which offer you a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace.

All our cycling holidays are in the south-west of France in the Dordogne and Lot Valley. Both areas are truly captivating, and many of our clients come back here year after year. The accommodation we book for you is chosen to suit all tastes - from delightful chambres d’hôtes (Bed & Breakfast), to superb deluxe hotels. You decide.

The length of your cycling holiday is variable, and you are able to start a tour whenever you wish - it is neither fixed in advance nor dependent on a whole group starting together. Whichever tour you choose, you are guaranteed both freedom and flexibility.

All the cycle holidays run from early mid-March to mid-October but should you wish to book a tour out of season, please contact us via the enquire now form and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

We are based in the centre of the Dordogne and Lot regions so we are always there in the locality to support you. We will explain everything thoroughly to you before you begin your incredible tour - how the bicycles function, which routes are recommended and places of interest to visit along the way. The tours have been planned meticulously and we want them to be everything you’ve hoped for... and more.

Although all our cycling holidays are self-guided, we are always there if you need us. Should plans need to be changed at short notice due to a road closure, for example, we will let you know immediately. We are only a telephone call away.

What is a self-guided tour?

A self-guided tour is a fully co-ordinated holiday package for the independent traveler. We supply your bikes; book all of your accommodation; move your luggage between the accommodation; give you detailed routes to follow. You decide with whom you want to travel and you travel at your own pace - there is no guide or group to speed you along or slow you down. Perfect!

Itineraries

CYCLING HOLIDAY TOUR: LOT VALLEY ONE - 9 days

The 9 day tour cycling itinerary in the Lot Valley looks like this. It begins and ends in Gourdon.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Gourdon for the “meet’n’greet”. Receive your bikes and all other necessary equipment. Run through the tour details and answer any questions.
  • Day 2 - Leave Gourdon behind as you cycle into La France Profonde towards the bastide town of Monpazier.
  • Day 3 & 4 - Cycle down into the glorious Lot valley and immerse yourself in the wonderful landscape. On the route to Cahors why not visit Château-de-Bonaguil or one of the many vineyards?
  • Day 5, 6 & 7 - Cahors now fades into the distance as you cycle along the edge of the River Lot beneath overhanging cliffs. Wander round St-Cirq-Lapopie and visit the Pech Merle cave with its ancient cave drawings.
  • Day 8 - Return to Gourdon through a stunning landscape that has remained unchanged for centuries.

 

CYCLING HOLIDAY TOUR: LOT VALLEY TWO - 8 or 10 days

Your 8 and 10 day tour cycling itinerary in the Lot Valley looks like this. It begins and ends in Gourdon.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Gourdon for the “meet’n’greet”. Receive your bikes and all other necessary equipment. Run through the tour details and answer any questions.
  • Day 2 - Set off from Gourdon to Gluges. Visit Souillac’s abbey along the way or the grottes at Lacave.
  • Day 3 & 4 - A lovely ride from Gluges to Loubressac. Visit Martel, the town of the seven towers. Allow yourself a free day to visit Carennac, Autoire or any one of the equally beautiful villages in this region.
  • Day 5 - Riding over the causse takes you to Rocamadour, dramatically perched on the side of a high cliff. Call at the "Gouffre de Padirac" along the way, an underground river system deep beneath the earth.
  • Day 6 - Continue through unspoilt countryside to Labastide Murat. A charming town so typical of this beautiful region.
  • Day 7 - Cycle into the remarkable Célé Valley. Visit the Peche Merle cave before arriving in the spectacular village of St-Cirq-Lapopie, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the River Lot.
  • Day 8 - Ride alongside the Lot into Cahors, the capital of the Lot. Cross Pont Valentré, the old medieval prison, into a bustling town. Explore the delightful narrow streets of this lively town.
  • Day 9 - Follow the river for a short distance before heading back into the Bouriane. Pedal through attractive villages, such as Catus and Lavercantière, before arriving in Gourdon.

NB. The above itinerary is the 10-day version of the Lot Valley Two Tour

Head to France this year and enjoy a very special cycling holiday that you control. Take in the beauty and history of the beautiful Lot Valley whilst enjoying great cycling, incredible food and comfortable accommodations.

Dates and Prices

Cycling Holiday in the Lot Valley, France Dates

These wonderful cycle holiday tours of the Lot Valley run from early mid-March to mid-October. All prices are per person. Single supplements apply – Please use the enquire now form to ask for further details.

Cycling Holiday Tour: LOT VALLEY ONE – 9 Days

  • 9 days : B&B – €1130 / Hotel accommodation – €1405

Cycling Holiday Tour: LOT VALLEY TWO – 8 or 10 days

  • 8 days : Hotel accommodation – €1175
  • 10 days : Hotel accommodation – €1490

What is included in the cycling holiday price?

  • All accommodation. Your choice of chambres d’hôtes, family-run hotels or deluxe hotels (at some locations).
  • All breakfasts and at least two evening meals (the number of evening meals is dependent upon your choice of tour).
  • Use of a 21-speed Trek (or equivalent) hybrid bicycle set up to your personal specification (height and inseam).
  • Bicycle equipment including helmet, a set of panniers, map case, a puncture repair kit with spare tube, mini pump & lock.
  • Detailed route descriptions.
  • All luggage transfers.
  • Telephone support and personal help if required – All this is just a call away.

What is not included?

  • Travel to the start of the tour is not included however we will endeavour to assist you with your travel plans and recommend the most convenient routes.

Location

These superb cycle tours take place in the heart of the countryside of the wonderful Dordogne and Lot regions in south-west France. The area is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne and Lot rivers and their stunning valleys. It is quite simply an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Most tours start and end in the market town of Gourdon. The town has been built in tiers around a hill, where once a castle and ramparts stood. From the viewing platform at the top of the hill, there are fabulous views of the surrounding Bouriane.

A short distance away is the beautiful town of Sarlat which is famous for its medieval architecture and has the highest concentration of medieval, renaissance and 17th-century façades in France. Every Saturday, its lively street market attracts both locals and tourists to the town.

Traveling along the Lot Valley, you will definitely want to take time out to visit Rocamadour. This famous town clings to the rock face overlooking the Ouysse gorge – and is the site of an ancient pilgrimage. The splendid “rouge” village of Collonges-la-Rouge is also worth making a detour for along with Cahors, St-Cirq-Lapopie, Puy-l’Evêque and the magical riverside village of Cressensac.

We are confident that the Lot Valley will enchant you throughout your tour – and we’re certain that you’ll want to return here again and again!

Accommodation

The accommodation we book for you is chosen to suit all tastes – from delightful chambres d’hôtes (Bed & Breakfast), to superb deluxe hotels. Each accommodation is delightful and the staff and owners are friendly and attentive. At each place you stay the aim of the hoteliers is to make your stay as wonderful as possible.

All the hoteliers are known to us personally and each hotel has an excellent restaurant, highly respected within the local community for their exceptional cuisine. If you enjoy sampling a range of regional produce, we can plan your tour to coincide with as many bustling village markets as possible.

Other Information

These Cycle Holiday Tours are owned and run by an Anglo-French couple that have lived in the region since 1991 and have worked in the tour business since 1996. As well as knowing the area intimately, they guarantee you an attentive service from the moment you book your tour with them… to the moment you head home after an unforgettable holiday! In addition, as well as being excellent value for money, each tour is personalised to suit your own individual requirements – a major feature that few other tour companies can rival.

The region is one of the most beautiful in France, with marvelous surprises at every turn. The tours have been conceived to incorporate as many experiences of French lifestyle, culture, history and cuisine as possible.

We had an absolutely fabulous time during our cycling trip. The route was exquisitely planned, the directions sharp and clear, the hotels very comfortable, the hoteliers warm and hospitable and the dinners simply heavenly. The bikes worked flawlessly and the scenery and sights were simply superb. Thank you for arranging such a memorable trip. We hope to see you in a few years!
Subra & Cathhy Balan, Colarado, USA

 

Thanks very much for all your help. We were very pleased with your services, your choice of hotels and the routes you selected. The flexibility was great and the sheer quantity of well surfaced quiet roads, the fantastic scenery, refreshing rivers and spectacular chateaus make this a first class cycle destination. The lack of luggage to carry means we could cycle fast and unhindered and the plethora of fine restaurants ensured we never went hungry! We are already considering a return for next year…
David Elliott, Worcestershire, England

 

This is a must for anyone who wants to be somewhere completely different, relax, keep fit, marvel at breathtaking scenery, indulge in superb cuisine, eat fresh walnuts along the roadside and much more.
Alex & Cath Morrison, Sydney, Australia

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  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - The river Lot at Cahors
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - St-Cirq-Lapopie
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Wonderful old buildings
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Local markets
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - La Roque Gageac
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Gourdon
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Quiet, empty roads and amazing tunnels
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Chateau-de-Montfort
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Cahors
  • Cycling in the Lot Valley, France - Bouriane

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