Cycling in the Dordogne - Rocamadour

Cycling Holiday in the Dordogne

Dordogne, France   (Holiday ref: AH120014)
7, 9 or 11 days, from €910

Enjoy a self-guided Cycling Holiday Tour in Dordogne in South-West France with great cycling, delicious food, fine wines, charming accommodation & gorgeous scenery.

Our Cycling Holidays in the Dordogne are self-guided tours which will send you on a voyage of discovery around South-West France. You travel at your own pace and you are in full control of your holiday!

All our cycling holidays are in the south-west of France in the Dordogne and Lot regions. Both of these exceptional areas are captivating, and we find that 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 our cycle holidays in France 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 button 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 holiday tours 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. Simply perfect!

Itineraries

CYCLING HOLIDAY TOUR: DORDOGNE ONE (7, 9 or 11 days)

The 7, 9 or 11 day tour cycling itinerary in the Dordogne 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 & 3 - Cycle to the stunning Rocamadour. Explore the “Gouffre de Padirac”, Loubressac and several other delightful villages along the way.

Day 4 & 5 - Pedal to La-Roque-Gageac set in the heart of the Périgord Noir, surrounded by awe-inspiring châteaux.

Day 6 & 7 - Continue on to Les Eyzies and the famous prehistoric sites of the Vézère Valley.

Day 8 & 9 - Wind your way along beautiful country lanes to Monpazier and visit wonderful Cadouin and Château Biron.

Day 10 - The route back to Gourdon takes you through some remarkable countryside - a wonderful way to end your holiday!

NB. The above itinerary is the 11-day version of the Dordogne One Tour

 

CYCLING HOLIDAY TOUR: DORDOGNE TWO (9 days)

The 9 day tour cycling itinerary in the Dordogne 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 and the Bouriane and head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses. Pass through beautiful scenery on your way to the famous village of Rocamadour.

Day 3 & 4 - From Rocamadour, cycle through charming villages to reach St-Céré. Close-by are the waterfalls at Autoire, the Château-de-Montal, Castelnau-Bretenoux castle or "Les Grottes de Presque". You decide where to head first!

Day 5 - Pedal parallel to the river towards Carennac and upon arrival stroll around the village’s narrow streets which are lined with leaning houses, before setting off through wonderful countryside to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne on the banks of the River Dordogne.

Day 6 - From Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, cycle through deserted lanes to Collanges-la-Rouge in the Corrèze. The historic atmosphere of the village is sure to make a lasting impression on you.

Day 7 - From Collonges-la-Rouge, head back to Salignac in the Dordogne. This is the tour’s longest day as you will cycle approximately 60kms through countryside which seems to have been forgotten by all but farmers.

Day 8 - Before leaving Salignac for Gourdon, you could visit the impressive Jardins d’Eyrignac. From here, via Carlux and its commanding position overlooking the Valley, you cycle back into the Bouriane and Gourdon, your final destination.

 

Come to France and experience a very special cycling holiday where you are in control. Enjoy the beauty and history of the region and discover the Lot Valley whilst you make the most of the great cycling, incredible food and comfortable accommodations.

Dates and Prices

Cycling Holiday in the Dordogne Dates

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

 

Cycling Holiday Tour: DORDOGNE ONE

  • 7 days (6 nights) : B&B – €910 / Hotel accommodation – €1150
  • 9 days (8 nights) : B&B – €1175 / Hotel accommodation – €1490
  • 11 days (10 nights) : B&B – €1430 / Hotel accommodation – €1815

 

Cycling Holiday Tour: DORDOGNE TWO

  • 9 days (8 nights) : Hotel accommodation – €1345

 

What is included in the tour 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.

As you start to explore the Dordogne valley, you will pass through one picturesque village after another. The town of La-Roque-Gageac contains some fascinating architecture, and it is worth visiting its exotic gardens and the troglodyte fort built into the cliff face.

Visible from much of the Dordogne valley is the stunning hilltop town of Domme. Within its well-preserved stone walls, the town seems unchanged over the centuries and much has been done to retain its authentic atmosphere. From the town, the views of the river valley below are breathtaking.

The Dordogne valley has an impressive concentration of châteaux and your tour will allow you enough the time to explore several along the way. Choose from Montfort, Fénelon, Biron, Bonaguil, Hautefort, Castelnau-Bretenoux, Beynac, Castelnaud, Marquayssac and Les Millandes. Beynac and Castelnaud were on opposing sides during the Hundred Years War, Marquayssac has gorgeous gardens and Les Millandes was once the home of Josephine Baker and her “Rainbow Tribe”.

Traveling along the Lot valley, you will certainly want time to visit Rocamadour. The 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 Dordogne and Lot valleys 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 and the area could not have been more beautiful to experience on a bicycle. You are an amazing tour director, and the personal touch to everything you did for us, we are incredibly grateful. Again, Thank you for everything.”
Martha Dummer & Spencer Martin, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

 

“What a spectacular, fascinating region the Dordogne is! So much to see and do. The trip was just the right combination of quiet, efficient organisation (good bikes, well planned and well described itineraries, charming hotels, etc) and the opportunity and flexibility to plan each day to cycle and explore as we wanted. We had a wonderful time.”
Garry Christensen, Brussels, Belgium

 

“Just returned from a great few weeks in France, with our cycling trip a highlight. We had our two children with us, who were less enthusiastic about distance and hills, but they enjoyed themselves very much. The various alternative routes meant we could do some extra cycling without the children so everyone was happy. We particularly lovedyour ability to customize our tour to our precise dates and accommodation requests. It couldn’t have been better. We’ll be back.”
Kerry and Clint, Melbourne, Australia

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  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Stunning scenery
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - St-Cirq-Lapopie
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Sarlat
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Montfort
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - The majestic river Dordogne
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Rocamadour
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Carrenac
  • Cycling in the Dordogne - Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne
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