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Dordogne Valley Cycling I

Dordogne Self Guided Cycling Tour Europe France Dordogne
,  France, France, Europe

from €1,180* per person 8 Days April-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Pure Adventures 24 people max
  • Airport near bergerac, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
The Dordogne department of the Aquitaine region, in the Black Perigord, and if you can get that, you will be delighted to visit the Quercy. Nevermind the geopolitical boundaries; the well known name of Dordogne is equivalent to famous cave paintings, remarkable chateaux, delicious food, rolling green countryside, and historic villages! What more could one vacation offer?

Here on this tour you get to experience the force of water and the large rivers that have cut the limestone plateau and provided for all the now famous grottos that prehistoric man chose as his canvas. You can visit these grottos, explore the historic aspects of important towns such as Bergerac, Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, and Les Eyzies. See chateaux, and stay in charming and welcoming country inns & chateau. All that makes Dordogne famous is available in this trip! See some blog posts about Dordogne here:

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Dordogne Self Guided Cycling Tour Europe France Dordogne , France, France, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Pure Adventures:

  • Reviewer:
    'The trip was great! I lived in France for 5 years and took many great trips around Europe, but this may well have been the most memorable!'
    5
  • Reviewer:
    The trip exceeded my expectations in just about every way. It was awesome and challenging to be alone on a bike in a foreign country. I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure who is in good health.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in CO USA
    Costa Brava Explorer - This is a WONDERFUL tour.  Bo was amazing and helpful, as were his directions and additional information in the hand-outs of things to see and recommended stops and restaurants.  I will recommend Pure Adventures to my bicyclist friends, and will certainly return to you for our next European bicycle adventure!
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
  • Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).
  • Offers some solo-only/singles departures.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bergerac - a large town with good rail access and services. This is your gateway into the famous Black Perigord. The historic city is very picturesque and offers visits including the Maison des Vins - for local wines. 3 star hotel included, orientation and bike delivery at your hotel. Dinner out on your own in Bergarc

Day 2: Ride from Bergerac to Tremolat (40 km)

A fairly challenging start to this tour, it involves some hilly terrain up to the viewpoint of Les Cingles de Tremolat. The ride will take you along a scenic route to St Sauveur and through the surrounding forests. At Tremolat you arrive at your deluxe hotel, the Vieux Logis. Gastronomic dinner included. (B, D)

Day 3: Ride to Les Eyzies - 45 km

A lot to see and visit on this day. Starting out easy you come to Audrix a small village by small roads and almost no traffic. Then down to Le Bugue and Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and then on to Les Eyzies - capital of Pre-History! Take time to visit this very charming town and its sites, museums including the Font de Gaume. Font de Gaume is a cave that houses a collection of prehistoric polychrome cave paintings. 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. Dinner included, lodging is central charming 3 star. (B,D)

Day 4: Loop Ride to Lascaux II - Montignac (54 km)

Here is an opporunity to visit another of the most famous grottos in the region: Lascaux II. The original Lascaux is not open to the public anymore but version II is an exact replica. Located just near to the town of Montignac, the cycling is a bit longer today and to get a good visit in, you should depart early. Pass through St Leon sur Vezere and numerous small villages. Return to Les Eyzies and the same hotel; dinner included tonight. (B,D)

Day 5: Ride to Sarlat - (23 km).

The destination is the very charming town of Sarlat. This town with its cobbled streets, old roofs, and warm stone walls give an exceptional heritage. Sarlat is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France.
You have a 3 star hotel in the center of the historical old town of Sarlat. Dinner on your own tonight. (B)

Day 6: Loop Ride from Sarlat (31 km)

A rolling ride to visit the panoramic countryside with visits at the Chateau of Monfort and rides along very lightly traveled roads. You can even choose to ride on a bike path back to Sarlat if you choose. Dinner on your own tonight, and same hotel in central Sarlat. (B)

Day 7: Ride to Belves (38 km).

For your last ride, you'll ride through some very scenic villages such as la Roque Gageac and Beynac. La Roque Gageac has the title of being 'one of the most beautiful villages' of France! Built at the foot of a cliff, right along the river, don't miss its Exotic gardens and the troglodyte fort. Just 3 miles away is Beynac, boasting an imposing castle once besieged by Richard the Lion Hart. This visit is not on the itinerary but you should add this short detour. Stay at charming 3 star hotel Le Clement V with dinner on your own in town. (B)

Day 8: Departure after breakfast, trains depart for Paris and other destinations throughout France. (B)

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