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Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking: Through Prehistory to the Great Wine Estates

Dordogne Biking:  Off the Beaten Path and Back in Time Europe France Dordogne, France, Europe

from $4,498* per person 6 Days May-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 6
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Airport, france near brive-la-gaillarde, france
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
High rocky outcrops riddled with caves. Dense oak forests. Rivers meandering beneath limestone cliffs. The Dordogne's distinctive beauty has inspired people for 14,000 years. The Cro-Magnons painted in caves. Their descendants erected splendid fortresses and hilltop bastides. It's yours to discover on two wheels. In neighboring Bordeaux, find the down-to-earth appeal of medieval villages and fertile vineyards ideally juxtaposed with our lavish hotels and tastings of world-famous wines. Spend perfect days riding and drinking in everything that is Dordogne and Bordeaux.

    A perfect duo: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture
    Prehistoric cave paintings at Font-de-Gaume
    Private wine tastings with local experts
    Pedal by world-famous Bordeaux Grand Cru vineyards
    St-Émilion, whose history dates back to the 2nd century

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Dordogne Biking: Off the Beaten Path and Back in Time Europe France Dordogne, France, Europe

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Peaceful rides on country roads past walnut groves, tobacco fields and timeless villages  Explore the quintessential French village of Tremolat Ride along the Dordogne River Valley into the Vezere Valley Visit Eyzies de Tayac, nicknamed the "Capital of Prehistory" and view the Grotte de Font de Gaume, a grotto that contains spectacular cave paintings.  

Day 3 Relish the stunning scenery and fertile landscape that surround the city of Bergerac  Enjoy a Pergordian feast in a lovely garden setting at a hilltop bed and breakfast Le Quayre Spin past row uopn row of maturing grapes in the region known for producing some of France's most beloved reds, roses and whites.

Day 4 A perfect duo: the Dordogne's colorful history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture  After spinning out of the wooded Dordogne River Valley and into the vineyard-laced Bordeaux region, admire stunning mosaic-tiled floors at the Gallo-Roman ruins in Montcaret  An oenologist at the Vignobles & Châteaux wine school offers an initiation into tasting; you'll learn how to recognize Bordeaux vintages by color, smell and taste.

Days 5-6 Exclusive tour and dégustation with a local expert at a premier Grand Cru château  Bike undulating terrain past centuries-old churches, inviting hamlets and famous vineyards  Stroll through the World Heritage site of St-Émilion and sample the macaroons of Madame Blanchez - a local speciality produced in this region since the 1600's.

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