Cycling the Dordogne

Guided Bike Tour in Dordogne
  • Length 7 days
  • From USD$4150
  • Style/Level Classic 3.0
  • Countries France
  • Begin/End Cahors / Sarlat-la-Canéda
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The Dordogne River valley in Western France is one of the country’s longest and most scenic. For 500 km, the Dordogne cuts through layers of limestone plateau and meanders from the woody hills of the Massif Central through the heartland of prehistoric human settlements in Europe. Our bike tour of the Dordogne takes you on some of the nicest cycling routes in Europe, with breathtaking views of medieval castles topping the hills at every bend in the river. This is one of our all-time favorite bicycle tours.

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  • beautiful landscapes, Gouffres of Padirac, 3 nights in Sarlat, Rocamadour, medieval castles


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We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

For this trip, we recommend packing shoes that can get wet/dirty since you’ll be visiting caves and canoeing.

Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 3-9, 2024 USD$4150 USD$550
DateSep 3-9, 2024
Private room feeUSD$550

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  • Total distance 264 km (163 miles)
  • Average daily distance 53 km (33 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.0

Highlights: Cahors, special introductory dinner

Arrive this afternoon in Cahors, known for its Malbec-based wines, it is a charming medieval town with ruins dating back to Roman times. After we fit and test bicycles, you’re free to explore more of this town. This evening, we’ll gather for a glass of wine and a welcome dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Terminus

Highlights: Scenic cycling, pilgrimage village of Rocamadour, goat cheese

Enjoy superb views over the cliffs and valleys of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park, a vast limestone plateau, to legendary pilgrimage site Rocamadour. Rocamadour will take your breath away as it clings miraculously to the sheer cliffs of the Causse de Gramat. Dinner together this evening, with a taste of Rocamadour’s famous creamy, hand-made goat cheese.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Beau Site

Highlights: Medieval Carennac, prehistoric caves of Padirac

We bicycle quiet country roads to the picturesque medieval town of Carennac this morning, stopping at the caves of Padirac on the way. Our exploration of Padirac begins with a 75-meter descent and culminates with a boat ride on one of the most spectacular underground rivers in the world. Along the way we’ll discover stone tools dating back more than 50,000 years. After our exploration back in time we’ll continue the ride to the picturesque medieval town of Carennac which is a perfect spot for lunch. We’ll be back in Rocamadour tonight.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Beau Site

Highlights: A duck farm, Souillac, a gorgeous ride along the Dordogne, and rails-to-trails path to Sarlat

We leave Rocamadour this morning for a short ride along country roads to encounter some “local flavor” in the form of duck. We will visit a local foie gras producer and you’ll have a chance to taste this famous delicacy from the southwest. Then we enter walnut country –la route de la noix– as we head for a stunning ride along the Dordogne River to S. Julien-de-Lampon. The last ten kilometers of the ride we’ll be on a rails-to-trails path that takes us to our home for the next three days, Sarlat. The June 4, 2024 departure will be at the Au Grand Hotel De Sarlat. The September 3, 2024 departure will be at the Plaza Madeleine.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Au Grand Hotel De Sarlat , Hotel Plaza Madeleine

Highlights: Regional market in Sarlat, 9th-century Benedictine abbey, Bastide town of Domme, optional bike ride

Today is a free day to enjoy the extraordinary regional market in Sarlat. The town was built around a 9th-century Benedictine abbey and today preserves a collection of 15th-century buildings – many constructed with golden sandstone – which gives it a unique character. If your legs are feeling strong, take an optional climb to the 13th-century bastide town of Domme for a chance to visit the medieval castle of Castelnaud.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Au Grand Hotel De Sarlat

Highlights: Canoe trip, La Roque-Gageac, and visit to Beynac Castle

We begin the day with a leisurely ride back to the Dordogne River where we’ll find our canoes for an easy float trip past La Roque-Gageac to Beynac Castle. This imposing castle, built during the 13th Century, was a French stronghold during the Hundred Years War. You can visit the castle, then we bicycle back to Sarlat.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Au Grand Hotel De Sarlat

You’re on your own now, prepared to face Bordeaux and a few more castles and wineries. Have fun!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Was the best trip I ever had!

    Normandie L., Concord, VT – Sept 2019
  • Was the best trip I ever had!

    Normandie L., Concord, VT – Sept 2019
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? There where so many it is hard to choose. I though it was excellent. The Padirac cave was great.

    Richard R., Honolulu, HI – September 2017