Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Western France's Dordogne River flows nearly 500 kilometers from the volcanic Massif Central region through deep gorges, steep cliffs, fertile farmland and famed vineyards to its mouth in the Bay of Biscay near Bordeaux. Our route traces the river's descent from Cahors to St. Émilion by way of some of the nicest cycling routes and most hospitable hosts in Europe. Add visits to the Lascaux 4 cave, two nights in St. Émilion, wine tastings and great food, and you have one of our all-time favorite bicycle tours.

***If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 11 days, check out our Cycling the Dordogne, which features the first 6 nights of this itinerary.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 9-19, 2020
USD$5150
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!  
Sep 15-25, 2020
USD$5150
USD$650
Space Running Out! 

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 508 km (312 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 55 km (34 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.0 Classic
  • Countries / France
  • Begin/End / Cahors / St. Émilion
  • Price / From USD$5150
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Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Lascaux Centre International, 3 nights in Sarlat, Rocamadour, Côtes de Bergerac & St. Émilion, wine areas of Monbazillac, Gouffres of Padirac, medieval castles, beautiful landscapes

    Keep in Mind: 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.
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights accommodation; 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners with wine; one wine tasting; Chateau de Monbazillac entrance; Gouffre de Padirac guided visit; Lascaux Centre International guided visit; canoe excursion; and the usual (see below).

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY) / Bordeaux-Méringnac Airport (BOD), Paris (CDG)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    65km / 989m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    3
    64km / 857m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    4
    58km / 797m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    5
    44km / 763m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    6
    29km / 480m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    7
    57km / 796m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    8
    76km / 918m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    9
    80km / 689m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.0
    10
    36km / 310m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    11
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Quiet roads over varied terrain.

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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DAY 1: Arrive Cahors, France

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.

DAY 2: Bicycle to Rocamadour

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.

  • Distance: 65km (41mi)
  • Gain: 989m (3244ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Bicycle loop ride to Padirac and to Carrenac

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.

  • Distance: 64km (40mi)
  • Gain: 857m (2811ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Bicycle to 16th century Sarlat

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.

  • Distance: 58km (36mi)
  • Gain: 797m (2614ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Rest day in Sarlat

Highlights: Regional market in Sarlat, 9th-century Benedictine abbey, 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 we'll offer an optional bike ride this afternoon into the hilly backcountry of Sarlat where you'll enjoy amazing views over the Dordogne River from Domme, and a chance to visit the medieval castle of Castelnaud.

DAY 6: Loop ride from Sarlat and Canoe trip

Highlights: Bastide town of Domme, canoe trip, La Roque-Gageac, visit to Beynac Castle

For those who wish, we'll offer an early start and an optional ride to the 13th-century bastide town of Domme; for the rest, 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.

  • Distance: 29km (18mi)
  • Gain: 480m (1574ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Bicycle to Les Eyzies

Highlights: Guided tour of Lascaux 4, visit to Prehistoric Museum

Today we bike to Les Eyzies, which rests at the confluence of the Vèzére and Beune rivers. Our first stop will be at Lascaux 4, where we will enjoy a guided visit of this exemplary replica of the prehistoric Lascaux cave. If you want to expand your knowledge after the visit you can stop by the Prehistoric Museum in town and learn about our ancestors from 100,000 years ago. Alternatively, spend the rest of the afternoon simply relaxing at the hotel pool.

  • Distance: 57km (36mi)
  • Gain: 796m (2611ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Bicycle to Saint Nexans

Highlights: Spectacular views of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers, local vineyards, wine tasting at Monbazillac Chateau

Today our route follows the Vézère to its confluence with the Dordogne river. We'll have some beautiful views of the river as we wind our way up and around one of its largest and most picturesque meanders. We pedal on to the Monbazillac Chateau, where you can visit the castle and enjoy a wine tasting. From there, we'll bicycle to our quaint manor hotel in Saint Nexans.

  • Distance: 76km (48mi)
  • Gain: 918m (3011ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle to St. Émilion

Highlights: Quaint villages, Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux vineyards

We will bike to St. Émilion today, home to some of France's oldest vineyards. On our way we'll pass through many small villages typical to the area that are linked by a patchwork of quiet country roads. Before reaching St Émilion we'll pedal by Chateau de Michel de Montaigne, one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. You'll have the option of visiting his former residence and La Tour de Montaigne where he wrote his celebrated philosophical Essais. This afternoon there's time to explore the labyrinth streets of St. Émilion.

  • Distance: 80km (50mi)
  • Gain: 689m (2260ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: St. Émilion Loop

Highlights: St. Émilion, scenic cycling through world renowned vineyards such as Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Bel Air, and Pomerol, plus an informative wine tasting

You will have lots to see and do today as we are in St Émilion for one more night. We'll offer a loop ride this morning through the surrounding vineyards and illustrious Bordeaux wine houses. Back in St Émilion this afternoon you'll have the opportunity to visit the impressive underground church, chapel, and catacombs before our wine tasting where you'll learn about wine making and more specifically about the St Émilion wines. We'll celebrate our final dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 36km (23mi)
  • Gain: 310m (1017ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Tour ends in St. Émilion, France

Highlights: Bon Voyage!

You're on your own now, with Bordeaux and more castles and wineries close at hand. Have fun!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive Cahors, France

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note: As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

  • We recommend flying into the Toulouse Airport (TLS).
  • You can also fly into Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG). It is a 5.5 to 6-hour train ride from Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris to Cahors.

How to get to the Day 1 Hotel:

  1. Tisseo shuttle bus from Toulouse Blagnac Airport to Toulouse Matabiau - Runs every 20 minutes (30 min/EUR 8)
  2. Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Cahors (1-1.5 hours/Fares vary)
  3. Walk 200 meters to hotel.

Look up French train schedules and book tickets, if necessary, at SNCF.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us .

Day 11: Departure Information

Tour ends in St. Émilion, France

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

Your tour ends on the final day after breakfast.

The airport closest to the tour end is Bordeaux (BOD).

  • You can also fly out of Paris (CDG), which is a 4-5-hour train ride away.
How to get to Bordeaux Airport
  1. Taxi from the Ending Hotel to the Libourne Train Station (10 min/EUR 20-30)
  2. Train from Libourne to Bordeaux Saint Jean Train Station. No need to book in advance. (30 min/fares vary)
  3. Shuttle bus from Bordeaux Saint Jean to Bordeaux Airport. Departs every 30 minutes. (30 min/EUR 8) or taxi (30 min/costs EUR 30-40)

Keep in Mind

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.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages and straps available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet. Daily Routine (Procedures and Logistics)

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

At breakfast each day we will make the "Master Route Map" available so you can highlight your map for the day's ride. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

We'll be taking photos throughout the tour and we encourage you to do the same. Please note that we may use these for promotional purposes. Please inform us if you prefer images of you not be used. We realize that many of our travelers are great photographers and often people want to share photos after the trip. We'd love to see and share your photos from the tour with the world so if you don't mind the possibility of being famous (at least in the ExperiencePlus! world) send us a link to your tour photo gallery, or upload your favorite 20 - 30 pictures to your tour departure gallery - we'll send you the link to that online photo gallery in your final email!

Classic Tour Style

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • A lovely ride through France. Great, quiet roads with great scenery and lots of local character.

    Marina C., Rockwood, ON, Canada - October 2018
  • Great company. Great guides. Great experience. Well run. Good food. Easy biking. Great countryside. Looking forward to our 10th next year.

    Ron C., Berkeley, CA - October 2018
  • Well balanced in all respects: route, food quality, group size and compatibility, guide expertise/balance/friendliness & helpfulness, weather, activities. Loved this tour!

    Christie S., Tacoma, WA - September 2018
  • Just a quick note to tell you that the tour leaders did an outstanding job during our recent trip to the Dordogne. It seemed that they were there every moment to take care of us, the bikes, and any other whims and restaurant experiences that we needed. The Dordogne trip was every bit as exciting as that which we took to Provence in 2003. However the canoe ride and the cave paintings added a new level of excitement that was different from previous trips. The canoe rides, the castle, and the restaurants were all outstanding and we look forward to our next trip with ExperiencePlus!

    Richard C.
    Austin, TX
  • Beautiful cycling, loads of ancient sites. Excellent food and wine.

    Randy V., Los Gatos, CA - October 2018
  • We very much enjoyed this tour. We are still in awe over the beauty of Dordogne. We are also glad that we did the Bordeaux extension. That was a great finale to a wonderful tour.

    Mary Ann D., Pleasanton, CA
  • I've traveled with 2 other companies. Both are good, but don't have the great overall package of ExPlus. The chalked arrows are wonderful - I use the map only as a great way to think about the area or relive a fantastic experience. I love the information on the day sheets. The cave paintings were one of the things that attracted me to this trip. The experience was beyond even my already high expectations - and definite ExperiencePlus!Another great tour! I'm already looking for my next one.

    John C., Reno, NV
  • The trip was a fabulous experience from the moment we got on our bikes!Font de Gaume caves, learning about making walnut oil, the canoe trip down the Dordogne - total fun! The memories of this trip will get me through this next year, it was wonderful!

    Robin J., Petoskey, MI
  • A feast for the eyes, brain and stomach. Not to be missed if you like dong it on a bicycle.

    William H., Montpelier, VT - Sept 2019
  • The Dordogne region by bicycle is incredible.

    Ann R.
    Minneapolis, MN
  • You guys are great!

    Kay E., Seattle, WA
  • Great cycling in a beautiful and historic part of France.

    Matthew A., Auckland, NA - June 2017
  • We loved traveling on rural, non-traffic roads and having the arrow markings on the pavement.

    Char W. & Paul R., Santa Cruz, CA
  • The tour leaders were models for what every tour should strive for.

    Tom S.
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • ExperiencePlus! is by far the best tour company I have traveled with ... Besides the bicycling, my favorite was visiting the cave at Font de Gaume.

    Elsie K.
    Decorah, IA
  • The cycling routes were great, and that is from someone who before this trip thought he lived in cycling paradise. Loved the canoe trip and the other cultural experiences. I will travel with you again.

    Tim L., Sebastopol, CA - September 2017
  • Gorgeous. Beautiful area of France and we’ve traveled around a lot of France. Towns along the way were postcard worthy. Guides and fellow tour mates were fantastic. Highly recommend.

    Karin R., Stillwater, MN - Sept 2019
  • A feast for the eyes, brain and stomach. Not to be missed if you like dong it on a bicycle.

    William H., Montpelier, VT - Sept 2019
  • The routes were so serene and interesting. Picturesque villages, historical and cultural stops, loved the chalk markings. The staff went out of their way time and again to provide support, fun and interest. Top Job.

    Jane S., Bellevue, WA - October 2018
  • Great job. Great tour leaders. Fun trip and good folks on the trip!

    Annie I., Olympia, WA
  • This was a great bike trip with lovely people, guides, accommodations, culture, food, very scenic, etc., - it was so FUN! Pleased with everything about Experience Plus tours - and the staff here in Fort Collins are great, too! Already signed up for next year to Greece! We highly recommend Experience Plus!

    Carol D., Fort Collins, CO - September 2018
  • A great bike tour through the scenic back roads in the Dordogne region - one of the most beautiful regions of France.

    Richard T., New Britain, CT
  • Your skilled professional staff at home and in France is what sets your company above and apart from other tour operators. Thank you for making this one of the most enjoyable travel experiences we have ever had.

    Tim & Patty K.
    Denver, CO
  • Best vacation of my life.

    Timothy C., Portland, OR
  • This was our first trip and we couldn''t have asked for a more enjoyable trip. Because it''s our first ExperiencePlus! trip, I don''t have another trip to even compare it to. The guides were great, we had wonderful weather, no bike issues, scenery & people were great. I don''t think one could ask for anything better in my opinion. Thank you for a wonderful and very memorable tour/trip. We hope we can take another trip in the next year or two.

    Lynne W., Tofte, MN - September 2018
  • My trip was awesome! The highlight was the cycling portion (we stayed afterwards in Bordeaux and Paris) where we cycled to medieval towns I would not have visited on my own, canoed down the Dordogne river and visited a medieval French castle. We visited a foie gras family farm and spent the day in a large market town. Cycling on good roads with few cars seeing beautiful French country houses, vineyards, agriculture and sheep.

    Jodie H., Honolulu, HI
  • Colorful. Well organized. Terrific Guides. An opportunity to get closer to the culture and people than in other types of Tours. Thank you.

    George E., Tacoma, WA - September 2018
  • Scenery and routes were fabulous - small country lanes most of the time plus a couple of bike paths with lovely villages all along the way. The food and wines were equally fabulous - maybe the best we've had in 20 bike trips in Europe. I liked the canoe trip on the Dordogne and the trip to the cave paintings. So I've cheated and said way too many favorites

    Virginia M., Bloomington, IN
  • Wonderful trip, the best tour leaders..another triumph!

    Hathaway B.
    Cushing, ME
  • Awesome guides, beautiful scenery. Amazing historic towns with breath-taking ancient buildings. Lovely country roads.

    Shanna O., Albany, CA - October 2018
  • This was the first Experience Plus tour I have taken. It was highly recommended by parents and friends. I believe the trip ranks up there with some of the best trips I have taken in my life. Really very, very enjoyable all around - great leaders, great route, exciting things along the way, good people on the tour, good food and GREAT weather, which I think was really important. I relaxed for the first time like I hadn't in six years, and could completely leave work behind. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you!

    Sarah V., Arlington, VA
  • Great scenery, fabulous food and good hard riding. The entire tour was exceptional. I think you do a fantastic job. We always recommend you to any friends interested in a tour. We will definitely do a tour next year. Thank you for a well run organization.

    Dede M., Sonora, CA
  • We pretty much agreed that this trip was probably one of the most spectacular we've taken, if not the most. The food and wine were superb. The scenery was awesome. How do you find these roads? They were like our own special little bike paths. Wonderful.

    Richard & Joan P.
    S. Glastonbury, CT
  • The biking was great, the food/wind FABULOUS, but perhaps the most unforgettable experience was visiting the caves with the prehistoric paintings. What a treat.... something I'll remember on the long haul of life.

    Kathy S., San Ramon, CA
  • This is the best vacation I''ve ever had. There were many varied activities in addition to the fantastic bike routes such as: the country bread baker, the canoe trip and picnic on the Dordogne, the towns we visited, the chateaus we visited, the prehistoric sites we visited, wine tastings, the best food I''ve had in my life, etc. that all taken together created a 10 day favorite experience for me. It was a perfect blend of activities.

    Ken P., Fort Collins, CO
  • Fantastic. Amazing riding on scenic back roads with very few cars.

    Brian B and Sue A., Santa Rosa, CA
  • This was my first Experience Plus tour and I loved every minute of it!! Although I was leery at the cost (quite a bit above my usual holiday budget), I feel I got more than my money''s worth. AWESOME! Well paced, challenging cycle route, relaxing, interesting.

    Stacey H., Edmonton, ALB - September 2017
  • Trip was excellent no better way to see this part of France than on a bike with guides from the country. Fourth trip with Experience Plus. Always a great trip!

    Kevin N., Laguna Niguel, CA - October 2018
  • Fabulous scenery, small well-preserved villages, nice quiet roads, fresh air! Keep up the great experiences!

    David S., Voorhees, NJ
  • ExperiencePlus! is by far the best tour company I have traveled with ... Besides the bicycling, my favorite was visiting the cave at Font de Gaume.

    Elsie K.
    Decorah, IA
  • Thanks for organizing a wonderful trip along the Dordogne. The daily rides were well planned, routed through interesting villages and at select times it was a thrill to be off the beaten path. It was as if I lived around the corner from where I was riding, and was taking the best bicycling route to get there (i.e., no cars and good riding surfaces).

    Thomas V., Arlington, VA
  • All was well planned. Route was well designed and beautiful. Meals great. And guides were top notch!Out of ten trips I''ve made with different companies this ranks, along with a two week Tour de France trip, as the best!

    Dave B., Fort Collins, CO - September 2018
  • Visiting the caves at Font de Gaumes was a spiritual experience and one I didn't think I would experience in my life.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • My favorite of the Ex Plus tours in France (so far). Fabulous tour! We can''t wait for our next Ex Plus trip...

    Dave S., Fort Collins, CO - September 2018
  • Rick's pre-ride orientation was superior. Covering the basics was important, even for experienced riders. The timing of our stay in La Linde was fabulous; the folk festival was such a treat! Also, going to a wine tasting in St. Emilion was a highlight.

    Gary & Linda C.
    Los Gatos, CA
  • Amazing. Beautiful routes, scenery,food, and people throughout trip. Canoe trip along Dordogne with castles overlooking was a great bonus. Chartreuse de Bignac was one of the nicest places I have ever stayed at. Tour leaders were all great.

    Norm H., Hammonton, NJ
  • Of the ten tours we've taken, this tour provided the most consistent natural beauty and very unique settings. This tour matches the Puglia tour in terms of unique towns we visited.

    Ellen L., Boulder, CO - Sept 2019
  • Gorgeous. Beautiful area of France and we’ve traveled around a lot of France. Towns along the way were postcard worthy. Guides and fellow tour mates were fantastic. Highly recommend.

    Karin R., Stillwater, MN - Sept 2019
  • We loved the trip, I love the office help, 3 cheers for their enduring my constant confusion, always cheerful and helpful. And I love EXP, it''s the just right outfit for me, it does it all, good riding, good food, good places to stay, and I like the educational part and the loyalty program, this was my 10th trip, so thanks a bunch and thanks to Rick and Paola and the girls, keep up the good work and good thinking.

    Barbara H., Lexington, MA - September 2018
  • Cycling through stunning French countryside scenery, inviting limestone architecture, castles and medieval fortresses on hilltops in the distance, delightful picturesque towns with blooming window boxes, aromas of honeysuckle, area of the 116 year war with England, while following fun chalk arrows and faces on the roadside, enjoying delectable duck, duck, duck and imbibing fantastic wine, wine wine. A delight for all the senses. We are super happy we found ExperiencePlus! We are already planning our next cycling adventure for 2017.

    Joan M., Redwood City, CA
  • Great guides, wonderful experiences. What was your favorite experience on this trip? Can''t decide between the giant cave of Padirac and the canoe trip. Lascaux 4 was also awesome.

    Joe V., Boulder, CO - September 2017
  • One of the reasons we like ExperiencePlus! so much is that these things have been so carefully considered and finely tuned. The hotels are a perfect balance...great cultural flavor, and nice without being over-the-top/cookie cutter and culturally neutral. Everything we hear from those who have traveled with other companies convinces us we were lucky enough to find the best match for our expectations with our first bike tour. We are now looking forward to planning our fourth with ExperiencePlus!. Thank you for everything.

    John M., Colorado Springs, CO
  • [ My favorite experience was ] Touring the Font de Gaume, meals with our group, the French villages, cafe au lait/glace stops, Sarlat market ... [ My least favorite experience was ] having it end ... My mom and I took this tour and specifically chose the woman tour option since neither of us are very adventuresome on our own. We knew that being with a group of women we would never have to dine alone at lunch or when we were on our own for dinner. It was a fabulous experience and I would definitely consider a woman-only tour again. Our guides made the logistics seem effortless, especially when we all wanted to have lunch together.

    Jean V.
    Tomah, WI
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was a great adventure and one I will remember for a long time.

    Don E., Edmonton, Canada - September 2017
  • Breathtaking! Wonderful food. I have already encouraged a couple of friends to go. We really had a great time! Thank you, ExperiencePlus!!

    Lori S., Edinburg, TX
  • Of the ten tours we've taken, this tour provided the most consistent natural beauty and very unique settings. This tour matches the Puglia tour in terms of unique towns we visited.

    Ellen L., Boulder, CO - Sept 2019
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