Dordogne and Lot Cycling Tours

Cycle-the-Dordogne’s self-guided cycling tours are a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace. You know also that we are always there in the locality to support you because we live in the centre of the Dordogne and Lot regions. It will be Cliff who meets you upon arrival and he will explain everything thoroughly – 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 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 – and it will be either Cliff or Annie who answers the telephone, not a temporary employee in some far-off office.

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Our Cycling Tours

Cycle-the-Dordogne’s self-guided tours are a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace. You know also that we are always there in the locality to support you because we live in the centre of the Dordogne and Lot regions. It will be Cliff who meets you upon arrival and he will explain everything thoroughly – 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 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 – and it will be either Cliff or Annie who answers the telephone, not a temporary employee in some far-off office.

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All our tours are in the south-west of France in the Dordogne and Lot. Both areas are captivating – and many of our clients come back here year after year. In addition, the accommodation we book is chosen to suit all tastes – from delightful chambres d’hôtes (Bed & Breakfast), to superb deluxe hotels. You decide.

The length of your tour is variable. You decide. 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 tours run from early April to mid-October. Should you wish to book a tour out of season, however, do please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Our self-guided tours are extremely flexible. Once we know your preferred start date and choice of tour, leave everything else up to us. By the way, if you’re not sure which tour to choose, don’t hesitate to give us a ring so that we can discuss all the possible options with you before you book.

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Sample itineraries and prices are shown below for our Cycling Tours:

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Dordogne One
(7, 9 or 11 days)

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Dordogne Two
(9 days)

Dordogne Three
(7 days)

Cycling Dordogne France

Dordogne Four
(9 days)

Lot Valley One
(9 days)

Lot Valley Two
(8 or 10 days)

Gourmet & Grottes
(10 days)

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A Three River Tour
(9 days)

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Dordogne/Lot Combo

Sarlat Plus One

Hub and Spoke

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Multi Activity Tour

Our Dordogne Tours

Cycling Tour: DORDOGNE ONE (7,9 or 11 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

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!

(The above itinerary is the 11-day version of the Dordogne One Tour)

Short

1510
  • Hotel, 7 days (6 nights)

Standard

1945
  • Hotel, 9 days (8 nights)

Long

2365
  • Hotel, 11 days (10 nights)

Cycling Tour: DORDOGNE TWO (9 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2:Leave Gourdon and the verdant Bouriane and head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses. Pass through unspoilt, beautiful scenery on your way to the famous village of Rocamadour.

Day 3 & 4:From Rocamadour, cycle through charming villages to reach St-Céré. A day ride out of St-Céré poses the question “Where first?” There are the waterfalls at Autoire, the Château-de-Montal, the Château-de-Castelnau-Bretenoux or the “Grottes de Presque”. You decide.

Day 5: Pedal parallel to the river towards stunning Carennac. 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 buildings in the village were built using red sandstone – and 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-Eyvigues 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 the farmers. The silence is deafening!

Day 8: Before leaving Salignac-Eyvigues for Gourdon, you may wish to 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.

(All prices are per person. Please note that single supplements apply)

Standard

1760
  • Hotel, 9 days (8 nights)

Cycling Tour: DORDOGNE THREE (7 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2:Leaving Gourdon behind you, cycle through verdant countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliffside overlooking the Ouysse gorge. You will have ample time to explore this beautiful village and its hidden secrets.

Day 3:Pedal through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you have the opportunity to visit the remarkable “Gouffre de Padirac” as well as the wonderful village of Carennac. Your route for much of the ride is alongside the river. Stop and have a picnic, enjoy the surroundings.

Day 4: The longest ride of the tour takes you from Martel to La-Roque-Gageac, following the river for much of the day. The route includes Souillac, Lacave, Château-Fénelon and much more besides. Take in the spectacular village of Domme as you approach your destination.

Day 5:A day ride out of La-Roque-Gageac allows you to visit Sarlat, the region’s jewel in the crown – a wonderful town not to be missed. In addition, you have Château-Marqueyssac, with its sensational gardens as well as the dominant and magnificent Château-Beynac to visit.

Day 6: You head back to Gourdon today. But along the way you have time to call at Château-Castelnaud and Les Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker, as well as other beautiful villages. You won’t want it to end!

Standard

1545
  • Hotel, 7 days (6 nights)

Cycling Tour: DORDOGNE FOUR (9 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2: If you feel you have time you can visit the “Grottes de Cougnac” and view the cave art before setting off for Rocamadour, a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century. You cycle through picturesque countryside with stunning vistas.

Day 3: Cycle down off the Causse-de-Gramat towards Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. En route, visit the fabulous underground river system at the “Gouffre de Padirac” and the stunning village of Carennac.

Day 4: Follow the River Dordogne from one stunning village to another! La-Roque-Gageac hugs the cliffs bordering the river. You are now truly at the heart of the Périgord Noir. Every corner, every hilltop offers something different, all so rewarding.

Day 5:Châteaux abound at Beynac and Castelnaud, along with the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac and the stunning village of Domme. Today’s ride is routed to embrace all of these fantastic locations.

Day 6: Today you cycle out of the Dordogne Valley and into the Vézère Valley. Josephine Baker’s former home, Les Milandes, the delightful town of Les Eyzies are all incorporated into the ride, before arriving at the riverside town of Montignac.

Day 7: You may wish to visit the celebrated Lascaux caves found just outside of Montignac, before heading off across deserted countryside to Sarlat. With its golden limestone medieval centre, Sarlat is an absolute must.

Day 8: From Sarlat it’s due south towards Gourdon, leaving the Dordogne department behind, crossing the river, and cycling back into the Lot. Everything comes to an end! But there’s always next time!

 

Standard

1990
  • Hotel, 9 days (8 nights)

Our Lot Valley Tours

Cycling Tour: LOT VALLEY ONE (9 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2:Leave Gourdon behind as you cycle into La France Profonde towards the bastide town of Monpazier.

Day 3 & 4:Cycle down into the glorious Lot valley and immerse yourself in the wonderful landscape. Why not visit Château-de-Bonaguil or one of the many vineyards along the route to Cahors?

Day 5, 6 & 7: Cahors now fades into the distance as you cycle along the edge of the River Lot beneath overhanging cliffs. Wander round St-Cirq-Lapopie and visit the “Grotte du Pech-Merle” with its ancient cave drawings.

Day 8:Return to Gourdon through a landscape which appears not to have changed for centuries.

(All prices are per person. Please note that single supplements may apply)

Standard

1850
  • Hotel, 9 days (8 nights)

Cycling Tour: LOT VALLEY TWO (8 or 10 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Gourdon and meet Cliff for the “meet’n’greet”. Cliff will then give you your bikes and all other necessary equipment, run through the tour details and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2:Set off from Gourdon to Gluges, nestled at the foot of a 120-metre cliff which borders the River Dordogne. Visit Souillac’s abbey along the way or the grottes at Lacave.

Day 3 & 4: A wonderful ride from Gluges to Loubressac. Visit Martel, the town of the seven towers. A free day to possibly visit Carennac, Autoire or any one of the equally beautiful villages that adorn this region.

Day 5: Riding over the Causse takes you to Rocamadour, dramatically perched on the side of a high cliff. Call at the “Gouffre de Padirac” along the way, an underground river system deep beneath the ground. Not to be missed!

Day 6:Continue through unspoilt countryside, a natural park, to Labastide-Murat, a charming town so typical of this beautiful region.

Day 7: Cycle into the remarkable Célé Valley. Visit the “Grotte du Pech-Merle” before arriving in the spectacular village of St-Cirq-Lapopie, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the River Lot.

Day 8: Ride alongside the Lot into Cahors, the capital of the Lot. Cross Pont Valentré bridge, Cahor’s old medieval prison, into a bustling town. Explore the delightful narrow streets of this vibrant town.

Day 9: Follow the river for a short distance before heading back into the Bouriane. Pedal through attractive villages, such as Catus and Lavercantière, before arriving in Gourdon.

*The above itinerary is the 10-day version of the Lot Valley Two Tour
*All prices are per person (please note that single supplements apply)
*Deluxe hotels are available at certain locations – please contact us for more details and prices

Short

1540
  • Hotel, 8 days (7 nights)

Standard

1945
  • Hotel, 10 days (9 nights)