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Follow the Dordogne to Bordeaux

Cycling at your own pace on quiet roads on a self-guided tour 5
Typical village along the road from Dordogne to Bordeaux Cycling at your own pace on quiet roads on a self-guided tour Observe the terrain and follow the river Plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking are available in the region Nature in Dordogne, a peaceful cycling playground along rivers
Cycling at your own pace on quiet roads on a self-guided tour

Follow the Dordogne to Bordeaux

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Description

When two historically important and equally intriguing regions lie side-by-side, picking just one for a cycling tour can be a nail-biter decision. “Which route provides more varied scenery? Do I skip the big cultural capital in favor of small medieval villages? Which region produces better wine?” Say goodbye to your anxiety, because we have the perfect cycling tour for you! 

Souillac to Bordeaux” combines two regions for one unforgettable trip. Start in the Dordogne, a hub of European prehistoric activity and home to some of the most enchanting scenes in France. Follow rivers — the ancient travel route of choice — to castleswalled towns, and innumerable historic gems. Wheel through vine-covered expanses to the grand city of Bordeaux, the “Pearl of Aquitaine.” Bordeaux is home to one of the largest urban bike paths in Europe, making it a dream to explore on wheels if you so choose. On this self-guided itinerary, you can see and do whatever you’d like, all at your own pace.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Dordogne, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Souillac

 

We’ll meet you in Souillac, in the heart of fairy tale-inspiring Dordogne, and transport you to your accommodations. Easy to explore on foot, you’ll find that Souillac is a quintessential Dordognais town with its mix of stone and half-timbered houses.

With extra time available, you can peek into the ancient abbey and/or pop into small, locally run businesses.

D2Souillac — Sarlat 32 km/20 miles, 430 meters/1,420 ft of climbing

 

Follow the Dordogne River through the countryside. The trees provide ample shade for a ride along the banks, and the castles of Montfort and Fenelon provide an extra dose of fairytale magic.

Your destination is Sarlat, one of the largest medieval centers in Europe. It may look like a movie set, but it’s the real deal! Enjoy accommodations filled with unmistakably French character.

D3Sarlat — Les Eyzies 42 km/26 miles, 550 meters/1,795 ft of climbing

 

The Dordogne River calmly snakes its way around villages built into the cliffs, acting as a mirror for the blue skies and buildings above. In this valley you’ll discover some of France’s most beautiful villages (they’ve truly been awarded that title!): BeynacLa Roque Gageac, and Domme.

At the end of the day, take a journey back in time… to the French capital of prehistory, Les Eyzies.

D4Les Eyzies — Bergerac 65 km/40 miles, 660 meters/2,170 ft of climbing

 

Rise early this morning and you may get a glimpse at the Font-de-Gaume cave paintings (still open to the public) or a reproduction of the Lascaux paintings. The National Museum of Prehistory and other archaeological sites may also be visited if you wish.

Once you’re on your bike, you’ll follow the Vezere River to the beautiful village of Limeuil. Stop for a lunch break before following the Dordogne to Bergerac, one of the country’s ancient trading ports. The variety of Renaissance buildings and excellent wines found here will utterly satisfy the soul.

D5Bergerac — Saint-Emilion 70 km/44 miles, 485 meters/1,590 ft of climbing

 

Continue along the trail formed by the Dordogne Valley and you’ll again be transported back in time with visits to the walled city, or bastide, of Sainte Foy La Grande Bastide. Further along, you’ll encounter the town where the Hundred Year’s War was won, Castillon-le-Bataille.

Last but hardly least, you’ll find yourself in Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Words cannot do justice to Saint-Emilion, but after tasting the renowned wines, you might find yourself eloquently toasting its wonders.

D6Saint-Emilion — Bordeaux 51 km/32 miles, 400 meters/1,320 ft of climbing

 

Vineyards, vineyards, everywhere you look, for miles on end — there’s no mistaking it, you’re in Bordeaux’s wine-producing territory! In fact, you’re “between two seas” in the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyard region, where Bordeaux’s biggest names can be found.

Your quiet cycling route passes by these esteemed domains and brings you right into the heart of the city of Bordeaux, your final destination. The cyclist-friendly city boasts a well-connected bike path that will allow you to see the major places of interest from the seat of your bike!

D7Bordeaux — Departure

 

Although the cycling portion of your journey is over after breakfast, you’re certainly welcome to stay in Bordeaux longer!

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • 6 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels of character

  • 990 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • 1,095 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 310 euros
  • 1,110 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 315 euros

These prices include:

  • 6 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative 
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from the Souillac train station to your first hotel on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 euros. E-bikes are available at the rate of 225 euros per bike. Aluminum road bikes are available at the rate of 155 euros per bike. Theses prices include the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Souillac.

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