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Périgord and Quercy for Avid Riders

Cycling to Collonges la Rouge 6
Our Dordogne bicycle tours are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups Cycling to Collonges la Rouge Sunset in Dordogne's countryside Quite a few of our bicycle tours will take you to Rocammadour Some trips involve some cycling along the peaceful river Dordogne offers natural and historical heritage
Cycling to Collonges la Rouge

Périgord and Quercy for Avid Riders

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  • PriceFrom 975 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

Looking to log quality miles on quiet back roads through incredible scenery? Look no further than Quercy and Périgord and our challenging itinerary that includes some of the best-known medieval and prehistoric sites in the region.

Highlights include SouillacLes EyziesSarlatLa Roque GageacCastlenaudRocamadourPadiracCarennac, and Saint-Céré… but this isn’t an exhaustive list! Of course, after a full day of cycling and sightseeing, Périgord and Quercy's gastronomic heritage and hearty culinary specialties will help you replenish your energy. A memorable trip for body and soul!

This trip is ideal for riders who can comfortably cover 60 miles and handle 800 to 1,000 meters of climbing. For an easier alternative, you may want to consider Dordogne's Jewels and Treasures.

For groups of 6 and more, we can customize your itinerary to your liking.

 

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

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Souillac

 

Welcome to Souillac, where you will be greeted by our local representative. Souillac is a pretty town wedged between Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) and Quercy, two areas worth exploring in-depth on a bicycle.
Tonight at dinner we suggest you dive right into the regional specialty, duck!

D2Souillac — Les Eyzies 71 km/41 miles, 1,050 meters/3,450 ft of climbing

 

You'll probably want to take a stroll and explore Souillac before getting on your bike. We've kept today's mileage to a low 65 km (41 miles) to allow you to do just that! On your way to Les Eyzies, the World Capital of Prehistory, you will ride through typical Périgord villages.

All are rich in remarkable sites: Salignac has a medieval castle, Saint-Armand-de-Coly has quite a striking church and Montignac is home to the famous Lascaux grotto. (The caves are closed to the public, but you may visit a reproduction tomorrow morning if you wish and time allows.

D3Les Eyzies — Sarlat 80 km/50 miles, 1,080 meters/3,545 ft of climbing

 

You will first ride along the Vézère River up to its confluence with the Dordogne River — in Limeuil, a village that bears the coveted title of "One of France's Prettiest Villages" — then you're on to the scenic "Cingle de Trémolat" (Riverbend) and the village of Cadouin and its medieval abbey.

From there, riding will be done in a superb landscape of rolling hills and wooded areas.

D4Loop around Sarlat Short Option: 48 km/30 miles, 775 meters/2,550 ft of climbing; Long Option: 96 km/60 miles, 1,310 meters/4,300 ft of climbing

 

We’ll give you different options to suit your personal goals! All options will take you along the Dordogne River to discover some of France's prettiest villages and castles.
Among them are La Roque GageacBeynacCastelnaud, and Les Milandes. You’ll also encounter Périgord's fortified villages dating back to the Middle Ages: BelvèsDomme, and even Montpazier, if you choose the longer option.

D5Sarlat — Rocamadour 56 km/35 miles, 875 meters/2,870 ft of climbing

 

We've kept today's mileage to a low 56 km (35 miles) to allow you to explore Sarlat's medieval center (the largest in Europe) before setting off on your journey to the Quercy area. Today's ride to Rocamadour is magnificent from start (don’t miss the viewpoint in Calès of the Ouisse Canyon) to finish (Rocamadour and its exceptional cliffside setting).

Rocamadour will be your home for the next two nights, a base we’re sure you’ll adore.

D6Loop around Rocamadour Short Option: 57 km/35 miles, 870 meters/2,850 ft of climbing; Long Option: 89 km/55 miles, 1,310 meters/4,290 ft of climbing

All options will take you to the castle of CastelnauSaint-Céré, and the extraordinary cave of Padirac and its subterranean river. You will also visit the villages of LoubressacAutoire, and Carennac, each of which is categorized as ‘One of France's Prettiest Villages’.

D7Rocamadour — Souillac 83 km/52 miles, 1,110 meters/3,630 ft of climbing

 

Today's ride will take you through typical Quercy villages (LacaveMeyronne, and Martel), Collonges-la- Rouge, a colorful village built of red sandstones, and — although it may not be designated one of France’s “prettiest,” a picturesque village called Turenne, which is worth visiting in our opinion.

D8Departure

 

After breakfast, depart Souillac at the time of your choice.

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3-star properties

  • 975 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 300 euros
  • 1,055 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 310 euros
  • 1,090 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 320 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (Drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Souillac train station to your first hotel on Day 1 and from the last hotel to the Souillac train station on Day 8
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • 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 95 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike. Aluminum racing bikes are available at the price of 145 euros per bike.

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