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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 Souillac, Les Eyzies, Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Castlenaud, Rocamadour, Padirac, Carennac, 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.
Welcome to 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!
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 71 km (44 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.
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.
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 Gageac, Beynac, Castelnaud, and Les Milandes. You’ll also encounter Périgord's fortified villages dating back to the Middle Ages: Belvès, Domme, and even Montpazier, if you choose the longer option.
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.
All options will take you to the castle of Castelnau, Saint-Céré, and the extraordinary cave of Padirac and its subterranean river. You will also visit the villages of Loubressac, Autoire, and Carennac, each of which is categorized as ‘One of France's Prettiest Villages’.
Today's ride will take you through typical Quercy villages (Lacave, Meyronne, 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.
After breakfast, depart Souillac at the time of your choice.
7 nights' accommodation in 3-star properties