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A Short Escape Along the Dordogne River

Un marché traditionnel dans la Dordogne 5
Dordogne's historical landscape Cycling along a peaceful river Traditional market day in Dordogne Small village church along you cycling route The riding on this part of France takes place mainly on easy terrain
Un marché traditionnel dans la Dordogne

A Short Escape Along the Dordogne River

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  • PriceFrom 495 euros
  • DAY3 nights / 4 days

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Dordogne is the perfect getaway for a long weekend of relaxation, stress-free biking, and exceptional cuisine. If you’re making your rounds in France, you’ll find our short escape is a great way to enjoy some face time with southwestern France! 

Discover this region's treasures — DommeLa Roque GageacBeynacSarlat, and more — at your own pace. For riders who wish to cover more ground, we’ll gladly provide longer options (from 35 to 80 km; 22 miles to 50 miles).

This trip starts and ends in Souillac (how do I get there?) which is well served by trains from Toulouse or Paris.

Customized itineraries can be created for parties of 6 and more.


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


D1Arrival in Souillac


Located on the Dordogne RiverSouillac has often been considered as the gateway to "Périgord Noir." It is the perfect starting point for a short escape and also conveniently located whether you travel by train (train service from Paris or from Toulouse) or by car (on the A20/E9 highway). Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local expert.

Please note that market day is on Friday, so you may wish to arrange an early arrival (or arrive late on a Thursday evening) if you’d like to peruse the stalls.

D2Souillac — Sarlat 35 km/22 miles


You’ll probably want to take a stroll and explore Souillac before getting on your bike, so we’ve kept today’s mileage low to allow you to do just that! From Souillac, the Dordogne will be your guide. This very relaxing ride will take you by the castles of Fenelon and Montfort before reaching Sarlat, the capital city of the Périgord Noir and Europe’s largest preserved medieval center. Cyrano de Bergerac and Manon des Sources took advantage of Sarlat’s medieval authenticity for a film location.

Please note that if you wish to cover more ground, our representative will gladly provide you with longer options. You should also mark your calendar for a Saturday market visit in Sarlat.

D3Sarlat Loop various options


Regardless of the loop you choose, you will follow quiet roads through some of Dordogne’s most beautiful sites. All our loops go through the remarkable villages of DommeBeynac and La Roque-Gageac, three villages deemed so beautiful that they’ve been awarded the coveted title of “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France (“One of France’s Prettiest Villages”).

At the end, you’ll be back in Sarlat, where you can do whatever you please.

D4Departure from Sarlat


After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the Souillac train station (or to your first hotel where you left your car).

Booking & Prices

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

  • 495 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 180 euros
  • 550 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 205 euros
  • 580 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 215 euros

These prices include:

  • 3-nights' accommodation in 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (Drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Souillac train station to the first hotel on Day 1
  • Departure transfer from Sarlat to Souillac on Day 4
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes.
  • GPX tracks
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be given 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 105 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 165 euros per bike. Gravel bikes are available on request (subject to availability) at the rate of 120 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bikes.

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