Home > From Sarlat to Cahors: Biking Along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers
From Sarlat in the heart of Périgord to Cahors, the capital of Lot, each day you cycle along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers is certain to delight. Some of the best-preserved prehistoric cave paintings can be found in Périgord, and some are still open to the public! We suggest you set aside time on your last day to visit Pech-Merle, an art gallery featuring 25,000-year-old masterpieces! More “recent” marvels include Sarlat, one of Europe’s largest medieval cities; the causses of Quercy, and innumerable castles.
Cyclists who fancy themselves gourmets — and even those who don’t! — will be treated to nightly feasts highlighting some of France’s most celebrated cuisine. This is the land of duck and goose dishes, of foie gras and truffles, of rich Cahors wine and walnut-based liqueurs. Don’t worry about over-indulging — this is your vacation, and with easy rides on quiet back roads, you can enjoy everything at your own pace.
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is easily accessible from Paris, Bordeaux, and Toulouse, or by car. However you get there, our wonderful local representative will greet you and prepare you for the journey ahead.
If you arrive on a Saturday, you may wish to stop at the town market and select supplies for a picnic lunch or at least a snack. Each opportunity to try local food is one you should take! We recommend allowing yourself some time to explore the city center.
Today's treat is a wonderful ride along the Dordogne River. Breathtaking sights abound, so you’ll want to stop and catch your breath, along with a few photos!
At every turn, a castle comes into sight: Chateau de Montfort, Chateau de Fenelon and more, as well as many Roman churches of interest.
You will soon reach Souillac, home to a grand abbey. Périgord Noir will be at your back and Lot stretching ahead of you. Tonight, you’ll have yet another opportunity to relish the local gastronomy.
Pedal to the Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy (Regional Park of Quercy - the causses are limestone plateaus), where the scenery and architecture are very different than anything you've seen so far.
Quaint castles and caves are welcome stops (Grottes de Lacave, for example) before climbing to Rocamadour, one of France's most beautiful towns. Words and pictures cannot do justice, so you must simply see it for yourself.
On the Gramat plateau, the small, quaint villages may elicit a gasp. Among others, picture-perfect Autoire is “one of France's prettiest villages” — an official title awarded to a select few villages in France. Further on, the Chateau de Montal will come into view, followed by the 17th-century castle of Presque.
Finally, you’ll find yourself in Labastide-Murat, just in time for another fabulous dinner.
Revel in more diverse scenery as you approach Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Cycle through the “enchanted” forested region of Ségala, criss-crossed by numerous rivers.
The rich heritage is sure to astound you: Roman churches, mills, and barns cover the countryside, and towns like Bannes, Leyme, or fortified Lacapelle-Marival call for a stop. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie will be your home for the night.
Let the alluring Lot River put you completely at ease today and follow an easy route to a zen-like state of being. Take it all in from the seat of your bike, and revel in the landscapes that seem untouched by time.
By the time you’ve finished dinner, you’ll be convinced you’ve found the secret to happiness.
The fabulous cave of Pech-Merle and its outstanding prehistoric paintings are a must-see. Watch where you step: you might come across a petrified footprint left by a child 15,000 years ago!
As you approach Cahors, the scenery will give off a certain southern French air. Cahors is known for its wine, so, naturally, you’ll find yourself among rows of vineyards. Whether this medieval city is your favorite of all you’ve visited remains to be seen, but none of them can lay claim to the “Devil’s Bridge,” better known as Valentré Bridge, a fortified footbridge with an intriguing legend...
After breakfast, depart Cahors at the time of your choice
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