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From Sarlat to Cahors: Biking Along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers

Our Dordogne cycling trips will take you to very scenic villages 4
The historical heritage is the reward for cycling along the route Our Dordogne cycling trips will take you to very scenic villages This bike tour takes riders to the Chateau de Castlenaud Authentic village along your cycle route
Our Dordogne cycling trips will take you to very scenic villages

From Sarlat to Cahors: Biking Along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers

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Description

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.

 

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

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Sarlat

 

Sarlat 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.

D2Sarlat — Souillac 31 km/20 miles

 

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 MontfortChateau 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.

D3Souillac - Rocamadour 29 km/18 miles

 

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.

D4Rocamadour — Labastide-Murat 32 km/20 miles

 

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.

D5Labastide-Murat — Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 38 km/23 miles

 

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 churchesmills, and barns cover the countryside, and towns like BannesLeyme, or fortified Lacapelle-Marival call for a stop. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie will be your home for the night.

D6 Loop from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 40 km/24 miles

 

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.

D7Saint-Cirq-Lapopie — Cahors 35 km/22 miles

 

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...

D8Departure

 

After breakfast, depart Cahors at the time of your choice

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • 4 nights in 3-star hotels and 3 nights in 2-star properties of character

  • 995 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • 1,105 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 310 euros
  • 1,120 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 315 euros

These prices include:

  • 4 nights in 3-star properties and 3 nights in 2-star properties of character
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Sarlat train station to your first hotel on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (clients 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 115 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike's return.

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