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

L\'itinéraire passe par des villes et villages pittoresques entre Salat et Cahors 4
The historical heritage is the reward for cycling along the route Our Dordogne cycling trips will take you to very scenic villages Authentic village along your cycle route The stunning town of Rocamadour is the end of one of the day's riding
L'itinéraire passe par des villes et villages pittoresques entre Salat et Cahors

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, every 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 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 Short Option: 35km/22 miles, 420 meters/1,370 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60km/37 miles, 730 meters/2,400 ft of climbing

 

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. If you choose to do the longer route option, you’ll also get to visit two of France’s most beautiful villages: La Roque-Gageac and Beynac et Cazenac, with its own medieval Chateau de Beynac.

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 Short Option: 30km/18 miles, 500 meters/1,660 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60km/37 miles, 980 meters/3,210 ft of climbing

 

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.

If you choose to extend your day’s ride, a longer option follows the Dordogne River on its northward bend from Lacave, where you'll cycle along peaceful back-roads through lush woods and charming villages like Floirac and Carennac in the gorgeous countryside.

D4Rocamadour — Labastide-Murat Short Option: 40km/25 miles, 580 meters/1,890 ft of climbing; Long Option: 52km/32 miles, 810 meters/2,660 ft of climbing

 

On the Gramat plateau, the small, quaint villages may elicit a gasp. There’s lovely Thegra and its many-turreted Chateau; Padirac and its incredible chasm and cave; and of course Gramat itself, picturesque “Capital of the Causse”.

You’ll see more trees than cars as you wind through this beautiful and tranquil area. After a final stretch of uphill, you’ll find yourself in Labastide-Murat, just in time for another fabulous dinner.

D5Labastide-Murat — Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 34km/21 miles, 445 meters/1,460 ft of climbing

 

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 Short Option: 35km/22 miles, 680 meters/2,230 ft of climbing; Long Option: 52km/32 miles, 980 meters/3,190 ft of climbing

 

Let the alluring Lot River put you completely at ease today and follow a leisurely or more challenging route to a state of total contentment! Take it all in from the seat of your bike, and revel in the landscapes that seem untouched by time. The rural village of Sauliac-sur-Célé, the Château de Cénevières, and the fabulous cave of Pech-Merle are among the highlights of today’s loop ride.

By the time you’ve finished dinner, you’ll be convinced you’ve found the secret to happiness.

 

D7Saint-Cirq-Lapopie — Cahors Short Option: 30km/18 miles, 340 meters/1,100 ft of climbing; Long Option: 60km/37 miles, 830 meters/2,730 ft of climbing

 

For your last day of riding, you can either take the direct route to Cahors or spend more time in the serenity of Quercy before reaching your destination...it’s up to you! 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 & Prices

  • 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 300 euros
  • 1,105 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 320 euros
  • 1,120 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 325 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 125 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike. Aluminum road bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike's return.

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