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Treasures of Black Périgord

Perfect picnic spot along the river in Perigord 5
Perfect picnic spot along the river in Perigord House built in the rock The riding take place on quiet roads Perigord offers an ideal mix of cycling, history, and gastronomy This region has a lot of charm and character
Perfect picnic spot along the river in Perigord

Treasures of Black Périgord

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Description

Périgord is the name of one of France’s historic provinces (in what is now called Dordogne), but its history goes back far beyond its name — all the way back to prehistory! This is where you’ll find evidence of early mankind: cave paintingsdwellingsruins and more. Our tour will take you to the heart of ‘Périgord Noir,’ or ‘Black Périgord,’ so named for the oak and pine trees grown there. In just a small section of Perigord, you’ll have access to a wide array of true French gems: incredibly pretty villagesexquisite cuisinestately chateaux, and inimitable natural beauty

What makes Black Périgord all the more appealing is its bike-friendliness. We think the world’s greatest treasures are best enjoyed from the seat of a bike, and here you have full access to quiet country roads — allowing for a mesmerizing and worry-free vacation.

 

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

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Souillac

 

Located on the Dordogne RiverSouillac has often been considered as the gateway to Périgord Noir, making it the perfect place for your introduction to the region. It is also conveniently located whether you arrive by train or by car; our local representative will pick you up from the station if you arrive by train.

D2Souillac — Tamniès 38 km/23 miles, 561 meters/1,840 ft of climbing

 

Today's itinerary will take you through the authentic Périgord, away from the crowds and the busloads of tourists. On your way, the gardens of Eyrignac will be a welcome stop for the magnificent vantage point they provide. Further on, you’ll cycle through the typical Périgord village of Salignac (with its medieval castle straight out of a movie set!) as well as quaint Saint-Geniès and its magnificent church before reaching the village of Tamniès.

D3Tamniès — Les Eyzies 41 km/25 miles, 612 meters/2,000 ft of climbing

 

You'll discover the quaint village of Montignac and can even make a visit to the nearby famous Lascaux cave before reaching the Vezère Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its abundance of remarkable prehistoric sites will lead you along to your destination: Les Eyzies! As the world capital of prehistory, it’s the best base for those who wish to explore.

With advance notice of your interest, we can help you make arrangements to visit some prehistoric caves (or reproductions of the caves, like Lascaux II, since the original is closed to the public).

D4Rest day in Les Eyzies 2 optional loops: 32 km/20 miles, 360 meters/1,170 ft of climbing or 45 km/28 miles, 500 meters/1,650 ft of climbing

 

Today’s the perfect day to arrange your cave visit or seek out some other places of interest. You could also relax at your hotel or spend your day wandering around town.
If you prefer to spend your time biking, you may ride a short loop to the small town of Le Bugue on the Vézère River.

D5Les Eyzies — Vitrac 33 km/21 miles, 500 meters/1,620 ft of climbing

 

You'll leave the valley of the Beune River on a ride to Sarlat, the capital of Périgord Noir. The whole ride is full of picture-perfect scenes, and you may stop whenever and wherever you’d like! Make sure to save some time to stroll through its medieval center, considered Europe's largest. A few miles from there, Vitrac will welcome you for the night.

D6Loop around Vitrac Short Option: 27 km/21 miles, 440 meters/1,620 ft of climbing; Long Option: 42 km/26 miles, 735 meters/2,410 ft of climbing

 

Vitrac is the perfect location to ride to the area's many treasures. Our itinerary will take you to BeynacLa Roque Gageac, and Domme, three villages that belong to an exclusive club of France’s prettiest villages, “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France.”

D7Vitrac — Souillac 29 km/18 miles, 370 meters/1,220 ft of climbing

 

Let the Dordogne River guide you on a return journey to Souillac. Our easy ride caps off a week of pleasant routes, and you’ll finish with plenty of time to enjoy the charming town center.

D8Departure from Souillac

 

After breakfast, depart Souillac at the time of your choice.

Booking & Pricing

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

  • 760 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 250 euros
  • 845 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 270 euros
  • 865 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 290 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Souillac train station to your first hotel on Day 1 and from your hotel to Souillac train station on Day 8
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Technical assistance
  • Assistance if necessary (you 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 95 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike.

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