Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling

Start: Souillac Finish: Souillac

Visiting: Dordogne


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 1 - 6

Age range: 12 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The Dordogne is set apart by its dramatic scenery characterised by steep sided river valleys and ancient villages. Pedalling along the banks of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, this self-guided route meanders down quiet lanes, through ancient woodland, magical villages and uncovers hidden chateaux. As an area known for exquisite cuisine, this trip is filled with gastronomic meals giving you a taste of the best local delicacies, while the excellent hotels offer swimming pools, local charm and comfort allowing you to completely unwind at the end of each day.

Highlights

  • iconVisit historic, prehistoric and UNESCO sites
  • iconStay in excellent hotels with pools
  • iconDiscover dramatic scenery

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Souillac.

Meals: dinner

A transfer has been arranged to pick you up from Souillac train station and take you to your hotel (please see the joining information). Souillac is a bustling town, with an impressive Benedictine abbey, good shops and an excellent mechanical toy museum. It is considered the gateway to the Dordogne and our hotel is right in the centre if you fancy a wander and pre-dinner aperitif. *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 2 : Ride from Souillac to Sarlat via the Chateau de Fenelon

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today you head west  along the Dordogne Valley, with the possibility of a lunch stop at the fabulous Chateau de Fenelon. There's a fine collection of armour, arms and /objects d'art /dating from the 1st to the 18th century. Your route continues along the old, disused railway line before a final climb to our 3 star hotel, just outside Sarlat, in plenty of time to relax by the pool before dinner. *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 3 : Free day to relax in Sarlat or enjoy an optional ride to Domme or La Roque-Gageac.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today is a free day to relax and the setting of the hotel lends itself perfectly to this. Alternatively, we recommend exploring the old regional capital of the Perigord Noir. The Vieux Quartier is an astonishingly beautiful jumble of widely varying architectural styles, and virtually all pre-17th Century. A self-guided historical audio walk is available from the tourist office, and there's a lively market on a Wednesday and Saturday. If you are feeling a little more energetic you could also cycle to hilltop Domme, a fantastically positioned bastide town set on the banks of the Dordogne against a backdrop of wooded hills, or La Roque-Gageac, spectacularly nestled within a cliff, with a vertical drop down to the Dordogne Valley. If these options take your fancy then the details are provided in the route notes. Optional ride approx. 36km *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 4 : Cycle following th Dordogne to Beynac and St Cyprien; end the day in Les Eyzies

Meals: breakfast

Your route takes you down to the Dordogne River taking in Beynac with its impressive fortified castle. It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, its cobbled streets and squares are still home and workplace to many artisan and craftsmen, and there are lots of hidden galleries. The ride then continues along the banks of the river to St Cyprien, this lively village with its 12th Century abbey is a great lunch stop. Your final stretch takes you up through wooded glades and past the Font-de-Gaume cave and on to the prehistoric capital of Les Eyzies. Our hotel here is set in lovely tranquil gardens and has a private swimming pool. Cycle approx. 40km *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 5 : Free day in Les Eyzies; optional ride through the Vezere Gorges or spend the day canoeing or kayaking.

Meals: breakfast

Les Eyzies is waiting to be explored and today you have the day off the bikes to make the most of this popular village. Set in the heart of Perigord, standing proudly between the imposing cliffs and the Vezere Gorge, Les Eyzies receives over 600,000 visitors a year. Renowned for its gastronomy and prehistory, the village and the surrounding area offer a wealth of hidden caves, prehistoric art and archaeological treasures. The honeycombed shelters and caves transport you back in time to when men once lived and practised magic within the caves. If you choose to take the circular ride it will then take you through the magnificent Vezere Gorges and back via the Abri du Cap Blanc where you'll find the only remaining frieze of prehistoric sculptures in the world open to the public. Or spend the day canoeing or kayaking down the gentle Vezere River. Optional ride approx. 29km. *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 6 : Cycle to La Roque St Christophe and the village of St Leon; end the ride in Montignac.

Meals: breakfast

An initial climb today before a fabulous freewheel down to La Roque St-Christophe, the oldest and largest cave site in western Europe, then on to the pretty village of St Leon with its charming 12th century church and lovely riverside picnic spots. You continue along the river to the medieval town of Montignac and the charming La Roseraie, your hotel for the next two nights. Cycle Approx. 29km *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 7 : Free day exploring Montignac, or ride to the Lascaux II caves.

Meals: breakfast

Montignac oozes charm and is well worth exploring. Perhaps wander up to the ruined chateau, before heading off to the nearby Lascaux caves complex, ranked as the number one prehistoric site in Europe. Discovered in 1940 by four children looking for their dog, the caves offer an amazing collection of paintings and are well worth a visit. Back at the hotel, the gardens and swimming pool are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the summer sun. Optional ride approx. 4km

icon Day 8 : Cycle back to Souillac via Salignac and the Manoir d'Eyrignac.

Meals: breakfast

Starting out, you head first, via the tiny farming village of St-Amand-de-Coly (impressive abbey) and on through wooded glades, to Salignac. From here, we'd recommend a short detour to the Manoir d'Eyrignac whose impressive 18th century gardens are rated the best in France. Then it's lovely flat cycling through open country passing chestnut groves, maize fields and masses of sunflowers, perhaps stopping off at charming St-Genies with its 14th century chapel. Roll through traditional Perigord villages such as Eyvignes and Eybenes (the church and manor are worth a stop), before heading down into the Borreze valley. Back in Souillac, time permitting, perhaps visit the Vieille Prune Distillery. Cycle approx. 47km *Premium Hotel*

icon Day 9 : End Souillac.

Meals: breakfast

We have arranged for a transfer back to the train station. See the joining information for more details.

What's Included

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    GPS route directions and navigation app

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    8 nights accommodation

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    E-bikes available on request

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    All breakfasts and 3 dinners

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    Local bike hire

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    GPS route directions

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    /RideWithGPS/ navigation app

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    All accommodation (see below)

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    All luggage transfers

What's Not Included

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    E- bikes (on request)

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    E- bikes

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    Arrival & departure transfers for land only bookings (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

Food

All breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. The Dordogne has a rich cuisine based on 'produits du terroir' (locally grown produce). A typical first course would be 'tourain', an onion and garlic soup cooked in a broth with duck or goose fat, and ladled over slices of country bread and cheese. Paté, often duck or goose, is equally popular, as is foie gras. Main course specialities also include duck and goose, often served in light cream sauces and, in the autumn, fresh cepes. Duck or goose fat is also used for the accompanying pommes de terre sarladaises - slices of potato sauteed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms. Traditional desserts include tarte aux noix, and flognarde, a type of flan with fruit and liqueur. A local cheese that is worth tasting is Bleu des Causses, similar to Roquefort, as well as Rocamadour goat's cheese. There are also some fantastic wines that come from the local area and a little further afield in Bordeaux that will accompany your meals perfectly.

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Reviews

Dordogne gastronomic cycling trip
A fantastic nine day trip through a beautiful section of the Dordogne, riding between hotels and visiting historic chateaus and towns along the way. The accommodation was excellent, the food ....more A fantastic nine day trip through a beautiful section of the Dordogne, riding between hotels and visiting historic chateaus and towns along the way.

The accommodation was excellent, the food was wonderful and the self-guided trip allows you to proceed at your own pace.

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Self Guided Gastronomic Dordogne Cycling trip
A thoroughly enjoyable cycling trip with some superb food and especially at Les Glycines's restaurant where the service and accommodation were impeccable. A thoroughly enjoyable cycling trip with some superb food and especially at Les Glycines's restaurant where the service and accommodation were impeccable.

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More hills than we expected
Our week was particularly hot, as temperatures in the high 30's swept over France. This probably made the hills a bit more of a challenge, but they are achievable since ....more Our week was particularly hot, as temperatures in the high 30's swept over France.

This probably made the hills a bit more of a challenge, but they are achievable since the bikes are very good and have plenty of gears.

We would recommend this holiday, the cycling distances are all less than 50k, taking us through stunning scenery and pretty villages.

We were well briefed by the Headwater / Exodus staff and when we had a problem with the bike that needed assistance, they came to us within 10 minutes.

The first hotel is without doubt disappointing, cramped and poor facilities.

However the restaurant next door at La Veille Auberge is excellent.

Les Glycines and Le Moulin de Mitou were fantastic with great pools, nice rooms and outstanding food.

On our free day at Eyzies de Tayac we hired a canoe from just outside the hotel and paddled for 18k although other longer and shorter distances can be arranged.

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