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Dordogne Gastronomic Self-Guided Cycling

Cycle through dramatic river valleys, medieval villages and past fairytale chateaux

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

  • Enjoy gastronomic cuisine
  • Discover dramatic scenery
  • Visit historic, prehistoric and UNESCO sites
  • Stay in excellent hotels with pools

 

Key information

  • 7 days cycling (including 3 optional rides) with luggage transfers
  • 90% tarmac, 10% cycle tracks
  • Gently undulating throughout
  • Self-guided holiday.
  • E-bikes available on request

 

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 43km / 27 miles (this includes the longer routes and optional cycles)
No. of days cycling: 7 (including 3 optional rides)
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads with a few sections on dirt roads. The terrain is mainly undulating with some flat sections so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.
 

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.
 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.
 

Families

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. Our local partner is able to offer child seats for children aged 2-4yrs and bikes for children aged 8 and above. These are all subject to availability, and therefore we ask that you enquire about these on booking. Please note due to the size of the bikes and distances required to cycle, this trip is not appropriate for children aged from 5-7yrs (who are too big for the child seats, but not big enough to ride the children’s bike). As a guide we have suggested that 2yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please bear in mind the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be very high in the middle of summer and the child seats provided do not have any shade. We therefore recommend going either earlier or later on in the season if you have young children.
 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 8 dinners are included.  This is a gastronomic tour so the food is central to your experience. Meat and fish are a big part of the regional cuisine; but the hotels will do their best to cater for vegetarians.
 

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.

Itinerary brief

Day 1 - Start Souillac.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Two ride options. The more challenging option goes via Chateau de Fenelon and Grolejac. Alternatively, ride via Carlux to Sarlat.

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

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

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 4 - Two ride possibilities. Head through the rolling countryside of the Perigord Nord, or follow the Dordogne to Beynac; end the day in Les Eyzies.

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

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

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 6 - Cycle to La Roque St Christophe and the village of St Leon; end the ride in Auriac-du-Perigord.

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

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

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

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

Meals included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 9 - End Souillac.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Prices shown are based on low season travel. Seasonal surcharges apply.


What's not included

* Travel insurance
* Single accommodation (available on request)
* Visas or vaccinations
* Arrival and departure transfers


Feature image courtesy of Exodus Travels

Travel Dates

Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

9 Days From

$2,985*

Includes

  • 8 nights hotels, all rooms en suite
  • All breakfasts and 8 gastronomic dinners
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire (e-bike can be requested, subject to availability, please inquire for prices)

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