Bordeaux along River Garonne River within Gironde region of France. Photo via Flickr:Jean Balczesak

Shopping in Bergerac, Dordogne, France. Photo via Flickr:Evan Bench
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Bordeaux to Sarlat

France Bike Tours

A cycling experience for the wine and food lover alike!

  • This bike tour in France will take you through the Bordeaux and St Emilion "grands crus" great vineyards to the medieval chateaux of the Dordogne area. Get used to raising your glass, as you will be sampling what are considered to be the best wines in the world! The gastronomy of the region, also world renowned, is another highlight of this extraordinary cycle tour in France.

    History buffs will enjoy the centuries-old architecture and the stories each and every ancient chateau has to tell. Don't miss the Lascaux grottos, home of the famous paleolithic cave paintings. Accidentally discovered by 4 young boys, these paintings have enlightened historians on both prehistoric art and human origins.

    With every pedal stroke, incredible French scenery will accompany you; from quaint villages and miles of grape vines, to the lush green countryside of rolling hills and blooming flowers.

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  • 2019

    7 day tour:

    Standard Accommodation
    Price £ 874 $ 1,499 1095 NOK 10494 kr 9687 $ 1,259 (price based on two guests) Price £ 763 $ 1,307 955 NOK 9152 kr 8448 $ 1,098  (price based on four and more guests) Single supplement: £ 232 $ 397 290 NOK 2779 kr 2565 $ 334 Solo traveler supplement: £ 284 $ 486 355 NOK 3402 kr 3140 $ 408

    Superior Accommodation
    Price £ 1042 $ 1,787 1305 NOK 12506 kr 11544 $ 1,501 (price based on two or three guests Price £ 942 $ 1,615 1180 NOK 11308 kr 10438 $ 1,357 (price based on four or more guests) Single supplement: £ 447 $ 767 560 NOK 5367 kr 4954 $ 644
     

    extra options

    2019:
    Extra nights 

    Sarlat
    (
    with route descriptions, maps for excursion to La Roque Gageac, extra day bike rental):
    Standard accommodation: £ 69 $ 118 86 NOK 824 kr 761 $ 99 Single supplement: £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35 Superior accommodation: £ 117 $ 201 147 NOK 1409 kr 1300 $ 169 Single supplement: £ 92 $ 157 115 NOK 1102 kr 1017 $ 132 Bordeaux:
    Standard accommodation: £ 70 $ 120 88 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101 Single Supplement: £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 Superior accommodation: £ 92 $ 157 115 NOK 1102 kr 1017 $ 132 Single supplement: £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98 Sarlat:
    Standard accommodation:  £ 57 $ 97 71 NOK 680 kr 628 $ 82 Single supplement: £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35 Superior accommodation: £ 105 $ 181 132 NOK 1265 kr 1168 $ 152 Single supplement: £ 92 $ 157 115 NOK 1102 kr 1017 $ 132


    Electric bike: £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 Carbon road bike: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121 Dinners included:
    Standard:  £ 148 $ 253 185 NOK 1773 kr 1637 $ 213 Superior: £ 164 $ 281 205 NOK 1965 kr 1813 $ 236 Child bike/trailer/child seat: on request.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG International Airport or Bordeaux International Airport. Easyjet now offers low cost flights to/from the airport Bordeaux Merignac.

    Local Travel

    From CDG, it is recommended to take the TGV train to Bordeaux. There are trains that run throughout the day. Schedules and pricing can be found on the TGV/SNCF website. This is a 4 1/2 journey. If you fly to Bordeaux International Airport, the city is easily accessible.

    Climate

    Average temperatures in °F for Bordeaux: Mar 50, Apr 54, May 61, Jun 67, Jul 70, Aug 70, Sep 65, Oct 59


Where You’ll Stay

This tour is offered with two levels of accommodations. The Standard level consists of 2 and 3 star accommodations and the Superior level consists of 3 and 4 star accommodations.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transport
  • 21-speed bike with two panniers, lock, map holder, helmet, odometer, and repair kit
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks are available but must be requested in advance
  • Taxes

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Book a night in Bordeaux or Sarlat!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7–8 days
From955 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019


Daily from March through October 31, 2019

Skill Level

To enjoy this tour to it’s full potential, you should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable cycling hills. Daily distances range from 17 to 43 miles (26 to 68 km) with ascents and descents.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux to Sarlat Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Day 3: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Day 5: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
Day 6: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Day 7: Departure from Sarlat

Option to add addtional night in Sarlat with additional bike route.

All distances are approximate. Due note that itinerary is subject to change due to road construction or circumstances beyond our control.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
From your ideally located hotel, Bordeaux is at your fingertips. With nearly 1,810 hectares designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is plenty to see and do. Pey-Berland Tower, Saint Michel's Basilica, and the Aquitaine Museum are just a few of this city's highlights. Bordeaux also has its fair share of restaurants where you can find foie gras from Landes, oysters from Arcachon Bay, or strawberries from the Perigord, all of which can be enjoyed with a Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, or any of the other exquisite wines that make this region famous!

Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Leaving town on one of the original cycling paths, you will reach Créon, a typical fortified village of this area. Continuing on, countless vineyards will accompany you until your destination of Cadillac. Although most people associate this name with the luxury car (indeed the town shares its name with the Frenchman who also founded Detroit), Cadillac is home to an imposing Chateau built by the Dukes of Épernon. Overlooking the river Garonne, this Chateau served as a women's prison for 130 years!

Day 3: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Today's route takes you through the heart of 'Entre-deux Mers' vineyards, from the Garonne to the Dordogne River. You will have a chance to visit the charming village of Rauzan, overlooked by a dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the prestigious village of Saint-Emilion. Saint-Emilion is one of the culturally richest villages in historical testimony, which can be witnessed through the still immaculate architecture. Don't miss the King's Tower,  located in the middle of town. Who it was built for is still a mystery, but one thing is for certain: the view from the top is not to be missed!

Day 4: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Today continues again through the vineyards of St. Emilion. Half-timbered houses and sunny streets await you in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. The Dordogne river runs through the center of this town and even has a small beach where you are invited for a dip! The day ends in Bergerac, but not before passing through vineyards of Montbazillac. The ancient city of Bergerac is characterized by its elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment, and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot, all contributes to its world-class charm.

Day 5: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
Again, today's route follows the river until the picturesque village of Limeuil. This fortified town is located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers; an ideal spot for swimming and canoeing! Continuing on, the route ends in Les Eyzies. This town is a testament to human persistence; the houses are cut out of the sheer rock cliff! Nicknamed "the Prehistory capital", Cro-Magnon men had been unearthed here, contributing to the most impressive archeological excavations of the Paleolithic period.

Day 6: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Departing Les Eyzies, you will pass beautiful landscapes until Montignac, home of the Lascaux grottos. These caves are known around the world for the impressive Prehistoric paintings depicting animals, human figures, and abstract signs. The medieval town of Sarlat is today's destination. Famous for its delicious gourmet meals such as foie gras and mushroom truffles, and for its bustling markets full of fresh produce, you will not go hungry in Sarlat!

Option for additional day in Sarlat, see pricing: Sarlat - La Roque Gageac - Beynac - Sarlat, 27 mi. (42 km)
Today is a beautiful round trip ride passing by peaceful villages and impressive chateaux. La Roque Gageac is a beautiful ancient harbor town perched on the river Dordogne. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. Beynac is another old village with a rich history. Home of the Beynac Castle, built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac, it sits atop a sheer cliff face precarious enough to discourage any invaders. This castle has also been used as a location for several French films. 

Day 7: Departure from Sarlat
Departure after breakfast from Sarlat.

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  • Debbi Z. 1 week ago

    We loved traveling through the small french villages and stopping for great places for lunch. We have so many memories but our favorite town was Sarlat. I wish we would have spent more time there. The staff at all the hotels were so nice and had a special place for us to keep our bikes. It made it so easy. We loved our trip and were a little worried about being self-guided. It worked out well and we will do it again. At the end we were not ready to say goodbye to our bikes.

  • M. Flynn 3 years ago

    Our trip was well organized logistically and the biking routes were beautiful. I highly recommend Tripsite and will be booking future trips with them. Thanks for a fantastic week of biking.

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