Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in Dordogne, France. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Chensiyuan

Biking through Monpazier, Dordogne, France. Photo via Flickr:Phillip Capper

Discover the Dordogne E-Bike tour

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Bike through history by day and enjoy the cuisine by night in the Dordogne region of France

  • Dordogne... even the name is intriguing. An electric bike tour here, in enchanting Périgord, is France showcased! Its history is fascinating and multi-layered, the remnants of which you will find in the numerous castles, fortresses, villages, and caves.

    This is a tour to simply enjoy, to linger a bit and soak in the unsurpassed natural beauty, infused with the richness of cuisine, culture, and heritage. The region is divided into four color-coded areas and your tour will feature Périgord Noir (black), aptly named for the dark oak forests around the Vézère Valley and Sarlat-la-Canéda. Featured are several of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).

    In Sarlat, you even have the opportunity to rent a canoe to drift a bit on the Dordgone River, providing a stunning and unique viewpoint of sheer cliffs, rugged outcroppings, perched chateaux, and lush valleys.

    Highlights:

    • Culinary delights
    • Route des Bastides
    • Fortified towns, castles, and charming villages
    • Visiting towns with Most Beautiful Villages in France classification

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  • 2020

    Twin/double: $ 2186 £ 1135 $ 1,969 1319 $ 2283 kr 14176 $ 1,494 Single supplement: $ 522 £ 271 $ 470 315 $ 545 kr 3386 $ 357

    extra options

    2020

    24-speed hybrid aluminum Modele Cube Touring Pro
    (Disc brakes, flat pedals, helmet, two rear panniers, repair kit with pump, lock, and map holder), discount: $ 149 £ 77 $ 134 90 $ 156 kr 967 $ 102 Extra nights:
    Sarlat (3 star):
    Twin/double:  $ 136 £ 71 $ 122 82 $ 142 kr 881 $ 93 Single room: $ 191 £ 99 $ 172 115 $ 199 kr 1236 $ 130 Agen (3 star):
    Twin/double: $ 118 £ 61 $ 106 71 $ 123 kr 763 $ 80 Single: $ 191 £ 99 $ 172 115 $ 199 kr 1236 $ 130 Canoeing down the Dordgone ( 3 - 4 hrs): $ 58 £ 30 $ 52 35 $ 61 kr 376 $ 40

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start in Agen is Bordeaux (BOD).

    Local Travel

    From the airport, from Aéroport Terminus, you will take a bus, line 1, to Bordeaux St-Jean train station. Busses depart approximately every 15 minutes. From Bordeaux St. Jean you can take a train to Agen. Travel time is approximately 1 1/2 hour with departures every hour. From the train station in Agen, your hotel is about a 6-minute walk.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The best weather in this region, as in many areas, is during the summer months of July and August, but keep in mind that these months are also peak tourist season. May, June, and September are also beautiful times to visit! A good website to explore regional weather, including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com

    Remarks

    If you think you would like the to reserve the canoe in Sarlat, please let us know at time of booking to insure availability. If you are not sure, you can also call the hotel once your arrive. Details will be provided.

    A few things to consider before you book your E-bike tour

    • Pedal-assist e-bikes give you a constant nudge on your ride and conform to your pedal cadence and torque – up to 25 km per hours, they are a solid help on the climbs and they increase your average speed
    • Electric bikes are heavier than a regular bike so they handle differently
    • Bikes come with 700×38 Schwalbe Range Cruiser tires that feature an anti-puncture layer, good grip, and minimal rolling resistance.
    • Though the bikes are very quiet the electric engine does produce a light but constant noise.
    • The bikes can be ridden without assist though as mentioned above they are much heavier than a regular bike.
    • Operating range depends on many factors such as the assistance level, gear switching behavior, route profile, headwind, temperatures but in general the average range of the battery packs is 110km (68 miles).

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

Because of the difficult terrain, we have decided to offer this tour as an electric bike tour for which we are giving it a tour rating of easy to moderate depending on what level of assistance you decide to use. The region is hilly and climbing cannot be avoided. Of course, you can opt to participate on a regular hybrid bike which would incur a moderate to difficult rating. Regardless, this is not a tour for somebody who is new to bike touring. Distances range between 35 and 60 km per day. Do not let the hills stop you from seeing this stunning area of France! Book your Dordogne E bike tour now!

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in hotels or charming guest houses of the 3 and 4-star category. On the day to day itinerary, you will find the preferred hotels used for this tour. If the preferred hotel is not possible, a hotel of equal standard will be offered.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations in 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses
  • Breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Tourist information
  • Modele Cube Touring Pro Electric bike with Bosch engine, disc brakes, 500 amp battery. Total weight: 34.72 kg
  • Assecories: Helmet, two rear panniers, repair kit with pump, lock, and map holder
  • Maps and roadbook
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Emergency assistance

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From1319 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrivals every day from April to October, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Agen
Day 2: Agen - Villeneuve sur Lot,  28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Villeneuve - Monpazier, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Montpazier – Siorac ou Lecoux (bastides of Périgord),  28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Siorac ou Lecoux - Sarlat, châteaux and the most beautiful villages of France, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Loop in the heart of prehistory, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Departure

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, therefore the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case, please follow the directions posted on site.

Day 1: Arrival in Agen
Arrival in Agen and check-in to your 3* hotel. Agen is located halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse in southwest France and is probably best known for its prunes, dried from local plums and steeped in brandy. You will receive the tour package with instructions and the essentials to have a successful tour such as a road boak with route descriptions, maps, and helpful tourist information.

Accommodation: Hotel Les Jacobins, a 3* hotel

 Day 2: Agen - Penne d'Agenais - Villeneuve sur Lot,   28 mi. (45 km)
Leaving Agen, you will cycle on beautiful country roads to the medieval bastide, or fortified town, of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. En route, take the time to visit the Foie Gras museum, if you are into that, if not, be sure, though to be open to the incredible gastronomic experience that is possible in this region featuring robust red wines and a savory cuisine flavored with truffles and wild mushrooms! You pass through  Penne d' Agenais, one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Accommodation: Hôtel Moulin de Madame, a 4* hotel
Dinner included
Difference in elevation: +  670 m  / - 670 m

Day 3: Penne d'Agenais - Monpazier,  31 mi. (50 km)
Today, the itinerary will take you to the bastide of Monflaniquin, another classified "most beautiful village of France" destination. You will then cycle through the woods and forest to reach the fortress of Gavaudun, the borderline between the Perigord and the Lot Valley area, after which, you then pedal to Biron, and its fortified castle. As you finish your cycling today, you will pedal through a typical Perigord landscape, through forests of chestnut and oak, bordered by stone walls, to reach the beautiful medieval bastide of Monpazier.

Accommodation: Hôtel Edward 1er, a 3* hotel.
Dinner included
Difference in elevation: + 830 m  / - 700 m

Day 4: Montpazier – Siorac ou Lecoux (bastides towns of Périgord),  28 mi. (45 km)
Today's itinerary is the Route des Bastides, featuring these 13th century English fortifications and remarkable religious monuments. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the Cloister of Cadouin, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The day ends in the Black Périgord, or Périgord Noir.  The name originates from the black soil, truffles and dark oak forests that once covered this cliff pocked land. Even the name is mystical. 

Accommodation: Hôtel Relais Perigord Noir, a 3-star hotel.
Dinner included
Difference in elevation: + 570 m  / - 700 m

Day 5: Siorac ou Lecoux - Sarlat, châteaux and the most beautiful villages of France, 31 mi. (50 km)
Immerse yourself in the heart of black Périgord and discover the most beautiful castles of the valley. Les Milandes, Castelnaud, or Beynac await. You will cycle along the Dordogne through some beautiful medieval villages of France.  Roque Gageac will enchant you. Located on the north bank of the river, it is backed by a steep hill of cliffs. You overnight in the gastronomic capital of the Black Perigord, Sarlat, where you can enjoy the regional cuisine!

Accommodation: Hôtel le Compostelle,  a 3-star hotel.
Dinner not included 
Difference in elevation: + 520 m  / - 430 m

Day 6: Sarlat - Les Eyzies – Sarlat, loop in the heart of prehistory, 28 mi. (45 km)
You have a few options today! You can cycle through the heart of the Vezere Valley, land of prehistory. Depending on your preferences, you can discover numerous treasures through caves, deposits or rock shelters. If you want some time off the bike, you can stroll through the town at your leisure or canoe on the Dordogne river for a supplement of €30. Departure is directly from the hotel!

Accommodation: Hôtel le Compostelle, a 3-star hotel.
Dinner not included.
Difference in elevation: + 940 m  / - 940 m

Day 7: Departure
Departure at check out time or extend your stay!

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