Castelnaud la Chapelle along the Dordogne River. Photo via Flickr:@lain G

Dessert in the Dordogne to fuel those bike rides. Photo via Flickr:Ian Sommerville
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Discover the Dordogne

France Bike Tours

Where Pre-History Prevails via a Dordogne Bike Tour

The Dordogne region (formerly Périgord) is famous for its truffles and domed Romanesque churches, but above all, it is defined by its Prehistory. The region is a treasure trove of prehistoric caves and sites dating from 300,000 to 10,000 BC. A number of these caves are open to the public, such as in Les Eyzies (known as the Prehistoric Capital).

As you cycle Dordogne through the deeply embanked Dordogne and Vézère Rivers, you'll come across numerous châteaux (the region has more than a 1000!). These include the château in Beynac, the Château of Castelnaud and Château de Losse and through forests and rolling hills to the French gardens of Eyrignac manor and the well-known Lascaux cave. This cave in the Dordogne River valley of southwest France was discovered in 1940 and contains important Paleolithic paintings (primarily of animals).

From there, one of the tour’s last stops will be the small artistic town of Sarlat, where the locals pride themselves on their foie gras. The cuisine in the Dordogne is also enriched with many fine wines, of which the red and white Bergerac and the deep-red Cahors are most famous but don't forget to taste the sweet white Monbazillacs, as well.

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Where You’ll Stay

Very nice 2 star to 3 star hotels; rooms with private facilities.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 OR 7 nights
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Luggage transportation
  • Tour information
  • Route descriptions & maps with GPS
  • 18- or 21-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag, bottle holder, map holder, helmet, and repair kit including pump
  • Visit to Sarlat
  • Lunches only included for guided tour

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Transfer to and from train station: €25 per person
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Daily departures from April 1 to October 31, 2016

Daily departures from April 1 to October 31, 2017

Guided tour is possible with minimum of 4 people.

Skill Level

This hotel tour is categorized as moderate and can either be guided or self-guided. Terrain consists of rolling hills that may be steep at times. However, every day you can choose between the shorter route (approximately 20 miles) or the longer route (approximately 30 miles).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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8 Day Tour
Day 1:
Arrival in Meyrals
Day 2: Meyrals - Beynac, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 42 km)
Day 3: Beynac - La Roque Gageac, 22 or 33 mi. (34 or 52 km)
Day 4: La Roque Gageac - Sarlat, 20 or 29 mi. (31 or 46 km)
Day 5: Sarlat - Montignac, 18 or 34 mi. (28 or 53 km)
Day 6: Montignac - Les Eyzies, 22 or 26 mi. (34 or 41 km)
Day 7: Les Eyzies - Meyrals, 21 or 30 mi. (33 or 47 km)
Day 8: Departure from Meyrals.

6 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Meyrals
Day 2: Meyrals - Beynac, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 42 km)
Day 3: Beynac - La Roque Gageac, 22 or 33 mi. (34 or 52 km)
Day 4: La Roque Gageac - Sarlat, 20 or 29 mi. (31 or 46 km)
Day 5: Sarlat - Montignac, 18 or 34 mi. (28 or 53 km)
Day 6: Montignac 

Day 1: Arrival in Meyrals
Welcome to the quintessential town of Meyrals in Perigord noir.

Day 2: Meyrals - Beynac, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 42 km)
Today you cycle the French countryside passing the castle of Commarque and through the quaint villages of Baran and Cazenac. You may also seek out the castle of Beynac. Built in the 12th century, it is one of the most well known and best preserved castles in the area.

Day 3: Beynac - La Roque Gageac, 22 or 33 mi. (34 or 52 km)
Today is the stage of the 7 castles (from the feudal time to the 19th century). Eventually the path leads to the village of La Roque-Gageac and the castle of Castelnaud, which houses a museum of medieval warfare. La Roque-Gageac is considered to many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 4: La Roque Gageac - Sarlat, 20 or 29 mi. (31 or 46 km)
Biking ahead you come to Montfort where you will have a spectacular panoramic overlook of the famous loop in the Dordogne river. Visit the famous and attractive medieval city of Sarlat by night and rest in a comfortable hotel.

Day 5: Sarlat - Montignac, 18 or 34 mi. (28 or 53 km)
From Sarlat, through the beautiful countryside, you will bike to Salignac, the French gardens of Eyrignac manor, and the cave of Lascaux, famous for it's cave paintings estimated to be over 16,000 years old. You make your way to Montignac, where a town market is held every Wednesday.


Day 6: DEPARTURE OR Montignac - Les Eyzies, 22 or 26 mi. (34 or 41 km)
Today's journey continues through the Dordogne valley to the hidden villages or houses, to the greatest sites of the prehistory. Eyzies welcomes you at night.

Day 7: Les Eyzies - Meyrals, 21 or 30 mi. (33 or 47 km)
Biking back to Meyrals, the day is peaceful and calm as you bike through small villages and hamlets typically found in the region of France.

Day 8:
Departure from Meyrals.

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Customer Feedback

  • Dianne Cunningham 10 months ago

    Initial bikes provided were in very poor state. They were replaced when we contacted local agent at the end of the first day.

  • Lisa Reichenbach 11 months ago

    We had a wonderful time on our self-guided tour of the Dordogne this fall. The route was terrific - very scenic with little traffic. The GPS was hard to read in sunlight and I walked up some of the hills, but we never had any real difficulty or had to ask for help. The accommodations were always clean and comfortable, and some were quite spectacular (first and last nights). Fortunately we were happy eating a lot of duck, and a lot of the food was wonderful.

  • Jim and Dianne 2 years ago

    Chateau and countryside were beautiful. All accommodation and meals were very nice. We loved the Bergerac wines and came to like the regional specialty of goose foie gras.

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