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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  • 2017:

    6 Day Tour
    Self Guided:
    Group of 2,3: £ 792 $ 1,248 832 NOK 8320 kr 7680 $ 998 Group of 4,5: £ 783 $ 1,233 822 NOK 8220 kr 7588 $ 986 Group of 6: £ 764 $ 1,203 802 NOK 8020 kr 7403 $ 962 ​Single supplement: £ 162 $ 255 170 NOK 1700 kr 1569 $ 204 Guided:
    Group of 6: £ 954 $ 1,503 1002 NOK 10020 kr 9249 $ 1,202 Single supplement: £ 162 $ 255 170 NOK 1700 kr 1569 $ 204
    8 Day Tour
    Self Guided:
    Group of 2: £ 987 $ 1,554 1036 NOK 10360 kr 9563 $ 1,243 Group of 4:  £ 968 $ 1,524 1016 NOK 10160 kr 9378 $ 1,219 Single supplement: £ 229 $ 360 240 NOK 2400 kr 2215 $ 288 Guided:
    Group of 4-6: £ 1234 $ 1,944 1296 NOK 12960 kr 11963 $ 1,555 Group of 7-10: £ 1168 $ 1,839 1226 NOK 12260 kr 11317 $ 1,471 Group of 10-16: £ 1120 $ 1,764 1176 NOK 11760 kr 10855 $ 1,411

     

    extra options

    2017:
    Electric bicycle rental
    6 day tour: £ 143 $ 225 150 NOK 1500 kr 1385 $ 180 8 day tour: £ 171 $ 270 180 NOK 1800 kr 1662 $ 216 Entrance fee: £ 11 $ 18 12 NOK 120 kr 111 $ 14

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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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
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From802 Rates
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Tour Dates

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

Discover the Dordogne Map

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.

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.

6 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Meyrals
Day 2: Meyrals - Beynac - La Roque Gageac, 21 or 29 mi. (34 or 46 km)
Day 3: La Roque Gageac - Sarlat,  19 or 29 mi. (31 or 46 km)
Day 4: Sarlat - Montignac, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 53 km)
Day 5: Montignac - Les Eyzies 21 or 26 mi. (34 or 41 km)
Day 6: Les Eyzies

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

Day 2: Meyrals - Beynac - La Roque Gageac, 21 or 29 mi. (34 or 46 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. 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 3: La Roque Gageac - Sarlat,  19 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 4: Sarlat - Montignac, 17 or 33 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 5: Montignac - Les Eyzies 21 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 6: Les Eyzies

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Customer Feedback

  • Jeff E. 1 year ago

    Fantastic trip! An amazing area of France to explore by bike. The views were amazing, lots of interesting history, great food and drinks. The tour was well organized and staff were friendly and helpful.
    Our only comment: it was rated as 'moderate', and ratings are averages and are relative of course, but there were sections of the route that were quite difficult, e.g. steep dirt/stone roads that we had to walk the bikes up (and we are in good condition and have done a lot of bike tripping before). Should probably note this in the description.

    • Jehiel 7 months ago

      Hello Jeff,
      Thanks for submitting feedback for this tour. I wanted to point out in the Skill Level section above, that we mention "Terrain consists of rolling hills that may be steep at times". Also, there is an option to chose a shorter distance ride every day.
      We are glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • Dianne Cunningham 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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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