Cycle through delightful villages and rural scapes unique to this part of France
Enjoy the magnificent Dordogne scenery

Cycling Tour Dordogne

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$36
From
$3,486 USD

This 7-day cycle tour of the Dordogne is a moderate level tour that has become a very popular French route, and for good reason! The region of Dordogne has a lot to share, not only about the long and chequered history of France, but also about the geography of Europe and how the continent was formed and shaped. Discover this fascinating region whilst marvelling at the beauty of hilltop castles and underground caves, between tastings of world-class wines and cuisine, and even a canoe ride along the Dordogne river itself.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Agricultural
  • Distance
    164.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    27.3 miles
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Step back into prehistoric times as you pedal along the ‘valley of mankind’ to see 25,000-year-old cave paintings, then marvel at the medieval castles perched above the Dordogne river. Indulge your gastronomic desires with local gourmet specialities. The Dordogne is a significant region of France for a number of reasons, not least of which includes a history of war. Being the centre of the 100-year war with England, this resulted in a myriad of fortified villages being built high on limestone cliffs. Today, it presents a stunning reminder of this past. Medieval villages are certainly a highlight, in particular, the village of Rocamadour which was an important waypoint for pilgrims making the long journey to Santiago de Compostella. Along the way there are many fine medieval churches enabling you to stop and take in these incredible structures (and take a break of course!)

It’s not all about historical references though, the region produces possibly the most famous of all French dishes – foie gras – in addition to world-class truffles and cheeses sought after even in France. The fertile valleys produced by the Dordogne River itself, of course, lend themselves to wine appellations, and there is no shortage of superb wines to sample. Your tour includes an opportunity to get up close and personal with the famous river, with an optional canoe excursion included in the itinerary. The Dordogne is also renowned for its caves. The caves of Lascaux are home to some of the finest examples of pre-historic art and the area is dotted with Cro-magnon caves and settlements, many of which you will have the opportunity to visit.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Flexible collection and drop off at local airport or train station
  • Detailed riding instructions and colour route maps
  • Accommodation
  • Gourmet dinners every night
  • Breakfast daily
  • Fine wine (or soft drink alternative) with all evening meals and coffee to follow
  • 2 experienced bilingual guides with each tour
  • Luggage transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Drink bottle
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Lunches

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
2 tour add-ons available