Cycle tour France and discover the charming centers perched in scenic spots
Enjoy an excellent road biking adventure through this lovely region of France
Cycle into ancient fortified towns and explore the rich heritage of this region
Ride the rural roads of the Dordogne and breathe in the fresh air
Ride a variety of landscapes during this lovely tour of France
Each day brings with it new adventures and new landscapes
Explore this delightful corner of France by bike
Greet each day with enthusiasm and excitement as you savor the exceptional scenery of the region
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the rural rides

Haute Dordogne Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Duration
8 days
Site savings
$51
From
$2,493 USD

The Dordogne region of southwest France has been attracting visitors for years and on this trip you are offered the widest variety of rural French riding possible in a week-long getaway! As well as cycling past classic Dordogne vineyards and over rolling green hills, this trip also takes you toward the Massif Centrale and visits the Auvergne, one of France’s most deeply rural and undiscovered regions. The tour runs to/from Bergerac.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    320 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    52.8 miles
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The Dordogne area, famous for its gentle rolling hills and medieval fortified towns, is a dramatic contrast with the more rugged landscaped of the Auvergne, and its chains of distinctive looking extinct volcanoes spotted in the second part of your journey. Along the way, you will feast on the truffles of the Dordogne and the famous Cantal cheese of the Auvergne.

The French tend to refer to this area not as “La Dordogne” but as “Le Périgord“, and in France, the area is most famous for its stunning scenery and gourmet delights. This trip explores the lesser-visited areas of the Dordogne where the hills get higher and the valleys gets deeper. For the majority of your time here, the cycling route will take you through a delightful and undulating countryside. The exception to this is the cycling day around Mandailles St Julien and St Privat which is significantly hillier.

The region is rich in oak forests and amongst the highlights are the village of Rocamadour, perched up and down a steep cliff face overlooking the valley of the Ouysse and the beautiful small city of Cahors, famous for its medieval streets and its 14th century bridge, the Pont de Valentré.

You will begin the journey through wooded hills, with occasional glimpses of grandiose past châteaux hidden between the trees to the fertile Lot Valley. Lined with vineyards you will follow the valley to Cahors, famous for its red wine and its ancient bridge. Joining the Cele River you will explore the tranquil Parc Naturel de Quercy, staying overnight in the medieval market town of Figeac.

As you head towards the Auvergne, vineyards and peaceful rivers are replaced by rolling hills and the sound of cowbells. In the middle of the journey, you will have shorter daily distances and engage your climbing legs as the route follows in the footsteps of the 2016 Tour de France up the Puy Mary (1,588m/5209ft). The majestic vistas of the chain of extinct conical volcanic peaks and lush green valleys make for a memorable day of riding.

The journey returns westward through the little known Upper Dordogne region before rejoining the Dordogne river valley. This holiday features numerous scenic lunch spots for a picnic along with carefully chosen accommodation offering delicious traditional cuisine.



Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Guided Bike Tour with friendly English speaking tour guide
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Luggage transfers
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners
  • Entrance fees to musuems and other attractions en-route
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available