The Dordogne is one of the largest and most picturesque areas in France. It is divided into two by the Dordogne River, which founded the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Along its banks you'll find over a thousand castles steeped in legend and history, and witness to centuries of conquests and distinct cultures. Today the rich and varied culture of this land is still here for you to discover. The towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme and Montfort offer breath-taking views and your route also takes you to little-known chateaux hidden deep in the woods.
The biking is varied and takes you along the banks of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers and through ancient woodlands and past pretty farmsteads. You'll cycle through picturesque villages such as St Leon, where you'll find one of the oldest Roman-style churches in the area, dating back to the C12, and on through Les Eyzies whose caves are among a series of decorated grottoes in the area that were collectively named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
From your hotel in Souillac, just a stone's throw away from the centre of town, to the stylish **** hotel in Les Eyzies, surrounded by picturesque gardens, everywhere you stay has been hand-picked, and includes its own swimming pool. As this part of France is famous for its cooking and the excellence of the ingredients, we've arranged specially good evening meals throughout.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Souillac railway station 16:30 (Mon-Thurs & Sat), 15:18 (Fri), 15:29 (Sun). Pick up, then transfer to hotel 10 mins.|
|Tour Ends||Souillac railway station 12:30 Mon-Fri & Sun, (Brive 12:02 Sat, transfer to Brive, 40 minutes, provided) (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Standard rail: Toulouse to Souillac 14:28/16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 13:25/15:18 Fri & 13:34/15:29 Sun. Return: Souillac to Toulouse 12:30/14:33 Mon-Fri & Sun (Brive to Toulouse 12:02/14:15 Sat)|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $59 per person, round trip standard class, inquire for first class. Prices and timings from Paris available upon request.|
|Singles||Add $61 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade: Prices from $20 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Paris, Sarlat, Souillac or Toulouse. Prices from $91 per person B&B, based on 2 sharing. *Option to rent E-bikes, inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||**** (2 nights), *** (6 nights)|