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Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling

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Wonderful gastronomic meals, world-famous wines, fabulous historic sites and postcard-pretty villages are just a few of the highlights of this popular 8-night cycling tour. You’re usually close to the rivers too, so lots of swimming, plus all hotels have pools.

  • Reviews 31 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling.

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 cycling is undulating yet varied, and takes you along the banks of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, 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 12th century, 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 from the centre of town, to the stylish 4-star hotel in Les Eyzies, surrounded by picturesque gardens, everywhere you stay has been hand-picked, and includes its own swimming pool.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodations in a mix of *** and **** hotels
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • All luggage transfers
  • GPS Route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bike rental
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Tandems available (inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Enjoy gastronomic cuisine
  • Discover dramatic scenery
  • Visit historic, prehistoric and UNESCO sites
  • Stay in excellent hotels with pools
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Souillac

    Arrive at La Vieille Auberge. Explore the town or take a dip in the pool before dinner (included).

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Souillac to Sarlat 36km/23mi

    Head west to visit its fine collection of armour and objets d’art. Then on to the Hotel Meysset in Sarlat where you’ll stay for the next two nights with dinner included.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: At Sarlat

    Explore Sarlat’s stunning Old Town with its beautiful jumble of varying architectural styles. Alternatively, visit the bustling market on a Wednesday/Saturday or cycle to Domme or La Roque-Gageac.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Sarlat to Les Eyzies 40km/25mi

    Head through the Perigord Nord via beynac and visit its hilltop fortified castle. Then it’s on past traditional Perigoudine houses in Meyrals to Les Eyzies where you’ll stay at the Hotel Les Glycines for the next two nights

  5. Day 5 Day 5: At Les Eyzies

    The steep limestone cliffs surrounding the village are honeycombed with shelters and caves where prehistoric man once lived and practised magic. Our circular cycling route takes you through the magnificent Vezere Gorges and back via the Abri du Cap Blanc where you’ll find the only remaining frieze of prehistoric sculptures in the world open to the public. Or spend the day canoeing or kayaking down the gentle Vezere River.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Les Eyzies to Montignac 29km/18mi

    An initial climb today before a fabulous freewheel down to La Roque St-Christophe, the oldest and largest cave site in western Europe, then on to the pretty village of St Leon. Continue along the river to the medieval town of Montignac and the charming La Roseraie, your hotel for the next two nights.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: At Montignac

    Montignac oozes charm and is well worth exploring. Perhaps wander up to the ruined chateau, before heading off to the nearby Lascaux caves complex, ranked as the number one prehistoric site in Europe. Back at the hotel, the gardens and swimming pool are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the summer sun.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Montignac to Souillac 47km/29mi

    Discover the tiny farming village of St-Amand-de-Coly, then head out to Salignac. From here, we recommend a short detour to the Manoir d’Eyrignac, whose gardens are rated the best in France, before continuing to La Vieille Auberge for your final night.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Leave Souillac

    Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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Where you stay
La Vieille Auberge
La Vieille Auberge, a coach house from Napoleonic times, has been modernised to create a charming auberge in a quiet part of Souillac. It comes with all the 21st century creature comforts, including an outdoor swimming pool. The restaurant serves traditional regional specialities with a modern twist.
Hotel Meysset
This 3 star traditional Perigord hotel, set in 3 acres of pine woods and gardens, enjoys an elevated position just 3kms above Sarlat. It offers complete tranquillity, wonderful food, an outdoor pool and fantastic views from its terrace over the surrounding valley. The cooking here is based on the wonderfully rich and gastronomic cuisine for which this region is famous. Expect to be offered house specialities such as magret de canard, foie gras and pommes de terre sarladaises – slices of potato sauteed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms: don’t come here if you’re counting the calories!
Hotel Les Glycines
This hotel is a real gem, run by the family Lombard, who have over the past 10 years carefully restored the building to its former grandeur. The hotel has a cosy bar, a modern bistrot and a light airy dining room which looks out onto the well kept gardens surrounding the swimming pool. All rooms have views of the courtyard and are en-suite with a bath, hairdryer and television. Upgrades to larger rooms overlooking the gardens are available on request.
Hotel La Roseraie
Set in a lovely little square in the small town of Montignac you are guaranteed a warm welcome at La Roseraie. The hotel is a converted 19th century town house, and is beautifully decorated throughout, with each of the spacious, ensuite bedrooms showcasing a different design. The hotel takes its name from its 100 year old rose garden, which is part of the hotel’s huge gardens where you’ll also find the swimming pool and sun terrace – ideal for relaxing. The hotel also has a lounge area and library for guests’ use.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

The Dordogne has a rich cuisine based on ‘produits du terroir’ (locally grown produce). A typical first course would be ‘tourain’, an onion and garlic soup cooked in a broth with duck or goose fat, and ladled over slices of country bread and cheese. Paté, often duck or goose, is equally popular, as is foie gras. Main course specialties also include duck and goose, often served in light cream sauces and, in the autumn, fresh cepes. Duck or goose fat is also used for the accompanying pommes de terre sarladaises – slices of potato sauteed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms. Traditional desserts include tarte aux noix, and flognarde, a type of flan with fruit and liqueur. A local cheese that is worth tasting is Bleu des Causses, similar to Roquefort, as well as Rocamadour goat’s cheese. There are also some fantastic wines that come from the local area and a little further afield in Bordeaux that will accompany your meals perfectly.

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 43km / 27 miles (this includes the longer routes and optional cycles)
No. of days cycling: 7 (including 3 optional rides)
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads with a few sections on dirt roads. The terrain is mainly undulating with some flat sections so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 02/10/2019
4/5

Mr Hughes

A great holiday but it does have a few flaws!

Reviewed On 13/08/2019
5/5

Mrs Craft

We had a fantastic holiday mixing exercise with beautiful scenery, excellent food in a tranquil environment. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend a cycling holiday with Headwater.

Reviewed On 22/07/2019
5/5

Mrs Boyle

An excellent balance of cycling (some challenging hills!) sightseeing, eating and drinking with plenty of opportunity for relaxing as well.

Reviewed On 01/11/2018
5/5

Mr Quaddy

The briefing by the reps about the bikes and the Ride with GPS app was very good. The route notes were also useful. The bicycles were excellent. The ladies needed the electric bikes in the Dordogne because they had not done much cycling preparation beforehand. The meals at each hotel were very good. The countryside was beautiful and there were many interesting sites to visit.

Reviewed On 07/09/2018
4/5

Mrs Stevens

Great easy cycling for the most part amongst beautiful countryside with interesting places to visit all along the way.

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