Bordeaux and Dordogne

This cycling tour starts in the beautiful city of Bordeaux and moves on to explore the Dordogne region, its vineyards, fine food and medieval towns and castles.
On your way, you will visit the famous Saint Emilion region and its vineyards. You will then cycle to Bergerac, home of the famous Cyrano but also some great wines. Your next ride will lead you to Les Eyzies, renowned for its prehistoric sites and the Font de Gaume Cave. Your cycling trip will finish in Sarlat, a charming medieval town, where you can visit the Cathedral.
Beautiful chateaux, famous wines, terrific food and great landscape : what more do you need to experience the real France by bike?

Price from : 1750 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Bordeaux
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :  

Arrive in Bordeaux

Arrive in Bordeaux - a large city with good rail access and commercial airline flights from several European capitals. The historic city is very picturesque and offers visits including the wine museums and shops for local wines. Orientation in the evening at your hotel with bike delivery and set up.

Day 2 :  

Ride to Saint Emilion

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 51 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 370 Meters 

Ride out of Bordeaux on bike paths all the way to the charming town of Creon, and then continue through wine country all the way to St Emilion. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become St Emilion as early as the 2nd century AD. The town was named after the monk Emilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started the wine production in the area. Take some time to explore this charming town and visit the Tour du Roy which dates back from 1237.

Day 3 :  

Bike to Sainte Radegonde

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 491 Meters 

Today you keep cycling east and head towards Sainte Radegonde and will pass the Saint Genes de Castillon, a charming village surrounded by vineyards.

Day 4 :  

Bergerac and its wine

Distance 1 : 29 Miles - 47 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 213 Meters 

From Sainte Radegonde you will cycle through the vineyards to Bergerac, located on the Dordogne river, a large town with good rail access and services. This is your gateway into the famous Black Perigord area. The historic city is very picturesque with many places to visit including the Maison des Vins.

Day 5 :  

Ride Along the Dodogne River to Tremolat

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 440 Meters 

A fairly challenging ride, it involves some hilly terrain up to the viewpoint of Les Cingles de Tremolat. The ride will take you along a scenic route to Saint Sauveur and through the surrounding forests.

Day 6 :  

Les Eyzies and Font de Gaume

Distance 1 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 636 Meters 

A lot to see and visit on this day! Starting out easy you come to Audrix a small village with small roads and almost no traffic. Then down to Le Bugue and Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and then on to Les Eyzies - capital of Pre-History! Take time to visit this very charming town and its sites and museums including the Font de Gaume.

Font de Gaume is a cave that houses a collection of prehistoric polychrome cave paintings. Prehistoric people living in the Dordogne Valley first settled in the mouth of Font de Gaume around 25,000 BC. The cave was forgotten until the nineteenth century when local people rediscovered the cave. Paintings were discovered and date back from around 17000 BC, during the Magdalenien period. The caves most famous painting, a frieze of five bison was discovered accidentally in 1966 while scientists were cleaning the cave.

Day 7 :  

Ride to Sarlat

Option 1 : 14 Miles - 23 Km  Option 2 : 18 Miles - 29 Km 
Elevation gain 2 : 385 Meters 

The destination is the very charming town of Sarlat. This town with its cobbled streets, old roofs, and warm stone walls give an exceptional heritage. Sarlat is a medieval town built around a large Benedictine abbey from the Carolingian period. The Medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Sarlat has remained a well-preserved city and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France.

Option: You can decide to ride a longer distance (with more elevation) going by the Chateau of Commarque (open to public), facing his rival the Chateau de Laussel (private).

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure after breakfast, trains from Sarlat connect to nearby towns and on to Paris all day long. We can help with extra nights, car rentals, or other extensions to your tour.

Average / Day :
Distance : 39.00 Km / 24.29 Miles - Elevation gain : 422.50 Meters

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Day : 1

The Hotel de Normandie is located in the center of 18th century Bordeaux now classed as a World Heritage site.The quay side of the Garonne, the Grand Theatre and the principal monuments are within easy walking distance.From the hotel you can enjoy the beautiful vistas over the Esplanade des Quinconces to the Port de la Lune.


Day : 2

The Auberge de la Commanderie is one of the historic sites located at the heart of the medieval town. The main part of the building was of templar origin and the annex was used as a last hiding place by the counter-revolutionary Girondin deputies. Both buildings are unique of old Saint-Emilion and were renovated in 2003 with modern amenities.


Day : 3

Situated in the South West of France, near the world renowned vineyards of Saint Emilion and Pomerol, settled amongst the rolling valleys of the Dordogne, Chateau de Sanse is the perfect base for you to discover this culturally rich and fascinating region. Crafted from the ruins of a magnificent 18th century chateau and following a great deal of careful and sensitive restoration, this hotel now stands as a striking landmark against a backdrop of spectacular vineyards and woodland in the south of France.


Day : 4

Located in the centre of Bergerac, Le Clos d’Argenson dates back to the 19th century and features an outdoor swimming pool, garden and terrace. The house includes a fitness room, billiard table and library. B&B Clos d’Argenson has 4 luxury suites in a beautiful and restored town house built in 1865. All its authentic character are kept with high ceilings, original parquet floorings, marble chimneys and a large spiral staircase. Uniquely decorated, all suites offer views of the garden or town, a seating area and flat-screen TV. The en suite bathrooms are complete with a walk in shower and free toiletries. Breakfast is served in the dining room featuring a fireplace or on the terrace overlooking the garden and the pool.


Day : 5

This beautiful 19th Century house offers tranquility and simplicity, far from the sound and the fury, deep in the heart of the Périgord. Exposed beams, extensive grounds, an outdoor pool, bright colours and a terrace overlooking the garden bring together all the ingredients for a relaxing break in this 4 star boutique hotel. In addition, you will discover delicious food showcasing regional produce and cosy rooms, each decorated in a different style. Located just a few kilometres from Bergerac and the famous prehistoric village of Eyzies.


Day : 6

Hotel Dordogne, Les Eyzies en Perigord. 3-star boutique hotel, restaurant, park, pool. At the heart of prehistory.


Day : 7

This graceful property in a quiet area, offers elegant accommodation and modern facilities to make your stay in Sarlat a pleasant one. Located just 2 minutes from Sarlat's historic medieval centre, Le Renoir Hotel offers a warm welcome, French hospitality and pleasant surroundings. You can take a stroll through its cobbled streets and discover a thousand years of architecture. The attractions include walled towns, chateaux, prehistoric caves, Romanesque churches, parks, gardens, quiet streams and of course Perigord's celebrated cuisine.


Day : 1

Situated just a short walk from the historic center, the Burdigala Hotel owes its name to the ancient Gallo-Roman city now known as Bordeaux. Completely refurbished in summer 2011, its decor is contemporary and refined. Once over the threshold, forget the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. The staff are attentive and discrete, and the 83 rooms and suites are decorated with luxurious materials in complementary colors, to inspire calm and tranquility. And of course, being in Bordeaux, the wine cellar next to the restaurant offers an excellent selection of prestigious Bordeaux wines to accompany the exquisite cuisine on offer, featuring regional products.


Day : 2

Emilion's most famous wine-producing châteaux at its doorstep. Surrounded by a 7-acre park, Château Grand Barrail Hôtel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world (SLH). It offers gorgeous guest rooms, split between the château and its outbuildings, and a gourmet restaurant. Run by Chef Romain Gondras, it serves innovative, mouth-watering cuisine matched with carefully selected Bordeaux's fine wines to tempt every palate.Indulge in the hotel's spa, offering a comprehensive array of Cinq Mondes body treatments to relax you, pamper your body and delight your senses.The hotel's friendly and committed staff is always on hand to cater to your every need. Offering each guest a warm and personalized welcome, Château Grand Barrail Hôtel is sure to meet most demanding expectations.


Day : 3

Situated in the South West of France, near the world renowned vineyards of Saint Emilion and Pomerol, settled amongst the rolling valleys of the Dordogne, Chateau de Sanse is the perfect base for you to discover this culturally rich and fascinating region. Crafted from the ruins of a magnificent 18th century chateau and following a great deal of careful and sensitive restoration, this hotel now stands as a striking landmark against a backdrop of spectacular vineyards and woodland in the south of France.


Day : 4

With Bergerac just nearby, La Chartreuse du Bignac welcomes you in a refined, relaxed atmosphere. With a 360° view over the vineyards and woods, this 17th-c. building, restored in keeping with tradition, is surrounded by 12 hectares of grounds with 3-century-old-boxtrees, streams, ponds, dovecotes, orchards and an herb garden. From the terrace to the pool, surrender to a breathtaking panorama of village steeples the colours of exceptionnal sunsets. For your comfort, 12 uniquely decorated rooms and suites with names evoking the region. All rooms are spacious and harmonious.


Day : 5

Le Vieux Logis was formerly a tobacco farm house and in 1952 the father of the present owner, Monsieur Giraudel, after retiring from his work in Paris, moved to this relaxing region away from all the city hustle, and decided to venture into the hospitality business. Today, his son Bernard, the youngest of all, continues the business. The property is one of great charm and elegance where every room has been tastefully decorated in different antique styles using beautiful fabrics.


Day : 6

Hotel Dordogne, Les Eyzies en Perigord. 3-star boutique hotel, restaurant, park, pool. At the heart of prehistory.


Day : 7

The Hotel de la Madeleine is conveniently located in Sarlat where you can easily access the prehistoric sites, castles, and bastides of Perigord. There is a gastronomic restaurant on site where the chef creates dishes to tempt any palette and all of the guest rooms at the hotel are air conditioned for your comfort.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 5 dinners included (version updgraded), 3 dinners included (version Standard).
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Ticket Font-de-Gaume cave
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1750 € 360 € 2650 €
Upgraded 2490 € 690 € 3700 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 145 €
    Performance 235 €
    Premium 300 €
Electric Assisted Bike 145 €
Tandem Bike Rental 50 €


Train: From Paris Montparnasse - Bordeaux St Jean; 3 hours 20 min TGV in both directions. Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hour 5min.

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