Dordogne & Lascaux Cave Tour

This is your chance to visit the world famous Lascaux cave, located at the heart of the Dordogne region!
This cycling tour takes you from Bergerac, a typical town of Perigord, to Sarlat. On your way you will stop in smaller places such as Les Eyzies, follow the Dordogne river, visit prehistoric sites and caves, the most famous being Lascaux II, the exact replica of the original cave of Lascaux which is not open to the public anymore for preservation reasons.
Dordogne is also home to troglodyte houses and Middle Age castles so there is plenty to do and see. And to top it off, the region is famous for its tasty food and gastronomy!

Price from : 1350 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Dordogne
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 Bergerac

Arrive in Bergerac, a large town with good rail access and services. This is your gateway to the famous Black Perigord. The historic city is very picturesque, with many places to visit including the Maison des Vins for local wines. Orientation and bike delivery at your hotel.

Dinner out on your own in Bergerac; some suggestions will be included in your travel book.

Day 2 :  

From Bergerac to Tremolat

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

A fairly challenging start to this tour, involving some hilly terrain up to the viewpoint of Les Cingles de Tremolat. The ride will take you along a scenic route to St Sauveur and through the surrounding forests.

Day 3 :  

Ride to Les Eyzies

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

You have a lot to see and visit today! The route starts easily, you will arrive to Audrix then down to Le Bugue and Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and then on to Les Eyzies, the capital of Pre-History! Take your time to visit this charming town and its sites and museums including the Font de Gaume grotto. 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 Font de Gaume around 25,000 BC. The cave was forgotten until the 19th century when the locals rediscovered the cave. Paintings were discovered and dated from 17000 BC, during the Magdalenien period. The cave's most famous painting, a fresco of five bisons was discovered accidentally in 1966 while scientists were cleaning the cave.

Day 4 :  

Loop ride to Lascaux Cave

Distance 1 : 33 Miles - 53 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 797 Meters 

You have the opportunity to visit the most famous cave in the region: Lascaux! The original Lascaux is not open to the public anymore but Lascaux 2 is the exact replica. Located just near to the town of Montignac, the cycling is a bit longer today. We recommend to start early if you want to have enough time to explore Lascaux 2. Pass through St Leon sur Vezere and numerous charming villages. Return to Les Eyzies, overnight at the same hotel.

Day 5 :  

Ride to Sarlat

Option 1 : 14 Miles - 23 Km  Option 2 : 18 Miles - 29 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 385 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 620 Meters 

Your destination is the pitturesque town of Sarlat. This town with its cobbled streets, old roofs, and warm stone walls has an exceptional heritage. Sarlat is a medieval town created around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the most representative towns of the 14th century in France. Your hotel is located in the center of the historical old town of Sarlat.

Day 6 :  

Loop ride around Sarlat

Distance 1 : 20 Miles - 32 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 462 Meters 

A rolling ride to visit the countryside and some of the main sites, as Chateau of Monfort, while riding on quiet country roads. Ride on a bike path back to Sarlat.

Day 7 :  

Dordogne Countryside to Belves

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 612 Meters 

Ride through some charming villages such as la Roque Gageac and Beynac. La Roque Gageac was also awarded the Most Beautiful Villages of France label. Built at the foot of a cliff, right along the river, don't miss its Exotic Garden and the troglodyte fort. Just 3 miles away is Beynac, boasting an imposing castle once besieged by Richard the Lion Hart. This visit is not on the itinerary but it's worth the detour if you have time!

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure after breakfast, trains for Paris and other destinations throughout France are available.

Average / Day : Distance : 37.14 Km / 23.14 Miles - Elevation gain : 564.57 Meters

Click below to see hotels versions.


Day : 1

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 : 2

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 : 3, 4

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


Day : 5, 6

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 : 7

The CLEMENT V could easily be mistaken for one of those village houses which choose to protect their charms behind an unassuming front. Inside, however, you will discover 11th century vaulted cellars and exposed rafters in the attic bedrooms, you will sit by the log fire of the sitting room or have tea by the conservatories lemon trees. With its nooks and crannies, and its twists and turns, Le CLEMENT V retains the feeling of a true family home.The CLEMENT V was recently renovated in keeping with this atmosphere. The prestigious Suite des Consuls with its high ceiling and wide windows overlooking the surrounding countryside could have been the private realm of the head of the family, the colonial bedroom : the den of a prodigal son, always between adventures, the Boudoir : the colourful, light hearted cocoon of a young maiden.All the rooms are very different therefore. But the laid-back atmosphere of idiosyncratic warmth and comfort which pervades the hotel is the same throughout, perhaps simply reflecting the delight of living in this area. It is after all the most beautiful countryside in the world, according to Henry Miller.


Day : 1

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 : 2

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 : 3, 4

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


Day : 5, 6

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.


Day : 7

The CLEMENT V could easily be mistaken for one of those village houses which choose to protect their charms behind an unassuming front. Inside, however, you will discover 11th century vaulted cellars and exposed rafters in the attic bedrooms, you will sit by the log fire of the sitting room or have tea by the conservatories lemon trees. With its nooks and crannies, and its twists and turns, Le CLEMENT V retains the feeling of a true family home.The CLEMENT V was recently renovated in keeping with this atmosphere. The prestigious Suite des Consuls with its high ceiling and wide windows overlooking the surrounding countryside could have been the private realm of the head of the family, the colonial bedroom : the den of a prodigal son, always between adventures, the Boudoir : the colourful, light hearted cocoon of a young maiden.All the rooms are very different therefore. But the laid-back atmosphere of idiosyncratic warmth and comfort which pervades the hotel is the same throughout, perhaps simply reflecting the delight of living in this area. It is after all the most beautiful countryside in the world, according to Henry Miller.


Day : 1

The Hotel de France is located just steps away from the pedestrian streets in the historical city center of Bergerac. The hotel offers a warm and friendly welcome, as well as rooms with every modern convenience, private garage, and swimming pool. The hotel staff speaks fluent English and Spanish.


Day : 2

Our 4 double B & B rooms have recently been completely refurbished to a high standard of comfort, complete with TV and WiFi. Breakfast and dinner are served in our adjoining restaurant, the "Au Bon Accueil". All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.


Day : 3, 4

In the heart of Perigord Noir, in south-western France, in the village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Hostellerie du Passeur hotel is located in the middle of the lovely countryside. This old ivy-covered bourgeois house with white shutters is a family-run hotel right by the river, offering 19 spacious and well-appointed rooms. Hostellerie Du Passeur offers a warm atmosphere in charming scenery where everything seems designed for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy the hotel's ideal location to discover a region with a large historical and culinary heritage.


Day : 5, 6

The success of this hotel and restaurant located in a defense tower of the ancient medieval city of Sarlat in Perigord, it unites the beauty of the spot with an exceptional art of living. In La Couleuvrine, you will find both the charming welcome of the olden days and the well-being provided by modern comfort.


Day : 7

The CLEMENT V could easily be mistaken for one of those village houses which choose to protect their charms behind an unassuming front. Inside, however, you will discover 11th century vaulted cellars and exposed rafters in the attic bedrooms, you will sit by the log fire of the sitting room or have tea by the conservatories lemon trees. With its nooks and crannies, and its twists and turns, Le CLEMENT V retains the feeling of a true family home.The CLEMENT V was recently renovated in keeping with this atmosphere. The prestigious Suite des Consuls with its high ceiling and wide windows overlooking the surrounding countryside could have been the private realm of the head of the family, the colonial bedroom : the den of a prodigal son, always between adventures, the Boudoir : the colourful, light hearted cocoon of a young maiden.All the rooms are very different therefore. But the laid-back atmosphere of idiosyncratic warmth and comfort which pervades the hotel is the same throughout, perhaps simply reflecting the delight of living in this area. It is after all the most beautiful countryside in the world, according to Henry Miller.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding

-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C

-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590

-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26

-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black

-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15

-Stem: JD-ST103A

-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5

-Seat post: HL SP-56

-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G

-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon

-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

-Helmet

-Lock

-Hand pump

-2 spare tubes

-Rear pannier

-Toolkit

-Tire levers

-Patch kit

-1 souvenir water bottle

-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our 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


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks 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 roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included. (3 dinners for the basic version)
  • 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.

information

Arrival city is Bergerac. Trains from Paris Montparnasse take about 4h45m.

Departure from Belves. Take a taxi to Le Buisson station and then catch a train to Paris Montparnasse in about 5h45m.

Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hour 5min.

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1350 € 270 € 1950 €
Standard 1590 € 400 € 2370 €
Upgraded 2090 € 560 € 3000 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

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



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory