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The Dordogne department was created after the French revolution in 1790 and lies in southwest France in the region of Aquitaine. Our Dordogne bike tour is located mostly in the area of Périgord Noir (black) but it passes through more of the Perigord colors too. This “Highlights” tour starts and finishes in the village of Monpazier, south of the Dordogne River, with an elegant hotel for your first and last nights. You will visit the pre-history sites of Les Eyzies and Montignac and visit the highly charming town of Sarlat, a wonderful medieval town located in the heart of Perigord Noir. This area is known as the cradle of prehistoric times, marking the beginning of European history. As you travel through the valleys of the Dordogne and Vézère, you will enjoy extraordinary visits of the cave paintings of Lascaux and Eyzies, the area’s most famous prehistoric sites. Fascinating abbeys, troglodyte (cave) dwellings, medieval castles and towns, multi-colored fields of crops and vineyards, are all the background of this beautiful corner of France. We will experience the traditional cuisine of Perigord, as well as the great wines from neighbouring Bordeaux vineyards, when we stop at charming local restaurants along the way.
From Paris – Train to Bergerac (best option), Bordeaux or Souillac. Shuttle service can be booked (in advance) from Bergerac station to Monpazier. Flights to/from Bordeaux possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hr 5 min.
Not Included: Choice of Hybrid or E-bike Rental
Included Standard Hotels:
About: All accommodations are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and their unique services. All rooms are en-suite. We allow you to book any dates and our first selection in each location is listed above. If one is sold out on your dates, then we will offer a similar one. Alternative lodgings available in some locations to save or upgrade. Please ask us for quotes.
Extra nights: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way to extend your journey or add a day off to do other things.
Mathilde: Born and raised in South West of France, one of my passions in life is to share the beauty of my country and how much the life is sweeter here. As with many of the French, during my childhood holidays we traveled everywhere in my own country. I would like to say that I can tell you anything about it, but that’s the thing with France… there are always other beautiful places still to be discovered, as well as beautiful people, and obviously cheese and wine! I would like to share the beautiful places in France, I’ve already discovered, with you.
Arjan: It’s no coincidence that for 20 years I have lived in the most visited country of the world. The diversity of the country, its cultural heritage, the gastronomical delights and its proud people make me feel so much at home. As a hotelier by schooling and trade, I try to give all this to my guests, France has it all!
Need to Know:
Monpazier is a small medieval town, which has hardly changed over the last 700 years. Built in 1284 on the orders of King Edward I as a “bastide,” a fortified town, one can still see houses out of that period. The medieval central market square is a gem and is often used as a set for historic movie shoots. Monpazier is member of the “plus beaux villages de France,” an organization of the “most beautiful villages of France.” Depending on your arrival time, you will be welcomed by our local representative, who will go over all the details of the week with you. He will also get you fitted to your bikes, answering any questions you might have about the tour ahead, providing recommendations on his favorite things to see. If you are arriving later in the day, the welcome/orientation will be organized after breakfast on Day 2.
Meals: dinner – 3 course dinner in gourmet Restaurant Eléonore
Highlights: medieval town & market, orientation
After breakfast you might want to take another stroll through Monpazier before heading off to Trémolat. After 15 km you will find yourself in the small village of St. Avit Seigneur, with its impressive abbey. Then head out to Molières, a medieval Bastide town which was never finished. The next village over, the Cloister of Cadouin, is worth a visit. Some centuries ago this cloister was a pilgrimage destination with thousands and thousands of visitors. You may wish to have lunch here before continuing your trip. To reach the village of Trémolat, your base for tonight, travel through beautiful woods and pass many tiny hamlets crossing the Dordogne. 45 km +220m / -360m
Meals: breakfast, dinner-3 course dinner hotel, possibility to upgrade to Michelin star restaurant at the hotel
Distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Highlights: St. Avit Seigneur, medieval Bastide, pilgrimage destination of Cadouin
Leaving Trémolat, you continue on small, low traffic roads towards the village of Limeuil, yet another member of “les plus beaux villages de France” – and rightfully so! This village of 350 residents is at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers; truly a lovely spot for a break. Next you will pass by the livelier town of Le Bugue (you might want to have your lunch stop here,) as you make your way to Les Eyzies de Tayac. This area is known to be the center of the prehistoric sites in the area, and is home to the National Prehistoric Museum. Dinner on own tonight. 40 km +500m / -400m
Distance: 40 km / 25 miles
Highlights: Limeuil, rivers, Le Bugue, prehistoric center & museum
Overnight: Le Eyzies de Tayac
Today is dedicated to all the prehistoric heritage in the Dordogne area. You will follow the Vézère River upstream until the village of Montignac, with its world-famous Lascaux caves. Cycling distances are a bit shorter today to give you ample opportunity to visit and explore! 30 km +320m / -400m
Meals: breakfast, dinner at hotel
Distance: 30 km / 19 miles
Highlights: prehistoric heritage and caves visit
Today you will cycle on back roads through typical French countryside, as you make your way to Sarlat via the magnificent gardens of the Château Eyrignac. These are a must see: beautiful, traditional-style French gardens. Enjoy your evening in Sarlat, which is actually the nicest time of the day to visit this famous medieval town. The busyness and heat of the day are both gone and all of the monuments are beautifully lit. Dinner on own tonight. 50 km +460m / -390m
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Highlights: Château Eyrignac, Sarlat
Today is full of highlights! We will have less cycling because there are so many sites to visit and explore. The village of Beynac with its imposing château, the château of Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac, the village of Roque Gageac “glued” against the rocky sides or the Dordogne river, to name just a few!. Make your pick and enjoy the day full of cultural heritage. 30 km +230m / -175m
Meals: breakfast, dinner at hotel
Distance: 30 km / 19 miles
Highlights: chateaus, gardens, Roque Gageac and more!
Overnight: Saint Vincent de Cosse
Today you are returning to the Bastide village of Monpazier. A well deserved leisurely afternoon is waiting for you around the pool. Maybe enjoy a visit to Chateau Les Millandes in the morning? This castle, once owned by the famous singer/entertainer Josephine Baker, now houses a very interesting retrospective on her life. Relax and enjoy! 45 km +460m / -360m
Meals: breakfast, 3 course dinner in gourmet Restaurant Eléonore
Distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Highlights: Chateau Les Millandes, Monpazier exploration
Departure day (or extension day with round trip from Monpazier to Castle of Biron – 40km.) Ask us for our recommendations on how to best extend your stay, further exploring this beautiful area!
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Hybrid Bike Rental: 90 euros
E-bike Rental: 210 euros
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Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
We did a custom, guided family bike tour of Normandy with our 2 boys aged 8 and 10, that Pure Adventures tailored for us. Patrick was a wonderful guide. His in depth knowledge of the area, the history, the food enriched our experience. The kids loved spending time with him and hearing his funny stories. The tour was well organized by Pure. The parents were able to bike to the next destination. The children joined us for 20-30km and then did a tour with Patrick. Everyone was happy and had stories to tell when we all met for dinner. Normandy is an ideal location for a family bike tour.