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Treasures of Black Perigord
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Dordogne/Perigord Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 27 km (21 miles) to 46 km (29 miles) on easy terrain
Trip starts from and ends in Souillac
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
From 710 euros per person sharing a double room
Level: 3 (Moderate)

Treasures of Black Perigord — 7 nights/8 days

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On this cycling tour, you will at times ride along the Dordogne river
 
Gastronomy is a big part of your cycling experience in Dordogne.
  Périgord is the name of one of France’s historic provinces (in what is now called Dordogne), but its history goes back far beyond its name — all the way back to prehistory! This is where you’ll find evidence of early mankind: cave paintings, dwellings, ruins and more. Our tour will take you to the heart of ‘Périgord Noir,’ or ‘Black Périgord,’ so named for the oak and pine trees grown there. In just a small section of Perigord, you’ll have access to a wide array of true French gems: incredibly pretty villages, exquisite cuisine, stately chateaux, and inimitable natural beauty.

What makes Black Périgord all the more appealing is its bike-friendliness. We think the world’s greatest treasures are best enjoyed from the seat of a bike, and here you have full access to quiet country roads — allowing for a mesmerizing and worry-free vacation.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Souillac

Located on the Dordogne River, Souillac is often considered the gateway to Périgord Noir, making it the perfect place for your introduction to the region. It is also conveniently located whether you arrive by train or by car; our local representative will pick you up from the station if you arrive by train.
Day 2: Souillac — Salignac (29 km/18 miles, 510 meters/1,665 ft of climbing)

Today's itinerary will take you through the authentic Périgord, away from the crowds and the busloads of tourists. On your way, the gardens of Eyrignac will be a welcome stop for the magnificent vantage point they provide. Your destination is Salignac, a typical Périgord village with a medieval castle straight out of a movie set.
Day 3: Salignac — Les Eyzies (46 km/29 miles, 695 meters/2,280 ft of climbing)

You'll discover the quaint village of Saint Geniès before reaching the Vezère Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its abundance of remarkable prehistoric sites. Les Eyzies is the world capital of prehistory, so it’s the best base for those who wish to explore. With advance notice of your interest, we can help you make arrangements to visit some prehistoric caves (or reproductions of the caves, like Lascaux II, since the original is closed to the public).
Day 4: Rest day in Les Eyzies (2 optional loops: 32 km/20 miles, 360 meters/1,170 ft of climbing or 45 km/28 miles, 500 meters/1,650 ft of climbing)

Today’s the perfect day to arrange your cave visit or seek out some other places of interest. You could also relax at your hotel or spend your day wandering around town. If you prefer to spend your time biking, you may ride a short loop to the small town of Le Bugue on the Vézère River.
Day 5: Les Eyzies — Vitrac (33 km/21 miles, 500 meters/1,620 ft of climbing)

You'll leave the valley of the Beune River on a ride to Sarlat, the capital of Périgord Noir. The whole ride is full of picture-perfect scenes, and you may stop whenever and wherever you’d like! Make sure to save some time to stroll through its medieval center, considered Europe's largest. A few miles from there, Vitrac will welcome you for the night.
Day 6: Loop around Vitrac (Short Option: 27 km/21 miles, 440 meters/1,620 ft of climbing; Long Option: 42 km/26 miles, 735 meters/2,410 ft of climbing)

Vitrac is the perfect location to ride to the area's many treasures. Our itinerary will take you to Beynac, la Roque Gageac, and Domme, three villages that belong to an exclusive club of France’s prettiest villages, “Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France.”
Day 7: Vitrac — Souillac (29 km/18 miles, 370 meters/1,220 ft of climbing)

Let the Dordogne River guide you on a return journey to Souillac. Our easy ride caps off a week of pleasant routes, and you’ll finish with plenty of time to enjoy the charming town center.
Day 8: Departure from Souillac

After breakfast, depart Souillac at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 710 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 710 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 235 euros
  • 775 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 260 euros
  • 840 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 280 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Souillac train station to your first hotel on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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