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Biking Along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers
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 29 km (18 miles) to 40 km (24 miles)
Trip starts from Sarlat and ends in Cahors
Sarlat is an hour's train ride from Bergerac and 2.5 hours from Bordeaux. Cahors is an hour's train ride from Toulouse
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
From 985 euros per person sharing a double room
Level: 2/3 (Easy/Moderate)

From Sarlat to Cahors: Biking Along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers —
7 nights/8 days

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The medieval village of Rocamadour is one of the many highlights of this cycling tour
 
One of the highlights of this Cycling tour is the hilltop village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie overlooking the Lot river.
  From Sarlat in the heart of Périgord to Cahors, the capital of Lot, each day you cycle along the Dordogne and Lot Rivers is certain to delight. Some of the best-preserved prehistoric cave paintings can be found in Périgord, and some are still open to the public! We suggest you set aside time on your last day to visit Pech-Merle, an art gallery featuring 25,000-year-old masterpieces! More “recent” marvels include Sarlat, one of Europe’s largest medieval cities; the causses of Quercy, and innumerable castles.

Cyclists who fancy themselves gourmets — and even those who don’t! — will be treated to nightly feasts highlighting some of France’s most celebrated cuisine. This is the land of duck and goose dishes, of foie gras and truffles, of rich Cahors wine and walnut-based liqueurs. Don’t worry about over-indulging — this is your vacation, and with easy rides on quiet back roads, you can enjoy everything at your own pace.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Sarlat

Sarlat is easily accessible from Paris, Bordeaux, and Toulouse, or by car. However you get there, our wonderful local representative will greet you and prepare you for the journey ahead. If you arrive on a Saturday, you may wish to stop at the town market and select supplies for a picnic lunch, or at least a snack. Each opportunity to try local food is one you should take! We recommend allowing yourself some time to explore the city center.
Day 2: Sarlat — Souillac (31 km/20 miles)

Today's treat is a wonderful ride along the Dordogne River. Breathtaking sights abound, so you’ll want to stop and catch your breath, along with a few photos! At every turn, a castle comes into sight: Chateau de Montfort, Chateau de Fenelon and more, as well as many Roman churches of interest. You will soon reach Souillac, home to a grand abbey. Périgord Noir will be at your back and Lot stretching ahead of you. Tonight, you’ll have yet another opportunity to relish the local gastronomy.
Day 3: Souillac — Rocamadour (29 km/18 miles)

Pedal to the Parc Naturel Regional des Causses du Quercy (Regional Park of Quercy — the causses are limestone plateaus), where the scenery and architecture are very different than anything you've seen so far. Quaint castles and caves are welcome stops (Grottes de Lacave, for example) before climbing to Rocamadour, one of France's most beautiful towns. Words and pictures cannot do it justice, so you must simply see it for yourself.
Day 4: Rocamadour — Labastide-Murat (32 km/20 miles)

On the Gramat plateau, the small, quaint villages may elicit a gasp. Among others, picture-perfect Autoire is “one of France's prettiest villages” — an official title awarded to a select few villages in France. Further on, the Chateau de Montal will come into view, followed by the 17th century castle of Presque. Finally, you’ll find yourself in Labastide-Murat, just in time for another fabulous dinner.
Day 5: Labastide-Murat — Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (38 km/23 miles)

Revel in more diverse scenery as you approach Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Cycle through the “enchanted” forested region of Ségala, criss-crossed by numerous rivers. The rich heritage is sure to astound you: Roman churches, mills, and barns cover the countryside, and towns like Bannes, Leyme, or fortified Lacapelle-Marival call for a stop. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie will be your home for the night.
Day 6: Loop from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (40 km/24 miles)

Let the alluring Lot River put you completely at ease today and follow an easy route to a zen-like state of being. Take it all in from the seat of your bike, and revel in the landscapes that seem untouched by time. By the time you’ve finished dinner, you’ll be convinced you’ve found the secret to happiness.
Day 7: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie — Cahors (35 km/22 miles)

The fabulous cave of Pech-Merle and its outstanding prehistoric paintings are a must-see. Watch where you step: you might come across a petrified footprint left by a child 15,000 years ago! As you approach Cahors, the scenery will give off a certain southern French air. Cahors is known for its wine, so, naturally, you’ll find yourself among rows of vineyards. Whether this medieval city is your favorite of all you’ve visited remains to be seen, but none of them can lay claim to the “Devil’s Bridge,” better known as Valentré Bridge, a fortified footbridge with an intriguing legend...
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Cahors at the time of your choice
Booking & Pricing
From 985 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 985 euros euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 290 euros
  • 1,080 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 310 euros
  • 1,095 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 315 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 Sarlat train station to your first hotel on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (clients 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 115 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike's return.
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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