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Périgord and Quercy for Avid Riders

Cyclomundo offers supported and self-guided cycling trips in Dordogne/Perigord Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April through October 2019
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 48 km (30 miles) to 96 km (60 miles)
Trip starts from and ends in Souillac, which is serviced by train from Paris Austerlitz Station
Accommodation in 3-star properties
Level: 4 (Difficult)
From 975 euros per person sharing a double room

Périgord and Quercy for Avid Riders — 7 nights/8 days

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This trip will suit individuals and groups alike.
Castelnaud is one of the many sites you'll ride by on Day 4.

Looking to log quality miles on quiet back roads through incredible scenery? Look no further than Quercy and Périgord and our challenging itinerary that includes some of the best-known medieval and prehistoric sites in the region.

Highlights include Souillac, Les Eyzies, Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Castlenaud, Rocamadour, Padirac, Carennac and Saint-Céré… but this isn’t an exhaustive list! Of course, after a full-day of cycling and sightseeing, Périgord and Quercy's gastronomic heritage and hearty culinary specialties will help you replenish your energy. A memorable trip for body and soul!

This trip is ideal for riders who can comfortably cover 60 miles and handle 800 to 1,000 meters of climbing. For an easier alternative, you may want to consider Dordogne's Jewels and Treasures.

For groups of 6 and more, we can customize your itinerary to your liking. To get started, just fill out our custom bicycle tour request form.

Day 1: Arrival in Souillac

Welcome to Souillac, where you will be greeted by our local representative. Souillac is a pretty town wedged between Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) and Quercy, two areas worth exploring in-depth on a bicycle. Tonight at dinner we suggest you dive right into the regional specialty, duck!
Day 2: Souillac — Les Eyzies (71 km/41 miles, 1,050 meters/3,450 ft of climbing)

You'll probably want to take a stroll and explore Souillac before getting on your bike. We've kept today's mileage to a low 65 km (41 miles) to allow you to do just that! On your way to Les Eyzies, the World Capital of Prehistory, you will ride through typical Périgord villages. All are rich in remarkable sites: Salignac has a medieval castle, Saint-Armand-de-Coly has quite a striking church and Montignac is home to the famous Lascaux grotto. (The caves are closed to the public, but you may visit a reproduction tomorrow morning, if you wish and time allows.
Day 3: Les Eyzies — Sarlat (80 km/50 miles, 1,080 meters/3,545 ft of climbing)

You will first ride along the Vézère River up to its confluence with the Dordogne River — in Limeuil, a village that bears the coveted title of "One of France's Prettiest Villages" — then you're on to the scenic "Cingle de Trémolat" (riverbend) and the village of Cadouin and its medieval abbey. From there, riding will be done in a superb landscape of rolling hills and wooded areas.
Day 4: Loop around Sarlat (Short Option: 48 km/30 miles, 775 meters/2,550 ft of climbing; Long Option: 96 km/60 miles, 1,310 meters/4,300 ft of climbing)

We’ll give you different options to suit your personal goals! All options will take you along the Dordogne River to discover some of France's prettiest villages and castles. Among them are La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Castelnaud, and Les Milandes. You’ll also encounter Périgord's fortified villages dating back to the Middle Ages: Belvès, Domme, and even Montpazier, if you choose the longer option.
Day 5: Sarlat — Rocamadour (56 km/35 miles, 875 meters/2,870 ft of climbing)

We've kept today's mileage to a low 56 km (35 miles) to allow you to explore Sarlat's medieval center (the largest in Europe) before setting off on your journey to the Quercy area. Today's ride to Rocamadour is magnificent from start (don’t miss the viewpoint in Calès of the Ouisse Canyon) to finish (Rocamadour and its exceptional cliffside setting). Rocamadour will be your home for the next two nights, a base we’re sure you’ll adore.
Day 6: Loop around Rocamadour (Short Option: 57 km/35 miles, 870 meters/2,850 ft of climbing; Long Option: 89 km/55 miles, 1,310 meters/4,290 ft of climbing)

All options will take you to the castle of Castelnau, Saint-Céré, and the extraordinary cave of Padirac and its subterranean river. You will also visit the villages of Loubressac, Autoire, and Carennac, each of which is categorized as ‘One of France's Prettiest Villages’.
Day 7: Rocamadour — Souillac (83 km/52 miles, 1,110 meters/3,630 ft of climbing)

Today's ride will take you through typical Quercy villages (Lacave, Meyronne, and Martel), Collonges-la- Rouge, a colorful village built of red sandstones, and — although it may not be designated one of France’s “prettiest,” a picturesque village called Turenne, which is worth visiting in our opinion.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Souillac at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 975 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 975 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 300 euros
  • 1,055 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 310 euros
  • 1,090 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 320 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (Drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Souillac train station to your first hotel on Day 1 and from the last hotel to the Souillac train station on Day 8
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • 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. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike. Aluminum racing bikes are available at the rate of 145 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:
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