“Even better than I expected. Thank you for all the fabulous memories! The region was absolutely gorgeous – everywhere I looked was a picture postcard. The hotels were the very best in each area we stayed. Especially oved our hotels in Les Eyzies and in Rocamadour. Every meal was better than the one before. You picked up the very best places for us. Thank heavens we were cycling to wear off all the fabulous food!”
- Kathryn C., Sault Ste Marie, ON
"Loved the trip! The guides couldn't have been more helpful and fun- we're not sure they ever slept. The flexibility was great- ride distances, optional activities- caves, castles, kayaking, and shopping."
-Dave & Kim B., Longmont, CO
Dordogne, July, 2011
Jun 28- Jul 3
Jun 27- Jul 2
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.
7 days/ 6 nights
Bordeaux - Les Eyzies/Rocamadour
20-40+ miles daily
3 days gently rolling, 3 days are moderately rolling
Land Cost (current year):
Biking along the most beautiful river in France
We first started coming to this region in the early 1980’s, attracted by quiet country roads to bike and wonderful scenery, with castles seemingly around every corner; the Dordogne retains this charm and now has superb hotels and restaurants. In addition, the prehistoric caves of Font de Gaume & Lascaux, and pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and others make this a unique place in all of the world.
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
- Entry to the extraordinary cave paintings at Font de Gaume where only a small number of visitors are allowed each day.
- A meal you will never forget- dinner at Auberge la Plume d'Oie in la Roque Gageac, one of 'les plus beaux villages de France'.
- Learn falconry at the former castle of Josephine Baker.
- Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
Getting there :
Bordeaux - Les Eyzies: Most participants will spend an evening in Bordeaux and transfer to Les Eyzies on the 10h50 train the morning of Day 1 (you can also reach Les Eyzies from Paris through Limoges on an 8:15 train). We have recommendations for excellent hotels in the historical district of Bordeaux.
Les Eyzies - Our trip starts from Les Eyzies which is easily reached from Bordeaux by train. We'll meet at 12h40 on arrival of the 10:50 Bordeaux train at the Les Eyzies train station and cycle to Campagne for lunch at a local bistrot. The villages of le Bugue and Limeuil (members of the 'most beautiful villages in France') will provide a wonderful introduction to the region. Les Eyzies is where the first discoveries of Homo sapiens were made. We’ll visit the prehistory museum and Fonte de Gaume, where cave paintings from 12,000 B.C. can be seen. On our second day of cycling, we’ll trace the Vezere River northward, perhaps with a visit to one of the extraordinary underground grottes famous in the area
Distance D1: 35 up to 60 km, elevation gain 470 m.
Distance D2: 34 up to 50 km, elevation gain up to 850 m.*
La Roque Gageac - The Dordogne has castles throughout the region and we’ve designed our cycling route to pass by the most impressive. We’ll visit the Château de Castelnau, built 1000 years ago and still majestic in its appearance and Les Milandes, where the actress Josephine Baker lived with her adopted children until 1964. Reaching Sarlat, the impeccably restored Renaissance town, we’ll enjoy a walking tour. La Roque Gageac, one of the ‘plus jolis villages de France’, boasts a wonderful hotel situated at the river’s edge.
Distance D3: 34 km, elevation gain 360 m or 50 km, gain 850 m.
Distance D4: 24 km, elevation gain 190 m or 80 km, gain 740 m.*
Rocamadour - The ride to Rocamadour is nothing short of spectacular as we ride up onto escarpments and down through lush valleys, following the Dordogne river. We’ll have lunch in Souillac before continuing on to Rocamadour, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in France. On our final day of riding we'll explore Antoir, Loubressac and perhaps Carennac, which has the largest bicycle museum in France. Back in Rocamadour we'll celebrate at a local restaurant to toast our week together.
Distance D5: 38 km, elevation gain 750 m or 58 km, gain 1115m.
Distance D6: 52 km, elevation gain 760 m.*
DAY 7: Depart at your leisure from Rocamadour train station.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights lodging
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
- Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed map and route instructions
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
The extension includes 2 nights at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, St. Emilion. It is described as ‘the most luxurious hotel in St. Emilion with an elegant gourmet restaurant and terrace.’
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at email@example.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247