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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance

Independent Cycling Holiday
  • Classic Dordogne Cycling

Dates for 2019
  • 15 April - 15 October
  • On request
  • cycling holiday Dordogne France
  • 7 nights, 6 days self guided cycling moving between guest houses
  • Wonderful historic villages including Sarlat, Beynac and Rocamadour
  • Beautiful chateaux lining the valley, sitting on rocky promontories
  • Picturesque landscapes, beautiful valleys and dramatic gorges
  • Enjoyable cycling on quiet roads
  • Lovely guest houses and great food
Accommodation and Meals
  • A mixture of small independent family run hotels and B&B's offering quality accommodation and food.
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation including all breakfasts and four evening meals, detailed cycling notes and maps, transport of luggage between guest houses, hire of bicycle
What's not included
  1. Travel to and from Gourdon, France (on the train); lunches; 3 evening meals; visits, travel insurance
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Locality & Cycling

The Dordogne region of France is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne river and its stunning valley lined with historic delights. Our self guided cycling holiday passes through one picturesque village after another. La Roque Gageac has been built into steep sandstone cliffs which rise high above the river with fascinating architecture and a troglodyte fort built into the cliff face. The beautiful town of Sarlat is famous for its medieval buildings and its lively street market. Sarlat has remained preserved from modern development and is considered to be one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. Your cycling tour starts and finishes at Gourdon, which is a beautiful village built in tiers around a hill, before progressing to Rocamadour, another wonderful village clinging to the cliffs overlooking the Ouysse gorge. In addition, the Dordogne has an impressive concentration of chateaux lining the valley such as Fenelon, Beynac, Castlenaud and Marqueyssac. There are also important pre-historic sites with cave drawings to discover on your French cycling holiday, which follows quiet roads through pretty countryside steeped in history.

Cycling Profile

6 days self-guided cycling moving between hotels & B&B’s. Staying in 2 guest houses for two nights. The holiday is graded moderate. Two of the days allow you to choose the amount of cycling you wish to do. Average days on your cycling holiday include about 40—50km cycling with the maximum in any one day being 62km. Ascents and descents are relatively limited throughout the week. The cycling takes place on good roads which are generally quiet. They become busier during certain holiday periods.


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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Gourdon, a lovely medieval town dominated by its grand sandstone coloured church. If time allows, cycle out to the Grottes de Cougnac and view its artwork and rock formations.

Day 2: Gourdon - Rocamadour

Cycle through the picturesque countryside to Rocamadour. You’ll have time to visit this beautiful village clinging to the cliffs overlooking the Ouysse gorge. (37km)

Day 3: Rocamadour - Sarlat

Leave Rocamadour and follow the Dordogne valley westwards, cycling through Souillac and numerous other beautiful villages. Marvel at dramatic views, stop-off and visit chateaux that sit on the peaks overlooking the valley. Arrive in Sarlat, give yourself time to explore this magnificient town. (55km)

Day 4: Tour from Sarlat

Today cycle the loop ride that incorporates all of the very best that this region has to offer. Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes. The list goes on! (25- 50km)

Day 5: Sarlat - Les Eyzies

Continue onwards to Les Eyzies. To reach your destination, you also have the chance to visit Chateaux Puymartin and Commarque along the way. (40km)

Day 6: Tour from Les Eyzies

Another fabulous loop ride, this time out of Les Eyzies. The route takes you up the Vezere Valley. The scenery is breathtaking. Roque St Christophe, Font de Gaume, St Leon-sur-Vezere, among many others are all there, waiting to be discovered. (30-60km)

Day 7: Les Eyzies - Gourdon

Today you return to Gourdon. Cycle through some remarkable countryside. Visit St Cyprien and Daglan along the way. Appreciate an intimate glimpse into the history and culture of this wonderful region. (62km)

Day 8: Departure - Holiday ends after breakfast.


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Accommodation & Meals

A mixture of B&B’s and small independent family run hotels offering a high quality of service (2 or 3 star). Many are in historic properties, set in wonderful medieval village locations, some have swimming pools. Warm welcome and gastronomic food. All breakfasts and four evening meals included in holiday price.

Name Type Details Rating  
Les Esclargies Hotel Relaxing stay in this modern hotel situated at the top of the wonderful village of Rocamadour   Accommodation hotel esclargies rocamadour dordogne cycling holiday France
La Couleuvrine Hotel Lovely hotel located in one of the towers of the old town wall of the wonderful medieval village of Sarlat 2 stars Accommodation sarlat hotel couleuvrine cycling holiday dordogne
Travel Options

Travel Options


Eurostar, the TGV & local TER trains run services from London St Pancras to Gourdon. Take the Eurostar to Paris where you need to change station. Take the train from Paris direction Toulouse or Cerbere and descend at Gourdon. Some trains (Teoz) are direct to Souillac, whilst others need a further change, some via Brive la Gaillarde.


Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station.

Please visit our travel shop for useful links to transport operators. Please make sure you check that the holiday is available for your preferred date before making any travel arrangements.




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