Highlights of the Dordogne by Bike
The Dordogne, as the French say, is a land with 'un peu de tout', a little of everything; a gently meandering river, lush pastures, wine, walnuts, geese, the warm southern sun and of course a web of country roads linking the historic hamlets and towns, all just ideal for a stimulating cycling holiday. From Souillac in the valley of the Dordogne River, the cycle route follows tiny lanes and byroads, initially following the river, which winds through a landscape of steep green wooded hills, patchwork fields and terraced slopes. This area of France is rich in scenery, architecture, history - and of course has a famous gastronomic reputation, as this is the home of the truffle! Spend two nights in Sarlat the capital of Black Périgord; it is an exceptionally well-preserved city. The second half of the circuit is a little more rural and there is a chance to visit the world famous Lascaux Caves. Staying in a selection of hand picked hotels, there is ample time to relax and enjoy the villages and scenery for which the area is famous.
DAY 1 Arrive in Souillac DAY 2 Choice of two cycle routes to Sarlat (32 or 33km / 20 or 20.5mi) DAY 3 Optional circular cycles to Domme and Le Roque-Gageac (28 or 31km / 17.5 or 19mi) DAY 4 Visit the Chateau de Beynac en route to Les Eyzies (26 or 41km / 16 or 25.5mi) DAY 5 Optional cycle to Troglodyte Cave and onto the tomb of Cro-Magnon Man (29km / 18mi) DAY 6 Cycle Montignac with an optional canoe trip (24 or 30km / 15 or 18.5mi) DAY 7 Cycle to the famous caves of Lascaux, then to Souillac (47 or 54km / 29 or 33.5mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Apr to 15 Oct
*7 breakfasts, 5 dinners *7 nights in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *emergency hotline *hybrid bike rental (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)