About the Cycling in the lush Dordogne : short & sweet trip

Ideal for cycling enthusiasts seeking a 5-day tour in South-Western France through the heart of the Dordogne, a region that beckons with its rolling landscapes, medieval castles, pre-historic caves and lush valleys dotted with harmonious towns and quaint villages. The Dordogne and Vezere rivers wind through this tranquil landscape irrigating beautiful vineyards and old forests that have produced fine wines and black truffles for centuries.
For those interested in archaeology, it is one of Europe’s most fascinating regions, having been continuously inhabited by man for tens of thousands of years. The lovely riverside villages such as La Roque Gageac, St Leon sur Vezere and Domme are a highlight of any visit to the region, with wonderful cobblestoned laneways, imposing castles and dramatic views.
Perigord is also known for its fine food and wine :  local dishes such as succulent duck, wild boar and Fois Gras are specialties of the region. 

Highlights of the trip

  • An enticing mixture of charming villages, meandering rivers, historic chateaux & fascinating prehistoric sites
  • Bike, Wine, Dine: Exploring the Dordogne & Vezere valleys on two wheels
  • Châteaux de Commarque & Chateau Puymartin
  • Labelled villages amongst the most beautiful in France
  • La Roque Gageac, Domme, Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
  • Sarlat’s Saturday morning market


    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Cycling
    • Easy
      • 5 days
      • From March to October
      • Simple -
      • Charming -
      • Superior

Cycling in lushed Dordogne : short & sweet -  Day by day

Day 1 - Welcome to Dordogne!

best cycling in dordogne and in famous sarlat medival village

  • Arrival on your own in the village of Les Eyzies :  renowned as the "Capital of Prehistory". Your self-guided cycling adventure begins in Les Eyzies, a charming town nestled in the heart of the Vézère Valley, known for its prehistoric sites and rich cultural heritage.
  • Night in Les Eyzies

Day 2 - Cycling through prehistoric landscapes and troglodyte wonders

great cycling in the Dordogne along the river, discovering beautiful castles

  • Ride - Les Eyzies > Limeuil > Le Bugue > Eyzies
    44 km - Ascent: +500 m / Descent: -500 m
  • Begin your journey in Les Eyzies, where prehistory comes to life at the National Prehistory Museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits spanning thousands of years. Pedal onwards to Limeuil, a stunning location at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. The village offers beautiful views of these two rivers coming together, creating a picturesque setting. Arriving in Le Bugue, delve into the town's vibrant atmosphere and bustling markets, where local artisans and vendors offer a taste of authentic Périgord culture. Don't miss the chance to visit the Gouffre de Proumeyssac, an awe-inspiring underground cavern adorned with stunning crystal formations. As you complete the loop back to Les Eyzies, you'll have experienced the best of the Dordogne Valley, from prehistoric wonders to medieval villages and vibrant market towns, all against the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty.
  • Night in Les Eyzies
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Options : Kayak 

    Day 3 - Exploring medieval marvels by bike

    best ride and cycling around chateau commarque in dordogne

    • Ride - Les Eyzies > Chateau Commarque - Chateau de puymartin > sarlat
      34 km - Ascent: +770 m / Descent: -770 m
    • Pedal through picturesque countryside from Les Eyzies to Château Commarque, an ancient fortress perched amidst stunning landscapes. Continue your journey to Marquay, where you'll encounter charming village streets and idyllic countryside vistas. Next, explore the majestic Château de Puymartin, a medieval masterpiece steeped in history and architectural splendor. Finally, arrive in Sarlat, a jewel of the Périgord Noir region, renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval architecture, vibrant markets, and rich cultural heritage.
    • Night in Sarlat
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Romantic loop ride passing fairytale chateaux, fortresses & charming villages

    cycling around chateau milandes, sarlat and eyzies in dordogne france

    • Ride - Sarlat > Domme > Chateau de castelnaud > Chateau de Milandes > Sarlat
      . 48 km - Ascent: +750 m / Descent: -750 m
      . 64 km with the extra loops to Chateau Milanfdes & Beynac - Ascent : + 880m / Descent : -8802m
    • You leave Sarlat on a pleasant bike path before climbing up to Domme, a fortified hilltop village with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Dordogne River below. Continue your ride to Castelnaud, where the imposing Château de Castelnaud stands as a testament to medieval military prowess. Nearby, you have the option of an extra loop to explore the elegant Château des Milandes, once home to the legendary Josephine Baker. Then you can add a loop to Beynac, dominated by the majestic Château de Beynac, which overlooks the village and the river. You can make a detour to the meticulously landscaped gardens of the Jardins de Marqueyssac and finally, ride to La Roque-Gageac, a charming village nestled against the cliffs along the riverbank. Explore its narrow streets, visit the troglodyte fortifications, and soak in the picturesque riverside ambiance. This loop bike ride promises a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable exploration of the Dordogne Valley and its many treasures.
    • Night in Sarlat
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    Day 5 - Bye Bye Dordogne !

    best self-guided biking tour in dordogne france

    • An awe-inspiring pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, perched dramatically on a limestone cliff. Please see further details and prices in the extension section.
      After breakfast end of tour in Sarlat!
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    • Market on Thursday & Sunday morning in Isle sur la Sorgue

    - Access

    • To Les Eyzies 
      . From Bordeaux :  
         . Train 1h50 to Buisson de Cadouin and another train 0h15 to Les Eyzies
         . Train 1h30 to Perigueux and another train 0h30 to Les Eyzies
      . From Sarlat : Train 0h45 to Les Eyzies
      . From Paris : Train 2h to Bordeaux
      . From Toulouse : Train 2h15 to Bordeaux

    • Return 
      . From sarlat to Toulouse :  Bus Nr 335 - 0h50 to Souillac and Train 2h
      . From Sarlat to Bordeaux :  Train 2h30-3h
      . From Souillac to Toulouse :  Train 1h30-2h
      . From Souillac to Bordeaux :  Train 2h30-3h

      • Self-guided
      • Cycling
      • Easy
        • 5 days
        • From March to October
        • Simple -
        • Charming -
        • Superior
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      • Easy
      • Self-guided
        • From March to October
    •   Accommodation choice :
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        • Charming
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        • Superior

    Highlights of the trip

    • An enticing mixture of charming villages, meandering rivers, historic chateaux & fascinating prehistoric sites
    • Bike, Wine, Dine: Exploring the Dordogne & Vezere valleys on two wheels
    • Châteaux de Commarque & Chateau Puymartin
    • Labelled villages amongst the most beautiful in France
    • La Roque Gageac, Domme, Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
    • Sarlat’s Saturday morning market


      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

      • 7 days
      • Cycling
      • Moderate
      • Self-guided
        • From March to October
    •   Accommodation choice :
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        • Charming
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        • Superior

    Highlights of the trip

    • Cycling through the heart of the Black Perigord from Montignac to Sarlat
    • Dramatic river valleys dotted with fairytale chateaux, fortresses & charming villages
    • Many Prehistoric sites including the impressive Lascaux caves in Montignac & troglodyte houses
    • Enjoy gourmet gastronomy & wines


      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here