In between, gourmet cyclists will be treated to a week of Perigord's much celebrated regional cuisinese. Every dinner will be a feast. This is the land of ducks and geese, of foie gras and truffles, of rich Cahors wine and walnut-based liquors.
History buffs will marvel at the sites they'll discover. Some of the best preserved prehistoric cave paintings are in Perigord. We invite you to stop by Pech-Merle on your last day to experience a truly moving and memorable tour of a 25,000 year old "art gallery" frozen in time! Medieval castles are too many to count.
Needless to say, the scenery is varied and splendid. This trip is done on quiet roads and easy terrain that are perfect for family vacations.
Day 1: Arrival in Sarlat
Arrive in Sarlat. Chek-in at your hotel. You'll then be treated to a complimentary Perigord aperitif by your guide who will brief you on your itinerary and give you all the necessary equipment for your trip. Your are invited to take a stroll at your leisure through Sarlat, a medieval city of great beauty. Dinner and overnight in Sarlat.
Day 2: Sarlat - Souillac (31 km or 20 miles)
Today's treat is a wonderful ride along the Dordogne river. The scenery is breathtaking and is worth stopping for a few minutes (Les Cingles de Montfort). After every turn a castle is in sight: Chateau de Montfort, Chateau de Fenelon as well as many Roman churches of interest. You will soon reach Souillac and its abbey. You have now left the area known as "The Perigord Noir" and entered the Lot region known for its gastronomy. Something you will discover at dinner. Overnight in Souillac
Day 3: Souillac - Rocamadour (29 km or 18 miles)
Your itinerary will take you to the Parc Naturel Regional des Causses du Quercy (Regional Park of Quercy) where the scenery and architecture are very different than everything you've seen so far on this trip. Quaint castles and caves are welcome stops (Grottes de Lacave) before climbing to one of France's most beautiful site: Rocamadour--where you will dine and overnight.
Day 4: Rocamadour - Labastide-Murat- Today's mileage: 32 km (20 miles)
On the Gramat plateau, you'll be astonished by the small and quaint villages. Among others, picture-perfect Autoire is one of France's prettiest villages--an official title awarded to a few villages in France. Further on, the Chateau de Montal will succeed to the 17th century castle of Presque before reaching Labastide-Murat. Dinner and overnight in Labastide-Murat..
Day 5: Labastide-Murat - Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (38 km or 23 miles)
Your itinerary will take you through a much different landscape as you approach Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. You will cycle through the green forested region of Ségala and its numerous rivers. Its heritage is rich: Roman churches, mills, barns and cities like Bannes Leyme, or fortified Lacapelle-Marival call for a stop. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie will be your home for the night.
Day 6: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (40 km or 24 miles)
The Lot river is quiet, appeasing, thought-inspiring...For some, it is a peaceful ride on quiet roads through quaint villages and their remarkable castles and buildings. For others, it is a zen-like journey... a region conducive to inward thinking, to a re-discovery of life's simple pleasures and values, to happiness.
Day 7: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - Cahors (35km or 22 miles)
The fabulous cave of Pech-Merle and its outstanding prehistoric paintings is a must-see. A petrified footprint left by a kid 15,000 years ago will no doubt move you... As you approach Cahors, the scenery will change again. You are now entering a region of vineyards...a flavor of the south of France is in the air.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, depart Cahors at the time of your choice.
Pricing: From 840 euros per person based on double occupancy.
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