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France: Dordogne and Lot Bike

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4395 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4595 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

These river valleys have been populated for millennia, for very obvious reasons; their beauty and fertility are unsurpassed, and the profusion of châteaux suggests the passionate history of this coveted landscape. Cycling from one medieval village to another, you will marvel at how little things seem to have changed with the passage of time. Behind the lazy riverbanks and cliffside villages, chestnut and oak forests hide entrances to caves whose walls have been decorated by stone-age artists. Words fail to convey how moving seeing these 20,000 year-old paintings can be. Despite their age, they still display deep knowledge of the human condition. Starting near the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère Rivers, you will cross from Rocamadour to the Célé and Lot Rivers, and finish near their confluence in St.Cirq-Lapopie. This bicycle tour stands out as being exceptional. The cycling is virtually perfect, on quiet and consistently beautiful routes. The lodging is so comfortable your toes will curl, and the culinary temptations will fuel you for each day’s interests and pleasures. If you dream of pampered cycling in France, this is the trip for you!

Day 1: Rendez-vous and rental bike familiarization
Meet your guides in Bordeaux at 14:00 for a two hour van transfer to Tremolat. Optional pickups are available in nearby St. Emilion – a charming golden cobble stoned town, famous for macaroons and exceptional wines. At Tremolat you will become familiar with your bike rental equipment before dinner. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts)
Le Vieux Logis, Tremolat, www.vieux-logis.com, or
Hotel La Metairie, Mauzac, www.la-metairie.com

Day 2: Tremolat Loop 29, 62, or 83km; flat or hilly options
Begin with a lovely bike ride from Le Bugue to the ancient and lovely town of Limeuil at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère Rivers, then on to Les Eyzies de Tayac, home of troglodytes and cliff dwellers, both ancient and modern. You may be able to visit the famous Grotte de Font-de-Gaume or Les Combarelles with their awe-inspiring prehistoric paintings (it is frequently closed for conservation, and tours book many months in advance). Return to Tremolat by bike for an exquisite lodging experience. You can opt to dine at your hotel or your guides will transfer you to nearby Limeuil for independent dining. BL
Same lodging

Day 3: Tremolat to Domme or Sarlat 54km
Cycle to pretty Vitrac and the clifftop village of Domme, via St. Cyprien and riverside Le Rocque Gageac, with its homes beneath and carved right into cliffs at the water’s edge. A visit to medieval Sarlat is optional. Rest in an exquisite hotel where every room has an eagle’s eye view of the river below, or a magnificent country estate. BL
Hotel de l’Esplanade, Domme, www.esplanade-perigord.com

Day 4: Domme to Rocamadour 58km
Following the banks of the Dordogne River, you will bike to the fortified vertical town of Rocamadour. Stop at the magnificent Montfort Castle panoramically overlooking a bend in the river below. Stop in Souillac to see the amazing bas-relief carvings in the cathedral and visit Les Grottes de Lacave before arriving at your centrally located hotel where you’ll rest for the next two nights. BL
Grand Hotel Beau Site, Rocamadour, www.bestwestern-beausite.com

Day 5: Rocamadour Loop Ride 63km
Start your day with an early visit to La Gouffre de Padirac, a magnificent cave system partially explored by boat. You will then cycle to Loubressac and Carrenac, two of the most beautiful villages in France. Return via St. Sozy and Meyronne. These are all outstandingly charming villages, surrounded by gorgeous farm estates, filled with beautiful old stone architecture steeped in historic charm, and an absolute joy to tour by bicycle. BD
Same lodging

Day 6: Rocamadour to Cahors 70.5km
Spend your day bicycling on exceptionally quiet roads. Start the morning by exploring the medieval village of Rocamadour which houses the Christian relic scholars believe is the body of Jesus’ friend Zacchaeus. Leaving Rocamadour by bike you will meander the quiet rural countryside to the valleys of the Lot and Cele Rivers where beautiful houses are perched on the sides of cliffs and farmland abounds. Finish with a short transfer to your luxurious château where you’ll rest for two nights in opulent comfort. BL
Château de Mercues, Cahors, www.chateaudemercues.com

Day 7: Cahors Loop Ride 87km
Bike downstream to visit to Les Grottes de Peche Merle and its 25,000 year old paintings (that’s not a typo!). Continue to the fantastic village perchée of St.Cirq-La Popie and back, enjoying the quiet and pretty roads and towpaths on the banks of the Lot River. This afternoon you will transfer to your château for a sumptuous final night with dinner. BD
Same lodging

Day 8: Transfer to Montauban & Farewell
Following your breakfast you will be transferred to the train station in Montauban, about 45 minutes away. From the train station in Montauban there are frequent trains to Paris and other European destinations. B

Supplemental Tour Information:
Start: Bordeaux train station. 14:00, day one. TGV (high-speed train) from Paris CDG airport takes 3½ hours

Finish: Montauban train station, 10:00 day eight. Regular train connections available to Toulouse, Bordeaux or Paris. Train to Paris CDG airport takes 5 hours

Self-Guided Dates: You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Guided Inclusions: 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, cave admission, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and guide support

Self-guided Inclusions: 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, maps and route notes, luggage handling, essential transfers

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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