Cycle & Stay Holiday: Dordogne & Perigord
8 days / 7 nights
Fertile green valleys, castles and bastides, fortified villages, gently meandering rivers, lush pastures, wine, walnuts, geese for foie gras and the warm southern sun – this is Dordogne!
Day 1: Arrival in Souillac
Once at your hotel you can take some time to visit the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. See the remarkable abbey-church with fine carvings, and a statue of the prophet Isaiah, a masterpiece of the Romanesque art. Overnight in a charming hotel.
Day 2: Souillac – Salignac (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles)
Your first day riding is easy and follows Valley with many visits but important: you have plenty of time to spend in your destination, the gardens of Eyrignac. Nice castle to visit when you arrive in Salignac.
Day 3: Salignac – Les Eyzies (Cycling 47 km / 29 miles)
A leisure ride today to St Genies, a typical village and then nice impression from the castle of Losse in the valley of the Vézère River. Beautiful panorama along the way until La Roque-St-Christophe, fantastic cliff with so many cave points as Les-Eyzies – which is wonderful place. In Les Eyzies de Tayac, world prehistoric time center, discover the well-known archaeological wealth and underground caves.
Day 4: Ride around Les Eyzies
A longer ride today, you will want to start early to spend more time in Les Eyzies in order to visit the grottos. Be sure to visit the chateau village of Beynac perched up on a cliff top as well.
Day 5: Les Eyzies – Sarlat - Vitrac (Cycling 34 km / 21 miles)
The ride from Les Eyzies takes you through Montignac where along the way is the famous Lascaux and Lascaux II grottos. In Sarlat, medieval town, you have a variety of sites and great ambiance typical of the Perigord.
Day 6: Around Vitrac (Cycling 37 km / 23 miles)
You can visit the grottos of Cougnac and then you come to the Dordogne River Valley where you start to discover many of the area chateaux. You will have time to visit the Chateau and fortified village of Domme overlooking the river. La Roque Gageac is an old river port pressed against the cliffside.
Day 7: Vitrac – Souillac (Cycling 32 km / 20 miles)
Returning now to the starting point, you will follow the Dordogne River and along the way pass the chateaux of Veyrignac and Fenelon. Return to same hotel as first night with dinner again.
Day 8: Souillac
Your cycling trip in Loire Valley is unfortunately finished but you will bring back home a complete range of great souvenirs…
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.