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 – Tamniès (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
You cycle through the green countryside of the Perigord, with a visit to the Jardin d'Eyrignac park, before continuing to Salignac. We recommend a visit to Salignac with its medieval houses and the 11th century castle.
Day 3: Tamniès – Les Eyzies (Cycling 47 km / 29 miles)
From Tamniès, you first cycle to the village of Saint Géniès. During your stop in the centre of the village, you can discover the castle and many houses that still have stone roofs. You will then enter the Vézere valley and its prehistoric history. Many treasures are waiting to be visited: Roque-St-Christophe with rock caves, grottos and cliffs, as well as Font de Gaume with numerous animal representations. The day's destination is Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac, the centre of prehistory with many prehistoric sights.
Day 4: Ride around Les Eyzies (Cycling 32 or 45 km / 20 or 28 miles)
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 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.