The colors of Perigord

7 days cycling through the Purple and Black Périgord

Highlights

The medevial town of Sarlat
The Bergerac vineyard
The Dordogne river and castles
Belvès, one of the most beautiful villages in France
The caves of Eyzies

L'itinéraire Les couleurs du périgord - Carte

Cycling through Purple and Black Périgord into a country of wine, castles and fortified towns

The secrets of the Dordogne Valley

This trip offers a variety of landscapes: winding climbs and descents under the shade of deep forests, beautiful panoramas at a bend in the road, old stones turned golden by the sun, castle and prehistoric caves.

From Bergerac, the capital of Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord), you cycle through many villages, including some of the “most beautiful villages in France”. Make a halt in Sarlat, a medieval architectural jewel.

Your journey takes you to Eyzies-de-Tayac, a great prehistoric site, and to some of the many castles of these lands.

Moderate: you regularly ride and/or practice a sport. You are accustomed to traveling by bike or wish to try it out. Your physical condition allows you to cover a minimum of 40 to 55 km per day with a little bit of steep routes.
L'itinéraire Les couleurs du périgord - Carte
Day 1 - BERGERAC, LOOP TO MONBAZILLAC - 27km

Arrival in Bergerac. You meet with our guide at your hotel starting from 1 PM for an orientation meeting. As an option, if you arrive early in the afternoon you can explore the vineyards of Bergerac and Montbazillac. After climbing the hills you arrive at the castle of Montbazillac, which produces a sweet white wine famous all over the world. From there, you will overlook Bergerac and its valley. If you arrive later in the afternoon you can explore this part on the last day.


Day 2 - FROM BERGERAC TO BUGUE - 53km

Rivers’ day. You leave Bergerac in the morning onto small roads wandering in the middle of forests and meadows. In these cool landscapes, you cycle to authentic Périgord villages huddled around their fortified steeple. After a few laps, you arrive onto the “cingles”, the name we give to the meandering Dordogne. The ride becomes more athletic but you are rewarded with magnificent views and a swim at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers in Limeuil, one of the “most beautiful villages in France”.


Day 3 - FROM BUGUE TO SARLAT - 55km

A day through mounts and valleys. After a few kilometers, you arrive in Eyzies-de-Tayac, the world’s prehistoric capital, city of Cro-Magnon caveman. You will surely see him near his cave! After greeting him, you ride in cool valleys along wild rivers, where trout likes to rest. A visit to the Commarque castle will leave you under the impression of being in the Middle Ages. Cycling through pretty villages with slate roofs, you reach to Sarlat, a medieval jewel.


Day 4 - SARLAT - DOMME LOOP - 40km

A loop to discover the Montfort cingle (curve), its castle and the Domme bastide, a medieval town perched at an altitude of 300m above the river. You can walk around Sarlat and get lost in its narrow streets and enchanting squares.


Day 5 - FROM SARLAT TO SIORAC / BELVES - 39km

Castles’ day! Be sure to leave early because there is so much to see! After leaving Sarlat you reach the Dordogne valley in La Roque-Gageac, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Once explored, you'll enter the Valley of castles with Beynac, Castelnau, Marqueyssac, Fayrac, Milandes ... Have your pick on which ones to visit! You end the day in Belvès, a perched town, another of the most beautiful villages in France.


Day 6 - FROM BELVES TO BERGERAC - 60km

You ride through large stretches of wild land scattered with pretty villages, a church or market hall over here, a beautiful house over there. You reach Beaumont du Périgord, a 13th century English fortified town, dominated by its huge fortified church. You ride through the beautiful valley of Couze, a river with many mills and pure waters. You won’t head to Bergerac without first having admired the castle of Bannes, a wonder of medieval architecture, perched on a rocky spur and the castle of Lanquais, the unfinished Louvre of Périgord. As you arrive in Bergerac, the busy streets of this beautiful city welcome you.


Day 7 - BERGERAC

End of stay after breakfast in Bergerac or a final loop to Montbazillac (see Day 1)


Chambre gamme confort Abicyclette

Confort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 890€

Chambre privilège

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Available on this tour starting from : 1220€

Prices

Price for self-guided tour
  • 890€ / person with Confort Range
  • 1220€ / person with Privilege Range

Optionnal

Bike rental

  • Bike rental : 115€ / person
  • Electric bike rental : 218€ / person

Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance : 19€ / person
  • Multi Risk Insurance : 24€ / person

High season supplement

  • High season supplement : 10€ / person

Other options

  • 3 diners : 140€ / person
  • Extra night in a double room in Bergerac (comfort range) : 70€ / person
  • Extra night in an individual room in Bergerac (comfort range) : 120€ / person
  • Extra night in a double room in Sarlat (breakfast included) : 65€ / person
  • Extra night in an individual room in Sarlat (breakfast included) : 90€ / person

The price includes :

Self-guide tour
– 6 nights in a double room accommodation
– 6 breakfasts
– 3 diner (comfort) or 1 diner (privilege)
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Loan of a GPS with full itinerary
– French topo map (IGN 1/100 000e)
– Practical cycling guide
– Our guide personnally welcomes you on Day 1
– Taxes
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees

 

The price doesn't include :

Self-guided tour
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1 and drinks
– Diners (except when mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
– Visits

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance 24H/7 you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here ?

Starting point

Bergerac, Périgord Pourpre, Dordogne (24)

Coming to Bergerac by car

From Rennes by the A83 and A10 highway (540 km 5h10)
From Paris by the A20 highway (590 km 5h45)
From Bordeaux by the A89 highway (120km 1h30)

Coming to Bergerac by train*

Train station in Bergerac

Check schedules and book your train at               en.voyages-sncf.com

Coming to Bergerac by plane*

Airport in Bordeaux

*Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.

Recommended cycling gear

Bike
  • Bike for all types of roads, trekking or hybrid
  • 21 speeds, 26 inches or 700 wheels
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 28 to 35 tires
    • crank set 48-36-26, cassette 11/34
    • for children, avoid single-speed bikes

Clothing and equipment
  • 1 helmet
  • suitable clothing for cycling
  • 1 warm jacket (e.g. fleece jacket)
  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or trunkbag
  • 1 or 2 water flasks
  • 1 security padlock
  • we recommend for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest


Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit:
    • 2 or 3 patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit:
    • cloth, oil, brakepads

Other
  • 1 suitcase (for belongings in luggage transfer)
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • 1 set of toiletries
  • 1 mobile phone and charger
  • 1 bathing suit and towel