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
Cycling through Purple and Black Périgord into a country of wine, castles and fortified towns
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
End of stay after breakfast in Bergerac or a final loop to Montbazillac (see Day 1)
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€
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€
High season supplement
– 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
– Phone assistance 24/7
– Application fees
– Lunches, breakfast on Day 1 and drinks
– Diners (except when mentionned above)
– Bike rental
– Repairs, spare parts and mileage allowance
Bergerac, Périgord Pourpre, Dordogne (24)
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)
Train station in Bergerac
Check schedules and book your train at en.voyages-sncf.com
Airport in Bordeaux
*Transport to your starting point can be included as an option.
That was really the best vacation we ever had! Where should we go this summer? I would love to do another trip this year. Do you have any great itinerary ideas for us? We have 7 inches of snow here right now, and the temperature is MINUS 5 degree F. with a windchill of MINUS 19! Chilly!! xxx (07/2009)
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)
Hi Fabien, Thank you for a most lovely organised trip on the Brest Canal last week with Annick. We live in Somerset UK near Exmoor and we welcome you to visit and stay anytime to cycle our hills!!! We all had a great time and good Hotels food and wine. Yours sincerely. (05/2015)
Die Tour hat uns gut gefallen. Danke für die gute und interessante Routenführung. Lieber Gruss (05/2016)
Hi Fabien, Overall, we liked the experience very much and will recommend your company and service to other friends. with best regards, we had a great time (09/2015)
Back home now Fabien, thanks for all the help…a great week of riding and enjoying Le Tour! Merci! (07/2015)