Cycling trip from Bordeaux to the Dordogne

From Bordeaux, a cycling tour through the vineyards and along the Dordogne and Lot valleys

Highlights

Saint-Emilion, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO
The castles of the Dordogne valley
Sarlat, a real architectural gem
Rocamadour, sacred city on its rocky outcrop
The picture perfect landscapes of the Lot valley
Local gastronomy, the cradle of French cuisine

Cycling trip to discover the Bordeaux region, the villages of Périgord and the Lot valley

This cycling getaway from Bordeaux to the Dordogne and Lot valley invites you to discover the spectacular and authentic landscapes of one of the most beautiful regions of France.

During this sports odyssey, you progress on small winding roads and enjoy breathtaking panoramas, old stones gilded by the sun and many historical curiosities of the region (medieval castles, prehistoric caves). The roads of Bordeaux, Dordogne and Quercy are hilly. Indeed, you may be surprised by the daily elevation changes. This cycling trip requires a little preparation for some repeated effort.

Leaving from Bordeaux, the wine capital, you will explore the vineyards that make the region famous: the grands crus of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Do not forget to bring a bottle in your musette in case of cravings!

Then, it’s the Périgord Noir’s turn to welcome you … welcome to the Dordogne! This territory takes its name from its immense forests of dark colors. After the softness of the Bordeaux relief, the small roads of Dordogne, dotted with steep and bucking passages, put your calves to the test. Climbers or punchers can finally express themselves. The stage between Sainte-Radegonde and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil with 1,300 meters of elevation gain illustrates the hard going character of the Dordogne. Along the river, hilltop castles, fortified towns and of course the caves tell the story of the place.

The Lot region draws its character from its plateaus cut by its rivers; Lot of course, but also Dordogne, Vézère and Célé. It is interspersed with great sites and some of the most beautiful villages in France such as Rocamadour, Cahors, Figeac or even Saint-Cirq-Lapopie … Man and nature have left their mark on the territory. By bike, the naturalness and authenticity of Lot and Quercy are revealed under your wheels.

Land of gastronomy, take the time to taste the local specialties. This cycling holiday also awakens your taste buds with truffles, foie gras, lamb, Quercy melon or even Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cahors wines to name a few. A rich gastronomy that promises gourmet and tasty provisions.

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Day 1

BORDEAUX

Arrive to Bordeaux on your own. Orientation meeting at your hotel in the afternoon.

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From BORDEAUX to SAINTE-RADEGONDE 109km 990m Niveau Aventure

You leave Bordeaux by following a bicycle path. Rather rolling, this start of the stage allows you to warm up. You continue your journey through the vineyards to Saint Emilion, a Cultural World Heritage Site, with its Roman churches and ruins along the narrow alleys.
Then, on the slightly sinuous small roads, between the vineyards and the prestigious castles, you leave Saint-Emilion to peacefully reach the edges of the Dordogne and Sainte Radegonde.

Day 3

From SAINTE-RADEGONDE to LES EYZIES DE TAYAC 110km 1090m Niveau Aventure

You leave the terroirs of the Bordeaux appellation to join the AOP Monbazillac, the pride of the region. This white wine either liquoreux (very sweet) or moelleux (slightly sweet), goes wonderfully with aperitif, parsley cheeses and foie gras. You will find it on your table this evening without a doubt!

Leaving Bordeaux for the Dordogne, the relief changes. The first slopes follow one another and force you to change gears. You flow in these fresh landscapes, crossing authentic Périgord villages huddled around their often fortified steeples. Then, you arrive on the cingles. This is the name we give to the meanders of the Dordogne. The course becomes even more challenging. The steep paths follow one another and burn the thighs. You are rewarded with grandiose views. Your day ends at Eyzies-de-Tayac, a major prehistoric site.

Day 4

From LES EYZIES DE TAYAC to ROCAMADOUR, DES EYZIES DE TAYAC A ROCAMADOUR 82km 1290m Niveau Expert

The first part of the stage up to the Eyrignac gardens is very steep. Be ready from the first kilometers. Along the way, you pass the Chateau de Commarque before reaching the famous gardens. Many interesting stops along the way. A true green jewel of the Périgord Noir, the Eyrignac gardens are sumptuous. Then, pretty villages with slate roofs, Souillac, a pretty town with old well-preserved buildings. After Souillac, you find the Dordogne. The road follows along the river before climbing a hill. It’s a steep climb but what a beautiful panorama as a reward.
You then reach Rocamadour. This vertical village, built in successive steps above the cliff, hangs 150 meters above the Alzou canyon. Suffice to say that the last climb is selective. So among your comrades, who will win the prestigious Rocamadour sign?

  • For a few more km 122km 1600m Niveau Aventure

    After the Lacave cave, you follow the Dordogne and discover the villages of Carennac, Loubressac and Autoire.

Day 5

From ROCAMADOUR to TOUR DE FAURE 110km 1350m Niveau Aventure

A beautiful, hilly stage to discover the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park. With 111 kilometers and 1350 meters of elevation gain, this is a menu for the tough.

Today, you leave the banks of the Alzou to reach those of the Lot at Saint Cirq Lapopie.
On the way, you cross the Causse de Gramat, the most important of the Quercy Causses. The greatest wealth of this fascinating territory lies in its numerous stone treasures. Barns, caselles (dry stone huts), low walls, wells, washhouses, crosses, dolmens and menhirs, the landscape is interspersed by this priceless and emblematic small heritage. You arrive in the magnificent town of Figeac at the edge of the Lot valley which you follow up to Tour de Faure.

 

Day 6

From TOUR DE FAURE to GOURDON 88km 1115m Niveau Expert

Hanging on a cliff 100 meters above the Lot, Saint-Cirq Lapopie is one of the major sites in the Lot valley. This medieval village, with no less than 13 historic monuments, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. From there, you reach the Célé valley. With the exception of a large hill midway through, you arrive without difficulty in Cahors, the capital of the Lot, which combines a southern atmosphere, historical wealth and gourmet pleasures!

After a few kilometers along the Lot, you head north, signing your return to Périgord. The course gets tougher. The climbs are linked as are the descents. It is on these roller coasters that you reach Gourdon. This small town has kept a strong medieval identity. Here, everything invites you to take a leap in history, especially on the occasion of the medieval festivals which resound, at the beginning of August, with the sound of swords and some songs of troubadours.

Day 7

From GOURDON to SARLAT LA CANEDA 72km 1020m Niveau Expert

This stage between Gourdon and Sarlat offers a fabulous playground. On a course in a once again hilly topography, you reach the banks of the Dordogne. From the perched medieval city of Domme, the route follows the Dordogne. You go to Roque Gageac then to Beynac, two villages built on the hillside. After the magnificent Milandes castle, the road rises again in the direction of Sarlat.

  • For a few more km 91km 1400m Niveau Aventure

    Before reaching Sarlat, you make a detour through Belvès, classified as one of the most beautiful village in France.

Day 8

SARLAT LA CANEDA

End of the stay after your breakfast. Have a safe trip back !

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Façade de Hôtel des Voyageur BORDEAUX Façade Hôtel les Remparts à Sarlat la Caneda

Starting from 1135€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort 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.

Accommodation example
hotel-qualys-la-tour Entrée Façade Hôtel Restaurant la Couleuvrine à Sarlat la Caneda

Starting from 1320€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

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, 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, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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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

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Road bike

SCOTT ADDICT 20

Carbon frame
Derailleurs Shimano 105, 11 speed ; 50/34 – 11-32
Rims Syncro 700 alu
Tires 700x25c
Weight: <9kg

We only provide flat pedals! Bring your own pedals !

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 saddlebag of 4L to bring repair tool kit, lock, a jacket…
  • 1 lock
  • 1 puncture repair kit: patches, tube, tire levers
  • 1 multi tools
  • 1 pump
  • 2 bottles

Getting here

Meeting point

Bordeaux, Gironde (33)

Bordeaux by car

From Lyon by the A89 (430km 4H15)

From Paris by the A10 then A20 (550km 5H30)

Parking in Bordeaux : contact us

Parking in Sarlat : contact us

Bordeaux by train*

TGV station in Bordeaux

TER station in Sarlat-La-Canéda

Bordeaux by plane*

Bordeaux Airport

 

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

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Roadbike, 23 tire, 53/39 chain ring, compact or triple, 11/23 or 12/25 cassette 
  • Automatic pedals

 

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet
  • 3 to 7 cycling shorts
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 1 pair of cufflings
  • Short sleeve jerseys
  • Long sleeve jerseys
  • 3 to 4 under shirts
  • Sport socks
  • Thermal jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 bike lock (included with the rental)

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit : 1 or 2 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, drift chain and quick couplers, derailleur hanger, multi-tool
  • Daily use kit : Foot pump, cloth, oil, brake pads, spare tire

Other

  • Suitcase ( for transporting personal effects in luggage transfer)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Jersey and towel
  • Set of Toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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