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

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.

Niveau FitFit
Day 1

FROM BERGERAC, MONTBAZILLAC LOOP 27km 195m Niveau Loisir

Welcome to Bergerac.

  • Meeting with our guide between 9:00 to 19:00
  • If you arrive before 14:00, you can ride a first loop.

Discover the vineyards of Bergerac and Monbazillac. After the climbing the hills you will arrive at the castle of Monbazillac, high place for the tasting of this world-renowned sweet white wine. From here, you overlook Bergerac and its valley. After dabbling on the small vineyard roads, you will dive into Bergerac and its old town for an excellent evening.

Day 2

From BERGERAC to LE BUGUE 42km 670m Niveau Loisir

Day of the rivers. Leave Bergerac in the morning to stroll along small roads lost in the middle of forests and meadows. You undulate in these fresh landscapes, crossing authentic Perigord villages huddled around their often fortified steeples. After a few spins of the wheels, you arrive on the “cingles”, This is the name we give to the meanders of the Dordogne. Your day becomes more sporty but you are rewarded by magnificent views and you can swim at the confluence of Vézère and Dordogne in Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

  • For a few more km 53km 730m Niveau Forme
Day 3

From LE BUGUE to SARLAT LA CANEDA 55km 1190m Niveau Loisir

A day through mountains and valleys. After a few kilometers, you will arrive at Eyzies-de-Tayac, the world capital of prehistory, city of Cro-Magnon, you will surely see him near his cave! After having greeted him, you will pedal in cool valleys along the wild rivers of the region where trout like to rest. A visit to the castle of Commarque will leave you with an impression of the Middle Ages and pretty villages with flagstone roofs, you rejoin Sarlat, a medieval jewel.

Day 4

FROM SARLAT LA CANEDA, DOMME LOOP 40km 1030m Niveau Loisir

A loop to discover the cingle of Monfort and its castle, and the Domme fortified town, medieval town perched at 300 m altitude above the river. Make time to stroll through Sarlat and lose yourself in its charming streets and squares.

Day 5

From SARLAT LA CANEDA to SIORAC EN PERIGORD 40km 493m Niveau Loisir

This is the day of the castles. Leave early because you are put through the wringer! After leaving Sarlat, you find the Dordogne valley in La Roque-Gageac, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Once explored, you enter the valley of the castles, Beynac, Castelnau, Marqueyssac, Fayrac, Milandes … the choice is yours! You end your day in a hilltop town, Belvès, another of the most beautiful villages in France.

Day 6

From SIORAC EN PERIGORD to BERGERAC 59km 970m Niveau Forme

You cross large wild expanses punctuated by pretty little villages with a church here, a covered market there, further down a beautiful home to arrive at Beaumont du Périgord, an English fortified town of the 13th century, dominated by its immense fortified church. You resume your journey by the beautiful valley of Couze, a river with many mills and pure water. You cannot return to Bergerac without before having admired the castle of Bannes, marvel of medieval architecture, perched on its rocky outcrop and the castle of Lanquais, the unfinished Louvre of Périgord. On your arrival, find the life of the streets of the beautiful city of Bergerac.

Day 7

BERGERAC

It’s the end of your stay after breakfast. Have a good journey home!

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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.


Starting from 825€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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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.


Quote on request | Contact us

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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.


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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, 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

 

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.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

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

Coming to Bergerac by plane*

Airport in Bordeaux

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

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation 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 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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