France-Bike, your partner for high quality cycling holidays in France invites you to an outstanding bike tour through prehistoric times. The Périgord is worth a visit. It has not only enchanting medieval villages, innumerable castles and beautiful landscapes, it is the region of the world where the most prehistoric grottos and the most famous cave-paintings are to be found, first and foremost Lascaux (World Heritage Site). The two rivers Dordogne and Vézère are the heart of this very cultural region, whose culinary products make the French hearts miss a beat. For example the nearly unaffordable queen of the ‘haute cuisine’, the black truffles of the Périgord. In short: We are convinced that this bike trip will elate you!
Day 1: Arrival in Souillac
Possibility to visit the sumptuous Benedictine Monastery which was built in the 12th century by St. Eloi. Stay and dinner in a 3*** hotel.
Day 2: Souillac - Montignac, ~38 km
You'll cross the authentic Périgord and visit the marvelous park of Eyrignac and the typical villages like Salignac and Saint-Amand-de-Coly, before you'll discover the renowned grotto of Lascaux and arrive at Montignac. Stay and dinner in a 3*** hotel.
Day 3: Montignac - Vézère valley - Sarlat, ~48 km
Along the lovely Vézère valley which is rich in prehistoric sites and monuments and therefore classified as World Patrimony. To the village of Les Eyzies, the capital of prehistoric art, and then to Sarlat with its big medieval center (World Patrimony). Stay and dinner in a 3*** hotel.
Day 4: Sarlat - Dordogne valley - Sarlat, ~30-40 km
You'll make a round-trip to the Dordogne valley and see some of the nicest villages of the region: Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme. Back to the 3*** hotel in Sarlat.
Day 5: Sarlat - Rocamadour, ~54 km
Along the Dordogne river to Rocamadour, a former pilgrim city, one of the most important in the Middle Ages. Stay and dinner in a 3*** hotel.
Day 6: Rocamadour - Rocamadour, ~30-40 km
Round trip in the "Causses du Quercy" with possible visit of the "Gouffre de Padirac", a giant cave. You'll see the lovely villages of Loubressac and Carennac. Return to Rocamadour and the 3*** hotel.
Day 7: Rocamadour - Souillac, ~22 km
Back to the Dordogne valley, possible visit of the castle in Lacave before you'll arrive at the 3*** hotel in Souillac.
Day 8: End of the trip
7 nights in typical 3*** hotels
7x copious breakfast
7x dinner (3 course menu)
detailed documentation with maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (955 €/person in double)
season II (+105 €/person)
route (2): ~220-240 km/138-150 miles
flat and sometimes hilly
how to get there
by car: motorway A 20 bis Souillac, exit 55
by train: station Souillac
by plane: airports Brive or Toulouse
on request on non-garded parking for free or in garage for 7 €/day.
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