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  • Cycling in Dordogne

     

    The Dordogne is a region immersed in the past. The caves of Lascaux are home to some of the finest examples of pre-historic art and the area is dotted with Cro-magnon caves and settlements. The area, known to the French as the Périgord, changed hands between England and France several times during the hundred years war resulting in the building of many bastides or fortified villages. The village of Rocamadour was an important waypoint for pilgrims making the long journey to Santiago de Compostella and there are many fine medieval churches along the route of our tour.

    In addition to this wealth of history the area is blessed by its stunning landscapes of rivers and cliffs, hills and fields of sunflowers and tobacco. The medieval villages are built from golden limestone with the steeply pitched roofs typical of the region. The rich countryside is reflected in the cuisine of the region, famous for its duck and goose dishes, including the celebrated fois gras, its truffles and its cheeses. The area also has its own wine appellations, from the light and fruity Bergerac and Pecharmont in the north to the dark and powerful Cahors in the south.

    Our itinerary has been created to show off the best of this varied and fascinating region. The rugged countryside is reflected in the itinerary , but the route has been designed to ensure that each day’s riding will be manageable (and rewarding!) for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

    Click on this link for a printable version of the itinerary:

     

    Tour highlights
    • Prehistoric art at Lascaux and Les Eyzies
    • Medieval châteaux perched above the river
    • The pilgrimage site of Rocamadour
    • Canoeing on the Dordogne
    • Superb Périgordian cuisine
    Transfers
    • Train to Brive-la-Gaillard
    • Train to Perigueux
    Fitness levels

    Moderate

    2010 Dates & Prices

    Start Date
    Price* **
    16 May
    AU$2845
    30 May
    AU$2845
    01 August
    AU$2845
    15 August
    AU$2845
    12 September
    AU$2845
    03 October
    AU$2845

    *Prices are per person based on 2 sharing. Single room supplement AU$895.

    **A 5% discount will apply to all bookings of 6 persons or more.

    What's Included in the tour price??

    Not all cycle vacations are the same. Compare what is included in a French Cycling Holidays bike tour:
    • Flexible collection from local airport or train station
    • Quality Trek bicycles
    • Quality helmets (if required)
    • Water bottles (to take home as souvenirs)
    • Detailed riding instructions and colour route maps
    • Charming 3* (occasionally 4*) auberges, inns and hotels
    • Gourmet dinners for all 6 nights of your holiday
    • Fine wine (or soft drink alternative) with all evening meals and coffee to follow
    • 2 experienced bilingual guides with each tour
    • Delivery of your luggage to your hotel room each day
    • Entry fees to attractions and historical sites
    • Flexible onward transfers
    • An unforgettable experience!
    We try to include as much as we can within the price, while keeping things as flexible as possible. With the explosion of low cost airlines and the easy access to the TGV rail system from the UK, we believe that it is more economical and convenient for customers to arrange their own travel to the region. Links to the airlines and railway companies can be found in
    Transfers
    We provide the transfers to and from the local airports and the nearest TGV stations, and other locations by arrangement. If you have driven down, we arrange secure parking for your car and return you to it after the tour.
    Hotels

    We stay in very comfortable hotels, mostly 3*, occasionally 4*, and very occasionally superior 2* hotels which we choose if they have charm and comfort above their rating. All rooms have en-suite shower or bath facilities. We select our hotels for their character as well as their facilities, and avoid chains in favour of independent privately run hotels. Prices are based on two sharing in twin or double rooms. Singles are available on request. Where possible, we choose hotels with swimming pools as there is nothing quite like a dip after a day in the saddle!

    To make an enquiry or a booking request, click on the happy cyclist below:

     

     

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