8 Days Cycling Holiday in the Beautiful Dordogne, France

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Dordogne Cycling offers center-based guided cycling holidays providing a choice of either half board or B&B catering. On the holidays you stay with them, you can relax, unpack and unwind. Dordogne Cycling tailors your days cycling from well researched routes based on your fitness and experience. All levels are catered for. There are shorter, easier routes for beginners or longer routes with plenty of hills for the more experience cyclists. After a days cycling you can relax by the heated pool before enjoying a lovely home-cooked, three-course meal prepared from local produce. Breakfast is also provided and afternoon tea and cake is provided on return from your cycle ride.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Terrain: a mix of flat and hills with quiet virtually traffic free roads
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 140 to 700 kilometers / 87 to 435 miles
  • Bike: Hybrid Touring Bike 12-15 Euro per day or Carbon / Alloy Road Bike 27-30 Euro per day

Highlights

  • Enjoy the beauty of Dordogne
  • Visit chateaux and ancient churches
  • The cycling route is tailored to your needs
  • Bike friendly hotel with garage for bike storage, maintenance, and repair kits
  • Enjoy delicious half board meals
  • Back-up vehicle if required
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace

Your accommodation is a charming four-bedroom farmhouse, separate from the owners accommodation, so you have full use of all its facilities including living room with UK TV and a fully equipped kitchen. There are two double rooms and two twins room with two bathrooms. You can enjoy breakfast out on the terrace soaking up the morning sun. You also have the use of the heated swimming pool, which is perfect after a day of cycling.

Dordogne Cycling Holiday France Program

Enjoy the beauty of this pretty part of the Dordogne by bike without the hassle of packing up every night. Relax and unwind by the pool after a day of cycling and enjoy a home-cooked, three course meal. Visit chateaux and ancient churches. Soak in the French atmosphere at local markets.

Dordogne Cycling caters the cycling days around you. If you want time out to visit local towns or take part in other activities, you can. It is your holiday so relax and enjoy.

During the holiday, start your day with a French continental breakfast and coffee before setting off for the days cycling. The route can be tailored to your needs, cycling a distance you are comfortable with, taking in pretty villages on route and stopping off for coffee or to visit a chateaux or church.

Cycling to Brantome and stopping for lunch or a picnic by the river is one of the favorite routes. Returning home via Bordeilles, taking time to admire the pretty fortified bridge and the Chateaux. On your return, enjoy a delicious cake and coffee before relaxing by the pool. Or you can take the afternoon to explore the area and enjoy other activities such as kayaking or horse riding.

If you would prefer to explore one of the many morning markets in the area you can take a day off from cycling or take a self guided route in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner to include local ingredients and delicacy’s accompanied with wine from the popular wine region of St Emillion near Bordeaux.

Please note that the routes can vary from just 20 kilometers or less for beginners, to up to 80 or 100 kilometers. The shorter routes however allows you in the afternoon to explore the area, visit the local villages, take part in other activities or just relax by the pool.

Dordogne Cycling can also cater for your non cyclist friend or partner at a lesser rate. There is plenty of other activities in the area, walking , kayaking, horse riding, and visiting the local markets. If you are interested, please send Dordogne Cycling an inquiry.

Included excursions

Visit to local chateaux or castle is included in the package.

Location

Dordogne Cycling is based in the north west of the Dordogne bordering the Charente which takes you into one of Frances Plus Beux Village, Aubeterre. This ancient village set up high above the river with its 11th century church, which is the oldest in France, is a perfect place to dine or just wonder around the pretty shops.

In the opposite direction we have Brantome. A fortified town known as the Venice of the Perigord as it is surrounded by the Dronne River. It is also very pretty with many restaurants, shops and cafe's and the old monastery and church. It is the perfect place to cycle to and stop by the river for a picnic before setting off again.

The Dordogne region of south-west France is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the country. Visit this beautiful region of France and discover the chateaux, beautiful medieval towns and villages, unspoiled countryside and prehistoric caves - just some of the many reasons why the region attracts visitors.

There are many "famous sights" that people associate with the Dordogne, including Lascaux caves, Marqueyssac gardens, medieval Sarlat, castles such as Chateau Castelnaud and the prehistoric caves in the Vezere Valley. Yet it is the places that you visit outside these "hot-spots" that will stay longest in your memory - the scenery, the peace, the coffee in a small cafe, the picnic next to a stream.

The Dordogne is beautiful in the same way as the Cotswolds or Tuscany are beautiful - the way it simply makes you want to stay forever enjoying the quiet, the countryside, the scenery... Some of the other best known highlights include the gouffre de Padirac caves and canoeing the Dordogne, with the most popular towns and villages including Bergerac, Brantome, Excideuil, La Roque-Gageac, Le Bugue, Riberac and Rocamadour.

This region of the Dordogne is the perfect location for cycling with its varied terrain and rolling hills. With almost traffic-free roads it makes for an enjoyable experience. With a wide variety of climbs and descents, combined with more level routes running along the Dronne River, it is ideal for either experienced cyclist or beginners.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Massage

General

  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Bicycle rental

Food

Dordogne Cycling offers two packages:

Half board package

  • Continental breakfast as per B&B
  • Afternoon tea and cake
  • Dinner: Evening meals are three courses and include wine

B & B package

  • Continental breakfast: includes locally baked bread, ham, cheese, homemade conserves, croissants and pastries, cereals, porridge on request
  • Yogurts and fruit
  • Tea, coffee and orange juice

The price packages displayed on this page are for the half board option. The B & B option is available at 490 EUR. If you are interested, please send Dordogne Cycling an inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Kayaking

There are many other activities to enjoy in the area. Kayaking on the River Dronne is available nearby from various points but the best place is from Brantome where you can hire kayaks for short trips around the town taking on the small waterfalls and rapids or for longer trips stopping off on the way for a picnic along the river.

Walking

Walking trails are a plenty here with tracks leading directly from the property taking you through woodlands and open countryside, via chateaux, churches and villages.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is available using the tracks direct from the property with the mountain bikes they have for guests to use. The many tracks are ideal for enthusiast as there are many up hill and down hill descents.

Visit Grotte de Villars Cave

Grotte de Villars is one of the rare caves open to the public and just 35 minutes away. It is an impressive cave in the north of the Dordogne department near to Brantome. It is mostly a natural caves full of stalactites and stalagmites but also has a few small prehistoric drawings.

Visit St Emillion

St Emillion is 1.5 hours away, but well worth the trip. Situated in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, it is steeped in history with cobbled streets and beautiful ancient buildings with many fabulous restaurants to choose from and of course many wine shops to test and buy your favorite tipple.

Lake Jamaye

Lake Jamaye is a large fresh water lake with a beach where you can hire canoes and swim. You can walk around the surrounding woods or have lunch in the two restaurants / cafes on the beach front.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is available nearby catering for all levels of experience from complete novice to experienced riders. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback at a leisurely pace, taking in sights not seen when traveling by the car.

Massage

A massage from a local practitioner can be arranged prior to arrival and at an additional charge.

What's included

  • Half board meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tailored routes depending on ability and experience
  • Guided cycling routes with visits to local chateaux
  • Secure garage for bike storage, maintenance and repair kits
  • Cycling helmets
  • Back-up vehicle if required
  • Heated pool with sun loungers
  • All linen and bath towels provided
  • Pool towels available on request

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Cycling shoes / clothes

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC), Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), Limoges - Bellegarde Airport (LIG). The nearest airport to the venue is Bergerac, servicing many UK airports. It is one hour drive, 42 miles away. Limoges is one hour and 40 minutes away (64 miles), and Bordeaux Airport is one hour and 45 minutes away (90 miles).

If you plan to drive to the location, you can catch ferries to Le Havre which is a six-hour drive (356 miles) and ferry and Euro Tunnel to Calais which is seven hours and 30 minutes' drive (490 miles).

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Angouleme, a 45-minute drive where you can get trains direct from Paris.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday June 15, 2019
Departure: Saturday June 22, 2019

Availability

Shorter or longer stay is possible. Please send inquiry for more information. If you wish to book but the below dates are not possible, please send Dordogne Cycling an inquiry and they will do their best to accommodate your request. The cycling holidays are closed in July and August.

 

Special discount

Dordogne Cycling offers special discount for group of six to eight cyclists.

 

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