Cycling tours in the Dordogne, Bordeaux and Aquitaine

Published by Lyn on 23 September 2014

Our pick of organised cycling tours of the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Lot-et-Garonne and south-west corner of France.

5-day Dordogne Cycling Holiday

Take a tailored cycling holiday in the north of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 90 84 95

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€350 half-board or €500 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

Local cyclists Craig and Lizzie offer this single-centre guided cycling holiday from their own accommodation base north-east of Riberac. These holidays are flexible, and can be tailored for each rider and group. Choose from full board with all meals included, or take the B&B option. This area in the beautiful north west area of the Dordogne – near the Charente border – is blessed with winding roads that are virtually traffic-free roads. Expect beautiful scenery and pretty villages and towns – the quintessential place to discover France by bike. Rides are tailored for you, with guided rides introducing you to the area and, if you wish, a few days of self-guided factored in so you can explore on your (or revisit favourite routes from earlier in the week). Routes are well-researched and based on your individual level of fitness. There are shorter, easier routes for beginners or longer routes with plenty of hills for the more experience cyclists. After a day's cycling, you can relax by the heated pool. Full-board lunches are either picnics en route or a meal back at base, while evening three-course meals are freshly prepared from local produce. One lunch is also provided in one of the many local cafes.

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A Self-Guided Ride from Rocamadour to La Roque Gageac and Sarlat

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1300

Benefit from local knowledge that Annie and Cliff, an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991. This 7-day itinerary will take you through lush green countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliff side overlooking the Ouysse gorge and through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you will have the chance to visit the Gouffre de Padirac, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, a thriving town not to be missed. In addition you have Chateau Marquayssac, with stunning gardens  and vistas. Much of your gentle ride will be along the river bank – it will be hard to leave!

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A Taste of Bordeaux - Boat and Bike Holiday

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through famous vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1289

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world and this tour will open up the city and its surrounding vineyards to you, allowing you to explore grand chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes at your own pace. You will pedal through six famous Bordeaux wine regions with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as your companions along the way. Visit the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, but don't worry – there's plenty of time to also sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK, ensuite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux, full board, semi-guided cycle tours, welcome cocktail, bikes with panniers, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly local support whenever needed.

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Across the Pyrénées

Ride 16 climbs and 705km on this spectacular Pyrénéan adventure

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
8 days/7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
€1800

Do you want to climb the biggest and most beautiful cols in the Pyrenees? Then, start in Biarritz and finish in Ax les Thermes 10 days later. En route take in the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and Peyresourde – in total there are 16 climbs (with over 12,000m elevation gain) over 705km. Fully supported by professional guides and cars. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and snacks and drinks while you're on the bike. Optional bike hire available. 
Dates for 2017: July 2-9, September 8-15 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)

 

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Affordable, personalised biking holidays

Meander through the French countryside on a self-guided break

Offered by:
Cycle South West France

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 85 14 56 17

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €125

This super break gives you the chance to experience the countryside of south-west France at its best. It's based at the bike-friendly house owned by Jean-Pierre and Clare, a Franco-English couple with a love of the outdoors in general and the Lot-et-Garonne in particular (Jean-Pierre grew up here so he knows the roads around here as well as anyone). Their village house in Buzet-sur-Baise (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse) is just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – meander along its towpaths or ask the guys to put together a more challenging inland route for you. Why not try a weekend package? Excellent value for money, it includes three nights' accommodation, bike hire and route info. Relax near the pool after your ride, explore the local village, or Clare can help arrange wine-tasting, kayaking or other activities for you. This is a perfect, stress-free getaway in one of France's lesser-explored areas. 

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Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne

The Dordogne = black truffles, mushrooms and duck confit!

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1190

With your welcome pack and bike waiting for you on arrival in Agen, a beautiful city famous in France for its quality prunes and markets, you'll be ready to cycle 40-50km per day over the next 6 days. Leaving Agen, visit to the medieval bastides along quiet and pretty countryside lanes. Pedal through shady woods to arrive at the fortress of Gavaudun, before picking up the Dordogne River, which you will follow to the castles at Les Milandes, Castelnaud and Beynac, plus the amazing Roque Gageac, located at the foot of a cliff. Explore the Vezere, a prehistoric valley with lovely gorges and villages, en route to SarlatIncluded in your tour is 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available)support and luggage transfers.

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Arcachon Bay Cycling Tour

Family-friendly trip to discover oyster farms, beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €265

Arcachon Bay is an easy and relaxing cycling destination. Cycling is mostly on car-free paths, and there are lots of places to stop for refreshments (or a swim). From the oyster-farming village of Gujan Mestras to wide sandy beaches, the great dune of Pyla and fragrant pine forests, Arcachon is a treat for the senses (and the tastebuds). Take a boat ride to Cap Ferret to enjoy views back across the bay, wander the pedestrian preccinct at Arcachon or climb sand dunes for panoramic views. Fishing huts, colourful boats and awesome architecture combine to make Arcachon a super cycling destination.

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Around Bordeaux and its Greatest Vineyards

A perfect combination of wine and cycling through glorious countryside

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €785

Bordeaux is surrounded by famous vineyards and the city itself is full of culture, historic buildings and top-class restaurants ... what better starting point for a cycling trip? This self-guided tour takes you along shady cycle paths, through some of the finest vineyards in the world, and across scenic rivers such as the Garonne and the mighty Dordogne. Price includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star hotels, a boat transfer for you and your bike, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region, luggage transfers, bike hire, and a support hotline in case you need help en route.

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Atlantic Coast La Rochelle to Bordeaux (La Vélodyssey)

The ocean on one side and pine forests of the other

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1564

This cycle adventure offers wonderful variety, from the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to pine forests and marshlands. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, with its world-class aquarium, you'll follow the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 cycle route along the coast. On the way you'll be able to visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsula so you can discover the vineyards and UNESCO city of Bordeaux. Included in the price is luggage transfer, detailed route notes, 7 nights' accommodation, and a local agent to provide any help you may need.

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Atlantic to Mediterranean - Canal des Deux Mers Cycling Tour

Coast to coast tour across popular south of France route

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 2237 1131

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €2000 per person

This self-guided tour allows you to experience one of the most popular bike routes in France but without the hassle of having to hire bikes, plan the route or find accommodation. Take in the vineyards of Bordeaux to the magical Roger Lapebie bike route out of the city, the ancient citadels of Carcassonne and the lapping waters of the Mediterranean at Sete. You will be met at the airport by Andy and Cris, who will have your bike, route maps and notes ready for you. Price includes accommodation, luggage transfers and bike hire. The itinerary includes rest days along the way in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Carcassonne, so you can combine sight-seeing with cycling.

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Best of the Correze and Upper Dordogne Valley

Explore one of France's best-kept secrets

Offered by:
Correze Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 27 13 01

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging but most abilities can be catered for

Price:
From €745

This guided or self-guided tor is set in the little-known department of Corrèze, the green heart of France. Think varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads. The week starts with an introductory warm up ride on the Pays de Tulle Plateau – characterised by charming villages, forests and lakes. On the following days you'll visit many beautiful villages such as Aubazine, Argentat and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the spectacular Dordogne gorges. At the end of the week, the tour goes to the Cantal or Auvergne mountains, weather permitting. Average daily distances between 70km to 85km. The price includes stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with swimming pool and private lake, 6 restaurant quality four-course dinners with wine, afternoon tea and cakes, secure bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup and road bike hire if needed.

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £825

Inntravel Bordeaux and St Emilion mapStarting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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Bordeaux Sunshine, Wines and Vines

From famous canals to famous vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1295

Start your cycling adventure in style with a visit to Bordeaux, a city with a great blend of architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. The cycling starts proper the next day alongside Canal de Garonne and from there you will make your way slowly through gorgeous terrain, with a heady mix of vineyards, rivers and forests until you reach the ancient town of Saint-Emilion, with its narrow lanes, old churches and wine shops. The price of this tour includes restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Bordeaux to Arcachon by Bike

Ride from city to the sea through vineyards and pine forests

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of cycling

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €695

From the vibrant and beautiful city of Bordeaux (one of our personal favourites at FWF), follow dedicated bike paths from the city centre through famous vineyards and along shady pine forests paths to the beaches of Arcachon bay and the Atlantic coast. This route offers a real mix of landscapes, giving you a real feel for south-west France. Price includes 4 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist info with point-to-point highlights, luggage transfers, bike hire, boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon and a support hotline in case you need extra support.

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Bordeaux to Biarritz on La Vélodyssée

Ride France's south-west coast along La Vélodyssée

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1548

Biarritz to Bordeaux by bikeStarting in beautiful Bordeaux (one of Freewheeling France's favourite cities), head west towards the coast along the traffic-free bike path to Lacanau. When you reach the coast, pick up La Vélodyssée and head south on dedicated bike trails, parallel to sand dunes and past deserted stretches of beach to Cap Ferret and the ferry to Arcachon. Stop off at the Great Dune of Pyla (recently voted one of the world's best beaches) before continuing through the pine forests of the Landes forest. From here, it's on to Biscarrosse, Mimizan and Moliets before you enter Basque country and the beaches of Hossegor, Capbreton and Biarritz. This is a gentle ride, with total distances per day ranging between 29km and 63km. B&B hotel accommodation, bikes and road books all included in the price. 

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Bordeaux to Sarlat: Vineyards, Châteaux and the Dordogne

Some of the best cycling in south-west France

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €1095

We're a bit impartial to this itinerary at FWF because we live on the route; we ride these roads a lot and know what a wonderful area it is for cycling. On this itinerary, you head out of Bordeaux on the Roger Lapebie bike route and into the vines of the Entre deux Mers, its undulating landscape providing stunning views across the valley. You'll loop back up through Rauzan (if you're lucky you'll catch its famous antiques market) before continuing on to the old UNESCO-listed town of St-Emilion for a glass of red among the vines. It's then east to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (try and time your trip to be there on a Saturday morning for the market – voted the best in France). Further east is Bergerac and Montbazillac (beware the hill!), home to some of the region's finest sweet white wines (and at a fraction of the prices of Sauternes). From here it's into the Dordogne proper for pre-history, hill-top villages and more river valleys. Price includes B&B hotel accommodation, travel folder and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency phone support. (If you take this trip, email me at FWF so we can join you for a day stretch).

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Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycling Tour

A self-guided ride along the canal with vineyards as companions

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally easy to moderate

Price:
€950 per person

Starting in the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux, this tour devised by Andy and Cris at Bonkersfrog will take you along the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. Tailored route maps and notes are provided so you can just focus on enjoying the villages, the tranquil, shady bike path and the world famous vineyards nearby. This is a leisurely holiday for all abilities, taking in 50-60km per day on almost pan-flat backroads and traffic-free bike paths. The trip includes all B&B accommodation, quality bike hire and helmet, route notes and maps, and luggage transfers.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne

Canalside riding between two of France's most beautiful cities

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €850

The Canal de Garonne allows you to follow ancient canal paths almost all of the way from the beautiful town of Bordeaux to the pink palaces of Toulouse. The high-quality towpaths provide a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the canal. You'll will pass rivers, vines and orchards as you cycle gently along, taking in medieval fortified towns, good local food and great wines. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, a detailed travel folder with itineraries and colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of local attractions, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency support hotline in case you need assistance.

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Bordeaux Vineyards to the Atlantic Coast

A self-guided ride through the Medoc to beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €869

This cycle trip leads you through the heart of the Bordeaux region: from the wine traditions handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forests. You'll start in Bordeaux, with the beautiful architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre and its cycle-friendly river routes. Head north through the Medoc vineyards, passing some of the most prestigious wine houses in the world, such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then it's off to the pine forests of the Atlantic coast, down to the spectacular Cap-Ferret, and by boat to the Arcachon basin and the largest sand dune in Europe, la dune du Pyla. Finish your holiday at Arcachon, where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, enjoying the local oyster en route.

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

There are many highlights on this self-guided ride in the Dordogne – from the Grottes du Cougnac and Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century – to the Gramat Causse and Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. There's also the fabulous underground river system at the Gouffre de Padirac and the stunning village of Carrenac. Follow the River Dordogne from one village to another and see how La Roque Gageac hugs the cliffs on the river's edge. Don't forget to take in the ancient caves of Lascaux just outside Montignac. The caves are one of the world's most precious prehistoric sites and UNESCO-listed. From here, ride on to the market town of Sarlat with its bustling limestone medieval centre. Having lived and cycled in the region since 1991, Anglo-French couple Annie and Cliff can help you get the most out of this stunning region of south-west France.

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