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.

Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

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

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

Ride the classic cols of the Tour de France with the local Basque experts. Over the course of seven days in the Pyrenees, you will climb, among many others, the Aubisque, Hautacam and the Tourmalet, fully guided and escorted by a support car (but also available self-guided). You will stay in 2-3 star hotels that are well-versed in welcoming groups of cyclists and looking after them. Nine climbs in the Pyrenees in all, 11,000m elevation gain and 480km of cycling. High spec bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2017: June 19-25, July 24-30 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)
 

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Cycle from Saumur to La Rochelle on La Vélo Francette

New tour taking riders from the Loire to the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€690

This self-guided tour gives you the chance to see lots of contrasts from the castles of the Loire Valley to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean via the Sèvre Niortaise river. Along the way you'll discover Saumur and its vineyards and the harbour and seafood of La Rochelle via the 'Green Venice' of the Marais Poitevin. This circuit reveals many natural and architectural treasures and a preserved landscape. The price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star local hotels, cycle rental for 5 days (with helmet), luggage transfers, a detailed travel folder in French or English, tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see, plus a telephone support hotline 7 days a week.

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Cycle off the beaten track in the Dordogne

Autoire waterfalls, Collanges-la-Rouge and the Jardins d’Eyrignac

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:
€1205

This is a true insider's cycling tour of the Dordogne, with the route packed with off-the-beaten trail highlights that don't make it onto a regular tourist itinerary. Head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses, passing through unspoilt scenery en route to Rocamadour and St-Céré, gateway to the waterfalls at Autoire, Château-de-Montal, Castelnau-Bretenoux and Les Grottes de Presque. Pedal along the river to Carennac before taking in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and the deserted lanes of Collanges-la-Rouge in the Corrèze. Visit the Jardins d’Eyrignac as you loop back to Gourdon. Fully inclusive self-guided tour with high quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire.

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Cycling Holidays in France with Luggage Transfers

Self-guided holidays that make cycling in France easy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
Varies

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
Varies

If you're looking for a cycling holiday with all the added extras taken care of – such as bike hire, baggage transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, route maps and notes – then check out Inntravel's range of self-guided rides. There are a range of destinations across France from which to choose – including wine routes, coastal rides, chateaux and historic hill-top villages. These French cycling holidays vary in length and budget, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a ride that suits you. There are holidays geared for leisure riders – couples, groups or friends, and families – in the Loire Valley, Brittany, the TarnAlsaceBurgundyBordeaux, the Canal du Midi, Dordogne, and Provence. Bonne route!

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Cycling in France – Custom Holidays

Choose your own cycling tour of southern France

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-22 days

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €346

Tailor-made self-guided cycling or mountain bike tours of southern France for individuals or groups. Itineraries can be planned for all abilities and budgets. You choose where you'd like to go and for how long, and La Ligne Verte will do the rest. Holidays include as standard half-board (dinner and B&B), luggage transfer, transfers of persons when needed, maps and written route notes with information about interesting sites and events along the way.

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Cycling in the Correze, Massif Central and northern Dordogne

Locally run tours through unspoilt and undiscovered terrain

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

Set in the green heart of France, the varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads of Corrèze make it a great base for exploring the rolling foothills of the Massif Central above the gorges of the northern Dordogne valley. This largely undiscovered area of France provides a lovely variety of cycling: more experienced riders can climb into and descend through local river gorges or challenge themselves in the Cantal mountains (Puy Mary, 1588m). For gentler routes there's relaxed riding near rivers and lakes, or pedal through forests. These are flexible tours offered self-guided or guided by James and Sam, who have been running tours in the Corrèze for best part of 10 years. Prices include stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with a swimming pool and own lake, 6 four-course restaurant quality diners, afternoon tea and cakes, bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup, and road bike hire if needed. Trips can be tailored for clubs, families or cycling groups.

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Discover Gascony by Bike

Discover the lesser ridden roads between Bordeaux and Toulouse

Offered by:
SW Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 65 89 31 or +33 (0)6 27 72 28 94

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy/moderate

Price:
€980

Tracey at SW Cycling Holidays offer all inclusive cycling breaks in the stunning Gascony – a relatively undiscovered cycling area roughly halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, and Mont-de-Marsan and Agen. All routes can be tailored for you – they can be as easy or as hard as you like. The tour is normally guided with various stop off points, but an unguided version can easily be arranged. As well as the cycling, there are lots of other points of interest in this region, including wine/armagnac tasting, long lunches in quaint local French restaurants, a visit to the spa, long walks or canoeing. Bring your own bike or hire from Tracey's fleet. Price includes a week's B&B accommodation, six lunches, some dinners, guiding and maps. Shorter stays and weekend breaks available on request. Discounts for groups. Airport/train pickups available from Toulouse, Bordeaux, or Agen.

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Discover the Dordogne Valley

Take the scenic route through the beautiful Dordogne Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £880

Inntravel Dordogne Cycling HolidayThis scenic route explores the beguiling landscapes between the handsome market town of Souillac and the pretty, hill-top village of Loubressac. Each evening, enjoy wonderful gastronomic dinners, while for lunch, picnic by the river or stop at authentic, inexpensive village restaurants. The cycling is undulating and, in places, challenging, but always rewarding, and there is time to pause at the châteaux and churches that you pass. A real highlight of the week is exploring the renowned hanging village of Rocamadour, and you can also visit the  cavern of the Gouffre de Padirac. This is a self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling holiday, with all accommodation, bike hire, maps and route notes, plus luggage transfers included. There is also the option to extend the cycling trip for two nights to take in the beautiful cobbled streets of Sarlat.

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Dordogne Cycling Week

A week of cycling, wine and food in the Dordogne valley

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to Challenging

Price:
£695

Ride in the gorgeous, sleepy, rolling Dordogne landscape while La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Their tailored weeks in the Dordogne include bike and bag transfers from the UK – your bikes don't even need to go near a plane! On-road support from a fully-equipped 9-seater within waving distance, so there is no need to carry an extra ounce. You just concentrate on the cycling. Take in a maze of quiet, winding lanes punctuated by shady valleys and ancient chateaux, farms and villages. With a maximum group size of 8, the tour can be very flexible and tailored for you and your sightseeing wishlist. Price includes all home-cooked meals, transfer for bikes and bags (either from the UK or from Limoges), your own airport transfers, and 6 nights’ accommodation in La Vie en Velo's own 8-bed house. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Dordogne Prestige en Vélo

Climb over forested hills and through dramatic gorges in the Dordogne

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £2225

Dordogne PrestigeRide through the heart of the Vézère Valley on this classic Dordogne itinerary. All the highlights are here from one of France's most historic and most visually stunning regions: Les Eyzies and its caves, gorges and museum of prehistory; La Roque Gageac, Sarlat and Domme, plus the river routes of Le Bugue, Limeuil and Trémolat. The price includes 7 days' half-board accommodation – this is a prestige holiday, with stylish chateau and hotel accommodation to match.

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Dordogne Self-Guided – Rocamadour and the Prehistoric Sites of the Vézère Valley

Explore the Dordogne and Vézère valleys at your own pace

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

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

Tour length:
7, 9 or 11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1000

A flexible and fun way to explore the Dordogne Valley. Choose the length of your tour and Annie and Cliff will devise a route for you. Explore Rocamadour, the Gouffre de Padirac, Loubressac, and the prehistoric sites and chateaux around La-Roque-Gageac and Les Eyzies in the Vézère Valley. Fully inclusive with high-quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire. Full route notes and maps also provided. Cycle the Dordogne owners, Annie and Cliff, are an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991.

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Dordogne Valley, Lot & Quercy Tour

Explore medieval villages on this easy bike ride along the river Dordogne

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very light

Price:
7 days: €724

Cycle at your own pace on this self-guided tour that follows the Dordogne River from Souillac in the Lot department to the medieval villages of Martel, Carennac and Rocamadour. Ride as few as 20km in a day or as many as you like – it's your choice on this leisurely exploration of river valleys and limestone plateaux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available. Departures every day from March 15 to October 31.

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Entre Deux Mers Cycling Holiday

Cycle from La Rochelle to Toulouse on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£980 (camping option), £1335 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

The Entre Deux Mers is one of south-west France's wonderful surprises (Freewheeling France knows this because it's not far from our own base and we ride the area south-east of Bordeaux often). This fully guided tour lets you in on the secret. It starts on the Atlantic coast at La Rochelle before winding down through the vines of Bordeaux, crossing some of the country's most prestigious wine appellations, including the Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Graves and Armagnac. But it's not all quiet country lanes and glasses red overlooking gently sloping hills and river banks: there is also Bordeaux itself, that exquisite, magical old city on the banks of the Garonne, and the Toulouse, France's elegant old 'Pink City’. There are options for either camping or B&B, so you can decide on your preferred accomodation. Price includes tents and camping kit (and a support car to carry them for you), all breakfasts and lunches plus three evening meals (you'll want to wander off to sample the local cuisine on the other nights). Bike are also included if you're not bringing your own. You can link this tour to the Atlantic Coast and Canal du Midi trips to make your way from the north of France to the south.

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Family cycling tour along the Atlantic Coast

A fun self-guided ride for the family through forests and along beaches

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 €759

A cycling holiday for all ages on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France. Leave Bordeaux via pine forests, and head towards the sand dunes and beaches of the west coast. Spend some time in Bordeaux, with its family-friendly pedestrianised streets and playgrounds on the waterfront. Cycle along the river, stopping for ice-cream at the restored 'hangars' on the riverfront at Chartrons. Then head off on car-free bike paths through forests that line the route towards the sea. Here, water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding await you, combining with cycling to provide a true nature-lover's holiday. Eat oysters at one of the restaurants hugging the Bay of Arcachon, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a juice as the sun goes down and ponder the next day's adventures.

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From Bordeaux to Arcachon along the Atlantic Coast

A short break for young and old in south-west France

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €424

A family cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful and safest bike paths in France. The Bordeaux to Atlantic Coast route takes you through fragrant forests of pine trees to the white beaches and sand dunes of the coast. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux, enjoying its beautiful architecture and riverfront, before joining the bike path heading west. When you arrive at the coast, ride along the long the peninsula to Cap Ferret, admire Arcachon Basin, indulge in oysters and stroll through the town of Arcachon itself, with its wide pedestrian boulevard and restaurants. Don't forget to take the time to climb the Dune du Pyla – the highest sand dune in Europe – and be amazed by the views from the top. At the end of each day, dip your feet in the warm waters of the sea and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux's finest.

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From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the Basque coast

Explore the Pays-Basque with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €895

From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, go by bike to discover the Basque Country and Bearn region. During your cycling week, enjoy the rich historical and cultural heritage by cycling on secured cycle paths and quiet back roads. Discover the quaint Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, an essential stop city on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Cycle into the heart of the Bearn, passing by small traditional villages where you can enjoy the delicious local products (think mountain goat's cheese and other fresh produce). Then, cycle along the Basque coast and take the Vélodyssée bike path that leads you to the fishing ports of St-Jean-de-Luz and Bidart, and to beaches of Biarritz.

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Grand Cru Tour

A wine lover's paradise

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £2976

This prestige cycle tour is for those who are interested in the renowned wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines at top chateaux along the way. You will stay in top-rated hotels and the itinerary includes two Michelin-starred menus. The cycling will mainly follow the Medoc Route des Vins through famous vineyards such as Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Pichon Longueville and you will also visit the hilltop St Emilion, again surrounded by incredible vineyards. Included in the price is 5 days' cycling, 6 nights' B&B accommodation and 5 evening meals. There is also one night in a private chateau, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed route notes, station transfers and a local agent to help you along the way.

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Guided Dordogne Cycling Holiday (7 Days)

Explore roads less travelled in a hidden corner of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€490 half-board or €700 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

The Dordogne is one of France's most famous – and most popular – cycling regions. It's also quite a large area, meaning there are pockets of it tha tare yet to be discovered by mass market cycling holiday companies. The area where local cyclists Craig and Lizzie base their holidays is one such area. Near the border with the Charente, just north-east of Riberac, is a pocket of the Dordogne with quiet, winding roads and pretty picturesque villages. It has many of the advantages of the more touristy areas to the south – but without the crowds. Their single-centre cycling holidays are based on their own favourite local routes, taking in pretty villages and vistas en route. Rides are offered guided, and can be tailored for your ability. The holidays are also flexible in that they are offered full catered or half board in their own gite-style accommodation. Explore beautiful scenery and pretty villages on this truly local cycling holiday.

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La Vélodyssée: from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

A self-guided ride on France's Atlantic cycling route

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€995

Setting off from the harbour town of La Rochelle, ride alongside the Atlantic coast through the pinewoods to the Belle Epoque villas of Royan – on the safe, family friendly Vélodyssée cycling path. Then follow the Gironde estuary through through the world famous wine growing areas along the Canal des Deux Mers véloroute. This leads you in the heart of Bordeaux, a lively cosmpotolitan city with plenty of things to do, see and eat. The price includes 7 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels, cycle rental for 6 days, luggage transfers during the day, a detailed travel folder in French or English with maps and full route notes, plus lots of tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see. There's also a support hotline 7 days a week.

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