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.

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 Perigord (Dordogne Valley)

Ride and eat your way along famous prehistoric river routes

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €850

Ride alongside the majestic Dordogne and Vézère rivers to discover one of France's most beautiful regions. Discover Quercy and its way of life, the fabulous town of Rocamadour – built into the cliffside –and the black Perigord (Périgord noir) area, with its beautiful landscapes and amazing gastronomy. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, complete travel folder with itineraries and full-colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of this wonderful region, daily luggage transfers, hire bikes, and emergency support hotline.

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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 £1999

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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