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Legendary cuisine and ancient cave drawings make the Dordogne a memorable spot for a bike vacation.

 


Truffles, Castles & Caves: Bike in southwest France

France by bike: Join other gay and lesbian cyclists in the historic Dordogne

On our newest French bike vacation, explore the beautiful valley of the Dordogne river in southwestern France.

The Dordogne is a region rich in history. Prehistoric cave drawings date back tens of thousands of years, depicting the lions, cave bears, and even rhinoceros that once lived here. Magnificent chateaux and fortified villages attest to the years of struggle between England and France.

The Dordogne is equally known for its legendary cuisine. Each night, sample from the best of the region, including savory wild mushrooms, rich foie gras, and sumptuous truffles..

Highlights:

  • In the medieval village of Rocamadour, spilling down the side of a cliff, follow in the footsteps of 12th-century pilgrims as you climb the 233 steps of the Via Sancta.
  • Visit the postcard village of Domme, "the Acropolis of the Dordogne."
  • Take an evening stroll down the gas-lit streets of Sarlat-la-Caneda with its beautifully restored gothic and renaissance homes.
  • Explore some of the 200 prehistoric archeological sites and caves in the region of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac and Lascaux.
  • Cycle through an ever-changing scenery of cliff-lined rivers, woodlands, vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and striking medieval villages.
  • At a working farm, learn about the production of foie gras, one of the most beloved delicacies of France.

Is it the right vacation for you? We average 30-45 miles a day over a mixture of both flatter and hillier terrain, with longer options for more experienced cyclists. Note that due to the many hills, this is one of our most challenging French bike trips.

Past travellers comment on this trip: "Fantastic combination of beautiful scenery, grand chateaus, great food and pre-historic explorations."— Anthony J. Chiu, Corte Madera, Calif.

"A perfectly paced trip in a beautifully unspoiled part of France. Friendship, food and cycling that allowed for a truly memorable vacation with my partner."— Randy Spicochi, Belmont, Mass.

Dates and Price:
We don't offer every trip every year, and no departures are currently scheduled for this trip. If you are interested in a similar region of the world consider our Atlantique tour in France.

Prices are per-person, based on double occupancy. Tours often fill up months before departure. We regularly update our travel schedule to show the status of this and other trips.

Travelling Alone?
So are most of the people who travel with us. You do not need to pay extra to travel by yourself. Prices are per-person, and the single supplement applies only if you'd like a room by yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can't match you with someone.

Location: Starts in Bergerac, France; ends in Rocamadour.

Price includes: Services of two tour guides; All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners with wine included; Transportation to get luggage (and tired cyclists!) to destination; Use of bike; A wine-tasting; Map and route instructions.

Not included: Transportation to and from start/end points; 4 lunches; 2 dinners; Souvenirs, snacks, admissions; Gratuities for guides.

 

 

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