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If you’ve ever dreamed of discovering the Dordogne Valley, we invite you to explore Dordogne on a family bike tour with DIGnGO. Bike to the picturesque villages of Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac. Cycle along the Dordogne river amid chateaux and forteresses. And pedal through the Perigord Noir (Black Perigord) on your way to the hilltop village of Rocamadour. Join a DIGnGO family bicycle trip in Dordogne today!
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Meet your leaders at the train station of Bergerac and shuttle to your hotel La Metairie, a former farmhouse where a light lunch awaits you.
The first ride of the week is a perfect introduction to the region, tobacco fields and lush walnut groves and shaded forests which are typical of the region.
Later in the afternoon, you keep cycling through the famous Dordogne countryside and arrive back in the town of Mauzac, where your hotel awaits.
Tonight, enjoy a wonderful dinner.
Today’s Ride: 13 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Today, you bike from your hotel along the sweeping curves of the Dordogne Valley to the unassuming town of Les Eyzies de Tayac, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1979, located in the heart of the Vezere Valley and where our ancestors settled more than 400.000 years ago.
Browse the local shops of Les Eyzies de Taillac before a visit of one of the Prehistoric cave that dot the Dordogne countryside. Inside, reach into humanity’s distant past as you’re treated to views some Magdalenian engravings and paintings dating back to 14,000 B.C. The cave was discovered in 1909 and is the only frieze of prehistoric sculptures in the world to be shown to the public.
Later in the afternoon, the kids go for a visit of a village looking like a century ago. Be sure that they have a lot of fun participating in multiple activities. In the meantime, you ride under the canopy of some beautiful forests while being treated to views of more chateaux and abandoned fortresses. It’s easy to get lost in the sweeping history of the land while riding in these remote locales, and you may daydream that you’re galloping astride a fine white stallion in the 15th century as you trek through the beautiful Dordogne valley before arriving back at your hotel, where you have time to enjoy the luxurious pool before dinner.
Today’s Ride: 39 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 48 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Leave your hotel, La Metairie and bike to the town of La Roque-Gageac, considered by many as one of France most beautiful village. The town is wedge between the Dordogne river and the magnificent limestone cliffs. The village is simply a delight with cobbled paths that wind their way between stone houses that lie below the cliff face. Gabarres, which might resemble the old trading barges that once filled the river, sail past this charming town. Take in the wonderful sights sitting idyllically on the banks of the Dordogne River before continuing toward the town of Beynac for lunch on your own.
Later that day, you visit Beynac most striking feature, its magnificent castle, which was once besieged by none other than Richard the Lionheart.
Back on your bike, begin the last stretch of your ride to Le Plaza Madelaine, your hotel for the night.
Before dinner, stroll the cobblestone street of medieval Sarlat, the capital of Perigord.
Today’s Ride: 35 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 24 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing
Today, you leave the Plaza Madelaine for a ride through beautiful forests. On your way to the Pont de l’Ouysse, which is your hotel for the next 2 nights, the kids get to have some fun at an adventure Park. There are courses available for all ages and our leader is there to help.
Later that afternoon, continue riding until your reach your hotel. Once at your hotel you have plenty of free time before dinner to go for a swim in the hotel’s inviting pool.
Today’s Ride: 37 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
Long Option: 48 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing
Start riding toward the fortified 13th century windmill known as the Moulin de Cougnaguet set in a gorgeous limestone canyon by the Ouysse River. Tour the mill and learn how the it was used, see the mechanism and learn how it worked, embrace the history of the structure, and – if you’re lucky – be able to taste the homemade plum liqueur crafted by the local guide.
Back on your saddle you begin a gradual climb up to a plateau that leads you to the unique 12th century village of Rocamadour. Perched literally on a cliff’s edge overlooking Alzou Canyon, Rocamadour seems almost magical and has some claims to its mystical ambience – it sits on the ancient Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.
Go into Rocamadour to explore the village’s many chapels including the Chapelle Notre Dame, home of the Vierge Noire (black virgin) statue. This strangely beautiful statue depicting the Madonna was, according to the legend, dug whole out of the ground while a tomb was being dug at the chapel’s entrance in 1166. Since then, hundreds of miracles have been attributed to this statue, including none other than King Henry II of England, who claimed to have been cured of all ills after visiting the statue.
Bike back to Lacave while the kids enjoy a canoe ride down the Dordogne river. Later, gather in the hotel’s beautiful dining room and enjoy your sumptuous meal for your final evening together in the Dordogne River Valley.
Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Short Option: 13 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 44 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the Dordogne river one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the train station of Brive la Gaillarde marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through the Dordogne region.
We enjoyed spending time with Simon and Angie. Both timely, efficient, so sweet and funny. Both were very flexible and supportive when we wanted something different from the itinerary. We all really LIKED Angie and Simon as people! Thank your for a great bicycle tour.
I think you do a wonderful job of taking care of every little detail for your clients. This family cycling trip was fantastic to not have to worry about loading and unloading luggage, getting dinner reservations, finding rides to dinner, etc, etc. You never overlooked any detail. You were very professional and we would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends.
Thank you for a lovely bicycle trip. Merci beaucoup.