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Bordeaux to Sarlat cycling tour: from vineyards to châteaux and Dordogne river Ref. : BS1

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Have a typical French bike experience: beautiful chateaux, prestigious wines and terrific food.
From Bordeaux, cycle into the famous St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Prehistory region of the Dordogne in Les Eyzies and the medieval chateaux around Sarlat.

Enjoy amazing and various landscapes in one of the most beautiful of France: between famous wines, chateaux, old charming towns, picturesque abbeys … a bike ‘rendez-vous’ not to be missed for history and gastronomy lovers.


Your cycling tour from Bordeaux to Sarlat:

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux

From your very well located hotel, discover Bordeaux, with its numerous green and flowered open spaces, its exceptional heritage, and its quality of life naturally punctuated with gastronomic pleasures and night parties.

Day 2: Bordeaux – Cadillac   |  49 km

For your first bike stage, leave easily the town centre to ride on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you to Créon, a typical fortified village of the area! Then continue through the vineyards of Cadillac to old village's surrounding walls, overlooked by a beautiful castle.

Day 3: Cadillac  – Saint Emilion  |  50 km

This stage will allow you to ride through the heart of ‘Entre-deux Mers’ vineyards, from the Garonne to the Dordogne river. Take a look at the charming village of Rauzan, and its dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the village of Saint-Emilion. Discover this World Heritage site, the fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.

Day 4: Saint Emilion – Bergerac    |  68 km

Cycle once again through the famous St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Dordogne river. There you will enjoy the charming 18th century Sainte-Foy-la-Grande village with its half-timbered houses and sunny streets. From here, follow the splendid routes going through the Montbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. Stop in Bergerac, city of art & history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

Day 5: Bergerac – Les Eyzies   |  61 km

Leave the Renaissance city center of Bergerac to follow the meandering Dordogne river up to the beautiful and picturesque village of Limeuil. At the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, this medieval village offers an ideal swimming or canoe spot in an outstanding natural environment. Continue to Les Eyzies, a amazing village built on a cliff and capital of Pre-History!

Day 6: Les Eyzies – Sarlat   |  26 km  or  54 km

On the long version of this stage, from Les Eyzies, you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes until Montignac in order to the well known Lascaux grottos which are one of the most important prehistoric sites thanks to their numerous prehistorical paintings and caves.

Ride the scenic routes through the 'Sarladais' country to join the famous medieval town of Sarlat. This city with its cobbled streets, old roofs, and warm stone walls give an exceptional heritage. Sarlat is also well known by gourmets for its delicious local products (such as ducks ‘foie gras’ and truffles). Enjoy its market where you can smell, taste and discover all these treasures.

Day 7: Departure during the day

 

OPTIONAL: Possibility to extend you trip  by riding 1 more bike excursion:

 

Day 7: Sarlat – La Roque Gageac – Beynac – Sarlat |  42 km (option +5.6 km)

A last bike excursion to discover the most beautiful views over the Dordogne area, with its numerous medieval villages and chateaux. First ride on the peaceful cycling path, then go to the charming Domme village, offering an amazing view over all the valley and the river. Then continue to La Roque Gageac, old river harbour pressed up against the cliff before visiting Beynac with its impressive 12th century chateau perched on a rocky peak! Then come back to Sarlat.

 

Day 8: Departure during the day

 

See "OPTION" paragraph

 

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From March 1st 2017 to November 30th 2017 1 095,00 €
    Single room supplement : 255,00 €
    Bike discount : - 135,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +295,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From March 1st 2018 to November 30th 2018 1 095,00 €
    Single room supplement : 255,00 €
    Bike discount : - 135,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +295,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped cycle rental for 5 days with helmet
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • Lunches / Dinners / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights included)
  • Train transfer from Sarlat to Bordeaux
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Extra bike excursion to La Roque Gageac and Beynac + night in Sarlat

    At the end of your tour, you have the possibility to extend your stay in Sarlat with a bike excursion:

    Day 7: Sarlat – La Roque Gageac – Beynac – Sarlat |  42 km (option +5.6 km)

    A last bike excursion to discover the most beautiful views over the Dordogne area, with its numerous medieval villages and chateaux. First ride on the peaceful cycling path, then go to the charming Domme village, offering an amazing view over all the valley and the river. Then continue to La Roque Gageac, old river harbour pressed up against the cliff before visiting Beynac with its impressive 12th century chateau perched on a rocky peak! Then come back to Sarlat.

    Day 8: Departure during the day

    Ref : BS1 long version
    (including : 1 night's accommodation in a two-person bedroom - 2-star hotel / 1 breakfast / maps and itineraries / cycle rental for 1 additional day)

    Supplement : 
    + 90.00 €  per person
    Single room : 
    + 30.00 €
  • Extra night in Bordeaux

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    70.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 55.00 €
  • Extra night in Sarlat

    2-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    63.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 30.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +60 €
More info

You will have the possibility to shortern some bike stages by taking the train!

On this document you will find the time schedule of all the train stations of the train line Bordeaux > Sarlat: see the time schedule.

 


 

> At the end of the tour:

 

. Leave your bike rental at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

. Possibility to come back to Bordeaux from Sarlat by train : Sarlat train station > Bordeaux St Jean train station.

 


 

> Your rental bike:
VTC CUBE « Travel » bike - 21 speed gears


 

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 lock + 1 counter.
Helmet included.

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!
VTC CUBE bike - 8 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 lock + 1 counter.

Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 


 

> How to arrive in BORDEAUX:

 

CAR:
From A10 then A630 highways > Exit n°4 direction « Bordeaux centre ».

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Montparnasse train station > Bordeaux St Jean train station.


Possibility of transfer to the hotel:

. By tramway : Use C line to ‘Quinconces’ terminus: 4.60€ / pers.
. By taxi : about 25€ / 30€

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Bordeaux St-Jean train station.

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Montparnasse train station > Bordeaux St-Jean train station.

 

. From Bordeaux-Mérignac airport: shuttle transfer (30 minutes) to town center (Bordeaux St Jean train station): 8€

Testimonials
  • Martine S. (New Zealand) - Aout 2017

    "We had an incredible time biking in Bordeaux and the scenery and beautiful villages far exceeded our expectations, photos just don't do them justice. My e-bike was fantastic and the routes generally off road and varied each day. Every stop was worthwhile but Bordeaux city, St Emilion, Limeuil and Les Eyzies were highlights."

  • Mark S. (New Zealand) - May 2017

    "Well organised and provided exactly what was offered in the brochure/internet. The bike was good and organised well. The accomodation was top grade for a 3 star rating. A great way to be introduced into cycling through France without being in a large tour group. Most enjoyable way to see the Dordogne valley."

  • Andra G.L. (Brésil) - Juillet 2016

    "Je recommande Rando Velo !! Nous avons fait l'itinéraire Bordeaux-Sarlat, une belle région, avec la nature étonnante, les grands hôtels, belle routes, très secure! itinéraire parfait et une excellente organisation !! Nous y retournerons certainement à d'autres circuits autoguidés!!"

  • Peter H. (England) - Août 2016

    "Hotels were excellently located and we enjoyed recovering in the swimming pools. We recommend particularly booking an extra day in Bordeaux- what a fantastic, underrated city. Routes were interesting and each day subtly different. Graded 3 stars, this did raise a fair level of challenge in terms of roller coaster climbs away from the river routes. Bikes were generally well looked after. Luggage service was faultless."