The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne

Trip codeCyclo 30
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Sarlat, Souillac - France
Duration :6 days
Departure :Every day from April to October
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
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  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne
  • The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne

Tour description

The essentials of Black Perigord by bike in Dordogne

During this bike tour in the Dordogne, we suggest you reach by small roads and greenways some of the most beautiful places in this region of France: The black Perigord.Starting from Sarlat la Canéda, a beautiful medieval city nestled between the Dordogne river and the Vézère river, you will cycle along the Vézère Valley and the Dordogne Valley to discover some of the most beautiful villages in France.In your program, Les Eyzies de Tayac, world center of Prehistory, the no less famous Caves of Lascaux (Lascaux II or Lascaux IV… You can choose !), the picturesque village of Roque-Gageac on the banks of the Dordogne (you can moreover, push freely a little further to visit Beynac or Dommes).This cycling holiday will end in Souillac for a final bike ride in the neighboring Lot region towards Rocamadour, a sacred city clinging to the cliff.Multi faces bike tour that will take you from prehistoric times and medieval times. Each evening, You will have the opportunity to dine in the restaurant of your choice and taste the specialties of this region, certainly ones of the most delicious of France !This cycle route in Périgord Noir still presents some relief. This is why do not hesitate to opt for the electric bicycle which will make your cycling holidays more peaceful.You will be welcomed and accommodated each evening in a hotel 3*.

  • 2 nights in Sarlat-la-Canéda to see everything about this medieval jewel
  • An escape to prehistoric times along the Vézère valley
  • The recommended visit of the Lascaux caves (Lascaux II or Lascaux IV)
  • The medieval villages and castles along the Dordogne valley
  • The exceptional site and panorama of Rocamadour, sacred city.
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Day 1Arrival in Sarlat

« Sarlat » is one of the jewels of the Black Perigord which preserved the footprints of its history. Classified city of art and history, it was built during the ninth century around a large Benedictine abbey. The riches of its architectural heritage make its excellent reputation. Its narrow streets, its vaulted passage, its cathedral and its mansions of the fifteenth and sixteenth century will surprise you. The medieval city is also renowned for its largest number of classified and listed historical monuments in the world.Night and breakfast in hotel

Day 2Sarlat - Les Eyzies 25 km - 350 m

If you did not have time to visit Sarlat on your arrival, take the time to stroll through the medieval streets of this city. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to browse its famous market.Today take the opportunity to cycle towards the “Vezere Valley”: capital of prehistory! Depending on what you fancy, discover numerous treasures through caves, deposits or rock shelters.

The prehistory was born here, in « Les Eyzies » as a science whose name « Peyrony, Lartet, Capitan, des abbés Breuil and Glory » illustrated it. Here was discovered the Cro-Magnon man. Here you can discover the marvels of prehistoric cave art. You can also discover numerous prehistorically sites most of them on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Meet the Homo sapiens, remains of its habitat, common activities and its art. Night and breakfast in hotel  

Day 3Les Eyzies – Sarlat 25 to 47 km - 400 to 650 m

1/ Short option  – 25 km Climb 400 m2/ Long option  Via LASCAUX – 47 km  Climb 650 m

For this last step, you will continue your travel through time meeting with several prehistoric sites punctuating the Vézère Valley, before reaching the famous Cave of Lascaux. Here men of the Paleolithic have realized a completed and unique work, consisting of signs and animal representations. A masterpiece of prehistory, this priceless treasure is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

You can also go to Sarlat by a faster route (different from the one of the day before) to enjoy the gastronomic capital of Périgord Noir where you will enjoy regional cuisine: foie gras, truffles, duck …

Night and breakfast in hotel


Day 4Sarlat – Souillac 30 to 52 km - 160 to 500 m

1/ Option courte – 30 km  Climb 160 m2/ Option longue via LA ROQUE-GAGEAC – 52 km Climb 500 m

You will leave Sarlat gently by a cycle path traced on an old railway, along the Dordogne Valley, it will lead you to Cazoulès, a few kilometers from Souillac. This easy and secure course will offer you a varied landscape, in the shadow of cliffs, between forests, small villages of the Dordogne and countryside.

If you wish, you can take a detour to reach the famous emblematic village of Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne river. If you have a little strength left, you are free to push a little further to Beynac or Dommes, both remarkable as well !

Overnight and breakfast in hotel

Day 5Loop Souillac – Rocamadour – Souillac 42 km - 750 m

This loop day will take you to the small village of Lacave, on the edge of the Dordogne, before joining the inescapable sacred city of Rocamadour.

World famous, the medieval city clinging to the cliff in a superposition of houses and chapels, dominates the canyon of the Alziou over 120 meters!

High place of pilgrimage on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela, Rocamadour is also famous for its Basilica Saint-Sauveur and the crypt Saint-Amadour, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, and its chapel Notre-Dame sheltering the Black Virgin.

Overnight and breakfast in hotel

Day  6 Departure 

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.

You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .

At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.

Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.

We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day

Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for baggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information
  • The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
  • The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)

On request and depending on the circuits:

  • The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
  • The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
  • The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
  • Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support

On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:

  • A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
  • An electric bike adapted to the route

With its equipment:

  • 1 rear bag
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 set of repair
  • 1 helmet (on request)
  • 1 anti-theft device
  • 1 charger (for the electric bike)

For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size

  • A child’s bike
  • A baby seat
  • A trailer
  • A follow-up bike

The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.

At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.

The tour is available in a “superior” version.

The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:

Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.

Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.

Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent

Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.