Beautiful cycling trip between the valleys of the Lot and the Dordogne rivers. Away from the crowds visit the authentic France countryside with its medieval villages like a.o. Monpazier, Puy l’Eveque and Belves. Visit castles like Biron, Bonagueil, Castelnaud or the Château de Milandes once owned by the famous Josephine Baker. Abbeys and 13th century churches will complete your discoveries. Don’t forget to stop and shop on the little village markets or at the vineyards of the Cahors wine area.
Visit the village of Monpazier, labeled one of the most beautiful villages in France. This Bastide town was built on the orders of King Edward 1st in 1284.
Nice first day to start with. After the first few kilometers you will see the very impressive Castle of Biron. Via a gently winding valley road you will reach the village and fortress of Gavaudun, and then you will follow nice and quiet small country roads to the river Lot. You will follow the river, eventually cross it and after a challenging climb you will reach your accommodation set in a very nice green area.
Trip via nice scenic roads through the Cahors vineyards, famous for it’s “black” wines. You can stop at the quaint little town of Puy-L’Eveque. The landsape changes to forests before you arrive in the village of Goujounac with its yellow stone houses and its market hall.
You start the day with a challenging but short climb to Les Arques, where the very special museum on the artist Zadkine is worth your visit. Then you meander through the countryside via tiny hamlets, villages. Your destination or today is Belves, another one of “France’s most beautiful villages”. Enjoy the spectacular views and the sound of one of the seven bell towers.
True, you don’t have to cycle today, but if you don’t you miss a very scenic trip visiting some of the highlights of the Dordogne area. You will cycle through the Dordogne valley towards Château de Milandes, once the home of the world famous artist, Josephine Baker. In the castle one can visit a very informative exhibition on here highly interesting life. Today you can also add an extra 11,5 km / 7,1 mi loop to the Château de Castelnaud, the most renowned and most visited castle of the Dordogne area.
You will leave Belves via the forests and you can pause, as did those once on the road to Compestella, in the village of Cadouin. Visit its 12th century abbey, listed on the UNESCO heritage list. Today it is relatively short trip, so you have plenty of time to profit from the pool of your hotel in Monpazier or to do some extra exploring of this stunning village.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.
We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.
For this roundtrip, you will also stay in a 4* hotel without any supplement.
6 Nights included
2/3/4 Star Hotels (for this trip no supplement applied)
Breakfast included every morning & 4 gourmet dinners during the trip
Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting hybrid bikes (85 €) or E-bikes (160 €)
24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotels
Parking possibilities at the hotel
GPS tracks are available on request
When booked in advance, transfers from/to airport or trainstation is possible:
You can get to Bergerac, Buisson-de-Cadouin or Belvès by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF.
Transfer from train station of Bergerac to Monpazier and back € 165,--.
Transfer from train station of Buisson-de-Cadouin to Monpazier and back € 120,--.
Transfer from train station of Belvès to Monpazier and back € 80,--.
To be paid on the spot to driver.
Acces to driving routes , check on Google maps.
You can leave your car at the first accommodation’s private car park for the duration of the trip.