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Dordogne Custom

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Dordogne Custom

Bergerac to Brive-la-Gaillarde

Escape to this magical corner of France and enjoy the road less traveled on your vacation of a lifetime.

Prehistoric caves and medieval châteaux provide a window into the past, from Cro-Magnons to mighty knights. Canoeing the river that winds through the region, in the quiet, you sense the potential for dangers that lurked during the Hundred Years’ War in this wooded and mysterious area. Life still moves slowly here, but the focus has shifted to the simple pleasures like eating, drinking and relaxing. Enjoy riding at your pace on deserted roads, sheltered from the sun by lush forests.

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Today's Ride:

Monbazillac to Tremolat
Approximately 28 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bergerac Train Station (Bergerac, France) at 10:15 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 15-minute shuttle and crossing the Dordogne River, you arrive in the village of Monbazillac, home to this region’s renowned sweet wine. After being fit to your Trek bike you will enjoy a signature Trek Travel picnic. The afternoon’s ride will take you through peaceful vineyards, quaint farmlands, ancient forests and charming villages to your home for the next two nights—the delightful Le Vieux Logis. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or explore the cobblestone lanes of the village of Tremolat before meeting on the terrace for a welcome drink as your guides tell you about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the coming days.Tonight, you and your newfound friends will be treated to a tantalizing one-star Michelin dinner at the hotel.

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Hotel:

Le Vieux Logis
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Tremolat–Monpazier Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Tremolat to Monpazier
Approximately 35 miles

Description:

Quiet roads, rolling hills lined with dense forests and cool rivers primed to refresh your feet await you on today’s ride. After passing through a number of sleepy towns you will ride into Monpazier, a 13th century bastide or fortified town built to command the roads going from the Agenais region to the banks of the Dordogne. Discover the shops around the square shaded by arcades and replenish yourself in one of the quaint terraced bistros.After lunch choose to shuttle to the hotel or challenge yourself with more hilly terrain. Under the warmth of the afternoon sun, pause for a cool and refreshing biere pression at one of the many sidewalk cafés in Lalinde before arriving back at the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful dinner featuring local specialties at a spirited local bistro.

Hotel:

Le Vieux Logis
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Tremolat to Sarlat
Approximately 35 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Tremolat to Les Eyzies
Approximately 20 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you are heading to Les Eyzies-sur-Tayac—the world capital of prehistory—where steep cliffs crowned with evergreen oaks and junipers mark the confluence of the Vézère and Beune Rivers. After rolling through the hills, experience a tradition that is quintessentially French—the farmer’s market! Sample local cheeses, walnut oil and enjoy the dynamic and colorful scenes of this weekly event. After, ride toward Les Eyzies and be welcomed with a savory Trek Travel gourmet picnic lunch. Enjoy a tour of the outstanding Font de Gaume replica cave, a showpiece of engravings and paintings dating from around 14,000 BC. The original cave is closed to the public but visitors can still see copies of over 200 ancient polychrome paintings. After this visit you can bike or shuttle back to your next abode, the charming Clos la Boëtie to refresh yourself after the day’s intriguing experiences. Tonight you are free to stroll the cobblestone streets of Sarlat in search of the perfect bistro for dinner with your guides’ knowledgeable recommendations.

Hotel:

Hotel Clos la Boetie
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Day
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Day
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Today's Activity:

Canoe on the Dordogne River

Today's Ride:

Chateau de Beynac to Sarlat
Approximately 13 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Chateau de Beynac to Bastide de Domme to Sarlat
Approximately 23 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Description:

After a bountiful breakfast, you will go back in time to the High Middle Ages when tensions between the French and English grew strong and the Dordogne River marked the front line of the Hundred Years’ War. You’ll enter the heart of the region via the river on canoe as visitors have for centuries. Castles, fortresses and bastide towns crown the hills, standing as a living memory of the gruesome battles and raids of the era. The formidable village of Beynac-et-Cazenac is yours to discover over lunch, before you’re captivated by the colorful tales of our local guide who will take you through the remarkable Château de Beynac. Enjoy a leisurely ride back to our hotel, stopping along the way at the celebrated village of La Roque Gageac to explore. Tonight you’ll regroup in Sarlat at a quaint bistro for dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel Clos la Boetie
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Sarlat to Chateau de la Treyne
Approximately 40 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Sarlat to Rocamadour
Approximately 30 miles

Description:

Today, wander the rolling hills south of Sarlat on walnut tree lined roads heading for the gravity-defying village of Rocamadour. This stunning place is a Christian shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and features chapels clinging to a sheer cliff 500 feet above the Alzou River. Enjoy lunch on the terrace of a local bistro basking in the warm sun and epic view. After lunch, explore Rocamadour or bike to your home for the night, the stunning XVII century Château de la Treyne perched over the Dordogne River. Stroll in the formal gardens or enjoy a dip in the pool before gathering for our last evening together. In a cozy atmosphere accented by the golden hues of the setting sun, we will come together for a glass of wine and an excellent meal at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant and toast to newfound friends and the memories of the past few days you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Hotel:

Chateau de la Treyne
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Lacave Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Description:

On this final morning of the trip, take an extra moment to experience the tranquility of Château de la Treyne. Savor your morning café au lait as you look out over the mighty Dordogne River or take a final relaxing swim in the pool. For those eager to spin their legs, enjoy a short loop before freshening up and bidding farewell to your fellow travelers and Trek Travel guides. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Château de laTreyne. A private coach will arrive at the hotel to transport you to the Brive-la- Gaillarde train station in time for afternoon trains. Please do not reserve seats on any train leaving before 12:30 PM.

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Dates & Pricing

This trip is available as a custom trip only, please refer to our custom trip page for more details.

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Vieux Logis Hotel on Trek Travel's Dordogne Cycling Vacation

Le Vieux Logis

Tremolat, France

Relais & Chateaux LogoA member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, this high-standard hotel has been in the same family for over 450 years. Originally a simple tobacco barn, the building was renovated under the close eye of Mrs. Giraudel (the current owner’s mother). She transformed the property into a first-class hotel at a time when tourism in the Périgord was only just beginning. Although the house has been fully redecorated, it has never lost any of its original cachet. Every book, every piece of furniture and every armchair is original and holds its individual story, some four centuries old.
Hotel Clos la Boetie on Trek Travel's Custom Dordogne Cycling Vacation

Hotel Clos la Boetie

Sarlat, France

Perfectly located in the center of the charming and lively town of Sarlat, the hotel owners recently converted their family home into an intimate and luxurious four-star hotel. The hotel artfully combines traditional elegance and comfort with stunning fabrics and bold colors. You will feel at home relaxing by the pool or having a drink in the salon.
Château de la Treyne on Trek Travel's Dordogne Cycling Vacation

Chateau de la Treyne

Souillac, France

Relais & Chateaux LogoThe castle is ideally located overlooking the Dordogne River, surrounded by grounds embellished by a French formal garden, rare species of trees and ancient cedars. The swimming pool will provide a relaxing and refreshing break, while the Michelin starred restaurant will replenish your energy in French gastronomic style.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. Learn more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Custom Dordogne trip, you will stay in stellar accommodations with personalized service.
  • On our Custom Dordogne trip, prepare to enjoy the finer things of life—great food, great wine and wonderful atmosphere! Its most famous products—black truffles and foie gras—are the cornerstones of the superlative French cuisine. It is no surprise that this area is regarded by the French themselves as “the best place to eat in all of France.” Street corner boulangeries provide fresh-baked breads and an array of pizzas and croissants. Travelers should have minimal problems with vegetarian diets in France.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 40
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,500 feet

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Dordogne is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Canoeing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Shopping
  • Spa

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG).

There are three options to travel from Paris to Bergerac. The easiest of the three is to take a train from Paris—Gare d’Austerlitz—to Bergerac. Travel time is approximately 4.5 hours and there are several trains to Bergerac every day. From the Charles de Gaulle Airport we recommend taking an Air France bus or a taxi into Paris to get to Gare d’ Austerlitz.

Bergerac Train Station | Bergerac, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bergerac Train Station (Bergerac, France) at 10:15 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Trek Travel guides will be visible and dressed in Trek Travel attire. After a 15-minute shuttle and crossing the Dordogne River, you will arrive in the village of Monbazillac, home to the region’s renowned sweet wine.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Le Vieux Logis (+33 (0)5 53 22 80 06), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Brive-la-Gaillarde Train Station | Brive-la-Gaillarde, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Château de la Treyne. A private coach will arrive at the hotel to transport you to the Brive-la-Gaillarde train station in time for afternoon trains. Please do not reserve seats on any train leaving before 12:30 PM.

Before: Bergerac

Bergerac is an attractive old town running down to the banks of the Dordogne River, with plenty of restaurants and small shops to explore. While there, make sure you spend some time exploring ‘old-town’ Bergerac, set among the medieval half-timbered streets, and open-air cafés where you can pass a very pleasant hour people-watching. Up from the old town, there is a newer part to Bergerac,with more conventional streets and a larger range of modern shops. After exploring Bergerac you can take an organized boat trip (gabarre) up the River to see the town and the nearby countryside from a different perspective (start from the car-park at the bottom end of the old town). We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.

Hotel de France

Centrally located close to the pedestrian streets, this hotel offers a great location from which to explore town. 21 rooms.

18 Place Gambetta | +33 (0)5 53 57 11 61 | www.HotelDeFrance-Bergerac.com | ~$100

Hotel de Bordeaux

Hotel de Bordeaux is a family run hotel, located in the center of town. Features include a garden and a pool.

38 Place Gambetta | +33 (0)5 53 57 12 83 | www.Hotel-Bordeaux-Bergerac.com | ~$70

Hotel du Commerce

Discreet comfort qualifies this 3 star hotel. You will enjoy its perfect location on the place Gambetta and shopping district of Bergerac. 35 rooms.

36, Place Gambetta | + 33 (0)5 53 27 30 50 | www.Hotel-Du-Commerce24.fr | ~$70

After: Brodeaux

Stroll throughout the city and take in the elegant sights and sounds of this exquisite cultural/wine center.Explore the central districts from the Quartier des Chartons to the Esplanade des Quinquonces. One must see the church of Notre-Dame and the Cloister of the Dominician convent. Before enjoying a quiet walk along the River, enter the courtyard of Fossés de l’Intendance, the triumphal route of princes, kings and heads of state and proceed toward Place de la Comédie and the Place du Parlement. The Quartier Saint-Michel and the Grand-Thêatre are two-must sees. Bordeaux features an extensive choice of wonderful boutiques and art galleries spread among many pedestrian streets— it’s a great place to shop.We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel.

The Regent Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

The Grand Hotel is one of the most beautiful and unique hotels in Bordeaux. After a faithful restoration, it resumed its rightful place in the heart of downtown Bordeaux. It is as elegant as in the past, respecting its colorful history and offering the finest world class hospitality. 150 rooms.

2-5, Place de la Comédie | +33 (0)5 57 30 44 44 | www.TheRegentBordeaux.com | ~$300

Hôtel de Normandie

Discreet comfort qualifies this three-star hotel.You will enjoy its perfect location close to the Place des Quinconces and historical district of Bordeaux. 100 rooms.

7 cours du Julliet F | +33 (0)5 56 52 16 80 | www.Hotel-De-Normandie- Bordeaux.com | ~$425

Tulip Inn Le Bayonne Etche-Ona

In 1997 two older establishments were combined to create this centrally-located hotel, a member of the Best Western group. The rooms are well sound-proofed and comfortably furnished. 65 rooms.

15 cours Intendance | +33 (0)5 56 48 00 88 | www. Bordeaux-Hotel.com | ~$159


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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