Arrival in Gourdon. Our Area Manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour.
Leave Gourdon to pedal to the Dordogne Valley. You’ll climb to the region of the causse, a wild limestone plateau crisscrossed by stone walls and dotted with black-eyed sheep. Visit an ancient water-powered flour mill on the way to Rocamadour, today’s destination.
Explore the ancient pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, a near-vertical town overlooking the isolated Ouysse ravine. Then ride to Carennac, or to Autoire, delightful villages dotting the course of the Dordogne River. Explore the sinkhole of Padirac Chasm and take a boat ride on an underground river, before returning to Rocamadour.
Wind your way past oak groves, where the famous truffles grow, to the Dordogne River. Follow its curves to the cliffside villages of La Roque-Gageac and Vitrac and settle in for two nights. Or, if you prefer, continue to the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat for two nights.
Enjoy a full day to explore the region. Wander through Sarlat, with its charming winding streets and magnificent buildings. Visit Beynac, then Castelnaud castle with its medieval warfare museum. Feast your eyes on the unforgettable view from the golden hilltop village of Domme.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Dordogne valley as you follow winding roads through the forests and villages of the Périgord Noir. Pause at St-Cyprien, dominated by its massive Romanesque church, then head to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, sometimes referred to as “The World Capital of Prehistory”.
On a day ride from Les Eyzies you’ll explore the Vézère River valley. This is the land of the most famous prehistoric sites, including caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit Font de Gaume, Abri du Cap Blanc, and the lovely village of St-Léon. Go as far as Lascaux.
Today you return to the Dordogne River Valley, then climb into the hills of the Perigord Noir, so named because of the density of its forests. Highlights include the lovely village of Limeuil at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne Rivers and the abbey of Cadouin, with its fabulous carved cloisters. Your destination is Monpazier, one of the Perigord’s best-preserved bastide towns. You’ll stay here for two nights.
Head into Gascony today. Explore mighty Biron Castle, besieged by Simon de Montfort during the Albigensian Crusade. Pause in the ancient village of Gavaudun and climb to the 14-th century keep on a stairway carved out of the rock.
Head back into the Lot today, cruise past more lovely villages and savour the beauty and tranquility of this wonderful landscape.
Take a final stroll through Gourdon’s medieval streets before heading off on your next adventure.
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