Our tour to the Lot Valley takes you to La France Profonde, or “Deep France” — a hidden land of stunning beauty and a surprise at every turn. It is away from the tourist crowds, but an astonishing number of internationally acclaimed sites dot this quiet landscape in southwest France. In its January 2001 issue, Travel & Leisure declared the Lot Valley one of the 100 “fabulous places (and things)” of 2001!
Maroux, Carves, France
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
8 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
We recommend you to start your tour on a Monday so that you can see the market in Cahors held every Saturday.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,120
Single Supplement: US $595
Arrival in Gourdon, a lovely town with a charming medieval quarter of narrow streets, and a 14th century Gothic church. Our area manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for the tour.
Ride Distance: 8 km, elevation gain 95 m.*
Head through the Bouriane through Daglan, St-Pompont, and Besse. Your destination is Monpazier, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved bastides of the Perigord. Bastides were fortified towns built in a grid pattern and surrounded by ramparts.
Ride Distance: 63 km, elevation gain 359 m or 35 km, gain 171 m.*
Pedal past mighty Biron castle, besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1211, then enter the department of Lot-et-Garonne. Ride into the Vallée de Gavaudun, where high cliffs pocked with caves loom over the river valley. Pause at the village of Gavaudun, perhaps climb to the old crenelated keep on its rocky spur. Soon you’ll arrive at Mauroux where you’ll stay two nights.
Ride Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 314 m.*
Today’s highlight is Bonaguil castle, the majestic fortress on the border between the Périgord and Quercy and one of the best examples of 15th– and 16th-century military architecture in France. You can also ride to Villefranche-du-Périgord, a beautiful bastide town.
Ride Distance: 45 km, elevation gain 252 m.*
Pedal through Puy L’Éveque, on one of the most picturesque sites on the Lot, and into the vineyards, famous for their dark red wines. Pass the feudal castle of La Coste and look for the carved doors in Douelle, then arrive in Cahors, an ancient city dating back to Gallo-Roman times. Be sure to visit the beautiful medieval bridge of Valentré.
Ride Distance: 57 km, elevation gain 328 m.*
Today’s ride is short, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular views and explore St-Cirq-Lapopie, perched on 100-foot high cliffs. You’ll stay here for two nights.
Ride Distance: 36 km, elevation gain 265 m.*
Visit the Grotte de Pech Merle, full of wonderful prehistoric paintings, then ride into the tranquil and green Célé Valley, dotted with beautiful old villages and the remains of châteaux. Return to St-Cirq-Lapopie.
Ride Distance: 86 km, elevation gain 220 m.*
Leave the Lot Valley and the dry limestone causse to return to the green hills of the Bouriane. Watch for the ornate dormer windows, unique to the Bouriane. Today’s destination is Gourdon.
Ride Distance: 73 km, elevation gain 538 m.*
Enjoy a final stroll around Gourdon before departing on a new adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This is a 3-star hotel with spacious rooms in the center of town, harmoniously decorated and well equipped with modern comforts. There is a delightful restaurant in the hotel.
This beautiful and well kept Chateau has rooms with stunning views of the Périgord hills or the medieval village of Monpazier. There is a swimming-pool with a large terrace in the enclosed garden. Member, Chateaux & Hotels Collection.
This secluded seventeenth century inn is surrounded by vineyards. The bedrooms are all comfortably and tastefully modernized and there is a pool and landscaped grounds. The restaurant serves excellent local cuisine.
With the rich décor, the hotel has a very elegant feel. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant is excellent and has an exceptional wine list.
This pretty, yet modest hotel is nestled in the heart of St. Cirque and has just 9 guest rooms and a dining room serving regional specialities open Friday and Saturday evenings.