Cycling holiday in Dordogne and Lot & Garonne from Agen to Sarlat

Trip Code : Cyclo 17

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Agen - Sarlat - France

Duration

6 to 7 days

Trip grading  

45 to 50 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 6 days - 5 nights : 799 €
  • 7 days - 6 nights : 885 €

Including services

  • 5 to 6 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 3 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • GPS App for Smartphone with vocal guiding as well.
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 135 €
  • Electric bike : 160 €
  • Canoeing on Dordogne river : 25 €
Tour description

Self guided cycling tour to Discover the South west of France between Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne. These two areas reflect all the values that create the region atmosphere offering its visitors a mosaic of preserved landscapes with an amazing diversity. Take your bike and start your cycling holidays from « Agen », a friendly and lively town renowned for its canal bridge, the second longest in France and its famous prunes. Cycle through medieval “bastide” town and fortified castles, pretty villages such as « Monpazier », « la Roque Gageac » and « Sarlat », classified “most beautiful villages of France”. Ride on gentle rolling hills and fertile valleys through wild wood and pine forest. Authentic and convivial, these areas are ideal for green tourist lovers. The gastronomy and local food are part of their identity; don’t miss a taste of the typical dishes of the region (black truffles, mushrooms, foie gras, duck confit…) renowned worldwide. You will be welcome every night in 3 or 4-stars hotels or charming guest houses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to « Agen »

Arrive at your 3-star hotel in Agen, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.
This beautiful city, capital of the prune, is half way between « Bordeaux » and « Toulouse » and offers a few interesting locations. « Agen », is a rich city with 2000 years of history, which reveals its heritage throughout medieval streets and elegant boulevards from 19th Century :The Museum of Beaux-Arts (fine arts) shows five Goya paintings (including the self-portrait), among other Spanish works of the 18th and 19th centuries. Its vibrant city center, offers shops and services. Farmers' markets are a showcase of local products: foie gras, fruit and vegetables, and of course, prunes!
Overnight: 3 star-hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Around the Lot Valley : ~ 45 Km

Your cycling tour in South West France takes you from « Agen », pretty city of the Prune to the medieval bastide of «Villeneuve-sur-Lot » though beautiful countryside roads. Take the time to visit the "Foie Gras museum" and discover all the secrets of its fabrication! Many farms open their doors in the area. Then the itinerary takes you to « Penne d'Agenais», one of the most beautiful villages of France.
« Villeneuve-sur-Lot » is a charming bastide in Lot-et-Garonne which was built on the two banks of the river "Lot" between 1251 and 1264, by a feudal treaty between "Alphonse de Poitiers", representing the king of France and the powerful Benedictine Abbey of Eysses. Listed among the largest and powerful bastide of the south west, « Villeneuve-sur-Lot » has a rich heritage to be discovered: the main square and its "couverts", the towers of Pujols and Paris, half-timbered houses from XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, The Cieutat bridge...
Overnight: 4 star-hotel, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 3 : Lot Valley and Dordogne : ~ 50 Km

This cycling day pursues its itinerary towards « Monflanquin », bastide classified most beautiful village of France. Cycle through woods and forest and reach the fortress of "Gavaudun", border line between the Perigord and the Lot Valley area. Take the time to visit it and head towards « Biron » where a fortified castle awaits you. Enjoy a pleasant end of the itinerary in a Perigord landscape: forest of chestnut, oak, stone walls with earth tones and discover the remarkable medieval bastide of « Monpazier », another village classified most beautiful village of France.
The bastide of « Monpazier » is the best preserved bastide of the Perigord with its 32 monuments classified. It is considered as the most beautiful and as the bastide "model" among the 300 bastides of the South West. It was built in 1284, under the reign of King Edward 1er of England. It is an authentic jewel of medieval architecture classified Grand National site since 1991.
Overnight: 3 star-hotel, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 4 : Bastides towns of Périgord : ~ 45 Km

Your cycling holiday takes you this time on the « Route des Bastides ». From « Monpazier » discover the thirteenth century English bastides and remarkable religious monuments. Take the time to admire the "cloister of Cadouin" a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will end your cycling day in the Black Perigord, the most famous and tourist area of the Dordogne.
The name « Périgord Noir » refers to the high density of green oaks whose foliage is dense, dark and persistent. It is the oldest appellation. With the Perigord "green, white and purple" it is one of the four entities of this tourist area. It is known for its castles, prehistoric sites, medieval villages and its landscapes.
Overnight: 3 star-hotel or charming guest house, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 5: Châteaux and most beautiful villages of France: ~ 50 Km

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Black Perigord and discover the most beautiful castles of the Valley. « Les Milandes », « Castelnaud » or « Beynac » open their doors! Cycle alongside the Dordogne and enjoy the beautiful medieval villages of France. Located at the foot of a cliff, the « Roque Gageac » will amaze you. Then you cycle in the direction of the gastronomic capital of the Black Perigord where you can enjoy a regional cuisine, foie gras, truffles, duck...
« 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.
Overnight: 3 star-hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Optional day) : Loop in the heart of the prehistory or Canoeing : ~ 45 Km

Today take the opportunity to cycle in the heart of the "Vezere Valley": capital of prehistory! Depending on what you fancy, discover numerous treasures through caves, deposits or rock shelters. After this short escape cycling through lush green countryside enjoy a last night in the well preserved medieval village of « Sarlat ».
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.

You can also choose to spend the day canoeing on the Dordogne river. We will pick you up at your hotel and drive you back in the afternoon.
Overnight: 3 star-hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 or 7: Departure

After breakfast

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