Bordeaux along River Garonne River within Gironde region of France. Photo via Flickr:Jean Balczesak

Shopping in Bergerac, Dordogne, France. Photo via Flickr:Evan Bench
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Bordeaux to Sarlat

France Bike Tours

A cycling experience for the wine and food lover alike!

  • This bike tour in France will take you through the Bordeaux and St Emilion "grands crus" great vineyards to the medieval chateaux of the Dordogne area. Get used to raising your glass, as you will be sampling what are considered to be the best wines in the world! The gastronomy of the region, also world-renowned, is another highlight of this extraordinary cycle tour in France.

    Other highlights:

    • Bordeaux classified rich in UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Centuries-old architecture
    • Ancient chateaux
    • Lascaux grottos
    • Saint Emilion
    • Bergerac
    • Les Eyzies
    • Incredible French scenery, food, and wine

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  • 2019

    7 day tour:

    Standard Accommodation
    Price £ 1071 $ 2,225 1249 $ 1898 NOK 11866 kr 10953 $ 1,424 (price based on two to three guests) Price £ 951 $ 1,975 1109 $ 1686 NOK 10536 kr 9725 $ 1,264 (price based on four and more guests) Single supplement: £ 249 $ 517 290 $ 441 NOK 2755 kr 2543 $ 331 Solo traveler supplement (in addition to single supplement): £ 304 $ 632 355 $ 540 NOK 3373 kr 3113 $ 405

    Superior Accommodation
    Price £ 1251 $ 2,599 1459 $ 2218 NOK 13861 kr 12794 $ 1,663  (price based on two or three guests Price £ 1143 $ 2,376 1334 $ 2028 NOK 12673 kr 11698 $ 1,521 (price based on four or more guests) Single supplement: £ 480 $ 998 560 $ 851 NOK 5320 kr 4911 $ 638 Solo traveler supplement (in addition to single supplement): £ 304 $ 632 355 $ 540 NOK 3373 kr 3113 $ 405

    2020

    Coming soon!
     

    extra options

    2019:
    Extra nights 

    Sarlat
    (
    with route descriptions, maps for excursion to La Roque Gageac, extra day bike rental):
    Standard accommodation: £ 74 $ 153 86 $ 131 NOK 817 kr 754 $ 98 Single supplement: £ 26 $ 53 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 Superior accommodation: £ 126 $ 262 147 $ 223 NOK 1397 kr 1289 $ 168 Single supplement: £ 99 $ 205 115 $ 175 NOK 1093 kr 1008 $ 131 Bordeaux:
    Standard accommodation: £ 75 $ 157 88 $ 134 NOK 836 kr 772 $ 100 Single Supplement: £ 64 $ 134 75 $ 114 NOK 713 kr 658 $ 86 Superior accommodation: £ 99 $ 205 115 $ 175 NOK 1093 kr 1008 $ 131 Single supplement: £ 73 $ 151 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97 Sarlat:
    Standard accommodation:  £ 61 $ 126 71 $ 108 NOK 675 kr 623 $ 81 Single supplement: £ 26 $ 53 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 Superior accommodation: £ 113 $ 235 132 $ 201 NOK 1254 kr 1158 $ 150 Single supplement: £ 99 $ 205 115 $ 175 NOK 1093 kr 1008 $ 131


    Electric bike: £ 56 $ 116 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 Carbon road bike: £ 90 $ 187 105 $ 160 NOK 998 kr 921 $ 120 Dinners included:
    Standard:  £ 159 $ 330 185 $ 281 NOK 1758 kr 1622 $ 211 Superior: £ 176 $ 365 205 $ 312 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234 Child bike/trailer/child seat: on request.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris CDG International Airport or Bordeaux International Airport. Easyjet now offers low cost flights to/from the airport Bordeaux Merignac.

    Local Travel

    From CDG, it is recommended to take the TGV train to Bordeaux. There are trains that run throughout the day. Schedules and pricing can be found on the TGV/SNCF website. This is a 4 1/2 journey. If you fly to Bordeaux International Airport, the city is easily accessible.

    Climate

    Average temperatures in °F for Bordeaux: Mar 50, Apr 54, May 61, Jun 67, Jul 70, Aug 70, Sep 65, Oct 59


Where You’ll Stay

This tour is offered with two levels of accommodations. The Standard level consists of 2 and 3 star accommodations and the Superior level consists of 3 and 4 star accommodations.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transport
  • 21-speed bike with two panniers, lock, map holder, helmet, odometer, and repair kit
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks are available but must be requested in advance
  • Taxes

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Individual arrival/departure
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
  • Carbon road bike or electric bicycle available for supplement (see pricing)

Extra Stay

Book a night in Bordeaux or Sarlat!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7–8 days
From1109 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 and 2020:


Daily from March through October 31

Skill Level

To enjoy this tour to its full potential, you should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable cycling hills. Daily distances range from 17 to 43 miles (26 to 68 km) with ascents and descents.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bordeaux to Sarlat Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Day 3: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Day 5: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
Day 6: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Day 7: Departure from Sarlat

Option to add an additional night in Sarlat with an additional bike route.

All distances are approximate. Do note that itinerary is subject to change due to road construction or other circumstances.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
From your ideally located hotel, Bordeaux is at your fingertips. With nearly 1,810 hectares designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is plenty to see and do. Pey-Berland Tower, Saint Michel's Basilica, and the Aquitaine Museum are just a few of this city's highlights. Bordeaux also has its fair share of restaurants where you can find foie gras from Landes, oysters from Arcachon Bay, or strawberries from the Perigord, all of which can be enjoyed with a Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, or any of the other exquisite wines that make this region famous!

Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Leaving town on one of the original cycling paths, you will reach Créon, a typical fortified village of this area. Continuing on, countless vineyards will be your backdrop until your destination of Cadillac. Although most people associate this name with the luxury car (indeed the town shares its name with the Frenchman who also founded Detroit), Cadillac is home to an imposing chateau built by the Dukes of Épernon. Overlooking the river Garonne, this Chateau served as a women's prison for 130 years!

Day 3: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Today's route takes you through the heart of 'Entre-deux Mers' vineyards, from the Garonne to the Dordogne River. You will have a chance to visit the charming village of Rauzan, overlooked by a dignified medieval chateau, before reaching the prestigious village of Saint-Emilion. Saint-Emilion is one of the culturally richest villages in historical testimony, which can be witnessed through the still immaculate architecture. Don't miss the King's Tower,  located in the middle of town. Who it was built for is still a mystery, but one thing is for certain, the view from the top is not to be missed!

Day 4: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Today continues again through the vineyards of St. Emilion. Half-timbered houses and sunny streets await you in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. The Dordogne river runs through the center of this town and even has a small beach where you are invited for a dip! The day ends in Bergerac, but not before passing through vineyards of Montbazillac. The ancient city of Bergerac is characterized by its elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment, and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot, all contribute to its world-class charm.

Day 5: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
You will follow the river once again to the picturesque village of Limeuil. This fortified town is located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers; an ideal spot for swimming and canoeing! Continuing on, the route ends in Les Eyzies. This town is a testament to human persistence, the houses are cut out of the sheer rock cliff! Nicknamed "the Prehistory capital", Cro-Magnon men had been unearthed here, contributing to the most impressive archeological excavations of the Paleolithic period.

Day 6: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Departing Les Eyzies, you will pass beautiful landscapes until Montignac, home of the Lascaux grottos. These caves are known around the world for the impressive prehistoric paintings depicting animals, human figures, and abstract signs. The medieval town of Sarlat is today's destination. Famous for its delicious gourmet meals such as foie gras and mushroom truffles, and for its bustling markets full of fresh produce, you will not go hungry in Sarlat!

Option for an additional day in Sarlat:

Sarlat - La Roque Gageac - Beynac - Sarlat, 27 mi. (42 km)
Today is a beautiful round trip ride passing by peaceful villages and impressive chateaux. La Roque Gageac is a beautiful ancient harbor town perched on the river Dordogne. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. Beynac is another old village with a rich history. Home of the Beynac Castle, built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac, it sits atop a sheer cliff face precarious enough to discourage any invaders. This castle has also been used as a location for several French films. 

Day 7: Departure from Sarlat
Departure after breakfast from Sarlat.

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  • Chris B. 3 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a wonderful adventure with great surprises on the journey. This is hilly territory but very rewarding for the challenge. With a spectacular wine museum, vineyards, chateaus, prehistoric cave paintings - what’s not to love.

  • Debbi Z. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved traveling through the small french villages and stopping for great places for lunch. We have so many memories but our favorite town was Sarlat. I wish we would have spent more time there. The staff at all the hotels were so nice and had a special place for us to keep our bikes. It made it so easy. We loved our trip and were a little worried about being self-guided. It worked out well and we will do it again. At the end we were not ready to say goodbye to our bikes.

    • John 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      What type of bikes did you have - road or hybrid?

  • M. Flynn 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our trip was well organized logistically and the biking routes were beautiful. I highly recommend Tripsite and will be booking future trips with them. Thanks for a fantastic week of biking.

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