DORDOGNE AT LEISURE

Day 1

Arrival in the afternoon in Souillac

Once at your hotel you can take some time to visit the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. See the remarkable abbey with fine carvings, and a statue of the prophet Isaiah, a masterpiece of the Romanesque art. Dinner included and night in a charming 3 star hotel. 

Day 2

Souillac – Saint Sozy 22 km

Along the river Dordogne, you can admire the castles of la Treyne and Belcastel, visit the famous « grottes de Lacave », and discover charming villages.

Day 3

Saint Sozy – Carennac 22 km

This easy trip along the riverside of Dordogne will take you up to the brown roofs of Carennac, considered among the most beautiful villages of France. 

Day 4

Around Carennac (20 to 30 km)

The valley of the river Dordogne in Quercy shows many different landscapes and richness of heritage: Castles of Castelnau and Montal, Grottes of Presque considered by Prince Henri d’Orleans as « the jewel in Europe’s crown », and picturesque villages of Autoire and Saint Céré.

Day 5

Carennac – Rocamadour 30 km

After leaving the valley, you can enter in the very heart of the earth : the gouffre de Padirac. The visit is particularly interesting. Then you will cycle among the Nature Park of Causses du Quercy towards the marvellous site of Rocamadour. Do not miss the free flight show of birds of prey on the eagles rocks.

Day 6

Around Rocamadour (20 to 30 km)

Rocamadour, the second most visited site in France, opens to you the gate of its religious city. From here, you can also go and discover the Causse Quercynois and its capital Gramat. 

Day 7

Rocamadour – Souillac 27 km

You will cycle among the valley of Ouysse and admire the Moulin de Cougnaguet, before arriving at Calès, a village offering a beautiful panorama of the Causses. From here, you go back to the valley of Dordogne and to Souillac. 

Day 8

End of your trip 

Tour Character – moderate

Flat contour along quiet country trails. You cycle mostly on dedicated cycle paths and some quiet country roads. Suitable for novices, families and experienced cyclists alike.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest major airport is Toulouse (160km). There are regular trains between Toulouse and Souillac.
For passengers travelling from Paris, the best way is by express train to Brive la Gaillarde (4 hours), then the local train from there (approx. cost is $75.00).

 

Schedule & Price2014 Departure Dates Independent tours

depart every day from mid-March to early November

 

Price per person  CAD $1130
Single Supplement $330
Half-board option (7 x 3-course dinners included) $330
High season surcharge (July & August departure dates)  $70
E-bike rental upgrade  $100

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small, well located, family run inns and guesthouses, every one with a swimming pool.
• 7 buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 18 gears & pannier
• Detailed travel material, route guide, maps and descriptions of places of interest
• 7-Day Service-hotline