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

    *In 2020, this tour will be offered as a 6 or 9-day tour. You decide!

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  • 7-day tour:

    Standard Accommodation
    Price £ 1061 $ 2,276 1249 $ 1882 NOK 11761 kr 10857 $ 1,411 (price based on two to three guests) Price £ 942 $ 2,021 1109 $ 1671 NOK 10443 kr 9640 $ 1,253 (price based on four and more guests) Single supplement: £ 246 $ 529 290 $ 437 NOK 2731 kr 2521 $ 328 Solo traveler supplement (in addition to single supplement): £ 302 $ 647 355 $ 535 NOK 3343 kr 3086 $ 401

    Superior Accommodation
    Price £ 1240 $ 2,659 1459 $ 2198 NOK 13739 kr 12682 $ 1,649  (price based on two or three guests Price £ 1133 $ 2,431 1334 $ 2010 NOK 12562 kr 11596 $ 1,507 (price based on four or more guests) Single supplement: £ 476 $ 1,021 560 $ 844 NOK 5273 kr 4868 $ 633 Solo traveler supplement (in addition to single supplement): £ 302 $ 647 355 $ 535 NOK 3343 kr 3086 $ 401

    9-day tour

    Standard accommodations2 - 3 ppl from 4 ppl
    Twin/double £ 1304 $ 2,798 1535 $ 2313 NOK 14455 kr 13343 $ 1,735 £ 1262 $ 2,707 1485 $ 2237 NOK 13984 kr 12908 $ 1,678
    Single supplement £ 327 $ 702 385 $ 580 NOK 3625 kr 3347 $ 435 £ 327 $ 702 385 $ 580 NOK 3625 kr 3347 $ 435
    Dinners included £ 204 $ 437 240 $ 362 NOK 2260 kr 2086 $ 271 £ 204 $ 437 240 $ 362 NOK 2260 kr 2086 $ 271
    Superior accommodations  
    Twin/double £ 1640 $ 3,518 1930 $ 2908 NOK 18174 kr 16776 $ 2,181 £ 1640 $ 3,518 1930 $ 2908 NOK 18174 kr 16776 $ 2,181
    Single supplement £ 595 $ 1,276 700 $ 1055 NOK 6592 kr 6085 $ 791 £ 595 $ 1,276 700 $ 1055 NOK 6592 kr 6085 $ 791
    Dinners included £ 238 $ 510 280 $ 422 NOK 2637 kr 2434 $ 316

    £ 238 $ 510 280 $ 422 NOK 2637 kr 2434 $ 316

    Solo traveler supplement: £ 302 $ 647 355 $ 535 NOK 3343 kr 3086 $ 401

     

    6-day tour

    Standard accommodations2 - 3 ppl from 4 ppl
    Twin/double £ 941 $ 2,018 1107 $ 1668 NOK 10424 kr 9622 $ 1,251 £ 898 $ 1,926 1057 $ 1593 NOK 9953 kr 9188 $ 1,194
    Single supplement £ 212 $ 456 250 $ 377 NOK 2354 kr 2173 $ 283 £ 212 $ 456 250 $ 377 NOK 2354 kr 2173 $ 283
    Dinners included £ 136 $ 292 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181 £ 136 $ 292 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181
    Superior accommodations  
    Twin/double £ 1187 $ 2,546 1397 $ 2105 NOK 13155 kr 12143 $ 1,579 £ 1144 $ 2,455 1347 $ 2029 NOK 12684 kr 11709 $ 1,522
    Single supplement £ 365 $ 784 430 $ 648 NOK 4049 kr 3738 $ 486 £ 365 $ 784 430 $ 648 NOK 4049 kr 3738 $ 486
    Dinners included £ 157 $ 337 185 $ 279 NOK 1742 kr 1608 $ 209 £ 157 $ 337 185 $ 279 NOK 1742 kr 1608 $ 209

    Solo traveler supplement: £ 272 $ 583 320 $ 482 NOK 3013 kr 2782 $ 362

     

    extra options

     

    Extra nights 
    Sarlat
    (
    with route descriptions, maps for excursion to La Roque Gageac, extra day bike rental):
    Standard accommodation: £ 73 $ 157 86 $ 130 NOK 810 kr 748 $ 97 Single supplement: £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Superior accommodation: £ 125 $ 268 147 $ 221 NOK 1384 kr 1278 $ 166 Single supplement: £ 98 $ 210 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130 Bordeaux:
    Standard accommodation: £ 75 $ 160 88 $ 133 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 Single Supplement: £ 64 $ 137 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Superior accommodation: £ 98 $ 210 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130 Single supplement: £ 72 $ 155 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 Sarlat:
    Standard accommodation:  £ 60 $ 129 71 $ 107 NOK 669 kr 617 $ 80 Single supplement: £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Superior accommodation: £ 112 $ 241 132 $ 199 NOK 1243 kr 1147 $ 149 Single supplement: £ 98 $ 210 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130


    Electric bike: £ 55 $ 118 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 Carbon road bike: £ 89 $ 191 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119 Dinners included:
    Standard:  £ 157 $ 337 185 $ 279 NOK 1742 kr 1608 $ 209 Superior: £ 174 $ 374 205 $ 309 NOK 1930 kr 1782 $ 232 Child bike/trailer/child seat: on request.

    Extra nights

    BordeauxStandardSuperior
    Twin/double £ 75 $ 160 88 $ 133 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 £ 110 $ 237 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147
    Single supplement £ 64 $ 137 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 76 $ 164 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102
    Sarlat  
    Twin/double £ 65 $ 140 77 $ 116 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 119 $ 255 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158
    Single supplement £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 £ 93 $ 200 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Electric bike:

    9-day tour: £ 89 $ 191 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119 6-day tour: £ 55 $ 118 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73

    Extra day electric bike rental: £ 30 $ 64 35 $ 53 NOK 330 kr 304 $ 40 Extra day touring bike rental: £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34

    Departure transfer
    Sarlat to Bordeaux: on request
     

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start is Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. However, flying to Paris CDG International Airport is also very convenient, especially if you are spending time in Paris before your tour.

    Local Travel

    Bordeaux Airport
    From the airport, there is a Navette Shuttle bus that provides transfers from the airport to the train station. Travel time is 30 minutes and there are departures every hour from 8 am to 11 pm. A one-way ticket is approx. € 8 and can be purchased from driver (VISA and MC accepted). You will find the shuttle bus at the exit of airport hall B. Paris CDG International Airport
    You can take the TGV train from Charles de Gaulle. There is a TGV station (located under terminal 2). Travel time to Bordeaux Saint-Jean is +/- 3 1/2 hours. There are several departures daily. Paris City Center
    There is a TGV train from the city (Gare Montparnasse) to Bordeaux. Travel time is about 2 hours.
    Please note that TGV travel requires advance reservation. You can check schedules and fares and reserve your tickets on the SNCF siteSNCF site>

    Climate

    Classified as having an ‘oceanic climate’ due to its situation on the west coast of France the Bordeaux area actually tends to enjoy warmer summers and milder winters than its other oceanic climate counterparts. In actuality, it can feel more like a Mediterranean climate, although the amount of rainfall during the summer the months prevents it from being classified as such. A good website to visit to research average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


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 the length of tour
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • 24 or 27-speed hybrid touring bike with two panniers, handlebar bag with map holder, bottle cage, lock, safety vest, helmet, and repair kit as well as one odometer per booking
  • Maps, itineraries, and tourist information (one set per room)
  • GPS tracks are available but must be requested in advance
  • City taxes
  • Hotline 7 days a week

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Book a night in Bordeaux or Sarlat!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length6–9 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.

9-day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 3: Excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 29 mi. (46 km) 
Day 4: Cadillac - Saint Emilion, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 5: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 43 mi. (68 km)
Day 6: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 39 mi. (61 km)
Day 7: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 17 mi. & 34 mi. (26 to 54 km)
Day 8: Excursion to La roque Gageac and Beynac, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 9: Departure from Sarlat

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: Excursion to Sauternes vineyards, 29 mi. (46 km) 
We think you will enjoy this excursion for 2020. After a ride between forest and vineyards, the Chateau Yquem appears ... veritable icon of the Sauternes wines! A honey flavor for a sweet white wine highly appreciated by any wine lover! From the deep cellars to the small routes between vineyards, ride on the path of soil renown through the entire world. Then en route, you have the opportunity to stop at the Toulouse Lautrec resting place before coming back to Cadillac.

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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!

Day 8: 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 9: Official end of the tour

 

6-day tour

Day 1: Bordeaux
Day 2: Bordeaux - Saint Emilion, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 3: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 4: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 38 mi. (61 km)
Day 5: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 16 or 34 mi. (26 or 54 km)
Day 6: Departure

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 - Saint Emilion, 40 mi. (64 km)
For your first bike stage, you depart from the town center, riding on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you through the heart of ‘Entre-deux Mers’ vineyards to Créon, a typical fortified village of the area, then to the former Sauve-Majeure Abbey. After a stop at the medieval chateau of Rauzan, you continue to explore the Bordeaux vineyards by reaching the famous village of Saint-Émilion. Discover this World Heritage site, the fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.

Day 3: Saint Emilion - Bergerac, 42 mi. (68 km)
Cycle once again through the famous St Emilion vineyards before reaching the Dordogne river. There you will enjoy the charming 18th-century Sainte-Foy-la-Grande village with its half-timbered houses and sunny streets. From here, you follow the splendid routes going through the Montbazillac vineyards, overlooked by its majestic chateau. Stop in Bergerac, city of art & history settled on the Dordogne river banks.

Day 4: Bergerac - Les Eyzies, 38 mi. (61 km)
You leave the Renaissance city center of Bergerac to follow the Dordogne River until the beautiful and picturesque village of Limeuil. At the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, this medieval village offers an ideal swimming or canoe spot in an outstanding natural environment. Proceed to Les Eyzies, a village built on a cliff with numerous prehistorical testimonies.

Day 5: Les Eyzies - Sarlat, 16 or 34 mi. (26 or 54 km)
From Les Eyzies, nicknamed "The Prehistory capital", on the long version of this stage you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes until Montignac for visiting the well known Lascaux grottos which is one of the most important prehistorical sites due to its numerous prehistorical paintings and caves. Excursion in the Sarladais country to join the famous medieval town of Sarlat. This city is also well known by gourmets for its delicious local products, such as ducks ‘foie gras’, truffles mushroom and its market where you can smell, taste and discover all these treasures.

Day 6: Departure

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Tour Reviews

  • Chris B. 4 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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