Cycling tours in the Dordogne, Bordeaux and Aquitaine

Published by Lyn on 5 May 2020

Our pick of organised cycling tours of the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Lot-et-Garonne and south-west corner of France.

A cycling holiday from Bordeaux vineyards to Dordogne castles

A beautiful ride through some of the finest landscapes in SW France

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

Your bike tour starts in Bordeaux and its charming historic center. You leave the city along the Garonne river to reach the classified vineyards of Saint-Emilion. You will be charmed by the medieval village and its exceptional monuments. You now reach the Dordogne river and discover charming towns such as the bastide of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. The vineyards of Bergerac are gradually appearing and then, the medieval town warmly welcomes you to its heart. You follow the banks of the Dordogne until you reach the Vézère valley and its many prehistoric sites. Here you arrive in the heart of the Black Périgord and its treasures. Cycle to Montignac and do not miss a visit to the famous Lascaux cave. You will come across the sumptuous gardens of Erygnac and then arrive in Sarlat, a sublime city-museum. For your last day, get on your bike or canoe to discover the most beautiful castles in the valley: Beynac, Castelnaud or La Roque-Gageac. A rich and complete trip for unforgettable cycling holidays!

Cycling holiday from Bordeaux vineyards to Dordogne castles

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A ladies' road cycling and yoga holiday in the Lot-et-Garonne

Guided cycling with luxury accommodation, pool and nutritious food

Offered by:
Lamamotte Gite Cycling Holidays – Promoting Women’s Cycling

Tour length:
4 to 7 nights with guided rides

Price:
From €300 per person

This is a ladies-only, guided road cycling holiday with stunning scenery, nutritious food, luxury accommodation and yoga. Sisters Jess and Penny will lead you on quiet country roads, visiting beautiful river valleys, chateaux, medieval hilltop Bastide towns – including two of the prettiest villages in France (Pujols and Monflanquin). You can take in French culture with a visit the Water Lily Gardens, local markets and a wine tour. Typical rides (tailored on request) range from 50km to 80km per day. This holiday is for groups of 4-8 staying in a beautiful, converted farmhouse. The price includes luxury accommodation. Yoga sessions, breakfast, delicious meals prepared with local ingredients, wine, guided rides, bike maintenance course, transfers and bike hire can all be arranged. Self catering option is available. You can find more on Facebook here

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A Self-Guided Ride from Rocamadour to La Roque Gageac and Sarlat

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
€1300

Benefit from local knowledge that Annie and Cliff, an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991. This 7-day itinerary will take you through lush green countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliff side overlooking the Ouysse gorge and through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you will have the chance to visit the Gouffre de Padirac, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, a thriving town not to be missed. In addition you have Chateau Marquayssac, with stunning gardens  and vistas. Much of your gentle ride will be along the river bank – it will be hard to leave!

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Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne

The Dordogne = black truffles, mushrooms and duck confit!

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1350

With your welcome pack and bike waiting for you on arrival in Agen, a beautiful city famous in France for its quality prunes and markets, you'll be ready to cycle 40-50km per day over the next 6 days. Leaving Agen, visit to the medieval bastides along quiet and pretty countryside lanes. Pedal through shady woods to arrive at the fortress of Gavaudun, before picking up the Dordogne River, which you will follow to the castles at Les Milandes, Castelnaud and Beynac, plus the amazing Roque Gageac, located at the foot of a cliff. Explore the Vezere, a prehistoric valley with lovely gorges and villages, en route to SarlatIncluded in your tour is 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available)support and luggage transfers.

Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne

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Agen to Sarlat – the best of the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne

Ride through stunning ancient landscapes following the Dordogne River

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 day options

Price:
From €799

Ride on this self-guided discovery tour of the area of south-west France that showcases the Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne. This is a diverse region steeped in ancient history and stunning river valleys. 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 towns and near fortified castles. Visit pretty villages such as Monpazier, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, all classified as among the most beautiful villages of France. Ride on gentle rolling hills and through fertile valleys, wild woods and pine forests. Authentic and convivial, these areas are ideal for green and slow tourist lovers. The gastronomy and local food are part of their identity – don’t miss typical dishes of the region featuring black truffles, mushrooms, foie gras and duck confit. Starting price includes 5-6 nights' hotel or guesthouse stays, three dinners, all route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with voice guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire also available (including electrics).

Agen to Sarlat Cycling holiday

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Around Bordeaux and its Greatest Vineyards

A perfect combination of wine and cycling through glorious countryside

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of riding

Price:
From €660

Bordeaux is surrounded by famous vineyards and the city itself is full of culture, historic buildings and top-class restaurants ... what better starting point for a cycling trip? This self-guided tour takes you along shady cycle paths, through some of the finest vineyards in the world, and across scenic rivers such as the Garonne and the mighty Dordogne. Price includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star hotels, a boat transfer for you and your bike, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region, luggage transfers, bike hire, and a support hotline in case you need help en route.

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Atlantic Coast - La Rochelle to Bordeaux via Velodyssee and the Gironde estuary

Combine the coastal terrain awaits on this coastal tour

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 or 8 days

Price:
From €810

From La Rochelle your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area. You will cycle along the Velodyssey to discover the island of Ile de Ré, wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms and the towns Rochefort and Royan. Continue along small backroads through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde, and meet Cognac and Pineau wine-makers of the Charentes. Discover superb Roman churches, caves, and some unique Gallo-Roman sites. At the coast, discover small ports along the estuary like Meschers-sur-Gironde, and charming villages like Talmont-sur-Gironde. This is a self-guided journey on bicycle paths and  flat backroads – from streams of vineyards to cliffs, from the Citadel of Blaye to the famous Margaux vineyard down and majestic Bordeaux itself. Starting price includes 6 or 7 nights' B&B in charming hotels and guest houses, one evening meal, full route notes and maps, GPS app for smartphone with vocal guiding, luggage transfers, estuary ferry crossing, and 24/7 emergency phone call support. Touring bikes (including electrics) can be also provided. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Atlantic Coast La Rochelle to Bordeaux (La Vélodyssey)

The ocean on one side and pine forests of the other

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1655

This cycle adventure offers wonderful variety, from the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to pine forests and marshlands. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, with its world-class aquarium, you'll follow the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 cycle route along the coast. On the way you'll be able to visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsula so you can discover the vineyards and UNESCO city of Bordeaux. Included in the price is luggage transfer, detailed route notes, 7 nights' accommodation, and a local agent to provide any help you may need.

Atlantic Coast La Rochelle to Bordeaux La Vélodyssey Belle France

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne to Brantome - Ride in the Valley of the Dronne

A gentle ride through beautiful Charente and Dordogne villages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1310

This easy self-guided ride takes you through some of the leser-explored villages of the Dordogne and Charente areas of south-west France. Follow river routes with two nights in each location to allow you to get to know the area and its people. The fixed bases also allow you to explore the region on longer rides if you wish. Start at one of the official ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ (Most beautiful villages in France), Aubeterre-sur-Dronne – famous for its subterranean monolithic church. This stunning route runs along the picturesque Dronne valley through the pretty medieval villages of Ribérac and Bourdeilles to the island town of Brantôme, also known as ‘the petit Venice of the Périgord'. The price includes local English-speaking tour rep to get you on your way and to troubleshoot any problems, 5 days' cycling, 5 nights' half-board accommodation (breakfasts and dinners), bike hire and luggage transfers between hotels. Enjoy stunning scenery, follow in the footsteps of 19th century English writer Harrison Barker, and enjoy friendly welcomes at small local hotels or B&Bs with typical French menus.

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Best of Bordeaux Wines Bike Tour

All the big chateaux are here – a real treat for cycling wine lovers

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 day options

Price:
From €840

This self-guided cycling tour across the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards is offered by an English-speaking French cycling company based in Bordeaux. Evazio have created this route to take in the best of their backyard. Cycle through France's most famous wine area, following the great wine road. The names here will impress any wine-lover: Pauillac, Margaux, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. Cross the Gironde estuary by ferry to Blaye and cycle along the Corniche Fleurie. Biking alongside the river between Bourg and Blaye, this little road, once known as “route des Capitaines” is a real delight with its palm trees, pink laurels and oaks. Don’t miss the Citadel of Blaye, built by Vauban, and discover the sunny slopes of the Entre-Deux-Mers, a succession of vineyards and monuments. Stay in the heart of World Heritage Sites, including Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. The starting price includes 5-6 nights' B&B in charming 3* hotels and guesthouses, 3 dinners, full route notes, maps and a GPS app for smartphones, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone call support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) available on request.

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Best of the Dordogne by bike

Discover bastides, medieval towns, castles and prehistoric caves

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

This self-guided cycling holiday in the Dordogne will totally immerse you in the heart of a region marked by history. Discover the exceptional prehistoric sites of the Vézère Valley – or 'Man’s Valley' – such as the Cro-Magnon shelter, La Roque Saint-Christophe and the famous Lascaux cave. Wander the streets of medieval Sarlat, with its renowned market, and try delicious regional products (truffles, foie gras, nuts, mushrooms...). Enjoy a second day in Sarlat to cycle to the valley of castles where you can exchange your bike for a canoe to explore the Dordogne River. You will be charmed by La Roque-Gageac, listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and the majestic Beynac and Castelnaud chateaux – both strategic places during the Hundred Years War. You then change banks and cross to the charming bastides of Belves and Beaumont-du-Périgord, plus visit Bannes and Lanquais chateaux and the Cadouin abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Finally, cycle back to Bergerac and its historic centre for a relaxing last night. The price includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you'll need to make the most of your trip.

 The best of the Dordogne by bike

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Between land and sea – Basque Country by bike

A treat awaits you on this roundtrip starting in Biarritz

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 days

Price:
From €790

This self-guided cycling tour around the Basque Country starts and ends in Biarritz, taking in the seaside culture, fishing villages and Franco-Spanish influences of the far south-west of France. It features towering cliffs and rugged rocks to sandy bays and an ocean as far as the eye can see. From Biarritz ride to the port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz before crossing the Bidassoa river for the Spanish influences on the other side. There is a little climbing here (400-1200m a day) as you head inland to see unforgettable landscapes dotted with white timber frame houses built centuries ago. Discover typical Basque villages and towns like Sare, Ainhoa and Saint Jean Pied de Port, a famous stop on the pilgrims' route to Compostela. At the end of each day, indulge in the flavours of the local cuisine – beware the Espelette pepper, the emblematic local spice. Starting price includes 5-6 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses, two evening meals, a boat crossing from France into Spain, all route notes and maps, including a GPS app with voice guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) included on request.

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Bike & Boat - A Taste of Bordeaux

Cruise and cycle along the pictoresque rivers and vineyards of Bordeaux

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8547

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1120 per person

Spend a week enjoying cycling from your base on the MS Bordeaux. This is a one-week bike and boat to discover majestic chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and the UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of one of the most beloved regions of France. You'll cruise the Garonne and Dordogne rivers with daily cycling excursions to explore six famous Bordeaux wine regions, as well as the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion. You'll have plenty of time to sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux, plus visit La Cite du Vin – the wonderful wine 'museuem' – in cycle-friendly Bordeaux. Take in Chateau Malrome, which was Toulouse-Lautrec’s former home, plus go wine-tasting in one of the many chateaux in Saint Emilion and visit the Cloitre des Cordeliers for its sparkling wines. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK (price can be amended if you are coming form elsewhere), en suite accommodation on the 3-star MS Bordeaux, full board dining arrangements, daily semi-guided cycling tours and excursions, welcome cocktail, touring bikes with panniers, route maps and instructions and local support and friendly crew.

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Bike & Boat - Dordogne and Gironde

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through Bordeaux's vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1125

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world and this tour will open up the city and its surrounding vineyards to you, allowing you to explore grand chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes at your own pace. You will pedal through six famous Bordeaux wine regions with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as your companions along the way. Visit the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, but don't worry – there's plenty of time to also sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK, ensuite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux, full board, semi-guided cycle tours, welcome cocktail, bikes with panniers, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly local support whenever needed.

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Biking and Canoeing in the Vézère and Dordogne Valleys

Swap your bike for a canoe to explore meandering river valleys

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

From Bergerac to Sarlat, this self-guided cycle tour will showcase the contrasting landscapes of the Périgord, from vineyards to the golden cliffs of the Vézère and Dordogne valleys. Start in Bergerac, a beautiful medieval city on the banks of the Dordogne River. Cycle along the river, then across the hills to reach charming villages that are typical of the Périgord, such as Trémolat and Limeuil. From here it's onto the Vézère Valley and its prehistoric sites. Enjoy a break day in Les Eyzies, where you can exchange your bike for a canoe to explore the Vézère River and its troglodyte sites, or hike around the village. Then, continue to Montignac and the world-famous Lascaux cave before cycling on to beautiful, medieval Sarlat. Finally, discover the famous castles of the Dordogne with a beautiful loop ride: châteaux de Beynac, Castelnaud and La Roque Gageac. You can again take to the water to see the castles from a different perspective. This is a complete bike trip combining cycling and canoeing. The price includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you need to make the most of your trip.

Vézère and Dordogne Valleys cycle tour

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £945

Starting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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Bordeaux City & Arcachon Bay

Combine a vibrant city visit with sandy beaches and vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3813 9562

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £995 per person

The city of Bordeaux, the 6th largest in France, offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Delight in Bordeaux city centre, its architecture, culture, food and wine, plus venture out onto wine routes of the Medoc and Margaux. The beautiful Arcachon Bay offers a classy, classical seaside feel, making it a popular summer spot for those in the know. Beautiful sandy beaches, delicious fresh seafood and an excellent network of cycle routes combine for the perfect coastal break from the city. Enjoy the sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay and the spectacular views from the top of Dune du Pilat – Europe's largest sand dune. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, hotel B&B accommodaion (3 and 4 star) , tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, flights and transfers available on request.

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Bordeaux City Break

A lovely lively city and stunning vineyards to explore by bike

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3918 7279

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £865 per person

The city of Bordeaux, the sixth largest in France, offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, valued as an inhabited historic city and an icon of the Enlightenment era. This city bike break allows you to explore the bike-friendly streets of Bordeaux, to explore some of the more than 120,000 hectares of vineyards that surround the city and to spend a day at the beach on the beautiful Arcachon Bay. Make sure to take in the grand wine châteaux of the Margaux appellation, the sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay and the sweet and dry white wines of the Entre Deux Mers vineyards. The price of this tour includes fully serviced touring bikes, water bottle and accessories, charming self-catering apartments, tour information pack upon arrival, including information on off-the-bike activities, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes available, and flights and transfers available on request. The tour is financially protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Bordeaux Culture & Vineyards

An enjoyable blend of cycling, wine and food in the sunny SW of France

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3582 5503

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £765 per person

Bordeaux is in many ways the perfect city – easy to navigate by bike, and full of culture, great wine and wonderful food. This tour offers the chance to explore this magnificent city and to spend time amongst the vast vineyards of the Entre-Deux-Mers wine appellation. From the city, you’ll ride a loop to the east, taking in famous wine towns like St-Emilion, Sauternes and Cadillac. Other highlights include the world-class red wines of Pomerol and St Emilion and the sweet and dry white wines of Sauternes and Cadillac. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, 3 & 4 star B&B hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, flights and transfers available on request. Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Bordeaux cycling tour from the vineyards to the ocean and Arcachon

A self-guided ride through fine vineyards and to sandy bays

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+ 33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 8-day options

Price:
From €760

This locally run self-guided bike tour takes in Bordeaux area and its treasures: from the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic coast. Discover the richness of the Gironde region as you cycle from the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux wine-making area to end your holiday with a swim in the ocean. Evazio, an English-speaking Bordeaux-based bike company, can provide everything you need, including a full road book with maps. Start by cycling through the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards and onto the vast forests of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes before reaching the Arcachon bay and the ocean. The route takes in dedicated cycling paths as well as mostly flat smaller backroads. Starting price is for 5-7 nights' B&B in charming 3-star hotels and guesthouses, 4 dinners with wine, GPS app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, return ferry from Arcachon to Cap Ferret and taxi transfer on your first day or last day. There is also emergency phone call support 24/7. Touring bikes with panniers can be provided on request if you're not bringing your own.

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