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Dordogne Valley: Périgord and Quercy

  • 7 nights | 23 miles/day
  • Guided from: €1960
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

We are excited to offer members of the Winslow Group to join Susan on a French cycling tour of pre-historic sites between Lot, Dordogne and Vézère.

Explore the areas of Périgord and Quercy, the cradles of cuisine, known for their specialties such as Confit and Foie Gras. Come see all the beauty this region of France has to offer from its picturesque villages and medieval architecture to its pre-historic art and natural landscapes of the Dordogne river valley.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
In Gourdon, we arrive to the family-run Hostellerie de la Bouriane, where we will be treated to fine specialties from the Quercy area this evening.

Day 2: Gourdon – Meyrals (26 miles/42 km)
After the adjustment of our bikes, we begin our bike tour, cycling to the Grottes préhistoriques de Cougnac where you'll discover a bizarre cave world and its pre-historic art. Later, we ride on to Domme, one of the many bastides laid out in Aquitaine in the 13th century. Perched on a cliff, Domme has a unique panorama of the river landscape of the Dordogne Valley.

The Castelnaud castle, an important English fortress in The Hundred Years' War, sits on a steep hill. After only a few kilometers, we will be able to see the massive Château Beynac and the Dorf La Roque Gageac, partially built into the cliff at the river shore. Josephine Baker once lived in the neighboring Les Milandes castle with her 11 adopted children.

At the end of today's cycle journey, we are awaited by the La Ferme Lamy, a farmstead converted into a hotel (with a swimming pool). The small country inn has very comfortable rooms. The hotel patron will prepare a traditional local dinner for us.

Day 3: Meyrals – Sarlat (17 miles/27 km)
After a short climb, a long descent leads us into the valley of the Vézère. Here we'll encounter an astounding density of pre-historic sites. We will visit the French National pre-historical Museum in Les Eyzies de Tayac with its impressive archaeological findings.

A few difficult kilometers can be overcome by a short bus transfer to Sarlat, one of the loveliest small cities in France. This jewel of old urban construction has been given new splendor, thanks to its careful restoration. Today, Sarlat is a small town full of life with an abundant offer of local delicacies from the kitchen and the cellar.

After a small tour around Sarlat, you will have enough time to explore the medieval alleys. Shortly afterward, we will be welcomed by the Hotel la Hoirie. This modern renovated farmhouse, situated on a small hill, dates back to the 13th century with a park, a swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant.

Day 4: Sarlat – Rocamadour (30 miles/48 km)
Traveling on a former railway embankment, we continue to cycle slightly downhill through the typical Dordogne landscape, characterized by walnut tree plantations and acorn and chestnut forests. The black earth of the region’s forests has earned this area the description "black Périgord."

Around noon in Souillac, we will visit the Romanesque abbey church where two important artworks dating back to the 12th century can be found: the beast pillar and the Jesaja. The latter is generally seen as the pinnacle of Romanesque plastic.

After a short transfer and a long descent into the Canyon der l’Ouysse, we will visit the Moulin de Cougnaguet. This romantically situated mill, dating back to the 13th century, was painstakingly restored by the former miller. From here, we will cycle on to the important pilgrimage place Rocamadour with its seven churches, chapels, and crypts.

Tonight we will stay at the comfortable Hotel Beau Site. We will be treated to local delicacies in the hotel’s restaurant for tonight's dinner.

Day 5: Rocamadour – Martel (17 miles/28 km)
In the morning, we will bridge a challenging section by bus and will reach the Gouffre de Padirac in the early morning. A path leads from the base of this massive gorge, interrupted by a longer river section to be traveled by boat, into one of the largest stalactite caves in Europe.

In the afternoon, we will cycle along the bank of the Dordogne through dream-like villages built entirely out of natural stone. The special charm of this region can definitely be seen here. The cohesion of medieval architecture and the fascinating landscape is unique. The village Carennac, situated at the bank of the Dordogne, and has been awarded the title "Loveliest village in France" several times, lies along the way to Martel. The city of seven towers is a jewel of medieval architecture.

We will be staying in the comfortable Relais Ste. Anne, a former monastery, restored in fine taste (with swimming pool). In the evening, we will meet for dinner in the hotel's superb restaurant, where the owner’s son will prepare a meal of haute cuisine for us.

Day 6: Martel – Vallée de la Dordogne – Martel (17 miles/28 km)
After a visit to Martel with its wooden market hall and its small alleys, we will cycle to Gluges, which is situated picturesquely at a bend in the Dordogne River. If the weather is fine and the water level is sufficient, we will paddle with canoes through the river canyon to Meyronne.

We'll hop back on our bikes to cycle on quiet paths over the Causse de Martel, a barren limestone plateau with impressive Manoirs and picturesque hamlets, back to Relais Ste. Anne, our hotel for a second evening. We will end the eventful day with a shared dinner.

Day 7: Martel – Grèzes (30 miles/48 km)
Today begins with a one-hour hike to the Moulin du Saut, a fortified flour mill dating back to the 12th century. On the other side of the Karst Valley, and after mounting our bikes once again, the path then leads us on a peaceful route in slightly hillier landscape into the center of the Parc Naturel des Causses de Quercy.

Dreamlike hamlets and pretty farm and country houses lie along the way – a southern French picture book landscape. In the late afternoon, we will reach Assier with a Renaissance castle dating back to the 16th century. The weapon master of Franz I, Galiot de Genouillac, had a huge summer residence built here, and the remains are still impressive.

This evening, we will be welcomed by the Château Le Grezalide, a lovingly renovated hotel (with swimming pool), which is located remotely in the center of the regional park. The hotel’s restaurant awaits us for its closing dinner and will treat us to local delicacies.

Day 8: Grèzes – Cahors – Toulouse
After breakfast, we will travel by bus to the old capital city of the Quercy area, Cahors, whose origins date back to Celtic times. Here we will visit the landmark of the city, the Pont Valentré, a fortified stone bridge dating to the Middle Ages, over which streams of pilgrims left the city on the Way of St. James.

Our cycling trip through one of the most impressive regions in France ends at the train station in Cahors.

Route map

Dates

May 16-23, 2020 (minimum 14 participants)

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package

Please note a deposit of $435/person plus $30/person booking fee will be due upon confirmation.

Per person, double occupancy
€ 1960
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 450
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€ 180
Extra Nights, Gourdon
Per person, double occupancy
€ 145
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 115
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Rotalis Terms and Conditions

Cancellation:

 

If there is a price increase of more than 5%, you are entitled to cancel the tour at no charge. If a reservation is changed to a different tour within 60 days prior to the start of the tour, a fee of EUR 60 per person will be due. However, this shall only apply if you do not find a substitute participant. At a later date, the change of reservation will be treated as cancellation at the cancellation fees stated below.
If either of two customers booked in a double room cancels the contract, the original registration will be converted into a single-room reservation, with the tour price being adjusted accordingly. In such a case, we expect the remaining customer to be willing to accept a room of a lower standard or to stay the night and have breakfast at a different hotel or Bed + Breakfast, if this should be necessary at some stops; however, this shall apply only in case no substitute participant registers for the vacancy in the double room.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for tours in Europe:
Before the 60 th day prior to the start of the tour: 10 %
From the 59th to 28th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 27th to the 14th day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 13th to the 6th prior to the star of the tour: 60%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for bike & boat tours:
Before the 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 20 %
From the 59th to the 31st day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 30th to 21st day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 20th to the 11th day prior to the start of the tour: 70%
From the 10th to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 100%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for long distance tours:
Before the 35th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 34th to 22nd day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 21st to the 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

For special tours and tours reserved to circles of friends, separate cancellation fees are applicable.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for privately guided group tours:
Before the 90th day prior to the start of the tour: 20%
From the 89th to 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 40%
From the 59th to the 30th day prior to the start of the tour: 60%
From the 29th to the 6th prior to the start of the tour: 80%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%

Cancellations of pre- or post-stay reservations made by the tour operator are subject to the general cancellation terms. The cost for e-bikes cannot be refunded due to their long-termed disposition.

The customer cancelling his/her tour will be free to prove that the cancellation costs are lower than the lump-sum fees mentioned above. However, it is required that the tour operator office is promptly notified of the cancellation, first by telephone and subsequently by written confirmation.
You can protect yourself against the cost risk in the event of cancellation by taking out cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. Your travel professional can advise you.

The tour operator reserves the right to call off a tour if the following minimum numbers of participants are not reached: eight (8) participants for tours in Europe (exception the tour operator Special: 6), eight (8) participants for tours outside Europe, 14 participants for Bike & Boat tours. The cancellation will be made five (5) weeks prior to the beginning of the tour at the latest. In this case, you may immediately request the participation in an equivalent tour, provided that such a tour is available in the program without additional charge.

The 5 weeks guarantee shall not apply if we have to call off a tour, or discontinue a tour, due to events of force majeure, e.g., war, riots, civil unrest, Acts of God, etc., which jeopardize the safe organization and implementation of the tour in the best interest of our customers.

The tour operator has the right to terminate the travel contract with a participant without notice if such participant persistently disturbs, interferes with, or jeopardizes the cycling tour despite having been warned. We trust you understand that such termination is justified also in order to safeguard the best interests, and the expectations, of the other participants with regard to the holidays booked with the tour operator. In such a case, however, the tour operator retains the right to claim payment of the tour fare, less any travel expenses saved, if applicable. Any extra costs arising from return transportation shall be borne by the excluded participant.

Participants who prematurely terminate a tour, are not entitled to refunds.

Services of the Tour Operator:

The tour is deemed to start by the time the first service is rendered by the tour operator, e.g., when the first hotel room is made available and/or the bicycle is handed over. The meal plan starts with dinner on the day of arrival or with breakfast on the first cycling day and ends with breakfast on the last day of the tour. Our packages also include transportation by car/bus, railway and ship, etc. during the tour as well as all costs incurred in connection with any scheduled visits to places of interest. Note: The costs of visits made on your own and the transportation costs on so-called "rest days" as well as optional activities offered by the tour operator are not included. We reserve the right to modify individual tour services should that become necessary after the travel contract has been signed, provided that such modifications are immaterial and do not impair the overall style of the tour.

Liability:

Within the limits of our obligation to exercise the care and diligence of prudent businessmen, we warrant that the description of all specified travel services is correct at the time of the update of the website, that the service providers (hotels, carriers and others) have been properly selected and procured and that the tours have been conscientiously prepared and will be implemented with all due care. Transportation by rail, bus, cog wheel train, cable car, ship, canoe and the like during the trip are services which are only procured by us as agents and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the respective carrier; such terms and conditions shall also govern the limit of liability of the tour operator. If a visit scheduled in the program is impracticable for reasons beyond our control (renovation of churches and the like), we cannot be held responsible. If an unforeseen event of force majeure (e.g., war, riot and civil unrest, Acts of God) occurs and it must be expected, on the basis of an objective weighing of all circumstances, that carrying out the tour would become substantially more difficult or involve a substantial risk, the participant and/or the tour operator may each give notice of termination of the travel contract. This provision shall also apply if the tour has already started. However, in such a case the tour operator retains the right to adequate compensation for the travel services already performed or yet to be performed until the end of the tour. If the package includes a return trip by air, the participant and the tour operator shall bear the extra costs for the return trip in equal shares. You will participate in the cycling tours at your own risk. This provision shall also apply to other activities such as hikes, boat and canoe trips included in the cycling tour, and it is understood that participation in such activities is voluntary at all times (bike routes are always available as an alternative). The responsibility for complying with the road traffic regulations shall lie with you. You shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury you may cause to third parties. If you have personal liability insurance, it may provide coverage for such contingency. We are liable to you for compensation of the loss of or damage to your baggage only if such loss or damage is attributable to intent or gross negligence on our part. In other respects, our liability for damages on account of mal-performance of the contract is limited to an amount corresponding to once the tour price, provided that the loss or damage has not been caused by us either intentionally or by gross negligence or if we are responsible solely on account of fault of a service provider selected by us. Any responsibility on our part is excluded if the participant fails to comply with any instructions issued by us in his/her best interest (e.g., for safety reasons). We suggest that you protect yourself against such risks by taking out accident and/or baggage insurance. Minors may only participate if accompanied by a parent or (legal) guardian. If you have reason for complaint, please advise your tour guide or the tour operator without delay. It is understood and agreed that our tour guides are not entitled to acknowledge claims. In addition, any claims against us will be deemed to exist only on condition that they are asserted with us not later than one month after the contractually stipulated end of the tour. Contractual claims for body damages due to intent or gross negligence shall become statute-barred after two years. All other contractual claims shall become statute-barred after one year.

Miscellaneous:

Verbal agreements shall not be effective unless confirmed by us in writing. Services, fares and prices are subject to change, and we reserve the right to correct errors, including typographical errors and errors in calculation. Any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with the travel contract shall be resolved exclusively by Austrian courts and shall be governed by Austrian law.

Before booking your flight, please make sure that the required minimum number of participants has been reached. The tour operator cannot make any refund in case that the trip is cancelled because the minimum number of participants has not been reached.

In the event of grossly negligent or deliberate damage to the bike provided by the tour operator for the tour, the operator is entitled to exercise claims for the occured damages.

For tours operated by contractual partners, special terms and conditions may be applicable. Detailled information will be made available upon request.

By signing the travel contract you agree that any photographs taken during the tour by tour guides or fellow travelers, may be used by the tour operator for their company advertising, in particular for the tour operator catalog and website.

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