The best cycling conditions are to be found in the Dordogne, quiet country roads to suit all levels of riding, beautiful scenery and good weather. This region is a treasure of natural beauty and is exceptionally rich in prehistoric sites and historical points of interest.
If you are looking to get away from it all with a peaceful cycling vacation, consider a selfguided cycling tour in the Dordogne and discover the beauty of the Dordogne Valley.
Weather conditions here are fine for cycling from march to november.
Terrain : this region is hilly, but not at all extreme, the maximum elevation difference on our route is 200 metres.
Les Magnolias works closely with Aquitaine Bike, a local company that has 28 years of personal cycling experience in the region and 17 years of client feedback; they take in the best cycling routes and points of interest that the region has to offer. World class rides are assured!
Aquitaine Bike has made a special 4 day self-guided custom tour for guests of Les Magnolias.
The package consists of 4 daily loop rides from Les Magnolias.
If needed, we can custom design these routes to suit you.
1 Medieval Villages Loop (50 km)
Issigeac – this ancient village has been the site of a Gallo Roman settlement, a Merovingian necropolis and a 6th century monastery.
Monsac – this small stone village has vestiges of habitation from the Paleolithic era, Roman and Gaul periods.
2 Truffel loop(40km)
This ride is through the culinary heartland of the Perigord : forests of wild mushrooms, truffles & game, walnut groves, strawberry fields, fruit farms, duck & goose farms to Ste.Alvère – the authentic truffle centre of the Dordogne. Lunch options in the village.
3 Bastide Loop(45km)
Molières – the unfinished English bastide.
St Avit Sénieur – timeless village with a massive fortified church – origins 11th century.
Cadouin – this charming village grew around a 12th century Cistercian abbey; the cloisters feature three different architectural periods.
Trémolat – with its 12th century Romanesque church, lunch in a café or restaurant.
4 Vineyard Loop(60 km)
Itinerary : Loop ride through the vineyards of the Bergerac wine region to Chateau de Monbazillac
– built in 1550 in an architectural style both defensive and renaissance, the castle fell into disrepair until it was purchased in the 1960s by a group of local vintners who restored it to its former glory. The cellars contain a wine museum.
Bergerac is a wine region located in the Dordogne department of South-West France. Wines have been produced here since at least Roman times. Our bike tour takes you on a breathtaking cycle through the hills of Bergerac passing vineyards, wine chateau’s and honey coloured stone villages. Taking in the sights, smells and sounds before sitting down to a full lunch at a quaint family owned restaurant which nestles amongst the Bergerac hills.
Our Bike Tour works as follows:
Aquitaine Bikes provides the routes, bikes and equipment. Les Magnolias provides accomodation and breakfast.
Aquitaine Bikes remains available during your tour, for any assistance, if required.
Aquitaine Bikes will help you plan your itineraries with marked maps, according to your riding level and interests: prehistory sites, renaissance and medieval castles, vineyards, bastides, market towns, or simply excellent rides on quiet country roads linking honey coloured stone villages.
Choose the type of bike you require:
a. Hybrid bikes (regular and ladies frames available)
b. Road bikes (carbon or aluminium frames available)
c. Kids bikes
Please visit the Bike Rental page for more details
Our package includes:
- At least 4 nights at Les Magnolias including breakfast.
- 4 days bike rental.
All the equipment, maps, information on routes and points of interest are included in the bike rental fee.
Period: April to Oktober.
Price: depending on mumber of nights and number of bikes for the tour.
Upon delivery, there will be time for bike fitting, orientation, going over routes and points of interest on marked maps.