Numerous beautiful ancient villages,
among the nicest of France, in this land of traditions
and pleasant lifestyle. Here, every step takes you to
a visible trace of human history : you will follow pilgrimages
routes drawn during the 12th century, discover centuries
old stone-built houses and castles from the Middle Age...
The main part of the region is a limestone plateau cut
by deep valleys. The Quercy is well known for its unforgettable
village markets and also for its gastronomic delights.
more information about the Quercy, please click here.
We have selected very nice country
inns to make you confortable while visiting this
Day 1: Welcome in Gourdon at the end
of the afternoon; Drive to the accommodation nearby.
Eat and sleep in an ancient stone house, typical of
the area, and discover the hospitality of the local people.
Day 2 :
A splendid pilgrimage route will lead you through
a canyon to the Rocamadour's surprising site, filled with
historical tales. Crossing of the Gramat limestone plateau and its tracks &
roads surrounded by small stone fences
The plateau is an arid region with specific
flora, land of orchids and numerous other flowers but
with remote ancient villages .
Time seems to have no effect on this area so well preserved
Shepherds' stone huts, that locals call
"Cazelles" are usually circular
in shape with a conical roof of flat stones. They have
been built from ancient times, more then 3000 years
Day 3 & 4:
The beautiful upper
part of the Dordogne valley is the border between
the Quercy and the Dordogne regions. Numerous treasures like medieval villages
and beautiful scenery.
Lacave cave & castle, fortified
villages, a castle which is one of the largest fortress in the south of France... In the
valley, the nice Saint-Cere is protected by the high towers
of Saint-laurent-les-tours, that are now home of Jean Lurcat painter
museum. And also the Montal renaissance castle ...
The "chestnut grove"
area and its beautiful scenery. People collect chestnut from the introduction
of chestnut trees by the Romans, 2000 years ago. Medieval towns
and castles. Superb scenery.
Day 6 & 7:
The sublime parts of the Lot & the Cele valleys, surrounded of limestone cliffs.
A very high but narrow castle
but also a circular medieval village and its cirque
will charm you, as well as among others, a
castle on its rocky promontory. St Cirq lapopie famous
village: overlooking a bend in the Lot, the village
is perched on the edge of the cliff; the ancient houses rise up over the rocky slope
protected by the 500 years old church.
Day 8: The "Au revoir", after a
to book this trip...
Trip ref.: FC-Q3B-07
Riding level : 45/50 km per day
as average (can be easily adapt to the group level). Daily longer
options and climbs. Some stages are on moderately hilly terrain. Others
ones are on hilly terrain.
Date : At a date that suits to
your group, from April to October (except July and August)
Price per person: depend on the
number of people in your group (price exemple : 1,130 Euros,
double occupancy, when 6 people
Euros per hybrid bike (Click
to convert) or
105 Euros per road bike
Gourdon is on the train line from Paris
to Toulouse (several trains a day). It is also on the
highway from Paris to Toulouse.
We can also arrange transportation from/to
- all accommodations,
based on double occupancy (see extra-prices for single
room) in charming country inns or Bed&Breakfast (nice 2/3 stars)
- all breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- A wine testing
- Trip bilingual leader(s)
- Transportation from rendezvous to
- Baggage transport from rendezvous to
- Maps and detailed route suggestions
on where to eat and interesting side trips to take
- One dinner
entrance fees such as Museum, caves,
- All costs before rendezvous point and after final