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The beautiful Dordogne valley [click to enlarge]The River Lot at Cahors [click to enlarge]
Cycle-the-Dordogne offers tours in the heart of the countryside of the wonderful Dordogne and Lot regions in south-west France. The area is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne and Lot rivers and their stunning valleys. It is quite simply an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Your starting point in Gourdon... [click to enlarge]The green Bouriane [click to enlarge]
The tours normally start and end in the market town of Gourdon. The town has been built in tiers around a hill, where once a castle and ramparts stood. From the viewing platform at the top of the hill, there are fabulous views of the surrounding Bouriane.
Sarlat’s old quarter [click to enlarge]Sarlat [click to enlarge]
A short distance away is the beautiful town of Sarlat which was once the capital of Périgord. Sarlat is famous for its medieval architecture and has the highest concentration of medieval, renaissance and 17th-century façades in France. Every Saturday, its lively street market attracts both locals and tourists to the town. Sarlat is not to be missed and is included in our tours wherever possible.
Montfort village [click to enlarge]La-Roque-Gageac is built into the cliffs [click to enlarge]
As you start to explore the Dordogne valley, you will pass through one picturesque village after another. La-Roque-Gageac has been built into steep sandstone cliffs which rise high above the river. We recommend spending some time discovering the village’s fascinating architecture, along with visiting its exotic gardens and the troglodyte fort built into the cliff face.
View of the River Dordogne from Domme [click to enlarge]The entrance to Domme [click to enlarge]
Visible from much of the Dordogne valley is the gorgeous hilltop bastide town of Domme. Within its well-preserved stone walls, the town seems unchanged over the centuries and much has been done to retain its authentic atmosphere. From the town, the views of the river valley below are breathtaking.
Château-de-Castelnaud [click to enlarge]Castelnau-Bretenoux [click to enlarge]
The Dordogne valley has an impressive concentration of châteaux and your tour will allow you enough the time to explore several along the way. Choose from Montfort, Fénelon, Biron, Bonaguil, Hautefort, Castelnau-Bretenoux...
Château Beynac [click to enlarge]Josephine Baker’s Les Milandes [click to enlarge]
... Beynac, Castelnaud, Marquayssac and Les Milandes. Beynac and Castelnaud were on opposing sides during the Hundred Years War, Marquayssac has gorgeous gardens and Les Milandes was once the home of Josephine Baker and her "Rainbow Tribe".
Rocamadour [click to enlarge]Collonges-la-Rouge [click to enlarge]
Travelling along the Lot valley, you will definitely want time to visit Rocamadour. The town clings to the rock face overlooking the Ouysse gorge - and is the site of an ancient pilgrimage. The splendid "rouge" village of Collonges-la-Rouge is also worth making a detour for...
Puy-l’Evêque [click to enlarge]Pont Valentré at Cahors [click to enlarge]
... along with Cahors, St-Cirq-Lapopie, Puy-l’Evêque and the magical riverside village of Cressensac.
The church at St-Cirq-Lapopie [click to enlarge]Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne [click to enlarge]
We are confident that the Dordogne and Lot valleys will enchant you throughout your tour - and we’re certain that you’ll want to return here again and again!
A little history...
The origins of Gourdon date back to ancient times and a dolmen has been discovered at Céou-à-Costeraste. The site later became a Gallo-Roman settlement - the remains of which were discovered in Champ-de-l'Abbé.

Gourdon and its ruling Lords were first written about in the 11th century. In 1244, when the town received a "Charte de Coutumes", four Consuls were appointed to govern the town. Nearly a century later, Gourdon was an important centre of resistance against the English army during the 100 Years War. As a result, the château at Gourdon was captured and burnt to the ground. Although restored during the 16th century, it was completely demolished once more by the Duke of Mayenne as punishment for not supporting the King (Louis XIII) against the Médicis.

Ancient town square; remains of the château; Château-de-Costeraste (rebuilt in the 17th century); ramparts; 14th-century houses, Porte-du-Majou & rue-du-Majou; 17th-century Maison Cavaignac; 17th-century mairie; church of Notre-Dame-des-Cordeliers (13th century); church of St-Pierre (14th century); Notre-Dame-des-Neiges chapel (15th century); Notre-Dame-du-Majou chapel (16th century); St-Romain church (17th century); Eglise-de-Casteraste (17th century); Eglise-de-Prouilhac (18th century); church of St-Siméon (19th century).

Things to see
Guided visits of the town; medieval architecture; panoramic views from the ruins of the château; lakes & streams; the Marcilhande river valley; the Henri-Giron museum; art exhibitions.

Things to do
Market (Tuesdays & Saturdays); craft fair (first & third Tuesday each month); farmers' market (Thursdays during July & August); annual fête (24 June or first Sunday after); international music festival (mid-May to August); antiques exhibition (May); antiques fair (14 July); pilgrimage to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (August); medieval festival (August); fishing competition (first Sunday in August); fishing in Lake Laumel; marked walks; walks along the GR64 & GR652; horse riding; cycling; swimming; water sports; tapestry, weaving, basket-making & sculpture courses.
Area4556 ha (17,6 sq miles)
Altitude264 m (866 ft)
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Office de Tourisme
Tourisme département 46
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