Dordogne River Valley Family Biking
- A mystical landscape with ancient castles and precariously perched villages
- Kids defy gravity at a fun-filled ropes course
- The lazy Dordogne River - explore it in a canoe!
- Cro-Magnon cave art in the caves of Rouffignac
- Learn the region's tumultuous past during a private tour of Château de Castelnaud
Off the Beaten Path & Back in Time
Quick: where's the capital of prehistory? If you answered the Dordogne, give yourself a gold star. This cave-riddled region is where our early ancestors left their most indelible mementos, painted on the walls of limestone grottoes. It's where you and your gang will create memories as well. Explore ancient castles and fortresses. Visit villages carved out of cliffs. Canoe the Dordogne River and pedal past wheat fields and walnut groves. Spend nights in luxurious hotels, snack on crêpes, and savor gourmet cuisine paired with Bergerac and Bordeaux wines. Make your own family history in the region of prehistory.
Days 1-2 Trade pedals for paddles and canoe down the Dordogne River Rocamadour, once a pilgrimage destination, beckons you from its perch above the Alzou Canyon Spin to the medieval city of Martel, known as the "City of the Seven Towers" A superb Michelin-starred meal showcases local specialties.
Days 3-4 Discover enchanting Sarlat, with more medieval, Renaissance and 17th-century buildings than any other city in France Picnic in the shadow of Château de Castelnaud, one of the region's most impressive castles Kids defy gravity at a fun-filled ropes course Bike past orchards along the Dordogne River, perhaps stopping to lounge in the shade of a walnut tree.
Days 5-6 Farm country makes way for lush rolling countryside on a spin along the Dordogne River Discover Cro-Magnon art in the form of mammoths, ibex and other large game at the caves of Rouffignac Are your senses ready to be dazzled? Michelin-starred cuisine is on the menu Kids get a taste of rural life in 1900 at Le Village Bournat.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I had a terrific time on this trip and would recommend Backroads to friends. I especially enjoyed the canoe trip, the camaraderie of the group and our leaders, and the cultural and historical activities such as the flour mill tour. Our leaders were wonderful - they felt like friends.- Buda, TX
Château de la Treyne
Lacave (2 nights) Pure elegance in a 14th-century castle set above the Dordogne River with outstanding views, magnificent gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)
Domaine de Rochebois
Vitrac (1 night) A stately 19th-century residence with formal gardens, a nine-hole golf course and unsurpassed views of the Dordogne River Valley. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, golf)
Le Vieux Logis
Trémolat (2 nights) This enchanting manor house-hotel with idyllic gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant was a priory in the 1500s. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,498 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Dordogne River canoe trip (2 hours)|
|Kids: Ropes course (1 hour)|
|Kids: Village Bournat visit (1 hour)|
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle