Rivers & Canyons

Rivers & Canyons — 2 weeks
France:  Bordeaux & the Dordogne, the Cévennes

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Our route loosely follows the Dordogne / Lot river basin to the source of the waters in central France.  The scenery gets progressively wilder and more beautiful as we advance:  towns are spaced farther and farther apart, cuisine is a purer reflection of the surroundings, the few locals are increasingly surprised by your helmets....

No region of France is a greater contrast between harmony and strife.  The Hundred Years’ War, Catholic - Protestant struggles of not so very long ago, the Camisard revolt... are are still remembered and discussed, and serve as obstacles to marriages between neighboring valleys.

And yet... the towns are made of stone carved from the hills behind them, the agriculture is organic without trying, and the sheep look pretty much the same whether papist or not.  Armed with 200 years’ (relative) peace and prosperity, these are lands that have flourished, and whose harmonious beauty is beyond compare.

At the end of the ride we drop from the mountains to the far side of the Atlantic - Mediterranean divide, and arrive in Provence.  The final riding day of this trip is unsurpassed for its startling contrast.  You feel like you have arrived on another planet, not in another region.

Wonderful biking, good wines, food which has never seen a chemist – the essence of France, but which delightfully overcomes its stereotypes.  And a chance to plumb the depths of a fascinating (and tasty) culture.

Lyn biking in the Cévennes

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...in the Trip Cost

Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.

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For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
1 - 8
Sa - Mo
Pomerol, St.-Emilion
Mo - We
The Dordogne Valley
We - Sa
Hilltowns, Cro-Magnon Caves of the Perigord
8 - 15
Sa & Su
The Upper Dordogne, Rocamadour
Su - Tu
The Lot Valley
Tu - Sa
Gorgeous Biking (yuk, yuk)
The trip disbands upon arrival in Nimes
The post-trip Nimes Access Package includes a night in Nimes for ongoing travel on Sunday.
Post-Access Package travel date

Rivers & Canyons — Facts & Figures
2018 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
May 5 - 19
$3,850 US
$4,750 C
2,995 €
Daily, Half, Lite
Later dates TBD
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Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.   Click here for details.
** An option is still available combining our Champagne and Cévennes routes.  See our “2 Weeks in France” page.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate.  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Libourne
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Nimes