Le Lot à vélo
8 days cycling
9 nights in hotels
This eight-day self-guided cycling itinerary takes you across the ‘parc naturel regional des causses du Quercy’ and visits the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, and the town of Figeac. Your journey starts in the Lot Valley by the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, voted ‘the village the French preferred most’ in 2012 and labelled as ‘one of the most beautiful villages of France’. The trip continues into the picturesque Célé Valley before ascending onto the limestone plateau of the ‘causses du Quercy’ that lead you to Rocamadour, the second most visited site in France. Continue along small country roads aligned with stonewalls and through numerous quaint little villages before reaching the beautifully restored town of Figeac. The itinerary finishes with splendid views along the Lot Valley and back to the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie.
Equipped with a quality-touring bicycle, follow the itinerary with the aid of a GPS map and detailed roadmap. Your baggage will be transported by vehicle from hotel to hotel.
Fantastic views, authentic villages, fabulous local food and wines, and memorable days in the saddle. Enjoy !!
Day 1 Arrival Hotel Les Gabarres, Tour de Faure
Make your way to the Hotel Les Gabarres in the village of Tour de Faure. (We can organise a transfer by taxi from either Toulouse Airport or Cahors train station if required).
The hotel Les Gabarres is located in the Lot Valley very near the famous village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, a medieval village set on a cliff-face overlooking the Lot River and offering exceptional views. Your hotel has comfortable rooms and a swimming pool. Your bicycle, equipment and detailed itinerary will be given to you before your evening meal in the Auberge des Versane, located near your hotel.
Day 2 Tour de Faure - Grèzes (46km) Hotel La Grézalide, Grèzes
Your first day of cycling takes you from Tour de Faure to the village of Grèzes. The route starts by following an old track once used for towing boats upriver and partly cut into the cliff-face. The itinerary leads you from the Lot Valley into the picturesque Célé Valley, renowned as one of the most scenic parts of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. You may also wish to visit the wonderful Grotte de Pech-Merle, a cave with prehistoric art famous for its paintings of horses and hands. Cycle along the Célé River past numerous charming villages and up onto the limestone plateau before reaching the small village of Grèzes. The Hotel La Grézalide is your base for the night.
Day 3 Grèzes - Rocamadour (42km) Hotel Le Troubadour, Rocamadour
Today you will be cycling across the ‘Causse de Gramat’, a limestone plateau with little soil and plenty of stone. The quiet country roads will take you from village to village where you can admire how man has had to adapt to the environment in search of earth and water. To enhance your first sight of Rocamadour, you arrive from the opposite side of the Valley of L’Alzou. Famed since the 12th Century as an important pilgrimage site, Rocamadour sits against a massive cliff and boasts impressive walls with small streets lined by medieval-style buildings. Make your way to the Hôtel Le Troubadour, your base for 3 nights. Le Troubadour is located just north of Rocamadour in a quiet area and within easy reach of other interesting sites. Le Troubadour has its own swimming pool and both breakfast and dinner will be served in the restaurant.
Days 4 & 5 Rocamadour Hotel Le Troubadour, Rocamadour
During the next two days you may do as you wish. Here are some of ideas:
A visit of Rocamadour is a must ! For the walkers there are several beautiful walks along the Alzou Valley, most notably the watermill trail and the resurgence trail. For those seeking the underground then the Gouffre de Padirac offers a fantastic experience visiting the underground galleries by boat where vast geological formations are to be admired. Further afield, you may cycle to visit more ‘most beautiful villages of France’ notably the villages of Carennac, Loubressac and Autoire. Another option is to simply relax by the pool. Breakfast and dinner will be taken at the Hotel Le Troubadour.
Day 6 Rocamadour - Figeac (51km) Hotel Le Quatorze, Figeac
The longest day, but also a memorable one. Cycle across the vast expanse of the ‘Causse’, crossing through pretty villages and hamlets. This area is in the heart of the regional park, Le Parc Naturel Regional des Causses du Quercy, which is famed for its harsh beauty and fabulous heritage. Your aim today is the beautifully restored town of Figeac, an important stopover on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. Your base for the next two nights, l’Hôtel Le Quatorze, is situated on the edge of the old town and is on a bed and breakfast basis. Please note that there is no swimming pool.
Day 7 Figeac Hotel Le Quatorze, Figeac
A rest day will enable you to fully appreciate the beauty of Figeac. Commerce on a vast scale was what made this once very prosperous town into an architectural medieval marvel. In its hey day it rivalled with the likes of Venice and Genoa and its many merchants left their mark on the town’s architecture. The former home of Jean Francois Champollion, the man who deciphered the Rosetta stone, has been transformed into an acclaimed museum, le Musée de l’Ecriture.
Next to Figeac is the village of Capdenac le Haut. Located between the Lot and Célé Valleys, and labelled ‘one of the most beautiful villages of France’, this charming little village offers stunning views over the Lot Valley with many attractive stone-built buildings and laneways. Outside the village walls, the roman cistern is well worth a visit.
Day 8 Figeac - Cajarc (29km) Blue Hotel, Cajarc
After a hearty breakfast, set off towards the town of Cajarc, which is situated along the banks of the Lot River. Follow the Santiago de Compostela route before a fantastic freewheel down into the Lot Valley and onwards to Cajarc. The Blue Hotel will provide you with a comfortable room and a fine evening meal. After a refreshing dip in the pool, why not wander around the old town of Cajarc.
Day 9 Cajarc - Tour de Faure (20km) Hôtel Les Gabarres, Tour de Faure
Your last day in the saddle takes you along a very scenic route overlooking the Lot River and back to the Hotel Les Gabarres. The Château de Cénevières deserves a small detour to visit its rich history and admire its alchemy room. For those wanting a last challenge, take the detour via the plateau and through several villages before descending straight to your hotel. Spend time visiting the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, one of the jewels of the Lot, before an evening meal in the heart of Saint Cirq Lapopie.
Day 10 Depart Depart after breakfast. A transfer by taxi to Toulouse Airport or Cahors train station can be arranged.
Itinerary: The ‘Lot Cycling’ itinerary is 188km (116 miles). The GPS itinerary can be downloaded onto your own smartphone or GPS. A detailed roadmap is also supplied.
Accommodation: All accommodation is be based on ** or *** hotels. All of the hotels have their own private swimming pools except for the Hotel Le Quatorze in Figeac, which has no swimming pool. Please note that the hotels mentioned in the itinerary are subject to availability. It may occur that another hotel of the same standard be used.
Meals: All breakfasts are included from Day 2 to Day 10 and are based on continental breakfasts. Dinners from Day 1 to 5 and Days 8 and 9 are included and will be in the restaurant of each hotel. Dinners in Grèzes and Figeac (Days 2, 6 and 7) are not included. In Grèzes you can have an a-la-carte dinner at the hotel, while in Figeac, you can choose from the numerous restaurants in town. No lunches are included.
Luggage: All luggage will be transferred by vehicle and will be picked up after your departure from the hotel. It will be brought to your next hotel before your arrival.
Bicycles: Dedicated bicycles for cycling holidays will be used. The bicycles are changed on a yearly basis and are equipped with proper panniers for small personnel items, a water bottle, helmet, puncture repair kit, lock, and a detailed road map.
Cost SPECIAL OFFER 2020: (per person sharing)
€1,524 : April – June, 10 Sept – 17 Oct.
€1,553 : July – 9 Sept.
€591 : April – June, 10 Sept – 17 Oct.
€624 : July – 9 Sept.
Subject to availability, you may prefer to use an electric bicycle. This will be an additional €150 per person.
The above costs include:
All breakfasts from Day 2 to Day 10.
Dinners on Day 1, and Day 3 to Day 9.
Use of a bicycle with panniers, water bottle, helmet, puncture repair kit, detailed route map, lock.
Baggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
Technical assistance 24/7.
The above does not include:
Dinner on Days 2, 6 & 7 (Grèzes and Figeac).
Drinks and personal expenses.
Transport between your home and the first hotel and back again.