Lot Célé Causse
2 days cycling
3 nights in hotels
This two-day self-guided cycling itinerary takes you through the Lot and Célé Valleys with the highlight being the famous 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’ before descending back into the Lot Valley and to the charming town of Cajarc. Follow the Lot River with stunning views back to the start of your journey.
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 – Cajarc (45km) Blue Hotel, Cajarc
Your first day of cycling takes you from Tour de Faure to the town of Cajarc. You start by cycling along the banks of the Lot River following an old track for towing boats upriver. This impressive track is in part cut into the cliff-face. After the village of Bouzies, go up the beautiful Célé Valley, famed as being the most attractive part of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage route. The first village is Cabrerets where you may wish to visit the wonderful Grotte de Pech-Merle, a cave with prehistoric art famous for its paintings of horses and hands. Continue up the Célé Valley until you reach the pretty town of Marcilhac-sur-Célé. A visit of the old town and its abbey is recommended before a stunning cycle out of the Célé Valley, over the ‘causse’ (limestone plateau), and down into the Lot Valley. The Blue Hotel in Cajarc is your base for the night. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool before a fine evening meal.
Day 3 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 the views and 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 4 Depart Depart after breakfast. A transfer by taxi to Toulouse Airport or Cahors train station can be arranged.
Itinerary: The ‘Lot Célé Weekender’ itinerary is 65 km in length. The GPS itinerary can be downloaded onto your own smartphone or GPS. A detailed roadmap is also supplied.
Accommodation: All accommodation is based on ** or *** hotels which have their own private swimming pools. 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 and dinners are included. No lunches are included. We suggest that you buy a picnic lunch and enjoy it en-route. Some hotels offer packed lunches. You will also find small shops or restaurants along the way.
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 are used. The bicycles are equipped with 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)
€467 (April to 17 October)
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 4.
All dinners from Day 1 to Day 3.
Use of a bicycle with panniers for small personnel items, 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:
Drinks and personal expenses.
Transport between your home and the first hotel and back again.