What does self-guided mean?

A self-guided tour is a fully co-ordinated holiday package for the independent traveller. We supply your bikes; book all of your accommodation; move your luggage between the accommodation; give you detailed routes to follow. You decide with whom you want to travel and you travel at your own pace - there is no guide or group to speed you along or slow you down. We're sure that once you've experienced self-guided tours, there'll be no going back!


How hard are the tours?

Our tours are to be enjoyed and it's certainly not a race. We want you to enjoy both the cycling and the countryside you're cycling through. You would generally expect a typical day to consist of 4 to 5 hours of cycling or walking. Most tours, however, have the option of additional distances to cover each day, should you feel the need. Dordogne and Lot are hilly in parts but with no more than a moderate degree of difficulty.


How fit do I need to be?

The tours are aimed at competent cyclists with a basic level of fitness. If you take regular exercise, you shouldn't have any problems. Our longest day of cycling is a little over 60kms, but this is not the norm. Should you intend to take one of our tours but have not been exercising regularly, we would recommend that you consult your doctor before considering an activity-based vacation.


What happens if I have a problem?

Although your tour is self-guided, you are not alone. If there is an emergency, you call us. Remember, we are based in the locality and can always get to you should you be in need of help. But please also remember that there is no "sag wagon" and that it is down to you to get from hotel to hotel (regardless of the weather)!! Please note that all clients must have suitable travel insurance which includes cover for repatriation.


What is included in the tour price?

  • All accommodation - your choice of chambres d'hôtes, family-run hotels or deluxe hotels (at some locations)
  • All breakfasts and at least two evening meals (the number of evening meals is dependent upon your choice of tour)
  • Use of a 21-speed Trek (or equivalent) hybrid bicycle set up to your personal specification (height and inseam)
  • Bicycle equipment including helmet, a set of panniers, map case, a puncture repair kit with spare tube, mini pump & lock
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • All luggage transfers
  • Telephone support and personal help if required - we're just a call away

What should I bring?

Prior to your tour, you will receive an information pack. Included in this pack is a comprehensive list of what you will - or won't - need to bring.


May I bring my own bike?

Of course you may. But remember the cost of your tour includes the use of a high-quality bicycle. Also, please bear in mind that - as has happened to some of our tour clients - you can arrive in France ready for your tour, but your bike might still be in transit!


How do I get to the start of a tour?

The majority of our tours start and finish in Gourdon. Whether you plan to travel by road, rail or air, we will endeavour to assist you with your travel plans and recommend the most convenient routes. (Gourdon is on the main Paris-Toulouse train route and the journey can be made without having to change trains.)


How do PayPal Email Payments work?

If you request this option, we will send you an email containing a special link which "knows" the exact amount which you are due to pay us. Clicking on that link will take you to PayPal's secure website where you will be able to make your payment quickly, easily and securely using any major credit or debit card.


Why should I choose Cycle-the-Dordogne?

Unlike other international tour companies, our business is locally based. We specialise in the Périgord Noir region where we ourselves live - an area of outstanding natural beauty which we know intimately; an area about which we can share accurate local knowledge with all our customers; an area where we can find you easily if you need help in an emergency. We believe that our tours offer choice, value for money, flexibility and freedom. We want you to have a holiday that will leave you wanting to come back for more. We want you to tell your family and friends what an unbelievable experience you've had - from your initial enquiry to waving us goodbye at the end. We want you to live that dream...


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