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+++ fly to Toulouse, cycle to the most beautiful villages of France by eBike +++ scarce country with black gold, the truffles of Lalbenque +++ Cahors and Cabecou, wine and cheese as in the Elysée +++ Cahors, pampered by the Pope, betrayed by the King +++ saffron, not only for Zeus +++ a special goose, or why the French love this region +++ cave Picassos and miracle healers +++ my name is Rot +++ likeable hotels with friendly people +++ an eBike travel into a part of France that is still original and authentic +++
Our tour through the Quercy and Limousin in 7 days, up to 14 persons, with only two hotel changes: A triple night, two double overnight stays.
Nature ***** !
Travel dates 2018
FQL1: Saturday, 16-jun-2018 to Saturday, 23-jun-2018
FQL2: Saturday, 30-jun-2018 to Saturday, 07-jul-2018
FQL3: Saturday, 01-sep-2018 to Saturday, 08-sep-2018
FQL4: Saturday, 08-sep-2018 to Saturday, 15-sep-2018
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: € 1820
Single-room surcharge: € 360
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.
Target airport Toulouse from/to Munich (as available): 360 €
Surcharge for other German airports: 80 €
Flights from airports in other countries on request.
From Toulouse, the pedelon airport shuttle will take you in an hour to Caillac to the starting hotel „Le Vinois“.
The arrangement includes the above services. Our terms and conditions apply.
To picturesque villages and towns rich in architectural monuments and history. By eBike across archaic landscapes, to cave paintings and best French country cuisine. Cahors and Cabecou, or why you must love this region so much.
A wonderful journey by eBike on forgotten paths through the still-traditional South-West of France.
Arrival in Toulouse on Saturday
Booked by you or by pedelon at your request. Flight to/from Toulouse. Airport shuttle to Caillac at 6 PM, 1 hour’s drive to our starting hotel Hotel Le Vigne.
Our starting hotel in Caillac is 12 km from the Cahors train station. Cahors can be reached in a good day’s travel with one transfer in Paris.
Best motorway connection to Caillac, the starting point of the travel. Cars can be parked on the unguarded hotel parking place. At the end of your trip, we will return you to your car free of charge.
With your booking confirmation, you will receive the “pedelon travel information”, which contains useful notes on travelling to Toulouse and other advice around your trip.
The rooms in the hotel „Le Vinois“ in the village Caillac are available from 2 PM onwards. The overnight stay and breakfast Saturday to Sunday and the first dinner together are included in the travel price. If you arrive early, you can walk to the Château Lagrezette from the hotel and enjoy the outstanding wine in the historic building or relax at the beautiful hotel pool. At 8 PM, you will meet for the first shared dinner in the hotel restaurant of Claude Voisin, a chef with an outstanding reputation.
1st day, Sunday: Caillac – Puy-L’Évêque – Caillac, 58 km
After the breakfast, bicycles will be adjusted to you before the starting hotel. After a first detailed explanation of your eBike, the morning‘s cycling tour will take you through the famous vineyards of the Cahors. French state president George Pompidou made the „black wine“ that must be made of at least 70 % of Malbec wine, known far beyond the borders of France. The cycling route leads through many picturesque wine villages. The vineyard „Château Caix“, belonging to Danish royalty, suddenly appears by the side of the road. Around noon, you will reach Puy-L’Évêque, the summer residence of the bishops of Cahors. In English hands during the hundred years‘ war and strongly fortified, it was able to survive the religion wars without damage. The cycling tour leaves the Lot towards the north and leads through the picturesque villages and bastides back to the hotel. In the village of La Mase, a short stop is made to visit a church decorated with expressive Romanesque paintings. A true gem that is rarely visited. For a delicious dinner with regional specialties, we go to a nice restaurant in the neighborhood.
2nd day, Monday: Caillac – St Cirq-La-Popie, 62 km
On silent paths, you will continue on towards Cahors in the morning. The former bishop‘s seat and birth place of Pope John XXII. is very rich in historic buildings that are still reminiscent of the high times of Cahors in the 13th and 14th century. The cathedral St. Etienne with its two powerful domes and the expressive Romanesque North Portal is particularly worth seeing. After a long coffee break, the path will take you from the Lot valley towards Lalbenque. When switching from the river valley to the lime plateau of the „Causse de Limogne“, the landscape changes. The fertile river wetlands are replaced by scarce karst landscapes. Instead of vibrant villages, the cyclists will find picturesque, nearly abandoned small settlements. In Lalbenque, the secret capital of truffles, everything focuses on the black gold of the Quercy blanc. As soon as you have left the busy little town, you will cycle along lonesome paths towards St Cirq-La-Popie, which you will reach late in the afternoon. One of the most beautiful villages of France, it is a tourism magnet for visitors to the region. You will stay in the hotel of the same name, a comfortable place in a calm area with two pretty swimming pools. Dinner will take place in an outstanding restaurant in St Cirq-La-Popie. Before dinner, you can walk through the alleys of this town from the 12th century. The best moment of the day is likely the chance to experience this jewel of medieval architecture.
3rd day, Tuesday: St Cirq – Caniac-sur-Causse – St Cirq, 68 km
After breakfast, you can view the grotto de Peche Merle with its cave paintings after only a brief distance by bike. It was created approx. 25000 years before our era. Thanks to the micro climate in the cave, the prehistoric pieces of art are wonderfully preserved. After visiting the grotto, the lonely bicycle path will take you through the Célé valley towards the „Causse de Gramat“. The road, continually rising slightly, is easy to handle for pedelon eBikes and offers a wonderful riding experience to the cyclist. In the middle of the „parc naturel régional du Causse de Quercy“, your afternoon‘s leg will be interrupted in Caniac-Sur-Causse. The visit to the wonderful crypt from the early 12th century is extremely interesting. It is said to have special healing powers to this day. On silent paths, mostly downhill, the route returns to the Célé valley. After spending some time in the picturesque town Marcilhac-sur-Célé with its monastery ruin and picturesque ensemble of houses, you will return to the hotel „St. Cirq“ late in the afternoon. There will be a particularly good dinner in the historic walls of St Cirq-La-Popie.
4th day, Wednesday: St Cirq-La-Popie – Martel, 72 km
In the morning, the cycling tour takes you along the Causse de Gramat to Lunegarde. In the pretty village on the Causse we find the small church Saint Julien with frescoes from the 15th century particularly worth seeing. Along secluded streets, you will pass through small oak forests with juniper and broom bushes to Rocamadour, one of the most important places of pilgrimage on the way to Santiago di Compostela. The church district with its seven chapels is visited annually by many thousands of pilgrims. Before we continue to cycle you have enough time to stroll through the only alley of the secular district. Crossing a side valley of the river Dordogne, through walnut plantations and fertile fields, we reach Martel in the late afternoon. The „Relais Ste Anne“ belongs to the top houses of the region. Madame Rimet-Mignon is leading your hotel with great commitment and her son takes care of the excellent cuisine. The former monastery has a beautiful swimming pool and a wonderful park. Four luxury rooms are located in a neighboring city palace. It is always a very special experience to live here.
5th day, Thursday: Martel – Gouffre de Padirac – Martel, 56 km
In the morning, we will visit one of the biggest drip caves in Europe, the „Gouffre de Padirac“. With the elevator you go down into the 75-meter-deep and 33-meter-wide, almost circular hole. The legendary river cave has been known for many centuries and was held in the Middle Ages for the entrance to hell. After the detailed visit, the bike route leads over the karst Causse de Rocamadour to Autoire. The picturesque village nests in an impressive valley hollow, framed by high limestone rocks. Manor houses with towers, a wonderful village fountain surrounded by typical houses and the crystal clear river below complete the particular charm of the place. After the lunch break we continue cycling in the vicinity of the Dordogne crossing light woods and over succulent meadows to Carennac, many beautiful old stone houses and a historical monastery complex with a lot of patina invite to a longer stay. The remaining kilometers back to Martel lead first through the fertile Dordogne valley and just before the day‘s destination a bit longer uphill to the hotel, with our eBikes a pure pleasure. For dinner, you will meet in one of the best restaurant Martels, known for excellent traditional dishes.
6th day, Friday: Martel – Collonge-La-Rouge – Martel, 52 km
Before cycling on to Southern Limousin, you will explore the prettiest alleys of Martel on a small round tour. If you are interested, a local will tell you about the restoration of natural stone houses entertainingly. After a brief cycling time through the lush landscape with large deciduous forests and richly decorated valleys, you will reach Turenne. The Carolingian country is mentioned for the first time in the early 9th century. The castle, however, has existed since the 8th century. The Duke of Aquitaine was besieged by Pippin the Short here in 767. On a route with wonderful views, you will continue to Collonge-La-Rouge. The old relay station on the Way of St. James was a bailiwick of the Vicomtes of Turenne. The architecture of the houses in Collonges-La-Rouge reflects the rural construction of the 16th and 17th centuries nearly perfectly. The Bourgeois houses, church and the town‘s abbey were built of red sandstone. This is reflected in the name „La-Rouge“. Silent paths will take you back to Martel. Meet for the final dinner in an outstanding restaurant near the hotel.
7th day, Saturday: Martel – ToulouseBefore the bus returns you to the airport of Toulouse or back to your car in Caillac, you should take the opportunity to walk across the Saturday market. Local producers offer specialties under the monument-protected market hall.
The region is so overly rich in interesting culture and nature that an additional stay will always pay off. Useful advice for an additional stay can be found in the „pedelon travel information“.
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Beautiful views from above presented by Eric Perrin on France 3.
ROCAMADOUR – Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées
Rocamadour, a medieval city attached to its cliff, with the splendour of stone illuminated by the lights of the setting sun: here is an image, etched in eternity, that will live in your memory. This extraordinary village will take you to another time, a time when people came from afar to venerate the Black Virgin.
Spectacular pictures taken by a drone.
Truffles: the “black diamonds” of Quercy (France24, 2015)
The truffle has been renowned since Antiquity, notably for its aphrodisiac qualities. It graced the table of kings and the great Arab physician Avicenna recommended it to his patients. But this fungus, highly appreciated by gourmets and which grows at the root of trees, remains something of a mystery. To find out more, we head to Lalbenque, home to the “black diamond” truffle, near Cahors in France’s Lot region.
The “Auberge Lou Bourdié” is one of the restaurants on our trip.