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Dordogne

A place of timeless scenery, tranquillity and superb biking

The Dordogne self-guided motorcycle tour will take you somewhere different and very special.

Our Dordogne motorcycle touring love affair started as a request from our regular clients who wished to travel somewhere new. So we said, ‘OK, let’s make it happen’. 

And we did. However, at the time, the tour was not a ‘well-oiled machine’… yet. So to cut a long story short, thanks to occasionally temperamental GPS, we had it all. We rode through a cemetery, chased stray bikes… on foot and even ended up in a dry river bed! Despite all that, everyone still loved the tour, and we have been back many times since. We put it down to the great people we had with us and also to Dordogne itself. Once you visit and experience its stunning beauty, it isn’t easy to stay away from it for too long.

Dordogne is arguably one of the most beautiful places to ride a motorcycle certainly in France, if not even Europe. And also one that’s very easily overlooked in favour of more popular French touring destinations. So why is it so special? Well, first, it is easy to get to, produces fantastic wines, the scenery is breathtaking, and there are a million chateaux. There are also rustic higgedly-piggedly villages, more Michelin star restaurants than anywhere else and some of the best biking roads.

In Dordogne, perhaps more than anywhere else, you can see and experience how French people live. You’ll come across local markets where you can try your luck at bargaining with local antique dealers. Perhaps you’ll prefer to sample some local produce such as honey, cheese, ham or pâté. If you are artistically inclined, some of the numerous local art galleries might suit your ‘painting pallet’. Or if you are really, really lucky, you can bump into Johnny Depp while filming the movie Chocolat. And perhaps it is the experience of meeting people that will stick with you more than anything else from this tour.

The Dordogne self-guided motorcycle tour includes some of the best-known tourist attractions in France. Rocamadour is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been an important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Collonges-la-Rouge is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Gouffre de Padirac is the most visited cave in France. Domme offers the most stunning views of the river Dordogne and the surrounding countryside. This is just to name a few, but there are also other attractions dotted all over the hilltops worth seeing. 

Just to say ‘Dordogne has it all’ somehow doesn’t do it justice. It does have it all… and much, much more. It has a rich history and beautiful medieval castles for culture vultures and history lovers. It has the perfect biking weather, lush landscapes as well as crystal clear rivers for the outdoorsy people. The restaurants serve the juicy duck casserole, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnut cakes and underrated wines for the foodies. And with the perfect roads, the chances are that, like us, you’ll be coming back for a second helping soon.

For more day-to-day information about the Dordogne self-guided motorcycle tour, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.

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Tour highlights:

When to go:

April to October

Countries:

France

Motorcycle rental:

Available

Day by day tour itinerary

Day 1 – Folkestone to Troyes (France) (Approx. 250 miles)

Your Dordogne self-guided motorcycle tour will kick off with a morning Eurotunnel crossing to the other side of the water. Located in the town centre, your comfortable hotel in Troyes is the perfect setting to unwind after your first day.

But before you do that, you’ll have to get there. The first part of your ride will be following the perfect French traffic free motorways. During our guided tours, we usually stop on motorways for fuel and coffee. Also, if anyone feels a bit peckish, they can have a bite to eat as well. In the afternoon, you’ll be treated to a relaxing ride via the lush French countryside. You’ll be passing through numerous sleepy little towns and villages. For some reason, France’s villages and towns always look and feel a bit empty and deserted. But don’t let that fool you because wherever you stop, you’ll experience excellent service and welcoming people.

Sézanne is a traditional provincial town with cobbled streets and a big Norman church in the town centre. It is also a good place to stop for a drink. A long tradition of wine and champagne making will be evident everywhere around you. 

"French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010"

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What our customers say

“Just a quick note to say thank you for a great tour. We were stunned by the charm and the beauty of Dordogne.”

Linda & Mick and Tamara & Ivan

Colchester, UK, 2011, 2015, 2017

Dordogne