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A quintessentially French cycling holiday, with the emphasis on good food, fine wines, bonhomie et joie de vivre! This seven-day break takes you to the Lot, one of southwest France’s hidden gems, where you’ll find rolling farmlands, forested valleys and endless leafy lanes.
The Lot is one of the least populated and least polluted departments in France. It is also one of the most picturesque, with gently rolling farmlands, lush river valleys, shady groves and rocky limestone causse. The rustic landscape is scored by mile upon mile of leafy lanes that converge occasionally in a sleepy hamlet; old men sip cassís, boys play pétanque and other idyllic clichés unfold before your eyes! The region is also home to the medieval yellow-stone town of Gourdon, with its impressive hilltop vistas, and the stunning cliff-side citadel of Rocamadour.
This seven-day holiday gives you the chance to explore this stunning region on two wheels. Based at a converted farmhouse and barn complex in Mas de Flory, each day will see you visit a different area. One day you might be following the course of the Dordogne river, taking in the hilltop bastides, the magnificent Château de Beynac and the historic riverside settlement of La Roque Gageac, the next might see you explore the pretty villages of the Bouriane, with their charming squares and ancient churches. There’ll also be time to visit the majestic Château Chambert and the surrounding Cahors vineyards where, needless to say, you’ll get to try the famous ‘black’ wine! Then at the end of the day, it’s ‘home’ to the farm for a truly awesome four-course meal with excellent wines and coffee served on the terrace – what more could you want?
A quick glance at some of the reviews for this trip should make it pretty apparent that this one’s that little bit special. The attention to detail is the best bit, from the fantastic breakfast spreads (fresh croissants, crusty baguettes, pain au raisin, juices and coffee, on checkered cloth of course!) to the lovingly-decorated double rooms. The cycling’s not bad either, with a huge variety of landscapes and historic sites to explore. There are no off-road or downhill sections, nothing technical, rather, this holiday is all about cycling as relaxation, a philosophy that extends to the food and accommodation. It’s great for people who haven’t cycled for a while, for those who want a taste of travel and adventure without sacrificing comfort. And you can be guaranteed of much bonhomie with your fellow, like-minded cyclers.
By far the best cycling holiday I have ever been on! Staying in the stunning converted barn in Mas de Flory, I was treated to fabulous 4 course dinners every evening after touring the spectacular sites that the region has to offer. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Rocamadour, a beautifully unusual Monastry overhanging a cliff with spectacular views over the valley below- especially if you're brave enough to venture to the top! As this is quite a way away, John kindly drove us here on our rest day, although I have heard some valiant souls once cycled this! A very personalised , perfectly balanced holiday with carefully planned routes by the very patient John and amazing food and wine prepared by the extremely talented Aileen, who in my opinion deserves a few Michelin stars! - The best Tarte Tatin probably ever made! I would happily recommend this to anyone who is a lover of great food and cycling (at any level), and will definitely be paying them another visit.
chloj110 reviewing Cycling holiday in the Lot
Everything about this holiday was brilliant. LOCATION - very rural, next to woodland, peaceful and relaxing. ACCOMMODATION - in a superbly converted barn - first class, very comfortable, lovely showers. FOOD - to die for - every meal was a class act. THE CYCLING - different routes every day, includes historic sites, vineyards, great scenery - friendly bars! Diversions available for those who wish for a more challenging ride. THE COMPANY - great to spend a day relaxing with the others over a glass of wine on the decking, enjoying some music in the spacious dining room. THE SUPPORT - Nothing was too much trouble, whether at the farm or out cycling. We felt really well looked after at all times. All in all a fantastic experience.
scrunch reviewing Cycling holiday in the Lot
Well, what can I say?, This has to be one of the best holidays I have been on for a while. Very knowledgeable people who will go out of their way to make sure everything is to your expectations. All the cycling equipment was in a very clean and very good conditition. I was a bit dubious at first about going as I'm not a fast cyclist and like to take things easily, but this was no problem as we were able to go at our own pace due to having very clear instructions on which route to take. We visited some fantastic places and I was able to take some wonderfull photographes. Another great thing about this holiday was the food Aileen prepared for us. It was out of this world. Excellent home made soup for starters followed by fillet of beef (which I believe is sourced locally), locally produced cheese with walnuts and to top it all off some fresh fruit. With excellent accommodation, gourmet cuisine, picturesque scenery and excellent hosts you just cannot go wrong with this cycling holiday. Highly recommended.
mjd245 reviewing Cycling holiday in the Lot
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