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Dordogne Cycling - Self Guided Bicycle Tours

Our Tours

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to bicycle vacations—that’s why we offer something for everyone. Whether you seek a climbing adventure that takes you up challenging peaks or a relaxed ride through idyllic landscapes, we have a cycling tour for you.

Self Guided or Climbing Adventure options let individuals, couples, or groups large or small enjoy one of our expertly-curated tours at their own leisure. Self-guided tour guests chose their own departure dates and are free to modify any of our recommended routes with custom options.

Several of our routes merit the leadership of an experienced guide. For guests wishing to ride the Tour de France route, watch the pros at the UCI World Championships in Richmond, enjoy pedaling and eating through Provence, or imbibing the best craft beer in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Guided Tours are available for the 2015 season. read more

2013 Tour de France tour group

Our Destinations

With tours through the most iconic regions of France, Italy and the U.S., our bicycle tour destinations have it all; celebrated cycling routes, world-class cuisine, and rich history can all be found on Outfitter Bicycle Tours cycling vacations.

Are you a Francophile? Enjoy a relaxed bicycle tour through ProvenceBurgundy, or the Dordogne. Feeling romantic?  Try a tour of Tuscany or a gentle riding adventure through Napa, Sonoma and the California coast.

Looking for a more aggressive climbing adventure?  We have tours through the French Alps, the Pyrenees, or follow the 2015 Tour de France.

Enjoy our other 2015 guided tours such as the Taste of Provence in June & July or 2015 UCI World Championships Tour in Richmond, Virginia in September.  Or, for a rugged mountain biking adventure, try our guided rides in North Carolina. Also in October 2015 we are offering our annual Craft Beer tour in Asheville, North Carolina. read more

Featured Tours

  • Best of Provence – Relaxed – 7 Night

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    Do you dream about spending a week in Provence?  Our 7-night is designed for riders who want to explore at their leisure without attempting the 1,912 meter “Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux.  This tour builds in entire days of rest and relaxation, creating ample space to relax and enjoy.  There is no more romantic a place in France as there is in Provence.   Oceans of sunflowers and acres of lavender alone make it unforgettable.  The food is world renowned, and don’t forget about the wine. read more

  • The Heart of Tuscany Bicycle Tour 6 Night

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    If you have five or six days to discover Italy, we have the Tuscany bicycle tour for you.  Even with less than a week to spare, you will find yourself cycling along some of the most scenic roads in the world, sipping cappuccino in the mornings, sampling fine Chianti in the afternoon, and savoring sumptuous regional foods by night.  The lauded natural beauty and romantic scenes of Tuscany have not been overstated.  What better combination for a romantic getaway or family vacation?  Come and discover Tuscany for yourself with our 6-night bicycle vacation! read more

  • 2015 Tour de France Tour Information

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    Looking to join the excitement in France next July?!  You’ve found the right place. Join us for our 2015 Tour de France Tour.

    2015 will be OBT’s 15th year of leading Tour de France vacations. Come join us for another year of amazing riding and racing! read more

Blog

  • 06 Nov

    How to watch The Tour de France

    I first experience the Tour de France live in 1996 with Peter Boynton, the then owner of Europeds. He had run Outfitter Bicycle Tours first Dordogne tour for us, and I was on my way to Geneva to visit friends and he was heading to the Swiss Alpes to lead a hiking tour. We were driving and planned on seeing a tour stage along the way. The young American star Lance Armstrong was in this tour, maybe his first or second. So I got up on a wall in a small village, in the pouring rain, and as the muddy riders flew by I hollered “go Armstrong” at every rider as they flew by. I decided that was not the best way to see the race. Later I discovered that Armstrong had dropped out of the race a village before ours . . . so he never came by let alone hear me holler. That fall he was diagnosed with cancer. read more

  • 06 Nov

    La Belle Dordogne – Dordogne Bicycle Tours

    In the early 1980’s Marilyn & I started having bike tour companies do touring presentations at our store, The Bicycle Outfitter. EuroPeds in particular, specialized in the Dordogne Department in Southwest France. Marilyn, a French student, was particularly interested in that area. So after exhausting what we thought were the best touring areas in the USA, EuroPeds helped us set up our own Self Guided Tour in 1985. We followed the Great Gorges route from the Dordogne to Provence. We and another couple, packed our bikes and panniers and Paris duds, and set off for France. We flew to Paris and stayed for a night. We talked our hotel into keeping our “Paris clothes” there and took the morning train to Les Eyzies in the heart of the Dordogne and the adventure began.
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  • 10 Oct

    My adventure on the Glandon

    I’ve been to see the Tour de France twice with Outfitter Bicycle Tours, and it is hard to imagine a better place to ride a bike than France. The main advantage of riding with Outfitter is the ability to create your own itinerary, even in the middle of the world’s largest bike race. read more