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8 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour through beautiful South West France

Caday Rouge, Lieu-dit-Cadays, 47500 Saint-Vite, Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Motorcycle Tour in France

This is an amazing tour to discover the beautiful South West France and the Lot Valley. Whilst on this 8-day tour, you will stay at the beautiful Caday Rouge Chambre d’Hôtes. The tour is suitable for all riders from beginner to advanced levels. Throughout this 8 day tour, you will ride some of the finest motorcycle roads that France has to offer. You will be escorted to an abundance of hidden and secret places of immense natural beauty where you will be able to enjoy freedom without a care in the world.

You will start and end your exciting daily journeys at Caday Rouge riding through South West France’s regions and departments including Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Auvergne, Lot-et-Garonne, The Lot, Dordogne, and the stunning Lot Valley. The daily tours will show you truly spectacular and breathtaking scenery, monumental, and historic sights which will not fail to impress you as you travel through the fantastic South West of France.

This experience is what motorcycling and touring is all about. It provides fabulous pleasures for a delightful and memorable motorcycle holiday you will never forget.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 1,180 kilometers / 733 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet and protective clothing
  • Meals: all breakfasts and complimentary arrival meal

Meet the guides

Trevor & Patsy
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Caday Rouge
  • Use of the support vehicle if required
  • Riding through the beautiful Lot Valley
  • A workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
  • Traveling in the picturesque countryside of South West France
  • 7 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Security of full 24-hour support and advice
  • Service of a professional tour escort

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$131 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

This tour includes 7 nights of bed and breakfast accommodation at Caday Rouge. Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours is pleased to offer you a complimentary welcome meal, homemade with local produce.

Caday Rouge

Your accommodation is at Caday Rouge which is a beautiful stone manor house with a 19th-century quercy stone cottage and barn dating back to 1862. These beautiful buildings are set within two acres of well-kept tranquil gardens nestling peacefully in the serene countryside on the banks of the river Lot.

There are various terraces around the house, cottage, and pool for outside dining and socializing during the summer season.

The saltwater swimming pool is 14 meters long and 6.8 meters wide and one meter leading to 2.5 meters deep with a one-meter high ledge all the way around. The pool is heated to a minimum temperature of 25 degrees centigrade between June and September. The pools large terraces are equipped with parasols, sun loungers, and seating for your comfort, enjoyment, and socializing. These are surrounded by beautiful flowers, herbs, palm trees, and hedges.

No pets are allowed.

Program

Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours has various ride-outs ranging in distance taking in many of the attractions that southwest France has to offer. You will ride some of the finest motorcycle roads and enjoy the freedom without a care in the world. Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours has chosen routes that have truly spectacular views, interesting stops, and which won't fail to impress you as you travel through the departments such as the Lot-et-Garonne and the Lot.

This tour is a very sociable and well-organized trip with a personal touch. Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours consists of very personable and attentive people who wish nothing more than to make your holiday special for you. This touring holiday is flexible and can be shortened or extended if you require it. Additionally, daily ride-outs / tours are also optional.

Tour days start at 9 am to maximize your days’ tour enjoyment.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Caday Rouge

Arrive and check-in at Caday Rouge, settle in, relax and socialize by the pool, and meet your new companions before your welcome meal.

Day 2: Figeac, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

This is the start of your touring adventure and today you head off to Figeac visiting Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and Cahors.

Day 3: Rocamadour, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

After an early breakfast, you continue your journey with a visit to the remarkable historic Rocamadour. After lunch, you will head South to Château de Beynac for a relaxing and pleasurable stop before returning to Caday Rouge.

Day 4: Dordogne, 210 kilometers / 130 miles

You venture from the Lot-et-Garonne into the Dordogne, where you firstly visit Sarlat. We then lunch in the beautiful bastide and fortified medieval town of Domme before returning to Caday Rouge via Château de Biron.

Day 5: Tournon-d'Agenais, Penne-d'Agenais, and Château Le Stelsia, 120 kilometers / 75 miles

Today we prepare ourselves to visit Tournon d'Agenais, Penne d'Agenais and then onto Chateau Le Stelsia for an optional game of mini-golf. In the afternoon we will visit Chateau de Gavaudun before returning to Caday Rouge.

Day 6: Bergerac, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Today's visit is to the Château de Monbazillac for the history of wine-making in Bergerac. We return to Caday Rouge via Issigeac, Monpazier, and Monflanquin.

Day 7: Périgueux and Château de Hautefort, 280 kilometers / 174 miles

Today we will be taking the fantastic roads towards Périgueux and onto Château de Hautefort in the Dordogne and then head back to Caday Rouge.

Day 8: Farewell

Farewell and bon voyage, Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours is sure you have had a fantastic holiday and they would love to see you back here again for another tour.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

This escorted tour is suitable for capable riders who are able to ride the distances stated in the itinerary at a comfortable pace. We will ride approximately 200 kilometers per day totaling approximately 1,180 kilometers for the holiday duration. The tour riding days are relaxed, good fun and very sociable.

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for five to six hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Trevor Gingell

Patsy Gingell

Location

Caday Rouge is situated on the river Lot in the Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of South West France between the hamlets of Saint-Vite and Saint-Georges. These villages are on the main national cycle route approximately half-way along the famous Lot Valley and set amongst fruit farms in true rural France with tranquillity to dream for.

Caday Rouge is a five-minute drive to the village of Monsempron-Libos and the town of Fumel, home to the historic Château de Fumel which was built to help defend the Lot Valley during the Hundred Years' War. Although not much remains of the original building, the terraced château gardens have been carefully restored and offer fine views across the Lot Valley.

Caday Rouge is also closely surrounded by villages, towns, and bastides such as Agen, Marmande, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Duras, Nérac, and Monpazier.

The South-West has an abundance of fantastic roads: twisting and winding and turning into stunning views and amazing scenery and countryside. Even to Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours having been here for many years, the beauty, the views, and the wildlife never cease to make them catch their breath in admiration and wonder.

Historical towns and villages in this region such as Cahors, Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, and Monflanquin to name a few are fantastic to visit and stop for coffee or lunch. Châteaux de Bonaguil, de Biron, de Gavaudun, and de Beynac to name just a few are also within easy riding distance and have not only some great history and architecture about them but also some popular café / restaurant's which serve as great pit-stops during a tour.

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

Food

Caday Rouge includes daily breakfast as well as arrival meal and also offers picnic lunches using local produce. Beers, wines and soft drinks available on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat trips for a slower pace, but an experience; not to be missed
  • Canoeing or kayaking as this is very popular on the river Lot
  • Cycling as there is a bicycle hire shop nearby
  • Golf, there are a number of good standard courses within 30 kilometers and also a 9-hole golf course only 10 kilometers away in a most enchanting setting
  • Horse riding or trekking at popular riding stables close by
  • Mountain biking on mountain-bike tracks
  • Painting, a must for any landscape artist with fields full of sunflowers or poppies and big skies all around; wherever you look, there is a scene ready for painting
  • Relax and take it easy by the pool (open between May and September)
  • Walking tours as Caday Rouge is surrounded by a canal and river walkways for your enjoyment
  • Wine tasting in popular wine-growing area, as Caday Rouge has local and nearby Buzet, Duras, Bergerac, Cahors, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, and many others open for tours and tastings

What's included

  • Guided motorcycle tour to various locations in South West France
  • BMW models - for packages with rental bike cost
  • Security of full 24-hour support and expert advice
  • Free evening transport to restaurants and local entertainment events
  • Use of a fantastic workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
  • Use of heated swimming pool and tranquil gardens to relax in
  • Use of Caday Rouge's barn to keep your motorcycle secure and undercover
  • Service of experienced escorts with vast local and regional knowledge
  • Use of Caday Rouges’ facilities
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Fuel
  • Road tolls
  • Ferry or flights
  • Any entrance fees to attractions
  • Meals other than breakfast and arrival meal
  • Drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Helmets and protective clothing (available for rent subject to availability)
  • Bike deposit - there is a €600 cash deposit required before a motorcycle can be taken out
  • Anything that is not in 'included'

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) or Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Airport and train transfers are available and the price will vary depending on the group numbers and the transfer destination. Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) and Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) with TGV train links to Agen and connecting train to Monsempron-Libos, Fumel.

Airport: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport Airport transfer available: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$131 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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Two riders who would share one double room would benefit from a special rate. Please inquire mentioning your request!

 

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Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours' commitment to you: If you book one of our tours, we guarantee the tour will proceed. There is no minimum number required for any tour to go ahead.

Return of deposit: If for any reason you have to cancel your confirmed booking with Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours, we will endeavor to rebook your place within the group. If this is successful, we will refund all your money paid to date. The tour will have to be fully booked for this to take effect.

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