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Ride in the valley of the River Dronne Aquitaine

Ride in the valley of the River Dronne

Cycle from the Charente to the Dordogne

Ride in the valley of the River Dronne

Easy cycling along river valleys, two nights in each location and longer routes available. Start at one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ Aubeterre-sur-Dronne; famous for its subterranean monolithic church.  This stunning route runs along the picturesque Dronne valley through the pretty medieval villages of Ribérac and Bourdeilles to finish at the island town of Brantôme also known as ‘the petit Venice of the Périgord'.

Holiday Highlights

  • British rep on hand
  • Brantôme: nestled between the two arms of the river Dronne with six bridges - nicknamed the 'petit Venice of the Périgord' and famous for its market
  • Aubeterre: voted one of the prettiest towns in France since 1993, river beach and specialists shops in the narrow streets
  • Quiet country lanes
  • Stunning scenery
  • Follow in the footsteps of 19th century English writer Harrison Barker
  • Small friendly hotels or chambres d'hôtes with typical French menus

What's Included

  • 5 days easy cycling
  • 6 nights, half board/B&B
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • Bike support
  • Station transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Belle France 24hr Support
  • GPS on Demand

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Aubeterre-sur-Dronne day 1


    Your holiday starts with a short transfer from Angouleme station to the pretty family run hostellerie du Périgord. Enjoy the pool and spa or even or even make time to enjoy a cookery course and dinner with the chef.

    • Morels Restaurant
    • Hostellerie-du Perigord

    Hotel du Perigord
    Aubeterre sur Dronne

    Small friendly family run hotel, typical of Belle France and in one of the most beautiful villages of France. Spa and swimming pool with beauty and health treatments available. A gastronomic restaurant serving organic and seasonal food.


    • Gastronomic restaurant
    • Spa and fitness room
    • Swimming pool and terrace
    • Health and beauty treatments available
    • Cookery course options
    • Bar and lounge



    Morels offers an outstanding menu created by Fabrice Morel. With a wealth of experience, Fabrice aims, wherever possible, to use local suppliers sourcing the finest possible organic ingredients. His reputation as a talented and inventive chef with a contemporary and unique style is well known throughout the region.

  • 2

    Loop ride from Aubeterre day 2


    Ride through the rolling hills of the Charente countryside before crossing the River Dronne, stopping at the pretty town of St-Aulaye with its riverside beach, 11th century Bridge and medieval Château. Why not visit the museum of wine and cognac. A valley road takes you back to Aubeterre and your hotel.

    15 mi
    (24 km)

  • 3

    Aubeterre to Villetoureix day 3


    Ride through the peaceful Lizonne valley, taking in the charming villages of St Paul-Lizonne and Lusignac (optional) and the pretty medieval town of Ribérac. Return to the valley of the Dronne and to your chambre d’hôte set in the quiet hills of Villetoureix overlooking Ribérac .

    • Domaine de Puyrouse
    • Domaine de Puyrouse
    • Domaine de Puyrouse

    Domaine de Puyrouse

    A beautifully renovated 18th century mansion offering chambre d'hôte with evening meals. The 4 spacious rooms all have stunning views over the Dronne Valley.

    The house has private access to the river Dronne with possibilities for a days canoeing,


    • Free WiFi
    • Garden with shady terraces



    For a dinner full of charm, your hosts prepare:

    • a beautiful table in the large dining room or on the shaded terrace.
    • a friendly aperitif
    • delicious country dishes: Périgord has a reputation to defend!

    18 mi
    (29 km)

  • 4

    Loop ride around Ribérac day 4


    Allow time to visit Ribérac famous for its market (Fridays) take small valley roads up the gentle hills to the attractive villages of Coutures and Celles before descending to the river and returning to your chambre d’hôte

    18 mi
    (29 km)

  • 5

    Villetoureix to Brantôme day 5


    Follow the River Dronne as is meanders via the historic medieval barony of Bourdeilles to the equally historic town of Brantôme; set on an island in the river – and your final hotel, the elegant Hotel Charbonnel, overlooking one of the main bridges.

    • Hotel Restaurant Charbonnel

    Hotel Restaurant Charbonnel

    Contemporary comfort at the heart of the historic town of Brantôme.


    • Free high speed internet (WiFi)
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room Service



    The restaurant at Charbonnel is an established gourmet restaurant and very popular in the region. The dining room has panoramic windows overlooking the river Dronne. The menu is seasonal and the chef resources fresh local and regional produce.

    Dinner is included on the first evening and the second evening is booked on a BB basis so that clients can choose their own restaurant from a varied and good choice in the town.

    23 mi
    (37 km)

  • 6

    Day in Brantome or loop ride to Grotte de Villars and Château de Puyguilhem day 6


    Spend the day in Brantôme, famous market on Fridays, or take another river valley, Le Trincou, to visit Villars with its impressive caves and magnificent chateau set in lovely rolling countryside.

    22 mi
    (35 km)

Route & Location