The Dordogne Valley is an untouched, picturesque region of France. It’s steep hills and river valleys make it seem as though Dordogne is something taken straight out of a medieval fairytale. Imagine a river valley, lined with steep wooded hills and small cobblestone villages on both sides. A small place in itself, the Dordogne valley is an unspoiled vacation spot with a countryside that has been unchanged for decades.
Dordogne has fascinating greenery. The Vezere Valley, a norther area in Dordogne, is filed with limestone cliffs that shelter dozens of subterranean caverns. The Vezere River winds through green meadows dotted with willow trees. The Valley is most notably known for its well-preserved caves that contain paintings dating back to the Stone Age.
There are many other medieval traditions and cities in Dordogne. The Sarlat market is a food market that is opened all year round and has been that way since the middle ages. In this charming little market, one can find all kinds of traditional French foods such as truffles, duck, foie gras, mushrooms, and nuts. The village of Campagne is also another place filled with antique. Upon entrance, you are greeted with a beautiful 15 century Chateau with a peaceful park and mesmerizing backdrop of the Vezere valley. Campagne is filled with age old stone houses with perigordine roofs and a church bell tower that can be seen from all over Dordogne.
The Dordogne Valley is a place filled with so much living history. Its streets are covered with castles and stone buildings. Its caves are permeating with Stone Age art while the markets are clad in traditional foods. Stories of knights and the middle ages echo through the streets of this beautiful pre-historic city filling it with so much wisdom and beauty.
This tour is a wonderful extension to a tour in Bordeaux. (Bordeaux Classique)
Day 1: Arrival, transfer from Bordeaux airport to Sarlat.
Arrival and pick up from Bordeaux airport. (You can also start in Sarlat)
Drive to Sarlat with a stop in a charming little medieval town, for a snack or light lunch. (not included)
Day 2: The vezere valley and prehistoric man
Pick up from the Hotel. Drive out to the Vezere Valley, filled with green meadows and willow trees, and stop in few little picturesque villages called St Genies, St Amand de Coly, and Montignac.Next, we will visit the Lascaux Caves, famous for its Paleolithic Cave paintings. After visiting the cave, we will have lunch in the village of Montignac. After lunch, we will drive down the crystal blue Vezere River past Chateau de Losse to the beautiful city of St Leon sur Vezere, whose buildings have been preserved for decades. We will walk around this ancient village and then continue to La Roque St Christophe, a site which overlooks the beautiful Vezere river. Next, we will continue driving down the valley past La Maison Forte de Reihac, a stunning chateau built into the face of a rock, to Les Eyzies. Les Eyzies is a very lovely central area, with the many cliffs and rock formations that are surrounded by rivers, hills, and a tranquil countryside. It is also home to the National Prehistory Museum which houses one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artifacts. After visiting the museum, we visit the glorious Commarque castle before returning to Sarlat for an evening at leisure.
Day 3: Sarlat market, Dordogne valley
Morning visit to the Sarlat Market, a cheeky food market that has been around since the middle ages. Next, we will drive to the serene Dordogne Valley to discover the village and castle of Beynac, the village of La Roque Gageac and the Commune of Domme. We will then have Lunch in the stunning village of Castelnaud. We will make our way to Sarlat via Montfort Castle and Carsac.
Return to hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 4: Rocamadour and boat ride
After breakfast, we will head to the village of Rocamadour and Lot, small cliff top villages, and see the religious shrines followed by lunch.
In the afternoon, we will have a unique excursion of the Dordogne River on traditional flat-bottomed boats (Gabarre).
Return to hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 5: Transfer to Bordeaux via Campagne
At 9 am we will departure to Bordeaux.
We will make a stop in the village of Campagne for a walk through the beautiful gardens surrounding the Castle, another ‘picture postcard' village of the Dordogne. Cobble stone streets wind up through the village between the honey-colored houses and scattered eye-catching gardens.
Price per person in a double room based on 2 people: $2230.00
Price per person in a double room based on 4 people: $1770.00
Price per person in a double room based on 6-8 people: $1670.00
The tour includes: 4 nights stay at a 4* hotel, breakfasts, lunches, Entrance fees, english speaking tour guide, transportation according ti the itinerary, round trip transfers to/from Bordeaux.