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From Vitrac: Dordogne River Canoe Rental

From Vitrac: Dordogne River Canoe Rental

Wondering where to canoe in the Dordogne ? The question deserves to be asked, since indeed, the Dordogne valley is very close to Sarlat (8 km exactly) and it would be unthinkable not to go there! You can only see it for yourself, the charms of the valley of the castles are numerous! At Canoes Loisirs, we reserve you the best canoe trip on the Dordogne. The five castles valley by canoe. How does it work ? You come to our office at Domme, you will take your canoe for the Trip Vitrac Beynac. You will be just you and your friends or your family. There is no guide with you. Don't worry, the trip is verry easy for everybody. No rapids, no watertfalls, it's just for the view ! The duration is 3 hours trip without break. But of course you can take a break along the way to visit a village, a castle, to have a drink or a picnic. Just stop when you want , leave the canoe and enjoy. At the end of the trip at Beynac. We have a shuttle back every hour until 6 a clock to pick you up and brings you up at your car. You understand ? You can do the trip in 3 hours or in 6 hours, you have all the time you need to go at Beynac ! What kind of thing you will see ? The village of Domme, the Castle of La Malartrie with the village of La Roque Gageac, The village and the castle of Castelnaud and Beynac. The castel of Fayrac, of les jardins de Marqueyssac and Les Milandes when you will arrive at the end ! All our team will be there to explain how you can enjoy your day with us.

Canoe ride at the foot of castles: Cénac - Les Milandes

Canoe ride at the foot of castles: Cénac - Les Milandes

This is THE ultimate route of the Valley. On the natural border that separated the Kingdoms of France and England during the Hundred Years War before becoming a trade route for the "gabarriers" of yesteryear, this route allows you to marvel at the picturesque villages and emblematic castles of the Dordogne. From our base ideally located at the foot of the Bastide de Domme, a few steps from the beautiful troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac, it is an ideal route to discover the various castles along the water. You will sail to one of the most beautiful villages in France, La Roque-Gageac a troglodyte cliff-sided village, at the exit of the village you will then see the beautiful castle of Malartrie. Then head to the fortress of Castelnaud la Chapelle and the castle of Beynac, two splendid imposing medieval castles on the edge of cliffs and facing each other: a breathtaking view from your canoe! In addition to these two majestic monuments of French history, you will also discover the castles of Marqueyssac and Fayrac. The finish point of your route is after the village of Beynac, at the Milandes. You will have the opportunity to sail along the village at the foot of the fortress, a unique feeling and a spectacular view from the canoe!

The History route by canoe on the Dordogne : Carsac - Beynac

The History route by canoe on the Dordogne : Carsac - Beynac

This is the longest and most complete route, it will reveal you all the secrets of the Périgord noir. For those who want to spend a whole beautiful day on the Dordogne's waters, it is ideal! 25 kilometers to discover the incredible historical and natural treasures of the Valley.     This is the most complete course! a morning and an afternoon to discover the Dordogne in the diversity of its landscapes but also to enjoy some beautiful swimming! The History route goes from Carsac-Aillac to Beynac. You cross the old border between the kingdoms of France and England, during the Hundred Years War. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Bastide of Domme, the villages of La Roque-Gageac and Vitrac and all the castles and fortresses that monitored traffic on the Dordogne (Marqueyssac, Beynac, Castelnaud , Fayrac). This canoe trip is an escape in the heart of the most beautiful landscapes of the Valley where contemplation mixes with wonder: panorama on steep and spectacular cliffs, viewpoint on the meander (the Cingle of Montfort), then discover the picturesque village of Turnac before reaching the level of the splendid Bastide de Domme overlooking the Valley (our canoe base is almost at its feet), finally discover the famous cliff-sided troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac. The apotheosis of this course is the incomparable view below the majestic castles that watch over the Dordogne.

Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

Enjoy a private full-day tour of Dordogne and discover the history of the King’s Musketeers, learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and visit prehistoric cave paintings. After the pick-up from your hotel in Bordeaux, Sarlat, Limoges, Toulouse, Agen Bergerac, or elsewhere nearby, you will head off on an exciting day filled with history, magnificent panoramic vistas, the finest gastronomy, and wine tasting. Whatever you desire can be incorporated into this private tailor-made tour. One of the places you can visit on this tour is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a lovely town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because of its proximity to the famous Lascaux Caverns and partly because of the newer site of Grottes de Cougnac. Here you can visit the caves and see the original art. Les Eyzies is also home to the National Prehistoric Museum. You also have the option of visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most attractive and alluring medieval towns in south-western France. The town was developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Its town center of impeccably restored stone buildings – now a pedestrian zone – is perhaps the most representative of 14th century France. Discover another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Château de Rocamadour – perched up high on the side of a gorge of one of the Dordogne River’s tributaries, famous for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can also explore the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with magnificent views over the landscape. Among other castles you can visit is the Château de Beynac, one of the best preserved and best known castles in the Dordogne region. Its austere appearance perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town on the north bank of the Dordogne River over the sheer cliff face. It boasts double crenelated walls, double barbican, and double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine. Another castle to visit is the Château des Milandes, once the home of the Josephine Baker, an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Josephine Baker and her husband renovated this beautiful castle, installing central heating, electricity, and running water. They lived here with 12 adopted children from 9 different nationalities to create what they tenderly call the “World Village”. You can also explore Domme, another typically charming Bastide village built on the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne River. It was here that many of the Kinghts Templar were imprisoned and you can still see some of their graffiti on the tower gates. Another option on this tour is to visit the Jardins de Marqueyssac, an amazing garden filled with topiary creation and a picturesque promenade with panoramic views over the Dordogne River. Visit the Eyrignac gardens, the French garden inspired by the 18th century Italian design. They were entirely modified into an English romantic garden in the 19th century. On this private tour you also have the possibility of visiting Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Jumilhac, Monpazier, Puymartin, Eyrignac, Monbazillac, La Roque Gageac, Montfort, and Salignac.

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Overall rating

4.7
(3 reviews)

It was a very peaceful and beautiful paddle along the River, with views of several attractive castles and towns along the way. The crew provided helpful instruction for operating a canoe at the outset. Overall just fantastic way to spend a few hours on a hot day in the Dordogne. Highly recommend!

Very nice activity, very beautiful course of the castles. A pair of binoculars and an aquascope for the children who enjoyed it. Very kind and helpful staff. Very well organized! I recommend! Thank you for this nice ride!

Stunning scenary. Low stress paddling. Great friendly operators helping you get the best out of your day.

Excellent organization. Comfortable canoe. Peaceful navigation, in a superb setting.

Wonderful day on the beautiful Dordogne! Everything was perfect!