Explore the chateau-studded countryside and historic towns of the Dordogne on a 3-day tour from Sariat. Discover the pre-historic cave paintings and engravings from the late Magdalenian period at Lascaux. Go to sites of pilgrimage, and more.
What to Expect
Take a 3-day tour of the historic villages and prehistoric caves of the Dordogne, with round-trip transfer from the stunning town of Sariat. Enjoy guided walking tours with your private guide, take a boat ride on the River Dordogne, and learn the history of one of the most picturesque and popular regions of France.
Day 1: Sarlat Guided Walking Tour - Domme Village - Dordogne Boat Trip
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Sarlat, a rich 18th-century merchant town in the Périgord Noir. Marvel at the town’s 14th-century architecture and impeccably restored stone buildings. Continue to the small village of Domme for a walking tour and some free time to explore on your own. Located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne River, the fortified town was founded as a stronghold in 1281 by Philip the Bold.
Drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac, and enjoy a boat cruise on the Dordogne River. End the day in Beynac and enjoy the spectacular views of one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Take a walking tour of the village before some free time to explore on your own.
Day 2: Lascaux - Art of the Caves in the Dordogne
Today you will explore the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux. Dating back to around 15,000 BC, the cave paintings are some of the most extraordinary examples in the Dordogne area. Marvel at images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. Enjoy some free time in Les Eyzies, site of the National Museum of Prehistory. Take a guided tour of the museum to see artifacts from its important collections, such as a large collection of art from the Cro-Magnon.
Continue to Rouffignac Cave to see original and authentic engravings that back to the late Magdalenian. End the day at Lascaux II to see a perfect reproduction of the original cave.
Day 3: Rocamadour
Depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour in the morning, and admire the dramatic setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has brought pilgrims from every corner of the world for centuries, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel with your guide, and discover part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own before your return transfer to Sarlat for an afternoon at leisure and the end of the tour services.
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Transportation by minivan (maximum 8 passengers)
- Entrance fees to the National Prehistory Museum, Pech Merle, Rouffignac and Lascaux caves
- Private guided walking tour of Sarlat
- Private guided walking tour of Rocamadour
- Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Food and drinks
- Tips and personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 8 passengers
• Transportation in by modern, comfortable and fully equipped minivans