Follow your guide on this small group tour to discover the most significant attractions of the Dordogne.
What to Expect
Day 1: Sarlat Guided Walking Tour/ Domme Village Visit/ Dordogne Boat Ride
In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Then reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then you'll drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac where you will depart on a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, you'll head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery.
Day 2: Lascaux II Visit & the Art of the Caves in the Dordogne
Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breath taking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux II a perfect reproduction of the original cave.
Day 3: Castles of the Dordogne Valley
In the morning, by Carsac-Aillac and Montfort depart along the Dordogne valley. First visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac. Then visit the Milandes castle. Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont until 1535. In 1940, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the château and then bought it in 1947. Finally, end the day with the visit of the Gardens of Marqueyssac: listed as a National Historical Monument it offers more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned hundred year old boxwoods. Return to Sarlat.
Day 4: Pech Merle Cave/ Saint Cirq Lapopie Village and Cahors Visit
The emblematic Quercy region is on your program for today. You'll first head towards the fascinating cave of Pech Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. After the visit of the cave, you'll depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Finally, stop in Cahors to visit the capital of the Quercy region. Its site is dramatic, being contained on three sides within a U-shaped bend in the River Lot known as a “cingle” (peninsula). During your visit you will certainly admire some of the most well preserved private mansions dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries as well as the unique Saint Etienne cathedral that is a unique example of a domed cathedral in southern France. Return to Sarlat.
Day 5: Rocamadour Half Day Visit
In the morning, depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its 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 for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat. Afternoon in Sarlat is free for you to enjoy.
- The services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Entrance fees to: National Prehistory museum, Pech Merle, Rouffignac & Lascaux caves
- Entrance fees to Castelnau, Milandes & Marqueyssac castles
- Private guided walking tour of Sarlat
- Private guided walking tour of Rocamdour
- Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
- Small group of 8 passengers maximum
- Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums or activities unless mentioned in program - Meals and drinks
- Eventual gratuities and personal expenses.