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Dordogne & Vézère valley (classic version)

€960 per person

A unique hiking escape walking in the Southwest of France in the famous Périgord noir area around Sarlat. In a week you get to enjoy and soak up the natural beauty of the Dordogne & Vézère valley, infused with the richness of heritage, culture and cuisine. Walk on gentle hiking trails along the river, through chestnut forests, walnut orchards, passing by fairytale castles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. The paths lead you to some of the most beautiful villages in France and pre-historic sites with cave drawings. Mingle with locals on the lively & colorful market in Sarlat, savour the specialties of the region: foie gras, confits, truffles, strawberries accompanied with a glass of Bergerac wine. Experience this unforgettable blend of nature, history, heritage, exceptional food & outstanding local vintages!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Level: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); Accommodation in 2* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms; option to upgrade to 3* hotels - contact us); 1x dinner (Day 5); Luggage transfers; GPS tracks upon request; Admission fee for Château de Commarque; People transfers (D2: Sarlat > Marquay and back; D3: Sarlat > Beynac or La Roque Gagaec; D4: Domme > Château de Milandes; D5: Domme > Limeuil or Le Bugue; D6: Les Eyzies > Le Moustier or St Leon sur Vézère); Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals, public transportation, entry fees.
  • Best period
    March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, mid-November
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Day 1: Sarlat
Your stay begins in Sarlat-la-Canéda the capital of the Périgord Noir with its cobbled streets, its picturesque small squares and its many architectural treasures. We advise you to plan your tour in a way to enjoy the colour and life of the weekly market which takes place every Wednesday morning and Saturday all day. 2x nights in Sarlat.
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Day 2: Sarlat - Marquay Château de Commarque - Marquay - Sarlat (12km; 3,30hrs; +330m/-330m)
Transfer to Marquay (15mn) to start your walk in this charming perigourdine village with its typical houses and their lauze roofs, its fortified church of the 12th & 13th century. You cross deep oak & chestnut forests, small hills punctuated by hamlets, rock shelters dug by the River Beune before arriving at the Château de Commarque which stands on a rocky outcroop in a breathtaking landscape, the site even features troglodyte habitats and a prehistoric cave (visit included). Continue your loop back to Marquay and transfer back to Sarlat (15mn).
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Day 3: Domme & Beynac, stunning villages of the Dordogne Valley (Option 1: 18km; 5,00hrs; +650m/-500m; Option 2: 11km; 2,30hrs;+690m/-670m)
You have two route options today: you can start your walk in Beynac (longer walk) or La Roque Gageac (shorter option). Either way you need to inform the driver when you board the vehicle. From Beynac a pretty cliff-side village with an impressive château, only ever captured once by Richard Lionheart, overlooking the Dordogne you pass wooded hills above the river before you reach La Roque Gageac listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France containing historic mansions, troglodyte dwellings, and ochre-coloured stone houses with lauze roofs and an exotic garden. There’s also the opportunity of a boat ride down the river on a flat bottomed Gabarre, reconstructions of old merchant ships from the 18th century. Stock up on regional delicacies at a nearby duck farm, before reaching Domme, a magnificent bastide town dating from 1283 perched on a vertiginous cliff with golden stones offering panoramic views over the Dordogne Valley. 2x nights in Domme.
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Day 4: Domme - Château des Milandes - Château de Castelnaud - Domme (13km; 3,30hrs; +630m/-550m)
A short ride from Domme takes you into the gorgeous countryside to the Château and gardens of Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer of the early 20hth century. You follow the left bank of the Dordogne to Castelnaud, another classified most beautiful village with its marvelous medieval castle which played an important role during the Hundred Years War. Continue your climb and finish in Domme, enjoy a stroll through the village’s cobbled streets, fortified gates, towers and the covered market.
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Day 5: Vézère Valley (UNESCO heritage site) (Option 1: 23km; 6,15hrs; +420m/-400m; Option 2: 13km; 3,45hrs; +180m/-180m)
Today’s walk takes you through the enchanting valley towards Les Eyzies. You can choose to be transferred to Limueil for a longer walk or directly to Le Bugue for a shorter version. If you go for the longer hike, you start in Limeuil (40 min), listed among the most beautiful in France, you cross picturesque landscapes before arriving in Le Bugue located on the Vézère river. Follow many shady woods, farms, hamlets to St Cirq, take the opportunity to visit the prehistoric Grotte du Sorcier along the route, you finish in the capital of prehistory Les Eyzies where you will spend the next two night. 2x nights in Les Eyzies.
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Day 6: Les Eyzies - Saint Cirq - Les Eyzies (11km; 3,15hrs; +200m/-200m)
Today’s walk is a beautiful discovery of the prehistoric remains around Les Eyzies. You leave the village and walk in the footsteps of the Cro Magnon crossing the Gorge d'Enfer valley, enjoy picnic lunch along the Vézère river on your way back to Les Eyzies. Before or after you walk you can visit the National Museum of Prehistory right in the heart of Les Eyzies (entrance not included).
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Day 7: La Roque St Christophe & St Leon sur Vezere (Option 1: 20km; 5hrs; +510m/-510m; Option 2: 13km; 3,15hrs; +370m/-290m)
For this hiking day you can chose between two options: after breakfast transfer to Le Moustier (long walk) or to St Leon sur Vezere (short walk). From Le Moustier you walk on the path of prehistory that runs along La Roque Saint Christophe a troglodyte site unique in the world before arriving at Saint Léon sur Vézère, classified village, perhaps enjoy a refreshing drink or lunch on a café terrace with stunning views over the river then continue to the charming village of Montignac located at the foot of the famous hill of Lascaux. 1x night in Montignac
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Day 8: Lascaux Cave + Departure (7km; 2hrs; +150m/-150m)
Today is your departure day, so if you have enough time you can do a short loop hike taking yon the footsteps of our ancestors and straight to the famous LASCAUX II / IV cave (needs to be booked in advance!) a complete and unpublished replica that houses the oldest paintings of humanity and traces the discovery of the famous ornated cave.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
960 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 375 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 690 Euro
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of March and mid-November. Best airport to arrive: Bergerac, Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle or Bordeaux-Mérignac.
Accommodation
2* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms throughout); 1x dinner (Day 5). Hotels upgrade (to 3* hotels) is also possible (contact us for details).

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