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Dordogne: a tender savour of France

€955 per person

The Dordogne natural region, also known as “Périgord” is one of the most popular areas for self-guided walking in France, boasting a breathtaking diverse landscape. Walking this land is not only an exploration of the wonderful countryside but also a walk through the ages. There are many castles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, medieval villages, beautiful churches and an abundance of opportunities to feast on local French culinary masterpieces. There is much to experience for the wine lovers as well, as the neighboring region of Bordeaux produces some of the finest wines in the world.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); Accommodation in 2/3* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); 6x dinners (the first 6 nights); Luggage transfers; Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals, public transportation, entry fees.
  • Best period
    March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1: Sarlat
You begin your independent walking journey in Sarlat, one of the most famous settlements in the region and one of the most visited places in France. We invite you to explore the beautiful old town and its historic architectural testimonies of medieval and renaissance times.
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Day 2: Sarlat to Domme (Option 1: 21,5km; 5,30hrs; Option 2: 15km; 3,45hrs)
Today you leave the eminent “Town of Art and History” as Sarlat is also commonly denominated, and begin your independent hiking route of the Dordogne region. Spectacular landscapes, beautiful historic heritage sites, and breathtaking views will be a faithful companion for the rest of the tour. Your first goal is to reach the charming village of Domme where your next overnight will be.
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Day 3: Domme to Beynac (Option 1: 12,5km; 3,00hrs; Option 2: 17,5km; 4,30hrs)
For this hiking day, you can choose between two route alternatives. Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) safely located above the Dordogne river, 250 meters above sea level. After exploring its historic wonders, Porte des Tours, Porte de la Combe, and Porte del Bos, you head out to Meyrals. You continue walking a trail following the Dordogne River and contemplate intact nature to discover a marvelous medieval castle, Chateau de Castelnaud. Prepare to be amazed as you reach the astonishing authentic village of La Roque-Gageac at the next stage of your self-guided itinerary foreseen for this day.
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Day 4: Beynac to Meyrals (12km; 4hrs)
You have spent the night in Beynac, one of the most beautiful villages in France on the banks of the River Dordogne. Across the river, you will see the rivaling Chateau de Castelnaud. If you have not visited the castle, Chateau de Beynac, you have the opportunity to do so in the morning before you continue your walking adventure. Your route takes you through enchanting forests to the commune of Meyrals.
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Day 5: Meyrals to Les Eyzies (9km; 3hrs)
You bid the charming small village farewell and find yourself exploring cave houses and secluded prehistoric vestiges as you continue following the self-guided walking route. As you hike the steep cliffs, there is a real chance you could be the first to lay eyes upon some of the hidden heritage sites in centuries. And no wonder, the village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is commonly known as the center of prehistory in Dordogne. This is where your next overnight will be.
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Day 6: Les Eyzies to Marquay (14km; 3,30hrs)
You have now soaked into the prehistoric heritage stage of the tour as you are now located in the heart of the Vezere Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the most outstanding and well-preserved prehistoric decorated caves in the world. Your next destination is Marquay where you arrive through a couple of amazingly beautiful hamlets and the impressive remains of Château de Commarque (XII century).
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Day 7: Marquay to Sarlat (15,5km; 4hrs)
We are now in the XII century as we explore the small village of Marquay reminded that we are still in a prehistoric heritage wonderland by the unique L’Abri du Cap Blanc. The final stages of our independent walking tour take us on a trail back to Sarlat, passing through Les Cabanes de Breuils and the small hamlet of Campagnac.
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Day 8: Sarlat - departure day

TOUR LOCATION

Price
955 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 360 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of March and the end of October. Best airport to arrive: Bergerac, Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle or Bordeaux-Mérignac.
Accommodation
2-3* hotels incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms throughout); 6x dinners (the first 6 nights);

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