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Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate, Moderate
Accomodation
Luxury
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Montignac
Day 2: Montignac
Day 3: Les Eyzies de Tayac
Day 4: Les Eyzies de Tayac
Day 5: Domme
Day 6: Domme
Day 7: Sarlat
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

Explore the Dordogne and Vézère river valleys in style, walking amidst the stunning landscapes of the Périgord Noir and taking in the dramatic towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud and Domme. The picturesque villages and rural landscape of this region have changed little since the end of the Hundred Years’ War in the 15th century. During the days you will feast your eyes on the glorious and ever-changing panoramas, and in the evenings, you will indulge yourself in the region’s distinctive gastronomy and terrific local wines, spending the nights in stylish 3 and 4-star hotels.

Itinerary for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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Day 1: Arrive Montignac

Montignac is a small town built on the banks of the Vézère River. Nearby are Lascaux II and The International Center for Cave Art, detailed replicas of the Lascaux cave complex. Le Thot Park is a museum and virtual reality space exploring prehistoric wildlife and art. Stroll the medieval streets and visit the market selling the area’s famed black truffles.

  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, dinner and breakfast included

Day 2: Montignac to St Amand de Coly

After leaving Montignac, you will walk to the prehistoric Lascaux cave with its Cro-Magnon–era paintings of large animals. Optional cave tour. After this first journey in prehistory, you’ll continue your walk, crossing some hamlets before reaching the small village of St Amand de Coly. This charming village has many old houses covered with stones and an old hospital dating from the 15th century. Transfer back to Montignac.

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, dinner and breakfast included

Day 3: Saint Leon de Vézère to Les Eyzies de Tayac

Transfer by taxi to Saint Leon, which boasts of one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Perigord and two impressive chateaux. You will walk through the Vezere Valley and pass La Roque Saint Christophe, an imposing cliff dominating the river. You will continue your walk and reach Les Eyzies de Tayac through a beautiful forest.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel with a pool, dinner and breakfast included

Day 4: Gorges de l’Enfer Circular Walk

The day will begin with a visit of the National Prehistory museum which presents an exceptional collection of objects coming from the most important prehistoric sites of the Dordogne. Then in the afternoon, you can do a circular walk via Gorges de l’Enfer and Sorcier cave in which to enjoy splendid views on the cliffs and caves which overhang Vézère River. Overnight in the same hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel with a pool, dinner and breakfast included

Day 5: Saint Cyprien to Castelnaud/Domme

Transfer by taxi from Les Eyzies to Saint Cyprien in the morning. You will discover the tortuous lanes which lead to the church with a fortified bell-tower, only remains of this abbey destroyed after the Revolution. From Saint Cyprien, you will walk along the Dordogne and will continue to the river port of Envaux with the boatman old house before ascending to the Chateau des Milandes. Through the forest, you will go to the castle of Castelnaud, a medieval fortress which is drawn up proudly on a rocky outcrop dominating the Dordogne; a taxi will take you to the pretty fortified small town of Domme in the late afternoon for overnight.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel with a pool, dinner and breakfast included

Day 6: Beynac to Domme

Transfer by taxi from Domme to Beynac in the morning. You will discover the village by strolling the sloping lanes lined with splendid old houses. You will go down near the river and will walk to the splendid village of La Roque Gageac nested at the foot of high cliffs facing South in a loop of the Dordogne. It is listed among the most beautiful villages of France. You will go back to Domme walking through beautiful countryside along the Dordogne River. Overnight in the same hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel with a pool, dinner and breakfast included

Day 7: Domme and Sarlat

The morning will be devoted to touring Domme with its amazing position overlooking a wide sweep of the Dordogne Valley. You will discover its fortified gates and its towers that were used as a prison, the consuls’ and the goldsmiths’ houses, the old covered market and the governor’s hotel. Underneath the market square, there is a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. Transfer by taxi to Sarlat in the early afternoon. It is a marvellous medieval town and capital of the Périgord Noir. After settling into your stylish accommodation begin exploring the warren of old lanes and charming courtyards with their fine 15th and 16th-century pale-ochre buildings. You will soon become lost in the maze of narrow lanes, with something new to see around every corner.

  • Overnight in a 4-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 8: Departure or Extra Night

Departure or extra night Sarlat.

Hotels for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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On this walking holiday, you will be staying in stylish 3 and 4-star hotels, some with swimming pools. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: La Roseraie, La Madeleine Plaza & Spa

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Seven breakfasts and six gourmet dinners are included. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops or you can pre-order a packed lunch at your hotel. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or restaurants in the village near your hotel.

Travel for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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Up-to-date FCO travel advice on France is available here. Detailed travel information, tips and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Fly

You can fly into and out of BriveToulouseLimogesBergerac (closest one), Bordeaux.

Take a train or bus to Sarlat (1 hour from Bergerac) and then a local bus to Montignac (20 min). You can also fly into and out of Paris Charles de GaulleOrly or Beauvais airports. Please check the SNCF website for more details on schedules and prices.

Train

Take the Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change and travel to Paris Gare Montparnasse, from here take a TGV train direction Toulouse. Souillac is on the Paris-Toulouse line and is about 5 hours from Paris Austerlitz station. From Souillac take a local bus to Montignac. Total journey time is about 10 hours.

Drive

From Folkestone, take the Eurotunnel shuttle to Calais. From Calais, drive via the RN20 Paris-Toulouse road and the A20 motorway to Brive-La-Gaillarde. Take the N89 road towards Perigueux. At Lardin, turn left onto D706 road towards Montignac (11 hours total journey time). Ferry booking info can be found at www.eurotunnel.com. There is unguarded free car parking in Montignac. Transfer from Sarlat by local bus or taxi between to take back your car.

Travel Insurance

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We strongly recommend protecting the cost of your trip and other non-refundable travel expenses with travel insurance. Our Signature Travel Insurance allows you to insure all of your expenses. While a Signature Travel Insurance policy can be purchased at any time, purchasing a policy within 20 days of making your initial trip deposit gives you the widest range of policy options, including a Cancel for Any Reason coverage. For complete peace of mind, we also recommend enrolling with Global Rescue, the worldwide leader in field rescue, evacuation and security extraction services.

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Trip Info for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate / Easy to Moderate

This holiday is appropriate for moderately experienced walkers and requires a reasonable level of fitness. Daily walks are a mixture of country paths and forest trails and some occasional tarmac. There are rolling hills in this area and it will also be necessary to walk up some short but steep stretches (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The trails are generally easy to follow and way-marked when on a GR trail. Some of the routes are not way-marked but we will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from early April until the end of November. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date within the season.

MONTIGNAC WEATHER

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Dordogne: Périgord Noir & Sarlat in Style

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  • Pre-departure info pack and detailed road notes and maps (electronic copy emailed in advance and a hard copy provided at the first hotel)
  • 7 nights accommodation in private en-suite rooms in stylish 3 and 4-star hotels, some of them with swimming pools and spa facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 gourmet dinners
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel when changing hotels
  • People transfers to/from the trail as detailed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative

Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums
  • Optional guided tours of the caves

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • All lunches and dinner in Sarlat
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the way and at the end of the tour can be booked on request

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