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Dordogne: a Delicate Savour of France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 790 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Coming to Sarlat. After your flight to Bergerac, you will be pre-booked in a charming 2* hotel "logis de France" in the heart of town. The facilities include a large garden and a swimming pool and all the rooms are en-suite. Daniel, your host, is very friendly and a fine food and wine connoisseur. Sarlat is a city of art, where the warmth of its stone buildings lends a honeyed air to the light. A guided tour would be worthwhile activity in this lively, lived-in and enchanting town. Note: market on Saturdays. Town: Internet, ATM, food shop, fortified village. Hotel: 2* "Logis de France" hotel, former family residence, situated just 10min from the historic center. Also features large garden, swimming pool and open fire. Rooms are en-suite.

Day 2: Sarlat to Vitrac (5.5 h, 19 km, +50 m, -50 m). At first we follow the "piste cyclable", an old railway track converted into a scenic path, through woodlands. After one hour, we leave the path behind and take a marked trail through organic vegetable fields to the cliff side castle of Montfort, overlooking the luxuriant Dordogne valley. It’s also a perfect stop for lunch! Later during the day we will arrive in our beautiful 2* “Logis de France” hotel. Jean-Claude, our chef tonight recreates the local cuisine with passion while maintaining the grand gastronomic tradition of the Périgord Region. Hotel: 2* "Logis de France" hotel with swimming pool, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Vitrac to Beynac (3.5 h, 12 km, +70 m, -80 m). Probably the most beautiful walking day. From Vitrac, we cross the Dordogne valley and follow the left banks through cornfields. As we ascend to Domme, the views of the white cliffs on the other side of the river are stunning. After one hour we come to Domme, a very well-preserved medieval village and classified "Plus beaux village de france" one of the most beautiful villages of France. Going down, we pass walnut trees, fields and forests. You will soon catch a glimpse of the chateau of Castleneau; a superb example of a fortified medieval castle. Efforts have been made to make the visit interactive, so don't miss it - you won't be disappointed. Crossing the Dordogne River again, we follow the right bank through a large poplar forest park. On the way into Beynec you can see the fortified castle, dating from the hundred years war, as it towers majestically above the limestone cliffs. Town: ATM, food shop, seaside. Hotel: 2* hotel with a large flowery garden, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Beynac to Les Eyzies (3.5 h, 12 km, +70 m, -80 m). To save you an unpleasant walk on the road, we have organized a 15 minute transfer to the picturesque village of St. Cyprien. The walk today starts with a steep but short walk to the plateau above. As we cross vineyards and cornfields, you can see numerous big mansions and small castles. After passing through a forest, you will find a great picnic spot, with great views of the valley below. Continuing down, we arrive in Les Ezies, the European capital of prehistory. The town is nestled between limestone cliffs. We arrive at our hotel early in the afternoon. Here, a large garden (good for tea) awaits you, and of course excellent food.

If you wish, it is possible to stay an additional day here. Les Eyzies, world prehistoric time center, is known for its archaeological wealth and its cliffs with numerous underground caves. The village offers a variety of sites and monuments that will interest both adult and child. We recommend a visit to: Museum of prehistory, The “Cave du Grand Roc”; a cave inhabited by Cro-Magnon people 14,000 years ago, with its beautiful rock formations and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The cave “Font de Gaume”, famous for its well-preserved Cro-Magnon paintings is also worth a visit. Town: ATM, food shop, seaside. Hotel:2* hotel with a swimming pool and large flowery garden, rooms en suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: Les Eyzies to Marquay (5 h, 19 km, +150 m, -20 m). Today is a very easy walk in the shady wooded valley. From Les Eyzies we follow the GR6 through typical villages and hamlets. En-route you will have the chance to visit the “Abri du Cap Blanc” where the carvings made more than 10,000 years ago are unique in the world. Tonight we stay in Marquay, a fortified village dating from the 12th century. Michel, our host and a talented chef, is waiting for you in the hotel La Condamine. Facilities include a swimming pool and a large garden. Town: Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside. Hotel: 2* hotel "Logis de France", room en-suite, large garden very quiet surroundings. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Marquay to Sarlat (4 h, 15 km, +70 m, -150 m). Our last day’s walk takes us back to Sarlat through shady woodland and up to the hills for views of the surrounding countryside. We recommend stopping in Campagnac for a lunch. The castle is also worth visiting. Back to the medieval Sarlat, we are staying in the same hotel as the first night, "Logis de France". Town: Internet, ATM, food shop, fortified village, same as day 1. Hotel: 2* "Logis de France" hotel, same as on day 1. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Sarlat. End of the adventure. After breakfast we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 6 nights in 2* hotels
- Half board (except in Sarlat, no dinner)
- Your luggage transported from hotel to hotel
- Detailed walking notes
- Pick-up from the airport (guided only).

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance
- Drinks
- Transfer from/to airport.