Dordogne

A DELICATE TASTE OF FRANCE! – SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Rolling hills

Availability

March to October

Highlight

Land of 1001 sites, Middle Ages castles, French gastronomy

From

€625 / Person

 

Grade

Known to the French as “Périgord”, the Dordogne “département”, is named after the most important of the region’s seven rivers. The area is a celebration of colour and diversity of landscape. It is also called the “Land of the 1001 sites”. To walk here is to travel through time.

 

Here you will discover unspoilt nature, grandiose landscapes and a plethora of magical sights teeming with history: in the small town of les Eyzies, the centre of pre-historic studies, we can recount the history of the region thanks to the newly rebuilt Museum of Pre-History.

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Many castles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, testimony to the Hundred Years’ War and Wars of Religion that raged here; medieval villages full of character (among the “Plus beaux villages de France”); Romanesque churches adorned with sculpted tympanums.

 

The Périgord is also envied the world over for the splendours of its traditional gastronomy. High-quality products used in the preparation of its local cuisine include foie gras, other duck- and goose-based ingredients, the famous black truffles of the Périgord, chestnuts, walnuts, and Périgord strawberries, not forgetting the wines of Bergerac, produced from top grape varieties on land that neighbours the “grands crus classés” of Bordeaux.

 

Choosing to visit the Dordogne with One Foot Abroad, is to choose the perfect itinerary encompassing all the variety and highlights, from Sarlat to Les Eyzies, with the castles and river as a guide. We named this trip: “a delicate savour of France” for a compelling reason: because it is!

 

Good food and wine, this is paradise on earth” said France’s much loved king, Henri IV.

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Sarlat


The most famous town in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France. Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometres north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a pleasure to visit, especially during the spring and autumn, or early in the morning.

Day 2: Sarlat to Domme


Option 1: 21,5km/5h20
Option 2: 15,1km/3h45
After leaving the historic centre of Sarlat, now moreover classified as a Town of Art and History to begin your first stage, you really enter in the “Land of the 1001 sites”. Grandiose landscapes and plethora of magical sights will be your everyday life from now, not to mention historic heritage of the region.

Day 3: Domme to Beynac


Option 1: 12,4km/3h00
Option 2: 17,6km/4h20
Domme, sometimes called the “Akropolis des Périgord”, is located 250 metres above sea level on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne river. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) and is today a member of the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The Most Beautiful Villages of France”).
After seeing Porte des Tours, Porte de la Combe and Porte del Bos you can leave Domme to Meyrals. In this stage you will walk along Dordogne River and could discover unspoilt nature just before to arrive in Castelnaud and its impressive Middle-Age castle. Some kilometres later, you will enter in La Roque-Gageac, authentic village perched above the Dordogne River.

Day 4: Beynac to Lamy/Boyer 11,7km/4h10


Beynac is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is found on the banks of the River Dordogne, to the south-west of Sarlat.  Opposite the Chateau de Beynac across the river is its traditional enemy the Chateau de Castelnaud.
If you haven’t visited Beynac fortress (castle) yesterday, then you can do it in the morning. After walk through big forests and be immersed yourself in nature and the prehistoric past, you arrive in Meyrals.

Day 5: Lamy/Boyer to Les Eyzies 8,6km/2h50


Very small village in the Périgord Noir, Meyrals hosts the Festival des épouvantails (Scarecrows), an event which has been held every summer from 1999.
Along your way, you could discover steep cliffs with several cave houses. In the heart of these cliffs a lot of prehistoric vestiges are hidden and have to be still discovered… Perhaps you will find some treasures of the past!

Day 6: Les Eyzies to Marquay 14,2km/3h30


More correctly called Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, this village of 861 inhabitants is in the heart of the Vezere Valley and surrounded by many, many caves and prehistoric drawings and remnants. Indeed, the cave-lined Vézère valley has been classified as a heritage site by UNESCO.
After visiting caves, cliff settlements and Prehistoric Museum, you can go back on your way to the next stage, Marquay. You will cross a hamlet, Sireuil, and a few meters after you will see a XIIth century old castle, Château de Commarque.Cross another hamlet, La Gafferie, and you arrive in Marquay.

Day 7: Marquay to Sarlat 15,4km/3h50


Small village (again!) very charming, where you can admire its XIIth century church in the centre of the village.
A place not to be missed in Marquay is L’Abri du Cap Blanc, a giant 13 meters frieze of prehistoric sculptures, which is today the only in the world to be shown to the public. On the way to Sarlat, other places like Les Cabanes de Breuils, Middle-Adged agricultural dependencies or the authentic and small hamlet of Campagnac are worth seeing.

Day 8: Sarlat


We can arrange extra nights anywhere on the itinerary after your last walking day. We can also arrange station/airport transfer. Please get in touch: info@onefootabroad.com for more info.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 7 nights in 2*, 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Dinner when it is specified
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade Hotels: 3* or 4*

Access

Way in: To Sarlat

Best airport is Bergerac. Other possible airports: Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle or Bordeaux-Mérignac.

Check train transfers below to choose the most convenient airport

Bergerac Airport, 70 km west of Sarlat’s downtown.
Daily direct flights:
Bergerac – Paris (1.50 hrs) – Twin Jet
Bergerac – London (2.30 hrs) – Ryanair
Bergerac – London-Southampton (2.30 hrs) : New! – Flybe
Bergerac – Birmingham (3.00 hrs) – Flybe
Brive – London City (2.30 hrs) – CityJet
Bordeaux – Cork (2.50 hrs) – Ryanair
Bordeaux – Dublin (2.30 hrs) – Ryanair / Aer Lingus

Daily TGV from/to:
Paris – Toulouse: 2 possible stops: Brive and Souillac, shuttle from Brive to Sarlat
Paris – Agen: from Périgueux, shuttle to Sarlat
Bordeaux – Lyon: 2 possible stops: Périgueux and Brive

TGV train Paris – Libourne, then connection to Sarlat (TER regional train Libourne/Sarlat)

TER regional train (for Aquitaine region):
Périgueux – Agen
Bordeaux – Sarlat
Bordeaux – Brive
Brive – Sarlat

Details on prices and time on the sncf websites:
For TGV trains
For TER trains (Aquitaine region)
Le Buisson/Sarlat
Sarlat/Souillac/Sarlat (way and back): Download time schedule 2012 (1.2 Mo )
Souillac/Brive: Voyages Belmon – 46200 Souillac
Phone: 33 (0) 5 65 37 81 15
Fax: 33 (0) 5 65 27 10 01
Sarlat/Périgueux/Sarlat : Download time shedule in pdf version (952 Ko)
Périgord Voyage – La Feuillade – 24200 Carsac
Phone: 33 (0) 5 53 59 01 48
Fax: 33 (0) 5 53 30 23 93

Motorway:
Paris/Souillac: Sarlat at 25 km (A20)
Toulouse/Cahors, then Gourdon, Sarlat (A20)
Paris/Poitiers, then Angoulême, Périgueux, Sarlat (A10)
Bordeaux/Sarlat via Bergerac (A89)

View itineraries: ViaMichelin

See our options in Dates & Prices.

Way back: From Les Eyzies


Approximately 1.30 hrs to Bergerac, 1 connection in Le Buisson
Approximately 2.45 hrs to Bordeaux, 1 connection in Périgeux
Approximately 1.30 hrs to Brive, 1 connection in Périgueux
Approximately 3.15 hrs to Toulouse, 1 connection in Agen
Details on prices and time on the sncf website.

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