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8-day Dordogne Valley Gourmet Food Tour
As if suspended in time, life in the Dordogne Valley always seems to pass at holiday pace. This all-inclusive guided tour will see you enjoying villages, food and natural wonders as you ascend the dizzy heights to the cliff-top village of Rocamadour, revel in unspoilt nature, visit caves and learn how to tell your stalactites from your stalagmites in Padirac and see evidence of prehistoric times at Lascaux. You will travel along the Perigord and to the valleys, taste an authentic Foie Gras of duck or goose, as well as cabécou goat’s cheese, confit and walnut cake. The Dordogne Valley is a place to taste and experience the best of France.
This 8-day all-inclusive tour will showcase the best of this stunning region, where tradition, quality and good taste are extremely important. Dordogne cultivates the art of eating well! Dordogne’s mouth-watering specialities are based on centuries of respect for high quality produce and simple recipes and we will make the most of this huge array of local produce on our tour. Highlights include:
Visiting the many Farmer’s Markets that take place every day of the week in different towns. You will spend time wandering through the markets and sampling some of the beautiful produce.
Enjoying Limousin Beef, known as the best meat in the world. The quality of Limousin's tasty, tender, lean and juicy meat is like nothing else.
Eating Baronet lamb, the best local lamb which has been raised according to strict criteria.
Tasting Cul Noir Pork (named this way because of the black colour of the pigs' hindquarters).
Sampling apples, strawberries, raspberries, chestnuts that are simply divine!
Enjoying cuisine from what is known as one of the best regions in the world such as Farcidure, a delicious correzian dish, made by mixing grated raw potatoes, cooked mashed potatoes, sorrel, buckwheat, garlic and parsley.
Enjoying Potée, a dish containing both meat and vegetables cooked in broth made with smoked bacon, salted pork, cabbage, leeks, turnips, carrots and potatoes. It is a healthy, tasty dish with little cholesterol and lots of vitamins.
Sampling some of the best sweet treats you will ever try, such as Clafoutis – a moist cake speckled with a local variety of black cherries and Madeleines, which started being produced in Saint-Yrieix in the middle of the 19th century.
We will visit Frédéric and enjoy food from his farm such as local meats, poultry, and organic vegetables.
You will enjoy dining out at Régis Restaurant, and enjoy country food, served in generous portions and made with local ingredients and vegetables, all grown in his garden.
Enjoy time at Sophie’s Restaurant, located inside a former butcher shop tucked away discreetly in an interior courtyard. The space was given a cool bistro and wine shop makeover and celebrates organic, local food and chemical-free wines!
Michelin star Chef and your host, Francois, will also cook every dinner for you and with you (for those who want) incorporation local recipes with seasonal products picked up daily from the local markets and local producers. If you would like to prepare a special dish or have a special request for dinner one evening – we would love to do that for you, so just let us know and we can make it happen.
A beautifully renovated farmhouse is your home away from home during this tour in the Dordogne region
A 16th century farmhouse is situated in the south of the Dordogne, slightly away from the summer traffic jams and not far from the neighbouring areas of Lot et Garonne and the Lot. It was completely renovated in 2016, respecting the history and character of the building, but brought it into the 21st century and now offers unparalleled comfort. This mas Provencale offers you 5-star discreet luxury and understated style and features thick stone walls, wooden beams and huge fire places, overlooking a private swimming pool, fields and woods. If you are seeking solitude, there are several private spots in the garden.
7 nights’ accommodation in a beautiful 16th century farmhouse
Twin share room with your own private bathroom
5 lunches and 7 dinners, as well as continental Breakfast included every day
Regional and French wines with all your meals
Michelin Star Chef, Francois, will cook every dinner for you and with you (for those who want) incorporating local recipes with seasonal products picked up daily from the market and local producers
Five full day tours of visiting stunning little villages and gourmet experiences in Dordogne Valley
Entry fees to local attractions whenever they apply
Free transport to and from the local Bergerac train station or Bergerac regional airport on arrival and departure
Free Wi-Fi in accommodation
A pre-departure briefing to discuss travel arrangements for the tour
Please note you have a free day on Wednesday to allow you to explore the region as you wish. You can visit the museums, shops and galleries of your choice and walk around at your own pace. We can, of course, provide advice and recommendations on what you might want to do on your leisure day too if you need! If you want to continue your trip after you have spent the week on this tour, there are many more beautiful regions right next door, such as beautiful Bordeaux, known all over the world for its wonderful wines.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Food Tours in Europe
YOUR BACKROAD ADVENTURE IN DORDOGNE VALLEY - not your usual itinerary but here are some of the excursions you will enjoy during your tour.
It is well known throughout France that the Dordogne Region has the highest concentration of the “most beautiful villages” in the country: from Sarlat to Saint Amand de Coly and from Rocamadour to Martel.
Visitors to the Dordogne Region will relish in each village’s alluring ambiance as you stroll along their cobbled streets, sit outside and feast on the local produce and watch the world go by at its slow, provincial pace.
Bergerac has always been an important trading town, with a quayside on the river where boats used to carry goods to the port of Bordeaux. Its home to Cyrano de Bergerac and to beautiful wine. There are over 300,000 acres of vineyards in the area with 13 appellations for red, rosé, dry and sweet white wines like the famous Monbazillac.
Sarlat is often described as the pearl of the Dordogne, a town of exceptional beauty with its narrow winding streets, stone roofs and open squares. It is one of the most important undamaged medieval city centres in the world.
The Dordogne has a lot going for it, with its abundance of gorgeous architecture and natural beauty, but even more spectacular than all of this is its collection of mysterious, prehistoric caves. Filled with images that are believed to have been drawn or painted over 12,000 to 20,000 years ago, the caves have become one of the most fascinating attractions in the country.
The Dordogne region boasts an astonishing number of castles, chateaux and forteresses, dating as far back as the medieval era. It is well- known as being the region of a thousand castles and whilst we haven’t counted them, we think that is probably fairly accurate!
A favourite getaway for both tourists and French holidaymakers, the Dordogne holds enough beauty and charm to enthral even the most reluctant visitor.
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