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Explore the Dordogne 12-day Small Group Tour

  • 12days
  • France

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Discover the Dordogne Valley 12-day Small Group Tour

In the heart of the Perigord region famed for its prehistoric caves, spectacular limestone cliffs, medieval villages and castles, narrow gorges and tumbling waterfalls, the delightful Dordogne valley will enchant you. From one of the best markets in France at Sarlat, to the rocky peak of Rocamadour, this region is filled with ancient stories of pilgrims and miracles.

Specialties of the region include truffles and wild mushrooms, walnuts and cheeses. The most celebrated wine is Monbazillac, a slightly sweet white wine which is an excellent accompaniment to the region’s signature ‘foie gras’.

Included in the Dordogne Small Group Tour:

  • Transfer from Bordeaux airport or train station on arrival
  • Transfer to Toulouse train station or airport on departure
  • 11 nights in 3* and 4* accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with a glass of wine or beer
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Entry fees
  • Visitors taxes
  • Bike and canoe hire for the energetic
  • Boat trips as per the itinerary

Not included in the tour:

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Bordeaux for arrival and from Toulouse on departure
  • Gratuities

Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle

Maximum 14 passengers

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  • Day 1

    We leave for the Dordogne and our farmhouse near Sarlat. A visit to the medieval town of Sarlat in the afternoon for shopping, cathedral and free time to explore. Dinner in Sarlat before returning to our hotel

  • Day 2

    A boat trip on the Dordogne river starts the day, with a visit to the very popular old town of La Roque Gageac. Lunch in the Marqueyssac chateau gardens and free time to explore its 6 kms of walking paths and stunning views over the Dordogne river and its villages.

  • Day 3

    Today we go back into history with a visit to the world-renowned prehistoric cave of Lascaux and the fascinating Roque Saint Christophe.

  • Day 4

    This morning we go into Sarlat for the best markets of this region. A free afternoon for a bike ride or canoe on the Dordogne river, then we discover the village of Domme where we enjoy a delicious dinner at a very special inn.

  • Day 5

    Today we go on an excursion to one of the beautiful chateaux of this region, with a private tour of the 10-hectare garden and lunch in the chateau restaurant. Return to your hotel with some free time to enjoy the hotel pool and garden.

  • Day 6

    One of the best prehistoric museums is in Les Eyzies, which is where we go this morning. Les Eyzies de Tayac is a pretty town which at first glance, appears to be crushed under the cliff. The town is littered with numerous grottos, caves and troglodyte dwellings whose history dates back to more than 28,000 years. We stop for a relaxed lunch near the river before heading to the chateau Milandes and its gardens, once the home of Josephine Baker.

  • Day 7

    Today we head off to the other side of the autoroute, to the Gouffre de Padirac in the morning, followed by lunch and a free afternoon to explore Rocamadour, one of the most visited sites in France. We will settle into our hotel with a little free time before dinner

  • Day 8

    The wine region of Monbazillac and Bergerac is our destination today. Bergerac, in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, is an ancient and compact city, characterised by its elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that the whole city can be explored on foot are all part of its charm. Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.

    In the afternoon, we visit an organic vineyard in Monbazillac, housed in a spectacular chateau that dates back to the 13th century. They produce wines of exceptionally high quality on their 14 acres of land, and the lovely staff are happy to show you around and teach you all about their process

  • Day 9

    We leave our farmhouse today and head south towards St Cirq-la-popie, our detaination today. A free day to explore this fascinating tiny village built on a cliff.. At lunchtime, guests have the choice of meeting for lunch or lunching on their own. We meet in the afternoon for a drive to our hotel.

  • Day 10

    The Dordogne region is known for its signature foie-gras. Today we discover how the farms raise ducks and geese, and we learn some of the secrets of making a good foie-gras. We will taste some of the strong red wine from the Cahors region. The red wines of the Lot Valley vineyards have such a deep colour that they are commonly known as the Black Wines of Cahors. Loved by Roman Emperors, who authorised the vines to be planted some 2000 years ago, Cahors wine was on the tables at the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet in 1152.

  • Day 11

    Our final day in the Dordogne is a free choice day. Guests may relax before heading to their next destination, or back home. Walking, cycling, shopping are all possibilities to make the most of this last day, and you will have time to pack ready for the morning departure. A farewell dinner will leave you with happy memories of this delightful corner of France.

  • Day 12

    After breakfast, transfer and departure to Toulouse airport or train station.

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Over the past 30 years I have travelled to most parts of the world , often alone and at times with a tour group. I have just returned from southern France in the Dordogne region, after a week on tour with Slow Tours and Carol Haslam the organiser. This tour rates as probably the best I have ever done , it was relaxed ,uncomplicated, full of experieces, personally accommodating, and highly professional. I am still soaking in my memories and I encourage anyone who is seeking a beautiful experience in France to contact Slow Tours. Thank you Carol. Marseille Wooden Boat Regatta week/Dordogne/Quercy David, Sydney Australia, June 2011

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My husband and I flew to France from Australia to join Carol Haslam of Slow Tours, travelling the south of France for a month followed by a week in Paris. Carol is a very professional tour operator and her experience and knowledge of France is phenominal as is her command of the language which was more than helpful for us. Our interest took us to the beautiful countryside of Dordogne, Provence West where we stayed at St. Remy followed by Provence East staying in the medieval village of Le Castellet. Our accommodation in all areas was most comfortable and pleasant. Carol's choice of restaurants was superb. We enjoyed with our group the slow ambience of travel without tiring especially as we were driven to all places. We could not have planned our travel as well on our own and were overwhelmed with all that we experienced. Thank you Carol. Delrae and James (Broome WA) June 2014

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 14 2020 May 25 2020 14 Single rooms 3,695€
Double rooms 3,465€

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