- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Delights of Historic Dordogne
The Dordogne in central France is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne river and its stunning valley lined with historic delights. Our easy self guided walking holiday passes through one picturesque village after another. La Roque Gageac has been built into steep sandstone cliffs which rise high above the river with fascinating architecture and a troglodyte fort built into the cliff face. The beautiful town of Sarlat is famous for its medieval buildings and its lively street market. Sarlat has remained preserved from modern development and is considered to be one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. Domme is a superb hill-top town, little changed over the centuries and is visible from far along the Dordogne Valley. In addition, the Dordogne has an impressive concentration of chateaux lining the valley such as Fenelon, Beynac, Castlenaud and Marqueyssac. There are also important pre-historic sites with cave drawings to discover on your gentle walking holiday through the heart of Dordogne.
Walks day by day
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at your guest house in Souillac - a bustling market town found on the train line. Explore the fine Romanesque Abbey and visit the automotive museum.
Day 2: Rouffillac - Carsac
A short transfer to Rouffillac from where your walk begins. Follow the banks of the river through glorious countryside. Take the opportunity to visit Chateau Fenelon. Today’s destination is Carsac, a lovely village in the heart of Perigord Noir. (13.5km, +/- 70m)
Day 3: Carsac - Sarlat
An easy walk thinto Sarlat. Sarlat is the jewel in the crown of the Dordogne. A magnificent medieval town, with the opportunity to admire its beautiful architecture. Enjoy its historic streets. (10km, +/- 100m)
Day 4: Sarlat - Domme
Walk through the enchanting valley towards Domme, a bastide village which offers amazing views of the surrounding region which seem to go on forever. Explore the village’s pretty quaint streets and the caves to be found in Domme. 12.5km, +/- 130m
Day 5: Domme - La Roque Gageac
Wander through enchanting countryside to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac. Along the way take the opportunity to visit Chateau Castelnaud and its museum of medieval warfare. Explore the gardens at Chateau Marqueyssac. 12.5km, +/- 100m
Day 6: Beynac
A day walk out of La Roque Gageac. Head towards Beynac and visit the magnificient chateau which looms over the valley. Possibility to take in a boat ride down the river, taking in all the chateaux that border this wonderful waterway. 6.5 - 12km, +/- 80m
Day 7: St Cyprien - Les Eyzies
A transfer takes you to St Cyprien and from here it’s onwards to Les Eyzies, one of Europe’s most famous pre–historic sites, possibly taking in the Font De Gaume. 12km, +/- 60m)
Day 8: Departure
Holiday ends after breakfast. If you have time, visit the National Pre-historic Museum before departing
Take a look at our other self-guided walking holidays in France
Accommodation & Meals
A mixture of B&B’s and small independent family run hotels offering a high quality of service (2 or 3 star). Many are in historic properties, set in wonderful medieval village locations, some have swimming pools. Warm welcome and gastronomic food. A couple of examples are presented below
|Hotel Le Moulin de la Beune||Hotel||Lovely hotel in an old mill in the village of Les Eyzies de Tayac famous for its pre-historic sites|
|Hotel Le Pavillon St Martin||Hotel||A comfortable and stylish three star hotel in the heart of the historic town of Souillac. Your hotel is located in a 16th century building with plenty of character opposite the old belfry tower.||3 stars|
Eurostar, the TGV & local TER trains run services from London St Pancras to Souillac, France. Take the Eurostar to Paris where you need to change station. Take the TGV from Paris Austerlitz direction Toulouse. Some trains (Teoz) are direct to Souillac, whilst others need a further change, some via Brive la Gaillarde.
Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac, France. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station.
Please visit our travel shop for useful links to transport operators. Please make sure you check that the holiday is available for your preferred date before making any travel arrangements.