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5 Days - Splendors of the Dordogne
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Departure from Sarlat

From April to October included (unavailable in August)

Hours

Duration

575
   
Total: 575

Description

Departing from the beautiful town of Sarlat, your daily excursions will lead you to the most significant attractions. Follow your guide on this small group tour and visit one of the most well preserved 17th century town during its bustling market day. You will also experience a unique visit at Lascaux II cave that will plunge you back to the origins of Art. The tour also includes the visit of some of the most beautiful villages of the area as well as a boat ride on the River Dordogne so as to admire stunning landscapes and mighty medieval fortresses lined up along the River.

PROGRAM:


Day 1 SARLAT GUIDED WALKING TOUR / DOMME VILLAGE VISIT / DORDOGNE BOAT RIDE - SHARED TOUR
9.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Then reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then we drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac where you will depart on a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, we head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery.

6.30pm Return to Sarlat.


Day 2 LASCAUX IV visit & THE ART OF THE CAVES IN THE DORDOGNE - SHARED TOUR
8.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breath taking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux IV a perfect reproduction of the original cave.

5.00pm Return to Sarlat.



Day 3 CASTLES OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY - SHARED TOUR
9.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

In the morning, by Carsac-Aillac and Montfort depart along the Dordogne valley. First visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac. Then visit of the Milandes castle. Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont until 1535. In 1940, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the château and then bought it in 1947. Finally, end the day with the visit of the Gardens of Marqueyssac: listed as a National Historical Monument it offers more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned hundred year old boxwoods.

6.00pm Return to Sarlat.

Day 4 PECH MERLE CAVE / SAINT CIRQ LAPOPIE VILLAGE AND CAHORS VISIT - SHARED TOUR
8.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

The emblematic Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Pech Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Finally, stop in Cahors to visit the capital of the Quercy region. Its site is dramatic, being contained on three sides within a U-shaped bend in the River Lot known as a “cingle” (peninsula). During your visit you will certainly admire some of the most well preserved private mansions dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries as well as the unique Saint Etienne cathedral that is a unique example of a domed cathedral in southern France. 5.00pm Return to Sarlat.

Day 5 ROCAMADOUR HALF DAY VISIT - SHARED TOUR
8.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

In the morning, depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat.

1.00pm Drop off in Sarlat.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

1. The services of an English speaking driver guide.
2. Entrance fees to: National Prehistory museum, Pech Merle, Rouffignac & Lascaux IV caves
3. Entrance fees to Castelnau, Milandes & Marqueyssac castles - Private guided walking tour of Sarlat during market day
4. Private guided walking tour of Rocamadour
5. Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
6. Small group of 8 passengers maximum
7. Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
8. Bottled water in the minivan
9. Free Wifi access on board

Exclusions

1. Accommodation
2. Entrance fees to monuments, museums or activities unless mentioned in program - Meals and drinks
3. Personal insurance and expenses
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop in Sarlat


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Pick up information

Hotel pick up is not available


Tour returns to departure point

Additional information

Additional information

- Departs every day from Sarlat (except August)
- Order of tours can be modified
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers to operate


Price information

- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Child prices are applicable for children aged 4 - 12 years
- Tour not suitable for infants under 4
- Prices are per person
- Currency is in Euro


Possible languages: English