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Splendors of the Dordogne private tour
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Departure from Sarlat

From April to October included

Hours

Duration

1430
   
Total: 1430

Description

The Dordogne region has much to offer when it comes to sightseeing. During this 7 day tour, you will visit the most important sites of the area. The itinerary begins with the private guided walking tour of Sarlat-la-Canéda. The historical city center has preserved most of its 16th and 17th century houses and the market is one of the most famous and finest of France. On the next day, discover the National Prehistory Museum and visit Lascaux II cave, a highlight of the tour. A full day tour along the Dordogne valley is also at the program. Visit some of the most breathtaking medieval castles that line the river. On the next day, Pech Merle cave and its original drawings will delight the visitors while the village of Saint-Cirq is certainly one of the most beautiful of France. Finally, the pilgrimage village of Rocamadour will be on the program, with the visit of Notre-Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic sites in Europe.


ITINERARY


DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN SARLAT

Arrive in Sarlat and settle into your hotel. Night in Sarlat.


DAY 2 SARLAT GUIDED TOUR / DOMME VILLAGE VISIT / DORDOGNE BOAT RIDE - PRIVATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am 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.

5.30pm Return to Sarlat and night at your hotel. 


DAY 3 LASCAUX IV VISIT & THE ART OF THE CAVES - PRIVATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel. 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 and night at your hotel. 


DAY 4 CASTLES OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY - PRIVATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

10.00am Pick up at your hotel. 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 and night at your hotel.


DAY 5 PECH MERLE CAVE / SAINT CIRQ LAPOPIE VILLAGE - PRIVATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel. 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 and night at your hotel.


DAY 6 ROCAMADOUR HALF DAY MORNING TOUR - PRIVATE

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel. 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.

1pm Return to Sarlat. Afternoon is free for you to enjoy. Night in Sarlat.


DAY 7 SARLAT

Breakfast at your hotel. End of our services.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

1. Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing in Sarlat
2. Breakfast from day 2 to day 7
3. Services of an English speaking driver/guide
4. Private Sarlat guided walking tour
5. Beynac, Domme and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie villages visit
6. Boat ride on the Dordogne
7. Private English guided tour of the National Prehistory Museum
8. Lascaux IV, Rouffignac and Pech Merle caves visit
9. Castelnaud, Milandes and Marqueyssac castles visit
10. Rocamadour guided walking tour
11. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
12. Bottled water in the minivan
13. Free Wifi access on board

Exclusions

1. Entrance fees other than mentioned in the program
2. Meals and drinks
3. Personal expenses and insurance
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Hotel pick up every day

Pick up information

Hotel pick up in Sarlat if applicable
Tour returns to original departure point

Additional information

Additional information

- Tour is for 2 to 6 passengers maximum per vehicle

- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 72 hours, subject to availability
- Tour involves walking, cobblestone villages, stairs and is therefore not suitable for persons with walking difficulties

- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible


Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only

- Prices are per persons, double room sharing
- Currency is in EUR

- Price base 2 persons: 2140€ per person
- Price base 4 persons: 1600€ per person
- Price base 6 persons: 1430€ per person
- Single supplement:      540€