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Villages of the Dordogne valley
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Departure from Sarlat

From April to October included

Hours

Duration

290
   
Total: 290

Description

Today discover the breathtaking landscape and traditional villages of the Dordogne valley. First, drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to Bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the town was coveted by the English who first took it in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again.

Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. You can also discover the Gardens of La Roque that benefit from micro-climate conditions and where local vegetation stands alongside more exotic plants such as Banana trees, agave and Bougainvillea flowers.

Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defenses were built up on the plateau: double crenelated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican. After the tour, return to Sarlat.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

1. Guided walking tour of the villages
2. English speaking driver guide
3. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
5. Bottled water in the minivan
6. Free Wifi access on board

Exclusions

1. Personal expenses
2. Meals and drinks
3. Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable)

Pick up information

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable)


Drop off at Hotel

Additional information

Additional information

- Due to fog or high waters boat ride on the Dordogne River may not be available in April and October in the morning
- Tour for 8 persons maximum
- 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 minivan (not per person)
- Currency is in Euro


Possible languages: English, Español, Français