Villages of the Dordogne

A Lovely Half-Day Visit of the Most Enchanting Villages of the Dordogne

Visit Domme, Beynac and La Roque Gageac, some of this region’s most picturesque little towns

Enjoy a One Hour Cruise Down the Dordogne

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details

Prices:

260€ Per Group from 2 to 8 persons


When:

Everyday from 1 Apr 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Morning tour From 9.00am to 1.00pm
Afternoon tour from 2.00pm to 6.00pm


Duration:

4 hours


Trip Style:

Private Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.


Meeting Point:

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable).
Drop off at Hotel.


Inclusions:

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


Exclusions:

Personal insurance or expenses
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
Gratuities for the driver/guide

A Perfect Half-Day Jaunt Through the Magic of the Dordogne

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.

Good to Know

  • Due to fog or high waters boat ride on the Dordogne River may not be available in April and October in the morning.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • 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.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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