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5 Best Day Trips from Sarlat 2024

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With its incredibly preserved villages, unparalleled prehistoric sites and buzzing markets, the Dordogne department of France has a wealth of attractions to fill your visit.

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The Dordogne region of France offers a microcosm of the best France has to offer. Boasting enchanting medieval villages, scenic rolling countryside, and incredible prehistoric landmarks, the Dordogne department offers travelers an authentic French experience somewhat removed from the typical tourist path. Also notable are the exquisite French wines that originate in this region, which can be sampled at some of the many chateaus that dot the countryside.

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VIllages of the Dordogne half day trip from Sarlat

1. FOOD OR WINE TOUR

The cuisine of the region is among the most exquisite and affordable in France. The most famous local specialties include Black Truffle, Foie Gras that the locals eat while sipping on dessert wine, strawberries and duck. All this tasty food can be sampled during a shared or private tour of famous Sarlat Market town. We organise a gourmet walking tour during market day in Sarlat that will have taste the most delicious produce of the Dordogne region. If vineyard visits and wine tasting is what you are looking for, then our Dordogne Wine Tour from Sarlat will be just the right fit as you tour the Bergerac and Percharmant wine producing regions. 

Sarlat Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

2. LASCAUX iv CAVE & PREHISTORY TOUR

With its diverse offerings, the Dordogne region beckons to be explored over many days. Join Ophorus in the Dordogne on an array of excursions: Journey with us through historic villages; explore the alluring countryside and its prolific vineyards; take a jaunt to the sparkling coast; discover singular prehistoric sites. The area, known as the land of Cro Magnon, has some of the world’s most famous cave paintings. With our licensed tour guides, visit the National Prehistory Museum, Rouffignac cave and Lascaux IV cave on a day trip from Sarlat rich in history and culture.

Prehistory tour from Sarlat

3. VILLAGES OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY

From Sarlat, reach the Dordogne Valley and discover some of the most beautiful villages of France. Visit Domme, a charming hilltop village located just a short drive from Sarlat la Canéda that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The village is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and historic landmarks, including a 17th-century market hall and a beautiful Gothic church. Tour Beynac village with its impressive castle, one of the most iconic landmarks in the Dordogne region. The castle dates back to the 12th century and has been beautifully preserved, offering visitors a glimpse into medieval life in France. Arrive in La Roque-Gageac and take part in a unique boat ride along the River Dordogne. Admire the Medieval Castles that line the River such as Castelnau, home to the impressive Château de Castelnaud, which dates back to the 12th century. The castle has been beautifully restored and now houses a museum of medieval warfare.

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Beynac and La Roque Gageac villages tour from Sarlat

4. ROCAMADOUR VILLAGE & PADIRAC CHASM

From Sarlat, let us drive you to Rocamadour. This charming town is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in France. The town is built into the side of a cliff and features a beautiful Gothic cathedral, several historic churches, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Our licensed guides will take you on a visit of this unique village including the sanctuary where the Notre Dame chapel is located. 

Visit Padirac, famous for its chasm. This natural wonder is one of the most impressive cave systems in France. You will take a guided tour of the caves, which includes a boat ride on an underground river and stunning views of underground waterfalls and rock formations. 

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5. DORDOGNE VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

Take part in a hot air balloon ride over the Dordogne Valley. This breathtaking experience offers stunning views of the French countryside, the winding river, and the picturesque villages and Medieval chateaux that dot the landscape. Depending on the weather conditions on the day of the flight your balloon ride will take you over some of the most beautiful landmarks in the region, including the chateaux of Beynac, Castelnaud, and Marqueyssac with its amazing gardens.

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