5 Days Dordogne Shared Travel Package - Based in Sarlat
Small Groups ( 1~8 )
- Know before
- Meeting point
- Wander the Picturesque Town of Sarlat
- Explore the Hidden Gems of the Wondrous Valley of Dordogne
- Enjoy a Cruise on the Dordogne River
- See Extraordinary Cave Paintings from 17,000 BP
- Visit the Beautiful Village of Rocamadour
- English speaking Guides, local Experts of the Dordogne
Program & Itinerary
Based in Sarlat, in the heart of the Dordogne region, follow us on this 5-day small group shared tour to discover the essential of what this fascinating French province has to offer. Follow your guide on these day trips from Sarlat and visit one of the most well preserved 17th century towns.
You will also experience a unique visit at Lascaux IV 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.
ARRIVAL IN SARLAT ON YOUR OWNArrive in Sarlat on your own and settle into your hotel.Explore the exceptional beauty of Sarlat at your own pace.Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the most representative towns of 14th century France.Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir,...Arrive in Sarlat on your own and settle into your hotel.
Explore the exceptional beauty of Sarlat at your own pace.
Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the most representative towns of 14th century France.
Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to 18th century. Take some time to stroll through the small narrow alleys and streets for personal discovery.
Night at your Hotel in Sarlat.Read moreRead less
SARLAT GOURMET WALKING TOUR / VILLAGES OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY SHARED HALF DAY TRIP FROM SARLATBreakfast at your Hotel.9.20am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur9.30am Begin your Gourmet walking tourThe medieval town of Sarlat hosts one of the biggest and best food markets in the Dordogne. On this 2 hour tour, visit on market day to experience the town at its most...Breakfast at your Hotel.
9.20am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur
9.30am Begin your Gourmet walking tour
The medieval town of Sarlat hosts one of the biggest and best food markets in the Dordogne. On this 2 hour tour, visit on market day to experience the town at its most atmospheric. Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in Dordogne Culinary specialties.
Start your visit of the Market
Walk towards the Market and begin your discovery of the best produce of the Dordogne region. Then your first stop will be at a family run local delicacies shop. Here, we will stop to taste small toasts spread with patés or foie gras from either duck or goose. Then taste a Top rated Foie Gras from a local producer that has obtained many rewards at the Paris Exhibition.
Finish this tasting stop with a local cheese called Trappe d'Echourgnac. Trappist cheese is pressed, uncooked, fermented by retro-rubbing or by using the “morge” scrubbing technique. Then walnut liqueur is added. How much? And, then what? Well, that’s a secret never to be told! All this will be rinsed with a tasting of a White & Red Bergerac wine.
Continue nibbling as you stroll the medieval streets
Then follow your guide through the medieval streets of Sarlat. This walking tour allows your guide to point out all the local products of the season that arrive from all corners of the Dordogne. If you are lucky, it might be the season of strawberries, of which the Dordogne is famous for, and your guide will make sure that you have the opportunity to sample some.
Another very popular stop is at a local walnut cake producers stall. Walnut is a true specialty of the Dordogne. It is said that there are as many recipes as there are ducks and gees in the Dordogne, and that's a lot! Let your guide take you to his / her prefered producer.
Visit a Church that has become a Market
Your next stop will be inside St Mary's church which houses the covered market. Even though this market is accessible on the other days as well, we stop here as there is a great opportunity to taste very different specialties. As a starter you will get to taste half-cooked Foie Gras accompanied by a glass of Bergerac white wine. This will be followed by dried magret (duck breast) with pepper.
Finally, listen to your guide as your are introduced to the the king of mushrooms, the black truffle. If you would like to buy some, then this is the place. You can also purchase black truffle oil that makes for a great seasoning.
End with a total walnut experience
Back through the market to make our way to our final stop. On the way there will be a few more stops along the way before reaching your final tasting session. Here it will be all about walnuts!
Taste the local walnut oil, the croquants - a dry and crunchy caramelised sugar biscuit like treat. End the tasting with a shot of walnut liquor to rinse all these delicious treats right down.
Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense)
In the afternoon, visit the village of Domme
Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide, or 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 bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again.
Enjoy a peaceful Boat Ride
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 loom over the riverside. The Gabarres are traditional flat-bottomed boats that have been used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages.
A trip on one of the Gabarres offers a relaxing way to enjoy the sight of some of the many Dordogne chateaux and villages from the perspective of the river. Various sights and wildlife are pointed out to you as you meander slowly down the river as well as the history of the Gabarres.
Visit the village of Beynac
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 in 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. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city on this half-day tour!
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PALEOLITHIC ART OF THE DORDOGNE SHARED FULL DAY TRIP FROM SARLATBreakfast at your hotel.8.50am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur9.00am Depart from SarlatDepart for the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Vézère ValleySome 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne...Breakfast at your hotel.
8.50am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur
9.00am Depart from Sarlat
Depart for the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Vézère Valley
Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who created it.
Guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum
Established in July 2004, the museum houses some 18,000 pieces and a collection of six million artifacts. The museum’s collections were established as early as 1913, when indefatigable researcher Denis Peyrony convinced the French state to acquire the Château des Eyzies, built at the end of the 16th century, and to transform it into an excavation warehouse that could double up as a museum.
Follow your guide and discover the main chapters of the Hominids’ development through an anthropological frieze and a brief reminder of Africa’s history, starting with the early Australopithecines. Many themes are explored, including the legendary “Lucy”, the small 3.5-million-year-old woman discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. You will then visit the permanent exhibit galleries that will plunge you into the mists of time, revealing seven sequences that cover the entire Paleolithic era through an “ideal historiography”.
Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)
Enjoy some free time for lunch in Montignac or a village of the Dordogne region. Ask your guide for recommendations.
Visit Rouffignac Cave
Continue to Rouffignac Cave. This cave possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was already mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest. In his ” Cosmographie universelle” he cites “paintings and animal traces”. In the 19th century, the cave was known as a tourist attraction. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art.
Visit the International Center of Parietal Art - Lascaux IV
Finally, end the tour with the visit of brand new Lascaux IV cave – open since December 2016. For the first time, all of Lascaux is revealed. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave. But that’s not the end of the adventure: the entire site inquires into the position that Lascaux occupies in cave art and its relation to contemporary creation. The opening of the International Center for Cave Art marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of ancestral art and an important technological achievement.
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PADIRAC CHASM & ROCAMADOUR VILLAGE SHARED FULL DAY TRIP FROM SARLATBreakfast at your hotel.8.50am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur9.00am Depart from SarlatOne of the most stunning visits of the area: Padirac ChasmAfter a drive of just over an hour, arrive in Padirac. Experience a unique visit of one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the...Breakfast at your hotel.
8.50am Meet your guide at the meeting point Place Pasteur
9.00am Depart from Sarlat
One of the most stunning visits of the area: Padirac Chasm
After a drive of just over an hour, arrive in Padirac. Experience a unique visit of one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the region as you plunge in an unexpected underground world. The chasm itself is 103 m (338 ft) deep, with a diameter of approximately 35 meters (115 ft). The flooded network of Padirac Chasm is the second longest in the world after those located in the Yucatan province of Mexico.
The visit of this vertiginous chasm begins with a 75 meter descent via a lift before actually entering the cave system. Following the descent, enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the mysterious subterranean River. Then, disembark and walk along a path that will take you through large caves decorated with stunning gigantic limestone concretions. After the walk, you will return by boat to your original departure point and take the lift back up to reach the outside world.
Rocamadour: A Castle set above a sanctuary set above a village
After the visit of Padirac, board the minivan and head to the nearby village of Rocamadour. Miraculous rock, collection of tales, legends and beliefs, sanctuary of the Black Virgin, pilgrimage site: the Village of Rocamadour is all of this at the same time. The old medieval houses, the towers and fortifications, the oratories all tumble along the steep cliff that dominates the Alzou Canyon. The whole site is topped off by the castle and its dungeon and the seven sanctuaries. Your guide will certainly stop here for a breathtaking view of the whole site that make for fantastic photo opportunities.
Depending on your time of arrival, you will either follow a guided walking tour of the village or enjoy some free time for lunch. Rocamadour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages of the area. Classified as a Unesco World Heritage site as it is located on the way to Santiago de Compostela (St James Way), the main attraction of the village lies in its sanctuaries especially that of Notre Dame that bears a statue of the Black Virgin.
The visit of the village can be painful for those with walking problems but please note that there is a possibility of accessing the sanctuaries by lift (tickets not included in price). For lunch, there are many restaurants & snacks to be found in the village and your guide will make the adequate suggestions depending on what type of meal you are looking for.
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3* Hotel OptionFrom € 980.00
4* Hotel OptionFrom € 1,090.00
Hotel Le Renoir (or similar)Modern, elegant and timeless, Le Renoir, Best Western hotel in Sarlat is highly surprising. Built in a non-conventional style, it is located in the very ...
Modern, elegant and timeless, Le Renoir, Best Western hotel in Sarlat is highly surprising. Built in a non-conventional style, it is located in the very heart of the medieval city. Arcades, paved courtyards and columns confer to this former distillery and the villa beside a deep character. In the capital of Perigord Noir, only 2 or 3 Italian style dwellings remain.
The rooms are functional and personalized, perfectly laid out to brighten up your stay and come up to all your expectations. 36 bedrooms including bath and shower, mini bar, individual safe, TV set, Satellite, free Wi-Fi.
Refined decoration. Attentive service. Outdoors swimming pool.Show moreShow lessShow 4 medias
Plaza Madeleine (or similar)PLAZA MADELEINE Hotel & Spa, has always been considered the Sarlat hotel of reference, an authentic 4 star establishment situated in the heart of ...
PLAZA MADELEINE Hotel & Spa, has always been considered the Sarlat hotel of reference, an authentic 4 star establishment situated in the heart of the old town.
The hotel is ideally situated at the entrance of the medieval city with its listed monuments, markets and shops, numerous restaurants, street shows and performances.
Spending time at PLAZA MADELEINE Hotel & Spa is also the privilege of enjoying, right in the heart of the city, a heated pool with a terrace and a sun lounge, a relaxing space with a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and themed shower …
The hotel is fully air conditionned and offers access to a complimentary high speed Wi-fi connection and the best equipment to meet the high expectations of an international clientele.Show moreShow lessShow 4 medias
Know before you book
- Tour available from April to October, except August
- Tour can start from Sunday to Thursday
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Order of Tours can be modified
- Detailed program will be sent to you after booking
- Tour is operated in English
- Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Sarlat shared tours?No, there is a dedicated meeting point for all our shared tours from Sarlat. It is located Place Pasteur, at the bus stop.
What type of vehicles are used during your full day trips from Sarlat?Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
Who conducts these shared day trips from Sarlat?We only employ fully accredited, licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of the National Prehistory Museum, guided walking tours in villages such as Domme, visit of historical monuments and so on. In the Dordogne, all our guides are experts in History & Culture. All have a large experience in Paleolithic Art and conduct tours in both Caves & Castles.
How strenuous are the full day trips on this Dordogne package?This tour includes some walking in the medieval villages where there are still a large number of cobblestone streets. In Rocamadour there are stairs to climb but one can take elevators to reach the sanctuary. It is cold and damp in the caves and in Padirac Chasm. This tour implies that you wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not adapted to persons with walking disabilities. You must be in a good physical condition to follow these 3 full day tours.
Can the orders of the days on this package be different?Yes, it is possible that the order of the days be modified. However, the three days will always be included whatever the order of the days.
Will we have the same guide for the three days?We have several guides in the Dordogne and as such it might be that you will have the same guide or a different guide during your day trips from Sarlat.
Do the tours run on rainy days?Yes, the tour leaves rain or shine! Please wear the appropriate clothings, adpated to the weather conditions. Remember that it is cold inside the caves.