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Ophorus Tours - Special Offer - 3 Days Dordogne Small Group Shared Day Trips from Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Special Offer - 3 Days Dordogne Small Group Shared Day Trips from Sarlat

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See The Best Of The Dordogne Over 3 Magical Days

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  • 3 Day Combo - Special Offer
  • We’ve picked out the best experiences to enjoy over 3 days
  • Visit some of the most beautiful local villages of all of France
  • Experience a boat ride on the lovely River Dordogne
  • Enjoy a full overview of the history of the local cave art drawings
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of the Dordogne

Program & Itinerary

The Dordogne region of France offers a microcosm of the best that 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. Journey with us through historic villages such as la roque gageac, explore the alluring ...

The Dordogne region of France offers a microcosm of the best that 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. 

Journey with us through historic villages such as la roque gageac, explore the alluring countryside and its prolific vineyards or take a jaunt to the sparkling coast. Discover singular prehistoric sites and caves such as Lascaux IV. With our 3 Day Special Offer, our expert travel specialists combined a few of our Dordogne tours to offer a comprehensive experience of the Dordogne over a few days and at a reasonable price.

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  • day 1

    Sarlat Gourmet Walking Tour / Villages of the Dordogne

    Sarlat Gourmet Food TourIn the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat la Canéda, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Today is market day, so follow your guide through the winding streets of this beautiful town and stop on the way to taste some local delicacies....
    Sarlat Gourmet Food Tour

    In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat la Canéda, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Today is market day, so follow your guide through the winding streets of this beautiful town and stop on the way to taste some local delicacies. Your guided tour will include several tastings  directly on the market but also in carefully selected local shops that sell typical products of the Dordogne.

    Visit the village of Domme

    Drive along the Dordogne Valley 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 medieval 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!

    After the visit it will be time to return to Sarlat.
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  • day 2

    Art of the Caves Tour

    Depart 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 area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the...
    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 in the small town of Les Eyzies de Tayac, 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 that has replaced Lascaux II – open since December 2016. For the first time, all of Lascaux cave paintings are 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.

    After the visit, return to Sarlat.
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  • day 3

    Tour to Padirac Chasm and Rocamadour

    One 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 region as you plunge in an unexpected underground world. The chasm itself is 103 m...
    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 continue your full day tour 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.

    Please note that tour days can be modified depending on days of Travel. Sarlat Gourmet Tour will always take place on Wednesday or Saturday during market day in Sarlat. We also organize private tours departing from Sarlat
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Ophorus Tours - Special Offer - 3 Days Dordogne Small Group Shared Day Trips from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Special Offer - 3 Days Dordogne Small Group Shared Day Trips from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Special Offer - 3 Days Dordogne Small Group Shared Day Trips from Sarlat

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October (except August)
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Order of Tours can be modified depending on availability of the activities
  • Detailed program will be send to you after booking
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

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

Meeting point

Bus Stop, Place Pasteur , 24200 Sarlat la Caneda

Departure

Pick up at the Bus Stop, Place Pasteur, in Sarlat la Caneda.
Guide will have a sign with company logo and tour name. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

After booking you will recieve a detailed program with the itinerary.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point. 

Included / excluded

Included

  • Guided Gourmet walking tour of Sarlat
  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour, Domme, Beynac
  • Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
  • Guided visit of Prehistory museum in Les Eyzies 
  • Tickets for Lascaux IV and Rouffignac Cave
  • Entrance fees to Padirac Chasm
  • Small group of 8 passengers maximum
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free Wifi access on board

Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you pick up at hotels on this multi day Dordogne tour?

    On this multi day tour, you will join our Sarlat shared tours. All the tours start at the Bus Stop, at Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Caneda. Departure times and location will be mentioned on your voucher / itinerary.

    If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Sarlat?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • How will we know the exact order of the tours?

    Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a detailed itinerary with all the important informations.
  • Who conducts these Dordogne shared tours 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 cities such as Sarlat, 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.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a shared tour 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.
  • How strenuous are your Day Trips from Sarlat?

    These three days of touring in the Dordogne imply quite a large amount of walking. The medieval villages of the Dordogne still have a large number of cobblestone streets. The caves are quite easy to visit as Lascaux is a replican and is brand new so adapted to persons with walking issues. However,

    Padirac Chasm: has some staircases and then the descent is made with elevators. Once at the bottom of the Chasm, there is a short walk before you reach the boats. Then you will need to be able to board small boats that can take up to 8 passengers maximum. The boat ride is followed by a walk within the Chasm that includes uneven terrain, stairs as well as small climbs. You must be in good physical condition to follow this visit. It is possible to wait outside the chasm if you do not feel comfortable with the physical requirements of the tour.

    Rocamadour: is a medieval village. This implies that there are cobblestone streets that can be difficult to walk on. Also, the sanctuary is located in the middle part of the village and to reach it implies that you will need to climb stairs. However, there is a possibility of taking an elevator but this will be at your own expense.
  • Where will we have time for lunch on our Dordogne Day Trips?

    Our tours have been designed so that you will have free time for lunch in a location where there are several eating options from snacks to brasseries or local restaurants. You can ask your guide each day for suggestions.
  • Will we have time to enjoy the Sarlat weekly farmers market?

    The Sarlat market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will be with your guide in the morning from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. After the Gourmet walking Tour you will have free time for personal discovery and lunch in Sarlat. The afternoon tour will start at 2pm. 
  • How cold is it in Rouffignac & Lascaux IV caves?

    The inside temperature of the caves is 13° Celsius, 56° Fahrenheit. It is therefore suggested to wear warm clothes for the visit. It is also strongly suggested that you wear good walking shoes.
  • Do you need to do a Tour or can Lascaux IV be self guided?

    Whether you book the tour through us or independently, you have to take the tour of the cave. If you book the tour through our company, you will be introduced by one of our expert guides to the visit of the cave. More important, we pre-book the English tours for our small groups and have a direct access to the main attraction. Booking with us means you do not wait in line.
  • Do your tours run on rainy days?

    Yes absolutely, all tours leave rain or shine. You will need to bring the required clothing depending on the weather conditions.
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