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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to the Villages of the Dordogne Valley half-day tour

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to the Villages of the Dordogne Valley half-day tour

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Grab your camera and make a beeline for Dordogne’s most photogenic landscapes. Begin with the visit of Domme, a medieval bastide. Visit Beynac & La Roque Gageac. Enjoy a Gabarre Boat ride on the River Dordogne to admire mighty Castles.

Highlights

  • A Wonderful Afternoon Exploring Highlights of the Marvellous Dordogne
  • Explore Domme and Beynac, officially rated as most beautiful villages of France
  • Enjoy a boat ride down the spectacular Dordogne River
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of the Dordogne
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Program & Itinerary

Prepare for an unforgettable journey as you meet your English speaking guide, a local expert of the Dordogne, at the designated meeting point. Look for the sign displaying the tour name and the recognizable Ophorus logo, ensuring a seamless connection. To make identification even easier, our guides proudly wear nominative badges.Once you've met your guide, they will provide a detailed overview of ...

Prepare for an unforgettable journey as you meet your English speaking guide, a local expert of the Dordogne, at the designated meeting point. Look for the sign displaying the tour name and the recognizable Ophorus logo, ensuring a seamless connection. To make identification even easier, our guides proudly wear nominative badges.

Once you've met your guide, they will provide a detailed overview of the day's program and itinerary. Step into our comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, and get ready to explore the charming villages of the Dordogne and embark on a peaceful boat ride. Enjoy comfort throughout your journey as all our vehicles are equipped with an onboard P/A system, ensuring that everyone can hear the guide's insightful commentary, regardless of seating position.

Discover the Picturesque Village of Domme

Our first stop takes us to the beautiful village of Domme. This bastide, or fortified medieval town, with its trapezoid city plan, showcases unique architectural characteristics adapted to the surrounding terrain. Classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"), Domme boasts a rich history. From the imprisonment of Knight Templars in 1307 to its significance during the Hundred Years' War, this village has witnessed captivating tales of power and conquest.

Experience Serenity on a Peaceful Boat Ride

Next, we'll drive to La Roque Gageac, where you'll embark on a tranquil cruise along the Dordogne River aboard an authentic Gabarre. These traditional flat-bottomed boats have been used for centuries to transport goods along the river. As you leisurely float downstream, admire the imposing castles that grace the riverside landscape. Delight in the opportunity to see Dordogne's enchanting châteaux and villages from the unique perspective of the river. Your knowledgeable guide will point out various landmarks, wildlife, and share the fascinating history of the Gabarres.

Marvel at the Village of Beynac and Its Majestic Castle

Our final destination is Beynac, a captivating village nestled atop a limestone cliff. Marvel at the medieval architecture as you explore the village and visit its imposing castle. Built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac, this fortress played a crucial role in safeguarding the valley. Its strategic location, perched high above the Dordogne River, showcases remarkable defensive features, including double crenelated walls, moats, and a formidable barbican. Behold this architectural marvel, a testament to both human ingenuity and the awe-inspiring forces of nature. Learn more about the captivating history of this extraordinary city during our half-day tour.

Conclude Your Journey with Fond Memories of the Dordogne

As our visit to Beynac concludes, we'll make our way back to Sarlat, cherishing the memories of the enchanting villages, scenic boat ride, and the captivating history we've encountered along the way. Reserve your spot now and join us on this remarkable adventure through the picturesque landscapes and rich heritage of the Dordogne.

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  • 01:50 pm

    Meet your Guide in front of the Bus Stop at Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Caneda

  • 02:00 pm

    Depart for Beautiful villages of Dordogne tour from Sarlat

  • 02:20 pm

    Visit of Domme and enjoy a breathtaking view over the Dordogne valley

  • 03:30 pm

    Boat Ride on the Dordogne River near La Roque Gageac

  • 05:00 pm

    Visit of Beynac village

  • 06:00 pm

    Drop off at Place Pasteur in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to the Villages of the Dordogne Valley half-day tour
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to the Villages of the Dordogne Valley half-day tour
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to the Villages of the Dordogne Valley half-day tour

Know before you book

Please note that in regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own.
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  • Half Day Tour from Sarlat
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get reduced price 
  • Tour is operated in English
  • In case of high or low water or fog, the boat ride will be replaced by the visit of a Castle
  • Good walking shoes recommended, cobblestone streets
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

Place Pasteur - Bus stop 24200 Sarlat la Caneda

Departure

Pick up in front of Bus Stop at 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!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.9/5 (63 reviews)
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    12, Nov 2024

    Great boat ride with a great guide.
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    22, Oct 2023

    Communication was very good, with helpful information. Our guide was very punctual and proceeded to give us a comprehensive overview of the area’s history...
  • Bruce Leidenberger

    21, Oct 2023

    Anne, your knowledge of the area and its history were amazing and you were such a delight to be with on all three tours. I will highly recommend specifically...
  • Karen L Fowdy

    19, Oct 2023

    Benoit was the perfect guide and host on this tour. The pace was perfect, with time to explore this beautiful area. Benoit was courteous and met the needs...
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Included

  • Guided walking tour of the villages
  • 1-hour boat ride on the Dordogne River
  • English-speaking driver guide, Expert of the Dordogne
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan

Excluded

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

FAQ

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who conducts these 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 is this tour?

    This tour includes some walking around the medieval villages of Beynac, La Roque Gageac & Domme, where you have still a large number of cobblestone streets. 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 this excursion.
  • Which villages will we visit on this half day trip from Sarlat?

    Departing from Sarlat, we will take you to visit the villages of Domme, La Roque Gageac and Beynac.
  • Does this tour run on rainy days?

    This tour is available every afternoon between April and end of October (except August, because of the crowds). The tour leaves, rain or shine!
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