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Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Dordogne Shared Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Villages of the Dordogne Shared Half Day Trip From Sarlat

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Grab your camera and make a beeline for some of the Dordogne’s most photogenic landscapes

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

Program & Itinerary

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, ...

Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert of the Dordogne

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit local Dordogne villages and participate in a peaceful boat ride.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

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!

After the visit it will be time to return to Sarlat.

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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 - Villages of the Dordogne Shared Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • 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 half price 
  • Tour is operated in English
  • In case of high 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

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

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

16 reviews
  • NA

    04, Apr 2022

    This is an excellent activity to get a good overview of this region. The guide is very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can ask questions any time....
  • Ondra W.

    21, Sep 2022

    My trip to three villages of the Dordogne was very good indeed. Maarten was extremely well organised and very good at holding our group of six together,...
  • N/A

    20, May 2022

    This was an excellent trip! Benoit has good knowledge of the area, both currently and also for historical information! He gave us information clearly...
  • by Anonymous (Australia)

    10, Dec 2019

    Wonderful excursion. Felt that we saw a lot in a short amount of time.
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Included / excluded

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
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

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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