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    Enjoy a boat ride down the spectacular Dordogne River and explore exquisite villages of the area.
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Ophorus Tours - Dordogne Valley Villages Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Dordogne Valley Villages Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

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  • 04 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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A Perfect Half-Day Jaunt Through the Magic of the Dordogne

Highlights

  • A Lovely Half-Day Visit of the Most Enchanting Villages of the Dordogne
  • Visit Domme, Beynac & La Roque Gageac
  • Enjoy a One Hour Cruise Down the Dordogne
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne Region
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Grab your camera and make a beeline for some of the Dordogne’s most photogenic landscapes on this 4-hour small-group private tour from Sarlat. Learn about the Dordogne region’s rich history as you visit the medieval town of Domme and explore the 12th-century castle of Beynac. Finally, drift down the Dordogne river onboard a traditional wooden Gabarre and admire the majestic châteaux that loom over ...

Grab your camera and make a beeline for some of the Dordogne’s most photogenic landscapes on this 4-hour small-group private tour from Sarlat. Learn about the Dordogne region’s rich history as you visit the medieval town of Domme and explore the 12th-century castle of Beynac. Finally, drift down the Dordogne river onboard a traditional wooden Gabarre and admire the majestic châteaux that loom over the riverside.

Pick up at your accommodation in Sarlat or the surrounding area.

In the morning or the afternoon we will come and pick you up at your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda. Meet your English-speaking driver guide who will go over the program and itinerary of this private half day tour from Sarlat.

Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way towards the Dordogne Valley. Listen to your tour guide explain the local culture & history as your small group begins to admire some of the most stunning landscapes of the area.

Begin with the Bastide village of Domme

Today discover the breathtaking landscape and traditional medieval villages of the Dordogne valley. First, drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (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 town was coveted by the English who first took it in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again.

Then reach La Roque Gageac village

Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. The boat ride lasts about one hour (tickets not included) and comes highly recommended. You can also discover the Gardens of La Roque that benefit from micro-climate conditions and where local vegetation stands alongside more exotic plants such as Banana trees, agave and Bougainvillea flowers.

End the tour in Beynac village

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. After the tour, return to Sarlat.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • 09:30 am
    or 02:30 pm

    Visit of Domme, Enjoy a breathtaking view over the Dordogne Valley

  • 10:30 am
    or 03:30 pm

    Boat Ride on the Dordogne River

  • 12:00 pm
    or 05:00 pm

    Visit of Beynac Village

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - Dordogne Valley Villages Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Dordogne Valley Villages Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 4 hour Private Dordogne day trip from Sarlat
  • Boat Ride tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • 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

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda, 24200

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surrounding area, radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Sarlat.

Other possible pick up locations :
  • Montignac Lascaux
  • Les Eyzies de Tayac
  • Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Guided walking tour of the villages Domme, La Roque Gageac and Beynac
  • 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

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

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Sarlat private tours?

    Yes, absolutely, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat. We can also come and pick you up within a 30kms (20 miles) radius around Sarlat.
  • What type of vehicles are used for your private tours 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 your private 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 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.
  • Is the Gabarre boat ride worth it?

    The Gabarre boat were traditional River boats that sailed from the Quercy and Dordogne regions towards Bordeaux. The boat ride that we recommend departs from La Roque Gageac and follows the River Dordogne for a few miles. During the ride you will see the stunning landscapes including the limestone cliffs, the walnut groves and Dordogne forest. Other highlights include the Village or La Roque from the River, Marqueyssac castle & gardens and Castelnau castle. The boat ride lasts about 1 hour and is a great way to see the Dordogne from the River.

    Please note that in the Spring or Autumn season, it the water level is too high, the boats are not allowed to navigate. We can replace the boat ride with visits to castles or gardens located in the surrounding area.
  • Does this tour run on rainy days?

    This tour is available everyday between April and end of October. The tour leaves, rain or shine! 
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