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  • BEYNAC CASTLE - ADULT TICKET

    € 20.00

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    Adult Entrance ticket to the Chateau de Beynac
  • COMMARQUE CASTLE - ADULT TICKET

    € 20.00

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    Adult Entrance ticket to Chateau de Commarque.
  • EYRIGNAC GARDENS - ADULT TICKET

    € 20.00

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    Adult Entrance ticket to the Gardens of Eyrignac
  • FENELON CASTLE - ADULT TICKET

    € 20.00

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    Adult Entrance Ticket to Chateau de Fénelon
  • MARQUEYSSAC GARDENS ENTRANCE TICKET - ADULT

    € 20.00

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    Entrance Tickets to Marqueyssac Gardens - Adult Price (18 years and more)
  • MARQUEYSSAC GARDENS ENTRANCE TICKET - CHILDREN

    € 15.00

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    Entrance Tickets for Marqueyssac Gardens - Reduced price for Children 10 to 17 years old. Under 10 years old, free of charge.
  • MILANDES CASTLE & GARDENS ENTRANCE TICKET - ADULT

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    Entrance Tickets to Milandes Castle - Adult Price (17 years and more)
  • MILANDES CASTLE ENTRANCE TICKET - CHILDREN

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    Entrance Tickets for Milandes Castle - Reduced price for Children 5 to 16 years. Under 5 years old are free of charge.
  • CASTELNAUD CASTLE ADULT TICKET

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    Entrance tickets to Castelnaud Castle - Adult Price (18 years and more)
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    Entrance tickets to Castelnaud Castle - Reduced price for Children 10 to 17 years old. Under 5 years old are free of charge.
  • BEYNAC CASTLE - CHILD TICKET

    € 15.00

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    Child entrance ticket to the Château de Beynac
  • COMMARQUE CASTLE - CHILD TICKET

    € 15.00

    /pers - all participants
    Child Entrance ticket to Chateau de Commarque.
  • EYRIGNAC GARDENS - CHILD TICKET

    € 15.00

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    Child Entrance ticket to the Gardens of Eyrignac
  • FENELON CASTLE - CHILD TICKET

    € 15.00

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    Child Entrance Ticket to Chateau de Fénelon
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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private

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Historical landmarks & pristine gardens on this small group private Dordogne Day Tour from Sarlat. Choose among our selection of Castles to visit such as Beynac, Castelnau, Milandes. Gardens can include Marqueyssac or Eyrignac.

Highlights

  • The Dordogne is dotted with Mighty castles & Pristine Gardens
  • Choose the Castles you would like to visit among our selection
  • Discover beautiful French Gardens among our selection
  • Dordogne Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • All entrance fees can be purchased during booking process
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne Region
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

Meet Your Expert Local GuidePrepare for an extraordinary journey as you meet our knowledgeable English-speaking guide, an expert of the captivating Dordogne region. They will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the itinerary and program for this exclusive full-day private tour. Immerse yourself in their expertise as you embark on an unforgettable exploration of the Dordogne valley.Experience ...

Discover the Enchanting Castles & Gardens of Dordogne on a Private Sarlat Sightseeing Tour

Meet Your Expert Local Guide

Prepare for an extraordinary journey as you meet our knowledgeable English-speaking guide, an expert of the captivating Dordogne region. They will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the itinerary and program for this exclusive full-day private tour. Immerse yourself in their expertise as you embark on an unforgettable exploration of the Dordogne valley.

Travel in a Spacious Mercedes Minivan

Experience unparalleled comfort aboard our spacious Mercedes Minivan, exclusively reserved for you. With ample room to accommodate up to 8 individuals, this vehicle ensures you have the freedom to choose your preferred seat for optimal social distancing while still enjoying informative commentary from your guide. 

Choose Among Our Selection of Castles & Gardens

Indulge in our full-day tour from Sarlat-la-Canéda, which takes you along the picturesque Dordogne River to discover the most exquisite medieval castles and gardens the region has to offer. To simplify your experience, we have carefully curated a selection of breathtaking Castles & Gardens for you to choose from during the booking process. Our dedicated team will review your selections and design the best possible itinerary tailored to your preferences.

1. Beynac Castle - Majestic Middle Ages Splendor

Marvel at the austere grandeur of Beynac Castle, perched atop a limestone cliff that overlooks the town and the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Built in the 12th century, this fortified stronghold was strategically constructed by the barons of Beynac to safeguard the valley. With its double crenelated walls, double moats, and imposing barbican, the castle's formidable defenses reflect the historical significance of this architectural masterpiece.

2. Castelnaud-la-Chapelle Castle - A Military Museum

Explore the rich history of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle Castle, constructed in the 12th century and later rebuilt after its destruction during the Albigensian Crusade. This castle played a crucial role during the Hundred Years' War, predominantly under English occupation. Today, it houses a remarkable Museum of Military Warfare, showcasing a fascinating collection of weapons and armor. Ideal for families, this castle offers a captivating private visit that encompasses the fortifications and the extraordinary arms and armor display.

3. Commarque Castle - A Unique Fortress

Discover the intriguing Commarque Castle, an often-overlooked gem of the Dordogne. This fortress stands out with its complex defense system, concentric ramparts, and soaring 80-meter-high vertical Donjon. What sets Commarque apart is its additional attractions beyond the traditional medieval castle. Delve into the lower room of the 'Corps des Logis' to find the prehistoric Commarque Cave, a remarkable archaeological site adorned with parietal representations dating back to the Magdalenian period. Families traveling with children will relish the castle's daily workshops, offering activities such as creating a Coat of Arms, exploring medieval geometry, practicing medieval calligraphy, connecting with animal totems, and trying their hand at archery.

4. Milandes Castle & Gardens - A Storied Residence

Step into the enchanting world of Milandes Castle, a captivating example of Gothic-inspired Renaissance architecture. Constructed in 1489, this picturesque castle served as the cherished residence of the Caumont family until the French Revolution. Notably, the renowned entertainer Josephine Baker rented and later purchased the castle in the mid-20th century. Recognized as a "Maison des Illustres" by the French Ministry of Culture, the castle now devotes its rooms to celebrating Josephine Baker's legacy.

5. Gardens of Marqueyssac - Breathtaking Panoramas

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the Gardens of Marqueyssac. Designated as a National Historical Monument, these meticulously manicured gardens offer over 6 kilometers of shaded paths, adorned with 150,000 hand-pruned century-old boxwoods. As you explore, indulge in stunning panoramic views of the Dordogne Valley. Choose from three different circuits that suit your available time, and don't miss the Belvedere, a remarkable viewpoint situated approximately 800 meters from Château de Marqueyssac, providing a breathtaking 130-meter-high vantage point over the entire valley.

After your castle and garden visits, we will return to Sarlat, completing a truly unforgettable journey through the captivating beauty of the Dordogne region.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • Photo Stop along the Dordogne Valley

  • Choose a 1st Castle or Garden visit

  • Choose a 2nd Castle or Garden visit

  • Free time for lunch (at own expense)

  • Choose a 3rd and final Castle or Garden visit

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private
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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne tour private

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 8 hour Castles & Gardens Private tour from Sarlat
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Entrance tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Currency is in Euros

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 at no extra cost.

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

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

5.0/5 (2 reviews)
  • Sharon & Steven

    26, Apr 2023

    Our group or 4 adults schedulded 3 days of tours with Ophorus. Our two tour guides (Benoir and Martin) were well informed, funny and gave us a great experience....
  • AnneSginkgo

    02, Jul 2019

    Florence was great in every way. very knowledgeable, kind and super prepared. we packed so much
    into our day and I am grateful to her.
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Included

  • 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 the different castles and gardens
  • 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 pick you up within a radius of 30kms (20 miles) around Sarlat at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during 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 these Dordogne 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 Rocamadour, 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 involves a great deal of walking. All the Chateaus have stairs to climb and uneven soil. The gardens also involve some walking. Our suggestion is that you do not book this tour if you have any walking issues. 
  • How can I choose which castle or garden to visit?

    You have the choice between 5 castles and 2 gardens on a day that will include 3 visits. All castles except for Commarque are located along the River Dordogne and are a short distance from one another. This is also true for Marqueyssac Gardens that is located along the Dordogne. Both Commarque and Eyrignac are a short drive away from the River. In any case, once our team of travel advisors have received your choices they will organize your day so that it corresponds to your wishes. If the timing or order of the visits have to modified, we will get in touch with you rapidly to inform you.
  • What can we expect on this Castles & Gardens private tour from Sarlat?

    This full day private tour gives you the possibility to combine the visits of medieval castles with local gardens for which the Dordogne is famous for. Choose among our selection during the booking process depending on what type of castles & gardens you would like to visit. There is a choice of 5 different castles and 3 different gardens some of which combine both options like the castle & gardens of Milandes. All visits are conducted by your driver/guide except for Marqueyssac gardens where this is basically a stroll.
  • Is lunch included on this private tour from Sarlat?

    No, we never include lunch on our private full day tours from Sarlat. If you would like to include a lunch in a local restaurant don't hesitate to reach out and our travel advisors will take care of your restaurant reservation. Also, don't hesitate to ask your guide in the morning for recommendations.
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