Essential Dordogne 3 Day Tour

See the Best of the Dordogne Over 3 Magical Days

We’ve picked out the best experiences to enjoy over 3 days

This is the same tour as the Essential Dordogne Package but does not include accommodation

Stay in your hotel in Sarlat and join us each morning for wonderful excursions (central meeting point, pick up at hotel not available)

Visit some of the most beautiful local villages of all of France, including Domme, Bernac and Rocamadour

Experience a boat ride on the lovely River Dordogne

Enjoy a full overview of the history of the local cave art drawings

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details


260€ Per Person from 2 to 8 persons.


Departs Wed, Sat Only.
1 April 2018 to 31 Oct 2018. Not available in August.


3 days

Trip Style:

Multi-Day Shared Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.

Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.

Meeting Point:

Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop in Sarlat.
Hotel pick-up not available.
Tour returns to departure point.


The services of an English speaking driver guide
Entrance fees to: National Prehistory museum, Rouffignac & Lascaux IV caves
Private guided walking tour of Sarlat
Private guided walking tour of Rocamadour
Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
Small group of 8 passengers maximum
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board


Entrance fees to monuments, museums or activities unless mentioned in program
Meals and drinks
Personal insurance and expenses
Gratuities for the driver guide

Get to Know the Dordogne on This Perfect Mix of Experiences

Departing from the beautiful town of Sarlat, your daily excursions will lead you to the most significant attractions. Follow your guide on this small group tour and visit one of the most well preserved 17th century town during its bustling market day. You will also experience a unique visit at Lascaux IV cave that will plunge you back to the origins of Art. The tour also includes the visit of some of the most beautiful villages of the area as well as a boat ride on the River Dordogne so as to admire stunning landscapes and mighty medieval fortresses lined up along the River.

Day 1 > Sarlat Guided Walking Tour / Domme Village Visit / Dordogne Boat Ride - Shared Tour

9.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Then reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then we drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac where you will depart on a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, we head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery.

6.00pm Return to Sarlat.

Day 2 > Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne - Shared Tour

8.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breath taking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux IV a perfect reproduction of the original cave.

6.00pm Return to Sarlat.

Day 3 > Rocamadour Morning Visit - Shared Tour

8.50am Pick up at Place Pasteur bus station in Sarlat.

In the morning, depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat.

1.00pm Drop off in Sarlat.

Good to Know

  • Order of tours can be modified.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers to operate.
  • Prices are listed as a guide only.
  • Child prices are applicable for children aged 4 – 12 years.
  • Tour not suitable for infants under 4.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Currency is in EUR.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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