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We’ll transfer you from the Brive-la-Gaillarde or Souillac train station to your first hotel in Montignac. Montignac is a lovely small town alongside the Vezere River. The river splits the town in two and on each side of its banks have sprung fountains, washing places, houses and half-timbered buildings. On looking up, you will see the castle, former haunt of the Counts of Perigord, perched on its rocky spur and overlooking the town nestling below. Our Trip Manager will go over your trip package with you, and then leave you to explore before your first dinner, included this evening.

Transfer to the small village of St Amand de Coly, with its lovely fortified Romanesque Abbey (surprisingly majestic for such a small community!), and tiny cobbelstoned alleyways. After your explorations there, walk, climbing gradually through lush fields and forest, and golden-stone farmhouses, admiring the vistas. You’ll descend then, through more forest with the full panoply of shades of green and dappled light, before descending back to Montignac, passing by the Lascaux IV site, for explorations there. We have purposely made this walk not too long to allow for enough time for this extraordinary prehistory centre.

This morning your transfer follows the Vezere River, as it winds southwards through rich countryside that has welcomed man for milennia. Your route offers a plethora of reminders of this heritage, starting at the troglodyte site of La Madeleine – a prehistoric excavation of such importance that it donated its name to an entire prehistoric era – the Magdalenian – but also with an incredible troglodyte village you can visit. A climb away from the river before being rewarded at the end of the day with your descent into Les Eyzies. This little town sits on the confluence of Vezere and the Beune Rivers, and is home to the National Prehistory Museum and Research Centre, as well as a string of small boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

After breakfast, we transfer you to the Chateau de Puy Martin, with its crenelated towers and of course its ghost, the White Lady, who wanders its hallways. The walk today, all on tiny paved roads through forest and a string of hamlets, ends with a great descent into Sarlat. We have organised a private walking tour, to enrich your explorations of this UNESCO Heritage town, with its narrow streets, restored Gothic and Renaissance town houses, the Saint Sacerdos Cathedral and its famous open-air market (Saturday mornings). Sarlat is the largest Medieval architectural grouping in Europe; you’ll love wandering at night, when the stone buildings with their “lauze” rooftops, and the cobblestoned streets and charming squares are lit up to eerie beauty – you’ll think you have been transported back in time!

Start today in the heart of the Hundred Year’s War, walking into the village of Castelnaud, and more impressively, the castle and Medieval War Museum. The castle kept careful watch over its enemies across the river in the Chateau of Beynac. After descending through the village, cross the river and walk along the valley to La Roque Gageac, one of the official “Prettiest Villages”. Built flat against the cliffside overlooking the Dordogne at one of its most popular bends, you’ll be sure to see colourful canoes and kayaks, and want to take a bit of time to explore the golden-stoned dwellings, more troglodyte traces, and its pretty views. Hug the banks of the Dordogne for a stretch, and ready yourself for the climb (the only one today – but a doozy!) up into the fortified village of Domme. A particularly beautiful example of the Bastide villages of Medieval France, Domme was built in the 13th century by Philip the Bold and is another of the “Prettiest Villages”; there are still examples of medieval graffiti by the Templar knights, and a spectacular panorama to the valley below. (note the Deluxe itinerary has a short transfer at the end from Domme to Domaine Rochebois)

This shorter walk starts up high – in the lush forests above the River valley, by the ancient church in the village of Cazenac. Follow paths, heading downhill, and arriving back to at the Dordogne River to explore the village of Beynac – one of France’s official “Prettiest”. The little village is perched on the cliff riddled with caverns, and its history is over a thousand years. After exploration of the 12th century castle – it is one of the best conserved – a beautiful walk takes you past a working walnut mill, where you can taste one of the star products of the Périgord Noir region. Then arrive at the Marqueyssac Gardens. This astonishing spot offers over 6km of pathways lined with over 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods, rockeries and stone cabins. Situated on a rocky spur, the panoramic viewpoint offers one of the most impressive views of the valley and it’s many châteaux. We’ll pick you up there to transfer you back to your hotel for a second night.

After a final breakfast, we transfer you to Souillac or Sarlat train station for your further travels. Bon voyage!

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation of the comfort level of your choice * CLASSIC, CLASSIC + or DELUXE
  • Hotel taxes
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners (drinks not included with the dinners)
  • Orientation with our Trip Manager at the start of the trip
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer to first hotel from Souillac or Brive train station
  • Transfer to Souillac or Sarlat train station at the end of the trip
  • Taxi transfers to the start of the walk, and at the end when specified
  • Detailed maps and step-by-step route notes
  • Uploadable GPS files to use on a free APP in your smartphone **
  • Regional information and advice
  • Phone call support 7 days a week

* Price based on double room occupancy – please contact us for details on single room supplements
** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)

Hotel Details

Classic Tour

1350 € / pers.

2 nights
Hotel le Lascaux – Montignac

1 night
Hotel le Moulin de le Beune – Les Eyzies

1 night
Hotel la Couleuvrine – Sarlat

2 nights
Hotel l’Esplanade – Domme

Classic + Tour

1650 € / pers.

2 nights
Hotel la Roseraie – Montignac

1 night
Hotel le Centenaire – Les Eyzies

1 night
Grand Hotel Pavillon Selves – Sarlat

2 nights
Hotel l’Esplanade – Domme

Deluxe Tour

2360 € / pers.

2 nights
Hotel Bouilhac – Montignac

1 night
Hotel les Glycines – Les Eyzies

1 night
Hotel Plaza Madeleine – Sarlat

2 nights
Hotel l’Esplanade – Domme