- Walking between the stunning villages of the Dordogne
- Discovering the many chateaux and castles lining the banks of the Dordogne
- Sampling the exquisite regional cuisine
- Soaking up the atmosphere in Beynac and Domme, two of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'
Walking in the Dordogne
A region full of elegant stone houses and medieval castles, the Dordogne boasts stunning scenery with a combination of villages, forests and farmland. Focused around the Dordogne River Valley, this itinerary has plenty of scope to absorb the history and culture of the Perigord. With marvellous food and colourful markets (particularly Sarlat) you will discover the specialities of the region including mushrooms, walnuts, chestnuts, truffles and strawberries. The Benedictine Abbey in Souillac and the delightful villages of Beynac and Domme are fine examples of period architecture that really add to the flavour of the region.
Day 1 Arrive in Souillac
On arrival in Souillac you will be met at the train station and transferred to the hotel. Nestled on the banks of the Dordogne River, the town of Souillac is delightful to walk around with its abbey church, typical houses and interesting shops. If you are arriving by car our representative will meet you at the hotel for a short trip briefing.
Day 2 Transfer to Rouffillac, walk via wooded hills and fields to Sarlat (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
A short transfer takes you to Rouffillac, a castle overlooking the Dordogne valley. The walk commences from here through wooded hills and fields to Sarlat, the capital of the black Perigord. This region, also known as Sarladais, contains dense oak forest and is home to the truffle (known as the black diamond' of Perigord).
Day 3 Day in the medieval town of Sarlat (4hrs, 12km/7.5mi)
A day to discover Sarlat, a lovely town built of a beautiful golden limestone with the highest concentration of Medieval and Renaissance facades of any town of France. A pleasant walk of 1.5km (2 hours) in and around the town will send you into the 12th century. If your schedule allows, time your visit to coincide with the Saturday morning market. Or you can extend your walk to include a 10km loop (2 ½ hours) towards Campagnac Chateau. Option to include a sidetrip to the Lascaux Caves.
Day 4 Walk to Beynac, one of the most beautiful villages in France (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
Walk on shady paths bordered by oak and chestnut trees, toward the Dordogne valley and the village of Beynac, classified among “the most beautiful villages of France”, nestled on the river banks and overlooked by a remarkable Medieval fortress.
Day 5 Walk through the heart of the Dordogne Valley to Domme (4hrs, 12km/7.5mi)
Today’s walk takes you into the heart of the Dordogne Valley, jewel of the Périgord, where medieval castles majestically overlook the river. You may like to take a boat trip on a flat-bottomed gabarre in La Roque Gageac before reaching Domme, the fortified “bastide” rated to have the best view of the Dordogne, and classified among the most beautiful villages of France.
Day 6 Walk to Carsac (4-5hrs, 16km/9.9mi)
The trail continues through the spectacular scenery of the Dordogne river valley, combining pleasant villages with forests and farmland. A highlight is a magnificent view of the chateau de Montfort.
Day 7 Walk along the riverside to Souillac (5-6 hours, 22km/13.7mi)
A longer but easier walk than yesterday with the majority of the trail following the river. Castles, lovely villages and quintessential Dordogne scenery feature throughout the walk. Overnight in Souillac.
Day 8 Trip concludes Souillac
Trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the train station.
- 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners. – 6 breakfasts will be buffet style and one will be a continental breakfast consisting of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Dinners will usually be 3 courses with regional specialties featured
- 6 nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a 2 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- Transfer from Souillac station to hotel if arriving by train on Day 1 and return on Day 8
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- Arrival briefing and 7 day service hotline
- Maps and itineraries, tourist information
What's not included
- Travel to and from Souillac
- Lunches daily and all beverages
- Entrance fees to museums, chateaux, parks and archaeological sites
- Items of a personal nature
- Tour guide - this is a self-guided trip
- Travel insurance
- Hotel taxes may apply - these are payable locally
- The side trip to the Lascaux Caves from either Souillac or Sarlat - transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. Entrance tickets should be pre-booked at www.lascaux.fr
Introductory To Moderate
INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2 This trip involves 6 days walking along undulating to flat trails and some small roads. Care needs to be taken as there are some steep sections on and off the paths which can be slippery when wet. The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in this adventure. During the walking stages you will need to carry your daily requirements in day pack such as waterbottle, camera, waterproofs and lunch.