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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Delights of Historic Dordogne

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday (subject to availability) from 15 April - 15 October
Price
  • £895 (single supplement £325)
  • £1075 (single supplement £370)
Grade
Profile
  • 7 nights, 6 days independent walking moving between guest houses
Highlights
  • Wonderful historic villages including La-Roque-Gageac, Sarlat and Beynac
  • Beautiful chateaux lining the Dordogne Valley
  • Host of historic and pre-historic sites
  • Picturesque landscapes
  • Easy walking with limited ascents and descents leaving plenty of time to explore the sights
  • Lovely guest houses and great food
Testimonials
  • "Cliffs services were great. Luggage transfers were smooth. The promotional materials were accurate and appealing. Loved the variety in places to stay and eat. Enjoy having some meals booked and others free. The area around Domme is so beautiful and walking into La Roque was special." K, Fingas, Canada. More customer comments from self guided walking holidays.
Accommodation and Meals
  • A mixture of small B&B's and small independent family run hotels offering a high qulity of service (2 or 3 star rating). Many are in historic properties, set in medieval village locations.
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation, including all breakfasts, four dinners, 2 transfers during the week, full walking notes and maps, transport of luggage

What's not included
  1. Travel to Souillac, France; lunches, 3 evening meals, visits, travel insurance

Walks

Delights of Historic Dordogne

The Dordogne in central France is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne river and its stunning valley lined with historic delights. Our easy self guided walking holiday passes through one picturesque village after another. La Roque Gageac has been built into steep sandstone cliffs which rise high above the river with fascinating architecture and a troglodyte fort built into the cliff face. The beautiful town of Sarlat is famous for its medieval buildings and its lively street market. Sarlat has remained preserved from modern development and is considered to be one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. Domme is a superb hill-top town, little changed over the centuries and is visible from far along the Dordogne Valley. In addition, the Dordogne has an impressive concentration of chateaux lining the valley such as Fenelon, Beynac, Castlenaud and Marqueyssac. There are also important pre-historic sites with cave drawings to discover on your gentle walking holiday through the heart of Dordogne.

 

Walking Profile

6 days self-guided walking, moving between guest houses. This walking holiday in the Dordogne is graded easy.  Two of the days allow you to increase the amount of walking or to rest. Average days include about 12km walking with only limited ascents and descents.  All the walks are on good paths, although some sections can be muddy and rocky. Anyone in good health can enjoy this holiday.

 

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Walks day by day

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome at your guest house in Souillac - a bustling market town found on the train line. Explore the fine Romanesque Abbey and visit the automotive museum.

Day 2: Rouffillac - Carsac

A short transfer to Rouffillac from where your walk begins. Follow the banks of the river through glorious countryside. Take the opportunity to visit Chateau Fenelon. Today’s destination is Carsac, a lovely village in the heart of Perigord Noir. (13.5km, +/- 70m)

Day 3: Sarlat

A choice today, maybe do both! A circular walk from Carsac through the wonderful  surrounding countryside, or, walk into Sarlat. Sarlat is the jewel in the crown of the  Dordogne. A magnificent medieval town, with the opportunity to admire its beautiful architecture. (12 - 16km, +/- 100m)

Day 4: Carsac - Domme

Walk through the enchanting valley towards Domme, a bastide village which offers amazing views of the surrounding region which seem to go on forever. Explore the  village’s pretty quaint streets and the caves to be found in Domme. 12.5km, +/- 130m

Day 5: Domme - La Roque Gageac

Wander through enchanting countryside to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac. Along the way take the opportunity to visit Chateau Castelnaud and its museum of  medieval warfare. Explore the gardens at Chateau Marqueyssac. 12.5km, +/- 100m

Day 6: Beynac

A day walk out of La Roque Gageac. Head towards Beynac and visit the magnificient chateau which looms over the valley. Possibility to take in a boat ride down the river, taking in all the chateaux that border this wonderful waterway. 6.5 - 12km, +/-  80m

Day 7: St Cyprien - Les Eyzies

A transfer takes you to St Cyprien and from here it’s onwards to Les Eyzies, one of  Europe’s most famous pre–historic sites, possibly taking in the Font De Gaume. 12km, +/-  60m)

Day 8: Departure

Holiday ends after breakfast. If you have time, visit the National Pre-historic Museum before departing

 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


A mixture of B&B’s and small independent family run hotels offering a high quality of service (2 or 3 star). Many are in historic properties, set in wonderful medieval village locations, some have swimming pools. Warm welcome and gastronomic food. A couple of examples are presented below

Name Type Details Rating  
Hotel Le Moulin de la Beune Hotel Lovely hotel in an old mill in the village of Les Eyzies de Tayac famous for its pre-historic sites   Accommodation les eyzies hotel le moulin Beune
Le Grand Hotel Hotel Old and modern are mixed in this fine hotel in the historic centre of Souillac with lovely indoor patio and outdoor terrace 3 stars hotel in souillac dordogne walking holidays France
Travel Options

Travel Options


Train

Eurostar, the TGV & local TER trains run services from London St Pancras to Souillac, France. Take the Eurostar to Paris where you need to change station. Take the TGV from Paris Austerlitz direction Toulouse. Some trains (Teoz) are direct to Souillac, whilst others need a further change, some via Brive la Gaillarde.

Flights:

Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac, France. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station.

Please visit our travel shop for useful links to transport operators. Please make sure you check that the holiday is available for your preferred date before making any travel arrangements.

 

Photos

Photos


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