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Best of Sarlat and Dordogne Valley

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01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
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Discover the Dordogne River amidst cliffside villages and glimpse the 17,000-year-old cave paintings.


Visit the most important landmarks of Sarlat with your guide including: Lantern of the Dead, Saint Sacerdos Cathedral, Saint Mary Church & covered market and many more!

Admire the village of Beynac and its Castle. This Middle Age construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. 

Board an electric train and descend almost 2 kilometres to admire the artwork located inside the Cave Paintings from 15,000 BC

Traverse the beautiful town of Rocamadour and visit the Notre Dame Chapel, boasting the exquisite frescoes that depict the Annunciation and Visitation

Discover the essentials of this interesting French province on this private guided tour based in Sarlat, in the heart of the Dordogne. You will follow your guide to one of the best-preserved 17th-century towns during its bustling market day.

Experience a one-of-a-kind excursion to the Lascaux IV Cave, which will plunge you back to the dawn of Art. The tour also includes a visit to some of the area's most picturesque villages, as well as a boat ride along the River Dordogne to see the gorgeous scenery and mighty medieval strongholds that line the river.

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4 Nights in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine - 4*
Daily breakfasts
Sarlat Gourmet walking tour with private guide
Half day tour of the villages of the Dordogne Valley
Full day Paleolithic Art of The Caves private tour
Full day Rocamandour and Padirac Chasm private tour
Day 1

Make your own way to the charming small town of Sarlat and settle into your hotel.

Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of France's most typical cities from the 14th century. The town, which is located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, has an exceptional amount of structures and homes ranging from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Take a stroll through the small narrow alleys and streets for some personal exploration.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine

Day 2
Sarlat → Domme → La Roque Gageac → Beynac → Sarlat

After breakfast, experience the best of historic Sarlat with a 2 hour walking tour.

With your guide, tour the city's most notable landmarks like the Lantern of the Dead, a small stone tower located behind the Cathedral. Lanterns were once used to mark the location of a cemetery. The little apertures at the top of the structure where the light was shown at night gave them the name Lanterns. According to folklore, the Lantern of Sarlat was constructed to commemorate Bernard de Clairvaux's trip through the city in 1147. Another theory is that the Lantern is a representation of the dome of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as it has been depicted from the 4th century: a circular tower with an entrance on the first level and a second level covered by a canopy with 12 columns.

Continue with a visit to Saint Sacerdos Cathedral. The Cathedral is mainly Gothique or northern influence. The bell tower dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest part of the building with the bulbed belfry at the top being more recent as it was added in the 19th century.

Then, discover the Old Sainte-Marie Church, the construction of the Church dates back to the middle of the 14th century and was consecrated in 1507. By 1794 the church was abandoned and transformed into a bakery, a post office and finally sold in 1805. In 1834 the town of Sarlat bought back the land and the church was renovated. In 2001 the Church was again transformed, into the covered market you see today.

Visit the House of La Boétie, built in the Italian Renaissance style in 1525 and it is the birthplace of Étienne de La Boétie, a magistrate, writer, jurist, and philosopher. The façade of this Private Mansion's principal architectural characteristics are wide mullion windows flanked by pilasters carved with big medallions. In 1899, the house was designated as a historical landmark.

In the afternoon, jaunt through the breathtaking landscape and traditional medieval villages of Dordogne Valley.

Begin with the Bastide Village of Domme. The village is classified as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France or “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Drive to La Roque-Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire the mighty castles that line the river. The boat ride lasts about one hour (tickets not included) and comes highly recommended. The Gabarres are traditional flat-bottomed boats that have been used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages. 

Finally, arrive at Beynac to take in the sights of the hamlet and castle. This Middle Age structure, with its austere aspect, sits on a limestone cliff, commanding the town and the Dordogne River's north bank. The Lords of Beynac (one of Périgord's four baronies) erected the fortress to seal the valley in the 12th century. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city on this half-day tour!

Return to your accomodation in Sarlat at 5:30 pm. 

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine

Sarlat → Domme → La Roque Gageac → Beynac → Sarlat
Day 3
Sarlat → Les Eyzies-de-Tayac → Montignac → Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac → Sarlat

After breakfast, discover the Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Museum of Prehistory. Established in July 2004, the museum houses some 18,000 pieces and a collection of six million artifacts. The museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world. Follow your guide and discover the main chapters of the Hominids’ development through an anthropological frieze and a brief reminder of Africa’s history, starting with the early Australopithecus. Visit the permanent exhibit galleries that will plunge you into the mists of time, revealing seven sequences that cover the entire Paleolithic era through an “ideal historiography”.

Enjoy some free time for lunch (at your own expense)  in Montignac or a village in the Dordogne region. Ask your guide for recommendations.

Visit the brand new Lascaux IV Cave in Montignac – which opened in December 2016. Follow your guide and take some time to visit the exhibitions and the Centre for Prehistoric Cave Art.

Complete your journey with a visit to Rouffignac Cave, which has state-of-the-art original cave paintings as well as real etchings and sketches. François de Belleforest first described the Rouffignac Cave in 1575. He mentioned "paintings and animal trails" in his " Cosmographie Universelle". The cave was formerly a popular tourist destination in the 19th century. Famous archaeologists like as Henri Breuil, André Glory, and Martel visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it wasn't until 1956 that two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, found and validated the cave art.

As you arrive, board an electric train and descend almost 2 kilometres to admire the artwork located inside the cave. The small train makes a few stops in front of spectacular drawings and etchings. Finally, reach the bottom of the cave for a stop of a few minutes. Disembark the train and just a few steps away admire the ceiling of the cave where a large amount of drawings are present. The 66 animal depictions appear to have been arranged in a haphazard manner, swirling around a massive suction funnel that leads to a well that provides access to the cave's second level. Mammoths are everywhere, while the remainder of the bestiary consists of rhinoceros, bisons, and horses. More unusually, all of the Ibex depictions are concentrated in one area, which is totally isolated from the rest of the cave.

Return to your hotel at 5:30 pm.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine

Sarlat →  Les Eyzies-de-Tayac → Montignac → Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac → Sarlat
Day 4
Sarlat → Padirac → Rocamadour → Sarlat

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at 09:00 am at your hotel and take you to Paridac Chasm.

Plunge into an unexpected underground realm of the Gouffre de Padirac, for a one-of-a-kind journey to one of the region's most amazing natural occurrences. The chasm is 103 metres (338 ft) deep, with a diameter of around 33 metres (108 ft). Padirac Chasm's flooded network is the second-longest in the world, behind those in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. 

The visit of this vertiginous chasm begins with a 75-metre descent via a lift before actually entering the cave system. After the descent, take a relaxing boat ride on the enigmatic subterranean river. Disembark and walk along a path that will take you through large caves decorated with stunning gigantic limestone concretions. After the walk, you will return by boat to your original departure point and take the lift back up to reach the outside world.

After seeing Padirac, board the minivan and go to Rocamadour, a neighbouring town. The village of Rocamadour is a miraculous rock, a collection of myths, folklore, and beliefs, a sanctuary dedicated to the Black Virgin, and a pilgrimage place all at once. The sheer rock that overlooks the Alzou Canyon is dotted with historic medieval dwellings, castles and fortresses, and oratories. The castle, with its dungeon and seven sanctuaries, is the crowning glory of the entire complex. Your tour will undoubtedly come to a halt here for a beautiful perspective of the entire site, which will provide excellent photo possibilities. Depending on your arrival time, you will either participate in a guided walking tour of the village or have free time.

There are various restaurants and snacks to choose from in the village for lunch (at your own expense), and your guide will offer appropriate recommendations based on your preferences.

Stroll around the alleys of the historic hamlet with your guide. The steps will lead you to the village's central section, where the church plaza, Place Saint-Amadour, is located, encircled by its seven sanctuaries. The Great Staircase, with its 216 steps, leads tourists from the lower section of town to the ecclesiastical complex. Pilgrims used to climb the steps on their knees in the Middle Ages. Upon visiting the Monastic buildings in the sanctuary, try and find the legendary sword of Roland, named Durandal, that is embedded in the cliff. The sword fell in Rocamadour when Roland, Charlemagne's nephew, hurled it from the battlefield, ensuring that no one could ever wield it again.

Visit the world-famous Notre Dame Chapel, which is part of a magnificent 13th-century Chapel complex. Your guide will undoubtedly tell you about the 12th-century Black Madonna statue fashioned from a walnut tree. Admire the exquisite frescoes that depict the Annunciation and Visitation and originate from the 12th century as you face Notre Dame. You'll have some free time to go exploring on your own. If you exit the sanctuary on the same level that you entered, you will be able to reach the Castle, which is located above the Sanctuary. The castle itself is not open to the public, although the remparts provide breathtaking views over the Alzou Canyon. Another alternative is to return to the town and take a stroll down the main street, where you may buy local items. There are a variety of arts and crafts stores that make excellent gifts.

Return to your hotel at 5:00 pm.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine.

Sarlat → Padirac → Rocamadour → Sarlat
Rocamadour Clifftop
Day 5

After breakfast, prepare for check-out of the hotel, where your tour will end.


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Hotel Plaza Madeleine
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The hotel is located in the heart of Sarlat with direct access to the medieval city, its market and entertainment. Contemporary, opulent decor, relaxed atmosphere, quality of services, Plaza Madeleine is also recognized in the major national guides. For your enjoyment, it now has a heated pool, a wellness center!

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