Dordogne Walking Tour
7 nights accommodation in superior hotels of charm
The Black Perigord overlooks the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne
Indulge from the "foie gras" to the duck specialties, or the meals with truffles to the Bergerac wine
Les Eyzies: National Museum of Prehistory, the Grotto of Font de Gaume, and smaller pre history sites
There are four different geographic Perigord designations : the White Perigord, the Purple Perigord, the Green Perigord and the Black Perigord. This walking tour will take you in the Black Perigord. The Black Perigord overlooks the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne. This limestone plateau, delimited to the West by the valley of the Vezere and to the South, by the valley of the Dordogne, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and Holm oaks, which give it a dark colour and its name "Black Perigord".
This is the world capital of the pre-history with opportunities to visit some of the famous grottos, a country of hundreds of chateaux and high place of the French gastronomy, also known as the country of the "Good, Rich, and Unforgettable meals" ! Of course, the excellent and welcoming accommodations on this trip will provide a real taste of the region, and give you the comfort a day of walking deserves! From the "foie gras" to the duck specialties, or the meals with truffles to the Bergerac wine ; the "Produits du Terroir" are the part of the Perigord culture.
Arrive in Bergerac
Transfer on your own to the hotel. Bergerac is a large town with good rail access and services. This is your getaway into the famous Black Perigord. The historic city is very picturesque and offers a variety of attractions, including the Maison des Vins - for local wines. Settle into your charming hotel.
The local guide (French native & English speaking) will meet you at your hotel in the evening of your arrival day (or morning after). He/She will bring your road-books, GPS and touristic information. An expert of the region, you can ask him/her all the questions you have about your trip.
Overnight in Bergerac at B&B Le Clos d'Argenson.
Distance : 17 Km (10 mi).
Elevation : 313 Metres
After breakfast, you have a 9:30 am transfer to Lalinde, a nearby village that was once a fortified site. The hike from there is a quiet scenic walk along the canal to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Perigord and views over the Dordogne River. Walk on the GR6 to Tremolat.
Overnight in Tremolat at Hotel Le Vieux Logis
Gastronomic dinner included at your hotel.
Distance : 19.5 Km (12 mi).
Elevation : 383 Metres
Today, you follow the GR6 that will lead you to Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages of France with its 12th century church. Your final destination is Le Bugue.
To visit today : Limeuil ; Porte Romane and an 18th century house in Le Bugue.
Overnight in Le Bugue at the B&B Maison Olea
NOTE : We advise you to buy your picnic for tomorrow at Le Bugue this evening since you don’t come back to Le Bugue tomorrow morning.
Dinner included at the "Guest Table".
Distance : 12 Km (7 mi).
Elevation : 275 Metres
After breakfast, today's itinerary will take you to the Capital of prehistory : Les Eyzies! A quiet walk in the countryside along La Vezere river, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, before reaching Les Eyzies. Les Eyzies has many sites worth a lot of your time including the National Museum of Prehistory, the Grotto of Font de Gaume, and smaller pre history sites.
Overnight in Les Eyzies de Tayac at Hostellerie du Passeur.
NOTE : You won’t have any possibilities to buy supplies on today’s itinerary until you arrive in Les Eyzies. You must buy your picnic and snacks in Le Bugue before you leave (The best is to do it on DAY 3 afternoon when you arrive in Le Bugue).
Dinner included at your hotel.
Distance : 7 Km (4 mi).
Elevation : 144 Metres
Today you can either take the day off to relax or do a loop tour around Les Eyzies.
If you choose to walk, the itinerary will take you to the Gorge d'Enfer, located north of Les Eyzies. On this hike, you'll discover the many prehistorical sites of the area, such as the Caves of Grand Roc, L'abri du Poisson and many more. This is a very scenic walk through the forest where you will have several viewpoints over the Vezere river. Return to Les Eyzies.
Overnight in Les Eyzies de Tayac at Hostellerie du Passeur..
NOTE : You won’t have any possibilities to buy supplies on today’s itinerary except in Les Eyzies. You must buy all your snacks and picnic before you leave.
Distance : 16 Km (10 mi).
Elevation : 500 Metres
After breakfast walk from Les Eyzies to Marquay through the Vallee de la Beune. This is where many small rivers join the Vezere. Today's walk will also take you to the Roc de Cazelle caves, where prehistoric habitations have been reproduced.
Next, you'll reach the Château de Commarque, a 12th century castle located on a rocky outcrop in the valley of the river Beune.
At 5:30 pm a taxi will meet you in Marquay and transfer you to Sarlat.
Overnight in Sarlat at B&B la Villa des Consuls
NOTE : You won’t have any possibilities to buy supplies on today’s itinerary except in Les Eyzies. You must buy all your snacks and picnic before you leave. There are restaurants in the village of Marquay.
Distance : 12 Km (7 mi).
Elevation : 333 Metres
After breakfast, you have a nice loop tour to Beynac.
You will have a taxi transfer at 9:30am to the start of your hike. (On Saturdays, the taxi will pick you up at the Pasteur Taxi Station - 5-10min of walking.) Your hike starts from La Roque Gageac, where you can take some time to visit the troglodyte sites. The route then continues to the village of Vitrac and through the Cingle de Montfort.
To visit today : the medieval village of La Roque Gageac, named one of France's most beautiful villages, French garden in La Roque Gageac (Chateau de Marqueyssac), and the Château de Beynac.
Overnight in Sarlat at B&B la Villa des Consuls
Departure from Sarlat.
You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and depart at your leisure.
Trains from Sarlat connect to nearby towns and on to Bordeaux or Paris all day long.
Note : We can help with extra nights, transfer with train to Bordeaux or Paris, car rentals, or other extensions to your tour, please contact us.
per person, twin share
On a meandering cobbled street in the heart of Sarlat's medieval quarter, La Villa des Consuls lets you bed down in either guest rooms or self-service apartments; some are on two floors, and all boast soaring beamed ceilings, modern bathrooms, plus charming views over the Old City's rooftops. Most apartments also have furnished private terraces, fireplaces, and well-appointed kitchens—a distinct advantage when you’re just steps from Sarlat's farmers' market and artisanal bakeries.
Located in the centre of Bergerac, Le Clos d’Argenson dates back to the 19th century and features an outdoor swimming pool, garden and terrace. The house includes a fitness room, billiard table and library. B&B Clos d’Argenson has 4 luxury suites in a beautiful and restored town house built in 1865. All its authentic character are kept with high ceilings, original parquet floorings, marble chimneys and a large spiral staircase. Uniquely decorated, all suites offer views of the garden or town, a seating area and flat-screen TV. The en suite bathrooms are complete with a walk in shower and free toiletries. Breakfast is served in the dining room featuring a fireplace or on the terrace overlooking the garden and the pool.
Murielle and Francis will be delighted to welcome you in the heart of the Perigord Noir region. Their charming guest house is located in the hills above the village of Le Bugue and offers 5 beautiful airconditioned rooms, each with its own décor. The heated salt-water swimming pool offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Vezere Valley. Guests will have the opportunity to have dinner at the ‘Table d’Hotes’ and sample a refined and gastronomic menu which includes foie gras, truffles and other regional specialities which are carefully pair with some of the best of Bergerac’s wines.
Set by a river, this old ivy-covered bourgeois house with white shutters is a family-run hotel with 19 spacious and well-furnished rooms. Situated in the heart of the Périgord Noir region, Hostellerie Du Passeur offers stylish accommodations in a countryside setting typical of south-western France. Blending traditional interior design and modern amenities, the rooms provide elegant and cozy spaces. The hotel features a comfortable and chic dining room with a chimney and a covered terrace looking onto the grounds. There you can enjoy the chef’s gourmet cuisine and discover an array of local flavors and regional specialties.
At the bottom of the Vézère and the Dordogne valley, here is the ideal starting point for your itinerary, at the heart of the culinary tradition, in the land of caves and beautiful villages. To stay at Le Vieux Logis, is rather like going back to one’s family home, a domain where agriculture used to be at its heart (specialising in the tobacco trade). A house, passed on from generation to generation in the same family, until passing into the hands of Mr Giraudel, who epitomises the quintessential spirit of the Vieux Logis. Open all year, the estate includes a manor house, tenanted farm, outbuildings, tobacco drying room, which now houses the new gastronomic restaurant. The hotel's 23 rooms, suites and apartments are located in the main building or the Logis des Champs outbuildings. Each spacious, quiet and comfortable room is unique. With their bare stone walls, period furniture and contemporary fabrics, you are sure to be won over by the elegant décor, which combines old-world style with more modern touches.
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