The Dordogne

France, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 675.00 pp


Duration

6 nights


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One comes here to immerse oneself in a natural landscape that has changed but little. The southwest of France offers the best combination of natural beauty, beautiful villages and the finest food in the whole of France.

One comes here to immerse oneself in a natural landscape that has changed but little. The southwest of France offers the best combination of natural beauty, beautiful villages and fine food in the whole of France. The names of Dordogne, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, the Pilgrim routes of St James, the Causses, all conjure up special images. The walk starts in Figeac and finishes in Sarlat La Caneda, both charming medieval towns. The route is punctuated by fascinating landmarks – megaliths, caves, troglodyte houses, charming villages, and castles. An extension to Les Eyzies, renowned for its prehistoric caves, is also possible.

 

Price:

£675 Per Person for 6 night tour.

£160 Single Room supplement Figeac to Sarlat

£775 Per Person for 7 night tour.

£185 Single Room supplement Figeac to Les Eyzies

 

Included:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights (Figeac to Sarlat) or 7 nights (Figeac to Les Eyzies)
  • breakfast each morning
  • 6 or 6 dinners (dinner not included in Figeac
  • transport of baggage,
  • route instructions/maps.

Not Included:

Transport to Figeac, from Sarlat/Les Eyzies, meals not mentioned above, drinks with meals.

 

Departure Dates:

Choose the day you wish to start any time from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Day 1: FIGEAC

Arrive in Figeac. Make the most of your time here to discover this beautiful town and its medieval heritage. Perhaps take a stroll to Cingle Hill from where there is a stunning panorama of Figeac and its surroundings.

 

Day 2: FIGEAC – LACAPELLE MARIVAL(19 kms/11.9 miles)

Pass a succession of little villages of enormous charm: the fortified village of Cardaillac, St Bressou and finally Lacapelle-Marival, protected by the imposing mass of its castle. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3: LACAPELLE MARIVAL – GRAMAT (21 kms/13 miles)

Depart for Gramat, meeting point of two different yet complementary regions: Le Limargue – a region of prairies and agriculture – and the Causse de Gramat – arid, remote and highly picturesque. En route you will come to Rudelle with its interesting church, and l’Hopital Beaulieu. Then you come to the junipers and young oaks that highlight the wilderness of the causse de Gramat. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: GRAMAT – ROCAMADOUR (16 kms/9 miles)

Today is spent discovering the Causse and the Valley of the Alzou. This superb, winding canyon, fringed by water mills, offers a foundation for the abrupt apparition of the vertiginously located town of Rocamadour. One of France’s prime sites, this remarkable town is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage shrines of the Christian western world. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: ROCAMADOUR – SOUILLAC (24 kms/15 miles)

Take the beautiful path that overlooking the Ouysse Valley. You will meet some magnificent old mills – Caoulet, Cougnaguet and Treille. Also, the remarkable Chateau de Belcastel, dominating the confluence of the Dordogne and the Ouysse, and the Chateau de la Treyne, dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight and dinner at Souillac, town noted for its 12th century Church of Sainte Marie with its quite extraordinary Romanesque carvings. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6: SOUILLAC – SARLAT LA CANEDA (26 kms/16.5 miles)

Today you leave Quercy to head for the ‘capital’ of the Perigord Noir. Along this chateau-lined route is a whole succession of views along the Dordogne Valley and surrounding hills. Arrive at Sarlat la Caneda, renowned for its history, its culinary accomplishments and for its art, this magnificent town has a well preserved architectural patrimony dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance – a wonderful place for wandering the alleys and side streets transporting you back to another time. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: SARLAT LA CANEDA

Breakfast and end of trip.

 

Optional Day 7:

Continue to Les Eyzies, known as the world capital of pre-history for its pre-historic caves, for overnight. 26 or 33 kms.

Accommodation:

HOTEL DES BAINS ** FIGEAC  This charming family run hotel situated on the banks of the River Cele deserves a higher grade than 2 stars.  Some rooms have balconies overloooking the river.

 

HOTEL LA TERRASSE**  LACAPELLE-MARIVAL  Hotel located in the centre of town, opposite the château and the mairie (town hall).

HOTEL DU CENTRE ***  GRAMAT  Hotel is in the centre near the tourist office

 

HOTEL LE TROUBADOUR*** ROCAMADOUR  The hotel is located by the gates of the town in a quiet location but still close to the bustle of the town.  Heated swimming pool

 

HOTEL LA VIEILLE AUBERGE**  SOUILLAC  Family run hotel with excellent food.

HOTEL DE COMPOSTELLE*** SARLAT  The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the medieval centre, near the cultural centre.

 

HOTEL DE FRANCE** LES EYZIES  This family run hotel with garden and swimming pool is located beside the museum in a lovely quiet location.

 

Getting to Figeac:

Figeac Railway station has good train connections.   Toulouse is the best airport but Rodez and Brive-la-Gaillarde are also good.

At the end of the holiday there is a train station in Sarlat or Les Eyzies.