The Historic Dordogne
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The Historic Dordogne


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Discover 15,000 years of French history as we walk the Dordogne, one of France's most beautiful and unspoilt regions.

Setting off from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, where 'Cro-Magnon man', one of the earliest modern humans, was first discovered, we explore an ancient world of caves, historic castles, lush farmland and elegant châteaux. We take a boat along the Dordogne River, visit cliff-side villages, dine in majestic surroundings and wonder at the fascinating prehistoric history around us.

We also visit Les Milandes, former home of 1930s music-hall queen, Josephine Baker, where we enjoy lunch and a display of falconry.

FOR 2014 - If you would like to go on this Walk, contact our sales office. We do not currently have a scheduled departure for 2014 but will create one if there is sufficient interest. This Walk is available for your private group booking.

Walk Summary

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6 nights


Walk Rating: Moderate. Paths and lanes through forest and along the river, hills each day. 8-10 miles walking per day.


Walk begins in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, with arrival at Souillac Rail Station and ends in Sarlat, with departure from Souillac Rail Station.

Walk Itinerary

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.


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Photo Gallery

The Dordogne The Dordogne Photo opportunity Garden Visits Hydrangeas Sunflowers On the trail Falconry display Falconry display Woodland pathways Kathleen Wonderful views across valley Hotel L\'Esplanade All aboard for river cruise River cruise Local architecture Beynac Castelnaud DRN1-11_AH_1002.JPG IMG_9155.JPG DRN1-11_AH_2083.JPG IMG_9252.JPG IMG_9108.JPG IMG_9109.JPG IMG_9111.JPG IMG_9115.JPG IMG_9144.JPG IMG_9159.JPG IMG_9254.JPG The Dordogne Farming beneath an ancient castle. The Dordogne DRN1-11_AH_1057.JPG DRN1-11_AH_1049.JPG IMG_9140.JPG IMG_9141.JPG DRN1-11_AH_1003.JPG DRN1-11_AH_1025.JPG DRN1-11_AH_1048.JPG DRN1-11_AH_1033.JPG Phot opportunity Beynac IMG_9213.JPG

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    Our Vacations do not include the cost of air or rail fares to and from the destination or tips for your walk leader and manager.
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    Our maximum group size is 16, but groups average between 8-12 people.
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