• Extraordinary Prehistoric Cave Art & Falconry
  • World Heritage Sites: Lascaux II, Font-de-Gaume, Les Eyzies de Tayac
  • Medieval towns: Beynac, Domme, Bergerac
  • Cliffside Dwellings, Castles, and Bastides
  • Gardens of Marqueyssac and Chateau des Milandes
  • French cooking and wine tasting

Follow the gently flowing Dordogne and Vezere rivers, past medieval hilltop towns and sleepy pastoral landscapes, to the ancient world below. Prehistoric caves carved deep into the earth are decorated with rare ancient drawings, providing magnificent details about daily life here nearly 2700 years ago. Such prehistoric art adorns centuries old caves all along the river and troglodyte cliff dwellings rise high above the valley floor. This is a magical historical place, with marvelous country French cuisine and wines, amazing subterranean sights, a lush rural landscape, and sleepy medieval villages. This Walk ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable and historic journey.

Sunday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

Meet in Bordeaux and transfer to our first hotel in Montignac, a pretty river town and the perfect starting point for exploring the area's rural splendor and famous prehistoric sites. We'll gather this evening on the hotel terrace for an aperitif before our Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

The day begins with a short walk through Montignac, then we're off on foot to visit Lascaux II, the meticulous re-creation of the most famous Stone Age caves in the region. After lunch, a short transfer takes us to St-Amand de Coly, a quaint medieval town with an imposing abbey church. We'll explore this lovely town and surrounding woods. This evening, we dine in the hotel's 18th century kitchen around the fireplace.

Tuesday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

Begin the day following forest tracks through rural landscapes. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with the locals in St-Leon-sur-Vezere, then transfer to Les Eyzies de Tayac, where troglodyte dwellings hang on cliffs rising above the river. We visit the remarkable Font-de-Gaume cave, famous for its detailed wall paintings, before checking into our hotel in St-Vincent-de-Cosse.

Wednesday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

Starting from our hotel, plan for a delightful morning walking along the hillside and banks of the Dordogne River. We'll stop at a favorite farm for a perfect field-to-table lunch, and learn about farming in this fertile valley, including cultivating the famous Perigord walnuts and truffles. After lunch, we visit Chateau des Milandes, once the home of American dancer and actress, Josephine Baker. Our visit includes the house and gardens, and a daring falconry demonstration. After, we'll enjoy the views from the suspended Gardens of Marqueyssac, featuring hundreds of species of trees and over 150,000 pruned boxwoods. There'll be more wonderful views tonight as dinner will be cliffside, in the beautiful village of La Roque-Gageac.

Thursday Overnight: Chateau des Vigiers

Our path winds through sleepy villages to medieval Beynac, high above the river, with its 12-century castle built into a limestone cliff. Well-trodden cobblestone steps and walkways lead the way. After visiting, we drive to the historic bastide town of Domme. Graffiti carved by imprisoned Knight Templars during the Middle Ages still can be seen on the prison walls here. We'll spend the afternoon exploring before a transfer to our hotel just outside Bergerac. Relax at the hotel spa or take the optional vineyard walk from Saussignac to the hotel.

Friday Overnight: Chateau des Vigiers

Today's walk takes us to the vineyards of Bergerac and Monbazillac, followed by a tasting of some of France's favorite old vines. After, we'll board a traditional flat-bottomed boat for a leisurely glide along the river into Bergerac. There'll be plenty of time to shop or relax before a wonderful farewell dinner at the hotel.


Transfer to Bordeaux Saint-Jean rail station or Bordeaux Merignac Airport.
"The cultural talks and experiences were A+" JE
Well traveled footpaths on a rolling landscape and along the gentle flowing rivers. Occassional ascents and descents, some cliff walking.


6 Nights from
US $4,495.00
Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement US $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,270.00


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Begins: Bordeaux
Ends: Bordeaux
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Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel de Bouilhac

Hotel de Bouilhac

Once a historic mansion built in the 17th century by the family of Jean de Bouilhac, the physician of Louis XV, the Hotel de Bouilhac has beautiful architecture typical of Perigord Noir. The registered historic monument has high ceilings, stone vaults, a terrace that overlooks the Vezere, and a medieval kitchen garden. Each room has Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, LED TV, and a hairdryer.
Domaine de Monrecour

Domaine de Monrecour

Domaine de Monrecour, in the heart of the Prigord Noir, is surrounded by picturesque countryside with medieval and Renaissance castles. The hotel has a lovely outdoor heated pool that is available to use. There are also hot-air balloons that take off and land in the grassy grounds at the chateau so it is not unusual to see the balloons floating high above. All of the bedrooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hairdryer, and flat screen TVs.
Chateau des Vigiers

Chateau des Vigiers

This 16th century chateau is elegantly fashioned with contemporary French country style. The four-star hotel has a 27-hole golf course, sixteen hectares of vineyard producing Bergerac wine, and a spa. Spa facilities include a fitness room, outside heated pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. Each room has free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, an LCD TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. The bedrooms overlook the lovely golf course and park lands.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • A Wayfarers' water bottle and luggage tags
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants