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. Pre-historic caves carved deep into the earth are decorated with rare ancient drawings, providing magnificent details about daily life here nearly 2700 years ago. Such pre-historic 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 rolling rural landscape, and sleepy medieval villages. This Walk ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable and historic journey.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel de Bouilhac Montignac

Meet in Bordeaux and transfer to our first hotel in Montignac, a pretty river town and the perfect starting point for exploring the areas rural splendor and famous pre-historic sites. Well gather this evening on the hotel terrace for a welcome aperitif and introductory talk before dinner.

Monday Overnight: Hotel de Bouilhac

The day begins with a short walk through Montignac, then were off to visit Lascaux II, the meticulous re-creation of the most famous Stone Age caves in the region. An expert guide leads our private visit to see the rare cave paintings. After lunch, delve deeper into the regions Paleolithic past at the nearby International Center of Cave Art at Lascaux 4, or return to the hotel for a cooking class with the hotels well-known chef. Later, dinner with the chef will include the local delicacies we helped prepare.

Tuesday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

Begin the day walking further into the beautiful Dordogne valley to the remarkable Font-de-Gaume cave, famous for its detailed wall paintings. After a visit, enjoy a leisurely lunch with the locals in Meyrals, then follow forest tracks through rural landscapes to Les Eyzies de Tayac, where troglodyte dwellings hang on cliffs rising above the river. From here, we continue along the Dordogne on foot to our hotel in Saint- Vincent-de-Cosse.

Wednesday Overnight: Domaine de Monrecour

Plan for a delightful day along the river, starting at 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. Afterward, well stop at a favorite farm for a perfect field to table lunch and well learn about farming here, including cultivating the famous Perigord walnuts and truffles. Afterwards, passing through the town of Castelnaud, well enjoy the views from the suspended Gardens of Marqeyssac, featuring hundreds of species of trees and over 150,000 pruned boxwoods. Therell 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. Well spend the afternoon exploring before a transfer to our hotel just outside Bergerac.

Friday Overnight: Chateau des Vigiers

Todays walk takes us to the vineyards of Bergerac, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion or Monbazillac, followed by a tasting of some of Frances favorite old vines. After, board a traditional flat-bottomed boat for a leisurely glide along the river. Therell be plenty of time to relax before a wonderful farewell dinner at the hotel.

Saturday

Transfer to Bordeaux Saint-Jean rail station or Bordeaux Merignac Airport.
Moderate
"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.

TRIP DETAILS

6 Nights from
$4,495.00

(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From May 19 to May 25 (more dates)
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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 Prigord Noir. The registered historic monument has high ceilings, stone vaults, a terrace that overlooks the Vz¨re, 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 All gratuities at hotels and restaurants