Highlights

  • 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

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

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.
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 $0.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From Oct 4 to Oct 10 (more dates)
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Begins: Bordeaux
Ends: Bordeaux
The Dordogne October 2020 Map

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