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Dordogne: Sarlat & the Périgord Noir

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.8 Read 13 reviews
  • Following peaceful trails through the idyllic landscapes of the Dordogne
  • Towering cliffs of La Roque Gageac, a ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’
  • Rich and fertile rolling hills of apple and walnut orchards in the Périgord Noir
  • Explore the utterly charming medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canada
  • Sipping on a kir royal cocktail at sunset overlooking tranquil river scenes
Walk through the Dordogne and Vézère river valleys amidst the heavenly landscapes of the Périgord Noir and to the dramatic towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud and Domme. Tranquil trails and riverside paths link ancient villages and vistas are framed by magnificent limestone cliffs, rolling hills and thick orchards of apple and walnut. The early morning mist hangs over the river like a blanket, then dissipates as you enjoy your morning croissant and coffee. Each morning set out on alluring and peaceful paths through this iconic countryside.

What To Expect

Each day explore these delightful and typically French landscapes on foot, stopping for picnic lunches and a spot of sightseeing en route. In the evenings relish this region’s distinctive gastronomy and the terrific local wine. Overnight in hand-picked hotels and B&B’s that offer a warm welcome and are very well-located.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

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Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks and tarmac country roads. The walking routes are a mix of surfaces, but please note that there will be tarmac walking at times as it is unavoidable. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. There are rolling hills in this area and it will also be necessary to walk up some short but steep stretches.

Navigation

The route is generally way marked (when on a GR trail) with red and white GR signs or wooden posts with yellow or green markers. However you will also need to be able to closely follow your route notes and be able to navigate using a map, especially in the woods. which tend to be a bit disorientating. We also provide you with access to our App which is very useful on more difficult sections.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations provided on this tour are a mix of well-located 2* and 3* hotels, plus B&B’s. We have a few different hotel and B&B options in each place, however if we need to place you elsewhere due to accommodation availability, these alternate hotels or B&B’s will be of a similar or better quality than those listed. Please note that as there is only one hotel in Domme (which is of a high standard) and the alternate accommodation is in Vitrac, we will provide a transfer from Domme (10 mins); after time to sightsee here, if the hotel in Domme happens to be full. Hotel and room upgrades are available. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for further details.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Lunch is not included. On some of the walking days it will be essential to take a packed lunch as there are no cafes or restaurants en route (your route notes will give you these details). However it will be very easy to buy a baguette, fruit, drinks, etc from a local bakery, sandwich shop or the local market (depending on the day of the week) before you depart. Two dinners are included, in Domme and La Roque Gageac. For all the other dinners you can also eat at your accommodation (apart from Sarlat) or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.
Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2 and 3* hotels and B&B’s
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks where mentioned
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and access to our App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Sarlat and from Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac
  • Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Private transfers
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

When To Go

We would encourage you to travel in spring, early summer and autumn when the temperatures are pleasant for walking.

Getting to the Start

There are a number of different options available when getting to and from Sarlat. You can fly into and out of Brive, Toulouse, Limoges, Bergerac, Bordeaux, or even Paris! Sarlat is close to Souillac, which is on a main train line. From Brive (approx 30 mins), Toulouse (approx 2H), Limoges (approx 1.5H), or Paris (approx approx4.5H) you can take trains to Souillac. From here you can either take a bus or a taxi (approx €40) to or from Sarlat. Please find information about the bus schedules here. If you are flying into or out of Bordeaux or Bergerac you can take trains directly into and out of Sarlat itself as it does have a small ain station. To and from Bordeaux the journey takes approx 3-4H, depending on if it is direct and to and from Bergerac the journey takes approx 1.5H. Please check the SNCF website for more details on schedules and prices.

Getting from the End

Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac is also on a train line. It is therefore possible to fly from Limoges or Bergerac (via Le Buisson) as they are both accessible from Les Eyzies.  Bordeaux is also accessible via Bergerac or Perigueux. Paris is also accessible via Limoges. If you wish to return to Sarlat, the best way to get there is by taxi. If you wish to drive it’s best to park your car in Les Eyzies as there is free parking in the town centre and then you can retrieve your car easily at the end. Macs Adventure can provide private transfers to and from all the train stations and airports. We can also provide taxi transfers from Souillac to Sarlat and Les Eyzies to Sarlat/Souillac and Les Eyzies to Le Buisson. Please ask your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Sarlat-la-Caneda Day 2 Transfer to St Vincent le Paluel. Walk to Sarlat 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Transfer to Carsac. Walk to Domme 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Walk to La Roque Gageac via Beynac 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Loop walk via Vitrac 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Transfer to St Cyprien. Walk to Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac 9 miles / 14 km Day 7 Loop walk via St Cirq 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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