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Dordogne: Relaxed Sarlat & the Périgord Noir

10 Days & 9 Nights 5 Read 2 reviews
  • A relaxed itinerary walking through the Dordogne and Vezère River valleys.
  • Spend a day exploring the charming medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canada.
  • Rich and fertile rolling hills of apple and walnut orchards in the Périgord Noir.
  • Towering cliffs of La Roque Gageac, a ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’.
  • Sipping on a kir royal cocktail overlooking the river valley in Domme.
This relaxed itinerary takes you through the Dordogne and Vézère river valleys amidst the idyllic French landscapes of the Périgord Noir. 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

If you like the idea of walking through this delightful region of France at a slow pace, staying in glorious towns and villages and choosing to either have rest days, for sightseeing, or taking delightful loop walks, then you should consider taking this tour. Pause for picnic lunches and amazing photo opportunities, before relishing this region’s distinctive gastronomy and the terrific local wine in the evenings.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

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Activity Level & 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.

Accommodations

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
  • 9 Nights accommodation in 2 and 3* hotels and B&B’s
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks where mentioned
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and IGN maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Sarlat
  • Lunches
  • 7 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

From Sarlat, use one of the methods mentioned above for your onward travel.

Luggage 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 Domme Loop Walk 6 miles / 9 km Day 5 Walk to La Roque Gageac via Beynac 11 miles / 18 km Day 6 Loop walk via Vitrac 9 miles / 14 km Day 7 Transfer to St Cyprien. Walk to Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac 9 miles / 14 km Day 8 Loop walk via St Cirq 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 9 Transfer to Sarlat Day 10 Onward Travel

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