Dordogne: Sarlat & the Périgord Noir In Style

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  • Walk in style through the idyllic landscapes of the Périgord Noir.
  • 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.
  • Relish your overnight stays in fabulously located hand-picked hotels.
  • Sipping on a kir royal cocktail at sunset overlooking tranquil river scenes.
The perfect Dordogne walking tour if you enjoy travelling in style. Walk through amazing river valleys amidst the idyllic French landscapes of the Périgord Noir, staying in hand-picked hotels. 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. 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.

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 that offer the very best in comfort and relaxation.

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 hand-picked 3* and 4* hotels. In Domme and La Roque Gageac we are using 3* hotels, but reserving upgraded rooms for you. In Sarlat and Les Eyzies we are using excellent 4* hotels.

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,  one in Domme and one in La Roque Gageac. The restaurants in these hotels are well-renowned as having excellent cuisine. For all the other dinners you can also eat at your accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks where mentioned
  • Transfer from Souillac Train Station to Sarlat
  • Transfer from Les Eyzies to Sarlat or Le Buisson
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and IGN maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Souillac
  • Travel from Sarlat or Le Buisson
  • 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.

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.

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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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