Village Life in Dordogne
Trip Type: By Land
Group Size: Up to 44 guests
Price: Starting from $4,695 per person
Activity Level: Moderately Active, many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least 2-3 miles and are approximately three hours in length.
Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments, including the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; the perfectly reproduced cave art in Lascaux IV; and the exclusive Village Forum® with a local resident who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne.
- Full-day excursion featuring Rocamadour, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the magnificent Romanesque sculptures in Souillac’s Church of Sainte-Marie.
- Visit to the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine and the medieval village and fortified church of Saint‑Amand‑de‑Coly.
- Walking tour of Domme, with spectacular views of the Dordogne River Valley.
- Private, specially arranged gabare cruise along the Dordogne River, with lunch in the village of Beynac‑et‑Cazenac.
- Local wine and cheese tasting at a Sarlat épicerie gourmet.
- Excursion to the impressive Rouffignac Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Schedule by day
- May 11: Depart the U.S. or Canada
- May 12: Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda
- May 13: Sarlat-la-Canéda
- May 14: Rocamadour/Souillac
- May 15: Les Eyzies-de-Tayac/L’Abri du Cap-Blanc
- May 16: Lascaux IV/St-Amand-de-Coly
- May 17: Rouffignac/La Madeleine
- May 18: Beynac/Domme
- May 19: Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/Return to the U.S.
- $4,695 per person, double occupancy
- $700 single supplement
- Sevens nights at the Plaza Madeline Hotel in Sarlat-la-Canéda
Optional Bordeaux, St-Émilion Pre-Trip Extension
$740 per person, double occupancy / $1,040 single supplement
Long distinguished as the wine capital of the world, France’s verdant Bordeaux region has been producing, fermenting and bottling the grape since the eighth century. Tucked away in the heart of the rolling French countryside and endless vineyards, visit the charming and legendary village of St-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for the Merlot grape grown here that produces rich, full‑bodied red wines. Visit the impressive medieval monuments of St-Émilion, including the Église Monolithe, one of the largest underground churches in Europe. Just north of Bordeaux in the Médoc region, experience the grand cru classé, Bordeaux’s distinguished wine classification, at a château and enjoy a tasting of their exquisite wines. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Hôtel Burdigala, located in the heart of Bordeaux.
Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History
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