Apr 28, 2022 - May 6, 2022
Trip Type
By Land

Group Size: 15-36 guests
Price: To be announced

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Experience the provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. 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—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 at Lascaux; a specially arranged performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive Village Life® Forum with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne.

Schedule by Day

  • Apr 28: Depart the U.S. or Canada
  • Apr 29: Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda
  • Apr 30: Sarlat-la-Canéda
  • May 1: Rocamadour/Souillac
  • May 2: Les Eyzies-de-Tayac/L’Abri du Cap-Blanc
  • May 3: Lascaux IV/St-Amand-de-Coly
  • May 4: Rouffignac/La Madeleine
  • May 5: Beynac/Domme
  • May 6: Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/Return to the U.S.


To be announced


  •  Seven nights at the Plaza Madeline Hotel in Sarlat-la-Canéda or similar hotel

Optional Extensions

Splendors of Bordeaux Pre-Extension

Information forthcoming

Albi & Toulouse Post-Extension

Information forthcoming

What to Expect

Activity Level 2

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 one mile and are approximately three hours in length.

Study Leader(s)

C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emerita

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.