SELF DRIVE HOLIDAYS in Dordogne
for discerning travellers
Self- drive holidays in Dordogne from 666 Euros (twin-share).
South of the Loire, is another of France's awe-inspiring
destinations - The Dordogne - part of the Aquitane region which has it all
- medieval villages, chateaux, pre-historic caves, gardens and pristine countryside.
The Dordogne is one of the most famous, memorable and beautiful areas of France.
Perfect for slow, ambling self-drive holidays. Steeped in history through
the Ages, the Dordogne is named after its mighty river. Its cultural history
is so vast it is divided into 4 areas, each with its own unique charm and
diverse landscapes. Be it villages carved into the steep riverbanks or medieval
villages, nestled on hilltops, overlooking enchanting valleys. After discovering
the Loire, drive to the Dordogne - combining two of the icons of regional
Why choose a self-drive tour rather than car rental?
Renting a car in France is easy. You do not need assistance for that. However, getting suitable accommodation could be a challenge as well as knowing where to go and what to see. Our solution is a self-drive tour where all of this ( accommodation, tour guide and local knowledge) is provided. We can't do much about driving on the right, but we can make you feel more relaxed at the wheel with precise directions to follow, a list of places to visit and pre-booked quality accommodation every night, including where to park. Choosing one of our self-drive tour will allow you to see a lot without worrying or wasting any time. Each night, you will stay at a good hotel we have inspected and carefully selected for you.
Our self-drive wallet contains:
• One or several green Michelin guides (the
best!) • Detailed maps of the region (scale 1cm = 1Km) • Iitinerary with
distances, time & GPS bearing • A list of restaurants, shops, wine producers
• Practical notes on "what to do and see".
visit dordogne at your own pace
dordogne 7 & 8 day self-drive tours.
your itinerary at a glimpse
Leaving Bordeaux in the direction of St Emilion you will pass through Libourne, a fortified castle built on the Dordogne in the 13th century. The medieval city is known for its wines but also for its world’s largest troglodyte church. Today, you will drive through a collection of UNESCO listed Natural World Heritage sites. Then you will follow the river Dordogne until you reach the small vineyards of Monbazillac. On day 3, once you’ve finished the visit of Bergerac, go back up the Dordogne in order to visit several abbeys before arriving at the “Cingle de Trémolat”, a meander of the river made up of high white cliffs offering breathtaking views of the Dordogne. On day 4, you will drive to Sarlat, following the river Dordogne dotted with villages of outstanding natural beauty such as Beynac, Cazenac or La Roque Gageac, stunning gardens such as Marqueyssac and impressive castles. In Sarlat, the sheer beauty of the old town will sweep you off your feet while you walk through the maze of narrow medieval streets sheltering numerous gothic and Renaissance hotels. On day 6, you are on your way to Castelnaud and Souillac. The river banks abound with fortified castles and bastides. Discover the castle of Castelnaud, the royal bastide of Domme, the castle of Fénélon and then the elegant 15th Century castle of Milandes. On your last day from Souillac to Bretenoux, you will stop at Rocamadour, a village and sanctuary perched on the side of a cliff! Later, descend 325ft into the depths of the earth to visit the Padirac Chasm or Gouffre de Padirac. Then drive through more beautiful villages such as Gluges, Carennac, Loubressac.
NOTE: For your convenience, our prices include car rental. If you prefer to hire a car directly yourself, you are welcome to do so. Ask our consultant to quote the tour without the car.
the Dordogne river : 7 day package from 666 Euros.
Tour begins at Bordeaux and finishes in Brive-La-Gaillarde.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 666 Euros / person
Day 1 - Saint Emilion – Auberge de la Commanderie
Day 2 - Bergerac – Hôtel de Bordeaux
Day 3 – Le Bugue – Hôtel du Cygne
Days 4 et 5 – Sarlat – La Couleuvrine
Day 6 –Saint Sozy – Hôtel Grangier
GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 981 Euros / person
Day 1 - Saint Emilion – Au logis des remparts
Day 2 - Bergerac – Hôtel de France
Day 3 –Le Bugue – Hôtel Royal Vézère
Days 4 & 5 – Sarlat – Hôtel de Selves
Day 6 –Meyronne – La Terrasse
DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 1890 Euros / person
Day 1 - Saint Emilion – Château Grand Barrail
Day 2 - Bergerac – Château des Vigiers
Day 3 – Trémolat – Le Vieux Logis
Days 4 & 5 – Sarlat – Le domaine de Rochebois
Day 6 – Lacave – Château de La Treyne
Dordogne & Périgord. 8 day package from 807 Euros
Tour begins at Perigueux and finishes in Brive-La-Gaillarde.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 807 Euros / person
Days 1 & 2 – Brantôme – Hôtel du Périgord Vert
Day 3 – Bergerac – La Flambée 3*
Day 4 - Le Bugue – Le Cygne
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Sarlat – La Couleuvrine
GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 1153 Euros / person
Days 1 & 2 – Brantôme – Les Jardins de Brantôme
Day 3 – Bergerac – Hôtel de France
Day 4 - Le Bugue – Royal Vézère
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Sarlat – Hôtel de Selves 4*
DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 2137 Euros / person (twin share)
Days 1 & 2 – Brantôme –Le moulin de Vigonac
Day 3 – Bergerac – Château des Viguiers
Day 4 - Trémolat - Le Vieux Logis
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Sarlat – Domaine de Rochebois
self drive holiday - along the dordogne river
7-day and 6-night self drive holiday
Self drive tour in the dordogne valley
Day 1 – Libourne and Saint Emilion. Leaving Bordeaux in the direction of St Emilion you will pass through Libourne, a fortified castle and port built on the Dordogne in the 13th century. The medieval city is known throughout the world not only for its wines but also its numerous historical monuments including the largest troglodyte church in Europe carved out of the cliff by monks between the 8th - 12th centuries.
Day 2 – The Jurade of Saint Emilion and Monbazillac. Today’s visit will take you through the 8 communes of the Jurade of St Emilion including their vineyards. The landscape you will traverse is a collection of UNESCO listed Natural World Heritage sites. Then follow the Dordogne until you reach the small vineyards of Monbazillac.
Day 3 – The Dordogne from Bergerac to Limeuil. Once you’ve finished your visit of the old town of Bergerac and maybe its amazing Tobacco museum, go back up the Dordogne in order to visit several abbeys including Cadouin, before arriving at the “Cingle de Trémolat”. This is a meander whose concave side is made up of high white cliffs covered in forests and shrubs and from which there are breathtaking views of the Dordogne.
Day 4 – The Dordogne from Limeuil to Sarlat (the capital of Black Perigord) The Dordogne is filled with villages of outstanding natural beauty such as Beynac,Cazenac and La Roque Gageac, stunning gardens such as Marqueyssac and castles.
Day 5 – Visit of Sarlat. The sheer beauty of this old town will sweep you off your feet while you walk through the maze of narrow medieval streets sheltering numerous gothic and Renaissance hotels.
Day 6 – The Dordogne from Castelnaud to Souillac. This river also formed an important border between France and Aquitaine, a land ruled by the English for many centuries. The river banks abound with fortified castles and bastides. Discover the castle of Castelnaud, the royal bastide of Domme, the castle of Fénélon and then the elegant 15th Century castle of Milandes, once home to Joséphine Baker. Your last port of call is Souillac a small village built around an abbey.
Day 7 – The Dordogne from Souillac to Bretenoux. There are many surprises in store for you today. Firstly the visit to Rocamadour, a village and sanctuary perched on the side of a cliff! Then descend 325ft into the depths of the earth to visit the Padirac Chasm or Gouffre de Padirac. Continune through the beautiful villages of Gluges, Carennac, Loubressac before arriving at Castelnau-Bretenoux castle which stands on a rocky spur above the Dordogne valley.
self drive holiday - dordogne & perigord
8-day & 7-night tour from Perigueux to Brive la Gaillarde
Day 1 – Perigueux and Brantome. The trip begins with a visit around the architecturally rich patrimony of Perigueux, the capital of Perigord. It continues with the discovery of the abbey of Chancelade in the luxurious green valley of Beauronne; the priory of Merlande, lost in an isolated valley hidden in the depths of a forest and ends in a little village called Brantome nicknamed " the Venice of Perigord".
Day 2 – Le Perigord Vert (green Perigord). Today's 120km drive takes you through the heart of this green land, scattered with beautiful lakes, immeasurable streams and picturesque villages such as La Chapelle Faucher or Thiviers. You will visit the magnificent Renaissance castle of Puyguihem and the idyllic village of Bourdeilles, overlooked by a fortress encompassing no less than two castles, before returning to Brantome.
Day 3 – Bergerac and the Perigord Pourpre (purple Perigord). The day starts with a visit to Bergerac which is both an old town and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne. Parts of the old town have been restored and there is even a no smoking tobacco museum! Continuing through the vineyards you will discover some beautiful country houses such as the bastides of Beaumont du Perigord and Monpazier and the magnificent castles of Biron and Monbazillac. Here you will taste the famous sweet wine that is the pride of the region.
Day 4 – The Dordogne from Bergerac to Tremolat. While driving through this distinctive region you will discover: picturesque villages; outstanding castles; the abbey of Cadouin; the still functioning ancestral paper-making windmill of Larroque; and the numerous panoramic viewpoints of the Dordogne. In particular the castle of Lanquais and the flamboyant Gothique architechure of the church of Cadouin, and the "cingle de Tremolat" seen from the top of the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne.
Day 5 – The Dordogne from Tremolat to Sarlat. Fortresses overlooking typical villages such as St Cyprien, Beynac and Cazenac (perched on the cliff) make this possibly one of the most beautiful stretches of the Dordogne. You will see the hanging gardens of the castle of Marqueyssac which overhang the river and the magnificent village of La Roque Gageac built next to the vertical cliff face. The day ends on arrival at Sarlat.
Day 6 – Sarlat and the Perigord Noir (black Perigord). The morning is devoted to the visit of the medieval styled town of Sarlat, with its narrow streets providing sanctuary for numerous Gothic and Renaissance hotels. After lunch, begins the discovery of Perigord Noir, its old villages, typical houses, Roman churches and castles. First a walk around the Mansion of Eyrignac with its typically French gardens, then the fortified abbey of St Amand de Coly before finishing back in Sarlat at the end of the day.
Day 7 – The valley of Vezere and its Prehistoric past. During this trip you will discover Montignac; the Lascaux cave; the Thot Cro-Magnon Centre, a centre full of learning games and activities about Prehistoric life; Saint Leon de Vezere; the Roque Saint Christophe; and finishing with the National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies of Tayac. Return to Sarlat at the end of the day.
Day 8 – The Dordogne from Castelnaud to Souillac. Continuing up the Dordogne, you will discover numerous castles; fortresses; luxurious second homes; and old fortified walled towns, such as Domme perched on a cliff edge. The surprises continue with the castle of Fenelon built on a succession of rocky terraces, one of the most beautiful castles of Black Perigord. Your Tour of the Perigord ends at the old town of Souillac, built around a once powerful abbey of which only the church remains today. Tour ends at Brive la Gaillarde at 3O km from Souillac.