walking tour in dordogne

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in dordogne - perigord

Self-guided walking tour in the Black Perigord to discover some prehistoric sites,
Vezere and Dordogne valleys. Independent walking holidays from Montignac to Sarlat
via Lascaux cave, Les Eyzies, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme.

This limestone plateau, lying between the Vezere Valley West and the Dordogne Valley South , is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and Holm oaks. For this reason, This part of Dordohgne is called "Black Perigord" by the locals. History tells us that life has always been pleasant along the banks of these two rivers and in the valleys sheltering magnificent old villages. The rivers have carved impressive sites in the plateau, which men have used to erect castles and villages on top of rock pinnacles and thus enhancing the natural beauty of the site. You will return to prehistoric times as you visit the troglodyte caverns in the cliffs of the Vezere valley, then move on to the Middle Ages and progress to present time as you travel the valley of the Dordogne.

Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 2 - walks of 4 to 6 hours a day. Some stages could be more 20 km (13/15 miles) and rolling uplands, ascents mainly gradual than steep of up to 500 m. An average level of fitness or some experience with walking is recommended.

Dordogne - Perigord

Day 1 - Arrival at MONTIGNAC, a lovely small town alongside the Vezere River

The river splits the town in two and on each side of its banks have fountains, public washing shelters, old houses and half timbered buildings. Looking up, you will see the castle of the Counts of Perigord, perched on its rocky spur and overlooking the town nestling below. The Cave of Lascaux, whose exact copy opened in 1983 is at Montignac. Don’t miss it.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 2 - MONTIGNAC –ST AMAND de COLY via the prehistoric Lascaux cave (16 km)

After leaving this small town you will walk to the well-known prehistoric Lascaux cave for a visit. Early pre-booking is essential. The research carried out during the past decades has placed the iconography of Lascaux at the beginning of the Magdalenian Age, that is, 17,000 years before today. After this journey in Prehistory you’ll continue your walk to the château de la Grande Filolie, crossing hamlets before reaching the small village of St Amand de Coly, where you will find an imposing fortified Romanesque church. This charming village has many old houses covered with stones and an old hospital dating from the 15th Century. You will return to Montignac by taxi.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Transfer by taxi to Saint Leon, featuring one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Perigord and two chateaux! You will follow the Vezere Valley or along the heights of the village of Peyzac le Moustier and La Roque Saint Christophe, an imposing cliff dominating the river. Caves were inhabited as a troglodyte fortress since the earliest traces of man! You will continue through the villages of Moustier and Tursac, with its massive bell tower, before reaching Les Eyzies de Tayac walking through forest.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3- star hotel with pool or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


The Vezere valley which is on The World Heritage list, is one of the largest prehistoric field in the world. During more 200 000 years Man left a lot of traces of his physical, cultural and technical evolution for you to discover. The day will begin with the visit of the National Prehistory museum which presents an exceptional collection of objects coming from the most prestigious prehistoric sites of the Dordogne: stone tools, weapons, art craft made in stone, bone or ivory. Then in the afternoon you will discover the cave of Font de Gaume, one of the most beautiful Palaeolithic sanctuaries with polychrome paintings still open to public and the cave of Combarelles which shelters more than 600 engravings representing the fauna of the quaternary period. We also propose you a 12 km circular walk via Gorges de l’Enfer and Sorcier cave to enjoy splendid views on the cliffs and caves overhanging the Vézère River.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Transfer by taxi from Les Eyzies to Saint Cyprien. The history of this picturesque village is linked to the abbey which was built on a hill during the 6th Century. You will discover the tortuous lanes which lead to the church with a fortified bell-tower, only remains of this abbey destroyed after the Revolution. From Saint Cyprien you will walk along the Dordogne and will cross it to reach the village of Allas les Mines, built up right against the hill and dominated by its church with a turret. You will continue to the River port of Envaux with the boatman old house before ascending the way to the Chateau des Milandes. The Renaissance castle offers breathtaking views over the valley. "Lauzes" roofs (flat stones), panelled walls, large mullioned windows, and wonderful well preserved stained-glass windows give it unmatched beauty. Les Milandes is forever linked to the extraordinary personality of Josephine Baker, the American artist who lived ther for 20 years. A permanent exhibition recounts Josephine's incredible destiny. Through forest, you will go to the castle of Castelnaud, medieval fortress which is drawn up proudly on a rock dominating the Dordogne, opposite Beynac, its rival. This fortress, which was abandoned after the Revolution, became a stone quarry and has been heavily restored in the last two decades. Today,there is an extensive collection of weaponry and armour from the Middle-Ages in the Castle. A taxi will take you to Domme at the end of the afternoon.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool in Domme or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 6 - BEYNAC - DOMME (19 km)

Transfer by taxi from Domme to Beynac in the morning. You will discover the village by climbing the sloping lanes lined with splendid old houses. You will reach the castle, true medieval fortress which suffers many attacks and was taken only once by Richard Lion-hearted. You will visit the medieval chapel and the Calvary which dominate the Dordogne. By the heights you will reach the Combe de Brague (a small valley) then the village of Vézac and the castle of Marqueyssac. This residence built in 18th century has a splendid park decorated with cut boxwood which dominates the Dordogne and offers exceptional sights on the villages and neighboring castles. You will descent near the river and will walk to the splendid village of La Roque Gageac nested at the foot of high cliffs facing South in a loop of the Dordogne. Listed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, it features many old houses, troglodytic forts and beautiful Renaissance residences as the Tarde manor. By the church, halfway up the hill you will discover an astonishing exotic garden. You will walk back to Domme through countryside and along Dordogne River.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 7 – Tour of DOMME and SARLAT

The morning will be devoted to tour Domme. This bastide town, founded in 1283 had an unstable early history, and changed hands several times between the English and the French during the Hundred Years War. The turbulent times continued in the later Wars of Religion. It is situated high above the river with outstanding views of the Dordogne and over the main châteaux in the area. You will discover its fortified gates and its towers, that were used as prison, the consuls’ and the goldsmiths’ houses, the old covered market and the governor’s hotel. Underneath the market square there is a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. Early afternoon a taxi will take you to Sarlat. Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometers north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a marvel to visit. Don't miss the streets around the cathedral with the Cour des Fontaines and Cour des Chanoines behind, and the streets to the north of the old town. You will soon become lost in the maze of narrow lanes with something new to see around every corner, but don’t worry the town is small. On Saturday, you can enjoy the colourful and lively market. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 8 - SARLAT
Tour ends after breakfast.

  • 2020 walking tour
    dordogne - perigord

    price per person / twin-share

    single supplement

    solo traveller

  • walks for
    discerning travellers

    1070 Euros / person

    385 Euros

    1490 Euros

  • walks for
    budget travellers

    945 Euros / person

    240 Euros

    1450 Euros

Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels.
7 breakfasts - 6 gourmet dinners.
Taxi transfers: Brive rail station-Montignac or Sarlar-Montignac, St Amand de Coly-Montignac, Montignac- St Léon de Vézère, Les Eyzies–St cyprien, Castelnaud-Domme, Domme-Beynac, Domme -Sarlat.

These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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