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Enchanting Dordogne

The Dordogne Valley is an untouched, picturesque region of France. It’s steep hills and river valleys make it seem as though Dordogne is something taken straight out of a medieval fairytale. Imagine a river valley, lined with steep wooded hills and small cobblestone villages on both sides. A small place in itself, the Dordogne valley is an unspoiled vacation spot with a countryside that has been unchanged for decades.

ITINERARY

Dordogne has fascinating greenery. The Vezere Valley, a norther area in Dordogne, is filed with limestone cliffs that shelter dozens of subterranean caverns. The Vezere River winds through green meadows dotted with willow trees. The Valley is most notably known for its well-preserved caves that contain paintings dating back to the Stone Age.

There are many other medieval traditions and cities in Dordogne. The Sarlat market is a food market that is opened all year round and has been that way since the middle ages. In this charming little market, one can find all kinds of traditional French foods such as truffles, duck, foie gras, mushrooms, and nuts. The village of Campagne is also another place filled with antique. Upon entrance, you are greeted with a beautiful 15 century Chateau with a peaceful park and mesmerizing backdrop of the Vezere valley. Campagne is filled with age old stone houses with perigordine roofs and a church bell tower that can be seen from all over Dordogne.

The Dordogne Valley is a place filled with so much living history. Its streets are covered with castles and stone buildings. Its caves are permeating with Stone Age art while the markets are clad in traditional foods. Stories of knights and the middle ages echo through the streets of this beautiful pre-historic city filling it with so much wisdom and beauty.

This tour is a wonderful extension to a tour in Bordeaux.

Day 1: Arrival, transfer from Bordeaux airport to Sarlat.
Arrival and pick up from Bordeaux airport. (You can also start in Sarlat)
Drive to Sarlat with a stop in a charming little medieval town, for a snack or light lunch. (not included)
Free evening.

Day 2: The vezere valley and prehistoric man
Breakfast.
Pick up from the Hotel. Drive out to the Vezere Valley, filled with green meadows and willow trees, and stop in few little picturesque villages called St Genies, St Amand de Coly, and Montignac.Next, we will visit the Lascaux Caves, famous for its Paleolithic Cave paintings. After visiting the cave, we will have lunch in the village of Montignac. After lunch, we will drive down the crystal blue Vezere River past Chateau de Losse to the beautiful city of St Leon sur Vezere, whose buildings have been preserved for decades. We will walk around this ancient village and then continue to La Roque St Christophe, a site which overlooks the beautiful Vezere river. Next, we will continue driving down the valley past La Maison Forte de Reihac, a stunning chateau built into the face of a rock, to Les Eyzies. Les Eyzies is a very lovely central area, with the many cliffs and rock formations that are surrounded by rivers, hills, and a tranquil countryside. It is also home to the National Prehistory Museum which houses one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artifacts. After visiting the museum, we visit the glorious Commarque castle before returning to Sarlat for an evening at leisure.

Day 3: Sarlat market, Dordogne valley
Breakfast.
Morning visit to the Sarlat Market, a cheeky food market that has been around since the middle ages. Next, we will drive to the serene Dordogne Valley to discover the village and castle of Beynac, the village of La Roque Gageac and the Commune of Domme. We will then have Lunch in the stunning village of Castelnaud. We will make our way to Sarlat via Montfort Castle and Carsac.
Return to hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 4: Rocamadour and boat ride
After breakfast, we will head to the village of Rocamadour and Lot, small cliff top villages, and see the religious shrines followed by lunch.
In the afternoon, we will have a unique excursion of the Dordogne River on traditional flat-bottomed boats (Gabarre).
Return to hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 5: Transfer to Bordeaux via Campagne
At 9 am we will departure to Bordeaux.
We will make a stop in the village of Campagne for a walk through the beautiful gardens surrounding the Castle, another ‘picture postcard’ village of the Dordogne. Cobble stone streets wind up through the village between the honey-colored houses and scattered eye-catching gardens.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Bordeaux

  • Pick-up Location:

    Bordeaux/ Sarlat

  • Pick-up time:

    Coordinate

  • Airport city:

    Bordeaux

  • Drop off location:

    Bordeaux/ Sarlat

  • Drop off time:

    coordinate

The program includes:

  • 4 nights stay at a 4* hotel, breakfasts, lunches
  • Entrance fees, english speaking tour guide, transportation according ti the itinerary, round trip transfers to/from Bordeaux.

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • After ‘the program does not include’

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Your hotel is an authentic 4 star establishment situated in the heart of the old town of Sarlat.
The hotel is ideally situated at the entrance of the medieval city with its listed monuments, markets and shops, numerous restaurants, street shows and performances. There is a heated pool with a terrace and a sun lounge, a relaxing space with a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and themed shower.
The  rooms have air-conditioned and decorated with care, in a high level of modern comfort. All of them are fitted with the best equipment and th latest technologies, large screen TV, Wi-Fi broadband throughout the hotel.

DATES & PRICES

Available year-round based on availability.

  • Price per person in a double room based on 2 people
  • $2230.00
  • Available
  • Price per person in a double room based on 4 people
  • $1770.00
  • Available
  • Price per person in a double room based on 6-8 people
  • $1670.00
  • Available

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

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We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment.

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It’s best to fly to Bordeaux.

if you are visiting other parts of France – consult with us. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans: Flights, trains, logistics and ideas.

You may combine a visit to Dordogne with a tour to Bordeaux.

walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking  hilltop villages and cobblestone streets.

we try to start the days after 09:00 am.

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date.

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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