Black Perigord and Prehistory - 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
Walking tour in Vezere and Dordogne valleys through Perigord Noir from Montignac to Sarlat. Discovery of the most important prehistoric sites, Lascaux cave...
This limestone plateau, lined at the West by the Vezere Valley and at the South by the Dordogne Valley, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and Holm oaks, which give it a dark colour and its name: Black Perigord. History tells us that life has always been pleasant along the banks of these two Rivers and in the valleys sheltering magnificent old villages, which have kept their uniqueness throughout time. These two Rivers have carved impressive sites in the plateau, which men have exploited by erecting 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 advance through the Middle Ages and progress to present DAY as you traverse the valley of the Dordogne.
SFC101ST - Black Perigord & Prehistory - $1652.40
From April to November but be careful this area is very crowded in summer time and we recommend you to come outside this period. Nevertheless this area attracts a lot of tourists and you have to reserve early.
Walk difficulty: Grade 2 - walks of 4 to 6 hours a day. Some stages could be 21 km 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.
Highlights: Montignac, St Amand de Coly, St Léon de Vézère, Les Eyzies, Beynac, Castelnaud, La Roque Gageac, Domme, Sarlat
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 sprung fountains, washing places, houses and half-timbered buildings. On looking up, you will see the castle, former haunt of the Counts of Perigord, perched on its rocky spur and overlooking the town nestling below. Montignac is home to a masterpiece of renown, the Cave of Lascaux, whose facsimile opened in 1983. Don’t miss it!! - Dinner, lodging and breakfast.
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 to visit it. 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 by the château de la Grande Filo lie, crossing some hamlets before reaching the small village of St Amand de Coly, where you will find a lovely fortified Romanesque church. You will return to Montignac by taxi - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel.
DAY 3 - ST LEON DE VEZERE – LES EYZIES DE TAYAC (21 km)
Escort by taxi to Saint Leon, which boasts of one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Perigord and two chateaux! You will walk through 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 whose caves were inhabited as a troglodyte fortress since the earliest traces of man! You will continue your walk through the villages of Moustier and Tursac, with its steeple church, before reaching Les Eyzies de Tayac, where you will pass the evening in an ancient windmill along the banks of the Beune - Dinner, lodging and breakfast.
DAY 4 - LES EYZIES DE TAYAC
The morning is open and you may choose to spend it visiting the Musée de la Préhistoire or one of the many prehistoric grottos located in the area. Finsac – Beynac and Cazenac (15 km). A taxi will drop you off at the beginning of the afternoon near the little hamlet of Finsac. You will cross through the forest of oaks, chestnuts and pines and arrive at the small chapel of Redon-Espic, sitting quietly in the middle of woods. Passing through the village of Cazenac, you will come to the waters of the Dordogne, which you will follow until you reach Beynac. This cliff-side village houses an intimidating square and chateau overlooking the Dordogne. Dinner, lodging and breakfast.
DAY 5 - BEYNAC - VITRAC (19 km)
Following the “Caminal del Penieraires”, a paved, sloped street lined with beautiful, small old houses, you will reach the château overlooking the valley. You will then walk down to the banks of the Dordogne and follow the River towards Castelnaud and its château, a rival to that of Beynac. You will cross the River to visit La Roque Gageac, a beautiful village built against the cliff, and then again to climb up to La Bastide de Domme, a lovely fortified city built on the top of a steep cliff. After visiting the town and the cavern, you will walk down to the Dordogne banks and the peaceful village of Vitrac - Dinner, lodging and breakfast.
DAY 6 - VITRAC - SARLAT (17 km)
From Vitrac, you will walk to the village of Montfort and its fortified castle standing in a grandiose setting, highly-coveted for centuries. You will go up to the Cingle de Montfort (a bend in the Dordogne River), which gives a lovely view onto the Tursac Peninsula and the Montfort Château. You will leave the Dordogne Valley to cross through the countryside to Sarlat, passing the very typical village of Malevergne and the château d’Hermier - Dinner, lodging and breakfast.
DAY 7 - SARLAT LA CANEDA
We invite you to discover this medieval town, with its narrow streets, restored Gothic and Renaissance town houses, the Saint Sacerdos Cathedral and its famous open-air market (on Saturdays). Here you will find paté, foie gras, pork and poultry preserves, and in autumn, truffles! You will understand why Henri Miller, the well-known American author, said, “This is the Frenchmen’s paradise!” - Lodging and breakfast.
DAY 8 - SARLAT Tour ends after breakfast.
|Price per person||2-star hotels & 6 dinners|
|Twin/ Double share *||$1652.40|
|Single room supplement*||$467.50|
* Prices based on 2 people walking together
- 7 nights’ accommodation in selected 2-star hotels
- 7 breakfasts
– 6 dinners
- Hotel to hotel luggage transfer.
- Taxi transfers: St Amand de Coly to Montignac, Montignac to St Léon de Vézère, Les Eyzies to Finsac
- Set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail.
- Daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
- Emergency assistance.
- Transportation fees to and from the walk area
– Transfers except those mentioned above
– Entrance fees
- Additional meals
– Personal expenses