OPS11 - Splendours of the Dordogne - 7 days/6 nights - $2789.50 per person (twin share), single supplement $987.00 (minimum 2 persons)
Departure from Sarlat
April to October, not available in August
Day 1 Sarlat
Arrive in Sarlat and settle into your hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 Sarlat guided tour/Domme village visit/Dordogne boat ride
Breakfast, then in the morning, guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. After the lunch you will reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then we drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac for a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, we head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery. Overnight.
Day 3 Lascaux II visit & The Art of the Caves
Breakfast. Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breathtaking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux II a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Overnight.
Day 4 Castles of the Dordogne Valley
Breakfast, then in the morning, by Carsac-Aillac and Montfort depart along the Dordogne valley. First visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Chateau de Beynac. Then visit of the Milandes castle. Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont until 1535. In 1940, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the Chateau and then bought it in 1947. Finally, end the day with the visit of the Gardens of Marqueyssac: listed as a National Historical Monument it offers more than 6 kilometres of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned hundred year old boxwoods. Overnight.
Day 5 Pech Merle Cave/Saint-Cirq-Lapopie village and Cahors visit
Breakfast. The emblematic Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Pech Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St-Cirq-Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Finally, stop in Cahors to visit the capital of the Quercy region. During your visit you will certainly admire some of the most well preserved private mansions dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries as well as the unique Saint Etienne cathedral that is a unique example of a domed cathedral in southern France. Overnight.
Day 6 Rocamadour morning tour
Breakfast, then depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat. Afternoon in Sarlat is free for you to enjoy. Overnight.
Day 7 Sarlat
Breakfast, end of our services.
Order of the days can be modified