A river walk through the Dordogne: exploring the valleys of the Périgord Noir
    • France - Dordogne
    • 10 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
      • Trip code : D1106

About the A river walk through the Dordogne: exploring the valleys of the Périgord Noir trip

This beautiful walking holiday through the Dordogne begins and ends in the pretty town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the capital of the Périgord Noir, with its cobbled streets, picturesque squares, architectural treasures, and the lively all-day market on Saturdays. You spend the first part of the trip in the Dordogne Valley exploring the fairytale castles along the banks of the Dordogne River: Chateaux de Commarque, Beynac and Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker. We also invite you to discover the most iconic villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac and the magnificent bastide village of Domme where you spend 2 nights. From there, you head over to the Vézère valley where the chateaux give way to troglodyte villages, prehistoric caves and UNESCO listed sites. At the end of the trip, you have time to visit the Lascaux IV caves, a wonderful replica of the oldest paintings in human history.  

Highlights of the trip

  • A great overview of the beautiful Dordogne
  • Pretty villages and bastide towns
  • Walking along the riverbanks of the Périgord Noir
  • Longer walk options on days 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8
  • Discovery of gardens, castles, troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves
  • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
  • The famous market in Sarlat
  • Swimming in the rivers and optional kayaking 



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A river walk through the Dordogne: exploring the valleys of the Périgord Noir- Day by Day 

Day 1 - Arrival in Sarlat: a village of art & history

  • walking holiday in the Dordogne Your trip begins in Sarlat-la-Canéda, capital of the Périgord Noir. This pretty medieval town is a great starting place with its labyrinth of narrow,  cobbled streets, picturesque and shaded squares and traditional slate roof houses.
  • Night in Sarlat

  • We recommend:
    Starting your trip on a Friday or Saturday to enjoy the market in Sarlat, one of the busiest and most colourful of the region. Takes place every Wednesday morning and all day Saturday. 
     

Day 2 - Walking in the Beune Valley & Commarque Castle

  • self-guided walking holiday france Marquay > Château Commarque > Marquay
    3h15 -12km / 7.4 miles - Ascent: 330m / Descent: 330m
  • Transfer to Marquay (15mn). Your loop walk begins in Marquay : a Perigordian village full of charm with its typical houses and their lauze roofs and its fortified church from the 12th and 13th centuries. You will cross forests of oak and chestnut trees, small hills dotted with hamlets &  rock shelters dug by the river Beune before arriving at the Château de Commarque which stands on a rocky outcrop, on site, there are troglodyte houses and a prehistoric cave (visit included).  Transfer back to Sarlat (15mn)
  • Night in Sarlat
  • MEALS included : Breakfast

Day 3 - Hiking through the most beautiful villages of the Dordogne Valley

  • walking trip in France + easy walks France Beynac > La Roque Gageac > Vitrac > Domme
    2 walk options:
    . Shorter walk from La Roque Gageac : 2h30 - 11km / 6.8 miles - Ascent: 690m / Descent: 670m
    . Longer walk from Beynac : 5h - 18km / 11 miles - Ascent: 650m / Descent: 500m
  • Transfer to Beynac or La Roque Gageac, both troglodyte villages nestled in the cliff, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Your walk will take you through the Perigord countryside with its green valleys, oak forests and picturesque hamlets. You will pass by a goose and duck farm and you can take the opportunity to fill up on regional delicacies! You continue along the Dordogne to Domme, a magnificent bastide village perfectly combining the architectural, natural and gastronomic heritage of the Périgord Noir.
    Optional: a boat cruise along the Dordogne river on board a barge.  From this traditional wooden boat, you can admire the majestic castles of Beynac & Castelnaud (not included).
  • Night in Domme
  • MEALS included : Breakfast
  • We recommend  - Optional activities: 
    . Canoeing down the river
    . The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac
    . The bamboo plantation 

  • Market on Friday mornings in La Roque Gageac

Day 4 - The Château des Milandes & The Château de Castelnaud

  • self-guided hiking holiday Dordogne + hiking in the Dordogne Allas les Mines > Château des Milandes > Château de Castelnaud > Domme
    2 walk options : 
    . Shorter walk, from Chateau des Milandes : 3h20 - 13km / 8 miles - Ascent: 630m / Descent: 550m
    . Longer walk, from Allas les Mines : 5h30 - 20km / 12.4 miles - Ascent: 630m / Descent: 550m
  • Transfer to Allas les Mines or the Château des Milandes:  world famous thanks to Josephine Baker, admire its elegant turrets. Follow the left bank of the Dordogne to Castelnaud, a listed village with a fortified castle that played an important role in the Hundred Year War. You continue along the Dordogne River before climbing to Domme perched on a vertiginous cliff with buildings of gold coloured stone, offering a breathtaking view over the Dordogne Valley.
  • Night in Domme
  • MEALS included : Breakfast 
  • We recommend: optional visits  
    . Château des Milandes
    . Château de Castelnaud

Day 5 - In the valley of man

  • hiking in France Limueil > Le Bugue > Les Eyzies
    2 walk options:
    . Shorter walk, from Le Bugue: 3h45 - 13,5km / 8.1 miles - Ascent: 410 / Descent: 400m
    . Longer walk, from Limueil: 6h15 - 23km / 14.3 miles - Ascent: 410m / Descent: 400m
  • From either Limueil or Le Bugue, nestled downstream of the Vézère valley, known as the "Valley of Man", you pass through picturesque landscapes and numerous shady woods, farms and hamlets, passing through St Cirq and the famous Grotte du Sorcier (Sorcerer's Cave), before arriving at the prehistoric capital Les Eyzies.
  • Night in Les Eyzies
  • MEALS included : Breakfast 

  • We recommend: optional visits   
    . Fonte de Gaume & de Combarelles caves
    . Abri Pataud, Cro Magnon & du Poisson

  • Market on Monday mornings in Les Eyzies & Tuesday mornings in Le Bugue

Day 6 - Hiking in the valley of the Gorges d'Enfer

  • self-guided hiking holiday Dordogne Les Eyzies > St Cirq > Les Eyzies
    3h15 - 12 km / 7.4 miles - Ascent: 200m / Descent: 200m
  • Today, you enjoy a pretty loop walk and a beautiful discovery of the prehistoric remains around Les Eyzies de Tayac. You walk in the footsteps of Cro-Magnon man and enjoy the coolness of the undergrowth in the Gorge d'Enfer valley. On the way back, you can picnic along the bank of the Vézère river as you follow it back to Les Eyzies.  
  • Upon returning to Les Eyzies, you have some free time to visit the Musée National de la Préhistoire (National Prehistoric Museum)
  • Night in Les Eyzies
  • MEALS included : Breakfast 

  • We recommend: 
    . Visiting the Musée Nationale de la Préhistoire

  • Market on Monday morings in Les Eyzies

Day 7 - Through forest and beautiful countryside

  • self-guided walking holiday france Saint Cyprien > Meyrals > Les Eyzies 
    2 walk options:
    . Shorter walk, from Meyrals: 2h40 - 8km / 4.9 miles - Ascent: 96m / Descent: 191m
    . Longer walk, from St Cyprien: 4h10 - 15km / 9.3 miles - Ascent: 320m / Descent: 320m
  • Transfer to the start of your walk, the longer or shorter version depending on how you feel for a gentle walk through the forest, past farms and hamlets and back to Les Eyzies. You are in the rural heart of the Périgourdine countryside. 
  • Night in Les Eyzies
  • MEALS included : Breakfast 

Day 8 - In the Vézère valley

  • walking in the Dordogne + kayak and walking holiday Peyzac Le Moustier > Saint Leon sur Vézère > Montignac
    2 walk options: 
    . Shorter walk, from St Leon - 3h15 - 13 km / 8 miles - Ascent: 510m / Descent: 510m
    . Longer walk, from Peyzac Le Moustier - 5h - 20km / 12.4 miles - Ascent: 510m / Descent: 510m
  • Transfer to Peyzac Le Mousiter or St Léon sur Vézère. From Saint Léon sur Vézère, a listed village peacefully installed in a bend of the Vézère river and dominated by the Côte de Jor, you hike through oak forests, and cross typical farms and hamlets towards the charming village of Montignac located at the foot of the famous Lascaux hill.
  • Night in Montignac
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • We recommend 
    . Kayaking or Canoeing in St Leon
    . Parc du Thot

Day 9 - The famous Lascaux cave

  • lascaux caves + dordogne walking trip Montignac > Lascaux > Montignac
    2h - 7 km / 4.3 miles - Ascent: 150 / Descent: 150m
  • A short loop walk allows you to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and visit the LASCAUX IV cave (not included, visit to be booked in advance): a complete and original replica which houses the oldest paintings of humanity and retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave.
  • End of your trip after your walking day 
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • We recommend: 
    . Prolonging your trip and spending an extra night in Montignac, possibility of kayaking in the afternoon! 
    . The Regourdou site: discovering Neanderthal man

Day 10 - End of the trip

  • walking in france + dordogne walking stay Transfer after breakfast to Sarlat-la-Canéda. End of your trip
    Bye bye la Dordogne.... 
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market on Wednesday mornings and all day Saturday in Sarlat 

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  • Highlights of the trip

    • A great overview of the beautiful Dordogne
    • Pretty villages and bastide towns
    • Walking along the riverbanks of the Périgord Noir
    • Longer walk options on days 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8
    • Discovery of gardens, castles, troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves
    • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
    • The famous market in Sarlat
    • Swimming in the rivers and optional kayaking 



      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    A river walk through the Dordogne: exploring the valleys of the Périgord Noir
        • France - Dordogne
        • 2 adults (2x930€)
        • 0 children (0x930€)
      • 10 days
      • Simple
    Total 1860€
    Deposit 560€
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