Walking in the Dordogne : in the footsteps of prehistoric men
    • France - Dordogne
    • 6 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
      • Trip code : D1105

About the Walking in the Dordogne : in the footsteps of prehistoric men trip

The Vézère Valley owes its name to the river that runs through. Rising over 200km away in the Massif Central, the narrow and unspoilt Vézère River flows alongside limestone cliffs covered by chestnut and holm oak forests and passes through pretty villages such as Montignac, Les Eyzies, Le Bugue and Limeuil - its confluence with the Dordogne River. But the Vézère valley is most famous for its testimony to early settlements, from prehistory, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period, to present day. Our walking holiday in the Dordogne retraces the steps of mankind along the riverbank, exploring troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves. Many sites in the Vézère valley are a UNESCO listed site, such is their prehistoric importance, so travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of our ancestors for a fascinating and remarkable walking holiday.

Highlights of the trip

  • A  fascinating journey through time 
  • Easy walks with more moderate options on days 3 & 4
  • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
  • Exploring medieval and troglodyte villages 
  • Local markets and sampling local delicacies
  • Swimming in the river and optional kayaking 



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

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Walking in the Dordogne: in the footsteps of prehistoric men - Day by Day 

Day 1 - Arrival in Les Eyzies: the prehistoric capital

  • walking in the Dordgne + self-guided walking trip franceYour trip begins in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the prehistoric capital of the Périgord Noir. It is home to the National Prehistoric Museum (which is well worth a visit) and caves that are witness to a millennia of human occupation. 
  • Night in Les Eyzies

  • Access
    . Trains from Bergerac and Périgueux
    . High speed train lines between Limoges > Agen, Paris > Toulouse & Paris > Bordeaux 
     

Day 2 - Hiking in the valley of the Gorges d'Enfer

  • trek Dordogne + walking in 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 enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Vézère River before arriving back at Les Eyzies.  
  • Upon returning to Les Eyzies, you have some freetime 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 3 - In the valley of man

  • self-guided walking stay 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 4 - Troglodyte villages

  • Peyzac Le Moustiself-guided walking France + hiking in the Dordogneer > Saint Leon sur Vezere > 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 Moustier or St Léon sur Vézère. From Le Moustier you walk on the path of prehistory that runs along La Roque Saint Christophe a troglodyte site unique in the world (visit not included)  before arriving in Saint Léon sur Vézère, a classified village where you can enjoy a spot of lunch. From Saint Léon sur Vézère, 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 5 - The famous Lascaux cave

  • lascaux caves + walking holiday Dordogne 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.
  • Night in Montignac 
  • 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 6 - Bye bye la Dordogne

  • walking in the dordogne self-guidedAfter breakfast, transfer to Sarlat-la-Canéda. End of the trip. 
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market on Wednesday mornings and all day Saturday in Sarlat. 

More walking holidays in the Dordogne 

    • France - Dordogne
    • 8 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
  • Highlights of the trip

    • A  joyful mix of walks, relaxation & heritage 
    • Discovery of gardens, castles, troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves
    • Longer walk options on days 3, 4, 5 & 7
    • A cultural break in the most beautiful villages
    • Visit of the Château de Commarque included 
    • 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 

      • France - Dordogne
      • 6 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
  • Highlights of the trip

    • A  fascinating journey through time 
    • Easy walks with more moderate options on days 3 & 4
    • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
    • Exploring medieval and troglodyte villages 
    • Local markets and sampling local delicacies
    • Swimming in the river and optional kayaking 



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

      • France - Dordogne
      • 10 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
  • 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 

    Walking in the Dordogne : in the footsteps of prehistoric men
        • France - Dordogne
        • 2 adults (2x435€)
        • 0 children (0x435€)
      • 6 days
      • Simple
    Total 870€
    Deposit 174€
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