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Perigord, Dordogne and Haut-Quercy

Perigord, Dordogne and Haut-Quercy

An exploration of a lovely country, a corner of heaven on earth!

LUXE : 4 star hotels

CONFORT : 3 star hotels

STANDARD : 2 star hotels

Description of the tour :

Day 1 – Périgueux and Brantôme The trip begins with a visit around the architecturally rich patrimony of Périgeux, the capital of Périgord. It continues with the discovery of the abbey of Chancelade in the luxurious green valley of Beauronne; the priory of Merlande, lost in an isolated valley hidden in the depths of a forest; and ends in a little village called Brantôme nicknamed « the Venise of Périgord ».

Day 2 – Le Périgord Vert (“green Perigord”- 1 of 4 regions of the Dordogne department)
Today’s 120km drive takes you through the heart of this green land, scattered with beautiful lakes, immeasurable streams and picturesque villages such as La Chapelle Faucher or Thiviers. You will visit the magnificent Renaissance castle of Puyguihem and the idyllic village of Bourdeilles, overlooked by a fortress encompassing no less than two castles, before returning to Brantôme.

Day 3 – Bergerac and the Périgord Pourpre (purple Perigord)
The day starts with a visit to Bergerac which is both an old town and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne. Parts of the old town have been restored and there is even a no smoking tobacco museum! Continuing through the vineyards you will discover some beautiful country houses such as the bastides of Beaumont du Périgord and Monpazier and the magnificent castles of Biron and Monbazillac. Here you will taste the famous sweet wine that is the pride of the region.

Day 4 – The Dordogne from Bergerac to Trémolat.
While driving through this distinctive region you will discover: picturesque villages; outstanding castles; the abbey of Cadouin; the still functioning ancestral paper-making windmill of Larroque; and the numerous panoramic viewpoints of the Dordogne. In particular the castle of Lanquais and the flamboyant Gothique architechure of the church of Cadouin, and the “cingle de Tremolat” seen from the top of the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne.

Day 5 – The Dordogne from Trémolat to Sarlat.
Fortresses overlooking typical villages such as St Cyprien, Beynac and Cazenac (perched on the cliff) make this possibly one of the most beautiful stretches of the Dordogne. You will see the hanging gardens of the castle of Marqueyssac which overhang the river and the magnificent village of La Roque Gageac built next to the vertical cliff face. The day ends on arrival at Sarlat.

Day 6 – Sarlat and the Périgord Noir (black Perigord).
The morning is devoted to the visit of the medieval styled town of Sarlat, with its narrow streets providing sanctuary for numerous Gothic and Renaissance hotels. After lunch, begins the discovery of Périgord Noir, its old villages, typical houses, Roman churches and castles. First a walk around the Mansion of Eyrinac with its typically French gardens, then the fortified abbey of St Amand de Colmy before finishing back in Sarlat at the end of the day.

Day 7 – The valley of Vézère and its Prehistoric past.
During this trip you will discover Montignac; the Lascaux cave; the Thot Cro-Magnon Centre, a centre full of learning games and activities about Prehistoric life; Saint Léon de Vézère; the Roque Saint Christophe; and finishing with the National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies of Tayac. Return to Sarlat at the end of the day.

Day 8 – The Dordogne from Castelnaud to Souillac.
Continuing up the Dordogne, you will discover numerous castles; fortresses; luxurious second homes; and old fortified country houses, such as Domme perched on a cliff edge. The surprises continue with the castle of Fénelon built on a succession of rocky terraces, one of the most beautiful castles of Black Périgord. The day ends at the old town of Souillac, built around a once powerful abbey of which only the church remains.

Day 9 – The Dordogne from Souillac to Beaulieu sur Dordogne.
Leaving the Périgord region for Quercy, discover the wonders of the underground world of the caves of Lacave and the famous abyss of Padirac. Visit the magnificent and picturesque villages of Carennac or Loubressac. From the top of the cliffs you can admire the magnificent cirque of Autoire, before visiting the village and the impressive medieval castle of Castelnau. Finish the day at Beaulieu sur Dordogne.

Day 10 –Rocamadour and the most beautiful villages of Haut Quercy.
Perched on the side of a cliff and dominated by its castle, Rocamadour, a Mecca of Christianity, always fascinates the tourist. After visiting this village you enter the first foothills of the Massif Central and the discovery of magnificent and picturesque villages such as Curemonte, Collonges la Rouge, Turenne and Martel. Each one steeped in history and beautifully restored.

Day 11 – From the Causse de Gramat to the Valley of Célé.
Crossing the Causse, an enormous limestone plateau covered with thin vegetation, you will come across several hamlets and typical regional villages before reaching the beautiful villages and magnificent landscapes of the luxurious green valley of Célé. To end the day visit the extremely well preserved Middle Aged rich trading city of Figeac.

Day 12 – The Lot Valley from Capdenac to Cahors.
Your day starts with a visit to Capdenac le Haut, a Roman city with medieval relics hiding behind its ramparts. Going down to the Lot valley you will discover magnificent villages and sites such as Saut de la Mounine or Saint Cirq Lapopie. This is a small picturesque village perched on the side of a cliff that has not changed over the centuries. Your day ends in Cahors, a very prosperous village in the Middle Ages which still has numerous monuments including the famous bridge Pont Valentré.

Day 13 – The Lot Valley from Cahors to Bonaguil.
Continue along the Lot passing through the vineyards of Cahors, which cover the sides of the valley; unique small French wine villages; and the beautiful castle of Mercués, today a luxury hotel. Finally you will reach the castle of Bonaguil, a magnificent late 15th century fortress. The trip ends back at Cahors.

Prices of the tour :

Standart

Rate per person in a double room: 1710 €
Single supplement: 840 €
Solo traveler: 2835 €

Comfort

Rate per person in a double room: 1645 €
Single supplement: 810 €
Solo traveler: 2720 €

Luxe

Rate per person in a double room: 3460 €
Single supplement: 1175 €
Solo traveler: 5075 €

The cost of the rental car is not included in the price. This tour can be done with a chauffeur-driven car or can be tailor made to meet your specific needs. Thank you to contact us if you need more information.

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