Dordogne on Foot

A walk through history


Trip Details

Location Dordogne, south central France
Length 8 days
Grades Easy, Moderate
Accommodations Hotel
Group size 5-12
Dates Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019
Land Cost $3,795.00
Single Supp Cost $450.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Carved out by the rivers of Dordogne, Lot and Averyron, this is a region of varying landscapes, rich history, and renowned cuisine. Prehistoric caves, ancient châteaux, and historic bastides dot a countryside of rolling hills, limestone plateaus, and cliff-lined valleys. Here you will find all those gourmet ingredients synonymous with French cuisine: truffles, fois gras, wild mushrooms, fine wines and sumptuous cheeses.

We begin our trip in the village of Les Eyzies, located on the Vezere River. The valley of Vezere has been referred to as the “Valley of Mankind” because of its numerous prehistoric sites, and Les Eyzies provides an ideal base for the exploration of this area. From Les Eyzies, we travel to the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour. Stunningly set against the cliff face of the Alzou Canyon, Rocamadour has been attracting walkers of one kind or another for centuries, and the tranquility of the surrounding countryside makes it a compelling spot to linger. Finally, we head back to Dordogne River and the bastide town Domme. Perched high above the river with expansive views of fertile fields and distant castles, Domme provides the perfect picturesque base for our final walks to the well-preserved fortified villages of Castelnaud and Beynac, and the hanging gardens of the Chateau Marqueyssac.

This trip offers a nice balance between good hiking and time spent exploring castles, caves, cobbled streets and museums. During the week, we will be accompanied by a local guide whose amazing grasp of the prehistory and history of this region will lend a wonderful counterpoint to our walks. As with all our hiking and walking trips, we look for the right blend of physical endeavor in inspiring settings, comfortable accommodations and satisfying local cuisine.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

There is a single supplement charge. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If a roommate is not available we will not charge extra for this “forced single.”

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • All group transfers as per the itinerary
  • Group transfer from the Brive-la-Gaillard train station Day 1 and back to Brive-la-Gaillard train station on Day 8
  • 3 days with Prehistory/History guide
  • Walking guides
  • Great hiking and memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Air fare, lunches, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.

LUGGAGE

During this trip we will be based in three different locations. As our luggage will be transferred from location to location along with the group, you will only need to carry a day pack during our walks. We still encourage our trip members to bring a medium-sized bag they can manage easily by themselves, keeping in mind that some of our hotels will have narrow hallways and no elevators.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

We will be staying in comfortable 3-star hotels with private baths. The hotels will reflect the rich culture and atmosphere of the region. Needless to say, the food is wonderful! Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels and lunches are picnic style along the trail.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly into Paris and take the train to Brive-la-Gaillard. You may also fly to other airports in France–Toulouse or Bordeaux, for example. You may want to allow an extra day in Paris on each end of the trip to allow for travel time and to accommodate flight schedules. Please contact us for help with trains and travel.

MEETING POINT

The trip will begin with a group pickup at the Brive-la-Gaillard train station at 2:30pm on Day 1.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end with a group transfer back to the Brive-la-Gaillard train station, arrive in Brive around 1:30 pm. From Brive, it is possible to take a train to Paris or other points in France and beyond. Please allow for travel time when making air reservations.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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