Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided

Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided
Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided
Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided
Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided
Dordogne River Walk, Self Guided
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This self-guided walking holiday explores the beautiful medieval villages that are so unique to France's Dordogne region. 

Perigord is one of the largest and most picturesque areas in France. It is divided into two by the River Dordogne which founded the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Along its banks you'll find over a thousand castles steeped in legend and history, and witness to centuries of conquests and conflict. Today the rich and varied culture of this land is still here for you to discover. You will meander along paths that follow the twists and turns of the valley and you will climb through fields and shaded woodland to hilltop towns and fortified strongholds with impressive views.

Highlights
* Unspoilt scenery, woodland valleys, well-marked tranquil riverside paths * Pretty medieval villages; traditional Perigourdine markets, fairytale chateaux * La Roque Gageac, one of /'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'/ * Wonderful river wildlife: heron, coypu,kites, kingfishers, buzzards and dragonflies * Friendly, family-run hotels, all with pools and good food
Food

Continental breakfasts and all evening meals. The Dordogne has a rich cuisine based on 'produits du terroir' (locally grown produce). A typical first course would be 'tourain', an onion and garlic soup cooked in a broth with duck or goose fat, and ladled over slices of country bread and cheese. Paté, often duck or goose, is equally popular, as is foie gras. Main course specialities also include duck and goose, often served in light cream sauces and, in the autumn, fresh cepes. Duck or goose fat is also used for the accompanying pommes de terre sarladaises - slices of potato sauteed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms. Traditional desserts include tarte aux noix, and flognarde, a type of flan with fruit and liqueur. A local cheese that is worth tasting is Bleu des Causses, similar to Roquefort, as well as Rocamadour goat's cheese. There are also some fantastic wines that come from the local area and a little further afield in Bordeaux that will accompany your meals perfectly.

Destinations
  • Europe
  • France
  • Dordogne
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • New Walking Holidays
  • Adventure
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN MARTEL

Arrive at your hotel in Martel, a picturesque town also known as 'la ville aux sept tours' or the town of seven towers. Your Hotel is a former convent school in 7000m2 of private gardens. *(Staying at Le Relais Sainte-Anne)*

Meals: dinner

Day 2 : MARTEL TO MEYRONNE 

Before leaving Martel, take time to enjoy its mediaeval streets, in particular the Palais de la Raymondie and the Place de la Halle. Martel is where the son of Henry II, (called Henry Court-Mantel for the new short cloak he made fashionable) died during the Hundred Years War; the house where he died is still visible today. Enjoy wonderful 360 degree views of the Dordogne Valley from the summit of Mont Mercou, before arriving at your 11th century chateau hotel. *(Staying at Hotel de la Terrasse)*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 3 : AT MEYRONNE

You have lots of choices today. Either relax by the hotel pool or walk south of the river to Rocher Sainte-Marie and the Grottes de Lacave. If you prefer, head to the town of Rocamadour, home to the shrine of the Black Madonna and one of France's most venerated religious sites. Alternatively, travel by taxi to the Gouffre de Padirac, an enormous chasm where you descend into an underground cave system that you then explore by boat along the subterranean stream. *(Staying at Hotel de la Terrasse)*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 4 : MEYRONNE TO SOUILLAC

Leave Meyronne following the rewarding path along the Roc de Monges with spectacular panoramic views along the river and buzzards and kites soaring overhead. Take the GR6 path through sleepy hamlets and lush farmland, rejoining the river at Chateau de la Treyne before continuing on to the atmospheric small town of Souillac. *(Staying at La Vielle Auberge)*

Meals: breakfast,

Day 5 : AT SOUILLAC

Wander around this delightful town or visit the Musee de l'Automate, which holds the largest collection of mechanical toys and dolls in France. Alternatively, walk to La Durantie for more stunning views along the Dordogne Valley. *(Staying at La Vielle Auberge)*

Meals: breakfast,

Day 6 : SOUILLAC TO CARSAC

Take a transfer to Roufillac then head along the south bank of the Dordogne River into the heart of the Perigord Nord. You can also take a short detour to visit Chateau de Fenelon en route to Carsac. *(Staying at La Villa Romaine)*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 7 : AT CARSAC

Walk along the disused railway line that is now a 'voie verte' into Sarlat and explore this mediaeval town, the capital of the Perigord Noir. Wander the warren of old lanes and charming courtyards with their Renaissance facades and richly ornamented buildings, now protected by law. *(Staying at La Villa Romaine)*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 8 :

Meals: breakfast,

Included

Route directions and maps
Continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Luggage transfers between hotels

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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