Dordogne

inc. River Cruise, Guided Cave Walk and Boat ride, Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac

The Dordogne region of south west France is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country with chateauxs, mediaevil towns and villages, unspoiled countryside and prehistoric caves. Our base is Rocamadour, a lovely village just to the east of the Dordogne department. It attracts over 1 million visitors a year as it has become famous for its healing powers. We also have free wine with dinner each night at our resort hotel.


The Dordogne region of south west France is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country with chateauxs, mediaevil towns and villages, unspoiled countryside and prehistoric caves. Our base is Rocamadour, a lovely village just to the east of the Dordogne department. It attracts over 1 million visitors a year as it has become famous for its healing powers. We also have free wine with dinner each night at our resort hotel.

Sunday To Calais and we continue through France to our overnight hotel, the central 4 star Mercure in Orleans

Monday We continue south with a thought provoking stop at Oradour-sur-Glane. The town has been left untouched as a silent monument since 1944 when the Nazis set fire to the town after executing its residents. We are met with a welcome Kir at our resort hotel.

Tours whilst at resort
a A free day to explore Rocamadour. It has been a place of pilgrimage since the bodies of Saint Amadour and the mysterious Black Madonna were found in 1166. These discoveries are found within several churches, carved into the rock and are accessed by a combination of 216 steps known as the Grand Escalier. For the less energetic there are 2 lifts taking you between these levels (there is a small charge). You can also enjoy time at leisure to visit the quaint shops selling local produce and to marvel at the grandeur of the Church of Notre Dame.

b We travel to the famous town of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Take time to wander through the winding streets and maybe enjoy the traditional market (Wednesday mornings). Later we continue to the nearby Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac, offering an amazing feast for the senses with something to delight everyone. The seven gardens include the beautiful White Garden, the formal topiary sculptures and even a wild flower meadow.

c To the nearby caves of Gouffre de Padirac, an amazing labyrinth of 40km of galleries including an underground river. We enjoy a visit to the 2km of caves which are open to the public, descending by lift or stairs to enjoy a guided journey on foot and by boat through this mystical world*

d We follow the direction of the majestic River Dordogne to the picturesque riverside town of La Roque Gageac, home to the local gabares fleet of flat bottomed sailing boats. We enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Dordogne with some fantastic photo opportunities including the imposing Chateau Castelnaud perched high above the river. After our cruise we continue to the medieval walled city of Domme. Wander through the ancient town square and marvel at the views across the valley far below.

Friday We return direct to Orleans giving us time to explore thistown on the River Loire.

Saturday To Calais and home.

Price includes:

  • Return coach travel
  • Channel crossings
  • Tours as indicated
  • Admissions: River cruise, cave visit, boat and gardens
  • Hotel accommodation of bed, breakfast and evening meal

Please note: The caves at Padirac do have lift access, but there is some uneven terrain and occasional steps through the caves themselves.

Hotel Beau Site, Rocamadour
3 star hotel ideally located in the heart of the village.

  • BAR
  • SATELLITE TV

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