- Walking in the Dordogne Valley and Surrounding Hills
- Ramble on the Riverbank and Round the Villages
- Walk to Hilltop Castles and Bastides
- Carefully Selected Character Accommodation
- Food That People Come To France For
- Medieval Villages, Ruins & Caves
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A shorter walk in the Dordogne Valley and surrounding hills. You can choose from two walking tours in the Dordogne region: a 7-night/8 day tour and a 9-night/10 day tour (trip code JDD). Much of the route is common to both.
The 8-day walking tour is a circuit of approx. 100km in the area of the Upper Dordogne Valley. Castles, stone-built medieval villages, ruins and caves lend daily interest to the circuit. 'Une surprise a chaque pas'. The individual, family-run hotels that we have selected for you offer the sort of cooking that people come to France for, and several have noted chefs. This is the land of truffles, foie gras, magret de canard and rich dark wines.
This is a region of France that is largely away from normal tourist haunts in the Departments of Correze and Lot. The scenery is varied, taking in the limestone plateaux or Causses and then later wooded hills, which slope steeply down to the Dordogne at the delightful former river port of Beaulieu. Six villages on this Dordogne walking holiday are on the unofficial but prestigious list of the '147 most beautiful villages in France' (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France). Curemonte, stretched out along a ridge; the gentlemen's houses or gentilhommieres of Autoire; Loubressac, on a high spur above the Dordogne valley; Carennac, with its elaborate abbey church; Turenne, encircling a hilltop castle; and the celebrated red sandstone village of Collonges-la-Rouge.
Day 1 : Arrive Sarrazac
Day 2 : Sarrazac to Meyssac 19 km/11.8 miles
Day 3 : Meyssac to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne 22 km/13.5 miles
Day 4 : Beaulieu to Port de Gagnac 17 km/10.5 miles
Day 5 : Port de Gagnac to Loubressac 20 km/12.5 miles
Day 6 : Loubressac to Carennac 10 km/6 miles or 15 km/9.3 miles (via Gouffre de Padirac)
Day 7 : Carennac to Creysse 20 km/12.5 miles
Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
- 7 nights accommodation in 2 - 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- Luggage transfer
- Information pack including route notes & maps
- Emergency hotline
- Lunches & Beverages
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
- Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
- Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Hidden Treasures of the Dordogne - 8 Days tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 06 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 December 2022, a deposit of 161 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Hidden Treasures of the Dordogne - 8 Days tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Hidden Treasures of the Dordogne - 8 Days tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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