Dordogne Caves, Castles & Beautiful Villages

Self-guided walking holiday in France

From € 300.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • One accommodation
  • Self-guided walking holiday
  • Cave arts
  • Dordogne river
  • A castle

Enjoy a wide variety of walks during this self-guided walking holiday in the Dordogne.

Discover the 1001 medieval castles of the Dordogne, some perched on a cliff with panoramic views of the valley, and be fascinated by the prehistoric cave arts of the Vezere Valley: Lascaux, the world's most popular prehistoric cave, Font de Gaume, the only prehistoric cave in France with coloured paintings still open to the public and Rouffignac, a cave that can be visited via a train.

With 144 more prehistoric sites to visit you will be spoilt for choice. Along the way enjoy the Dordogne's rolling and lush landscape, beautiful pastoral countryside, bastide villages, breathtaking vistas and gourmet cuisine.

Accommodation in the Dordogne

Your base during this walking holiday is a stunning riverside property just 2km from the prehistoric Lascaux Caves in Montignac. It is set in 15 acres beside the Vezere in a peaceful location with fabulous views. Onsite enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, relax in the covered terrace with a glass of wine, check emails with our free Wifi or play table tennis in the covered play area. And if you're feeling lazy, have a picnic or even a BBQ beside the river, play badminton, dabble in fishing or try the french game of boules in the large courtyard.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation is in double rooms, with a double bed and a private bathroom. Triple rooms (with a single bed and a double bed) and family rooms are also available. All rooms have electric heaters for the cooler months.

Dining area in the garden Double room Swimming pool

Breakfast includes fresh baked croissants and baguettes, selection of home made jams, cereal, yoghurt, and unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. A packed lunch can be provided at a cost of 10 eur per person (optional). Four sumptuous 4 course dinners in the local restaurant are included (wine be charged separately by the restaurant).

This walking holiday is also available as a self-catering option, staying in Holiday homes in the grounds of the property. Both options (B&B or self-catering) can start in any date, subject to accommodation availability. Please see below for more information.

Walking in the Dordogne

Building below a rock Green field with a biulding in the distance

A wide range of walks is available. The walking map that you will receive has details for circuit walks of varying length in the surrounding area. Footpaths are clearly marked in red and white, yellow for the local routes, and blue.

Spring and Autumn are ideal periods for walking with pleasant temperatures of 21-26 degrees.

Car hire is essential to be able to reach the walks and sights in the surrounding area.

Dordogne sample walking holiday itinerary

Beautiful green building, terrace with flowers by a river Antient castle


Day 1 - Arrive at your accommodation. You will be given a tour of the property to get you acquainted with facilities onsite, walking map of the Vézère valley, and information regarding amenities nearby. Have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Montignac and the Prehistoric Caves of Lascaux
Explore the cobbled streets of Montignac with its half timbered houses, visit the ruins of a fortress. Walking through pastures and woodland with lovely views of the Vézère valley, ruins of a chateau, a manor house, and the pretty village of Moulenérie. Return to Montignac for refreshments at one of its riverside cafés. Visit the world famous Lascaux caves, and marvel at polychrome renderings of 15,000-year-old galloping horses, reindeer, bison, and ibex on its ceiling and walls. Walk type: 20 km of undulating terrain.

Day 3 - Château de Commargue - The Forgotten Fortress
Circular walk starting from Sireuil, then visit Château de Commargue known as 'La Fortresse Oubliée (The Forgotten Fortress) as it has remained hidden for centuries, just recently made public. Picnic at the site, explore this romantic valley with panoramic views through dense secret forests, passing hamlets of cottages made from golden limestone with their unique Périgourdine roofs. Return to Sireuil which has a pretty church to explore. Optional: visit Abridu Cap Blanc, a natural rock shelter which is easily accessed from the Château de Commarque on the other side of the valley. Walk type: 8-10 km of undulating hills. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 4 - Rest day
Relax by the pool, visit a local market, go cycling around the area (we can help organize bike hire) or take a canoe trip down the Dordogne River. Bring a picnic along, canoe leisurely down the Dordogne, and stop in front of the beautiful village of Roque Gageac, one of France's most beautiful villages. You will see The Gabarre, a replica of the traditional boats that used to go up and down this river, which was used in the movie Chocolat. Enjoy your lunch whilst marvelling at the houses built directly into the face of the huge cliff that overhangs the village, and watch the world of canoeists go by. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 5 - The Cote de Jor
Circular tour of approximately 10 km of undulating terrain starting at St Leon sur Vézère, one of France?s most beautiful villages, which nestles on a bend of the river Vézère. Visit the manor house, castle and the XII century Romanesque church, a classified historic monument, which during the summer, is the magnificent setting of the Music Festival of the Black Perigord.

Day 6 - Gorge D'Enfer (Hell's Gorge)
An easy walk with lovely views of the cliffs and caves above the river Vézère starting from Les Eyzies de Tayac then into a dark gorge with overhanging high cliffs with man-made holes in the rock face, then visit another famous cave. Return to Les Eyzies through fields covered in poppies in spring, past vineyards and finish along the riverbank. Walk type: 12km easy undulating walk.

Day 7 - La Roque St Christophe
Circular tour of approximately 8km of undulating terrain. Visit La Roque St Christophe, a dramatic cliff rising 80m from the Vézère Valley with 5 levels of natural caves dwellings from prehistory through the Middle Ages. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 8 - Breakfast and departure.

Dates and availability

A waterfall in a village Beynac castle

It is also possible to book this Dordogne walking holiday on your own, the price is from €435.- per person for 8 days for single occupancy. Your hosts also offer this self-guided walking holiday for families or groups. They can accommodate large groups from 15-30 people.

The holiday is also available on a self-catering basis, staying in one of their villas. Prices start from €300.- per week. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information on these options.

***SPECIAL OFFER***
Only in June you will have one night free (minimum stay 3 nights) on a bed and breakfast basis.

***LATE DEAL***
You can now book the whole Villa Hibiscus, sleeps 8, for only €800.-/week on 15-22 July!

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information


location map walking holiday - heart of the Dordogne

Holiday type

One accommodation Self-guided walking holiday
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
includes 4 dinners

Price

From € 300.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

Included

- 7 nights Accommodation,
- 7x Breakfast,
- 4x 4 course dinner at local restaurant,
- walking map and some sample walking itineraries for the area,
- use of facilities such as swimming pool, covered terrace, private fishing on the grounds

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference

WH-SG-FRFS01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills to low mountains
  • Hills to low mountains
  • Easy to moderate walking

Best time of the year

May - June
September - October


Walking Holiday by:

Le Four à Sel

David & Brenda

www.lefourasel.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, French

Getting there

  • Bergerac (60 mi)
    Limoges (86 mi)
  • Condat le Lardin (4 mi)
  • Location map


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