Highlights of the Périgord Noir

Guided walking holiday in France

From € 975.- / 8 days/7 nights

Price per person

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • View of the Dordogne river seen from above
  • Beynac castle France
  • View onto Abri Pataud: a prehistoric site in the village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne, France.

A full-service, all-inclusive adventure along the most beautiful sites of the Dordogne and Lot. Walking through the charming surroundings of rolling low hills with beautiful views on the valleys and rivers of the Dordogne and Lot.

Quiet and varied nature with meadows, forests, fields, rivers, gorges and more. While walking, you are visiting picturesque villages, famous chateaus, amazing caves and splendid gardens. And you will also not miss out on the well known local cuisine!

Accommodation in the Dordogne and Lot

Les Bernardies is a beautiful 17th century restored hamlet situated around a manor on a hill. An excellent place to relax and enjoy after a long walk.

There are in total 8 holiday homes and 1 chambre d'hote, each with large terrace on South and beautiful view. Guests will have their own bedroom and will possibly share the bathroom, living room (with fire place/stove), and kitchen (for coffee/tea/minibar) with another guest.

The village has free wifi access, a court yard, atelier and bakery house, swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, jeu de boule/playground, and donkeys/goats/rabbits/guinea pigs.

Comfortable chairs inside accommodation Les Bernadiers Gite with chairs outside in the garden Swimming Pool at Les Bernadiers accommodation

Breakfast and dinner will be held in the courtyard or in the old bakery. Breakfast will include fresh jus d’orange, coffee/tea, croissant, French bread, yoghurt/muesli, and self-made jam, cheese, and ham. Lunches will be partly picnics (4x) or at local restaurants (3x) on the trail. Dinner will be 4x at les Bernardies and 3x at some excellent local charming restaurants. The Périgord is famous for its excellent food and you will be able to taste the local specialities.

Hilltop village of Loubressac La Roque Gageac, Dordogne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

Walking in the Périgord Noir

Walks either begin on your doorstep or after a short drive. Walking routes are in rolling low hills with beautiful views on the valleys and rivers, relatively easy walking with a few short steep climbs on each trail.

View from Domme over fields, meadows and woordland towards a countryside village House hewn out of rockface

The nature is splendid, quiet and very varied (meadows, forests, fields), also as we will be walking in both Périgord Noir and Causses du Quercy.

Next to the famous attractions we will walk though and visit (gardens Eyrignac, Domme/Roque Gageac/Beynac, Rocamadoure, Padirac, Eyzies, St Genies), the area is scattered with picturesque hamlets and castles.

As we are not walking from one place to the other, there are no dull walking stretches, no need to be on time at a set destiny, and no packing and de-packing every day. Focus is on enjoying the beautiful walks and surroundings, having an enjoyable stay with the flexibility to adjust the walks when the group wants to.

Périgord Noir Walking holiday itinerary

River running in front of houses at Roque Gageac in the Dordogne People on rowing boat in Padirac Cave

Walks are starting on Saturday (total 6 walks with average length 15 km) with the last day visit to Sarlat and its famous market.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrival from airport Brive/SNCF station Souillac/Sarlat, welcome aperitif/dinner at les Bernardies.

Day 2 - Walk with donkey from Les Bernardies to the gardens of Eyrignac (incl. visit) with picnic. BBQ at les Bernardies.

Day 3 - Transfer by car to Domme, tour around Domme with lunch at Domme, crossover the river for walk at Roque Gageac, ending in visit to chateau Beynac. Dinner in local restaurant.

Day 4 - Transfer by car to St Genies, walk around St Genies with picnic, dinner at les Bernardies.

Day 5 - Transfer by car to Rocamadoure, walking around the area, picnic, and visiting Rocamadoure and goat cheese maker. Dinner in local restaurant.

Day 6 - Transfer by car to Eyzies, walk to the pre-historique Grotte du Sourcier (visit), lunch, transfer to chateau de Commarque, walking local trail, dinner at Les Bernardies.

Day 7 - Transfer to Gouffre de Padirac, walking to Loubressac, picnic on one of the ridges, visiting Gouffre de Padirac, dinner at local restaurant.

Day 8 - In the morning visit to medieval town Sarlat with its famous Saturday market , relaxing at Les Bernadies (lunch), departure for airport Brive/train station Souillac.

Dates and availability

Castle at Rocamadoure Meticulously kept garden at Eyrignac

Walking start from April 2nd to June 25th, and from September 3rd to November 6th, 2016. Nature is then most beautiful, and not too hot/wet.

There is flexibility around dates/itinerary. Walking groups vary from 2 to max. 6 persons. Tailor made programs possible when walking with a minimum of 4 persons. Your guide can also arrange for a day canoeing or mountain biking.

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


Map of France with the location of the Périgord Noir

Holiday type

One accommodationGuided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Per person (two persons per gite, single room, shared bathroom/living room by two)

Price

From € 975.- / 8 days/7 nights

Price per person

  • Dogs welcome

Included

7 nights accommodation, 7x breakfast, 4x picnic/3 lunches, 1 snack on last day before departure, 4 dinners at Les Bernardies/3 dinners in local restaurants, welcome drink, pick-up/drop off at airport Brive (other airports in consultation) or train station Souillac, access to gardens Eyrignac/chateau Beynac/grotte du Sourcier/Goufre de Padirac

Not included

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

Walking holiday reference

WH-GD-FRHVLB01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills only
  • Hills
  • Easy walking

Remarks

  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement - Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

September/October and April-June (not to warm/not too wet, all attractions/restaurants still open)


Walking Holiday by:

Hameau de Vacances Les Bernardies

Hubert Willems

www.lesbernardies.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, Dutch, French, German and a bit of Spanish

Getting there

  • Brive Airport (22 mi)
  • Bergerac Airport (53 mi)
  • Limoges Airport ( mi)
  • Toulouse Airport ( mi)
  • Bordeaux Airport ( mi)
  • Souillac Train station (9 mi)
  • Sarlat Train station (8 mi)
  • Brive Train station ( mi)
  • Location map


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