Dordogne Hiking

Dordogne Hiking

Dordogne Hiking

A fabulous Hiking Tour in the Perigord!
How to resist to the charm of the Dordogne and Perigord region! The Perigord is a land of chateaux, bastides, prehistoric sites, medieval fortresses, villages and its markets.

There are four different geographic Perigord designations: the White Perigord, the Purple Perigord, the Green Perigord and the Black Perigord. This walking tour will take you in the Black Perigord. The Black Perigord overlooks the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne. This limestone plateau, delimited to the West by the valley of the Vezere and to the South, by the valley of the Dordogne, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and Holm oaks, which give it a dark colour and its name "Black Perigord".

This is the world capital of the pre-history with opportunities to visit some of the famous grottos, a country of hundreds of chateaux and high place of the French gastronomy, also known as the country of the "Good, Rich, and Unforgettable meals"! Of course, the excellent and welcoming accommodations on this trip will provide a real taste of the region, and give you the comfort a day of walking deserves!

From the "foie gras" to the duck specialties, or the meals with truffles to the Bergerac wine; the "Produits du Terroir" are the part of the Perigord culture.

Tour Information

  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights
  • Price: from 1250
  • Level: Moderate or Challenging
  • Activity: Hiking - Self Guided
  • Date:Starts any day


Overview for your Hiking Trip

Available dates

This tour starts any day

Level

Moderate or Challenging
Chalenging is for day with longer options.
Moderate : rolling countryside, occasional hills, possible short gradients of low percents. These are the most popular tours, available for most people with some cycling experience. Average distance: 45-60km (27-37Miles). Ascent: between 450m-650m (1480ft-2150ft)
Challenging: rolling to hilly countryside; some notable hills with short and possibly steep grades. Longer rides with over 60km (37 Miles). Ascent : over 650m (2150ft). The most challenging trips we program for more experienced persons.

Transportation Details

Train: From Paris Montparnasse - Bergerac; 4 hours, 15min. Tour depart from Sarlat and train to Paris Austerlitz is 5 hours, 25min. Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hour 5min. This tour can be offered on a guided basis to groups of 6 or more, please inquire.

Optional Services

Travel insurance, Paris museum & metro passes, Paris day tours, Lido shows, and other services. Cell phone rental and luggage storage services.

This is a self-guided tour but you are not alone

We're with you from beginning to end

We will provide you with relevant information at each step of your trip.

Upon confirmation of your tour we will send you some general information about passports, training tips, reading lists, cell phone rental, travel insurance, and more!

Upon final payment you will receive hotel lists, contact numbers, itineraries, a packing list, regional information (sites, culture, regional specialities, important towns and historical sites), general France travel information, bike travel tips, vouchers, train travel tips, language phrases, holiday info, tour details, culture and customs tips, and much, much more!

Note: Prices subject to change based on hotel availability.
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Regional information

The Perigord region corresponds to the region close by the capitale city Perigueux of the department Dordogne. The Perigord, rich and fertile country, is densely forested and crisscrossed by rivers flowing from the plateau of the Massif Central out to the Atlantic. Of these, the Dordogne has carved out through the center a beautiful winding valley of gentle greenery. Many Stone Age relics and caves have been found here dating from around 20,000 years ago. In the village markets, the fruit and vegetables, nuts, and mushrooms of every description bear witness to the region's self-sufficiency in food.

Testimonial

"I saw a part of France as it was hundreds of years ago. With all the poppies and irises in bloom, the birds singing, the beautiful Cher River and partaking in the exquisite food and wine, I was able to get in touch with myself as never before. I have been crying ever since I returned. The French lifestyle is one I should be leading. As a matter of fact, we all should have this lifestyle. Now I fully understand the 'French Paradox'. Please send me back!!!"
- L. Tongue

Hiking itinerary for your tour

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bergerac
  • Day 2: Bergerac to Tremolat - 17km (10mi)
  • Day 3: Tremolat to La Bugue - 19.5km (12mi)
  • Day 4: La Bugue to Les Eyzies - 12 km (7mi)
  • Day 5: Les Eyzies Loop - 7km (4mi)
  • Day 6: Les Eyzies to Sarlat - 16km (10mi)
  • Day 7: Sarlat, Roque Gageac, Beynac - 12km (7mi)
  • Day 8: Departure Day
Itinerary map for Dordogne Hiking

Day 1: Arrive in Bergerac

Arrive in Bergerac - a large town with good rail access and services from Paris or Bordeaux. At Bergerac, settle in your charming 3* hotel with an orientation in the evening and dinner on your own afterward.

Day 2: Bergerac to Tremolat - 17km (10mi)

After breakfast, we will do a transfer at 9:30 am to Lalinde, a nearby village that was once a fortified site. The hike from there is a quiet scenic walk along the canal to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Perigord and views over the Dordogne River. Walk on the GR6 to Tremolat, where you stay in a beautiful 4* Relais & château hotel. Take some time to discover the stunning gardens or relax in the pool, before enjoying a gastronomic dinner. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 3: Tremolat to La Bugue - 19.5km (12mi)

Today, you follow the GR6 that will lead you to Limeuil, «one of the most beautiful villages of France» with its 12th century church. Your destination is Le Bugue, and you stay in a charming 3* hotel. To visit today: Limeuil, voted «one of the most beautiful villages of France»; Porte Romane and 18th century house in Le Bugue. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 4: La Bugue to Les Eyzies - 12 km (7mi)

After breakfast, today's itinerary will take you to the capital of prehistory: Les Eyzies! A quiet walk in the countryside along La Vezere river, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, before reaching Les Eyzies. Overnight in a 3* hotel. Les Eyzies has many sites worth a lot of your time including the National Museum of Prehistory, the Grotto of Font de Gaume, and smaller pre-hisotry sites. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5: Les Eyzies Loop - 7km (4mi)

After breakfast Today you can either take the day off to relax or do a loop tour around Les Eyzies. If you choose to walk, the itinerary will take you to the Gorge d'Enfer, located north of Les Eyzies. On this hike, you'll discover the many prehistorical sites of the area, such as the Caves of Grand Roc, L'abri du Poisson and many more. This is a very scenic walk through the forest where you will have several viewpoints over the Vezere river. Return to Les Eyzies and overnight in the same hotel. Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Les Eyzies to Sarlat - 16km (10mi)

After breakfast; Walk from Les Eyzies to Marquay through the Vallee de la Beune. This is where many small rivers join the Vezere. Today's walk will also take you to the Roc de Cazelle caves, where prehistoric habitations have been reproduced. Next, you'll reach the Château de Commarque, a 12th century castle located on a rocky outcrop in the valley of the river Beune. At 5:30pm a taxi will meet you in Marquay and transfer you to Sarlat. Overnight in Sarlat and dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Sarlat, Roque Gageac, Beynac - 12km (7mi)

After breakfast, you have a nice loop tour to Beynac. You will have a transfer by taxi to the start, at 9:30 am. The route will first take you to the village of Vitrac. Then, after walking through the Cingle de Montfort, you'll reach La Roque Gageac, where you can take some time to visit the troglodyte sites. At 5:30pm a taxi transfer will take you back to Sarlat. Overnight in the same hotel, dinner on your own. Breakfast included. Includes time at the medieval village of La Roque Gageac, named « one of France's most beautiful villages »; eExotic garden in La Roque Gageac, and the Château de Beynac.

Day 8: Departure Day

Departure after breakfast; bon retour! Breakfast included.

Hotels for your Hiking Tour

The hotels listed below are for the Standard version. We will send you the Upgraded and Basic versions on request.

Day 1

Hotel De France: Day 1 - Dordogne Hiking

Hotel De France 3 stars

Bergerac

The Hotel de France is located just steps away from the pedestrian streets in the historical city center of Bergerac. The hotel offers a warm and friendly welcome, as well as rooms with every modern convenience, private garage, and swimming pool. The hotel staff speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Day 2

Le Vieux Logis: Day 2 - Dordogne Hiking

Le Vieux Logis 4 stars

Tremolat

Le Vieux Logis was formerly a tobacco farm house and in 1952 the father of the present owner, Monsieur Giraudel, after retiring from his work in Paris, moved to this relaxing region away from all the city hustle, and decided to venture into the hospitality business. Today, his son Bernard, the youngest of all, continues the business. The property is one of great charm and elegance where every room has been tastefully decorated in different antique styles using beautiful fabrics.

Day 3

Maison Olea: Day 3 - Dordogne Hiking

Maison Olea 3 stars

Le Bugue sur Vezere

Murielle and Francis will be delighted to welcome you to one of their 5 guest houses or you may wish to stay in one of their two 4-star gites or adjoining studio, all of which have access to the heated swimming pool. For a short stay, we offer romantic gastronomic weekend breaks which include either a special truffle tasting menu or a cookery course where you will learn to prepare duck and foie gras.

Day 4

Les Glycines: Day 4 - Dordogne Hiking

Les Glycines 4 stars

Les Eyzies en Perigord

Hotel Dordogne, Les Eyzies en Perigord. 3-star boutique hotel, restaurant, park, pool. At the heart of prehistory.

Day 5

Les Glycines: Day 5 - Dordogne Hiking

Les Glycines 4 stars

Les Eyzies en Perigord

Hotel Dordogne, Les Eyzies en Perigord. 3-star boutique hotel, restaurant, park, pool. At the heart of prehistory.

Day 6

La Villa des Consuls: Day 6 - Dordogne Hiking

La Villa des Consuls 3 stars

Sarlat

In the heart of Sarlat's medieval quarter, their self-catering apartments & rooms, fitted out in 13th, 17th and 19th centuries buildings, welcome you in a privileged and unique setting. For your comfort, all of their rooms & apartments are non-smoking. They-have the air conditioning and sound proof double windows on the street side. A self-service computer for internet connection and a free laundry are available at the reception.

Day 7

La Villa des Consuls: Day 7 - Dordogne Hiking

La Villa des Consuls 3 stars

Sarlat

In the heart of Sarlat's medieval quarter, their self-catering apartments & rooms, fitted out in 13th, 17th and 19th centuries buildings, welcome you in a privileged and unique setting. For your comfort, all of their rooms & apartments are non-smoking. They-have the air conditioning and sound proof double windows on the street side. A self-service computer for internet connection and a free laundry are available at the reception.

Equipment available for your tour

Roadbooks included on all tours

Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out for you our travelers.
We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. It is always a work in progress as roads change, sites change, and we find even better routes between 2 points.
Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristical information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

GPS included on all tours

Garmin GPS 450T

We invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of our tours.
The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to folow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy."

1 GPS is provided for every 2 people

Rates for the Dordogne Hiking Hiking Trip

Double Occupancy - per person
Standard 1250€
Upgraded 1750€
Single Occupancy (part of a group) from1740€
Solo Traveler (travelling alone) from1990€

Triple occupancy rates on request
Supplement in July & August: 50 eur/pers (standard only)

What's included

  • 7 nights of accommodation: 3 & 4 star superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON 450T for 2 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Bike rental. Bikes are available for rental.
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.