No region in France epitomizes the country more than the Dordogne, also known as the Périgord. It is a land of dense oak forests, slow flowing rivers, medieval villages and chateaux everywhere! Step back in time as we enjoy an old fashioned welcome at our privately owned accommodation, with decorated bedrooms, and the famously rich Périgord cuisine. This region is known for dense forests, green rivers, trickling waterwheels, and some of the officially rated “Most Beautiful Villages” of France. The area has the highest concentration of pre-historic art in the world and we’ll get inside hidden caves painted by Cro-Magnon man and learn more from an expert. We’ll meet a truffle hunter who inspired the author of the bestselling “Bruno, Chief of Police” novels, visit a family owned walnut oil mill, meet artisans in their workshops and wander all the colourful markets of the region. We’ll enjoy a nature walk in a Perigordian forest with a resident guide, where we may find mushrooms, animal tracks and troglodyte cave houses. Cliff-top Medieval castles and gardens hanging over the Dordogne are also on the program. Are you working up an appetite? We’ve got that covered too. We’ll relax at riverside picnics, sip hearty local red wines, and dine in wood-panelled rooms enjoying “Grandmère’s cuisine” such as foie gras, duck, potatoes gratin and local strawberries. There is no doubt that this region and our off-the-beaten path experiences will give you a true taste of the heart of France and its people.
$4950 per person – private room
$4450 per person – shared room
July 4th – 10th
September 5th – 11th
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Departure/Return LocationPerigeux or Sarlat train stations
Departure TimeCollection from Meeting point from 3pm
Return TimeDeparture transfer from 11am
IncludedAccommodationComfortable vehiclesExperienced Tour DirectorGroup TransfersLocal GuidesMost MealsPrivate Tours and OutingsTips & GratuitiesWines
Not IncludedFlightsTravel/Health Insurance
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What You'll Enjoy
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- rubbing shoulders with the locals at colorful farmers markets
- searching for treasure at the Sunday Sarlat flea market
- a rare opportunity to visit a cave of outstanding pre-historic art limited to only a few visitors per day, guided by an expert in the subject
- cooking Perigourdian cuisine with a private chef
- a picnic riverside
- meeting craftspeople and learning their traditional skills, such as a cabinet maker or upholsterer
- strolling in a unique garden known for its topiary
- a private experience with a truffle hunter, learning how to hunt this rare mushroom with trained dogs
- immersing yourself in Perigord traditions at a local festival
- a workshop on cell phone photography (for our Instagram followers)
- a sensory walk in a local nature area with a specialist guide, learning about traces of animals, flora & fauna and evolution, potentially on the grounds of a private chateau
- touring a medieval fortress with a history guide who is a former teacher
- discovering a walnut oil mill with its family owners and learning all uses of this iconic tree (oil and wood)
- a noisy(!) visit to a goose farm, understanding how these flocks are traditionally raised and enjoying their products
- who can forget sipping a sampling (several!) of the region’s iconic red wines?
- on this trip we might meet people who have inspired characters found in the popular novel series, Bruno - Chief of Police, by Martin Walker
- lastly, we are also including personal time for you to get lost down little village lanes, to sit in a café and watch the world go by, and to relax with a book in our pretty French villa’s garden.