The Dordogne is often called the most beautiful river in France. Our tour to this land of the castles of Richard the Lionheart features the most famous and spectacular section of the river, studded with castles and cave art. The walking is perfect, and a plenitude of sights and attractions rounds out your vacation. This self-guided tour in the southwest serves as a delightful introduction to France, but also suits experienced adventurers.

Location

Souillac

Souillac, France

Day 1

Carsac-Aillac

Carsac-Aillac, France

Day 2+3

Domme

Domme, France

Day 4

La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac, France

Day 5+6

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

Les Eyzies de Tayac, Chemin de la Gaubert, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France

Day 7+8+9

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Any start date between April 1 and October 15
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights, with 7 days walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Souillac / Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

ACTIVITY LEVEL

15 km (10 miles) daily average Opportunities to shorten the walking distance through alternate routes or taxi transfers

TERRAIN

Some days may be longer and require walking on hilly and rocky paths. Some days are as short as 10 km (6 miles).

COST

Classic Accommodation: US$1650
Single supplement: US$425

Luxe Accommodation: US$2050
Single supplement: US$525

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There You start in Souillac, about 500 km south of Paris. Souillac is on the main Paris-Toulouse rail line, a five-hour trip with no change of trains. The tour ends in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, where you can catch trains to Paris or other destinations.

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Day 1

Souillac
Arrive in Souillac, a bustling town with a delightful Romanesque church. Soak in the atmosphere of the Café de Paris, where refugee poets and artists congregated during the war.

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Day 2

Rouffillac
Start the day with a short taxi transfer to Rouffillac, where you’ll start your walk. Head along the river and into the hills, past two castles, one of which is the spectacular Château de Fénelon. Pass through Groléjac, with its picturesque medieval streets. Today’s destination is Carsac-Aillac, a lovely village near the junction of the Dordogne and the Enéa Rivers.
Hiking Distance: 15 km.*
Terrain: 30% trail/gravel road, 30% bike path, 40% quiet paved road.

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Day 3

Carsac
You have several choices today. Explore Carsac, with its 16th- and 17th-century houses topped by lauze roofs and a delightful 11th-century Romanesque church. Enjoy a walk to Aillac or follow a bicycle path to Sarlat, one of the best preserved medieval towns in France. Spend a second night in Carsac.
Hiking Distance: 12 km.*
Terrain: 80% trail/gravel road, 20% quiet paved road or 100% bike path.

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Day 4

Domme
Walk past Montfort Castle looming over the Dordogne. Arrive in Domme, a beautiful bastide town perched on a rocky crag over the river with a three-star view. Domme’s medieval gates still stand, its maze of old streets invite you to wander, and you can even visit the cave where the town’s inhabitants hid during the Hundred Years’ War.
Hiking Distance: 12 km.*
Terrain: 50% trail/gravel road, 50% quiet paved road.

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Day 5

La Roque-Gageac
Enjoy castles and stunning scenery today. Pass Castelnaud, crowning the limestone cliffs over the river. Visit the fascinating museum of medieval warfare in the castle. Wander through the beautiful gardens of the Château de Marqueyssac, then follow an ancient route to La Roque-Gageac, considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. You’ll spend two nights here.
Hiking Distance: 12 km.*
Terrain: 70% trail/gravel road, 30% quiet paved road.

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Day 6

Beynac
Today stroll through La Roque-Gageac, built into the face of an overhanging cliff riddled with troglodyte caves. Head to Beynac and climb up winding, cobblestone streets to the château, once owned by mighty Richard the Lionheart, that looms over the Dordogne and glares at its rival Castelnaud on the other side. Terrain: 30% trail/gravel road, 70% quiet paved road.
Hiking Distance: 20 km.*

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Day 7

Les Eyzies-de -Tayac
Follow wooded lanes to Les Milandes, a Renaissance château once owned by Josephine Baker, the famous black American entertainer who became the toast of Paris during the 1920s. Today’s destination is St- Cyprien, clinging to a hillside above the Dordogne. Its old houses cluster around a massive 12th-century church that was once part of an Augustinian abbey. At the end of the afternoon, you will be transfered by a short taxi ride to Les Eyzies-de -Tayac.
Hiking Distance: 22 km.*
Terrain: 75% trail/gravel road, 25% quiet paved road.

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Day 8

Les Eyzies-de -Tayac
Today you have two options, you can start the day with a short taxi ride to St Cyprien and walk through the quiet countryside and past artists’ studios to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. This river valley is the land of the most famous prehistoric sites. If you prefer not to take a taxi, you have the option to visit two famous caves : Grotte de Font-de-Gaume and Grotte de Combarelles. Important note: both caves are closed on Saturdays, reservations are not possible, limited number of tickets per day, first come first serve. You will also have the option for two walks from your hotel, the Circuit des gorges de l’enfer where you’ll explore a bit of the Vezere valley and reach La Grotte du Grand Roc, with its unique rock formations, which resemble coral. Or perhaps choose to visit the Village of Tayac, a short easy stroll that can be extended to include a more rigorous walk with a small portion of one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.
Hiking Distance: 12 km.*
Terrain: 80% trail/gravel road, 20% quiet paved road or 40% trail/gravel road, 60% quiet paved road.

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Day 9

Explore the Musée National de Préhistoire before departing for home or for other destinations.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

La Vieille Auberge, Souillac

This 3-star hotel was a former coach inn and has been tastefully restored to provide comfortable lodging in a calm setting. The hotel boasts an excellent restaurant where you will taste the gastronomy of the Quercy-Périgourdin.


Le Relais du Touron, Carsac

This 3-star hotel with restaurant is located in the peaceful surroundings of a large park and just 700 m from the village of Carsac-Aillac. There is a lovely pool and gardens to enjoy.


L'Esplanade, Domme

Located in the picturesque medieval town of Domme, this 3-star hotel directly overlooks the Dordogne with magnificent views from the terrace. It has stylish salons and a well-regarded restaurant.


Hotel La Belle Etoile, La Roque de Gageac

Situated in one of the most beautiful villages in France, all rooms at this hotel enjoy views over the river. The restaurant is renowned and opens onto a vine-shaded terrace with a fabulous view.


Hotel Le Moulin de la Beune, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

A former mill, this quaint hotel has one of the top restaurants in Les Eyzies. Propiertors Annick & Georges Soulie provide a warm welcome.


Luxe

Hôtel Saint Martin, Souillac

This charming 16th century property facing the abbey of Souillac boasts guest rooms that are distinctive. Located within an atmospheric plaza close to shops and cafes, it’s perfectly situated. Véronique and Erick provide a warm welcome. Member: Hôtels de Charme et de Caractère.


La Villa Romaine, Carsac

This luxurious hotel combines authenticity, modernity, comfort and a rich history (and a great restaurant). Built on an old Gallo-Roman site the hotel offers a great panorama on a preserved nature. Recommended by Guides de Charme; Châteaux & Hôtels Collection; Sawday’s


Hôtel L'Esplanade, Domme

Located in the picturesque medieval town of Domme, this 3-star hotel directly overlooks the Dordogne with magnificent views from the terrace. It has stylish salons and a well-regarded restaurant.


Hotel La Belle Etoile, La Roque de Gageac

Situated in one of the most beautiful villages in France, all rooms at this hotel enjoy views over the river. The restaurant is renowned and opens onto a vine-shaded terrace with a fabulous view.


Hotel les Glycines, Les Eyzies de tayac

Set apart from the tourist bustle of Les Eyzies, the 4-star Hotel Les Glycines offers luxury, charm and a warm welcome. It dates from 1862 when it was a "relais de poste". In addition to its interior charm, the hotel offers a tranquil setting with a fine restaurant, swimming pool and lovely gardens.


Trips starting at
US $1,650

Tour Reviews

May 5, 2019

“The trails were a good mix of level of difficulty with breathtaking scenery! Service was excellent! The Randonnée staff in the home office was also excellent in answering all my questions, getting us set up with the tour, providing information and in general providing excellent service with a pleasant attitude. The trip was really great. I loved it. It was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!”

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