The best tours of Dordogne

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Aquitaine, Tours in France

A cliff top village overlooking a river, Beynac in Dordogne

The Dordogne Valley in south west France is special. It’s the sort of place that you go to once and always long to return. Luscious landscapes, rivers and forests, vineyards and orchards peppered with the prettiest of villages and historic towns like medieval Sarlat and lofty Rocamadour. There’s no better way to discover the very best of the Dordogne, its secrets, wonderful markets, historic places and most beautiful villages, than with a local guide who speaks your language and can show you the real Dordogne. At Ophorus, the guides are experts on their areas. They all speak English and know the hidden gems, the facts that make you go “wow” and anecdotes that bring history alive. Discover the best tours of Dordogne…

Sarlat la Canéda

Medieval buildings line a square in the town of Sarlat, Dordogne

 

From your starting point at Sarlat la Canéda, or just plain Sarlat as the locals call it, join a tour to discover the area. See castles and vineyards – from a private tour in Cahors to mighty Castlenaud, sublime Beynac and romantic Chateau de Milandes where the legendary dancer and activist Josephine Baker once lived. Visit the gorgeous hanging gardens of Marqueyssac with its extraordinary planting displays and incredible views. Discover local highlights such as exquisite Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Collanges la Rouge – officially two of the prettiest villages in France.

Visit Sarlat market and explore its historic streets, combined with a tasting of authentic local specialities. Take a cruise on the famous river Dordogne. See the fairy tale village of La Roque Gageac and the beautiful Vezere Valley.

Rocamadour tours

The town of Rocamadour in Dordogne, it's houses cling tenaciously to a cliff, surrounded by forests

Rocamadour is one of those places you never forget. A major pilgrimage site, and to this day one the most dramatic During the Middle Ages, it was the ‘Lourdes of its time’, famed for its healing powers and visited by numerous monarchs. Its ancient buildings seem to spill down a sheer cliff face, clinging tenaciously as they overlook a canyon. Your guide, when visiting this UNESCO world heritage site, will tell you of its historic past and its fascinating stories, and will leave you with memories to cherish.

Lascaux and prehistoric tours

Prehistoric art, an animal drawn on a wall in a cave at Lascaux, Dordogne

Travel back in time to discover the most remarkable links to the prehistoric past of the Dordogne Valley. The international centre for cave art, Lascaux IV is mesmerising and the Cave of Rouffignac, a UNESCO world heritage site is an absolute privilege to see. 15,000 years ago man left his mark here and to see their signatures on the walls of this mysterious cave is absolutely wonderful. You’ll also get to visit the National PreHistory Museum. This is one day tour you’ll never forget.

The Dordogne has everything that visitors come to France to see. Beautiful chateaux, fantastic French gastronomy, verdant vineyards and delicious wine, gorgeous villages and much more. And, when you see it with a guide who really knows the area… it’s even better. From two hours to a half/full day, 3 days or bespoke tour. Combine chateaux, wine, the prettiest villages, history and much more. There’s a huge choice allowing you get to see the Dordogne you dream of. Ophorus will provide private transport where needed (with WiFi) and reveal the real Dordogne Valley in all its glory.

Discover Ophorus’ tours of the Dordogne here: ophorus.com/dordogne

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