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Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

By Viator, January 2018

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Charming towns dotted with medieval architecture, dramatic French countryside scenery, fertile vineyards, and rich culture: the Dordogne region is an alluring corner of rural France. Here are a few ways to make the most of your time in the Dordogne River Valley.

Sarlat
The medieval town of Sarlat in the Périgord region draws many visitors, especially in summer. With more than 250 buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the town’s sense of history is strong. Take a walk along the Rue de la République, then use Sarlat as a base for other destinations in the region.

Rocamadour
Nestled in a gorge overlooking the Dordogne River, Rocamadour has been a popular pilgrimage site for centuries. Visitors come for the maze of cliffside chapels and spectacular scenery in equal measure, and highlights—that can be enjoyed via a guided tour—include the sacred Notre Dame Chapel and sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No visit is complete without heading up to the 14th-century hilltop castle to gaze out over the landscape below. 

The Lascaux Caves
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the prehistoric caves at Lascaux are home to primitive drawings of animals dating back to the Upper Paleolithic era, about 50,000 years ago. Believed to have been painted over many generations, the images depict hunting scenes from daily life at the time. Some tours combine these caves with the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies de Tayac and the UNESCO-listed Rouffignac Cave.

Saint-Émilion
Guarded by no fewer than seven imposing medieval gates, the UNESCO–listed town of Saint-Émilion features Romanesque churches and ancient ruins hidden along its narrow, cobbled streets. Most famous for producing some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region, the town remains a popular base on the Dordogne’s wine route. The vineyards were first planted by the Romans roughly 2,000 years ago and continue to thrive in the sun-soaked hills today.

Domme
The fortified medieval village of Domme is one of the most beautiful in France, and it boasts impressive 13th-century ramparts along with spectacular countryside views. The Esplanade du Belvédère, which offers sweeping views over the valley, is the best spot to take in the scenery.

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Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, null
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Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 199 Reviews

Join this day trip to the Saint-Emilion (and surrounding) wine-making region of France. This full-day guided excursion from Bordeaux offers picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.58
Small-Group Medoc or St-Emilion Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Wine ... 
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Small-Group Medoc or St-Emilion Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 167 Reviews

Enjoy an afternoon of French wine tasting in either the Medoc or St-Emilion wine region on this small-group tour from Bordeaux. Visit two wonderful French ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.45
Small-Group St-Emilion Bike Tour from Bordeaux Including Wine Tastings and Lunch, Bordeaux, Wine ... 
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Small-Group St-Emilion Bike Tour from Bordeaux Including Wine Tastings and Lunch

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Spend a day exploring the French region of St-Emilion by bike, accompanied by a friendly guide. From Bordeaux, take a train or a minivan to the UNESCO-listed ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.46
Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat, Bergerac, Day Trips
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Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat

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Follow a small group scheduled tour that will take you to the most significant sites that are linked with palaeolithic art of the Dordogne. The tour will ...  Read more

Location: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.48
Half day Tour of The Villages of the Dordogne, Bergerac, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Half day Tour of The Villages of the Dordogne

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Take part in a small group scheduled tour to discover some of the most beautiful villages that the Dordogne region has to offer. This tour will take you to ...  Read more

Location: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.80
Half Day Tour of Rocamadour from Sarlat, Bergerac, Cultural Tours
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Half Day Tour of Rocamadour from Sarlat

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The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, ...  Read more

Location: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.80
Eyrignac Manor Gardens Independent Tour in Salignac, France, City Tours
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Eyrignac Manor Gardens Independent Tour in Salignac

In the heart of the "Périgord Noir", very close to Sarlat, discover 10 hectares of greenery sculptures. A unique example of Topiary Art in France ...  Read more

Location: Salignac-Eyvigues, France
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes

From USD $14.95
Sturgeon Fish-Farm Visit and Caviar Discovery Tasting in Neuvic, Limousin, Attraction Tickets
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Sturgeon Fish-Farm Visit and Caviar Discovery Tasting in Neuvic

Enjoy a caviar guided-tour of a sturgeon fish-farm and have a caviar tasting at the Estate, in Neuvic, Dordogne. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 min ...  Read more

Location: Neuvic, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.73
Sturgeon Fish-Farm Visit and Caviar Initiation Tasting in Neuvic, Limousin, Half-day Tours
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Sturgeon Fish-Farm Visit and Caviar Initiation Tasting in Neuvic

Enjoy a 2-hour caviar guided-tour of a sturgeon fish-farm and experiment a tasting at the Estate, in Neuvic, Dordogne. You will first visit the farm for about ...  Read more

Location: Neuvic, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.85

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