Tours of Dordogne: Heritage & Nature

From the limestone plateaux down to the luxuriant valleys, Perigord and neighbouring Quercy are lands of contrasts. Three rivers intersect them - the Dordogne, Lot and Vezere. Our self guided tours of Dordogne take you on an adventure through French history. From prehistoric to medieval times through the glorious Renaissance period, your Dordogne driving itinerary will include a bit of everything.

Taste regional food, including roasted duck and goose, explore medieval towns and discover the beautiful French countryside and prehistoric caves. Our Dordogne driving itinerary will give you a taste of the best of French scenery, history, cuisine and culture.

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Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 2820

Bordeaux & Dordogne's Heritage

Region
in Bordeaux & Dordogne

Bordeaux and Dordogne regions are 2 very rich regions in terms of heritage...and gastronomy & wine of course too. From the middle ages to the Renaissance, you will find what you like there !

Heritage & History
Gourmet Experience
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3350

Scenic Roads & French Cuisine

Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Dordogne

Travel through three of the most fascinating regions in France. Let your friendly Hosts introduce you to the French "sweet life" in their charming B&Bs.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3200

The diversity of French Landscapes

Region
in Loire Valley, Dordogne & Provence

Let yourself be carried away by three of the most iconic regions of France. From the Vallée de la Loire's "sweet life" to Dordogne's castles and Provence's colorful landscapes, you'll have a most enjoyable journey!

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 3880

Castles, Caves & Coves

Region
in Loire Valley, Dordogne, Carcassonne & French Riviera

Discover French culture and history through 3 of its most representative regions: the Loire Valley, Dordogne and the Riviera, with a nice stop in Carcassonne.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Art & Museums
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4050

The "Tour de France"

Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Dordogne & Provence

France Just For You has organized its own very special Tour de France. No need for a bike but be ready for a great deal of adventure! This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to all the must sees & dos throughout 4 of the most enthralling regions of France.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3600

Southern France during the Middle Ages

Region
in Dordogne, Carcassonne & Provence

Enjoy France from the Middle Ages in three of the richest heritage regions in the South of France.

Heritage & History
Sceneries
Duration
1 day
Price
US$ 550

A Day Into Dordogne's History

Region
in Dordogne

Discover Dordogne’s must sees and hidden beauties in a day from Sarlat. How To Get There This day tour starts from Sarlat. From Bordeaux, you may take a train or bus to Sarlat (about 1hr30). Dordogne is one of our favorite regions of France and we like to have our travelers see this area through our insiders’ eyes. Sarlat & Prehistoric painted caves Sarlat historic city is a great base to explore Dordogne and to start your day. You will take a short tour to Sarlat paved streets and get up the Cathedral’s tower elevator to get a unique view over the city lauze-stone roofs. If you are there on a …

Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4250

The Authentic South West of France

Region
in Basque Country, Dordogne & Bordeaux

This self-drive itinerary will take you to the South West of France, from the Basque coastline to the authentic Dordogne, ending in the bustling Bordeaux city.

Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
Duration
20 days
Price
US$ 4780

From Paris to Biarritz on the back roads

Region
in Paris, Loire Valley, Dordogne & Basque Country

From Paris to Toulouse, this trip will take you on the backroads. Take the time to visit some of the hidden castles of the Loire Valley, enjoy duck confit in Dordogne, and drive on the scenic roads of the Basque Country.

Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
20 days
Price
US$ 4780

Traditions & Heritage of the SW of France

Region
in Bordeaux, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Dordogne

This loop from Bordeaux will take you on a journey to the South West of France: vineyards, mountains, cliff-hanging fortresses and rolling hills: you will enjoy all the diversity of this part of France.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3480

A Genuine Trip to the South West of France

Region
in Carcassonne, Basque Country & Dordogne

Explore the South West of France: its cliff hanging fortresses in the Cathar Country and Dordogne, “most beautiful villages of France” and very rich and unique gastronomy.

Heritage & History
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 5950

The Many Facets of France

Region
in Burgundy, Dordogne, Bordeaux, Loire Valley & Normandy

This itinerary is for independent travelers who already know the South coast of France and who are looking for discovering the “inside” of the country.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 6450

From Provence to Paris - Immersion into the "Real France"

Region
in Provence, Basque Country, Dordogne, Loire Valley & Paris

This itinerary will take you from South to North over some of the most typical and beautiful French scenic roads. We recommend flying into Marseille airport.

Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 6120

Southern France from Bordeaux to Avignon

Region
in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence

When we mention Southern France, many travelers think of Provence...but there is much more to discover between the South-West and the South-East of France. This 26 day itinerary is designed to give you a very complete tour of the South part of France, enjoying the gastronomy, heritage, wine, villages, scenic roads...everything France has to offer.

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Experience
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How to Get to the Dordogne region

Dordogne is more than 300 miles away from Paris in the South West of France. While it is possible to get a train from Paris to Dordogne, this is a less convenient option. There are no direct TGV trains to Périgueux, so journeys from Paris often take between 4.5 and 5.5 hours. We recommend taking the TGV high-speed train down to Bordeaux and pick up your hire car from there. Alternatively, if you don't want to spend time in Paris, fly directly in to Bordeaux or Toulouse. From there you will only have a 2-3 hour drive to Dordogne, with plenty to see along the way.

If you decide to drive from Paris to Dordogne, make sure the passenger has a camera ready. You will be cruising past some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. It takes just over 5 hours to drive from Paris to Dordogne, so we'll plan rest-stops in the Loire Valley. We warmly recommend this route for the beautiful places you'll see along the way. You will stop for lunch in one of the Loire Valley's beautiful villages before continuing your journey feeling refreshed.

Where to Stay in Dordogne

Dordogne is a rural area of France and we warmly recommend staying in the gorgeous mansions or farms in the countryside to get a real feel for the region. 

Be careful as "Dordogne" is vast and you can easily be in a fringe location which makes the touring complicated on the small roads. 

We have selected premium B&Bs, in very charming houses, where you are centrally located to explore the Black Perigord jewels and enjoy everything Dordogne has to offer. 

 

 

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Make your own savory picnic lunch from one of Dordogne farmers markets

 

Places to visit in Dordogne

The first thing you'll notice as you drive through Dordogne is the truly awesome scenery. The Dordogne boasts valleys and gorges, craggy mountain-tops and carefully sculpted botanical gardens. Our tours of Dordogne take you to the most beautiful viewpoints, so you'll experience French nature at its best.

Dordogne is also famous for its extensive heritage spanning across the ages. This takes the form of prehistoric caves, medieval towns and castles and beautiful villages suspended in time. It also has a strong food tradition that forms part of its heritage. We will make sure your Dordogne itinerary includes the best places to go for extraordinary culinary experiences.

Here are some more things to do and places to visit in the Dordogne. We would be happy to include any or all of these in your Dordogne driving itinerary:
 

  • The Prehistoric Caves of Dordogne

The Dordogne has an abundance of gorgeous architecture and natural beauty. But arguably its most spectacular feature is its prehistoric caves filled with original prehistoric art. The prehistoric cave paintings in this region date back to between 12,000 and 20,000 years ago. The caves have become one of the most fascinating attractions in the country.

Many caves - such as the original cave at Lascaux - have been closed for conservation purposes. Furthermore, those that remain open - such as the Font de Gaume cave (about 1km east of Les Eyzies) - will only accept a limited number of visitors each day. These are also likely to close within the next 5-10 years to preserve the prehistoric art. We warmly recommend trying to see these wonderful prehistoric cave paintings before they are cordoned off from the public forever. Normally, we have to make bookings about 8 months in advance to have the best chance of getting tickets.

We are well acquainted with the caves of the Dordogne. Based on our experience, we will recommend popular caves and chasms such as Lascaux or Padirac. But we will also guide you to some of our favorites that few tourists know about. This way you will get a taste of this incredible part of French history. 

 

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Paintings of bison dating back 12,000 to 15,000 years

 

  • The Dordogne’s Medieval Fortresses

Above ground, Dordogne boasts an astonishing number of castles and fortresses, dating as far back as the medieval era. It may not be an exaggeration when they say that Dordogne is the region of a thousand castles. We haven't counted them all, but there are a LOT and we would love to guide you to our favorites. Unfortunately, not all are open to the public but those that are, are well worth seeing. We love Castelnaud la Chapelle, Château de Beynac and les Milandes, which was once owned by Josephine Baker. Visitors may tour these on foot or view them from unique vantage points of the Dordogne River. We are happy to organise canoe trips or excursions on a comfortable gabarre boat, depending on your preferences.

Exploring the majestic halls and magnificent staircases of these chateaux transports you back hundreds of years to when the feudal system reigned supreme.

 

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Gorgeous view over the Dordogne Valley & Castelnaud medieval fortress

 
 
  • Beautiful Gardens in Dordogne

Although the medieval castles are a wondrous sight, the grounds outside often steal their thunder. The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac are quite magnificent and you may enjoy wandering through its leafy avenues for many hours. If you visit in the summer, stay till nightfall and experience the magic of candlelit Thursday nights.

Not only are the gardens themselves spectacular, but some have outstanding views of the Dordogne region and its chalky cliffs.

Beyond Marqueyssac, the Eyrignac Gardens are another example of the great outdoors, sculpted and manicured to perfection. The entire complex consists of seven different gardens, each with its own charm and delights. You can admire the hedge sculptures, visit the Chinese pagoda and discover the herbs and spices in the Kitchen Garden. On a fine day, there is no better place to be than one of the beautiful gardens in Dordogne..

 

Mouth-Watering Local Products

When it comes to cuisine, the Dordogne has much to be proud of. We'll help you discover the wide range of local produce at one of the many farmers’ markets in Dordogne. These take place every day of the week in different towns. As you wander through the market, stop to try a sample of what they have on offer at different stalls. We guarantee you will leave laden down with delicious treats.

Typical food of the Dordogne includes cabécou goat’s cheese, foie gras, duck confit and walnut cake. There is also a special dish known as pomme de terres sarladaises.This consists of three ingredients: potatoes, garlic and goose fat - simple yet satisfying. You can also find truffles and related products such as truffle oil in this region. If you have a taste for gourmet, let us know - we're sure you'll enjoy a fantastic day out truffle-hunting!

 

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Go truffle hunting in Dordogne with a local producer 

 

Beautiful Villages in the Dordogne: Authenticity without equal

It is well known that this region has the highest concentration of beautiful villages in France. These include the medieval town of Sarlat La Canéda, the beautiful village of Saint Amand de Coly, as well as RocamadourMartel and La Roque Gageac. Your Dordogne driving itinerary will include opportunities to stroll along cobbled streets and enjoy the slow, provincial pace of life. Enjoy a pastry in one of the quaint village cafés and sit outside watching the world go by.

While we know the wonder and enchantment of the Dordogne, this marvellous region has managed to stay under the radar. This is a blessing in disguise for visitors. The region has maintained an authentic, local atmosphere, having so far avoided the influx of tourists. This means you will have space to explore the Dordogne valley away from the tourist crowds.

The Dordogne looks like a landscape from the pages of a fairytale. Thick swathes of green fringe the glistening river that runs through this region of stunning chateaux and hidden caves.

A favorite getaway for both tourists and French holidaymakers, the Dordogne holds enough beauty and charm to enthral even the most weary of travelers. So what are you waiting for?

 

See a short movie made by Mary & Charles who traveled with us

Our Travelers’ Reviews

Steve
We normally craft our own trips or join a small group tour. This time, we decided to try Emilie and Guillaume's tailored holiday service to enjoy southern France in a way we wouldn't have otherwise done. It was an excellent experience in every way and we recommend them highly. The BnB's chosen , the sightseeing and dining suggestions made as well …
Harry
We are independent travelers, and usually I do extensive research on Tripadvisor and other websites, and plan our own itinerary. I started doing this for our France section of our trip, and came across Emilie's France Just for You website. End of research ! After an initial inquiry, Emilie totally customised our Normandy and the Loire Valley trip …
Daisy
We had an amazing experience visiting Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne in June 2018. We were a group of eight wine freaks and Emile & Laura organized an amazing itinerary with awesome attention to details. We definitely recommend FJFY!!

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