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Canoeing on the Dordogne

2019 Pricing

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  • One of France' s most celebrated rivers: wide, peaceful, calm, flat
  • Excellent for families: fun for children, easy for beginners
  • Friendly hotels, all with pools; superb cuisine
  • Excellent views all along the river: picturesque perched villages, troglodyte cave dwellings including the Grotte de Lacave
  • Canadian canoes as standard, sit-on kayaks available too; plus the possibility of bikes for all rest days
This canoeing holiday offers a leisurely way to explore one of France's most interesting waterways. The Dordogne River runs alongside glorious golden-pink limestone cliffs and passes the walnut groves and truffle woods of the Perigord; an area rich in history and striking views.

The canoeing is safe, not demanding, and we give you a lesson on handling your canoe before you set off. There are no major weirs to carry your canoe round, and the flow of the water does much of the work for you, so you can travel downstream looking out for imposing and magnificent chateaux, medieval villages and prehistoric sites including the Grottes de Lacave. There are plenty of diversions away from the river too; from Carennac visit the Gouffre de Padirac, or, from Meyronne, get to Rocamadour, a spectacular cliff-clinging town. The local gourmet markets at Sarlat are also a great way to experience Dordogne culture and taste amazing produce such as duck, goose, walnuts and cheeses.

We have chosen lovely, friendly hotels throughout, all with their own swimming pools. These include a converted C11 chateau, a **** Villa that sits on the ancient site of a vast Gallo-Roman farm and a country house overlooking two valleys. You'll also savor delicious evening meals, taking in the best of the region's delights.

Note: All customers must be able to swim at least 50m/55yds fully clothed. We provide 2/3 person canoes (minimum age 8 years). Single-person kayaks are also available if specified when you book. Only suitable for children over 12 unless experienced. Should the river, at any point, be deemed too high to safely canoe, we will provide bikes at no extra charge for all days affected.

Additional Tour Details

Meals Continental breakfast and evening meals
Tour Starts Souillac railway station at 16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 15:18 Fri & 18:34 Sun and transfer to hotel 20 minutes.
Tour Ends Souillac railway station by 11:26 Mon-Sat & 08:25 Sun. (transfer provided)
Rail Options Toulouse to Souillac 14:28/16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 13:25/15:18 Fri & 16:35/18:34 Sun. Return: Souillac to Toulouse 11:26/13:20 Mon-Sat & 08:25/10:32 Sun.
Rail Supplement Second Class French Rail: Prices from $58 per person, round trip. Add $35 per address for shipment of paper tickets.
Singles Add $48 per night.
Other details We provide 2/3 person canoes (minimum age 8 years). Single-person kayaks are also available if specified at time of booking (only suitable for children over 12 unless experienced). All clients must be able to swim 50 meters fully clothed.
Hotels *** (6 nights) ** (2 nights) Room upgrade: Prices from $19 per person, per night based on 2 sharing.

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