Explore one of the most fascinating corners of the Dordogne on this varied and flexible, self-guided walking, cycling and canoeing tour. The Perigord noir, arguably one of the most attractive parts of the Dordogne, is named as such for its rich dark oak and chestnut forests which fill the very heart of this region. The area offers spectacular scenery with ancient chateaux perched high above the rugged cliffs overlooking the entire valley. You'll find medieval villages full of character and a plethora of historical sites including the Benedictine Abbaye Sainte-Marie in Souillac, founded during the 12th century and which suffered badly during the Hundred Years' War.
On foot, bike and by canoe, venture through the Perigord experiencing what this picturesque region has to offer. You have total flexibility with the choice of either walking or cycling routes when you're not canoeing. The canoeing is safe and undemanding, and we will give you a lesson in handling your canoe before you set off.
Your journey starts in Martel, a picturesque town also known as 'la ville aux sept tours' or the town of seven towers, moving on to Meyronne, on the banks of the Dordogne. From here you pick up your paddle, canoeing downstream to Souillac and on to Beynac with its hilltop castle,captured by Richard the Lionheart in 1179, finally arriving in medieval Sarlat.
You will stay in charming *** hotels throughout, all with private swimming pools. These range from a stunningly converted C11 chateau to a panoramic country house, set in its own private parkland. You'll enjoy delicious evening meals in this area renowned for its gastronomic traditions.
Note: All customers must be able to swim at least 50m fully clothed and be reasonably fit and active. 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.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Souillac railway station pick up at 16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 15:18 Fri & 18:34 Sun (transfer to hotel, 20 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Souillac railway station (drop off) 11:26 Mon-Sat, 08:25 Sun.|
|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||Prices starting from $58 per person, round trip, 2nd class.|
|Singles||Add $65 per night.|
|Other details||This holiday is unsuitable for children under 8 years (under 12 years for kayaks unless experienced). All clients must be able to swim 50m(54yds) fully clothed and be reasonably fit and active.|
|Hotels||*** (8 nights)|