- Wonderfully unspoiled scenery; well-marked tranquil paths
- Pretty medieval villages; traditional Perigourdine markets, fairytale chateaux
- La Roque Gageac, one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'
- Friendly family-run hotels, swimming pools at all hotels and good food
- Wonderful flora and fauna, deer, red squirrels, buzzards and kites; vibrant orchids, poppies, garlic and wild mushrooms
Perigord is one of the largest and most picturesque areas in France. It is divided into two by the River Dordogne which founded the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Along its banks you'll find over a thousand castles steeped in legend and history, and witness to centuries of conquests and conflict. Today the rich and varied culture of this land is still here for you to discover. You will meander along paths that follow the twists and turns of the valley and you will climb through fields and shaded woodland to hilltop towns and fortified strongholds with impressive views.
You're never far from the River Dordogne, the walks will take you past dramatic limestone cliffs, along tranquil riverside paths and through quiet medieval villages and sleepy hamlets - you might walk for miles and see no one but the occasional farmer or angler!
The Perigord is renowned for its traditional gastronomy and at the end of each day you'll experience a delicious Perigord feast, perhaps washed down with fine Cahors or Bergerac wines. Try the gourmet fare of foie gras
, confits d'oie
and the walnut liqueur eau de noix
. You will stay in charming *** and **** hotels throughout, including a grand country manor set in its own private parkland, two beautifully preserved chateaux and a traditional family-run auberge
. All hotels have private swimming pools.
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and evening meals
||Souillac train station (Pick up) at 16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 15:18 Fri and 15:29 Sun
||Souillac railway station/Brive station (Drop off) then rail Souillac to Toulouse 12:30/14:33 Mon-Fri & Sun & Brive to Toulouse 12:02/14:15 Sat.
||Toulouse to Souillac 14:28/16:30 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 13:25/15:18 Fri & 13:34/15:29 Sun. Return: Souillac to Toulouse 12:30/14:33 Mon-Fri & Sun & Brive to Toulouse 12:02/14:15 Sat.
||Prices starting from $58 per person, round trip standard class; from $97 first class (only available on return and only on Sundays). Prices and timings from Paris available upon request.
||Add $65 per night.
||Room upgrade: Prices from $26 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Paris, Sarlat or Toulouse. Prices from $97 per person per night, B&B. For people wanting to have bikes, or E-bikes available for all 'rest days', inquire
||**** (2 nights) *** (6 nights)