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Dordogne Discovery

(Tour code: 6DBS)Discover the beautiful Dordogne by rail

The beautiful region of the Dordogne is scattered with cliff-top villages, meandering rivers and fascinating history. This exciting tour takes you to the many attractions of this delightful area of France.

Tour Highlights
  • Rocamadour
  • Martel
  • Trip on the Truffadou Train
  • Excursion to Sarlat & Le Gouffre de Padirac
  • Boat trip on the Dordogne
  • Visit to Le Gouffre de Padirac
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals With Wine
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Rocamadour

Depart from St Pancras by Eurostar after meeting at our Departure Office. In Paris change trains and continue to Brive, then transfer by coach to Rocamadour. Soak up the area's dramatic setting with a five-night stay at the Hotel Beau Site.

  • Dinner
Truffadou Steam Train
Day 2

Martel and the Truffadou Train

Today's excursion is to Martel, the medieval 'city of seven towers', after a leisurely morning to explore the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour. In charming Martel join the restored Truffadou Train* for a scenic ride through the stunning landscape of cliffs and rocky crags to St Denis Les Martel.

*Steam-hauled, where possible.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Gabare Boat on the Dordogne
Day 3


This morning, travel to medieval Sarlat, which occupies a delightful setting lying between two hills. Mansions, built in warm golden sandstone, have been lovingly restored to their former glory and are clustered together in a maze of narrow, cobbled alleyways and shady courtyards. We enjoy a visit to the weekly market and a stroll through the old town which is a joy to explore by foot as its maze of narrow alleyways makes it one of France's most attractive towns. In the afternoon, head to La Roque-Gageac for a cruise on the Dordogne in a traditional flat-bottomed gabare boat, and admire the incredible scenery of the valley.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Gabare Boat Cruise
Day 4

At leisure in Rocamadour

Today is free for you to spend at leisure and further explore Rocamadour. This incredibly picturesque town is built into the cliff rising up from the River Alzou and offers fantastic views over the countryside. Discover the ancient city's abundance of beautiful towers and old buildings which add to the historic atmosphere. You might like to enjoy a stroll around the enchanting abbey, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Dordogne.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Le Gouffre de Padirac
Day 5

Le Gouffre de Padirac

Your morning is free for you to relax in Rocamadour further ahead of an afternoon visit to Le Gouffre de Padirac, an awe inspiring cave system formed over thousands of years. At the caves, enjoy a guided tour by boat and on foot past rippling pools, caverns, dramatic limestone formations and waterfalls, all beautifully lit to create a magical atmosphere.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Day 6

Return to London

Travel to Brive by coach, then by train to Paris for the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International in London.

  • Breakfast

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