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The Charming Dordogne

4.2 stars(122 reviews)

Experience the beauty of the Dordogne

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6 days From £799 per person
No Solo Supplement

No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

2023 Tour code: 23DQS

About the tour

From your base in pretty Le Bugue, explore this beautiful area of south-west France, visiting Sarlat and Rocamadour, enjoying a game of petanque, and journeying on the unique Truffadou Steam Train.


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Day 1 - London & Le Bugue

From London St Pancras, take the Eurostar to Paris. Continue to Brive before transferring to Le Bugue by coach. An attractive market town on the Vézère River, amid the wooded hills and beautiful countryside of the Dordogne Valley, Le Bugue remains mostly untouched by tourism. Spending time here offers a wonderful insight into this part of France, and you'll find yourself enjoying the laid-back pace of local life during your stay.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Dordogne cruise & Château des Milandes

Take to the water at La Roque-Gageac today for a traditional flat-bottomed Gabare boat cruise. Sailing along the Dordogne River, soak up the views of soaring limestone cliffs that rise above the elegant townhouses, framed by exotic-looking plants and flowers. Continue to Château des Milandes, the sumptuous former home of Josephine Baker, a star of Parisian cabaret in the roaring 20s. Built in 1489 with Gothic and Renaissance features, centuries later, Josephine famously restored the château in the style of the time, creating an Art Deco haven. Whilst exploring the castle, see displays commemorating her life and work, including her time in the French Resistance during WWII. After exploring the house, you could step out into the perfectly-manicured grounds for a bird of prey show.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Le Bugue

You have time to get to know charming Le Bugue, a town that boasts a wealth of handsome nineteenth-century architecture and some appealing shops and restaurants. Admire the traditional houses and take a stroll along the river, or perhaps visit nearby Gouffre de Proumeyssac, the single largest developed cave system in the area. There's also a chance to join in an optional game of petanque. Similar to boules, the aim is to get the ball as close to the target (known as a piglet in France) as possible, adopting a traditional throwing motion taught to you by a local player.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Sarlat

Today's excursion is to Sarlat, a picturesque town in the heart of the Dordogne. The medieval Old Town, with its labyrinth of alleyways and honey-coloured buildings, is virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Developed around a Benedictine monastery, Sarlat is a favourite location for film directors as perfectly depicts a 14th-century town. Your visit coincides with market day, giving you the chance to peruse the stalls. You could also take a walk around the historic attractions, perhaps visiting the Cathedrale Saint Sacerdos. Much of Sarlat's oldest architecture is located in the lanes at the back of the cathedral. Here, pretty courtyards - such as the Cour des Fontaines and Cour des Chanoines - can be found, as can some of the town's original fortifications.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Le Bugue & London

Transfer to Bordeaux, catching the train to Paris. Here, join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Royal Vézère, Le Bugue

Hotel Royal Vézère, Le Bugue

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5 stars

Submitted 3/Oct

There was a good choice of highlights of the area. Excellent trips out on appropriate days e.g. to the Saturday market at Sarlat. Well organised with an experienced tour leader.

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4 stars

Submitted 3/Oct

Overall had a very enjoyable holiday. The hotel had an idyllic setting with a spacious and very clean room. Bed was comfortable. Food was edible but the public areas were just not ‘loved’ by staff and owners. Such a shame. However, was 3* so was about what was accepted. Tour Guide was good, couldn’t do enough for you, and the trips were well planned and not rushed. You are travelling a long way south in France and journey times reflect this. Were about what was expected but some on the trip did moan. Do your research. I believe it was value for money so no complaints. Loved the Dordogne region.

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Mrs Sally Miles

1 stars

Submitted 1/Oct

Hotel experience where we had to sit at the same place at the same table for the 4 nights we ate in was social death - plus the food was sub-mediocre

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Robert Giles

4 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

Very enjoyable but long journey down to the Dordogne (better on the way back). Good hotel but not very central to the places we went to. Good company and best ever tour leader.

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G Cobb

2 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

There were a lot of early starts and long bus trips to villages, and not enough time to really explore some of them. I feel too much is being attempted in a short period. This is a good trip if you like an activity filled day but is not suited to people who like a restful relaxing holiday.

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Mr. Samuel Fleming

5 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

Very enjoyable trip

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