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Hiker with tour map overlooking the Dordogne valley

Dordogne Périgord with Charm

Walking and good food

8 Days / 7 Nights
Hiker with tour map overlooking the Dordogne valley

The area around Sarlat, formed like a half-moon, is called „Périgord Noir“. Here you find dark oak- and pine forests, flocks of quacking geese and round stone-huts. Follow the Dordogne through the Périgord past beautiful castles, medieval towns and many witnesses of the stone-age. The Périgord is famous for the heritage, mild climate and delicate cuisine, belonging to the best of france. The culinary treats form a big part of the “Art de Vivre” in the Périgord. Foie gras, truffles, confit and cassoulet made perfect by a glass of Bergera. Do you already feel your mouth watering?

Explore the multifaceted region of Dordogne-Périgord in France at your own pace. The routes are a wonderful experience, especially for active connoisseurs and culture fans. From picturesque villages, historic castles and cultural highlights to wall paintings from prehistoric times – this and much more awaits you on our hiking holiday with Charm. In six stages you hike from Sarlat to Domme, onwards to the municipalily of Les Eyzies and finally to Montignac. The selected hotels and accommodations in the Charm-category are particularly attractive. After being active during the day, you can look forward to wonderful moments of relaxation in your comfortable accommodation in the evening.

  • A stroll and enjoyment in Domme: The small community of Domme is known as one of the most beautiful villages in France. A relaxed stroll through the city is just the right thing to visit the small handicraft shops and shops with regional specialities.
  • In the footsteps of prehistory: On the fifth day and the final day of this hiking holiday special evidences of prehistory await you. In the Vézère valley there are wall paintings and cave dwellings dating back to prehistoric times. The Lascaux caves are home to the oldest paintings in history – very impressive!
  • Pure enjoyment in France: French cuisine, in particular the wonderful specialities of the Dordogne-Périgord region, offer a harmonious composition of cheese, truffles, fruit and excellent wines for an outdoor picnic.

Our hiking holiday with Charm is assigned our level of hiking “Walking”. With a good basic fitness level, this hiking holiday becomes a relaxing active adventure in France. Particularly convenient: the longer stages are flexible and can also be shortened with a transfer if desired, and there are shorter routes available for some stages.

On our ‘Hiking Tours with Charm’ you can enjoy the full service of our individual active holidays while staying in very special accommodation with that extra something in the best location. That means you can look forward to luxury furnishings and decor in the local style, as well as cuisine at the highest level. Many of our hotels with charm also offer large pools and a wellness area where you can relax after a lovely day of hiking.

Itinerary at a glance

In the Dordogne-Périgord region, culture awaits you at every corner, including the Lascaux caves, the bastide town of Domme, and the castles of Castelnaud and Millandes. Why not savor French delicacies during a picnic!
Arrival in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Sarlat, officially named "Sarlat-La-Canéda", is an idyllic small town in „Périgord Noir“. The well maintained old town with houses from the 15th and 16th century as well the honey and ochre coloured walls emanate a special atmosphere. Walk through the old town to the numerous points of interest.Feel the best city flair of cool, shady alleys and inner courtyards.

At first you walk through the forest to the Dordogne, follow the river bank to Monlord. Continue to Domme, where you will stay overnight. The well maintained Bastide occupies a spectacular situation on a rocky outcrop over the Dordogne. Enjoy a stroll through the village with small shops, offering arts and crafts as well as local specialities.

The highlights of today are the splendid castles of Castelnaud and Millandes, which you should not miss to visit. Afterwards you follow the idyllic river walk to Beynac, where you have a transfer to your hotel in Les Eyzies.

The today circular walk leads to La Madeleine. Walk through the valley of Dordogne into the valley of the river Vézère, likewise characteristic for the Périgord. Here you find pre-historic wall paintings, caves and other sanctuaries that witness the existence of pre-historic men. Visit the castle Tayac in Les Eyzies, exhibiting a Neandertal. Alternatively, you can choose the shorter circular walk around river Beaune.

In the morning short transfer to village Lespinasse. Afterwards follow river Vezère up-river, crossing it several times and walk through many small villages – pure Dordogne. How about a picnic with baguette, wine and cheese for substance? This night you will stay in the lovely village Montignac.

Today you walk to the caves of Lascaux, part of UNESCO Heritage with the oldest paintings of mankind. Visit the reproductions in a mock-up of the caves. In the afternoon, possibility of canoeing on the Vézère to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a charming village with cosy cafés by the water.

Departure or extension

Route information


Walking tour through varied scenery. You walk in a region of pleasure with many points of interest. Good basic fitness level for longer walking distances required, tours can be cut short via transfers. Sometimes shorter variants are available.

Prices & Dates

Category: see description

Additional nights can be booked in each stage location. Prices on request.

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfer on 3rd, 4th and 6th day (upon request, to shorten the walking distance)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • For departure we recommend taking the taxi from Montignac to Brive (train station) or to Sarlat, cost approx. EUR 90 per fare (Sunday/holiday approx. EUR 120). Reservation required on arrival at the hotel in Montignac, payable on-site.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train via Paris to Sarlat in approx. 6 hours (1x change of trains)
  • Airport Bordeaux und further by train to Sarlat, approx. 3 hours, or airport Bergerac and further by train to Sarlat, approx. 2.5 hours (www.ter.sncf.com/aquitaine).
  • Parking: public parking place close to the hotel, approx. EUR 5 per day. No reservation possible, payable on-site.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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