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Castles, Caves & Gardens of the Dordogne

Highlights of ancient Périgord
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • a journey by car through the idyllic landscapes of Périgord & Lot
  • from prehistoric marvels to medieval splendour
  • magnificent châteaux
  • splendid gardens
  • a rich & flavoursome cuisine


The Dordogne is jam-packed with attractions – so much so, that it’s often tricky knowing where to begin. That’s why this holiday features a selection of specially created, self-guided tours, each of which take in a number of highlights, ranging from the simple to the sublime.

For the mature of spirit, the Dordogne is the way the whole world should be. It embodies the sunlit certainties of an indistinct past when we all had time and were happier. Here is a ruffled landscape rolling up to green hills and woodland, down to strong rivers. Punctuated by chateaux, cliffs, geese and ducks, it has been built for mellow wellbeing.
Anthony Peregrine (The Times)

These tours enable you to meander at will, as you explore the leafy byways and extravagantly beautiful countryside that have made so many people fall in love with this flawless corner of France. Each day, we recommend three or four activities, plus some ‘extras’ for those who are looking to fit more in. But of course we advise you to take things Slowly and not to rush! There is so much to see and do that you will need to pick and choose, depending on your interests. As always, though, you can add in extra nights if you wish. And be assured that, whether you’re focused on the rich local cuisine, enchanting medieval villages, incredible cave paintings, Arcadian riverscapes, fabulous châteaux or heavenly gardens (or all of the above!), you will find them here in spades – in the ravishing, glorious and dream-like Dordogne.

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