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Castles, Caves & Gardens of the Dordogne

Highlights of ancient Périgord
 
This magical journey will stimulate your senses. As you explore the timeless Dordogne by car (hire included), you encounter enchanting medieval villages, incredible cave paintings, arcadian riverscapes, fabulous châteaux, splendid gardens and the rich local cuisine.
Castles, Caves & Gardens of the Dordogne. 7 nights
Castles, Caves & Gardens of the Dordogne. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in the Dordogne

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.
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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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Meyrals
    Night 1: at Hotel de la Ferme Lamy (the first of four nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Choice of sightseeing options from Meyrals
    Spend your first few days meandering between the myriad delights of this very special corner of France. The Vézère Valley contains Europe’s greatest concentration of prehistoric art, and the rock shelters, caves and underground caverns around Les Eyzies are a marvel in this respect. Alongside the banks of the Dordogne you will encounter monumental châteaux and picture-postcard villages which you might even wish to admire from the languidly drifting perspective of a canoe. You can venture south-west, if you wish, where the great bastide town of Monpazier and the amazing abbey at Cadouin await; or head north into the limestone uplands of Périgord Blanc to seek out an exquisite Romanesque church and the great château and gardens of Hautefort.

    We have put together five self-guided driving tours to help you enjoy these first three days to the full. They are each loosely themed, but are far from one-dimensional: you can pick the ones that interest you the most, while still getting a sense of variety on each day. Tours 1 and 2 enable you to get to grips with the Vézère Valley’s fabulous collection of prehistoric art. While Tour 1 is recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in the region’s multi-layered history, Tour 2 is more for the aficionado who wishes to seek out some of the area’s remaining, still-viewable extant cave art. Access is severely limited due to the fragility of the art and its underground environment, so advanced planning / booking is essential for some sites, and highly recommended for others:

    • For information on the Rouffignac cave system (Tour 1), visit visit www.grottederouffignac.fr
    • For information and advanced bookings at Lascaux (Tour 1), visit www.lascaux.fr/en
    • For information on Font de Gaume, Abri de Cap Blanc and Les Combarelles (Tour 2), visit Les Eyzies Sites website

    Tour 3, meanwhile, stays firmly ‘above ground’, and explores the rivers, châteaux and gardens of the ‘middle Dordogne’; Tour 4 takes you meandering gently south towards the Lot; and Tour 5 winds north towards Périgord Blanc, taking you onto the limestone upland that houses the great château of Hautefort.
  • Meyrals to Martel
    Moving on today, via Tour 6, you have another full day of exploration en route to your next base. We suggest a morning in beautiful Sarlat, much-admired capital of Périgord Noir, where you can follow our self-guided town trail before lunching on typical regional cuisine; then a memorable afternoon at Eyrignac, one of the classic gardens of France which has been owned by the same family for no fewer than 22 generations! Your final three nights are then spent at inviting accommodation in the Lot – either the Domaine de la Vaysse or, our upgrade option, the Relais Sainte-Anne in Martel.
  • Choice of sightseeing options from Martel
    During your last couple of days, you won’t want to miss Rocamadour, and we suggest arriving via a picture-perfect viewpoint, descending along the narrow main street and then climbing up to suspended chapels via multiple stairways, just as the pilgrims did (and still do). You can also take in the fortified village and château of Castelnau, rescued and restored by French opera singer Jean Mouliérat; and the exquisite village of Autoire, once known as ‘Petit Versailles’ for its grandiose houses and no fewer than four châteaux. Not to be missed is a visit to the Gouffre de Padirac, whose huge chasm and caves – involving a deep descent followed by a subterranean boat and then walking tour – will leave you struggling for superlatives.

    NB Again, our specially created self-guided driving tours will to help you make the most of your last couple of days. Tour 7 concentrates on remarkable Rocamadour and its immediate surroundings, while Tour 8 focuses on the area around Castelnau and Autoire. The Gouffre de Padirac can be added to either of these, and you can find out more about this by visiting www.gouffre-de-padirac.com
    (The cave system can get busy in peak season and is best booked online in advance.)
 

Accommodation

You stay in delightful and historic rural accommodation on this two-centre holiday.

We offer an upgrade option in Martel. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever option you choose, we highly recommend adding extra nights in Martel, given the wealth of things to see and do.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April - 31 July 2019 & 25 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 27 April £845 £330
    28 April - 28 June £925 £395
    29 June - 24 July £995 £395
    25 August - 30 September £925 £395
    1 - 24 October £845 £330
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85 to -£115
    Single traveller supplement £85 to £115

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included: 7 days’ category B car hire (e.g. Renault Clio or similar with manual transmission)
    A one-way drop-off fee is payable locally if not returning hire car to same depot as collection - please contact us for details

    Driving time to first hotel: Brive Vallée de la Dordogne 1h, Bergerac 1h15, Limoges 2h15, Toulouse 2h30
    Driving time from last hotel: Brive Vallée de la Dordogne 0h20, Bergerac 2h, Limoges 1h30, Toulouse 2h

    Please note:
    Car-hire office at Vallée de la Dordogne open limited hours on Saturday; closed on Sunday.
    Car-hire office at Bergerac open limited hours on Sunday.
    Car-hire office at Limoges open limited hours on Saturday & Sunday.
    Please call for further details on car-hire office opening times.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 01 April - 31 July 2019 & 25 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 27 April £1080 £330
    28 April - 28 June £1170 £395
    29 June - 24 July £1235 £395
    25 August - 30 September £1170 £395
    1 - 24 October £1080 £330
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85 to -£115
    Single traveller supplement £85 to £115

    Includes all elements in the 'journey price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris-Libourne (TGV), approx. duration 6h20 out / 7h home, plus drive (see below)

    Included travel: 7 days’ category B car hire (e.g Renault Clio or similar)
    A one-way drop-off fee is payable locally if not returning hire car to same depot as collection - please contact us for details

    Driving time to first hotel: 1h45
    Driving time to Avignon station: 2h

    Please note: Libourne Avis depot has limited opening hours, for this reason we recommend a Mon-Fri start day if travelling by rail.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 01 April - 31 July 2019 & 25 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 27 April £795 £330
    28 April - 28 June £875 £395
    29 June - 24 July £905 £395
    25 August - 30 September £875 £395
    1 - 24 October £795 £330
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes all elements in the 'journey price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de la Ferme Lamy
    'Prestige': 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £20
    'Prestige': 01 May - 31 Jul 2019 £25
    'Prestige': 25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    'Prestige': 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £20
    'Romantique': 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £20
    'Romantique': 01 May - 31 Jul 2019 £25
    'Romantique': 25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    'Romantique': 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    An extra day's car hire is included in the extra night price
    Hotel de la Ferme Lamy (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £100 £165
    01 May - 28 Jun 2019 £114 £190
    29 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £120 £198
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £114 £190
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £100 £165
    Le Domaine de la Vaysse (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 28 Jun 2019 £70 £84
    29 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £78 £92
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £70 £84
  • 7 nights, staying in Le Relais Sainte Anne (4 dinners)

    1 April - 31 July 2019 25 August - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    1 - 27 April £1015 £380
    28 April - 28 June £1095 £445
    29 June - 24 July £1215 £635
    25 August - 30 September £1095 £445
    1 - 24 October £1015 £380
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85 to -£115
    Single traveller supplement £85 to £115
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Brive Vallée de la Dordogne, Bergerac, Limoges, Toulouse

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Toulouse (with touchdown in Birmingham) Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bergerac Flybe 
    Birmingham - Limoges Flybe 
    Birmingham - Toulouse Flybe 
    Birmingham - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bergerac Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Limoges Ryanair 
    Bristol - Toulouse easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Limoges Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bergerac Flybe 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Bergerac Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Bergerac Flybe,  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Limoges Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Bergerac British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bergerac Flybe 
    Gatwick - Limoges Flybe 
    Gatwick - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Toulouse British Airways 
    Heathrow - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bergerac Ryanair 
    Stansted - Brive Vallée de la Dordogne Ryanair 
    Stansted - Limoges Ryanair 
    Stansted - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bergerac Flybe,  jet2 
    Manchester - Limoges Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Toulouse Flybe 
    Manchester - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Limoges Flybe 
    Newcastle - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Bergerac Flybe 
    Southampton - Limoges Flybe 
    Southampton - Toulouse Flybe 
    Southampton - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • 7 days' category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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