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Discovering the Delights of Luxury Culture and Cuisine in Dordogne

4 Days | History & Culture

"Dordogne Luxe Journey: Immerse in Authentic French Splendor with Rich Culture, Exquisite Cuisine, and Scenic Adventures

Luxury | From $4,399 pp

Enjoy a luxurious trip to the Dordogne area, exploring the authentic culture and foods of the region. Take a private bike tour of the Perigord Noir and a walking tour of Sarlat. Spend an entire day guided through the Dordognes Wine Traditions and Gastronomy tour. Savor a cooking class and the included lunch; finish this fantastic trip with a tour of Saint Cirq Lapopie and a lunch cruise!

Day by day


Day 1: Sarlat - Vitrac

Half-day private guided bike tour of Perigord Noir

Meet Guillaume, your passionate local guide, choose your bike and depart for Sarlat on the famous Voie Verte track – a traffic-free route perfect for cycling.

Ride along an old railway line and discover the landscapes of Dordogne! Bucolic forests, green countryside, and typical small villages on the route.

Very flat road, simple and accessible for the whole family. You can discover several small villages typical of Black Périgord – especially Aillac and Calviac. For lunch, there are several shaded picnic areas along the Dordogne River. Also, several restaurants with local specialties.

Your route takes you along the wild banks of the Dordogne, the last great swimmable river in Europe, whose clean water invites you to take a refreshing dip in the cool water. You may want to swim or relax on a beach along the route: don’t forget to bring your towels!

On your way through the picturesque, quaint little villages, you can admire the rich cultural treasures of this beautiful region: the Périgord Noir.

Private guided walking tour of Sarlat 

Enjoy a guided tour of Sarlat. The city is known to have the highest density of classified historical monuments!

As you stroll through the cobbled streets of the medieval city, remember to look up to observe the architectural richness of the monuments. With its history dating back to the Middle Ages, Sarlat has an exceptional heritage to photograph. This city of Art and History is the first protected sector in France to have been restored thanks to the 1964 Malraux law. Since 1928, famous filmmakers have decided to use Sarlat’s medieval scenery as a location for many cult films

Sarlat - Dordogne

Day 2: Sarlat - Castelnaud-la-Chapelle - Monbazillac - Bergerac - Vitrac

Full-Day Private Guided Dordogne Gastronomy and Wine Traditions Tour

Your private guide will take you from Sarlat Caneda to begin a day focused on gastronomy and wine in the region.

First, you will stop to discover a farm located 10 minutes from Sarlat called “The Geese of the Black Périgord.” You will find livestock breeding and taste the local products. Then, you will head toward Castelnaud La Chapelle, where you will have the opportunity to visit an eco-museum of walnuts and a truffle farm. If you’re hungry, that’s the perfect spot for a light lunch.

The next stop will be in the village of Castelnaud, under the protection of an impressive castle. You will visit a small organic chocolate shop before a last stop on the way back. You will have the possibility to enjoy a tasting of local wine, the Vin de Domme.

Day 3: Saint-Cyprien - Vitrac

Full day Cooking Class with Lunch

This unique one-day cooking course course, right in the heart of the Perigord Noir, starts with you meeting with the chef. A welcome drink is served on the terrace. Then, in a relaxed environment, the chef will begin with a short presentation of the traditional ingredients of the region, how to identify the best types of produce, and what to look for in the local markets.

After this, you will head to the outdoor kitchen to experience a fun, informative, hands-on day of preparing, cooking, and eating famous regional dishes such as confit of duck, cabecou, & tapenade. The menu changes according to the season each year.

The chef is passionate about sharing insights on how to prepare, cook and serve consistently great food. He thrives on teaching participants how to showcase the natural flavors of the high-quality, fresh local produce for which the Perigord Noir is famous. You will leave with renewed insight on how to maximize ingredients’ natural flavors and a host of other great tips for cooking consistently great food.

The course finishes between 3 and 4 pm. By this time, you will be overflowing with renewed inspiration and knowledge of traditional Perigordian cooking. You will also receive a copy of recipes cooked during the course.

After the class ends, you can sit down to enjoy the three-course lunch you’ve prepared & you can pair your meal with a regional wine or non-alcoholic beverage.

Day 4: Cahors - Saint Cirq-Lapopie - Vitrac

Driver at disposal for the day

A driver will pick you up at your hotel at the beginning of the day and drive you safely troughout the day.

Lunch Cruise

Cruise lunch between Cahors and Saint Cirq Lapopie

At 9:30 am, board the Fénélon for a commented cruise on the Lot. Then you will have lunch over the water (drinks not included). In the afternoon, you will discover Saint Cirq Lapopie on foot. At the end of the day, return to Cahors.

Private guided walking tour of Saint Cirq Lapopie

Explore with your guide the wonderful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Its position was initially selected for defense purposes, perched on a cliff 330 feet (100 meters) above the River Lot.  The town is one of the best-preserved areas and resembles an open-air museum of the 13th through 16th centuries. After it was “discovered” by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and was the home of the famous surrealist writer André Breton.


About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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