A Guide to the Prehistoric Wonders of Dordogne: Castles, Gardens, and Prehistory
Luxury | From $3,299 pp
Day by day
Day 1: Beynac et Cazenac - La Roque-Gageac - Rocamadour - Lacave
Full-day private guided driving tour of Dordogne Castles and villages
First, you will go to Beynac, a beautiful village, home to one of the most famous castles in the region. Continuing, your private driver-guide will take you to the Château des Milandes. This castle is renowned for its gardens, listed as a Historical Monument.
Next up, a visit to La Roque Gageac – a village that benefits from micro-climate conditions and where local vegetation stands alongside more exotic plants such as banana trees, agave, and Bougainvillea flowers.
The day’s next stop is the Bastide village of Domme, a fortified medieval town classified as one of the “Plus beaux villages de France”, and perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne River.
The last stop before returning to Sarlat is the famous village of Rocamadour, a sacred town and an important pilgrimage site.
Day 2: Sarlat - Carsac-Aillac - Marquay - Lacave
Full-Day Private Guided Driving Tour to the Dordogne Gardens
You will embark with your private driver-guide on a full day of discovery of some of the region’s most beautiful gardens.
After leaving Sarlat, you will first stop and visit the water gardens of Carsac, a natural aquatic arboretum. Unique in Europe, you will find an underwater labyrinth of more than 500 meters of footbridges. Then, you will continue to the famous Eyrignac Gardens, considered the most beautiful French-style garden in the Périgord. Then comes the “Gardens of the Imagination” visit, overhanging the Vézère River in the Périgord noir. This primary cultural site, labeled a remarkable garden, covers over 6 hectares.
The last stop of your day will be the Gardens of Marqueyssac, perched on a rocky spur overlooking the Dordogne Valley and offering you a magical spot with one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Dordogne.
Day 3: Dordogne
Full-day The “Prehistoric Valley” Dordogne caves private guided tour
Your private guide will take you to the Vézère Valley, which includes some of the world’s most exciting and famous prehistoric sites. Fifteen of these sites are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. The place is quiet, and we have time to admire everything around us, with clear and informative commentary suitable for all visitors.
Then, visit Lascaux IV, which offers a genuinely interactive visit with the help of modern technology. The center is beautiful and spreads over 8,000 m2 of the newest Lascaux Cave replica, but also a truly unique, unforgettable, and immersive experience! Free time for lunch at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, the “World Capital of Prehistory”.
In the afternoon, a visit to the National Prehistory Museum is the ideal introduction to your tour of the area’s prehistoric sites, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
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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