Join this small group of travelers for a unique opportunity to experience the authentic character of France’s historic villages in the captivating southwestern département of Dordogne. Immerse yourself in the rich local culture and rhythms of daily life in this charming region, and explore the history of early humans who painted their stories on its cave walls, the largest concentration of prehistoric art in the world.
Experience the heart of Dordogne, a hidden treasure where all of France’s provincial delights have been distilled into one of Europe’s most beautiful and intact medieval villages, Sarlat-la-Canéda. Our carefully designed itinerary and expert-guided excursions explore five impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites: the dramatic cliffside monastic village of Rocamadour, the important archaeological sites of L’Abri du Cap-Blanc, Rouffignac Cave and Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil and the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine. Visit the incredible, newly opened Lascaux IV to appreciate one of humankind’s earliest art creations in the form of cave paintings. Exclusively arranged, enriching presentations and the Village Life® Forum provide personal perspectives on daily life in the villages of Dordogne.
Your “home” in the village will be the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, a restored 19th-century townhouse ideally located in medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda. This delightful hôtel de charme features a provincial ambiance with modern accommodations and amenities, and is known for the warm hospitality of its staff. In addition to the included meals in the hotel, dine on regional specialties while enjoying traditional three-course dinners in specially selected French bistros nestled in the quaint village of Sarlat.
Village Life® in Dordogne offers an enchanting educational travel experience, a great value—and you unpack only once! It is an exceedingly popular program, so book now while space is available.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
19th-century wooden gabare, Dordogne River