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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country France
Travel type Train
Price range From £769
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 6 nights
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Dordogne by rail

Probably the most beautiful river in France, the Dordogne winds majestically through a magnificent tableau of medieval hill villages, craggy hillsides, vineyards and towns full of character.

On this wonderful tour you will visit some of the highlights of this delightful region including Sarlat, Domme, Beynac, the replica Lascaux II prehistoric caves, and the spectacular Rocamadour.

The tour is based at the Les Roches hotel in Les Eyzies located in the heart of the Perigord Noir. This hotel provides an excellent base to explore the Dordogne and cuts down significantly (from previous years) on transfer times between sights visited.

Included

  • Return Eurostar and SNCF fast train from St Pancras/Ebbsfleet to Angouleme via Lille
  • Six nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at three star Les Roches Hotel, Les Eyzies, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Dinner (set menu) at local restaurant on first and last night
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary including entrance fees as detailed above conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
    Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Porterage and gratuities.


Day one

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Angouleme by SNCF fast train. On arrival transfer by coach under tour manager's direction to hotel for check in for 6-night stay. Welcome dinner.

Day two

Full day tour to Les Eyzies, Lascaux II and Rouffignac. Today our visits will follow a theme – Prehistoric man. The base for the tour, Les Eyzies, is said to be the ‘capital of pre-history’ and hosts the National Museum of Prehistory. Lascaux II offers a superb replica of two of the cave halls of the Lascaux, where the Palaeolithic cave paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. The Rouffignac cave contains 250 engravings and cave paintings from the Upper Palaeolithic era.

Day three

Full day tour to Périgueux, Bergerac and Monbazillac. The ancient city of Périgueux has Gallic and Roman roots - the excellent Vesunna Gallo-Roman museum will tell you more, but today it is also a gastronomic city, where, on market day, you can pick up all sorts of delicious regional specialities. The compact city of Bergerac has a charming mix of Renaissance and medieval architecture and perfectly quaint streets to stroll. Nearby Chateau Monbazillac produces some of the region’s best wine – there’ll be a guided tour and wine-tasting during our visit.

Day four

Full day to relax and explore Les Eyzies at your leisure. In 1868 several skeletons of Cro- Magnons (the first early modern humans) were unearthed in Les Eyzies. In fact, the town is at the centre of a whole series of archaeological sites allowing it to earn the name of ‘capital of Prehistory’. The National Museum of Prehistory is an interesting visit.

Day five

Full day tour to Beynac, La Roque-Gageac and Domme – all members of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (added quotation marks) association. Located on the banks of the Dordogne, Beynac‘s 14th century fortress towers over the village from its spectacular cliff top perch. Sitting at the foot of sheer cliffs right on the river, the light stone houses of La Roque-Gageac reflect peacefully on the water. The medieval fortified town of Domme sits on a rocky outcrop above the river offering fascinating history and glorious views.

Day six

Full day tour to Sarlat and Rocamadour. Sarlat-la-Canéda has an unmissable old town full of 15th and 16th century houses in an attractively uniform honey-coloured stone. The area, almost without equal in the whole of France, has been protected by law since 1962. Rocamadour has a fascinating history - after the discovery in 1166 of the undecayed body of St Amadour in an ancient cave made it an important centre of pilgrimage. This evening there will be a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day seven

Transfer back to Angoulême station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Les Roches hotel, Les Eyzies

The three star Les Roches hotel is located in the heart of the Perigord Noir in Les Eyzies and offers a bar, swimming pool and gardens, and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe and hairdryer.

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This was an excellent holiday, well -organized and with interesting visits which had historic detail explained in detail by our knowledgeable tour guide Gill. Great coach and driver for the visits too. Hotel staff were brilliant, as were the staff in the local restaurant.
Sep 2013
Mr heron


excellent organisation, a truly professional tour guide, a wonderful group of fellow travellers. Highly recommended. Now discussing our next holiday with Travel Editions!!!
Jun 2011
Mrs J Powell
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