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From La Roque-Gageac to Lapidiales: the treasures of the Dordogne.

The Dordogne is a French department, named after the river that runs through it, which passes by picturesque wooded valleys, villages, and châteaux. With its reputation for good food and fine wines, this beautiful region perfectly combines history, scenery and fine food and wine.

Esprit de France takes you on a journey to encounter a charming Périgord, through its gourmet flavours, châteaus, and its exceptional wealth of natural attractions.

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  • 3 days
    3 nights
  • Stages: 
    428 km
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Step by step

  • D1

    From Sarlat-la-Canéda to Château de Maumont

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    The first day begins by exploring the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda. Nestled in a small wooded valley, Sarlat is one of the finest sets of French monuments from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. La Maison de La Boétie, where Montaigne's friend lived, should seen for its graceful arches. The Place de la Liberté is where the famous Sarlat market is held, with stalls heaped with truffles and foie gras. Then, head to Roque-Gageac, an enchanting place nestled in the steep cliffs above the Dordogne. Climb the steep little streets to the 12th century church in order to admire the view. You can also hop on a barge to contemplate the châteaux in the heart of unspoilt nature, from the River Dordogne. Then head to the gardens of Marqueyssac, which offer more than 6km of shaded pathways in the middle of more than hundreds of thousands of hand-trimmed boxwood hedges. Finish the day exploring Périgueux, capital of the Périgord which radiates throughout the region. Start by visiting the Saint-Front Cathedral, the largest cathedral in southwestern France. Its unique turrets and domes dominate the skyline. From its roof you will have a splendid view of the old town nestled at its feet. You can then visit the Gallo-Roman museum which displays the remains of the Roman villa of Vesunna.

    1st night at Château de Maumont.

  • D2

    Day around the Château de Maumont

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    The second day begins with a visit to Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, one of the most beautiful villages of France and classified a "petite cité de caractère (small town with character)" since 2012. Guided tours of the village are available throughout the year. Next, head to Brantôme, a charming town in the Périgord. You can walk along the riverbanks to admire its bridges and gardens. At the cliffs, admire an ancient abbey with its superb bell tower dating to the 11th century. Finish the day exploring the Château de la Rochefoucauld, considered one of the most spectacular châteaus in France for the diversity and elegance of seven centuries of architecture.

    2nd night at Château de Maumont.

  • D3

    From Château de Maumont to Château de Crazannes

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    For this third and final day, head to the town of Saintes, to visit the Abbaye aux Dames, the first female monastery of the Saintonge. Now restored, it is the scene of a rich cultural life with the Saintes Music Festival in particular, which is held every year in July. Then head to the Chateau de la Roche Courbon, an old castle turned pleasure estate house, where you will enjoy the beautiful French gardens and period furniture. End the day exploring the Lapidiales, a unique site in France, which features sculptures carved in the white limestone walls. It is a veritable outdoor museum.

    3rd night at Château de Crazannes.

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