The Hidden Treasures of the Dordogne 2020

Nestling between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees lies the verdant Dordogne region. Our Packaged Itinerary is filled with inclusions to ensure you get to explore the full range of this beautiful region. We travel through the history of this destination, with visits to medieval towns, a steam railway ride, prehistoric caves and a 12th century Château. We also include entrance to a stunning sculptured garden, a relaxing cruise along the Dordogne on a traditional gabare and a few wine-filled lunches!
PACKAGED ITINERARY
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Sarlat
We will spend the day at leisure in the charming medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda. One of the most alluring and attractive towns in south-western France, Sarlat has developed around the large Benedictine Abbey since the 14th Century. Today (Saturday) is market day, so we can browse amongst the stalls at our leisure and wander through the small winding streets of this largely car-free town centre. There will also be some leisure time today at our hotel.

Day 3 Boats and trains - Dordogne Cruise from Beynac and afternoon steam train excursion (Sunday)
After a leisurely breakfast we head to Beynac for a 60 minute circular cruise on the Dordogne River on a gabare, an authentic reproduction of an 18th century boat. There will be some free time to explore Beynac. In the afternoon our coach will drive us along the banks of the Dordogne River towards Souillac and on to Martel, the starting point of our steam train excursion with the Tourist Railway of Haut-Quercy departing at 1400hrs. Enjoy an 8 mile round trip, that ascends more than 80 metres and provides wonderful panoramic views of the Dordogne Valley below. We will then return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4 Lascaux II Caves & Les Jardins d’Eyrignac
This morning, we head to the Lascaux II Caves for a guided tour. Hidden for over 17000 years, the caves were discovered in 1940, and hold some of the most complete examples of prehistoric cave paintings in the world. Sadly the original caves were closed in 1963 to ensure that they remained preserved for the future. However, an exact replica (Lascaux II) was subsequently created with inch-perfect attention to detail, and this remains a fascinating, unmissable place to visit. We then continue our journey to the Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac for a guided tour of these gardens which offer an amazing feast for the senses with something to delight everyone. The seven gardens include the beautiful White Garden, the formal topiary sculptures and a wild flower meadow.

Day 5 Departure
We say au revoir to the Dordogne and make our way home.
Legend

Hôtel La Hoirie

Sarlat-la-Caneda, Dordogne
AAA Free Onsite Coach Parking
This 3 star hotel is located within its own grounds a short distance from the centre of Sarlat-la-Canéda. The main building is an authentic 13th century farming lodge, which houses the rustic-chic bar and restaurant with its own conservatory. At present there are 16 air conditioned bedrooms with a TV and WiFi. There is a charming central courtyard - a lovely area in which to relax each evening. There is also an outdoor swimming pool for guests’ use. Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing renovations. Once complete, there will be a building (opening July 2018) with a lift and another 27 modern bedrooms (where groups will be accommodated), ground floor rooms and the main hotel reception. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Hôtel La Hoirie

Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £459pp
Single Supplement from £118
Based on Friday arrivals

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Set menu on arrival
• Choice of menu on 3 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac and lunch
• Entrance to Lascaux ll caves
• Beynac river cruise
• Steam train ride
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£459 for 5 days

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