should you take in dordogne?

With its incredibly preserved villages, unparalleled prehistoric sites and buzzing markets, the Dordogne department of France has a wealth of attractions to fill your visit, long or short. Ophorus offers over 15 day trips & tours departing from Sarlat in the Dordogne region exploring the wide range of sites in the region. Find your favorites below!

The Dordogne region of France offers a microcosm of the best France has to offer. Boasting enchanting medieval villages, scenic rolling countryside, and incredible prehistoric landmarks, the Dordogne department offers travelers an authentic French experience somewhat removed from the typical tourist path. Also notable are the exquisite French wines that originate in this region, which can be sampled at some of the many chateaus that dot the countryside.

The cuisine of the region is among the most exquisite and affordable in France. The most famous local specialties include Black Truffle, Foie Gras that the locals eat while sipping on dessert wine, strawberries and duck. All this tasty food can be sampled during a shared or private tour of famous Sarlat Market town.

With its diverse offerings, the Dordogne region beckons to be explored over many days. Join Ophorus in the Dordogne on an array of excursions: Journey with us through historic villages; explore the alluring countryside and its prolific vineyards; take a jaunt to the sparkling coast; discover singular prehistoric sites. The area, known as the land of Cro Magnon, has some of the world’s most famous cave paintings.

With our Essential Dordogne packages, we’ve done the leg work in combining a few of our Dordogne tours to offer a comprehensive experience of the Dordogne department over a few days. Whatever you choose, we assure you that at the hands of Ophorus, your Dordogne experience will be one to remember and cherish! Combine visits to extraordinary medieval castles such as Château de Castelnaud with the most famous caves such as Font de Gaume.

Departing from Sarlat la Canéda, we organize small group exclusive private tours and more affordable shared tours to all the major attractions of the area. Our day tours are conducted by Expert Guides that speak impeccable English and transportation is done in new or recent fully equipped air conditioned minivans.

Our destinations in Dordogne include the Dordogne Valley, Les Eyzies de Tayac with its Prehistory Museum and close by Rouffignac Cave. We also organize guided tours of Sarlat or Périgueux and have included some great activities such as canoeing or a boat ride along the dordogne River.


What To Do in Dordogne France?


Make the most of your time in the Dordogne department with a private, in-depth visit to incredible historical sites.

  1. Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne Experience the Lascaux IV reproduction of a prehistoric cave, visit Rouffignac Cave, take a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum.
  2. Bonaguil Castle & the Malbec Wine Route Visit the amazing ruins and vineyards of the Lot Valley.
  3. Rocamadour & St. Cirq Lapopie Village Journey to the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour and witness the unique beauty of a cliff-perched Saint-Cirq Lapopie.


Our shared tours make access to the great prehistoric sites of Dordogne easy and economical!

  1. Vezere Valley & Skip the Line at Lascaux IV Visit the amazing recreation of a prehistoric cave and stop in Les Eyzies and Saint Léon village.
  2. Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne Tour Lascaux IV and Rouffignac Cave and tour the National Prehistory museum.
  3. Sarlat Gourmet Tour & Market Visit Get an in-depth guided tour of Sarlat, experience the excitement of market day and taste local delicacies.
  4. Villages of the Dordogne Journey through some of the amazingly preserved, spectacularly situated villages of the Dordogne department.


Explore some of France’s best kept secrets with the individualized attention of your local guide.

  1. Perigueux Guided Walking Tour Take in the highlights of this charming medieval town on foot with your local guide.
  2. Villages of the Dordogne Visit some of France’s most beautiful villages, take a boat ride down the Dordogne River, and witness some breathtaking landscapes.
  3. Rocamadour Discovery Discover the village of Rocamadour, spectacularly set on a gorge above the Dordogne River.
  4. Village Hopping in the Lot Region Explore two of France’s most beautiful towns, Carennac and Collonges la Rouge.


Our group tours offer comprehensive sightseeing adventures in a fun, informative setting.

  1. Sarlat Guided Walking Tour Explore Sarlat’s amazingly preserved historic architecture.
  2. Villages of the Dordogne Visit Domme, La Roque Gageac and Beynac, and take a boat ride down the Dordogne River.
  3. Visit the outstanding Lascaux IV museum with special skip the line access on a half day tour.
  4. Or why not combine Lascaux IV with the visit of the National Prehistory Museum of Les Eyzies and the cave of Rouffignac that still bears original etchings and drawings on a full day tour dedicated to Paleolithic Art?


The Dordogne department offers such a diverse array of attractions that the best way to experience it is by combining a few of our tours. We’ve done just that, compiling some of our favorites to create our Essential Dordogne Packages. Choose with or without accommodation and get to exploring this alluring region of France!

  1. Essential Dordogne Three tours over three days cover all of the most incredible sites in the Dordogne.
  2. Essential Dordogne Package Our favorite Dordogne experiences over three days, accommodation included.


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At Ophorus all our expert guides hold the WSET level 2 in Wines & Spirits, and our drivers are fully accredited and licensed guides.


Live the experience of your dreams with a personalised private tour, visiting France’s most unique areas with the local knowledge of your guide.