A Taste of Dordogne From Bordeaux Private Shore Excursion

Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux Cruise Port

A unique experience for all those that are interested in prehistory and prehistoric caves

Visit traditional Towns & Villages of the area

Trip Details


900€ per group of 2 to 8 persons

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
  • For larger groups don’t hesitate to contact us we can accommodate groups of up to 19 persons with transportation in a VIP Mercedes Minibus.


Daily departures

Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking.


10 Hours (approx.)


Trip Style:

Full Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.

Meeting Point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • English speaking driver wine/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
  • Wifi on board the vehicle

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

*Please note that it will be possible for you to book the desired extras adapted to this tour during the booking process. 

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux

Pick up at Your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux Cruise Port

Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then board your fully equipped A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to one of the most authentic and stunning regions of France, the Dordogne. This private shore excursion ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will also suggest the best possible options.

Discover Lascaux IV International Center for Cave Art
Thousands of years ago, unknown artists created breathtaking etchings, drawings, and paintings on the walls of caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. On this private tour, our first stop of the day will be at the brand new Lascaux IV Museum where all of Lascaux cave paintings are now revealed. This complete new replica, that has replaced Lascaux II, is a unique experience for all those that are interested in prehistory and prehistoric caves. Follow your guide for a better understanding of this period of time and enjoy some free time to go through this ultra-modern museum. After the visit, we will make our way towards Sarlat.

Sarlat, the Culinary Capital of the Dordogne
Welcome to the medieval town of Sarlat, one of the most fascinating small towns in France. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the towns most representative of 14th to 19th century France. Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to the 18th century. Sarlat is the perfect spot for lunch on this full-day tour. Let your guide suggest some great restaurant opportunities so that you may taste local delicacies such as Magret, Confit, Pommes de Terre Sarladaise and so much more.

Castles & Villages of the Dordogne Valley
After lunch, you will then be taken to the Dordogne Valley. Once you reach this area, your guide will stop in 1 or 2 typical villages classified as the most beautiful villages of France. Such villages can include La Roque Gageac, Domme of Beynac. All these medieval villages have kept their authenticity and it is just magical to stroll through the narrow streets that have preserved all their architectural wonders.

The region is also home to more than 1000 Castles and Manors that date back to the Hundred Years War as both English and French fought to possess the area. Most of the castles line the Dordogne River and are perfect examples of medieval military architecture. You will certainly spot a few as you travel on the winding Dordogne roads and if your guide stops in Beynac then the mighty fortress located there will be yours to storm!

Our other Shore Excursions From Bordeaux
We organize a large number of shore excursions departing from Bordeaux including wine tours to all the major wine regions of the area such as Saint Emilion or the Medoc. Our services also include walking tours, biking tours, gourmet guided tours as well as wine tasting workshops. If you are on a river cruise on the Garonne river then let us organize your day in Bordeaux or St Emilion.

Good to Know

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry, but it is not possible to carry in our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

English speaking shore excursion. Other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

Read more about the Ophorus experience.