Memorable Day – We had an awesome day with Marion, our guide. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and was a joy to spend the day with. It was like taking a prehistoric history class with a professor that students work their schedule around just to be in her class. We hung on her every word. A bonus was that she took us to a tiny village for lunch and we bought some food to eat at a picnic table along the Dodorgne River on a perfect “bluebird day”.
Dordogne Wine Tour From Sarlat
Indulge in a Dordogne Wine Tasting and Admire the Inescapable Dordogne River and its Traditional Villages
Travel on small country side roads that will enable you to admire the landscape along the Dordogne River
Taste rustic wines considered to be of higher quality than the average Bergerac wines
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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€510 per group (2 to 8 people)
From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm approximately
From April to October 2020
Approximately 9 hours
Private sightseeing & wine tour
Minimum 2, maximum 8
Pick-up & drop-off at hotel in Sarlat city centre (when possible)
- English-speaking driver guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable, and fully equipped minivans
- Bottles of water in the minivan
- Free WiFi access on board
- Winery tasting fees
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
A Full-Day Private Tour to discover the wines of Dordogne
Take part in this small group private Dordogne wine tour departing from Sarlat la Canéda (pick up in the vicinity is possible) to discover local wines of the area. First, we will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat or surrounding area. Then, meet your English speaking driver/guide who will introduce you to the itinerary and program of the day. Finally, board your recent and comfortable Air Conditioned minivan that can take yup to 8 persons.
Departing from Sarlat, this day trip to the Dordogne wine area of France will have you first travel on small country side roads that will enable you to admire the landscape, pass through historic small towns and traditional villages as you drive along the Dordogne River. Your first stop on the way will be in the Bergerac wine producing area. Here, participate in a visit and a commented wine tasting session. The local wines here are called Pecharmant. This little known appellation of the Bergerac wine region is famous for producing full bodied red wines that are made from a blend of Merlot, Malbec (also known locally as Cot) and both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. This is a unique opportunity for you as you will be tasting wines that are considered to be of higher quality than the average Bergerac wines, considered as more rustic!
Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch in Bergerac
After your visit, your driver/guide will drop you off in Bergerac historic center. The city center is classified as ‘Town of Art & History’ with its charming small streets, half timbered houses with their Gothic architecture. Your guide will also certainly point out the location of the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac where it will be time for a great photo opportunity. The town and the region are also famous for the local food & wine and so you will have some free time for lunch and personal discovery in Bergerac.
Take part in another wine tasting session in the afternoon
After lunch, we will take you to another local winery of the area so that you may further understand that type of wines that are made in the area. Typically, we will include the visit and tasting in a family owned winery as this is always a much more interesting experience especially for those who would like to know a bit more about wine making in the French region. Finally, depending on the timing of the day, it will be possible to stop just before Sarlat to visit one of the last remaining wineries of the Black Périgord. This traditional winery produces local wines that age in terra-cotta pots. The wines made in the property are the product of typical terroirs that are made up of limestone. The grape varieties used here are Merlot, Cabernet France and Fer Servadou for the red wines and Sauvignon blanc and Semillon for the white wines.
Return to your accommodation at the end of the day and end of our services.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Tour for 8 persons maximum
- Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Prices are per minivan (not per person)
- Currency is in Euros
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour — you can read about it here
Fantastic tour company – We signed up for 2 tours. We went to see the Lascaux Caves and our guide was very knowledgable we liked the tour so much we decided to sign up for another tour. They do small tours in a van. We can’t recommend this tour company enough. If you are in Sarlat make sure to do a tour with them. Our guide also recommended restaurants and other interesting places to visit.
A great moment! – It was just a-ma-zing. A great moment with our very clever guide who learned us a lot of things. Thank you! Sarlat is a beautiful city and the castles are very interesting. We hope to come back very quickly because all the excursions seems to be amazing! I’m very lucky to chose this excursion and I say thank you to Ophorus!
Guide was great, best way to see the sights in this beautiful area. – We had no car while staying in Sarlat, but even if we had, it would be unlikely we would have seen all the sights our guide Marion drove us to in one day. The distances we covered were long, sometimes windy & very rural, so really needed to know the best route to squeeze in all the highlights. We would recommend considering the day tours Ophorus offers.
Perfect in every way! – Ophorus staff were helpful from the planning stage to the execution of our tours. We had a wonderful Guide (Florence). Her knowledge of history, local agriculture, politics, local issues and art was amazing. This area of France is so beautiful and a post card at every turn but coupled with an Ophorus tour it’s a wonderful experience. Thanks again Florence and Ophorus!
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)
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