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”.
Highlights of Dordogne 3 Day Tour
See the Best of the Dordogne Over 3 Magical Days
We’ve picked out the best experiences to enjoy over 3 days
This is the same tour as the Essential Dordogne Package but does not include accommodation
Stay in your hotel in Sarlat and join us each morning for wonderful excursions (central meeting point, pick up at hotel not available)
Visit some of the most beautiful local villages of all of France, including Domme, Bernac and Rocamadour
Experience a boat ride on the lovely River Dordogne
Enjoy a full overview of the history of the local cave art drawings
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
370€ Per Person
Departures every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday
From April 1st to October 31st, 2020
From April 1st to October 31st, 2021
Important note : not available in August
Multi-Day Shared Sightseeing Tour
Minimum 2, Maximum 8
Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop in Sarlat
Hotel pick-up not available
Tour returns to the departure point
- The services of an English speaking driver guide
- Please note that the order of tours can be modified depending on the availability of the activities (itinerary of day 1, day 2 and day 3)
- Entrance fees to: Padirac Chasm site
- Private guided walking tour of Sarlat
- Private guided walking tour of Rocamadour
- Gabarre boat ride on the Dordogne
- Small group of 8 passengers maximum
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
- Bottled water in the minivan
- Free Wifi access on board
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums or activities unless mentioned in program
- Meals and drinks
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the driver guide
Get to Know the Dordogne on This Perfect Mix of Experiences
Departing from the beautiful town of Sarlat, your daily excursions will lead you to the most significant attractions. Follow your guide on this small group tour and visit one of the most well preserved 17th century town during its bustling market day. You will also experience a unique visit at Lascaux IV cave that will plunge you back to the origins of Art. The tour also includes the visit of some of the most beautiful villages of the area as well as a boat ride on the River Dordogne so as to admire stunning landscapes and mighty medieval fortresses lined up along the River.
Day 1 > SARLAT GOURMET TOUR / VILLAGES VISIT / DORDOGNE BOAT RIDE
In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Today is market day, so follow your guide through the winding streets of this beautiful town and stop on the way to taste some local delicacies. Then reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then we drive to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac where you will depart on a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, we head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery.
Day 2 > PALEOLITHIC ART OF THE DORDOGNE FULL DAY
Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breath taking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux IV Parietal Museum, that houses different set designs, displays, state of the art technology and interactive workshops, as well as immersive technology. You will of course have the opportunity to visit the famous Lascaux cave replica, a perfect reproduction of the original one.
Day 3 > ROCAMADOUR & PADIRAC CHASM VISITS
In the morning, after a drive of just over an hour, arrive in Padirac. Experience a unique visit of one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the region as you plunge in an unexpected underground world. The chasm itself is 103 m (338 ft) deep, with a diameter of approximately 35 meters (115 ft). The flooded network of Padirac Chasm is the second longest in the world after those located in the Yucatan province of Mexico. The visit of this vertiginous chasm begins with a 75 meter descent via a lift before actually entering the cave system. Following the descent, enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the mysterious subterranean River. Then, disembark and walk along a path that will take you through large caves decorated with stunning gigantic limestone concretions. After the walk, you will return by boat to your original departure point and take the lift back up to reach the outside world.
After the visit of Padirac, board the minivan and head to the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat. Afternoon in Sarlat is free for you to enjoy. Return to Sarlat. End of our services.
Good to Know
- Order of tours can be modified
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers to operate
- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
- Prices are per person
- Currency is in EUR.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More 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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