Villages of the Dordogne

A Wonderful Afternoon Exploring Highlights of the Marvellous Dordogne

Explore Domme, officially rated as one of the most beautiful villages of France

Enjoy a boat ride down the spectacular Dordogne River

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details


65€ Per Adult (from 13 to 64 years old)

60€ Per Senior (from 65 years old)

32,50€ Per Child (from 4 to 12 years old)


From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


From April 1 to October 31 2020

From April 1 to October 31 2021

Note: This tour is not available in August.


4 hours

Trip style:

Shared sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8

Meeting point:

In Sarlat la Caneda: Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop.
Hotel pickup not available
Tour returns at departure point


  • Guided walking tour of the villages
  • 1-hour boat ride on the Dordogne River
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board


  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions unless mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

The Highlights of the Dordogne in One Short Tour

Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide, or a fortified medieval town, adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (“The Most Beautiful Villages of France”). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years’ War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river.

Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenelated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city on this half-day tour!

Good to Know

  • Maximum 8 persons per tour
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case of high water or fog, the boat ride will be replaced by the visit of a Castle
  • Good walking shoes recommended, cobblestone streets
  • Tour is operated in English
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Children aged 4-12 years: half price
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euro
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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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