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Village Life of the Dordogne

September 23, 2021 - October 1, 2021


Special guests or host TBD

Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for a week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages. Stay in the family-owned PLAZA MADELEINE HÔTEL, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and CULTURAL ENRICHMENTS —the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all UNESCO World Heritage sites; the perfectly reproduced cave art at Lascaux, the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”; a private performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive VILLAGE LIFE® FORUM with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne.

Complement your exploration of France’s rich culture with the Bordeaux Pre-Program Option, featuring the famous wine region of St-Émilion, and the Albi and Toulouse Post-Program Option, visiting the storybook medieval towns of southern France.

Call (615) 322-3673 or contact us to learn more and register.

  • Seven nights in the family-owned Hôtel Plaza Madeleine.
  • Private Welcome Reception in the hotel.
  • Breakfast each morning, one lunch and two dinners in the hotel.
  • Two dinners, each in a specially selected traditional bistro featuring French country table d’hôte menus and regional specialties.
  • Complimentary regional wine served with each included dinner.
  • Architectural walking tour of Sarlat.
  • Visit to Souillac’s Abbaye Sainte Marie to admire the magnificent Romanesque sculptures.
  • Visit to the lush, impeccably maintained 19th‑century Jardins d’Eyrignac.
  • Visit to medieval village and fortified church of Saint‑Amand-de-Coly.
  • our of the medieval Château de Beynac.
  • Walking tour of Domme, with spectacular views of the Dordogne River Valley.
  • Tour of the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies‑de‑Tayac‑Sireuil.
  • Specially arranged Village Life® Forum.
  • A lecture on architectural preservation in Sarlat by a local historian.
  • Private, specially arranged gabare cruise along the Dordogne River, with lunch in the village of Beynac‑et‑Cazenac.
  • Local wine and cheese tasting at a Sarlat épicerie gourmet.
  • Private 19th-century Périgord cultural folk performance.
  • French language introduction.
  • Full-day excursion to 13th‑century Rocamadour.
  • Visit to the impressive Rouffignac Cave.
  • Excursion to see the cave friezes of L’Abri du Cap‑Blanc.
  • Viewing of the reproduction of prehistoric cave art in Lascaux IV; the original Lascaux cave is closed for preservation purposes.
  • Visit to the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water provided on motorcoaches during excursions.
  • Hospitality desk in the hotel.
  • Experienced Program Director at your service.
  • Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.