Walking in the Dordogne 

The Dordogne is located in the southwest of France, just east of Bordeaux. It owes its name to the river of the same name that flows through this part of France. An agricultural region, 40% of the territory is forest.  The local wealth is dependent on 3 main factors: wood (for furniture & paper making, and heating), wine (the famous Bergerac and Montbazillac), and tourism.

Enjoy the experience of travelling on foot in the Southwest of France. Admire the fairytale castles dominating the river, meander through the cobbled streets of the medieval villages, take a walk through history exploring troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves. Sample rich and delicious local cuisine. Enjoy walking in the Dordogne

Dordogne walking tours: a hiker’s paradise 

Our tours of the Dordogne in France begin in either the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda or Les Eyzies. The former is the capital of the Périgord Noir region, a pretty and bustling town, known for its yellow stone houses and narrow, cobbled streets and the Saturday morning market. The latter is the prehistoric capital of the Périgord Noir, with caves and museums offering an insight into a way of life of the prehistoric man. From your starting block, the hiking trails follow the curve of the Dordogne River and/or the Vézère River as they weave their way through medieval villages and past majestic castles. The elevation gain is nothing to worry about, no real steep climbs, just gentle green undulating hills. You enjoy the shade of the oak forests and the cool of the undergrowth along the walk. You pass by hamlets and farms and grazing cattle, immersing yourself in the rural French countryside. Walking in the Dordogne is to make your way from one pretty village to the next, the mirror image of the golden stone houses and their lauze roofs reflecting back at you in the glistening water.      

 

Walking in the Dordogne: the highlights. 

The highlights of the Dordogne valley include exploring some of the most beautiful villages in France: Beynac, with its imposing castle that was once under siege by Richard the Lion Heart, La Roque-Gageac, with its typical lauze roof houses and breathtaking views, and Domme, a perched village with an exceptional heritage where you can admire the hanging gardens and wide sweeping view of the Dordogne River which flows at its feet.

Another highlight is admiring the many castles on route, some of which you can visit, all of which are rich in history and heritage and are, quite simply, majestic.

When your walking in the Dordogne trip takes you to the Vézère valley, you are in the prehistoric capital of Europe! How wonderful to be able to walk in the footsteps of Cro Magnon man! Visit the troglodyte villages and see how they lived, delve deep into the grottos and caves of the Dordogne Périgord. Explore the listed villages of Saint Leon sur Vézère and Limeuil that invite you to rest and picnic with baguette, wine and cheese on the banks of the Vézère River

No tours of the Dordogne France would be complete without a trip to the market, an authentic experience and a real highlight! Stroll through the streets of the towns and villages and taste the local specialities: black truffles, mushrooms, Bergerac wine, walnuts and foie gras of course! Hiking Dordogne is a fascinating tour through history, with unspoilt scenery, excellent cuisine, friendly locals, great accommodation, and the Dordogne & Vézère Rivers running through.

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    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 3 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • Les Eyzies village : the prehistoric capital of Dordogne
  • Short & long walking options
  • Exploring medieval and troglodyte villages 
  • Local markets and sampling local delicacies

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    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 4 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • The best walks around Sarlat & Domme 
  • The  famous Dordogne gardens & castles
  • Visit of the Château de Commarque included 
  • The famous market in Sarlat

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    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 6 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • A  fascinating journey through time 
  • Easy walks with more moderate options on days 3 & 4
  • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
  • Exploring medieval and troglodyte villages 
  • Local markets and sampling local delicacies
  • Swimming in the river and optional kayaking 



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 8 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • A  joyful mix of walks, relaxation & heritage 
  • Discovery of gardens, castles, troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves
  • Longer walk options on days 3, 4, 5 & 7
  • A cultural break in the most beautiful villages
  • Visit of the Château de Commarque included 
  • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
  • The famous market in Sarlat
  • Swimming in the rivers and optional kayaking 



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 9 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • A great overview of the beautiful Dordogne
  • Pretty villages and bastide towns
  • Walking along the riverbanks of the Périgord Noir
  • Longer walk options on neraly every day ! 
  • Discovery of gardens, castles, troglodyte villages and prehistoric caves
  • Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital 
  • The famous market in Sarlat
  • Swimming in the rivers and optional kayaking 



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Why travel with us ?

Here are 4 very good reasons read more... for booking walking or cycling holidays in France with Intura :

  • 1. Our very own tours

    We create and operate all of our waking and cycling holidays. Our itineraries are tried and tested by our team of track finders, who walk the paths and cycle the routes to ensure that you see only the very best. Because we create the tours, we can also tweak them and create a tailor-made holiday, just for you. Choose the duration of nights, the level of walking or cycling that you feel comfortable with, the level of accomdation that you would like and let us know if there are any extras such as wine tasting or a cooking class or a restaurant or two that you wish to include, and we will get back to you with a personalised offer and/or recommendations for any ‘must sees’ and local markets not to be missed !

  • 2. Handpicked local suppliers

    We choose our partners based on our core values and it is important to us that we work local. We strive to offer small family-run guest houses on our walking and cycling holidays in France and avoid the chains. We understand the importance of a decent cup of coffee in the morning and the pleasure at finding home-made jams on the breakfast buffet. The accommodation on our trips is all part of the local experience!

  • 3. High end bikes on your cycling holiday

    France is home to the ‘Tour de France’ and thus reigns a strong bike culture with superb trails and paths to explore safely. We offer good quality bikes and have been working with our bike supplier for almost 2 decades now. The fleet is renewed regularly and the bikes are expertly maintained. You can choose to hire a hybrid bike, an electric bike or a road bike. The bikes are delivered to your first accommodation and picked up from your final destination. We include a brief for Ebikes, an explanation on how they work. Enjoy a bike tour through Provence, from 3 to 8 days, taking it easy or setting yourself more of a challenge, either way, you will fall in love with France’s rich and diverse landscape and culture.

  • 4. Reassurance

    Although our walking and cycling holidays in France are self-guided, we do all the groundwork to provide you with excellent, detailed written route notes and up to date GPS files. We book all transfers in advance so you don’t have to and we provide you with a 24/7 emergency telephone number. We are here to answer any questions, put an end to any doubt and assist you in any way we can whilst you are out on the trails.