Easy walks through the beautiful rolling hills of the Périgord countryside.
Discover the beautiful golden stone villages of Belvès, Montferrand and Monpazier.
Enjoy stunning views from the 12th Century hilltop Château de Biron.
Visit the historic Cistercian Abbey of Cadouin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stay in charming 3 and 4-star hotels, with 3 gourmet dinners included.
Gourmet walking holiday in the Dordogne
With numerous hiking trails in an idyllic rural landscape, the Dordogne region is a walker’s delight. This gastronomical walking trip will take you from the charming medieval village of Belvès up to the higher wooded grounds of the Périgord plateau. You will follow hidden footpaths through the picturesque countryside of South West France.
Walk from village to village, visiting places like historic Montferrand, the Cistern Abbey of Cadouin and impressive Château de Biron. End your trip in Monpazier, a jewel of a ‘bastide’, which is included on the well-known list of ‘the most beautiful villages of France’. Along the way, you will enjoy comfortable stays and delicious dining in three attractive, small family-run hotels which we’ve hand-picked for you on this trip.
|7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS||From €955 per person sharing*
*Discounts available for groups of 3 in a triple room.
||This tour includes 6 overnight stays, at 2 charming hotels and 1 B&B. The first and last hotels have swimming pools. Rooms with en-suite bathroom are guaranteed in all.
NOTE: Prices for 3 pax ON REQUEST
Extra nights can also be booked at any of the hotels along the way.
|AVAILABILITY||From April 1st to October 31st. The Périgord countryside is especially beautiful in spring and autumn.|
Day 1: Arrival in Belvès
On your arrival you’ll be welcomed to a small and charming hotel, right in the center of Belvès. Discover the magic of this village, a medieval gem in the heart of the Dordogne. Wander cobblestone streets, savor local delicacies in vibrant markets, and dine in intimate bistros as the sun sets over rolling hills. Immerse yourself in history with ancient architecture and underground caves.
Overnight: Belvès. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 2: Circular walk from Belvès
Distance: 17.5 km
A lovely circular walk right from the hotel’s front door. The forest occupies the first part of the route before the views gradually open up over the Dordogne valley below. After the ridge-top villages of Saint-Germain-de-Belvès and Cladech, the descent to the valley begins through cultivated fields, offering fine views over the valley. Back at the hotel, there’ll be time to relax or have a drink on one the terraces of Belvès. Why not try a glass of crisp, local Monbazillac wine as an aperitif. In the evening enjoy another tasty dinner in one of the restaurants in the village.
Day 3: From Belvès to Cadouin
Distance: 15 km
Today you will enjoy a relaxing walk from Belvès to the Medieval village of Cadouin, built around an imposing 12th century Cistercian Abbey. First stroll through the truly beautiful deciduous forests full of oaks, chestnuts, and beech trees, where absolute tranquility reigns. You will catch glimpses of centuries-old stone bridges and quaint hamlets, each with its own story to tell. In springtime, wildflowers abound, including several species of orchids. In autumn you’ll find a palette of unlikely yellow, red and golden colours and you’ll have a wide range of wild fruits to choose from (blackberries, raspberries, hazelnuts and chestnuts).
At the end of the day, you arrive at your next accommodation: La Salvetat de Cadouin, a former 12th-century presbytery built on 14 hectares of meadow and woodland in the Forêt de la Bessède.
Day 4: Circular walk from Cadouin
Distance: 13 km
Today has been left free to do as much or as little as you like. You may choose to spend your time relaxing on the terrace or visit the nearby imposing 12th-Century Cistercian Abbey. Alternatively, you can enjoy a 13 kilometre walk through the nearby woodland. Tonight you will choose a place for dinner from among the fine local restaurants in the village..
Day 5: From Montferrand-du-Périgord to Monpazier
Distance: 15 km
This morning you start off with a transfer to the picturesque honey-coloured village of Montferrand-du-Périgord. Today’s route is a beautiful and varied trek along narrow trails through undulating wheat fields, woodlands full of roe deer and wild boar and past monumental farmhouses. Your day ends at the small 13th-Century ‘bastide’ of Monpazier. Built by Edward I, it was also home to Richard II for a time and is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Your accommodation for the next two nights is in a spectacular 19th-Century chateau on the edge of the village. Once again, the dinners served at this hotel will not disappoint.
Day 6: Circular walk from Monpazier
Distance: 13- 18 km
Your last day of walking might be the most beautiful route of the program: a splendid walking tour to the Château Biron and an optional visit to this imposing Medieval castle. You can stop for lunch at the “auberge”. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a true painter’s palette of quintessential Perigord landscapes. Weather permitting, an “aurevior, Périgord” farewell dinner will be served in the hotel garden.
Day 7: Au revoir Monpazier!
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services.