Easy walks through the beautiful rolling hills of the Périgord countryside
Discover the beautiful golden stone villages of Montferrand, Monpazier and Molieres
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 4 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 banks of the meandering Dordogne River up to the higher wooded plateau of the Périgord. 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 €880 per person sharing*
*A high season supplement of €700 pp. will apply during the months of July and August
||This tour includes 6 overnight stays, at 2 charming hotels and 1 B&B. One offers excellent views of the Dordogne, another is a renovated police station in the country and the third is an impressive manour house situated in the centre of Monpazier. 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 Badefols-sur-Dordogne
On arrival you’ll be warmly welcomed at your small and charming hotel, right on the banks of the Dordogne. After checking in, you may wish to relax in the hotel’s garden and enjoy the sunset over the river.
Dinner is included this evening; you will be spoilt for choice with many courses made from the very best of local produce.
Day 2: Circular walk from Badefols-sur-Dordogne
Distance: 16 km
A lovely circular walk, starting right from the hotel’s front door. Start along the high and wooded south bank, toward the village of Calès. Then follow the varied terrain of the so-called ‘Boucle de Calès’, along the ‘haute’ and ‘basse rives’ of the Dordogne. Enjoy lovely vistas over the river, with its steep banks. You can enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch right on the waterfront.
Back at the hotel, there’ll be time to relax in the garden or play some tennis before another gorgeous dinner. As an aperitif, enjoy a glass of crisp, local Monbazillac wine.
Overnight: Badefols-sur Dordogne
Day 3: From Badefols-sur-Dordogne to Cadouin
Distance: 13 km
Today you will enjoy a relaxing walk from Badefols-sur-Dordogne 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. 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).
Halfway through the route, you come to the pretty ‘bastide’ village of Molieres; an ideal place for a lunch stop. You then continue through the vast ‘Forêt de Bessadois’ before you reach the Bed & Breakfast in Cadouin.
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.