Half day Tour of The Villages of the Dordogne

Cultural & Theme Tours in The Dordogne, Limousin & the Lot

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from$63.52
4.3 out of 5

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Take part in a small group scheduled tour to discover some of the most beautiful villages that the Dordogne region has to offer. This tour will take you to Domme, Beynac and La Roque Gageac where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the River Dordogne.
Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (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 from 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 crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.

What’s included

  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks other than stated
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Small-group tour
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