Don't Miss: Gabarre Cruises

One of the best ways to explore the gorgeous scenery of the Dordogne River is aboard a gabarre, a flat-bottomed, wooden boat used to transport freight up and down the rivers of the Périgord and Lot Valley. Gabarres were a common sight in this part of France until the early 20th century, when they were eclipsed by the rise of the railway and the automobile.

From April to October, traditional gabarres cruise from several points along the river, including Bergerac, Brantôme, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and the quay at La Roque Gageac.

La Roque Gageac’s operators include Gabarres Caminade and Gabarres Norbert. Standard trips last about an hour and cost around €10/8 per adult/child; advance reservations are recommended. Gabarres de Beynac does slightly shorter, cheaper trips departing from Beynac-et-Cazenac, and kids cruise free in the mornings.