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Dordogne walking trip
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7 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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FRSW285
Gastronomic Walking
price from € 805
Dordogne walking trip

Dordogne walking trip

  • Easy walks through the beautiful Perigord countryside
  • A wealth of historical villages along the trail: Montferrand, Monpazier, Molieres
  • Charming 3 and 4-star hotels including nightly gourmand's dinner and 1 Bed&Breakfast 
  • Visit the Cistern Abbey of Cadouin and the Castle of Biron
  • Even more beautiful during spring and autumn
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Route

Start: Badefols-sur-Dordogne              Finish: Monpazier

Day 1: Arrival in Badefols-sur-Dordogne
Day 2: Circular walk from Badefols-sur-Dordogne
Day 3: From Badefols-sur-Dordogne to Cadouin
Day 4: Circular walk from Cadouin
Day 5: From Montferrand-du-Périgord to Monpazier
Day 6: Circular walk from Monpazier
Day 7: Au revoir Monpazier!

Day 1:    Arrival in Badefols-sur-Dordogne

On your arrival you'll be welcomed to a small and charming hotel, right on the banks of the Dordogne. After checking in, you may wish to sit in the hotel's garden and enjoy the sunset over the river . This evening, it will be difficult to choose among all the delicious courses on the excellent menu.

Villages along the way: Badefols-sur-Dordogne

Day 2:    Circular walk from Badefols-sur-Dordogne

A lovely circular walk 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. Lie down in the grass for a picnic right on the waterfront. Back home at the hotel, there'll be time to relax in the garden or play some tennis. And in the evening, before another gorgeous dinner, as an aperitif, a glass of crisp, local Monbazillac wine.

Challenge: 16 km

Villages along the way: Badefols-sur Dordogne, Calès

Day 3:    From Badefols-sur-Dordogne to Cadouin

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 quiet reigns. In springtime, wild flowers 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 'bastide' of Molieres, just in time for a lunch stop. At the end of the day, you walk through the vast 'Forêt de Bessadois' before you reach the Bed & Breakfast in Cadioun; a restored rectory and former police station. 

Challenge: 13 km

Villages along the way: Badefols-sur-Dordogne, Molieres, Le Salvetat

 

Day 4:    Circular walk from Cadouin

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..

Challenge: 13 km

Villages along the way: Cussac

Day 5:    From Montferrand-du-Périgord to Monpazier

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 are unlikely to disappoint. 

 

Challenge: 15 km

Villages along the way: none

Day 6:    Circular walk from Monpazier

Your last day of walking might be the most beautiful route of the program: a splendid walking tour to Château Biron and an optional visit to this imposing Medieval castle. We 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 "au revior, Périgord" farewell dinner will be served in the hotel garden.

Challenge: 12,5 km or 18km

Villages along the way: Biron

Day 7:    Au revoir Monpazier!

After a typical French breakfast your trip comes to an end.

accommodation

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.

Hotel Cote Rivage
Hotel Cote Rivage*** (Badefols-su-Dordogne)

Lovers of antiquity will appreciate the relaxing atmosphere of the Côté Rivage. The seven extremely comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms offer for the most part, a magnificent view over the Dordogne… a spectacle of great beauty.

www.cote-dordogne.com

Hotel Ancienne Gendarmerie-Cadouin
Hotel B&B Ancienne Gendarmerie (Cadouin)

Small and cozy bed and breakfast located in the medieval village of Cadouin (with its abby classified as world heritage by UNESCO).  Spacious and nicely priced rooms as well as other (common) areas in an over 400 years old house

www.ancienne-gendarmerie.fr

Hotel Edward I-Monpazier
Hotel Edward I**** (Monpazier)

Comfortable 19th century petit-chateau hotel. Set in the heart of the Dordogne, Hotel - Restaurant Edward 1er is a beautiful hotel with a stunning view over the surrounding rolling countryside.

www.hoteledward1er.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

The nearest airports to your starting point (Badefols-sur-Dordogne) are Bergerac (EGC) Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS) and Bourdeaux-Merignac (BOD)

Arrival in Badefols-sur-Dordogne 

From Bergerac airport (EGC)

  • Taxi from Bergerac airport to the train station in Bergerac (6km).
  • Then train from Bergerac to Belvès (Travel time aprox. 1hr 40min depending on type of train). Timetables www.ter.sncf.com/aquitaine
  • Taxi transfer from the train station in Belvès to your first accommodation in Badefols-sur-Dordogne (this service is included in your arrangement).

From Toulouse-Blagnac airport (TLS) 

  • From Toulouse airport, you get the “Navette Aéroport” (shuttle) to the train station. Service run by Tisséo, with departures every 20min . For more information, go to: www.toulouse.aeroport.fr 
  • From Toulouse, you get the train to Belvès with connection in Agen. Travel time is 2h30min - 3h30min, depending on the train you take. Check www.ter.sncf.com/midi-pyrenees 
  • Taxi transfer from the train station in Belvès to your first accommodation in Badefols-sur-Dordogne (this service is included in your arrangement).

From Bourdeaux-Merignac airport (BOD)

OR

  • Bordeaux airport to the city centre on bus line Lianes 1, direction Quinconces, and get off at Pole d’Echanges.  Then Tram Line C from Quinconces, direction Terres Nueves, to Bordeaux-St Jean train station. Travel time is approx 1 hour.  Check www.infotbc.com (departure “aéroport”, arrival “gare saint-jean”)
  • From Bordeaux, you get the train to Belvès with connection in Agen or Le Buisson, depending on the line: Monday to Friday, 4 trains a day, the first departure is at 06.05, the last train goes at 16.05 hrs. Travel time is 2.5 - 3hrs, depending on the train you take.  www.ter.sncf.com/aquitaine
  • Taxi transfer from the train station in Belvès to your first accommodation in Badefols-sur-Dordogne (this service is included in your arrangement).

Departure from Monpazier

From Bergerac airport (EGC)

  • Taxi transfer from your last accommodation, in Monpazier, to the train station in Belvès (this service is included in your arrangement).
  • Train from Belvès to Bergerac with connection in Le Buisson. Travel time is about 2hrs, depending on the train you take. www.ter.sncf.com/aquitaine
  • Then taxi from the train station in Bergerac to Bergerac airport (6km)

From Toulouse-Blagnac airport (TLS) 

  • Taxi transfer from your last accommodation, in Monpazier, to the train station in Belvès (this service is included in your arrangement).
  • Train from Belvès to Toulouse-Matabiau, with connection in Agen. Travel time is 2.5 - 3.5 hrs, depending on the train you take. www.ter.sncf.com
  • Shuttle from Toulouse train station to the airport (“Navette Aéroport”).  Service run by Tisséo. Travel time is 20-45min For more information, go to: www.toulouse.aeroport.fr

From Bourdeaux-Merignac airport (BOD)

  • Taxi transfer from your last accommodation, in Monpazier, to the train station in Belvès (this service is included in your arrangement).
  • Train from Belvès to Bordeaux. Departures every hour. www.ter.sncf.com/aquitaine
  • From the train station in Bordeaux, you get the “Navette” (shuttle) to the airport. Travel time is about 30min. For more information, go to: www.navetteaeroport-bordeaux.com/en/ 

OR

  • From the train station, you get a tram and / or bus to the airport. Travel time approx 1hr. www.infotbc.com (departure “gare saint-jean”, arrival  “aéroport de bordeaux”)

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • All overnights
  • All breakfasts
  • 4 four-course dinners (on days 1,2,5 and 6)
  • Luggage transport + transfer to the start of the walk on day 5
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not Included

  • 6 Lunches & 2 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional transfers
  • Tourist tax

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
  • Taxi transfer from the train station in Belvès to your first accommodation in Badefols-sur-Dordogne 
  • Taxi transfer from your last accommodation, in Monpazier, to the train station in Belvès
  • Transfer from and back to airports
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