PREHISTORIC SITES AND DECORATED CAVES OF THE VÈZÈRE VALLEY (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1979)
Situated in Nouvelle Aquitaine, in south-west France, to the east of Bordeaux, at the gateway to Occitanie, the Dordogne offers visitors a host of sensations and emotions. A favourite destination with food-lovers, this is a fascinating area with plenty to see and do at any time of year.
Beautiful buildings such as castles, manor houses and Romanesque churches are dotted around the countryside, providing a magnet for anyone interested in culture and heritage. It’s not by chance that Prehistoric Man chose to settle in the area 17,000 years ago. He left exceptional works of art to Humanity,
such as the cave paintings in Lascaux and the 15 prehistoric sites concentrated in the Vézère valley, which are now listed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Our 10 listed villages, our medieval bastides and our three “Towns of Art and History” make the Dordogne one of the richest départements in France in terms of listed historical monuments. Today, this extraordinary heritage is showcased thanks to new tours and experiences available to the public. A visit to the new Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac Lascaux is the best example of this, with its concentration of technology and modern design combining to take visitors back on a journey to the origins of human history.
The area also offers numerous festivals and events dedicated to music, mime, film and food throughout the year. Nature-lovers and outdoor activity enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in the Dordogne – choose from activities as diverse as canoeing, hiking and cycle touring to golf, climbing and fishing, as well as wakeboarding and pot-holing.
Arrival in the capital of Prehistory, Les Eyzies, and hotel check in. You will be welcomed by your English speaking local guide for a visit of the National Museum of Prehistory. You will now enter in the Human Valley classified at the UNESCO Heritage. Cocktail and welcome dinner at your hotel.
Your day is devoted to the origins of the human species. You will first enjoy a private guided tour of Lascaux 4, the International center of art painting. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famo us decorated cave and you will use new technologies to enrich your tour.
Continue with a prehistoric culinary experience in the Vezere valley. Salmon smoked in clay under the ground, duck cooked on hot stones … The visit of the site includes ten remarkable rock shelters. After the visit, practice hunting with a spear. Enjoy a flint knapping and fire-making demonstration. After the visit, with prehistoric tools and a piece of stone you will learn how to sculpt like a Cro-Magnon.
End your day in the one of the oldest castle in Perigord: the Castle of Commarque. This prehistoric and medieval site is located in the forest between the Dordogne and the Vezere valley.
Experience a gastronomic dinner in a chateau dating from the 17th century.
You will discover many treasures in the rich medieval city of Sarlat with a guided tour.
Continue your day with a cooking class. Within the comfort of its traditional architecture lives a warm, welcoming family that has lived within these walls for the last 7 generations. Serge will share his cooking with you. Learn about the French bread technique. Discover some delicious local pastries like walnut cake. After the cooking class, feast on all the products you’ve made with a huge buffet of local products. Continue to a truffle farm to try your hand at truffle hunting with a dog. Taste the truffle with a glass of wine?
End your day at the medieval castle of Beynac and a enjoy a guided tour of the chateau and view on the Dordogne valley…
Diner at your hotel
Before your departure, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
The Vézère Valley is a site of exceptional interest with 147 prehistorical sites dating from the Palaeolithic Age and 25 painted caves.
The Dordogne is nicknamed “the land ofa thousand and one castles” dating from the Middle Age to the Renaissance and Classic Style. The Dordogne has as well 10 villages baosting the title of the “most beautiful villages in France” and it’s one of the most famous gastronomic place in France!
– The Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport l h 20
– Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport 2 h OO
– Toulouse-Blagnac Airport 2 h 30
By train :
– Bordeaux- Perigueux 1 h 15
– Toulouse – Périgueux 3 h O0
A20 Paris-Limoges; R21 Lirnoges Périgueux
A89 Bordeaux Périgueux
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D’lNDUSTRlE DE LA DORDOGNE
Tel: +33 (0)5 53 35 80 34