France - Bordeaux to Dordogne
A storybook setting of striking natural beauty
Savory French country cuisine, charming market towns, prehistoric cave paintings and peaceful, rolling terrain set the perfect stage for your Bordeaux to Dordogne adventure.
Pedal past medieval turrets and pepper-pot towers mirrored in the glassy waters of the Dordogne River in Argentat. Marvel at the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour, where medieval homes and churches defy gravity as they cling to rocks 500 feet above the Alzou Valley. Wander the ancient streets and alleys of Sarlat and paddle a stretch of the Dordogne by kayak. Step back in time as you explore the Grotte Font de Gaume, an ancient cave whose limestone walls are decorated in colorful, 15,000-year-old paintings of bison, mammoths and reindeer – animals that roamed the banks of the Dordogne during the last Ice Age.
By night, reward yourself with an appetizer of foie gras
or confit de canard
and a glass of perfectly aged Bordeaux in the region for which it was named.
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10 days/9 nightsNight 1: Hotel de Normandie
The Hotel de Normandie is located in the heart of 18th century Bordeaux, now classified as a World Heritage site. This hotel offers beautiful vistas over the Esplanade des Quinconces to the Port de la Lune.
Night 2: Hotel le Sablier du Temps
Sitting right in the middle of Argentat, in a calm and quiet district, the Hotel le Sablier du Temps is a little piece of paradise. In addition to a spectacular view, the hotel also offers two bars, a living room, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
Night 3: Hotel les Trois Soleils de Montal
Hotel les Trois Soleils de Montal is an elegant hotel and leisure complex situated in its own four-hectare park. The luxury hotel features two gourmet restaurants, bar, panoramic terraces, swimming pool, tennis court, playground with mini-golf and comfortable lounges.
Nights 4 & 5: Hotel Domaine de la Rhue
An elegant, charming hotel in the countryside, Hotel Domaine de la Rhue combines old style atmosphere with modern living. The hotel features a large park with swimming pool, an outside terrace and a cozy breakfast room.
Nights 6 & 7: Hotel le Renoir
A graceful property in a quiet area, Hotel le Renoir offers French hospitality, elegant accommodations, modern facilities, and a large outdoor pool in the courtyard. You can take a stroll through the cobbled streets and discover thousands of years of architecture.
Nights 8 & 9: Hotel le Vieux Logis
Hotel le Vieux Logis is situated on a private estate containing a function farm and former tobacco drying room. Enjoy an elegant French menu in the on site restaurant or take a dip in the stone carved, spring fed pool before retiring to your room.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go…
1. The red wine: Bordeaux is the red wine capital of the world. It’s truly a wine lover's Mecca, boasting over fifty appellations and nearly 10,000 chateaux.
2. The cathedrals: In Bordeaux, there are three stunning cathedrals which have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites—the Saint Andre Cathedral, the Saint Michel Cathedral and the Saint-Seurin Basilica.
3. The caves: Due to the number of rivers and the local geology, the Dordogne has some magnificent cave complexes. Most offer traditional stalagmite/stalactite formations and some are famous for their ancient cave paintings.
4. The truffles: Also known as “black diamonds”, this delicacy is widely used in the traditional cuisine of the Dordogne region which is renowned throughout France.