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Black Perigord & Prehistory trek

Sentiers de France - 8 days

  • Black Perigord & Prehistory trek
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Starting Point
Packing List
FAQ
Trip Dossier
Safety
Sentiers de France
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Overview

> Visit the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac masterpiece
> Spend the evening in an ancient windmill along the banks of the Beune
> Climb up to La Bastide de Domme, a lovely fortified city built on the top of a steep cliff

This limestone plateau, lined at the West by the Vezere Valley and at the South by the Dordogne Valley, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and Holm oaks, which give it a dark color and its name: Black Perigord. History tells us that life has always been pleasant along the banks of these two rivers and in the valleys sheltering magnificent old villages, which have kept their uniqueness throughout time. These two rivers have carved impressive sites in the plateau, which men have exploited by erecting castles and villages on top of rock pinnacles and thus enhancing the natural beauty of the site. You will return to prehistoric times as you visit the troglodyte caverns in the cliffs of the Vezere valley, then advance through the middle ages and progress to present day as you traverse the valley of the Dordogne.

Important: All our walking holidays are available from March to the middle of November.

If you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels, this trek is also available in a "Comfort" package. The price of the Comfort Package per person on double occupancy is EUR 1530,- and EUR 1985,- in a single room. If you are a solo trekker, the price of this Comfort Package trek is of EUR 1995,-.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1 - Arrival at MONTIGNAC, a lovely small town alongside the Vezere River.
The river splits the town in two and on each side of its banks have sprung fountains, washing places, houses and half timbered buildings. On looking up, you will see the castle, former haunt of the Counts of Perigord, perched on its rocky spur and overlooking the town nestling below. Montignac is home to a masterpiece of renown, the Cave of Lascaux, whose facsimile opened in 1983. Don’t miss it! - Lodging and breakfast in a 2- star hotel.

Day 2 - MONTIGNAC –ST AMAND de COLY via the prehistoric Lascaux cave (16 km).
After leaving this small town you will walk to the well-known prehistoric Lascaux cave to visit it. The research carried out during the past decades has placed the iconography of Lascaux at the beginning of the Magdalenian Age, that is, 17,000 years before today. After this journey in Prehistory you’ll continue your walk by the château de la Grande Filolie, crossing some hamlets before reaching the small village of St Amand de Coly, where you will find a lovely fortified Romanesque church. You will return to Montignac by taxi - Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel. 

Day 3 - ST LEON DE VEZERE – LES EYZIES DE TAYAC (21 km).
Transfer by taxi to Saint Leon, which boasts of one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Perigord and two châteaus! You will walk through the Vezere Valley or along the heights of the village of Peyzac le Moustier and La Roque Saint Christophe, an imposing cliff dominating the river whose caves were inhabited as a troglodyte fortress since the earliest traces of man! You will continue your walk through the villages of Moustier and Tursac, with its steepled church, before reaching Les Eyzies de Tayac, where you will pass the evening in an ancient windmill along the banks of the Beune - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel. 

Day 4 - LES EYZIES DE TAYAC.
The morning is open and you may choose to spend it visiting the Musée de la Préhistoire or one of the many prehistoric grottos located in the area. FINSAC – BEYNAC and CAZENAC (15 km). A taxi will drop you off at the beginning of the afternoon near the little hamlet of Finsac. You will cross through the forest of oaks, chestnuts and pines and arrive at the small chapel of Redon-Espic, sitting quietly in the middle of woods. Passing through the village of Cazenac, you will come to the waters of the Dordogne, which you will follow until you reach Beynac. This cliff-side village houses an intimidating square and chateau overlooking the Dordogne. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel. 

Day 5 - BEYNAC - VITRAC (19 km).
Following the “Caminal del Penieraires”, a paved, sloped street lined with beautiful, small old houses, you will reach the château overlooking the valley. You will then walk down to the banks of the Dordogne and follow the river towards Castelnaud and its château, a rival to that of Beynac. You will cross the river to visit La Roque Gageac, a beautiful village built against the cliff, and then again to climb up to La Bastide de Domme, a lovely fortified city built on the top of a steep cliff. After visiting the town and the cavern, you will walk down to the Dordogne banks and the peaceful village of Vitrac - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel. 

Day 6 - VITRAC - SARLAT (17 km).
From Vitrac, you will walk to the village of Montfort and its fortified castle standing in a grandiose setting, highly-coveted for centuries. You will go up to the Cingle de Montfort ( a bend in the Dordogne ), which gives a lovely view onto the Tursac Peninsula and the Montfort Château. You will leave the Dordogne Valley to cross through the countryside to Sarlat, passing the very typical village of Malevergne and the château of Hermier - Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel 

Day 7 - SARLAT LA CANEDA.
We invite you to discover this medieval town, with its narrow streets, restored Gothic and Renaissance town houses, the Saint Sacerdos Cathedral and its famous open-air market (open Saturdays). Here you will find paté, foie gras, pork and poultry preserves, and in autumn, truffles! You will understand why Henri Miller, the well-known American author, said, “This is the Frenchmen’s paradise !” - Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel. 

Day 8 - SARLAT.
Tour ends after breakfast.

What's Included

Included:

√ Luggage transfer
During the trek, we will make sure that your luggage gets from one hotel to the next before you get there. You will leave your bags at the hotel lobby at the beginning of the day and you will find them at your next hotel upon arrival.

√ Sentiers de France's Dossier
Before the trek, you will be given a Dossier prepared by Sentiers de France. This dossier includes a set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail. It also includes a daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.

√ Meals
7 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included during this trek. These will be provided at the hotels. The other meals during the trek are not included. Sentiers de France will give you a list of nearby good restaurants for you to go out and enjoy the traditional Frech cuisine!

√ Accommodation
You will spend your nights in 2-3 star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. A "comfort Package" is also available if you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels.

√ Transfer
Some sections of the trek will be done by taxi as mentioned in the itinerary. These transfers are included in the price of the trek. Additional transfers not mentioned in the itinerary are excluded.

√ Emergency assistance
Sentiers de France will be available for you in case of an emergency. You can always contact them by phone or email and they will be there to solve any inconvenience that you may face during your trek.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from France. You will also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek on your own.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to France.

× Entrance fees
The entrance fees to museums, castles, or any other point of interest along the way are not included in the price of this trek.

× Drinks
The price of the trek includes the meals along the way. The drinks, however, are not included. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

You will spend your nights in 2-3 star hotels along the way. Accommodation is normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities. Sentiers de France will take care of all the arrangements. On the Dossier, you will find all the information regarding your accommodation. Also, your luggage will be taken from one hotel to the next, you only have to worry about enjoying your trek!

You will be staying in the following hotels. Should any of the hotels be fully booked, you will be accommodated in another hotel of the same category.

Day 1 & 2– Montignac
Day 3 – Les Eyzies de Tayac
Day 4 – Baynac
Day 5 – Vitrac
Day 6 – Sarlat

If you prefer to spend your nights in 3-4 star hotels, this trek is also available in a "Comfort" package. The price of the Comfort Package per person on double occupancy is EUR 1530,- and EUR 1985,- in a single room. If you are a solo trekker, the price of this Comfort Package trek is of EUR 1995,-.

Starting Point

Getting there and away

By plane: Bergerac is the nearest international airport. Links from London Stansted, Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds Bradford. Taxi from airport to Montignac-

By train: The Montignac nearest rail station is Brive la Gaillarde. Transfer by taxi from Brive to Montignac. From Sarlat trains to Bordeaux.

By car: Go to Brive-La-Gaillarde along motorway A20. Take the N89 road towards Perigueux. At Lardin, turn left onto D706 road towards Montignac.

Where to park: unsupervised free parkings at Montignac. Return by taxi from Sarlat to Montignac

Packing List

Packing List

We encourage you to travel lightly and don’t have too many bags and clothes. It’s up to you to decide what additional things to bring. Depending on your total trip time in France, you may have bags that you won’t need on the walking tour. We suggest you make arrangements to store bags during the hike if you won’t need them (you can leave them in a locker room in railway stations for example). This short list is for the walking side of the tour and we presume you will bring comfortable casual wear to use during the evenings or on a free day:

– The most essential items of equipment are a good pair of walking boots and a suitable daypack.
– Waterproof jacket and over-trousers (rain gear)
– Thick socks for use inside walking boots
– Comfortable trousers and/or shorts
– Extra sweater
– Sun hat
– Trekking poles or walking sticks

FAQ

FAQ

Best Season
From May to October but be careful this area is very crowded in summer. We recommend you (if you can) to come outside this period. Nevertheless, this area attracts a lot of tourists and you have to reserve earlier to get the best rooms.

Arrival in Europe
We suggest you consider arranging your travel so that you arrive in Europe at least two days before your hike is scheduled to start. By planning to arrive early, you safeguard against potential delays or cancellations of flight and you have extra time to adjust to the new time zone so you’ll feel more relaxed when your hike begins.

Getting to the starting place
We explain in the detailed itinerary and in more detail in the Route Notes how to reach the starting point and the first hotel where you will stay. We shall send you all these details if you take your trip dossier at the reception desk of the first hotel.

Transfer between the airport or the nearest station and the starting and finishing points of the tour are not included in the tour price. We shall be pleased to help you. Feel free to e-mail us if you are facing difficulties.

Lodging and food
One of the best things about these tours! You will discover and enjoy the cuisine of the region you visit. Sentiers de France books and pays for your accommodation, normally in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities.

All breakfasts are included. We also include evening meals as specified in the brochure and dossier only when the restaurant attached to the hotel has a good reputation, otherwise, we invite you to have dinner outside and give you a list of nearby good restaurants. When we include dinners, these are from a menu of 3 or 4 courses (menu du terroir for CL tours and gourmet or degustation menu for LU tours) For each course you can choose between different suggestions. Drinks and coffee are not included.

Lunches or picnic lunches are not included, but many overnight stops are in small towns and villages where picnic material can be bought from local shops before you start your day’s walk; alternatively, a packed lunch can be ordered the evening before from your hotel.

Luggage
Be careful, baggage-handling services are not available in the French hotels. Be prepared to carry you your own bags up narrow staircases, many hotels or inns do not have elevators. We strongly advise you pack adequately but lightly and limit baggage to an amount that you can easily handle.

We arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. We ask you to leave your luggage at the reception desk on setting out each morning.

Sentiers de France passport
You will receive a nontransferable passport delivered by Sentiers de France (it looks like a credit card). It replaces the traditional voucher. You will have to show it at the reception desk of the hotels or to the taxi driver… Take care of it!

Training
It is very important to be in good physical shape when you start the tour. We strongly recommend you to go for a number of walks of the same length of the tour’s stages during the weeks before the departure wearing the boots that you will use during the tour. You will make sure your boots are well broken-in and that they fit properly.

Trip Dossier

Trip dossier

We shall send this dossier to you within 2 weeks before the departure date after receipt of the balance or total payment if you live in Europe. An additional special delivery (UPS, DHL) fee is requested for people living outside Europe who want receive the dossier at home. Otherwise, you will find the dossier at the first hotel and we send you all the details to reach it by e-mail.

This trip dossier includes:
– detailed walk route notes and interesting background information about the area
– detailed local information about places to visit en route, recommendations for places to eat in the evening when dinner is not included
– a comprehensive list of what to take with you
– information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, for different taxis that carry your luggage and that can escort you a day if you are tired or injured
– Labels to tie to your luggage in the tour
– Sentiers de France Passport instead of accommodation vouchers.

Safety

Safety

Our treks in France are absolutely safe. In our dossier you will find a detailed map of the route you have to follow and information and contact details of the different places of accommodation where you will stay, and for different taxis that will carry your luggage, Moreover, a 24-hour helpline is available for you during the whole trek in case of an emergency. We will be there for you every step of the way!

Sentiers de France

Sentiers de France

For more than 20 years, Sentiers de France has helped lovers of walking to explore France’s most beautiful landscapes.

The company was born from the travels enjoyed by Jean-Marc and his wife, Katie. A keen walker, but lacking the time to create his own itineraries, Jean-Marc searched for an agency to provide what he wanted: great walks, restaurant and hotel recommendations, taxi services to transport the bags to avoid being laden down all day and above all maximum freedom and comfort.

He searched in vain. Rather than admit defeat, he decided to create Sentiers de France to explore France, but on his own terms. No guides, or groups, so he could set off when it suited him and above all be completely free during his walk. Hotels, with two or three stars, to offer the best conditions in which to relax after a long day of walking and above all great restaurants in which to recharge energy levels, while savouring the gastronomic riches of each region being explored.

We often forget it, but France, a key tourist destination, offers an incredible variety of landscapes. Each region has its riches, whether gastronomic, œnological, cultural or historical.

All the walks have been created and tested by Jean-Marc, and then later given the seal of approval by our hundreds of walkers who by filling in our customer satisfaction surveys help us to improve and enrich what we offer. Every year, new circuits are born as we discover them and as they are requested. We all want different things, which is why all our routes are à la Carte. Nothing is carved in stone, Jean-Marc wants Sentiers de France to evolve constantly.

We evolve as required. This is how, a little while later, our cycling and scenic car routes were born. There is more than one way to visit France, which is why for many years, we have offered cycling holidays in the Loire Valley. The area’s rich history has left its traces here, with magnificent châteaux created by our kings. And of course, let us not forget Touraine’s many wines, renowned around the world.

So as not to miss anything, we have travelled France’s most beautiful routes through the most beautiful regions. Often, due to a lack of time or information, you can pass by magical places without realising. Our scenic car tours will ensure that you do not miss a thing and you will discover the very best.

Now, Sentiers de France has evolved once more. Eugénie,has joined the Sentiers de France team. Jean-Marc is working on a daily basis to pass on his incredible know-how and his experience of the paths and routes of France.  In this digital era, Sentiers has launched on Facebook and Instagram so that you can always stay up to date with our latest finds. Finally, we have developed our website, to modernise it, so it better reflects our great company and so you can join our great community of walkers, cyclists and drivers as easily as possible.

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the treks in France, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Important: This trek must be booked at least one month before the departure day of the trek. This has to do with the fact that the trekking company needs that time to make the hotel reservations for you and prepare the trekking notes for your trek.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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