Experience the heart of Dordogne, a hidden treasure where all of France’s provincial delights have been distilled into one of Europe’s most beautiful and intact medieval villages, Sarlat-la-Canéda. Our carefully designed itinerary and expert-guided excursions explore five impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the dramatic cliffside monastic village of Rocamadour, the important archaeological sites of L’Abri du Cap-Blanc, Rouffignac Cave and Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac, and the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine. Visit the incredible Lascaux II to appreciate one of humankind’s earliest art creations in the form of cave paintings. Exclusively arranged, enriching presentations and the VILLAGE FORUM® provide personal perspectives on daily life in the villages of Dordogne.
Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, has worked with the scientific community, lectured on prehistoric art, and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dordogne region of France with visitors for the past 25 years. Her first visits to the caves of the Dordogne sparked an insatiable passion for the subject of Paleolithic art and she returned to the University of Bordeaux to continue her studies, resulting in a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Anthropology. Recently, Christine completed a book abut the five major case sites in the Dordogne and the evolution of Paleolithic cultures.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda
5 L’Abri du Cap Blanc/Les Eyzies-de-Tayac/
6 Lascaux IV/St-Amand-de-Coly
7 La Madeleine Troglodyte Village/Rouffignac
9 Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/Return to the U.S.