Village Life in Dordogne



Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hotel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments—the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 30, 2021 - Oct 8, 2021


Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, Sarlat-la-Canéda
Enjoy the traditional pace of Village Life® during your stay in the family‑owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, located just beyond the ancient walls of Sarlat‑la‑Canéda’s medieval quarter, a short walk from the village center. A grand 19th‑century townhouse, this historic hôtel de charme marries traditional features with French esprit contemporain. Each of the 39 comfortable, air‑conditioned guest rooms have been renovated and upgraded and feature two twin beds or one queen bed with private bathroom, individual climate control, satellite television, phone, Wi‑Fi access, safe, minibar, and hair dryer. The hotel dining room, where continental breakfast is served daily featuring fresh baked breads, pastries and charcuterie, is reserved for the exclusive use of hotel guests. There is a brasserie pub with lounge and private terrace, a petit lounge with computer facilities and Internet access, a heated outdoor swimming pool, solarium, and spa with Jacuzzi and sauna. The dedicated hotel staff is pleased to provide attentive service.


Splendors of Bordeaux Saint-Émilion u Médoc
Pre-Program Option*Long distinguished as the wine capital of the world, France’s verdant Bordeaux region has been growing, fermenting and bottling the grape since the eighth century. Just north of
Bordeaux in the Médoc region, visit a château to enjoy a tasting of distinguished grand cru classé wines. Tucked away in the heart of the rolling countryside and endless vineyards, visit the charming village of Saint‑Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for growing the merlot grape and its medieval Église Monolithe, one of the largest underground churches
in Europe. Spend two nights in the deluxe Hôtel Burdigala, located in the heart of Bordeaux. * The Pre- and Post-Program Options
Albi u Toulouse Cordes-sur-Ciel u Carcassonne
Post-Program Option
The cobblestone towns and villages of southwest France showcase the region’s storybook charm. Experience the classic refinements and medieval allure of Cordes‑sur‑Ciel, Albi, Carcassonne and Toulouse on this four‑night itinerary featuring three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sample Gaillac wines in a lovely château; explore cherished cathedrals and old‑world villages—equal parts storied and spectacular. Admire the largest collection of Henri de Toulouse‑Lautrec’s works and enjoy the bucolic scenery of the French countryside. Accommodations are for two nights each in the Hotel Mercure Albi Bastides and the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra in Toulouse.


  • Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

    Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

    Christine 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.

  • Mary Werner DeNadai

    Mary Werner DeNadai

    Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect and Trustee Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her career spans four decades in the fields of historic preservation and classical architectural design and she has had personal involvement with projects that include the full spectrum of architectural styles, periods and building types. Mary has recently lectured on trips to the Rhine River, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Peru, Eastern Europe, Cuba, the Canary Islands and Morocco. She has been acknowledged and awarded for her achievements by the American Institute of Architects, as well as by other National, State and Local organizations.


Cancellations for all or any part of the program including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s)
Make a new reservation by August 31, 2021, 2021 and pay deposit and the deposit is fully refundable in cash up to 96 days prior to departure. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.



Dordogne map


  • day 1

    Depart the U.S.

  • day 2

    Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Transfer to Sarlat to check into the Plaza Madeleine Hôtel.

  • day 3


    Walking tour of medieval Sarlat.

  • day 4


    Tour of 13th-century Rocamadour. Visit to quaint Souillac.

  • day 5

    Les Eyzies/L’Abri du Cap-Blanc

    Visit to the Jardins d’Eyrignac. Specially arranged tour of the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies and viewing of cave friezes of L’Abri du Cap‑Blanc led by Christine Desdesmaines-Hugon.

  • day 6


    Visit to Saint-Amand-de-Coly. Specially arranged viewing of prehistoric cave art of Lascaux led by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon. u Lecture on the preservation of medieval architecture in Sarlat. Sample local wine and cheese pairings.

  • day 7

    Rouffignac/La Madeleine

    Morning at leisure to enjoy individual pursuits in Sarlat such as their quaint twice‑weekly market. Specially arranged tour of prehistoric Rouffignac cave and excursion to the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine led by Christine Desdemaines‑Hugon. Private evening folk music performance.

  • day 8


    Tour of 12th-century Château de Beynac. Walking tour of historic Domme. Cruise in a typical gabare on the bucolic Dordogne River.

  • day 9


    Return to the U.S.

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