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 22, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022


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.


  • 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.



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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

    Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/ Return to the U.S.

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