Village Life in Dordogne

September 18–26, 2014

Sojourn in the heart of the delightful Dordogne River Valley—an enchanting world of grand châteaux, lush green scenery, and golden-stone villages—while residing in the heart of the charming and intact medieval village of Sarlat-la-Canéda. Marvel at the painstakingly replicated prehistoric cave art of Lascaux II; walk in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart at Beynac Castle; stroll the historic lanes and along the ramparts of 12th-century castles and fortified bastides in Rocamadour; and indulge in the Périgord Noir's gastronomic bounty at Sarlat's marvelous outdoor market, a venerated local tradition since the Middle Ages.

Study Leader Information

Study Leader - Christine Desdemaines-Hugon. Anyone coming to the Dordogne is bound to fall in love with the place as I did 40 years ago—not only for its wealth of cultural sites, but for its lifestyle, its food and wines, and its breathtaking landscapes of forests, lush valleys, and winding rivers. As an archaeologist specializing in Paleolithic art, I plan to take you on a journey back in time, back to the earliest tools that date to two and a half million years ago, and to the oldest known forms of artistic expression.I look forward to sharing my understanding of the region with you: the local traditions; my studies in France; the experience of restoring a farmhouse;the markets; and the culinary habits that include foie gras, walnuts, strawberries, and the excitement of mushroom hunting.

Tour Itinerary

For a detailed listing of daily activities and itinerary during our trip, please click here for the tour brochure.


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