Explore the river valleys, medieval villages, ancient woodland and fairytale chateaux of the Dordogne region of France. It’s set apart by its dramatic scenery and exquisite cuisine, and quiet lanes and meandering pathways make for perfect cycling or walking holidays. Whether pedalling along the riverbanks or walking along glorious golden-pink limestone cliffs, passing walnut groves and truffle woods as you go, there’s no better way to explore on Dordogne holidays.
We also offer safe, undemanding canoeing along the Dordogne River. You’ll learn about the rich history of the area as you go – the river formed the frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War. Along its banks there are more than a thousand castles steeped in legend and history, witness to centuries of conquests and conflict. Follow the twists and turns of the valley, and climb through fields and shaded woodland to hilltop towns and fortified strongholds with impressive views.
Dordogne Adventure Holidays
9 Daysfrom$ 3,079
Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)
Safe, undemanding canoeing holiday on the most celebrated river in France
We booked this trip to have some cycling time with our son who is a novice cyclist but fit. My husband and I are strong cyclists and have done trips with Exodus that are rated as a ‘4’ and ‘3’; no difficulties with cycling experienced on those trips. However, this Dordogne trip starts off the first cycling day with grades of 5% to 10% and as high as 16%. The second day of cycling has two optional rides with the same thing and even as high as 20% showing on our Garmin. Our son was not here to train for the Tour de France … the goal was to have some relaxing cycling … this is NOT relaxing cycling. I confirmed with an Exodus agent that a trip rated as a ‘2’ should be relatively flat terrain. When you are continuously experiencing elevation grades greater than 6%, it’s a seriously challenging ride. We ride in the Canadian Rockies … some great but tough rides there … this Dordogne trip is as tough as our mountain rides in Canada but not as many kilometres. The difficulty rating of this ride has been totally misrepresented by Exodus. Had we known, we would have booked an ebike. We were unable to get an ebike because we didn’t realize it was necessary until we had done a couple of days of cycling … now they are unable to get us one … so we’re stuck sitting around doing nothing. BEWARE!!!!