Headwater - Sarlat Self-Guided Activities

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Trip code: 
M07DO
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Min age:
8

This 7-night single-centre holiday is based in Sarlat, which has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France.

Sarlat (or Sarlat-la-Caneda) has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France and its richly ornamented stone buildings are protected by law. You'll feel like a time traveller as you wander the narrow streets peeping through archways into ancient courtyards as the centre of the old town has impeccably restored buildings and is mostly car-free. Places to visit include the large Benedictine Abbey, the cathedral and the hubbub of Sarlat's famous traditional local market (on Saturdays). 

Highlights

  • Stay just outside mediaeval Sarlat in a peaceful *** hotel with 1.3ha of parkland
  • Amazing Dordogne landscape, fairytale chateaux, troglodyte caves
  • Traditional local market (Saturdays)
  • Gentle walking and some quite strenuous cycling on well-marked tranquil riverside paths and greenways
  • Visit famous local attractions including Beynac Castle, Rocamadour, Les Eyzies and the Lascaux Cave

Key information

  • 7 Nights, single centre
  • Departs Every Saturday from 12 May '18 to 22 Sep '18
  • Headwater wine service 
  • GPS route navigation provided 
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Hire car included

What's included

  • All breakfasts and evening meals 
  • All Accommodation
  • Headwater wine service 
  • GPS route navigation 
  • High quality bikes
  • Route notes and maps
  • Hire car

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/6.0miles
Day 327.0km/17.0miles
Day 49.0km/6.0miles
Day 535.0km/22.0miles
Day 68.0km/5.0miles
Day 714.0km/9.0miles

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Itinerary

Sarlat
to
Sarlat
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Sarlat

    Arrive at the charming 3* Hotel Meysset. Enjoy a 7-night stay at this relaxing property with its heated swimming pool, sun terrace, 1.3 hectares of parkland, bar and restaurant. Explore the nearby mediaeval town of Sarlat, which has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France, restored to its former glory in the 60s by the enthusiasm of writer, resistance fighter and politician Andre Malraux.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Les Eyzis and the 'Gorge D'enfer' Walk

    Les Eyzies is known as France's capital of Prehistory for good reason. This lovely gentle stroll enables you to combine a walk with exploring the village and visiting any number of the dozen or so prehistoric and troglodyte settlements and museums in the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Eyrignac Loop Cycle

    Head out to the east of Sarlat towards Sainte Nathalene before continuing up to the delightful manor house and French gardens at Eyrignac, which boast as some of the best in France.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Lascaux and Montignac Walk

    A great day out and an itinerary combining a visit to world-famous Lascaux (allow a couple of hours) with a walk into the hills above Montignac for a good view over the Vezere Valley and the village. You pass the pre-historic site and museum of Regourdou along the way.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Greenway Loop to Carsac-Aillac and Carlux Cycle

    Head down from Sarlat to Carsac-Aillac and the Dordogne River beyond. Cycle along the Greenway (Voie Verte) to Rouffillac and continue on to Carlux. Pedal down through orchards, agricultural land and local hamlets to the valley floor and Sainte Nathalene, then back to Sarlat.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Beynac Loop Walk

    Rather than simply driving straight to the Chateau de Beynac, this easy walk follows back lanes and trails on a short loop through the countryside to the north of the village. It offers some great and varied views and then takes you right to the front door of the chateau on a 'secret' path.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rocamadour, The Alzou & Ouysse Valleys Walk

    Set off from the chateau via the iconic viewpoint over Rocamadour and descend along the main street to the Moulin de Roquefraiche. Stroll along the Alzou Valley to the impressive resurgence of the River Ouysse at the Gouffre de Cabouy, a very picturesque riverside picnic spot.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Sarlat

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and evening meals included.

The Dordogne has a rich cuisine based on produits du terroir (locally grown produce). Typical first courses include tourain, an onion and garlic soup cooked in a broth with duck or goose fat, and ladled over slices of country bread and cheese. Pâté, often duck or goose, is equally popular, as is foie gras - ideally washed down with a glass of Sauternes or Monbazillac. Main course specialities also include duck and goose, often served in light cream sauces and, in the autumn, fresh cèpes. Duck or goose fat is also used for the accompanying pommes de terre sarladaises - slices of potato sautéed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms - delicious! Traditional desserts include tarte aux noix (walnut tart), gâteau aux noix, and flognarde, a type of flan with fruit and liqueur. A local cheese worth tasting is Bleu des Causses, similar to Roquefort, as well as Rocamadour goat’s cheese.

Some of the finest wines of France come from the south-west. Bordeaux is the largest wine region in the world, producing over 500 million litres a year. There are over 40 different appellations, including some of the most prestigious in France - Sauternes, Saint Emilion and Pauillac. Monbazillac is a renowned sweet dessert wine, while many of the lesser known regional wines are much cheaper but well worth trying. Bergerac reds and whites are also highly recommended; there is a delicious rosé too. Pécharment red is another one to try. See the section on Wine Service in our ‘All you need to know Guide’.

Weather

Summers in the Dordogne are warm-hot with temperatures reaching 25-35 degrees Celcius. There may be occasional storms and showers, these are usually short but you should be prepared. Colder spells can also arrive and last a day or two. Temperatures in the early morning can still be quite mild, so it is a good idea to have an additional layer.

In spring and autumn the weather in the Dordogne is similar but milder, with temperatures around 22-28 degrees Celcius and with a greater chance of rain - especially in late spring.

Is this trip for you?

We provide optional suggestions for every day of your stay, with a good mix of walking and cycling. There's everything from a self-guided exploration of Sarlat's mediaeval heart to rewarding day walks. It's a short drive to the start of each walk, all of which have routes along a mix of footpaths, tracks and small country lanes, and range anywhere from 2km to 20km, depending on what you fancy. Perhaps start by admiring the cave paintings at Abri du Cap Blanc, following paths around to the Chateau de Commarque, or from Beynac, walk to the Jardins de Marqueyssac and along the river. 

There is a choice of bike rides starting just north of Sarlat. You could pick up the riverside greenway and pass through several pretty villages before turning into the hills, or pedal to some beautiful chateaux. If you cycle to Sarlat train station and get off at the next stop in St Cyprien, there is a route to Beynac, visiting two chateaux along the way. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotel Meysset is located in a 1.3 hectare park just 1.2 miles from the centre of Sarlat and features a garden, library, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace. The rooms offer en suite bathroom with bath or shower and flat-screen TV. The hotel's restaurant serves regional specialities every evening. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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