Walking Tours in Dordogne

Randonnée-en-Dordogne’s self-guided walking tours in Dordogne and the Lot are a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace. You know also that we are always there in the locality to support you. All of our tours are in the south-west of France in the Dordogne and Lot regions. Both areas are captivating – and many of our clients come back here year after year.

Our three tours are mainly off the beaten track, allowing you to explore historic towns, picturesque villages and the unspoilt beauty of the Lot and Dordogne valleys. Having walked the routes many times ourselves, we believe we’ve planned three stunning walking tours for you through varied landscapes which are just perfect for discovering on foot.

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Walking Tours

Randonnée-en-Dordogne’s self-guided walking tours are a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace. You know also that we are always there in the locality to support you. All of our tours are in the south-west of France in the Dordogne and Lot regions. Both areas are captivating – and many of our clients come back here year after year.

Our three tours are mainly off the beaten track, allowing you to explore historic towns, picturesque villages and the unspoilt beauty of the Lot and Dordogne valleys. Having walked the routes many times ourselves, we believe we’ve planned three stunning walking tours for you through varied landscapes which are just perfect for discovering on foot.

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Although all the walking Dordogne / Lot tours are self-guided, Cliff & Annie are always there if you need them because they actually live in the centre of the Dordogne and Lot regions, so you are likely to meet them at some point during your tour. Should plans need to be changed at short notice due to a road closure, for example, they will let you know immediately. We are only a telephone call away – and it will be either Cliff or Annie who answers the telephone, not a temporary employee in some far-off office.

Each of our three walking tours offers a different perspective on this beautiful region. Depending on the tour and its itinerary, you walk for 3 to 6 hours a day over distances varying from a minimum of 12kms up to a maximum of 25kms, across mainly gentle to moderate terrain. Some days may be a little more challenging than others, but you can walk at your own pace while your luggage is transported ahead for you.

The tours have been planned meticulously and we want them to be everything you’ve hoped for… and more. All our tours run from early April to mid-October and you can start a tour on any day of the week. In addition, the accommodation we book is chosen to suit all tastes – from delightful chambres d’hôtes (Bed & Breakfast), to superb deluxe hotels. You decide and we will try to find ideal accommodation to suit you.

The length of your walking Dordogne / Lot tour is variable and you may start a tour whenever you wish – the duration is neither fixed in advance, nor dependent on a whole group starting together. Whichever tour you choose, you are guaranteed both freedom and flexibility.

Sample itineraries for our Walking Tours in France are shown below:

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Dordogne Valley
(Tour duration varies)

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Célé & Lot Valleys
(Tour duration varies)

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Quercy & Périgord
(10 days)

Walking Tour 1: DORDOGNE VALLEY (Tour duration varies)

Our walk along the Dordogne Valley begins in Rocamadour and ends in Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. Revel in the area’s gorgeous countryside… discover its history and culture… enjoy its renowned cuisine!

The duration of this tour can be short, medium or long – the choice is yours.

Day 1: Arrive in Rocamadour. Situated high above the Ouysse Gorge, this stunning village has been built into the cliffs and will forever be in your memory.

Day 2 & 3:Descending from the “Causse de Gramat”, head towards charming Souillac via Lacave. Visit the abbey and soak up the atmosphere over coffee in one of the town’s many cafés.

Day 4 & 5:Walk along the enchanting Dordogne Valley and marvel at the landscapes as you make your way to the village of Carsac. Take a walk into the elegant town of Sarlat and admire its beautiful architecture.

Day 6: Heading out of the river valley, you arrive at the ancient hilltop village of Domme. Its amazing views of the countryside seem to go on forever…

Day 7 & 8: Wander towards St-Cyprien taking in the châteaux at Beynac, Castelnaud and Les Milandes. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairytale.

Day 9& 10: Travelling onwards, walk through silent countryside to Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. This is one of Europe’s most famous prehistoric sites and there are numerous caves for you to visit. Unfortunately, from here, you’re homeward bound!

All prices are per person (please note that single supplements apply)

Standard

1260
  • 8 days (7 nights)

Long

1585
  • 10 days (9 nights)

Walking Tour 2: CÉLÉ & LOT VALLEYS (Tour duration varies)

Let yourself be captivated by the charm and beauty of the wonderful Célé and Lot Valleys. Less well known than the Dordogne Valley, the Célé and Lot will immediately cast their spell over you!

Our walk begins in Figeac and ends in Cahors, or you may prefer a longer tour which continues through the Cahors vineyards and finishes in Puy-l’Évêque.

Day 1: The tour commences in the historic town of Figeac. Straddling the Célé River, Figeac is a beautiful town with an unspoilt medieval centre. Take time to explore before setting out on your walk through the Quercy countryside.

Day 2 & 3:Heading south-west and passing through glorious, seemingly deserted countryside, follow the rugged Célé Valley. More intimate than the Dordogne and the Lot, the route along the Célé is thought to be one of the most scenic river valleys in France.

Day 4: Continue towards the village of Cabrerets, situated on the confluence of the rivers Célé and Lot. Visit the “Grotte du Pech Merle” cave system and marvel at the world-famous cave paintings.

Day 5 & 6: Following the Lot Valley westwards towards the lovely town of Cahors, stop at the delightful village of St-Cirq-Lapopie, which seems to defy gravity as it hangs above the river valley far below.

Day 7 & 8:Having explored Cahors, continue west along the river. The steep rocky cliffs of the valley now change to a landscape dominated by Cahors’ famous vineyards.

Day 9: During the last day of your walk, you’ll pass through several lovely riverside towns and villages. Enjoy the many spectacular views before arriving at your final destination, Puy-l’Évêque, nestled amidst the vines!

(All prices are per person. Please note that single supplements apply)

Standard

1300
  • 8 days (7 nights)

Long

1600
  • 10 days (9 nights)

Walking Tour 3: QUERCY & PÉRIGORD (10 days)

The Quercy & Périgord Tour is the most recent addition to our walking tour catalogue. Experience the delights of three different areas – the Dordogne, Lot and Corrèze – as this leisurely tour takes you on a rich and rewarding walk through authentic France.

Day 1: Your tour begins at Collonges-la-Rouge, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take your time to stroll around this picturesque village and admire its amazing red sandstone buildings.

Day 2 & 3: You start your day in the Corrèze and finish it in the Lot! As you walk through the stunning open countryside, you’ll pass through several delightful villages, including Curemonte and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne.

Day 4 & 5: Walk up the steep ascent to Loubressac, a village with panoramic views perched up high on a hilltop. Continue along the escarpment to Carennac via the “Gouffre de Padirac”, a vast chasm with an underground river which you can be explore by boat.

Day 6 & 7: With fabulous views over the River Dordogne, stroll towards Souillac and its famous abbey, then meander along paths that follow all the twists and turns of the river.

Day 8 & 9: As you head along the valley to Carsac, you’re now in the heart of the Périgord Noir. As you wander around Sarlat, admire the architecture and soak up the atmosphere of the area’s most famous town.

Day 10: Walk through the verdant countryside of the Bouriane towards Gourdon, your final destination. Situated off the beaten track, this lovely hilltop town overlooks glorious wooded countryside.

All prices are per person (please note that single supplements apply)

Standard

1970
  • 10 days (9 nights)

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