Villages of the Dordogne Half-Day Trip From Sarlat (shared)

Highlights

  • Explore Beynac, officially rated as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

  • Discover the village of Domme an English Bastide with a stunning view point

  • Enjoy boarding a Gabarre for a relaxing ride down the spectacular Dordogne River.

  • Family friendly tour with a local English speaking guide.

Summary

Grab your camera and make a beeline for some of the Dordogne’s most photogenic landscapes on this 4-hour small-group tour from Sarlat. Learn about the region’s rich history as you visit the medieval town of Domme and explore the 12th-century castle of Beynac. Finally, drift down the Dordogne river onboard a traditional wooden Gabarre and admire the majestic châteaux that loom over the riverside.

Tour info

Duration
4 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (13-64 years)
€55.00
Child: (4-12 years)
€32.50
Senior: (65-120 years)
€60.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Place Pasteur, Sarlat, Perigord Noir, 24200, FR

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

8.50 am or 1.50pm - Meeting point at Place Pasteur Bus stop pick up zone.

9.00am or 2.00pm - Depart from Sarlat
- Visit Domme
- Visit Beynac
- Boat trip on the Dordogne River
1.00pm or 6.00pm - Arrive in Sarlat

Visit the village of Domme
Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide, or a fortified medieval town, adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. 

Enjoy a peaceful Boat Ride on the Dordogne
Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that loom over the riverside. The Gabarres are traditional flat-bottomed boats that have been used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages. A trip on one of the Gabarres offers a relaxing way to enjoy the sight of some of the many Dordogne chateaux and villages from the perspective of the river. Various sights and wildlife are pointed out to you as you meander slowly down the river as well as the history of the Gabarres. 

Visit the village of Beynac
Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defenses were built up on the plateau: double crenelated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city on this half-day tour!

What’s included?

  • Small Group tour of maximum 8 passengers.

  • Guided walking tour of the villages.

  • 1-hour boat ride on the Dordogne River.

  • English-speaking driver guide.

  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan.

  • Bottled water in the minivan.

  • Free WiFi access on board.

  • Personal insurance & expenses

  • Meals and drinks.

  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions unless mentioned in the program.

  • Gratuities for the driver/guide.

  • No Hotel Pick up.

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Minimum number of 2 participants (adults) to operate.

  • Tour is operated in English.

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Children aged 4-12 years: half price.

  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour.

  • Prices are per person.

  • Currency is in Euro.

  • This tour is not available in August.

Before you go

  • Please be ready 15 minutes before departure time

  • In case of high water or fog, the boat ride will be replaced by the visit of a castle.

  • Good walking shoes recommended, cobblestone streets.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.

Redemption information

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time at the bus stop Place Pasteur, Sarlat.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

Our multilingual office staff is made up of France Travel Experts that design unique itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their perfect knowledge of the destination allows them to suggest carefully crafted programs to professionals of the Travel Trade all over the world. 

Our in house team of licensed, multilingual Tour Guides are local Experts that can conduct any type of tours including (but not limited to) Cultural & Historical, Food & Wine, Luxury, Battlefields, Active, Family friendly, Faith-based etc...