Visit Dordogne, France
The limestone hills, oak forests and fertile riverbanks of the Dordogne are littered with elaborate chateaux, handsome clifftop towns and sturdy fortifications, indications of the region’s rich and complex history. In fact, these valleys have been inhabited since Palaeolithic times and the cave paintings at Lascaux are among the world’s most celebrated. Along with the region’s scenic countryside, reputation for fine French gastronomy and relaxed pace of life, it makes the Dordogne worthy of your time. Our specialists have explored the main sights and the lesser-known ones, and they’ll carefully plan your trip to the Dordogne as an individual tailor-made experience to match your preferences.
Whether you’re on the trail of fine wines and local produce, interested in the prehistoric art of Rouffignac and Pech-Merle, intrigued by troglodyte villages or Renaissance-era chateaux, our specialists can help you plan your trip, using their first-hand knowledge to guide you on the best places to see in the Dordogne. Make a base in the handsome medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, canoe down the river, pore over market stalls brimming with local goat’s cheese, walnuts and prunes, or have a guided wine tasting at a local vineyard. The Dordogne is a microcosm of almost everything France has to offer.
Places to visit in Dordogne
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Dordogne, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Dordogne itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dordogne, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Dordogne
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Dordogne
- Beynac-et-Cazenac Dordogne
- Castelnaud-la-Chapelle Dordogne
- La Roque-Gageac Dordogne
- Sarlat-la-Canéda Dordogne
- Saint-Émilion 167 kilometers away
- Bordeaux 201 kilometers away
- Uzès 231 kilometers away
- Lyon 238 kilometers away
- Pont-du-Gard 243 kilometers away
- Orange 251 kilometers away
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region 257 kilometers away
- Château de Chenonceau 258 kilometers away
- Avignon 261 kilometers away
- Chinon 266 kilometers away
- Arles 267 kilometers away
- Château d'Azay-le-Rideau 267 kilometers away
- Amboise 269 kilometers away
- Château de Cheverny 271 kilometers away
- Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire 272 kilometers away
- Les-Baux-de-Provence 272 kilometers away
- Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 272 kilometers away
- Château de Villandry 274 kilometers away
- Rhône-Alpes 276 kilometers away
- L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 280 kilometers away
- Château de Chambord 283 kilometers away
- The Loire Valley 283 kilometers away
- Gordes 291 kilometers away
- Ménerbes 296 kilometers away
- Roussillon 298 kilometers away
- Aix-en-Provence 329 kilometers away
- Annecy 339 kilometers away
- Talloires 344 kilometers away
- Provence 360 kilometers away
- Chamonix 394 kilometers away
- Paris 421 kilometers away
- Saint-Tropez 427 kilometers away
- The French Riviera 428 kilometers away
- Grasse 428 kilometers away
- Saint-Paul-de-Vence 441 kilometers away
- Normandy 443 kilometers away
- Antibes 446 kilometers away
- Nice 450 kilometers away
- Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 456 kilometers away
- Èze 457 kilometers away
- Monaco and Monte Carlo 462 kilometers away
- Mont Saint-Michel 474 kilometers away
Photos of Dordogne
Accommodation choices for Dordogne
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dordogne. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Refined, modern amenities, a heated pool, a spa and Jacuzzi make the Plaza Madeleine Hôtel & Spa an appealing base in medieval Sarlat. Conveniently located on the edge of the old town, it’s just a short walk from the city’s many attractions.
Hôtel La Couleuvrine offers comfortable rooms within a historic setting. Just steps away from the medieval heart of the old town, guests can discover Sarlat on foot and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and monuments nearby.
La Villa Romaine is a secluded Tuscan-style property in the heart of the Dordogne. Elegant yet relaxed, it’s both a destination in itself and an ideal base for exploring this historic region.
This Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the Dordogne countryside is a quiet, rural retreat set in a grand, vine-covered mansion. It has a Michelin-starred restaurant and highly attentive service.
A family-run hotel, Château de Monrecour offers period grandeur as well as modern facilities. Located just ten minutes’ drive from Château de Beynac, it offers easy access to many of the Dordogne’s main historical sites.
Ideas for experiencing Dordogne
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dordogne, and which use the best local guides.
Explore the history of the Dordogne on this full-day tour which takes in the fortified town of Domme, Château de Castelnaud and Château de Beynac, as well as the troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac and a leisurely cruise to see the region from a different perspective.
Discover the prehistoric cave art of the Vézère Valley in the Dordogne on a full-day tour that takes in Lascaux, Rouffignac and the National Museum of Prehistory with a private guide to bring the region’s history and significance to life.