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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.

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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 travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Dordogne

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

    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.

    • Hôtel-Restaurant la Couleuvrine, Sarlat-la-Canèda

      Hôtel La Couleuvrine

      Medium

      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

      La Villa Romaine

      First Class

      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.

    • Plaza Madeleine, Sarlat-la-Canéda

      Plaza Madeleine

      First Class

      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.

    • Le Vieux Logis

      Le Vieux Logis

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Domaine du Château de Monrecour

      Château de Monrecour

      Medium

      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.

    • Prehistory tour with Lascaux IV and Rouffignac caves
      Lascaux IV prehistoric cave, Dordogne, France © Dan Courtice

      Prehistory tour with Lascaux IV and Rouffignac caves

      Prehistory tour with Lascaux IV and Rouffignac caves

      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.

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    • Dordogne troglodyte villages and chateaux
      Château Castelnaud, Dordogne, France

      Dordogne troglodyte villages and chateaux

      Dordogne troglodyte villages and chateaux

      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.

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