The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of France, rich in history and scattered with castles and picturesque villages. A plethora of magnificent landscapes awaits you: massive cliffs topped by golden chateaux, meandering rivers lined with honey-coloured Medieval villages, lush vegetation and dark oak forests. The climate is excellent in September and the quality of the food and wine available is renowned throughout France. Our base in Le Bugue is perfect for exploration of the Dordogne and Vézère valleys.
Day 1 After an early taxi pick-up, we make our way to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. On arrival in France, we head south to our overnight hotel near Chartres.
Day 2 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we continue our drive, and soon cross into the beautiful Dordogne Department. We reach Le Bugue in the late afternoon, and begin our ﬁve-night stay with a welcome drink.
Day 3 A day to relax and unwind in Le Bugue, sunbathe on the terrace of the hotel or swim in the rooftop pool. You could also explore the charming village with its winding streets and traditional architecture.
Day 4 Today we travel along the beautifully scenic Dordogne Valley to Bergerac, where the old town slopes down to the river. The whole region is famous for its viticulture, and this afternoon we visit the village of Monbazillac and enjoy a tasting of its famous dessert wine, before returning to our hotel.
Day 5 Day 5:A full day excursion visiting the beautiful old Roman city of Périgueux, capital of the region. This beautiful town oﬀers wonderful architecture, a wealth of historic sites, pavement cafés and great restaurants. We have included a guided walking tour taking in the ancient Gallo-Roman district of Vesunna and the Renaissance quarter built of dazzling white limestone and surrounding St Front Cathedral. The afternoon is free in Périgueux. Take time to enjoy one of its parks or gardens, or stroll along the banks of the river L’Isle (there are 15kms of towpaths!). We return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day 6 A full day excursion, ﬁrst to Sarlat-laCanéda, with its narrow streets, Renaissance-style Bishop’s Palace and elegant old burghers’ houses of honey coloured sandstone. We then proceed to Rocamadour, a town built on narrow ledges above an almost sheer cliﬀ, its main street between two Medieval gateways. We return via the picture postcard villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac, with views of one of the ﬁnest chateaux of the Perigord region.
Day 7 Departing Le Bugue after breakfast, we travel north with suitable refreshment stops, reaching our overnight hotel close to Chartres late afternoon.
Day 8 We make our way to Calais, take the late afternoon crossing to Dover, and return to our local area.
A charming three-star hotel which overlooks the River Vézère in the centre of the village of Le Bugue. Rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, minibar and hairdryer. The hotel has a riverside terrace, a rooftop outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace with wonderful views of the countryside. The hotel has a lift. A glass of wine with dinner each evening is included.