A tour of the Dordogne is perfect for those looking to experience French history and cuisine. It is home to ancient castles and historical villages and towns. It is home to the world famous Grotte de Lascaux prehistoric cave paintings in the Vézère Valley.
Discover Rocamadour and the Dordogne by Motorhome
Your tour will start in Brive-la-Gaillarde, a town known for its large food market. The Labenche Art and History museum are here. It is also home to Mortlake and Aubusson tapestries. From Brive-la-Gaillarde, you will travel to Perigueux, a town influenced by roman culture. Here you will find the remains of a roman amphitheatre. Its centre has turned into a park and the remains of a temple to a Gallic goddess. The Dommus of Vesunn has turned into a luxurious roman villa. It has a cathedral built in the 4th century.
The next stop on your trip is the area of Bergerac, a commune which sits on the Dordogne River. There are three museums, including the town museum, a statue museum and a tobacco museum. There is also a wine house by the river which features a small exhibition on the history of wine growing. This is a strong industry in the region due to fertile soil and close to the river. After Bergerac, you will visit Sarlat-la-Caneda, a beautiful medieval town. You can take a guided tour around the old town. Take the elevator up to the bell tower for unparalleled views of the town.
The Dordogne is a picturesque area and has some of the most attractive towns and villages France. The riverside setting, ancient village streets and castle make Beynac a highlight. The ancient stone houses along the river at La Roque-Gageac make it scenic. Domme is a village with some of the best views in the Dordogne. Domme also has caves in the village centre which you can explore. You will visit the ‘ghost town’ of Oradour-sur-Glane a town destroyed by the Nazis in 1944. They executed over 600 locals and set fire to the town. The town remains untouched as a silent memorial to those that died. Here you can stroll the eerie empty streets, see the old burnt out cars and visit the Memorial Centre Museum.
Rocamadour is an important pilgrimage area and has been for 1000 years. Built at the site of a shrine to a Black Madonna, the shrine became famous for its healing powers. It soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the pilgrim route of the ‘Way of Saint James’.
Brive-la-Gaillard | Perigueux | Bergerac | Sarlat-la-Caneda | Souillac | Rocamadour | Gourdon | Cahores
You will begin your tour to Europe via the Eurotunnel or ferry and head to Brive-la-Gaillard. From here you will head to Perigueux. After Perigueux you will towards Bergac and Sarlat-la-Caneda. Your tour will then take you to Rocamadour via Souillac. Your tour will end with Gourdon and Cahores before heading back to the UK.
The Ghost Town of Oradou-sur-Glane | Padirac Caves | Autoire – A small village in a narrow valley | Loubressac | Chateau of Belcastel and La Treyne | Sarlat-la-Caneda – a medieval town | La Roque Gageac | Medieval Chateau de Beynac | Domme – 13th Century Village | Pont Valentre and Narrow Alleyways of Cahores | Rocamadour | Martel | Kayaking along the Dordogne | Perigord Cuisine
10 Nights Accommodation on Pre Booked Campsites (including electrical hook up) – Based on 2 adults only.
Our travel pack includes full itinerary, map, campsite directions, routes, GPS coordinates, suggested sightseeing and tourist activities en route, tips and advice on motorhoming on the continent.
Dogs can be catered for upon request.
Low Season: November to March
Mid Season: April, May, September and October
High Season: June, July and August
What’s Not Included
We have Tour Operator agreements with Eurotunnel, Brittany Ferries, P&O Ferries and DFDS. We can provide a Eurotunnel or ferry booking service to suit your tour.