There’s something about Perigord that keeps visitors coming back again and again. A historic province that roughly comprises the Dordogne department, Perigord casts an undeniable spell. Maybe it’s the medieval villages and hilltop castles, straight out of a fairytale, lording over the Dordogne river. Or it could be the rich cuisine adored by the world’s gourmands. (Think foie gras and confit de canard, smothered in a berry sauce, or paired with locally sourced truffles, washed down with fine local wine.) Or the wealth of historic sites, including some of the world’s finest prehistoric cave art. Or the abundant outdoor activities, like canoeing, horse riding, rock climbing, and cycling. Whatever the reason, Perigord is one of the loveliest destinations in France, a place that’s all about savoring the good life.
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SLL Perigord Travel was started by a Frenchman whose family has owned a castle in Perigord since 1764 and his wife, a sixth-generation Texan who moved to France in her 20’s. Their combined love for the region led to their desire to share it with people who, though they may already know Paris, have yet to experience the remarkable beauty and rich history of this exceptional corner of France.
ABOUT OUR GUIDES
Our SLL PERIGORD TRAVEL TOUR DIRECTOR Sebastien was raised in France, both in Paris and in the Perigord region, and spent several years living in St. Petersburg, Florida and New York City. Sebastien worked in luxury travel in Paris and has combined his love of travel with his love of the Perigord region to become our Tour Director par excellence!
Our private PERIGORD GUIDE Marie is passionate about her subject, and it shows! Marie is a licensed, professional guide to the Dordogne region and has ties there going back over 20 years. During your stay in Perigord, she will bring to life the history of the region and show you both the essential and the exceptional sites, all with a smile and a lively sense of humor.
MEET IN PARIS, FRANCE
Check into your 4-star hotel near the Eiffel Tower and gather at 5 PM for a welcome meeting before heading to dinner at a typical Parisian brasserie.
TGV TO BORDEAUX
Travel in First Class on the TGV to Bordeaux. After lunch, take a guided walking tour of the historic section of this beautiful city. Spend the night in 4-star accommodations.
VINEYARDS OF SAINT-EMILION
Travel by private van to the famed wine-producing region of Saint-Emilion. Visit two vineyards, one producer of a Grand Cru Classé and one historic estate with award-winning wines. After a gourmet lunch, tour the beautiful village of Saint-Emilion.
CAVIAR AND PERIGORD
Travel to the heart of our trip, the Perigord region, stopping along the way for a tour of a sturgeon farm and a caviar tasting. In the afternoon, take a train ride through ancient caves to admire 15,000 year old artwork. After checking into your Perigord accommodations, enjoy a bit of relaxation by the pool before dinner.
ROCK HOUSES AND FOIE GRAS
Start the day with a visit of an astonishing medieval castle built into the façade of a cliff in the 14th century. After a stroll in the town where the first Cro-Magnon remains were discovered, continue onto a cave village that thrived from medieval times until the 19th century. End the day with a goose farm visit and foie gras tasting.
CAVERNS AND CLIFFS
Take a river boat ride through caverns 110 yards below the surface in France’s first underground natural heritage site. After lunch, explore the extraordinary village of Rocamadour, an important pilgrimage site since the 12th century, perched on the side of a limestone cliff. On the way back, visit an artisanal cheese producer.
LASCAUX AND A CASTLE LUNCH
Visit the world-famous site of Lascaux and see why one of the caves is known as the Sistine Chapel of Prehistory. After lunch in a 17th century castle and a tour of its private collections, take a stroll through two picturesque medieval villages with unique churches.
A CHÂTEAU AND LIQUEURS
Discover one of the “jewels of Perigord”, a Renaissance-style château with beautiful views from its classic French gardens. In the afternoon, visit a liqueur distillery that has been in the same family for 180 years, and taste their famous walnut liqueur. After touring a medieval village built entirely of red sandstone, end the day at a small restaurant known for its delicious local cuisine.
MEDIEVAL TOWN AND A FORTRESS
Take a walking tour of the town of Sarlat, a spectacular example of 14th century France. After a stroll through a farmers’ market, discover the history of a great defensive fortress, a testament to the instability that wracked this region during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion. End the day at a castle famous for its eerie legend.
LIMOGES AND PARIS
Set out this morning for Limoges and a tour of the famous Bernardaud porcelain factory. After lunch travel by train in First Class back to Paris for a river boat ride on the Seine, a memorable farewell dinner, and a night at the hotel before you journey home.
After breakfast we say Au revoir to our guests, and wish you a pleasant trip home or journey onward.
Join SLL Perigord Travel for an exclusive 11-day tour of one of the most extraordinary regions of France.