Visit the Villages of the Dordogne River

More landscapes and castles in the Dordogne region
Explore the picturesque and historic villages of the Dordogne River, starting in Domme, a trapezoid city creating a bastide (fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain. The city is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France). Enjoy a walking tour and learn about the town's history, particularly interesting in 1307, when Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme during the Hundred Years' War. Then, the English coveted the bastide, who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437, when it finally fell under French rule again.

Next, drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River via an authentic Gabarre to admire the mighty castles that line the river.

Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and its castle. With its austere appearance, this Middle Ages construction is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face discouraged any assault from that side, and the plateau has defenses, such as double crenelated walls and double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine.

This tour allows you to see the architectural phenomenon aided by nature and discover more about the history of this unusual region. 

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Itineraries with Visit the Villages of the Dordogne River

Western France Road Trip - 14 Days

This spectacular road-trip adventure through Western France provides a subtle mix of history, culture, cuisine, wine, and outdoor activity—and plenty of picturesque landscapes between stops. Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne region with a combination of tours led by English-speaking local guides and free time to explore on your own.