Headwater - Sarlat Activities

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Trip code: 
M07DO
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Adventures
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Min age:
8

This 7-night single-centre holiday is based in Sarlat, which has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France.

Sarlat (or Sarlat-la-Caneda) has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France and its richly ornamented stone buildings are protected by law. You'll feel like a time traveller as you wander the narrow streets peeping through archways into ancient courtyards as the centre of the old town has impeccably restored buildings and is mostly car-free. Places to visit include the large Benedictine Abbey, the cathedral and the hubbub of Sarlat's famous traditional local market (on Saturdays). 

Highlights

  • Stay just outside mediaeval Sarlat in a peaceful *** hotel with 1.3ha of parkland
  • Amazing Dordogne landscape, fairytale chateaux, troglodyte caves
  • Traditional local market (Saturdays)
  • Gentle walking and some quite strenuous cycling on well-marked tranquil riverside paths and greenways
  • Visit famous local attractions including Beynac Castle, Rocamadour, Les Eyzies and the Lascaux Cave

Key information

  • 7 Nights, single centre
  • Departs Every Saturday from 12 May '18 to 22 Sep '18
  • Headwater wine service 
  • GPS route navigation provided 
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Hire car included

What's included

  • All breakfasts and evening meals 
  • All Accommodation
  • Headwater wine service 
  • GPS route navigation 
  • High quality bikes
  • Route notes and maps
  • Hire car

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/6.0miles
Day 327.0km/17.0miles
Day 49.0km/6.0miles
Day 535.0km/22.0miles
Day 68.0km/5.0miles
Day 714.0km/9.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Sarlat

    Arrive at the charming 3* Hotel Meysset. Enjoy a 7-night stay at this relaxing property with its heated swimming pool, sun terrace, 1.3 hectares of parkland, bar and restaurant. Explore the nearby mediaeval town of Sarlat, which has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 facades of any town in France, restored to its former glory in the 60s by the enthusiasm of writer, resistance fighter and politician Andre Malraux.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Les Eyzis and the 'Gorge D'enfer' Walk

    Les Eyzies is known as France's capital of Prehistory for good reason. This lovely gentle stroll enables you to combine a walk with exploring the village and visiting any number of the dozen or so prehistoric and troglodyte settlements and museums in the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Eyrignac Loop Cycle

    Head out to the east of Sarlat towards Sainte Nathalene before continuing up to the delightful manor house and French gardens at Eyrignac, which boast as some of the best in France.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Lascaux and Montignac Walk

    A great day out and an itinerary combining a visit to world-famous Lascaux (allow a couple of hours) with a walk into the hills above Montignac for a good view over the Vezere Valley and the village. You pass the pre-historic site and museum of Regourdou along the way.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Greenway Loop to Carsac-Aillac and Carlux Cycle

    Head down from Sarlat to Carsac-Aillac and the Dordogne River beyond. Cycle along the Greenway (Voie Verte) to Rouffillac and continue on to Carlux. Pedal down through orchards, agricultural land and local hamlets to the valley floor and Sainte Nathalene, then back to Sarlat.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Beynac Loop Walk

    Rather than simply driving straight to the Chateau de Beynac, this easy walk follows back lanes and trails on a short loop through the countryside to the north of the village. It offers some great and varied views and then takes you right to the front door of the chateau on a 'secret' path.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rocamadour, The Alzou & Ouysse Valleys Walk

    Set off from the chateau via the iconic viewpoint over Rocamadour and descend along the main street to the Moulin de Roquefraiche. Stroll along the Alzou Valley to the impressive resurgence of the River Ouysse at the Gouffre de Cabouy, a very picturesque riverside picnic spot.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Sarlat

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and evening meals included.

The Dordogne has a rich cuisine based on produits du terroir (locally grown produce). Typical first courses include tourain, an onion and garlic soup cooked in a broth with duck or goose fat, and ladled over slices of country bread and cheese. Pâté, often duck or goose, is equally popular, as is foie gras - ideally washed down with a glass of Sauternes or Monbazillac. Main course specialities also include duck and goose, often served in light cream sauces and, in the autumn, fresh cèpes. Duck or goose fat is also used for the accompanying pommes de terre sarladaises - slices of potato sautéed in goose fat, with garlic, parsley and wild mushrooms - delicious! Traditional desserts include tarte aux noix (walnut tart), gâteau aux noix, and flognarde, a type of flan with fruit and liqueur. A local cheese worth tasting is Bleu des Causses, similar to Roquefort, as well as Rocamadour goat’s cheese.

Some of the finest wines of France come from the south-west. Bordeaux is the largest wine region in the world, producing over 500 million litres a year. There are over 40 different appellations, including some of the most prestigious in France - Sauternes, Saint Emilion and Pauillac. Monbazillac is a renowned sweet dessert wine, while many of the lesser known regional wines are much cheaper but well worth trying. Bergerac reds and whites are also highly recommended; there is a delicious rosé too. Pécharment red is another one to try. See the section on Wine Service in our ‘All you need to know Guide’.

Weather

Summers in the Dordogne are warm-hot with temperatures reaching 25-35 degrees Celcius. There may be occasional storms and showers, these are usually short but you should be prepared. Colder spells can also arrive and last a day or two. Temperatures in the early morning can still be quite mild, so it is a good idea to have an additional layer.

In spring and autumn the weather in the Dordogne is similar but milder, with temperatures around 22-28 degrees Celcius and with a greater chance of rain - especially in late spring.

Is this trip for you?

We provide optional suggestions for every day of your stay, with a good mix of walking and cycling. There's everything from a self-guided exploration of Sarlat's mediaeval heart to rewarding day walks. It's a short drive to the start of each walk, all of which have routes along a mix of footpaths, tracks and small country lanes, and range anywhere from 2km to 20km, depending on what you fancy. Perhaps start by admiring the cave paintings at Abri du Cap Blanc, following paths around to the Chateau de Commarque, or from Beynac, walk to the Jardins de Marqueyssac and along the river. 

There is a choice of bike rides starting just north of Sarlat. You could pick up the riverside greenway and pass through several pretty villages before turning into the hills, or pedal to some beautiful chateaux. If you cycle to Sarlat train station and get off at the next stop in St Cyprien, there is a route to Beynac, visiting two chateaux along the way. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotel Meysset is located in a 1.3 hectare park just 1.2 miles from the centre of Sarlat and features a garden, library, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace. The rooms offer en suite bathroom with bath or shower and flat-screen TV. The hotel's restaurant serves regional specialities every evening. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936