Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape
Dordogne Valley Culinary Escape

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Overview

Enjoy the ultimate French experience, while discovering its internationally acclaimed culinary scene coupled with the breathtaking views of Dordogne Valley. Admire the wonders of one of the most beautiful countries in Europe during guided sightseeing tours and get to know more about its customs, local produce, and secrets of mouth-watering cuisine. A Michelin Star Chef will create a one-of-a-kind experience by cooking dinner for you and with you, so don't miss the chance to learn from the very best!
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • Charming Boutique Villa
    7 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Guide/drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 1 sightseeing tour
    4 day trips
  • MEALS
  • 7 breakfasts & 5 lunches
    7 dinners by a Michelin chef
    Local duck product and wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival

Welcome to southern France! Upon arrival in Bergerac, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall of the Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (or Bergerac train station) holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to a charming villa in Dordogne Valley.

After check-in, the rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the surroundings of the French countryside or take a good rest in your comfortable room. In the evening you are invited to dinner.

Dinner is included.

Day 2
Tour to Villages of Dordogne Valley

Following breakfast, you start a tour across Dordogne Valley known throughout France for the concentration of the “most beautiful villages” in the country: from Sarlat to Saint Amand de Coly and from Rocamadour to Martel. Visitors to the Dordogne Region relish in each village’s alluring ambiance while strolling along the cobbled streets, spending time outdoors and feasting on local produce, watching the world go by at its slow, provincial pace.

Dordogne’s mouth-watering specialties are based on centuries of respect for high-quality produce and simple recipes, therefore, today you can get to know more about this huge array of local produce on our tour. Visiting the Issignac and Monpazier Farmer’s Markets. You spend time wandering through the markets and tasting some of the beautiful produce. Sampling apples, strawberries, raspberries, chestnuts that are simply divine!

Enjoy your time at one of the restaurants, located inside a former butcher shop, tucked away discreetly in an interior courtyard. 

After the tour, you return to the accommodation at about 5 pm and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Your Michelin Star Chef cooks the dinner for you and with you (for those who want to learn more about French cooking) each evening using local recipes and seasonal products picked daily.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 3
Day Trip to Bergerac

Following breakfast, you start a day trip to Bergerac, which has always been an important trading town, with a quayside on the river where boats used to carry goods to the port of Bordeaux. 

Bergerac is home to Cyrano de Bergerac and beautiful wine. There are over 300,000 acres of vineyards in the area with 13 appellations for red, rosé, dry and sweet white wines like the famous Monbazillac.

Have lunch in the Ferme Auberge de la Borie Blanche in the stunning village of Domme. It celebrates traditional dishes such as Tourin à l’ail soup and a porcini omelette. 

After the tour, you return to the accommodation at about 5 pm and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Your Michelin Star Chef cooks the dinner for you and with you.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 4
Day Trip to Sarlat

Following breakfast, embark on a day trip to Sarlat, often described as the pearl of the Dordogne. It is a town of exceptional beauty with its narrow winding streets, stone roofs and open squares. It is one of the most important undamaged medieval city centers in the world.

Enjoying a variety of recipes with duck, such as confit de canard, foie-gras, and the famous Cou Farci. A local producer welcomes you at his farm and you taste delicious duck products. Enjoy a tasting of the famous Monbazillac botrytized wine, as well as Bergerac and Pecharmant red wines.

Enjoy a dish known as Farcidure, made by mixing grated raw potatoes, cooked mashed potatoes, sorrel, buckwheat, garlic, and parsley.

After the tour, you return to the accommodation at about 5 pm and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Your Michelin Star Chef cooks the dinner for you and with you.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 5
Day at Leisure

Following breakfast, you have a day at leisure. You may travel to the city to explore its museums, shops, and galleries or stay in the countryside and enjoy the beauty of the Dordogne Valley. 

Traditionally in the evening, your Michelin Star Chef cooks the dinner for you and with you.

Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6
Trip to Prehistoric Caves

Following breakfast, you have a trip to discover prehistoric caves in the region. 

Filled with images that are believed to have been drawn or painted over 12,000 to 20,000 years ago, the caves have become one of the most fascinating attractions in the country.

Today you try a dish called Potée, containing both meat and vegetables cooked in a broth made with smoked bacon, salted pork, cabbage, leeks, turnips, carrots, and potatoes. It is a healthy, tasty dish with little cholesterol and lots of vitamins. You also have the possibility to sample some of the best sweet treats you have ever tried, such as Clafoutis – a moist cake speckled with a local variety of black cherries and Madeleines, which is produced in Saint-Yrieix since the middle of the 19th century.

After the tour, you return to the accommodation at about 5 pm and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Your Michelin Star Chef cooks the dinner for you and with you.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 7
Castles of the Dordogne Valley

Following breakfast, you have a trip to explore castles, chateaux, and fortresses, dating as far back as the medieval era. 

A favorite getaway for both tourists and French holidaymakers, the Dordogne holds enough beauty and charm to enthrall even the most reluctant visitor.  

Today you visit a local farm to taste local meats, poultry, and organic vegetables. You enjoy country food at Régis Restaurant, served in generous portions and made with local ingredients and vegetables, all grown here. 

After the tour, you return to the accommodation at about 5 pm and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Today you enjoy a farewell dinner cooked by you and your Michelin Star Chef.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 8
Departure

This is the last day of your culinary escape in the Dordogne Valley region. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport or Bergerac train station depending on where you travel next. 

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Included

7 nights at a charming countryside villa

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
7 nights at a charming countryside villa

Always included:

  • Best location
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable countryside villa in Dordogne Valley (in Le Mas);
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking culinary tours according to the itinerary with an English-speaking tour leader;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

NOTE: hotels availability is subject to change, in case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. The sequence of the program days is subject to modification depending on weather conditions.

Tour highlights
  • Stays at a fine villa in the gorgeous French countryside
  • Enjoying and learning to cook dishes of fine French cuisine from a Michelin chef
  • Trip to Bergerac and to the village of Domme
  • Exciting tours of Villages of Dordogne Valley, day trip to Sarlat
  • Discovering prehistoric caves in the region and Castles of the Dordogne Valley
What to Know
  • It's always best to bring some cash in local currency for your trip. You will need Euros for your time in France
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 30
Jun - 6, 2020
Jun 6
Jun - 13, 2020
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,032
deposit
$607
$3,032
deposit
$607
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,232
deposit
$647
$3,232
deposit
$647
Single traveler
$3,740
deposit
$748
$3,740
deposit
$748
Dates
May 30
Jun - 6, 2020
Jun 6
Jun - 13, 2020
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,032
deposit
$607
$3,032
deposit
$607
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,232
deposit
$647
$3,232
deposit
$647
Single traveler
$3,740
deposit
$748
$3,740
deposit
$748

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