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Dordogne Family Activity Week
FH-EXD-118990
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£799
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Enjoy an active family week in France
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Dordogne
End Destination
Dordogne
What's included
  • All breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

7 breakfasts and 4 picnic lunches are included. Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves. Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese or tinned fish, fresh salad, vegetables and fresh fruit. Evening meals: These are taken in local restaurants. The Dordogne is justifiably famous for its food and virtually all restaurants in the area will have a selection of local specialities on offer. Most restaurants also offer a 3 course menu as well as a reduced portion child menu and these are often the best value choices.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Bordeaux; transfer to Les Eyzies.
Your driver will be waiting in the arrival hall at Bordeaux airport with a clearly marked Exodus sign. Please be aware that they may speak limited english. Your group leader will be awaiting your arrival at the campsite is Les Eyzies. The village of Les Eyzies, in the heart of the Vezere Valley has 900 inhabitants and is surrounded by many caves and prehistoric remnants, including some of the most beautiful to be seen in Europe, and other historical/archaeological attractions. Please arrive at Camping La Riviere in Les Eyzies from the afternoon onwards. The tents will have been set up for you and after an early evening briefing we can walk into town for dinner.
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Day 2
Gentle morning walk to Moustier; afternoon canoe back from Moustier to Les Eyzies.
Following breakfast there is an optional 3½ hour guided walk through the tranquil rural landscape surrounding Les Eyzies. The route will take us past cliff and rock formations, enchanting forests, river side paths and picturesque countryside before arriving at our canoes. For those not walking you can get an optional lift upstream with the canoe company. The afternoon is spent on the river, canoeing past chateau, limestone cliffs (containing both prehistoric troglodyte caves, home to some of the earliest caveman dwellings in Europe), historic stone bridges, attractive hamlets and wooded rural landscapes. Roughly 2 ½ hrs later our canoes bring us back to Les Ezyies. The canoes are heavy and unsinkable, they seat 2 adults with a child seat in the centre, 4 seat canoes are also available.
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Day 3
Free day; relax by the pool, play games, visit spectacular caves or go horse riding (all optional).
Today is free to enjoy the area. Your leader will be happy to talk you through all of the options for available activities and a few suggestions include: visiting local caves (both troglodyte and geological), walks in the surrounding area, hiring a bike, horse-riding, visiting a local museum, swimming or simply partaking in a long lunch enjoying one of the areas most celebrated assets, food and wine.
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Day 4
Morning visit to mediaeval town of Sarlat and its famous market; transfer to
This morning it's all hands on deck as we break camp. Once everything is packed up we transfer to Sarlat, the most famous town in the Dordogne and a great place to explore. Sarlat is a very attractive walled medieval town with lots of winding alleyways and cobbled lanes to wander, and great shops to peruse. The town has many artists and galleries as well as plenty of cafes offering local delicacies such as truffles and fois gras. Leaving Sarlat after lunch we make a short journey to arrive at camp (20 mins). Everything will be set up and ready for you so there will be time for a dip in the campsite pool.
5
Day 5
Full day of cycling, passing beautiful villages and stopping for a picnic lunch en route to the walled village of Domme.
We take to two wheels today for a full day’s bike adventure. After setting up your bikes and having a safety briefing we head out into the Dordogne countryside. Following quiet lanes for the most part we make our way to the lunch spot, a grass area beside a stream in an idyllic village. In the afternoon we have a few gentle hills to climb, with one or two short punchy sections too, and visit the very pretty hilltop walled town of Domme. Parts of the fortified walls still survive as do the original gateways into the centre. The ramparts are extremely thick stone and you can walk around them for great views across the countryside and down to the river. Later in the afternoon we bike back to the campsite.
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Day 6
Riverside walk to Chateau de Castelnaud where we take a tour; gentle walk back to campsite.
Setting off on foot we walk along the riverside (1 hour) before we begin to climb uphill to reach Chateau de Castelnaud (20 mins); please note that the entrance fee to the castle is not included. The castle was built in the 12th century and is a great example of the classic defence system comprising of strong outer walls and an inner keep. The castle has had a dramatic history of conflict and has changed hands from French to English, and English to French. There is a museum containing a collection of arms and armaments and various animations of medieval life. You can take a guided tour in English and then have time to explore by yourselves. Return on foot to camp when you are ready or with the group.
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Day 7
Full day of canoeing, stopping for a picnic lunch.
Today is a full day of canoeing. From the canoe centre in Beynac we will transfer up river by minibus and (following a safety briefing) begin canoeing back downstream to Beynac. We stop several times en route for a picnic lunch, to enjoy a rope swing and of course for an ice-cream! This is a great fun day for all ages; kids and parents alike, and we take our time to enjoy the sights and the scenery alongside the river.
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Day 8
End Beynac.
Early morning transfer to Bordeaux airport for flight home.
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FAQs

No previous experience is required as the unsinkable canoes are easy to paddle, although a general level of fitness is recommended. Life vests are provided however we do also insist that you can swim. Before the
first day’s trip a full briefing will be given on how to paddle the canoes. There will also be some gentle walking/cycling throughout the trip to explore villages and surrounding area. Please note that all of the activities can be opted out of.

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