Trace an arc across southern France from the green Dordogne Valley to the wild uplands of the Massif Central, known as la France Profonde (“deep France”). In the Dordogne, we'll be joined by an expert in Paleolithic art as we view cathedral-like galleries of mystical paintings (and see some special caves few travelers discover!). We'll enjoy two dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, great walks that bring us to hilltop villages, and spend a market day in medieval Sarlat. One overnight in the Massif Central will be at the extraordinary inn of Michel Bras, one of France's most famous chefs.
Arrive: Bordeaux, France
Depart: Avignon, France
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Set in the center of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, a World Heritage Site, this cozy hotel is actually built on the defensive walls of the town. Guest rooms are comfortable, and there are lovely gardens and a pool area where you can relax with a drink at the end...
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France
Days 2-4 (3 nights)
Just a two-minute walk into the village of Les Eyzies, Les Glycines has large and beautiful, tree-shaded gardens along the river as well as a swimming pool. The guest rooms are comfortable, and evening cocktails can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the gardens.
Day 5 (1 night)
Located just at the entrance to the medieval city, this hotel has well-appointed rooms and wonderful access to Sarlat's main square. The spa and swimming pool in the courtyard are lovely additions.
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
Day 8 (1 night)
This 33-room hotel, set in the middle of town and close to cafes and shops, offers clean and comfortable guest rooms and a friendly and accommodating staff—nothing is too much trouble for them! The spa area includes an indoor swimming pool with hot tub and sauna.
Day 9 (1 night)
Set on a hilltop outside of Laguiole, this unique hotel has beautiful guestrooms with private terraces and panoramic views across the Aubrac Plateau. The sleek, modern style of the hotel blends into the surrounding environment and the hotel's cuisine lives up to its 3-star Michelin rating.
Days 10-11 (2 nights)
Le Mas du Terme is a modern hotel set just outside a charming village and surrounded by vineyards and fields of lavender. The pool area is lovely, and meals are served in a courtyard setting.
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This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. While there are a few short hikes, this trip is more focused on cultural exploration. You will need to be comfortable being on your feet for up to 3 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.
Average Hiking Day
"This was a great trip. The opportunity to see the caves with the advantage of great guides was invaluable. The countryside was lovely and the food and wine exceptional."
San Francisco, CA
"The quality of the itinerary, food, and lodging all far exceeded our expectations. We loved all our experiences and recognized a lot of thought went into putting together a world class experience."
Melinda (Mindy) H.
Granada Hills, CA
"This trip far exceeded my expectations! Just superb. The selection of activities—caves, walks, wine tasting, old medieval towns and castles, and the archaeology guides—were great."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.