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Canoe past feudal era châteaux ✦ Discover the renowned cuisine of Périgord ✦ Explore small villages tucked under towering limestone cliffs ✦ Picnic on the riverbank with fresh baked breads ✦ Discover rural french culture
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Canoeing The Dordogne

Classic or Première Inn to Inn  ✦ 
7 days  ✦  Leisurely

Inn to Inn Canoeing in France

Paddle through the picturesque and historically rich countryside, stroll around charming villages, and feast on delectable regional cuisine! Visit historic towns like Rocamadour, Sarlat and Lacave. Stop for lunch meals in cafés along the river in small stone villages. Get a taste of fine wine at night in hotels nestled in restored historical buildings.

As you follow the smooth course of the Dordogne River through the rural countryside, you will paddle between neat rows of poplar trees, past quaint farmlands, and towards inviting feudal chateaux. Along the route, you will explore the impressive Padirac Cave, walk the beautiful historic districts of villages and medieval towns, taste the delicious dishes and fine wines of renowned restaurants, and relax at night in lovely boutique hotels. See the most scenic sites France has to offer, from castles in the cliffs to delightful local cafés, on this serene canoe tour.

Privately Guided

Classic Inn to Inn: from $3925
Tour is available From April through October, but crowded conditions in late July through August. Première Inn to Inn using chateaux hotels available.

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Scheduled Small Groups

Classic Inn to Inn: $3750
2023: 10 Sep
2024:  5 May ✧ 1 Sep

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Your Itinerary          

1: Arrive Brive-le-Gaillarde, explore to Rocamadour & Carennac
We'll meet at Brive-le-Galliarde's airport and then head south to explore of bit of Perigord away from the river, Enjoy a walking tour around the fabled feudal town of Rocamadour and Gouffre de Padirac cave, before reaching ou hotel in quaint little Carennac. Enjoy your first feast of the rich, delicious cuisine de Perigord.
Meals: D

2: Paddle Carennac to Saint Sozy
Your first day canoeing the Dordogne is a leisurely paddle through rural French countryside, poplars trees and farmlands line the river, as you work your way downstream, passing a couple of picturesque little villages Belvedere de Copeyre and Creyesse. Our hotel is in St Sozy is a short stroll way from the riverside.
Paddling: 11 mi / 18 km, Meals: B L D

3: Chateau paddling to Souillac, lunch in Lacave
Continuing the journey downstream today, we will be passing by a couple of feudal chateaux and stopping for a stroll around the village of Lacave. we'll enjoy a quick bite of lunch at Le Pont de l'Ouysse which has been run by the same family for five generations. Then continue down stream to Souillac, the first sizable town we have encountered on our journey.
Paddling: 11 mi / 18 km, Meals: B L D

4: Downstream via Rouffillac, Chateau d'Aillac to Carsac
We leave the Department of Lot behind today and officially enter the Dordogne. Our paddling takes us past Le Rouffillac and on towards the ruins of Chateau d'Aillac. Our longest day of paddling winds down in Carsac-Aillac at a nice riverside hotel Perhaps a bit of pool relaxation before another fantastic Perigord menu.
Paddling: 14 mi / 23 km, Meals: B L D

5: Walk the historic walled city of Domme, Paddle to La Rogue Gageac
Our goal for today is the photogenic feudal village of La Roque Gageac snuggled up against multicolored cliffs, a favorite stopping point along this river. But before we get there we will break for walk around the old walled city of Domme, perched on a plateau above the river.
Paddling: 9 mi / 14 km, Meals: B L D

6: Paddle to Beynac, visit Sarlat
Sadly today is the last day of paddling, as we continue downstream we will check out Chateau de la Malartrie and wander around the village of Chateau de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle before finishing the paddling at Chateau de Beynac. We say goodbye to the Dordogne and drive up the medieval town Sarlat-la-Canada. Explore the old cathedral before finishing our tour with dinner at one of the best restaurants in the region and bedding down in luxury in the historic center of town.
Paddling: 9 mi / 14 km, Meals: B L D

7: Shuttle back to Brive
After breakfast we will shuttle folks back to Brive-le-Gaillarde Airport, bidding everyone a fond adieu and bon voyage.
Meals: B

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canoieng past Chateau De Le Treyne
Les Eyzies village
canoeing the Dordogne
Dordogne village scene
quiet canoeing on the Dordogne

What's Provided

  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Daily baggage transfer between hotels
  • Free use of canoes and paddling gear
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Entrance and activity fees

*as noted in itinerary
**during activity, hotels also provide water in room


Pedalers provides all the necessary paddling gear for the tour, open deck canoes, life jackets, paddles, waterproof barrels. Baggage is transferred daily, so guests only need a small dayack for camera gear, rain jacket, electronics.

As a safe health measure, guests are asked to bring their own waterbottles.

Where You Sleep

Classic Inn to Inn

Hostellerie Fénelon - Carennac
La Terrasse - Meyronne
La Vieille Auberge - Souillac
La Villa Romaine - Carsac
La Belle Étoile - La Roque-Gageac
Plaza Madeleine - Sarlat

Travel Essentials

Tour meets in Brive-la-Gaillarde (BVE), fly in before 10 am on Day 1.

Tour ends in Brive-la-Gaillarde (BVE), fly out after noon on Day 7.

Passports required for all guests. Visas maybe required depending on citizenship.

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Privately Guided

You, your family & friends, your preferred date

Classic Inn to Inn: from $3925
Tour is available From April through October, but crowded conditions in late July through August.

Plan Private Trip

Scheduled Small Groups

Join a group of like minded travelers (8 guests max).

Classic Inn to Inn: $3750 per person, double occupancy
Single Room: +$750      Deposit: $400
2023: 10 Sep
2024:  5 May ✧ 1 Sep

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