France Canoeing:
Dordogne River

Classic Inn to Inn » 7 days » Leisurely

Do you want to ?  ✦  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

Paddle through medieval history along France's Dordogne Rivers. Feudal castles perched on cliffs above the river and historic towns tucked against those cliffs provide an exciting journey of discovery. Explore historic towns like Rocamadour, Sarlat, Lacave. Stop for lunch in cafés in small stone villages. Relax at night in delightful boutique hotels in restored historical buildings. Discover the fine wines of the region and feast upon regional delicacies.

tours with an insider's perspective

your daily adventures

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

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 Belvédère 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

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

Downstream via Rouffillac, Château 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 Château 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

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

Paddle to Beynac, visit Sarlat .
Sadly today is the last day of paddling, as we continue downstream we will check out Château de la Malartrie and wander around the village of Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle before finishing the paddling at Château de Beynac. We say goodbye to the Dordogne and drive up the medieval town Sarlat-la-Canéda. 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

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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details details

7 days / 6 nights
Fun: Canoeing
Sleep: Classic
Level: Leisurely
Avg Paddle: ∽9 mi / 15 km
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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.

You Will Get
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Baggage transfer between hotels
  • Canoes, life jackets and dry bags
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

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26 Sep 21€3395€750€400BOOK
1 May 22$3395$750$400BOOK
25 Sep 22$3395$750$400BOOK

go with just your friends

Book a private departure for your family and friends. Travel sans souci.

Go Private for only €3495 per person for groups of four or more. Contact us for pricing on smaller parties. Book with confidence as dates can be changed if necessary without penalty or fees.

When To Go ?  Tour is available from April through October, but please be aware that late July through August is peak season and the river will be crowded.

where you will sleep

Hostellerie Fénelon - CarennacLa Terrasse - MeyronneLa Vieille Auberge - SouillacLa Villa Romaine - CarsacLa Belle Étoile - La Roque-GageacPlaza Madeleine - Sarlat