Walking in the Dordogne Valley

  • Starting location: Rocamadour
  • Ending location: Les Eyzies
Activity level
Meal options

Bed and breakfast

Terrain types

TarmacUnsurfaced roadsOff-roadFlatHilly


Private roomThree-star accommodation

On this Dordogne Valley walking holiday you will discover the magical aura of this special region, as we take you off the beaten track, allowing you to explore historic towns, picturesque villages and the unspoilt beauty of the Dordogne valley.

We believe this walking holiday with its varied landscape, history and culture is just perfect for discovering on foot. On our suggested routes you walk between three to six hours a day over distances varying from a minimum of 12 kms up to a maximum of 25 kms, The terrain is gentle to moderate and some days will be a little more challenging. Happily you can walk at your own pace and your luggage is transported ahead for you.

This walking holiday can be short, medium or long - the choice is yours!

What's included:

  • 7 nights in hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Walking guide and map
  • Emergency support service

What's excluded:

  • Flights
  • Transfers from airport/train station
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Rocamadour

Arrive at your hotel in Rocamadour. Situated high above the Ouysse Gorge, this stunning village has been built into the cliffs and will leave a lasting impression.

Day 2 - Causse de Gramat to Souillac

Today you will descend from the “Causse de Gramat” and head towards charming Souillac via Lacave. Here you can visit the abbey and soak up the atmosphere over coffee in one of the town’s many cafés.

Day 3 - Carsac to Sarlat

Walk along the enchanting Dordogne Valley and marvel at the breath-taking landscapes as you make your way to the village of Carsac. Later take a walk into the elegant town of Sarlat to admire its beautiful architecture while enjoying the atmosphere of this thriving town.

Day 4 - Domme

Today you walk out of the Dordogne Valley to arrive at the ancient hilltop village of Domme, with its amazing views of the countryside that seem to go on forever.

Day 5 - St. Cyprien to Les Milandes

Wander towards St-Cyprien taking in Beynac, Castelnaud and Les Milandes. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairytale.

Day 6 - Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac.

Travelling onwards, walk through peaceful and picturesque countryside to Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac. This is one of Europe’s most famous prehistoric sites and there are many caves for you to visit.

Day 7 - Home or continue exploring

Sadly, today it is time to head home. However, we do have the option to extend your trip by two days when booking this holiday so you can spend more time exploring throughout your adventuring!

Important information

In our opinion the best times for walking in the Dordogne Valley are early spring, from April, May to early June. September, October, November are also very pleasant.

Late June, July and August can be very busy and hot.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

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Term explanations

Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.


You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.


You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.


All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.


No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.


No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.


Terrain with no noticable incline.


The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.


Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.


Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.


Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.


Depending on your holiday, you may be staying in one type of accommodation or you may stay in many as you travel. For each holiday we list the standard accommodation included in the holiday.

There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

Financial Protection

At Footprint Holidays we are happy to be members of the Travel Trust Association or TTA and hold a certificate of general membership, our TTA membership number is Q5057. Guests can verify our membership status by searching our company name or membership number on the TTA website which can be found by clicking here and entering our membership number: Q5057.

Your financial protection is importance to us, hence our membership in the Travel Trust Association, ensuring your payments and any travel arrangements you make with us 100% protected in the event of any supplier failure.

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