Dream Trips: Explore Dordogne with SLL Perigord Travel

Dream Trips: Explore Dordogne with SLL Perigord Travel

You have been to Paris, but have you been to France?

Authentic trip organized by a Franco-American family who have had roots in the Perigord region since the 1700’s. 

There’s something about Perigord that keeps visitors coming back again and again. A historic province that roughly comprises the Dordogne department, Perigord casts an undeniable spell. Maybe it’s the medieval villages and hilltop castles, straight out of a fairytale, lording over the Dordogne river. Or it could be the rich cuisine adored by the world’s gourmands. (Think foie gras and confit de canard, smothered in a berry sauce, or paired with locally sourced truffles, washed down with fine local wine.) Or the wealth of historic sites, including some of the world’s finest prehistoric cave art. Or the abundant outdoor activities, like canoeing, horse riding, rock climbing, and cycling. Whatever the reason, Perigord is one of the loveliest destinations in France, a place that’s all about savoring the good life.

Inspired to book a trip to Perigord? Get the most out of your experience by booking with a locally-based tour company with lots of experience, expertise, and insider insights.

SLL Perigord Travel was started by a Frenchman whose family has owned a castle in Perigord since 1764 and his wife, a sixth-generation Texan who moved to France in her 20’s. Their combined love for the region led to their desire to share it with people who, though they may already know Paris, have yet to experience the remarkable beauty and rich history of this exceptional corner of France.


Sebastien. Photo credit © SLL Perigord Travel


Our SLL PERIGORD TRAVEL TOUR DIRECTOR Sebastien was raised in France, both in Paris and in the Perigord region, and spent several years living in St. Petersburg, Florida and New York City. Sebastien worked in luxury travel in Paris and has combined his love of travel with his love of the Perigord region to become our Tour Director par excellence!

Day 1


Check into your 4-star hotel near the Eiffel Tower and gather at 3 PM for a welcome meeting before heading to dinner at a typical Parisian brasserie.

Day 2


Travel in First Class on the TGV to Bordeaux. After lunch, take a guided walking tour of the historic section of this beautiful city. Spend the night in 4-star accommodations.

Day 3


Photo credit © Unsplash

Travel by private van to the famed wine-producing region of Saint-Emilion, and visit two Grand Cru Classé. After a gourmet lunch, tour the beautiful village of Saint-Emilion.

Day 4


Photo credit © SLL Perigord Travel

Start the day with a visit of an astonishing medieval castle built into the façade of a cliff in the 14th century. After a stroll in the town where the first Cro-Magnon remains were discovered, continue onto a cave village that thrived from medieval times until the 19th century. End the day with a goose farm visit and foie gras tasting.

Day 5


Take a river boat ride through caverns 110 yards below the surface in France’s first underground natural heritage site. After lunch, explore the extraordinary village of Rocamadour, an important pilgrimage site since the 12th century, perched on the side of a limestone cliff. On the way back, visit an artisanal cheese producer.

Day 6


Lascaux. Photo credit © Dan Courtice

Visit the world-famous site of Lascaux and see why one of the caves is known as the Sistine Chapel of Prehistory. After lunch in a 17th century castle and a tour of its private collections, take a stroll through two picturesque medieval villages with unique churches.

Day 7


View of Beynac, Dordogne, France. Photo © Krzysztof Golik, Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Discover one of the “jewels of Perigord”, a Renaissance-style château with beautiful views from its classic French gardens. In the afternoon, visit a liqueur distillery that has been in the same family for 180 years, and taste their famous walnut liqueur. After touring a medieval village built entirely of red sandstone, end the day at a small restaurant known for its delicious local cuisine.

Day 8


Take a walking tour of the town of Sarlat, a spectacular example of 14th century France. After a stroll through a farmers’ market, discover the history of a great defensive fortress, a testament to the instability that wracked this region during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion. End the day at a castle famous for its eerie legend.

Day 9


Travel by train in First Class back to Paris in the morning. After stroll through one of Paris’s oldest neighborhoods, savour a memorable farewell dinner, and a night at the hotel before you journey home.

Day 10


After breakfast we say Au revoir to our guests and wish you a pleasant trip home or journey onward.

We have had several requests from clients who are interested in skipping Paris and instead taking a one-week tour that concentrates on the Dordogne/Perigord region.

We are excited to announce that we are offering a few of these tours this summer.  The cost will be 5400 USD for double occupancy and 6200 USD for single occupancy and will begin and end in Bordeaux. (1 night in Bordeaux and 6 nights in Perigord.)

The dates for the shorter trips are

August 27 – September 3 and

September 10 – September 17. 

We will meet our guests at 2pm in Bordeaux on the first day and bring them back to Bordeaux by noon on the last day

Join SLL Perigord Travel for an exclusive 11-day tour of one of the most extraordinary regions of France.

Want to find out what previous guests liked about our trips click here.

Cottage in the countryside, SLL Perigord

by SLL Perigord


I loved this trip because it was off the beaten path. I always felt like I was seeing things most Americans never see.

 “We have had a wonderful trip! We are seeing sites in France few Americans will ever see. The accommodations have been perfect, the food exquisite and every comfort and convenience has been met. I’ve learned so much and had an experience like none of my other visits to France.”

“It was a high-quality, small group experience. The outings were well-planned and diverse. Each participant from our trip was very pleased with the level of personal service received.

 Come and see us and take in our intimate group tours, with 6 – 10 participants, (these trips can be privatized and excursions can be adapted to your group’s interests).

The new itinerary can be found on our Itinerary page: https://www.sllperigordtravel.com/itinerary/, and now includes a stunning walking tour of an iconic neighborhood on the last day in Paris.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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