21684
France

Hiking to Châteaux, Vineyards and Prehistoric Caves of the Loire & Dordogne

Join local experts as you walk and learn about magical châteaux, picturesque vineyards and prehistoric landmarks that make central France like no place else in the world.
Rating (4.83)
Program No. 21684RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
4,299
Flights start at
850

At a Glance

Welcome to the lands of wine, foie gras, magnificent prehistoric caves and stunning châteaux — the Loire River Valley and the Dordogne. With rolling hills, woodlands and an abundance of villages frozen in time, these two regions are also the perfect places to walk and experience thousands of years of history up close. Follow the trail of the Cro-Magnon people to their homes and the medieval lords to their grand châteaux in these beautifully unique parts of central France.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 9 miles a day over some rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join local experts on fascinating walks through the Loire River Valley, known as the “Valley of the Kings” because of its hundreds of fairytale-like châteaux.
  • Meet vineyard owners and enjoy tastings in one of the finest wine-growing regions in the world.
  • Walk along prehistoric valleys and learn about caves with remarkable paintings and engravings that are thousands of years old.
Featured Expert
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Bruno Eluère
Born in the Dordogne area of France's southwest, Bruno Eluere’s childhood presences included both Cro-Magnon man and Richard the Lion Heart. Bruno has a passion for prehistory and the Middle Ages, and a deep love for the medieval Romanesque sculpture and architecture of the Dordogne. He is amid a photographic inventory of the region’s Romanesque churches. Bruno has worked as a forester in Africa, an antiques merchant in Southeast Asia and a wine dealer in Oregon.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Bruno Eluère
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