New Eurobound Tour Spotlights Lesser-Known France

Eurobound has unveiled a new vacation package to France, focusing on the lesser-known Dordogne region. Designed for repeat travelers, the seven-day/six-night package includes luxury apartment accommodations in Sarlat, customizable private tours throughout, plus private airport transfers from Bordeaux on arrival and to Toulouse on departure. 

Prehistoric caves, medieval villages, and cliffside castles characterize the Dordogne region of southwest France. The medieval fortified town of Sarlat is the home base for Eurobound guests as they explore the region through a series of private tours. Accommodations are in a luxury, one-bedroom apartment—complete with period furnishings and a private balcony—in the town’s gaslit pedestrian center.

The itinerary begins with a private, introductory walking tour of Sarlat, with its Benedictine abbey, cobblestone streets, timber-front houses, markets, Renaissance mansions, squares, and courtyards. Eurobound guests then explore the region and its rich history through a series of four full-day, private tours.

A full-day tour is focused at pre-history dating back to 15,000 B.C., and it includes visits to the National Prehistory Museum in Eyzies-de-Tayac and Lascaux IV, in Montignac. The Lascaux IV cave complex is a complete replica of the original paleolithic caves, known worldwide for their copious cave paintings. Eurobound guests also explore Rouffignac Cave by electric train with its nearly five miles of underground galleries.

Another full-day tour focuses on the villages of the Dordogne Valley. Highlighted are Castlenaud-la-Chapelle and its 12th-century castle, Domme with its caves and panoramic views, plus Beynac and the medieval castle on the north bank of the Dordogne River. Rounding out the day is a boat ride on the Dordogne River from La Roque-Gageac, considered one of France’s most beautiful villages.

A visit to the town of Périgueux covers the town’s Gallo-Roman district and its Vesunna Museum including an impressive collection of archeological artifacts. Eurobound guests then explore the winding alleys, squares, and stone mansions of the town’s historic center.

The final day’s excursion includes visits to Padirac Chasm and Rocamadour Village. At Padirac Chasm, a 338-foot deep cave system, Eurobound guests descend by elevator nearly 250 feet for a boat ride through the subterranean cave system. The medieval village of Rocamadour—a UNESCO World Heritage site—tops off the visit, with its imposing Grand Staircase leading from the lower village to the cliffside Cité Religeuse sanctuaries.

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