Canoeing the Dordogne France

Trip Overview

This canoeing holiday offers a leisurely way to explore one of France's most interesting waterways. The Dordogne River runs alongside glorious golden-pink limestone cliffs and passes the walnut groves and truffle woods of the Perigord; an area rich in history and striking views.  

At a Glance

5 nights camping

Self catering

5 days instruction

Group normally 5 -12 per leader

Canadian canoes

Trip Highlights

One of France's most celebrated rivers: wide, peaceful, calm, flat

Excellent for families, easy for beginners

Riverside camping, all with pools; superb restaurants

Excellent views all along the river: picturesque perched villages and troglodyte cave dwellings

Is This Trip for You?

The canoeing is safe, not demanding, and we give you a lesson on handling your canoe before you set off. There are no major weirs to carry your canoe round, and the flow of the water does much of the work for you, so you can travel downstream looking out for imposing and magnificent chateaux, mediaeval villages and prehistoric sites including the Grottes de Lacave.  

NB: All customers must be able to swim at least 50m fully clothed. We provide 2/3 person canoes, Buoyancy aids and all camping equipment (sleeping bags available to hire)

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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Travel

The group will meet at Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, exact location TBC.

There are good public transport links from both Bordeaux and Bergerac Airports.

Your tent will be set up ready for you at the campsite so you can dump your stuff and go and explore this wonderful French town.

Day 2 Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

0900 - 1700

Today is all about getting familiar with your canoes. Your instructor will take you for a short day paddle with the emphasis on teaching/developing your paddling skills. We will return to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne at the end of the day.

Day 3

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to Les Granges 

0800 - 1700

Day 4

Les Granges to Les Ondines

0800 - 1700

Day 5 Les Ondines to Perpetuum

0800 - 1700

Day 6 Perpetuum to Beynac

0800 - 1700

Day 7 Travel

The group will disperse from Beynac. Good transport links are available to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports.