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The Dordogne Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

Arriving in the Dordogne

Why not, Dordogne, ©2004 Simon Moss

However you decide to travel, we arrive in the Dordogne at Les Eyzies on Saturday evening. Part of the charm of the Dordogne is that, for centuries, it was cut off from the outside world and remains amazingly unspoilt. It is still hard to penetrate and for that reason you should be prepared for an early evening arrival followed by a quick freshen-up before dinner.

We stay at Le Moulin de la Beune, one of the highlights of our entire tour where we can be sure of a warm welcome from Phillippe and Zhanna. This delightful hotel sits on the banks of the river Beune, just upstream from where the Beune joins the Vézère, and we will eat tonight from some of Philippe’s Périgord specialities in the Restaurant au Vieux Moulin.

Les Eyzies is a small village of 900 people, but it styles itself the Capital of Prehistory - and with some justification.

As well as the National Museum of Prehistory, Les Eyzies boasts the settlement of Cro Magnon, where the earliest example of homo sapiens, or thinking man, was discovered. Nearby is one of the oldest sculptures in the world, a 20,000 year-old fish at the Abri de Poisson, and the Font de Gaume, site of some of the most important cave-paintings in the world.

The paintings of Bison and Deer at Font de Gaume are the only polychromatic paintings still open to the public anywhere in the world. It’s very, very difficult to visit the caves, especially as a group. But we’ll see plenty of pre-historic action during our week.

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