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Périgord Prestige à Pied Dordogne

Périgord Prestige à Pied

Along the Valley of the Dronne

Périgord Prestige à Pied

Walk through beautiful undulating countryside and past pretty medieval villages as you follow the clear waters of the little River Dronne from Bourdeilles to Champagnac. Two nights staying in the “Venice of Périgord”, Brantôme, allows visits to the ancient abbey of Charlemagne and perhaps an afternoon canoeing. A château hotel, an elegant riverside manoir and an old water mill provide characterful accommodation and gourmet dining.

Holiday Highlights

  • Brantôme- the ‘Little Venice of Périgord’
  • Medieval history with Charlemagne's Abbey and Catherine de Medici's Castle
  • Canoeing on the gentle River Dronne
  • Gastronomic eating in the land of truffles, foie gras and walnuts
  • Michelin starred restaurant at the 4* Moulin du Roc

What's Included

  • 6 days easy walking
  • 5 nights in luxury hotels, half board
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 evening meals and 1 Michelin-starred meal
  • Travel first class via Eurostar (optional)
  • Welcome introduction
  • Station transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Belle France 24hr Support

Starting Days

Starting days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Biras day 1


    Your holiday begins at the elegant Chateau de la Côte set in a 2-hectare park with magnificent views of the rolling countryside.

    • Château de La Côte - Night
    • Château de La Côte - Day

    Château de La Côte

    Refined lodging in a 15th-century chateau, plus free WiFi, an elegant restaurant & an outdoor pool.


    • Newspapers available
    • Safety deposit box
    • Concierge service
    • Tourist information leaflets available
    • Complimentary wifi in the rooms, on the terrace and lawns
    • Lounge area
    • Laundry room
    • Room service
    • Meal trays served in room
    • Shop with farm products
    • Outdoor pool (open during summer)
    • Secure bike shed



    Château de La Côte's restaurant offers light, gourmet cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast included.

  • 2

    Circuit forest walk day 2


    Loop walk over rolling hills to the pretty medieval village of Bourdeilles on the River Dronne. After lunch, return along the riverside under impressive overhanging rocks, before climbing gently back to the hotel.

    7 mi
    (11 km)

  • 3

    Biras to Brantôme day 3


    A cross-country walk with lovely views, through forests and open farmland, to the bustling little town of Brantôme, set on an island in the River Dronne. Your town-centre hotel overlooks one of the main bridges and has a large terrace by the river. The fine restaurant is highly regarded by the locals.

    • Hotel Restaurant Charbonnel

    Hotel Restaurant Charbonnel

    Contemporary comfort at the heart of the historic town of Brantôme.


    • Free high speed internet (WiFi)
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room Service



    The restaurant at Charbonnel is an established gourmet restaurant and very popular in the region. The dining room has panoramic windows overlooking the river Dronne. The menu is seasonal and the chef resources fresh local and regional produce.

    Dinner is included on the first evening and the second evening is booked on a BB basis so that clients can choose their own restaurant from a varied and good choice in the town.

    6 mi
    (10 km)

  • 4

    Half day loop walk day 4


    Take a pleasant half day walk and then spend time in the fascinating town, visit the abbey and the troglodyte caves or simply wander in the narrow streets with their galleries, shops and bars. Perhaps take a boat ride around the town or hire a canoe for a longer trip down the river. There is much to do before choosing a restaurant of your choice for the second evening at Brantôme.

    Friday morning is market day when the streets are taken over by colourful food and clothing stalls.

    4 mi
    (6 km)

  • 5

    Brantôme to Champagnac day 5


    Follow the river out of Brantôme before heading across country to the village of Champagnac de Belair for your final two nights at the charming 4* Moulin du Roc, a luxuriously converted water mill with a Michelin starred restaurant and heated pool.

    • Hotel exterior with outside seating area and river
    • Balcony overlooking river
    • Traditional rustic master bedroom
    • Traditional bedroom
    • Traditional bedroom
    • Outside seating

    Le Moulin du Roc

    Authentic, 17th century mill, converted into a charming hotel. The hotel’s fifteen rooms are distributed between the three parts of the Mill and are connected by a merry labyrinth of gangways, terraces and narrow staircases. Every room oozes charm with a blend of period furniture, bare beams and all modern comforts.


    • 4 star hotel
    • Most rooms have air-conditioning, (please ask if required)
    • Free Internet connection
    • Hair-dryer
    • Mini-bar
    • Television with channel package
    • Hi-fi System
    • Indoor lounge with large fireplace
    • Outside lounge on the water
    • Balneotherapy Bath (12 rooms)
    • Hermes arrival gift products
    • Terrace and gardens
    • Outside heated swimming pool and pool house (changing room, shower and WC)
    • Tennis court (rackets and balls available at reception)
    • Can be accessed by helicopter!!!



    The Michelin star restaurant's aim is to bring out the best in Périgord produce, including foie gras, truffles, walnuts, lamb, duck and strawberries.

    7 mi
    (11 km)

  • 6

    Day trip to Villars day 6


    A circular walk on forested paths taking in ancient abbey ruins and the impressive Château de Puygilhem, well worth an interior visit, before returning along a river valley to the Moulin du Roc for your final gourmet meal of the week.

    9 mi
    (14 km)

Route & Location