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Village Life in France: Dordogne

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Experience the authentic provincial character of the Dordogne region in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval towns, on this one-of-a-kind, 7-night experience. While staying in the 19th-century family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hotel, discover charming villages, medieval castles, and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions, including Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the quaint town of Souillac and its 12th-century Abbaye Sainte-Marie; the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour; the English-style gardens of Eyrignac; a visit to the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Fyzies; the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Cap-Blanc; the perfectly reproduced cave art at Lascaux and Rouffignac; Saint-Amand-de-Coly, one of the “most beautiful villages” in France;  Rouffignac, “Cave of a Hundred Mammoths,” known for its extraordinary  great ceiling; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River and meet locals and learn about daily life during the Village Life® forum.