Starting at $3,995

Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments—the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; the perfectly reproduced cave art at Lascaux; a specially arranged performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive Village Life® Forum with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne. Complement your exploration of France’s rich culture with the Bordeaux Pre-Program Option, featuring the world-famous wine region of St-Émilion, and the Albi and Toulouse Post-Program Option, visiting the storybook medieval towns of the South of France. This exceedingly popular travel program sells out quickly every year!


  • Uniquely designed, small group program.
  • Immerse yourself in the true character and traditions of Dordogne, an authentic provincial treasure.
  • Unpack just once and stay in the family-owned, has been renovated Hôtel Plaza Madeleine in the heart of medieval Sarlat, directly across from the twice-weekly village market.
  • Most meals included—two dinners in specially selected bistros in Sarlat; complimentary local wine with included dinners.
  • Visit up to nine of France’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Enriching educational lectures.
  • Exclusive Village Life® Forum featuring local residents.
  • Prehistoric cave art in the state-of-the-art International Center for Cave Art at Lascaux and in Rouffignac.
  • Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion Pre-Program Option.
  • Albi and Toulouse Post-Program Option, featuring medieval Carcassonne and lovely Cordes-sur-Ciel.
  • One of the most popular Gohagan & Company Village Life® programs—sells out each year.
Event Itinerary 

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda
  3. Sarlat-la-Canéda
  4. Rocamadour/Souillac
  5. Les Eyzies /L’Abri du Cap-Blanc
  6. Lascaux/St-Amand-de-Coly
  7. Rouffignac/La Madeleine
  8. Beynac/Domme
  9. Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/Return to the U.S. or Canada
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Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Moderately Active


Lynn A. Higgins

Lynn A. Higgins is the Edward Tuck Professor of French Studies. She also teaches in Comparative Literature and Film Studies, and she recently completed a 5-year term as Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in French Literature and went on to earn her Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota. She came to Dartmouth College in 1976. Professor Higgins is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and prizes , and is the author of many books, articles and edited volumes. Her research is focused on cinema and literature, particularly since the Second World War. Her book <i>New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France</i> won a Choice Outstanding Book Award and was selected by the Modern Language Association for its Scaglione Prize in French and Francophone Studies. Her most recent publications include a book on filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier and a co-edited collection of interviews with Tavernier. She is currently at work on co-editing a collection of interviews with filmmaker Alain Resnais and a collection of essays on novelist Patrick Modiano. She is also writing a book on adaptation of literature to the screen.

Shared Program 
Dartmouth Exclusive Trip
Operator Name 
Gohagan & Company