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May 27-June 4, 2021 Postponed

Gabare Boats in Dordogne
Lascaux caves in Dordogne
Vieux-Pont in Albi France
Carcassonne Castle in France

This program is postponed and rescheduled to operate May 27-June 4, 2021. An updated brochure and program details will be uploaded once available. 

Please read below for original tour details (April 30-May 8, 2020).

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. Accompanying this tour and offering a series of lectures and in-depth discussions throughout the program will be Martine Gantrel, professor of French studies at Smith.

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. Unpack and spend seven nights in the Hôtel Plaza Madeline. Complement your exploration of France’s rich culture with a pre-program extension to the Bordeaux, featuring the world-famous wine region of St-Émilion; and a post-program extension to Albi and Toulouse, visiting the storybook medieval towns of the South of France.

This exceedingly popular travel program sells out quickly every year. Reserve your space before October 29, 2019, to receive an early booking discount of $600 per couple!

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine.
  • Tour of the medieval Château de Beynac.
  • Meet with local residents who will discuss contemporary daily life in the provincial Dordogne département.
  • Savor local wine and regional cheeses at a Sarlat épicerie gourmet tasting.

Faculty Speaker

  • Martine Gantrel, Professor of French Studies

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Trip Details

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy, when booked before October 29, 2019
  • Single Supplement: $700 per person (limited availability)
  • Deposit: $600 per person, payable to Gohagan & Company
  • Co-sponsors: This is a Smith-only departure