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SUP Wilderness Adventures is headed to south-west France to paddle approximately 60 kilometers of the Dordogne River. If you have read Michael Criton's book 'Timeline' or 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' series, this is the region where both stories were set. Expect stand up paddle boarding or canoeing, touring by bike and on foot, guided history sightseeing, French cooking class, truffle hunt, vineyard visit, and village visits during this retreat. Think of history, nature, excellent food and culture, this trip has it all.
You will stay in a boutique accommodation. A wonderful home with a pool has been selected, affording the group space, comfort, and a feeling of having lived in the Dordogne.
A visit to the Dordogne would be incomplete if you didn't take it in from every angle. That's why you'll paddle down-river some 40 kilometers; stopping in at quaint cafes and visiting sites of interest along the way. French food and wine rate among the world's best, so you'll stop in at a vineyard, a truffle farm, shop at the village market and take a French cooking class (then enjoy feasting on the works of art).
You'll have a historian guide you as you visit the many important sites that played a pivotal part in European history and come away with a vastly enhanced understanding of how the Dordogne has repeatedly served as a cradle for the development of mankind.
The Dordogne is often referred to as one of the prettiest regions in France. Located in the southwest of the country, it is set between the Loire Valley and Pyrenees mountains. Renowned for the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux Cave in the Vézère Valley, this is where Cro Magnon Man made his home. It's also the site of the Hundred Years War and so history abounds.
The town of Périgueux is home to the Cathedrale Saint Front, with its 5 domes, and the Vesunna Museum, which is built around Roman ruins. The medieval town Sarlat-la-Canéda centers on the Rue de la Republique and the Cathédrale Saint Sacerdos.
Few regions sum up the best of France better than the Dordogne. It's here where black truffles are unearthed, where frois gras pate is made, and where the best walnuts can be tasted. Wine and gourmet foods feature prominently and medieval history can be seen all around. Numerous castles preside from hill tops; looking out across the valley below, where the Dordogne's namesake river gently follows its course.
France has some of the finest prehistoric cave art in the world, in some spectacular regions, from the limestone valleys of the Dordogne to the majestic Pyrénées mountains in the south. While the most well known of all, Lascaux, is no longer accessible - many other cave art sites are still open to the public, and some all year round. You will visit a number of them.
The small French town of Les Eyzies in the Dordogne has frequently been described as the world capital of prehistory. The National Prehistory Museum is here, and it is at the center of a concentration of some of the more spectacular Ice Age cave art. This town and the area is a popular tourist destination. France also has some spectacular Roman and Medieval sites, and if you have a chance these should not be missed.
You will be served a welcome drink and breakfast daily. There will also French cooking class and feast.
For those who want to gain a bird's eye view, there's the option of floating above it all in a hot air balloon (extra cost).
Please book your flight to arrive at Périgueux Bassillac Airport (PGX).
To arrive here, you have to arrive in Paris first.