Flavors of the Dordogne
Duration: 9 Days
May 26 - June 3, 2023
$5,995 from Bordeaux, France
In the Dordogne, all of France’s provincial charms have been distilled into one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. The medieval town of Sarlat-La Canéda, for example, one of the gems of the Périgord, boasts the greatest concentration of medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century facades of any town in Europe. The Périgord Noir, where we’ll spend most of our time, is a lushly forested corner of Aquitaine embraced by the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. From any angle, the area is rapturously lovely, but it is also a gourmet’s dream: the home of France’s finest foie gras, truffles, strawberries, walnuts—the quintessence of Gallic cuisine. Here, we’ll find wonderful markets with a mouth-watering tableau of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meats, as well as crafts and a colorful array of French country folk.
Our base camp for this extraordinary week will be a lovely Relais et Châteaux property, the Château de la Treyne. A stately home imbued with a storied history that traces back to the 14th century, Château de la Treyne towers over the surrounding landscape and offers exceptional views of the Dordogne River. Fringed by a private forest and French-style gardens, Château de la Treyne is the ideal base from which to set off and explore this fascinating region. But wait, there’s more: The chateau’s chef adapts the cuisine of the terroir based on foie gras or lamb from the nearby Causses du Quercy nature park. We’ll need to choose between dining in the Grand Louis XIII Salon or on the terrace overlooking the Dordogne.
We’ll learn much about the culture and history of southwest France through our leisurely visits to Saint-Émilion, Sarlat, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, and La Roque Gageac, one of France’s most beautiful villages. We’ll also enjoy an afternoon cruise on a river barge, participate in French cuisine cooking classes, study the prehistoric paintings at the Rouffignac Grotte, and visit the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour. This, too, will be a Flavors trip worth savoring.