Immerse yourself in the rich character and local traditions of Dordogne, an authentic provincial treasure of southwest France.


  • Unpack just once and stay in the recently renovated, family-owned Hôtel Plaza Madeleine in the heart of medieval Sarlat, just across from the twice-weekly village market.
  • Explore the region’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including 13th-century Rocamadour and the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine.
  • Stroll through the lush and impeccably maintained 19th-century Jardins d’Eyrignac, considered by many to be the finest gardens in France.
  • Enjoy a specially arranged private performance of traditional 19th-century Périgord Noir folk music and dance.
  • Experience exceptional views of the Dordogne River from above on a walking tour of Domme, and appreciate the beauty of the village’s 13th- and 14th-century architecture along the way.

Itinerary at a Glance

September 3 Depart for Bordeaux
September 4 Arrive in Bordeaux | Sarlat-la-Canéda
September 5 Sarlat-la-Canéda
September 6 Rocamadour | Souillac
September 7 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil | L’Abri du Cap-Blanc
September 8 Lascaux | Saint-Amand-de-Coly
September 9 Rouffignac | La Madeleine
September 10 Beynac | Domme
September 11 Sarlat-la-Canéda | Depart Bordeaux

Optional Extensions:

Pre-tour: Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion

Post-tour: Albi and Toulouse

Trip Scholar

Linda Seidel

Linda Seidel, Hanna Holborn Gray Emerita Professor in Art History, received her PhD and then taught at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1977. Her teaching and research interests have long been split between the architectural sculpture of southwestern Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries, particularly in Aquitaine, and easel painting in Flanders, primarily Bruges, during the 15th century. Her several books grew out of problems and issues she encountered in her many years of teaching and while traveling throughout the region on numerous occasions. When she suspected that explanations about certain works of art had grown outdated and should no longer be passed on, she pursued research that led to new ways of thinking about old objects and provided alternative ways of understanding them. In retirement, she has been living in New York City, completing a book on a Romanesque church in Provence, and offering art seminars to seniors through a volunteer organization in her neighborhood. These conversations are modeled on the talks she has enjoyed giving as a faculty lecturer on alumni trips over the course of more than a decade.