France 2019: Truffle Hunters and Gatherers

A Winter Gourmet Walking & Cooking Tour
In Dordogne & The Lot Region, France 



Trip Duration: 8 days/7 nights ex Sarlat/Souillac

Tour Dates: 18th – 25th January, 2019

Tour Cost: $3,295.00AUD  per person, twin/share. Single room supplement $640.00

Tour Grade: Easy/Moderate

 Accommodation: A comfortable holiday house in the Dordogne

Group size: Only 10 places


* Visit Annual Sarlat Le Caneda Truffle Festival

* Hunting for Black Truffles with local producer and his trusty sniffing Truffle Pig

* Local Nature walks and visiting villages in Dordogne Valley

 * Attending the Famous Lalbenque Truffle Markets

Gourmet Truffle Lunch at Lalbenque maison du Truffles…

 * Visit Local Cheese, Charcuterie & Fois Gras producers & Local Markets

 * Cooking  lessons & instructions In  preparation of meals made with Local   produce and Truffles.

Even in a country with so much varied regional beauty, the Lot and Dordogne areas stand out. These delightful and gentle ‘departements’ are cut by a number of great rivers, – the Dronne, the Vézère, the Auvézère and of course, the Lot and the mighty Dordogne.

Historically known as the Perigord, the Dordogne area was settled in pre-historic times. There are troglodyte cave dwellings along the river valleys and famous prehistoric art sites such as Lascaux. More recently, the golden stone of the Perigord has created mellow villages, fortified churches, over one thousand château and castles, and the beautiful ‘bastide’ towns. We visit Sarlat, the best preserved medieval town in France, and experience its famous market. We travel to the pilgrimage site at Rocamadour and walk in the white limestone areas of The Lot. On our walks we visit some of the designated Most Beautiful Villages in France (MBVIF) and through the Marqueyssac Gardens

Walking trails, including some of the GR (long distance) paths which link ancient villages, château, vineyards, riversides and oak forest. Colourful village markets provide the famous Perigourdine foods – the best in France.

We stay in a beautiful holiday house near Sarlat, setting off each day to explore this delightful region, before returning most afternoons for a cooking lesson with local produce.

Sample itinerary

This is typical of our tours, but is a guide only. The final selection and/or order of walks may change to suit local conditions or events.

Day 1 – Friday 18th January

Depending on train schedules of trains from Paris, we meet you at either Sarlat or Souillac railway station this afternoon and transfer you to our beautiful accommodation near Sarlat. Time to settle in before dinner. Sarlat and Souillac are both easily reached by train from Paris. (D)

Day 2 – Saturday 19th January

This morning we visit Sarlat Truffle Festival, the best preserved medieval town in France. Enjoy the famous Saturday market, which spreads through the cobbled streets as we buy our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we will have a group cooking lesson and preparation for the group evening meal. If there is time we will enjoy a short visit walking around the local village of La Roque- Gagaec. (BD)

Day 3 – Sunday 20th January

This morning we will visit the St Cyprien Markets. In the afternoon we walk beside and above the Dordogne, exploring Beynac-et-Cazenac (MBVIF) dominated by its château, and the fortified ‘bastide’ town of Domme, established in 1280, before returning to our accommodation for an afternoon cooking lesson (BLD)

Day 4 – Monday 21st January

This morning we will visit local producers and visit the famous Gardens of Marqueyssac and walk the Belvedere path which gives one of the best views of the Dordogne, before returning to our accommodation for an afternoon cooking lesson (BLD)

 Day 5 – Tuesday 22nd January

We head for a full day to the Lalbenque Truffle Market and enjoy a truffle inspired lunch at a famous local Bistro. Afterwards we will take part in the truffle markets sales along the main street. Return to our accommodation for afternoon rest discussions (optional local walks available) and preparation lessons for the evening meal. (BLD)

Day 6 – Wednesday 23rd January

A day Truffle Hunting with a local Farmer and his pig. If there is time, we visit the elegant Château des Milandes, former home of the entertainer Josephine Baker in the afternoon We will dine out in Sarlat this evening and enjoy the soft light on the limestone walls in the village. (BLD)

 Day 7 – Thursday 24th January

Today we travel to Rocamadour in the neighboring region of Lot. Explore this important pilgrimage site where many miracles are said to have occurred, and then walk in the dry, limestone ‘causse’ lands to watermills and isolated farms.


We will stay local and enjoy some walking in the area. In the afternoon, we will have our final cooking lesson and group meal preparation to be served for dinner.

Day 8 – Friday 25th January

Our tour ends after breakfast. We transfer you to Sarlat railway station this morning in time for trains to Paris via Bordeaux or Libourne. (B)


The Tour Cost Includes

  • Transfers between Sarlat or Souillac railway stations and our accommodation at the beginning of the tour,
  • Transfer to Sarlat railway station at the end of the tour
  • All local transport to walks, sites and visits
  • Truffle hunting with a local Farmer
  • Seven nights accommodation in a selected holiday house,
  • Professional driver/guides,
  • Organised program of cooking classes, walks and visits,
  • Lunch at a Restaurant in Lalbenque with local wine
  • Admission to Marqueyssac Gardens
  • Seven breakfasts(B), 4 boxed Gourmet lunches(L) and seven evening meals(D)
  • Matched Wine and beer with evening meals


Not Included

  •  One lunch from the Sarlat markets to be shared amongst the group
  • Optional the Padirac Caves, and/or Lascaux II.
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Purchase of Truffles for ongoing personal arrangements.


If you have any questions about the tour or would like to make a booking, please contact us at;

Walking Matilda, walking holidays

Phone: Kim-0499 094 577

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