This is one of the activities to try when you stay in the Vézère valley, in Dordogne: a descent in a canoe or kayak! You glide on the water, in nature, in the cool and you can admire all the architectural wonders in the dream landscapes of Périgord! While working your muscles! What more ? Information to book your stay and plan some time to take it easy in the Dordogne.

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Which canoe-kayak routes should you choose to discover the Dordogne?

In our opinion, you will love it More info our region of Périgord from your canoe or kayak: it’s a unique experience to book during your stay! So that this activity is aimed at as many people as possible, different routes have been created. From the shortest to the longest, from the simplest to the most difficult: there are for all tastes et all levels

But be careful, children under 5 cannot join your crew, nor sailors who cannot swim! 

Canoe-kayak routes on the Vézère

The canoe-kayak descent from Montignac-Lascaux to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère

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The church and the river of Saint Léon sur Vézère

If you want to admire the castles et the villages which border the river, this is the canoe or kayak route that you must book! During 3 hours, you navigate to browse the 12 kilometers in complete tranquility. Raise your nose and paddles, it's time to appreciate the beauty of the Losse castle, but also Belcayre castle.

The canoe-kayak descent of the Vézère de Tursac in Les Eyzies

This journey lasting 3 hours allows you to row under the troglodyte village of Madeleine. Another way to contemplate how our ancestors from Périgord were able to live and arrange these impressive cliffs. You will then find the castle of Marzac on the other bank. Continuing to paddle your canoe, you will arrive in the world capital of Prehistory: Les Eyzies

Canoe-kayak routes on the Dordogne

Many routes also exist on the Dordogne river, between castles and cliffs!

By canoe-kayak around La Roque-Gageac

It's an experience to live: approaching the magnificent village of Roque-Gageac from the water. You will be able to realize the beauty of this village under its imposing cliff!

At the confluence with La Vézère, canoe-kayak descent towards Limeuil

For a descent of a 1h, you can rally The Bush à Limeuil aboard your canoes. Alone 6 kilometers separate these two points but the nature present everywhere will give you the impression of being somewhere other than in France!

Canoe-kayak hikes to discover the Dordogne

Lovers of nature and the Dordogne can experience a unique experience by embarking for a 2 to 5 day tour. Canoe and kayak rentals include everything you need to navigate safely. You can take your tent and settle in a camping along the river. They are numerous both on the banks of the Vézère and the Dordogne.

Another originality that should please the most curious:

 Book a three-sport tour! Canoeing but also mountain biking and walking on the banks of the Vézère or the Dordogne. Does that tempt you?

Where to rent canoes in the Vézère valley in Dordogne?

Tourism professionals offer you different bases to explore the river by canoe or en kayak. A minibus shuttle is scheduled to return to your starting point throughout the day.
You can find your canoe and kayak rental in the towns of Montignac-Lascaux, Saint-Léon-de-Vézère, Les Eyzies, Le Bugue ou Limeuil.

What equipment to navigate on the Vézère?

When you go to rent a canoe or kayak, life jacket and a waterproof container are also provided. This allows you to keep your picnic or snack protected from water all day long to complete your journey! 

For your part, you just need to put on a swimsuit et an anti-UV top. But also to put on glasses, to carry a cap to protect you from the Périgord sun.

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