This is one of the activities to try out when you stay in the Vézère valley in the Dordogne: a trip in a canoe or kayak! You can glide along on the water, in the cool of nature, and admire all the architectural wonders in the dreamy landscapes of the Périgord! All while getting your muscles working! What more could you want? Information on how to book your stay and plan some time to take it easy in the Dordogne.

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What canoeing and kayaking routes should you choose to discover the Dordogne?

We think you're going to love it visit our Périgord region from your canoe or kayak. a unique experience to book during your stay! So that this activity can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, different routes have been created. From the shortest to the longest, from the simplest to the most difficult: there's something for everyone. to suit all tastes and all levels

But be careful, children under the age of 5 are not allowed to join your crew, nor are sailors who can't swim! 

Canoeing and kayaking on the Vézère river

Canoeing from Montignac-Lascaux to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère

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The church and river at Saint Léon sur Vézère

If you want to admire the castles and the villages that border the river, it's the canoe or kayak trip that you need to book! At 3 hoursyou'll be navigating your way through 12 kilometres in complete tranquillity. Raise your nose and your paddles, it's time to take in the beauty of the river. Losse castlebut also Belcayre castle.

Canoeing down the Vézère from Tursac at Les Eyzies

This 3 hours allows you to row under the troglodyte village of la Madeleine. Another way of seeing how our ancestors from Périgord have been able to live in and furnish these impressive cliffs. You will then find Marzac Castle on the other bank. As you continue paddling your canoe, you will arrive in the world capital of prehistory: Les Eyzies

Canoeing and kayaking on the Dordogne river

There are also many routes on the Dordogne riverbetween castles and cliffs!

Canoeing and kayaking around La Roque-Gageac

It's an experience to be savoured: approaching the magnificent village of la Roque-Gageac from the water. You can see for yourself the beauty of this village under its imposing cliff!

At the confluence with the Vézère, canoe down to Limeuil

For a descent of 1h30you can join Le Buisson à Limeuil on board your canoes. Only 6 kilometres separate these two points, but the nature everywhere will give you the impression of being somewhere other than France!

Discover the Dordogne by canoe or kayak

Lovers of nature and the Dordogne can enjoy a unique experience embarking for a 2 to 5 day tour. Canoe and kayak hire includes everything you need for safe sailing. You can take your tent and settle in a campsite by the river. There are many along both the Vézère and the Dordogne.

Another original feature that should appeal to the more curious:

 Book a trisport circuit! Canoeing, mountain biking and walking on the banks of the Vézère or Dordogne rivers. Fancy it?

Where can you hire canoes in the Vézère valley in the Dordogne?

Tourism professionals offer you different bases to discover the river by canoe or kayak. at kayak. A minibus shuttle to return to your starting point throughout the day.
You can find your canoe and kayak hire in the communes of Montignac-Lascaux, Saint-Léon-de-Vézère, Les Eyzies, Le Bugue or Limeuil.

What equipment do you need to sail on the Vézère?

When you hire a canoe or kayak, lifejackets as well as a watertight container are also provided. This means you can keep your picnic or snack out of the water all day long to complete your route! 

For your part, all you have to do is put on a swimming costume and an anti-UV top. But also to put on glasseswear a cap to protect you from the Périgord sun.

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