River Dordogne Canoe and Boat Trips

The river Dordogne, the famous ‘River of Hope’, is the lifeline of the region.

Take the river not the road for a morning or afternoon and enjoy the beautiful countryside and some light activity in one of France’s finest regions. By canoe not only will you see beautiful sections of the river but also the magnificent chateaux of Marqueyssac, Castlenaud, Beynac and Les Milandes from a unique prospective.

Canoeing on the Dordogne is very easy – there are no weirs to carry your canoe around, no rapids to negotiate, and the flow of the water does much of the work for you!  The canoe hire company drives you upstream just beyond La Roque-Gageac in a minibus – you then canoe back downstream with the flow of the river.  There are plenty of places along the route where you can pull your canoe over to the river bank for a picnic, a paddle or a spot of sunbathing.

Canoeing along the Dordogne is safe for children (lifejackets are provided) and a large ‘screw top’ plastic tub is provided to keep everything dry!  So go with the flow …

…. or, alternatively, let someone else take the helm and enjoy a leisurely trip on a gabarre from either Beynac or La Roque-Gageac after a bit of sight-seeing or lunch.  This is an interesting mini river cruise on an authentic flat-bottomed boat used originally for the transportation of wood and wine along the DordogneRiver between the 16th and the 19th centuries.

This cruise takes in some of the Dordogne Valley’s most breathtaking scenery and gives a glimpse into how the gabarriers worked in the past.