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Sarlat la Canéda: The Dordogne valley by canoe
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Sarlat la Canéda: The Dordogne valley by canoe

By Canoes Loisirs
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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This canoe descent from Vitrac will allow you to discover the Dordogne valley in a unique and ecological way. From a few hours to a few days, between swimming and picnicking, between castles and villages, the Dordogne valley and its thousand facets will make you experience one of the best days of your stay in Dordogne.
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Ages 5-99
Duration: 2–6 hours
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  • - Vests - Containers (box) - Paddle - Canoe - Insurance - Topo Guide


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Canoës Loisirs - Canoë Dordogne, Le Brat, 24250 Domme, France
    Main meeting point for all departures!
  • Option 2
    Place Pasteur, Pl. Pasteur, 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
    Starting point possible for people who do not have vehicles in the off season! Appointment time to be determined with our services via a phone call!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 67850P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Sarlat la Canéda: The Dordogne valley by canoe?
    Sarlat la Canéda: The Dordogne valley by canoe price starts from £20.89. Discover and book Sarlat la Canéda: The Dordogne valley by canoe on Tripadvisor
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    • Canoes Loisirs
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      Vitrac, Dordogne, France
      Joined in May 2010
    • Mobile37499859261
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do !!
      Just superb!! An amazing experience seeing such beautiful French countryside from the Dordogne. The staff were spot on…. Thanks Dave… so pleased we turned right after going over the bridge… he’ll know what I mean.
      Written 19 September 2023
    • Chris S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful gentle trip down the Dordogne
      We booked our canoe/kayak trip online through Canoes Butterfly, which is basically the Beynac base of Canoes Loisir. As we had chosen to do the Cénac - Beynac 12km 2h30 trip this seemed like the best option for us as we drove to Beynac (actually in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle) base and parked there, which meant that at the end of the trip we could just drive away whenever we arrived. If we had booked a trip at their main base at Vitrac instead we would have needed to wait for an hourly bus back to the start. We booked the first trip at 10am, which meant getting there at 9:30 and getting equipped with a life jacket and waterproof barrel. A minibus took us a 15 minute or so drive to Cénac where we got our kayak/canoe and some basic instructions before launching into the river. This stretch of the river is wide, with a gentle current and no really fast parts. You pass through pretty countryside, wooded valleys, and pass by La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud and Beynac castles and can stop anywhere you like on the way. Our only limitation was to be back at the base before 5pm so if we'd wanted to stop for a picnic we could have done. They offer plenty of other trips - some longer and even a shorter option - but this suited us well. All-in-all a lovely day out. Tip: Don't forget sun cream on your legs (and feet if you're wearing sandals).
      Written 17 July 2023
    • L421HOsharonb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Canoe Loisirs - highly recommended
      Canoe Loisirs were very helpful when my wife and I visited the Dordogne for a few days of canoeing during early June 2023 . We brought our own canoe so there was no need for us to hire. Canoe Loisirs were still able to accommodate us with regards transport to/from either the starting or finishing point of our days canoe trip (for a small fee). The staff were excellent and the company is highly recommended.
      Written 8 June 2023
    • 29grantc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      We just finished a fantastic 3 days canoeing and exploring on the Dordogne and Vezere rivers. We booked a complete package including hotel with Canoes Loisirs. There was heavy rain for two days prior to our trip that required several route changes and hotel changes. Baptiste, our contact at Canoes Loisirs was very thoughtful and provided us great alternatives. We felt very well taken care of. An excellent trip!
      Written 18 May 2023
    • raydr98
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      very unprofession business dealings
      First, Gilles and Baptiste seemed to be working with us to design a custom trip. But this was done through about 20 emails. We really appreciated it. The trip looked beautiful. They quoted a price, but then said we would have to WIRE them money, because they did not take credit cards. This felt suspicious for a business to not accept credit cards. THEN, Gilles wrote and said they could take the card after all and we could pay the fees in 3 payments. But, we wanted to be clear of the plan, so I consolidated all 20 emails into one iteniary using the details they had given me. I sent them (Gilles) the iteniary as I understood it, including what we would be responsibile for and what the company would be responsible for (asking if it was correct). I also sent them our Amex information. They ghosted me. Finally after two weeks, I wrote them again asking if everything was ok. Gilles wrote back to cancel our trip. I asked for a reason..... .They took offense to our asking for agreement on the iteniary (specicially he said the we "didn't trust them" and therefore they were "closing our folder". I recently wrote with Baptiste and asked him to confirm if this is what happened...I wanted it to be fair and true. He ignored me. I am sure they have to agree, because I have the emails to back this up. I am so glad we didn't wire the money. But,we had been working toward a trip like this for many years. It broke our hearts.
      Written 9 September 2022
    • SESims2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best canoeing in the Dordogne
      We went as a family of 11 with ages ranging from 5 years to 63 years. We did the 16k route from vitrac to beynac. We really enjoyed and had a good laugh. You could stop off along the way for lunch, snack breaks and swim. We really enjoyed and will probably book again next week! We booked on the website which was straightforward (we do speak and understand french as we are bilingual). However, the staff spoke really good English at the canoe site and were very organised (if you wish to show up and book there you can do easily). We really enjoyed and would totally recommend this to everyone. We travelled from Correze to go to this specific canoe company as we heard it was good. It didn't disappoint. Thank you Canoes Loisirs!
      Written 19 August 2022
    • srmvdb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This is a must do activity (Vitrac - Beynac) and these guys are a good outfit
      Good service. Good equipment. Reasonable price. Starting point has a decent restaurant with it. The 3 hour Vitrac - Beynac trip is recommended. Take the double paddles!
      Written 12 August 2022
    • T8208ZDsarahc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxing canoe ride in beautiful surroundings
      We booked on line, and everything went like clockwork - we checked in, were given our equipment and off we went - that took about 10 minutes. It was extremely well organised - the staff spoke English which helped. We went from Vitrac to Beynac on the 5 castle route, and with a stop for lunch at Le Ti Malo in Beynac, it took about 3.5 hours. The bus ride back to Vitrac was on time, and efficient. Great day out.
      Written 29 July 2022
    • robus1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great choice for canoeing the Dordogne
      We booked online directly through their website and everything went smoothly and efficiently when we showed up. Clean restrooms were available at the launch site. We chose a 12 km trip (2.5 hrs- one of their shorter options) because we have a 6 year old and we didn’t know how long she’d last. We ended up taking a lot more time and going at a leisurely pace stopping for a snack along the way. My youngest announced at the end that she wasn’t bored at all even though we’d been doing this for hours! There are plenty of canoe rental places and we chose this one because we’re staying just a few minutes from Vitrac so it was convenient. However, they did everything right and there’d be no reason for me to choose a different company when we’re back in the region.
      Written 2 July 2022
    • Adam M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful afternoon on the river
      I had been to the Dordogne region several times before and had seen people canoeing on the river but had never done it, so I booked the Vitrac-Beynac trip for my wife and I this time around. It turned out to be an excellent way to spend the afternoon. Dealing with the staff at Canoe Loisirs was very easy and after a 5 minute orientation and equipment fitting, we were on our way. The Dordogne is an extremely easy river to navigate, and even with high water and the river running faster than usual from spring rains we had no trouble whatsoever, even though my wife is a novice paddler. Luckily we had excellent weather but take sunscreen because the reflection off the water can cause a wicked sunburn if you're not prepared. the trip itself is great - you get a great view of La Roque-Gageac, Castelnaud, Fayrac, Beynac, and other beautiful sights along the river. It's easy to take pictures and you can go at your own pace and take your time. Overall it was a super fun experience that we would definitely do again.
      Written 4 May 2022
    • Helen L
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing day!
      This is the perfect way to view the villages along the river. Even though you will be told you can do the journey from Vitrac in 3 hours allow at least 4 (we took 5!) then you can really enjoy the scenery and allow the river to take you along. Take your picnic and stop on one of the many 'beaches'. We saw so many kingfishers too. Choose a warm day and don't forget your sunscreen. A really special day!
      Written 13 October 2019
    • Megger84
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must-Do Experience
      Canoeing down the Dordogne river is an incredible way to see the villages tucked along the valley's cliffs. We did the route from Vitrac to Beynac, which is listed on the website as a three hour trip. However, it is possible to schedule a later pick up at the end of the route, allowing you to make your day as long as you'd like. I reccomend scheduling in at least an extra hour to have time to stop for lunch in a village or one of the riverside picnic areas. Staff were efficient and gave clear directions to the bus pickup point.
      Written 28 September 2019
    • Martin B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Grey nomads go canoeing
      Superb canoeing down the Dordogne. They say 3 hours but allow 4 + to allow for a couple of stops and a quick lunch. Bus waiting when we finished to take us back to Vitric. A great way to spend a day.
      Written 28 September 2019
    • Y4055WLelaine
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant way to see the sights.
      Easy paddling with beautiful views along the river. Lots of river bank to stop and swim or gave picnic lunch.
      Written 13 September 2019
    • AdrianS2403
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A lovely way to travel
      We hired two canoes to travel down the river, we wished we had chosen the slightly longer one! We had great fun (two middel aged , two early 20's) . Really very easy to paddle and relax, pleanty of watering holes along the way too!
      Written 13 September 2019
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    Robert B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Couples
    This was a most amazing and fun trip. The staff and owner of Canoes Loisirs were on hand and very friendly and helpful. The trip downstream (5 castles) was effortless and beautiful. We saw lots of waterfowl including herons and white swans. Stopped at La Roque-Gageac and Beynac for wonderful sightseeing and a tasty lunch. The villages are quaint and surprising in their diversity. The flowers in May were astoundingly beautiful. We took our time and didn't finish up until nearly 17:00, so the owner himself actually picked us up to take us back to the canoe center. The service was phenomenal. His attitude was so positive. He definitely made us smile and laugh. All in all one of the best days in our one month sojourn in France.
    Written 6 March 2024
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    Voyage26466173670
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Friends
    It is pleasant to travel by boat in these waters, visiting castles and picturesque and cozy places, everything is also very romantic and sailing is a great experience recommended for everyone.
    Written 18 November 2023
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    Charlotte C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A not to miss experience and the best way to see the beauty and peaceful nature of the Dordogne especially when its quieter in mid Sept. It’s our 3rd time and always a highlight of the holiday - take as little or as long as you like, stopping off along the way to swim in the crystal clean waters or look out for kingfishers. We did the 5 bridge tour this time as weren’t sure if our new mischievous teen dog would be manageable for the longest trip but he enjoyed it too. It took us around 4.5 hrs with stop offs. This Co are super organised and friendly from start to finish and drop you back at your car at the finish. Highly recommend hiring from here - simply book online and turn up, they make everything clear and effortless and offer an app for guidance along the way now.
    Written 26 September 2023
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    Michael H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really lovely experience paddling down the Dordogne river. 16km of fascinating cliffs, castles, bridges and birds. We were given a waterproof container to store our bags etc.

    We took waterproof transparent phone pouches that allowed us to take photos and videos despite the inevitable splashing. You do get wet and if you stop at a river beach you will get your feet in the water on what could be slippery pebbles. We stopped at a river beach at Cenac where we were able to buy a coffee.
    Written 22 September 2023
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    Mr Atherton
    Venice, Italy58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    The place I’m going to be reviewing is the Dordogne. I thought it was astonishing and would definitely recommend it!

    Firstly, the villa in the Dordogne is a great place we’re you and your family can stay. Nearby the beach, the villa is placed with a warm exotic pool, and it even has your own woods and a park including a bright green swing, high large climbing frame, long fun seesaw and a baby blue slide connected to a large fun pirates ship. Into the woods there is a sitting area outside with fairy lights, a really comfy coach that have grey pillows and a bar all stocked up with kids drinks as well as alcohol.

    In the Dordogne there are a range of things to do but obviously the best thing to do is take a dip in the pool. The nearby village is only a twenty relaxing minutes of a walk with many things to do as such as get a large freshly made pizza along with a mouth watering Ice cream.

    By Liz, Age 10
    Written 21 September 2023
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    Carolyn D
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    This is a magical and must do experience! It inexpensive and you can take as long as you like and stop for swims, lunch, photos of the medieval villages & castles as the river is the best vantage point for photos. The flora & fauna viewed from the river is also stunning. The staff were friendly, helpful and they offer a pick-up service from Sarlat in the off season for those without a car which is really helpful. They also have an hourly shuttle that takes you back to your starting point where most people park their cars which is also helpful. This was one of my favourite experiences in the Dordogne, I would definitely do this again.
    Written 21 September 2023
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    ScottMilliken
    Reading, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Friends
    I booked this trip via TripAdvisor, and the price was €21 per person. I booked for 3. When we arrived we were informed we had booked one canoe for 3 people, bit we in fact wanted 3 separate kayaks. Jt was an extra €10 for this (in total - not each, so €24 pp in total) but they also threw in the hire cost for the dry barrels into this.

    The views along the Dordogne are spectacular. We booked the 3 hour package from Sarlat to Beynac. Stopped for a quick break opposite La Roque Gaegac. It was a really great trip - you can take it slow if you wish since the river works on your favour, or you can power through and paddle quickly.

    All in all I would highly rate the trip. I would suggest that the option to book separate kayaks was added through TripAdvisor, since it was a surprise to us that this was a supplement, but I can't deduct a star for that because the whole trip was 5/5 and good value.
    Written 17 September 2023
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    RICHARD H
    Bridgend, UK65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience and felt very safe. Stunning scenery best explored from the river. Vitrac to Castelnaud took 2 1/2 hours of easy paddling
    Written 7 September 2023
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    james b
    Dartford, UK23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a great trip. Three hours is enough for your arms and backside. You will get a bit wet but it was fine. Well worth the effort.
    The driver whose name Escaped me sounds like jim,turned up on time for the return and was very helpful.
    Written 6 September 2023
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    David W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    A great way to see the Dordogne Valley. We left for our 5 Castle paddle at about 10:30 and made two stops along the way and had a couple of swims. We were finished by 3:00. A perfect day.
    Written 5 September 2023
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