We spent the morning in Sarlat looking around the shops and the fantastic market, and had previously decided to spend the afternoon on the river. We were a party of 6 - 4 adults and 2 children. After a short drive from Sarlat to Vitrac, we arrived at the busy car park where Canoes Loisirs are based. It was busy but they had plenty of canoes to spare. We paid for 2 canoes and a container to keep valuables in, and were soon equipped with life jackets, paddles, and a map/description of the journey that we would be taking. We then hopped into our canoes and were launched out onto the river to begin our adventure. We had only a little experience of canoeing but this was very easy. The river is nice and calm, and flows at a gentle pace, so you don't really need to do a lot of paddling. We did though, and we completed the 2 1/2 journey in just under 2 hours (the river was high so flowing a little quicker than usual). The description of the journey that was provided to us helped us map our way past the towns and villages to our destination. There are some lovely sights along the way, La Roque-Gageac being one of them, and some nice opportunities for photos. You can of course stop at many places along the river if you want a rest, something to eat, or just to have a look around away from the river. It was a busy afternoon on the river with a lot of canoes and kayaks about, but it was never a problem with there being too many. After we reached our destination, Castelnaud-La-Chapelle, the canoes were taken in and we were told there were 20 minutes until our coach would arrive to take us back. We had a short walk about and bought some ice creams. The journey back took about 20 minutes and dropped us off in the car park where we started.
It was a great afternoon which we thoroughly enjoyed, even if the weather was a little cloudy. The staff we spoke to were all very friendly and organised, and they spoke good English which made it all that bit easier. Well worth a visit.
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