Experience the charming medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and traditional gastronomy of the Dordogne River Valley during a one-week sojourn in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages. 

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 A 19th-century wooden gabare on the Dordogne River  Sarlat-la-Caneda  Early evening in Sarlat-la-Caneda  The Chateau de Beynac  Beynac  The landscape of Beynac, France  The exquisite artistry of prehistoric painters in the cave of Lascaux II  Panoramic view of Rocamadour  The medieval village of Rocamadour, a World Heritage site  France's finest “English” gardens on the grounds of Eyrignac Manor  A street in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil  La Madeleine, a well-preserved prehistoric troglodyte village along the Dordogne River

France’s Dordogne River Valley

8 days from $4,995

Experience the charming medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and traditional gastronomy of the Dordogne River Valley during a one-week sojourn in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages. 

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Experts

May 19 - 26, 2022 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations. 

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

Sep 8 - 15, 2022 Departure
Joan Grimbert

Joan Grimbert

Joan Grimbert is Professor Emerita of French and Medieval Studies at Catholic University of America, where she began teaching the language, literature, civilization, and culture of France in 1987. Before completing her graduate studies in Romance Philology at the University of Chicago, Joan lived and worked in Paris for six years as a student, researcher, and translator. Her research is focused on medieval French literature, and she is an expert on Chrétien de Troyes and the legend of Tristan and Iseult from the 12th century to the present.  Joan has published six books and numerous scholarly articles, primarily on Arthurian literature and film. A dual citizen of France and the United States, she was recently named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of her work promoting French culture.