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The Dordogne Photography Tour

05th - 10th May, 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Tutored by Charlie Waite - Founder and Sue Bishop - Founder and

£2899.00 pp / Deposit -£300.00

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The upper reaches of the Dordogne River flow westward across the Department of the Lot, and cuts its way through a landscape of extremes as extraordinary and varied as any in France.  Sweeping through wide valleys, it curves across a patchwork of tobacco, walnut and corn plantations.  Or it flows, deep and silent, in the shadow of great limestone cliffs, or picks its way delicately past jewel-like villages whose tiny vegetable plots, ‘potagers’, line its banks, and whose entrancing houses almost dip their feet in its waters.

The Dordogne and the Lot is a magical region, known for its truffles, greengages and walnuts and wonderful local cuisine, but also full of unknown and little visited enchanted places that will provide us with some glorious photography.

This Dordogne photography tour will be led by Light and Land founders Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop.

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The Dordogne Photography Tour

Dordogne Photography Tour - The Dordogne Landscape Photography

The upper reaches of the Dordogne River flow westward across the Department of the Lot, and cuts its way through a landscape of extremes as extraordinary and varied as any in France.  Sweeping through wide valleys, it curves across a patchwork of tobacco, walnut and corn plantations.  Or it flows, deep and silent, in the shadow of great limestone cliffs, or picks its way delicately past jewel-like villages whose tiny vegetable plots, ‘potagers’, line its banks, and whose entrancing houses almost dip their feet in its waters.

It’s not only the river that informs this beautiful landscape.  Above it, some 1000 feet up, lie the stark, lonely highland plateaux called ‘causses’.  Here, under big skies, roam the sheep and goats whose milk make the delicious roundels of cheese called cabecous. The soft limestone of these plateaux are riddled with pre-historic caves and tunnels; underground rivers spout out of sheer cliff-faces and sudden faults in the bony land reveal narrow gorges plunging without warning to tiny villages at their base.

Our arrival will be into Brive slightly north of our first hotel in Souillac home to the beautiful Abbatiale-Sainte-Marie - the 12th century abbey church and a glorious example of Roman style architecture. Arriving in Brive with its brand new airport allows us to avoid the long drive up from Toulouse. Being  based for our first two days in Souillac, we are perfectly positioned to visit and photograph the many hidden gems that this beautiful region has to offer. 

For this first half of our tour, we will travel due west across to Sarlat. A favourite town with the locals, Sarlat is overflowing with atmosphere. We will photograph some of the unique architectural features as well as the striking landscape which surrounds it. From here we will radiate out to known locations to photograph them at the best time and ideally in lovely light. A little “LLL” (Light & Land Luck) will hopefully be with us.

Once again for the second stage of our tour we will stay in the delightful country hotel just west of St Céré. From here we will radiate out to yet more of the finest stretches of the Dordogne; to Loubressac one of the most enchanting villages in the region high up and overlooking the giant castle of Castelnaux; to Carrenac straddling a gentler stretch of the river where great chestnuts shade its 10th century priory and a joyous confusion of village houses tumbles downhill to the water. The photography in both these enchanting villages and the rich pastoral landscape they are settled within will provide us with a some truly delightful cameos.

The Dordogne and the Lot is a magical region, known for its truffles, greengages and walnuts and wonderful local cuisine, but also full of unknown and little visited enchanted places that will provide us with some glorious photography.

This Dordogne photography tour will be led by Light and Land founders Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop. The group will be limited to seven participants so book early!

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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