Dordogne & Périgord regions itinerary

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions with its’s ancient traditions and its abundance of produce set in a landscape of winding rivers and mystical forests. The Bastide town of Monpazier, where you will be staying, is voted as one of France’s most beautiful villages. This tour combines easier walking in undulating country with a gourmet experience of the regions delicacies!

Day 1: All participants will be met at Bergerac railway station at 14.45. This is the arrival time of the TER 65626 from Bordeaux which connects with the TGV 8403 departing Paris Montparnasse at 10.52.  Details will be confirmed a few months before the start of the tour. [Train tickets not included in package].  Participants will be met and taken to the hotel in Monpazier, approximately 40 minutes away. Those who are not using this pick-up service will make their own way to the hotel. We will meet for welcome drinks followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Bus trip to St Cyprien for a 4 km walk to a truffle farm including a visit and lunch. Free time in the afternoon in the village of Limeuil, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages. Light dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Day 3: We will start the 13km walk in Monpazier and walk to Lacapelle Biron. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Bus trip to Issigeac for free time at the fabulous market, followed by a light lunch in Monflanquin and free time to wander. After lunch we will visit hazelnut and prune farms. This region is prized all over France for its hazelnuts and prunes! Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Bus trip to Pomport for a 12 k walk among the Bergerac vineyards followed by a wine tasting. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Bus trip to Beygac for a 7 k walk to La Roque Gageac. In the afternoon we will visit Chateau Milandes and its gardens and learn the amazing story of Josephine Baker.  Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel

Day 7: Bus trip to Berbiguières for a 7 k walk to a ferme auberge for lunch. Light dinner at a bar/deli.

Day 8: Bus trip to Pechboutier for a cooking demonstration which includes a light lunch paired with wines. After lunch we will drive to Trémolat for a 7 k walk with a panoramic view of the Dordogne river. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 9: The bus will take all participants to Bergerac railway station in the morning to catch the TER 65619 to Bordeaux at 10.16 and then the TGV 8580 for Paris, Montparnasse. This will be the only transport organised that day. Details will be confirmed a few months before the start of the tour.

The Camino itinerary

This tour will give you the chance to experience a French section of the ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. For hundreds of years now, pilgrims, walkers and travellers have taken this route to Compostella to discover the tomb of St James. The walks will average about 17 kilometres per day, crossing the picturesque Gers and Tarn et Garonne regions and finishing in the Béarn region. 

This tour is suitable for experienced walkers. We will follow the Le Puy trail, said to be the most beautiful. The grade of the walk is moderate. All your luggage, other than your day packs, will be carried for you by bus. The trail includes unsealed roads, forest and country lanes and if you don’t feel like walking you have the choice of a rest day. During the 9 days we will change hotels four times. For better enjoyment of the tour we do recommend that you train for this walking tour, including some long distance with moderate inclines. Plenty of rest time will be allocated during the day to better enjoy the walks. The full distance of the tour is 102 kilometres over 6 walking days. 

Day 1: All participants will be met at Agen railway station. The bus will take us to Auvillar, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages, where we will be spending our first two nights. The afternoon will be free to explore the village, followed by welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: 16.5 km walk from Auvillar to the village of Miradoux, in the Gers. We will picnic along the way. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 3: Checkout and bus to Miradoux for a 15 km walk to the beautiful Gallo-Roman town of Lectoure, one of the oldest villages in the Gers, where we will be spending our next two nights. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 4: 19 km walk from Lectoure to La Romieu, in the heart of Gascony. La Romieu is known for its unique collegiate church. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 5: Checkout and bus  to La Romieu to start a 16 km walk to the mediaeval town of Condom, where we will be spending our next three nights. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 6: Rest day. Free morning to explore Condom, its market, churches and museums. (Lunch not included on this day only.) In the afternoon we will take you to visit the Chateau de Cassaigne, constructed in the 13th century, in the heart of the Armagnac region. Here you can taste their succulent prunes in Armagnac, as well as the local wines and liqueurs. We will stop in Larresingle, France’s smallest fortified village. Dinner in a country restaurant. 

Day 7: 17 km walk from Condom to Montreal, Gascony’s first bastide, and also voted one of France’s most beautiful villages. Picnic along the way. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 8: Checkout followed by a bus trip to Montreal for our last 18 km walk to Eauze, the capital of the Armagnac. After the walk the bus will take us to Monein in the Béarn region (approximately 2-hour drive) to spend our last night. Farewell drinks and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 9: The bus will take all the participants to Pau train station to catch the train for Paris.

 

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