Join us in one of France’s favorite and most iconic destinations, the Perigord (Dordogne). Considered by many to be the heart and soul of the country, you won’t get more “French” than the Perigord. The landscape is covered in turreted castles, tiny villages with hand-laid stone roofs, and rivers navigated by “gabarres” (flat bottom boats). On our “boutique” tour of this region, we will base ourselves in one village and slow down, taking the time to enjoy the hospitality of a French family hotel and the ultimate Perigord cuisine, including foie gras, truffles and walnuts. Come experience magical Dordogne on our carefully crafted, immersive, adventure.
Arrivals and transfer to our home base, near Brantôme, a pretty village criss-crossed by a waterway and often called the “Venice of the Perigord”. Once you’ve recovered from your breathtaking arrival at this beautiful location, join your travelling companions with a welcome drink on the terrace. We will have our first glimpse of our home town of Brantôme this evening at one of the locals’ favourite bistros.
We start our immersion into this welcoming corner of France by visiting the some of the people who make it tick, on a tasting tour of the countryside. Today’s savory adventure will include a visit to a family owned estate where sturgeons are raised for their delicious caviar, which we will pair with a glass of sparkling wine. Also on the agenda, a nearby mill and tasting of an unmissable Perigord speciality, walnut and hazelnut oil, produced following traditional methods. We will discover the largest artisan bakery in the area, known for its “toasts” (think: with caviar!). Our last gourmet stop will be a local goats cheese producer, with an introduction to the famous ‘cabecou of Périgord’ (another toast topper). A relaxing picnic in the French style is planned too, as we take a break along the way. If you still have room after all your grazing, you may enjoy dinner on your own in Brantôme.
You haven’t truly understood the French way of life until you have spent a morning at a weekly farmer’s market, where all the locals gather to gossip and forage for the very best seasonal produce. Wednesday is market day in the region’s capital city of Périgueux. You will have a morning of free time to meander the streets and make your purchases. We’ll then meet up for lunch in one of the quintessential bistrots in the Medieval old town. This afternoon, relax at the hotel, and then we will gather for dinner at a special location.
This morning, stepping back into aristocratic history, we visit the Chateau de Bourdeilles. This former barony of the Périgord comprises a feudal fortress and Renaissance palace, furnished with donations by previous owners of the property. The medieval 9th century village of Bourdeilles, on the banks of the Dronne river, is often used for films and you can immerse yourself in its little streets and find your ideal lunch location. This evening is also free for you to head out for another taste of Brantôme at your choice of dining establishment.
*Price quoted per person, based on double occupancy of a room. Please note there is a single occupancy supplement for solo travelers.
**Final itinerary and hotel selection to be confirmed 2 months prior to departure.
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In addition to our years of experience as journalists and residents uncovering the best France has to offer, our sense of fun, our local contacts, our passion for authentic dining spots, delicious wines, the best and most colorful farmers markets in the region, outstanding scenic stops, chances to chat with French friends, off the beaten path experiences, and plenty of relaxation at highly comfortable hotels, you can quantify it as follows:
Six nights double room hotel accommodation in comfortable family owned hotel of 3* category
All breakfasts, 3 lunches (inc 1 picnic), 4 dinners
Local wines included at group dinners
Services of an on-site and full-time experienced Tour Director
Services of all accompanying local guides, where applicable
All private tours and outings, including entrance fees and tastings, where applicable
Optional activities, where specified
Comfortable group transportation throughout the trip
Arrival and Departure transfers to/from the airport and train stations specified below, to the meeting point on Day 1 and from our last location on Day 7
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
What’s not included:
Air travel to/from France, and any transportation required to get to and from the Arrival/Departure points on our trip itinerary.
Travel or International Health Insurance
Individual meals or drinks taken on your own, when not dining as a group
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We will make arrangements to collect you and return you to either Périgeux or Brive-la-Gaillarde.
BY TRAIN: Thanks to the new high speed TGV Océane, you can get from Paris to Bordeaux and then on to the small town of Périgeux in under 4 hours. The second choice, Brive, is a major station on routes from Paris, Toulouse and Perigeux (via Bordeaux).
BY PLANE: Another possibility is Brive Airport served by Air France from Paris.
Do chat with us to ensure you have the best option to tie in with any of your pre and post tour travel plans.