ENJOY A TRULY UNIQUE FRENCH HOLIDAY

 

 

2019 Tours :  

12th - 25th May

15th - 28th September

SPECIAL 2019:  

Book and pay deposit before December 2018 and receive discount of 100 € pp

 

Join one of our small group tours of the beautiful and  historical 
Dordogne region of South-West France. 

In a group of 6-8 people, along with French/English speaking guides, our tours aim to provide travellers with a relaxed, casual and friendly  holiday, spending 14 days visiting some of France's most  beautiful villages,  medieval chateaux, and enjoying  the tradition and gastronomy  of the region. 
We will enjoy some of the finest cuisine of the south-west.

 

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NEW PROGRAM FOR 2019

Day 1

 Dinner and Hotel in Bordeaux (near Bordeaux TGV Station)

les cordeliers saint emilion

Day 2

After breakfast we drive to the famous village of Saint Emilion. Listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, this medieval village is world renowned for its high quality red wines. It's history stretches back to the 2nd century when the Romans planted the first vines.

Continuing on to our accomodation at a private manoir located in a small valley and surrounded by oak and chestnut woods. Set in a private estate of 35 Ha and lovingly built in the Perigordian style of the XVIIth century.The manoir is entirely the group's for the stay.

Evening meal manoir. (B,L,D)

jardin du manoir d eyrignac

Day 3

 

This morning we take a short drive to visit two beautifull places in the region.

 

First to Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac one of "Most beautiful garden in France"

you will find one of the best examples in France of the art of Topiary making.

Time for a light lunch in the garden

Then we will visit Chateau Lacypierre, a little castle in gold colour stones from the XVe and XVIIe, with a typical perigordian stone roofing called "lauzes" is hidden in the little valley of ever green oak trees, near a roman church..

 

Evening meal at the manoir (B,L,D)

saint-cirq-lapopie

Day 4

 

Today we drive to the wonderful little village of St Cirq Lapopie, another listed "most beautiful village of France".

 

Free time in the village and for lunch at one of the many restaurants before making our way to the major town of Cahors.

Time for shopping and visiting the medieval Pont Valentre before returning to le chateau.

 

Evening meal at a local restaurant. (B,D)

 

monpazier

Day 5

 

After breakfast we will drive to the lovely village of Monpazier. An authentic "Most beautiful villages in France" bastide has preserved almost intact its appearance and its original dimensions. A jewel of medieval architecture.  

 

 At lunchtime we will be eating at Chez Jeanne's, a "workingman's" restaurant serving a delightful home cooked meal and made famous in Mary Moody's recently published book "Lunch at Madam Murats".

 

After a hearty lunch we visit the little village of Goujounac  

Evening meal at the manoir (B,L,D)

 

la roque gageac

Day 6

 

Today we will be taking a short drive to another "most beautiful village of France", La Roque Gageac.

Before continuing on to the tiny hamlet of Les Arques and what we are sure will be a memorable lunch at "La Recreation", a famous restaurant located in what was once the local school house and featured in the book "From here you can't see Paris" by Michael Saunders.

Remainder of the afternoon at leisure and a light evening meal at the manoir. (B,L,D)

sarlat 2

Day 7

After breakfast we drive to Sarlat, an important market town in the Dordogne. The market is located in the magnificent old quarter of the town and offers a wide variety of produce and shopping opportunities.

Free time for the market, shopping and lunch

Afternoon at leisure at the manoir, with the possibility for a walk, swim in the pool or just relax.

Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

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Day 8

After breakfast we drive to the famous village of Collonges La Rouge one of the " most beautiful villages of France "

Free time in the village and for the lunch

 

Then we will go on to Padirac, the most famous chasm in Europe, considered one of the greatest geological curiosities in France

Evening meal at the manoir (B,L,D)

chateau de beynac

Day 9

 

After breakfast we will visit Chateau Milandes, known worldwide thanks to Josephine Baker. 

We will visit Beynac, yet another beautiful village on the banks of the Dordogne.

 

Then we will go on to the famous boat Gabare on the Dordogne.

 

This evening a light meal at the manoir. (B,L,D)

marqueyssac

Day 10

 

We start today with a visit to the gardens of the Chateau de Marqueyssac and have a light lunch in the chateau restaurant overlooking the Dordogne valley.

 

Then it's on to visit Domme yet another of the unique villages of the Dordogne. Set high on a hill overlooking the river Dordogne and the surrounding countryside.

 

Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)


 

monbazillac

 

Day 11

 

After breakfast we drive to the Bergerac wine area for a wine tasting and picnic lunch in winery for a tour around the vineyard, set in the heartland of the Monbazillac and Bergerac appellation.

 

We will have an opportunity to taste the wines and we will then choose some wines to enjoy with our picnic lunch in the chateau gardens on a high ridge overlooking the wonderful scenery of the Dordogne wine growing area.

 

Later we will drive down into Bergerac, the commercial centre of this area, for shopping or sightseeing 

Dinner at the manoir. (B,L,D)

rocamadour

 

Day 12

 

Today we visit the spectacular setting of Rocamadour. This charming village set against high cliffs and dominated by the five chapels that are the centrepiece of this medieval pilgrimage site.

Free time in the village and for the lunch

We drive to the famous village of Martel, nicknamed "the city of 7 towers", will plunge you into another time.

Late afternoon we will cross a nice village St Geniès before returning to the manoir.

 

Evening meal at the manoir. (B,D)

lascaux 2

Day 13

 

Our last full day in the Dordogne, we will visit Lascaux : the préhistrical decorated cave's most visited in World

 

Then on to the village of St Leon sur Vezere for lunch before a visit in two famous troglodyte site "La Roque Saint Christophe" or "La Maison Forte de Reignac"

 

This last evening together we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

  

Day 14

After breakfast we will check out of the manoir and travel to Bordeaux to take the TGV.

The tour will end here.

The TGV can be taken back to Paris or alternatively it's possible to travel down to Toulouse and on to other destinations

 

Accomodation:

You will be staying at the Domaine du Cheyssignaguet, located at the heart of Black Périgord, between Lascaux and Sarlat.

All our rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom or shower-room with a toilet, air-conditionning.

Several common rooms are at your disposal: dining-room, sitting-room with satellite TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi system, Wi-Fi etc. 

 

2019 Tours :  

12th - 25th May

15th - 28th September

SPECIAL 2019:  

Book and pay deposit before December 2018 and receive discount of 100 € pp

 

TOURS COST 3300 € / pers (Twin share) Single supplement €400

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Contact In Melbourne Australia. Steve & Wilma Pickering
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Phone 03 9585 2542 / 0400878148 / 0408036629

 

 Inclusions

The tour includes: 

    • Double/Twin share accommodation  
    • Single with supplement (€400)
    • All meals as specified on the itinerary at the conclusion of each day (B,L,D - breakfast, lunch, dinner or B,D - breakfast, dinner) are provided.
    • All wine is provided.
    • Where a full meal has been provided at lunch and the evening meal is also provided, this meal will usually be a lighter meal  (salad etc).
    • All entrance fees for items as specified in the itinerary are included.

Exclusions

 The tour does not include:

    • Airfares
    • Taxes
    • Passport fees 
    • Travel insurance- it is a pre-requisite that all persons undertaking a CHATAIGNER M&P arrange their own travel insurance to cover all medical, emergency evacuation, hospital, travel delays, lost luggage and lost or stolen money.
    • Visas (if applicable). Australian passport holders may visit France for a period not exceeding 3 months without a visa. 
    • Items of a personal nature.
    • Telephone expenses.
    • Personal Spending Money 
    • PorterageAirline excess luggage fees
    • Gratuities (it is not normal to tip in France as restaurants include a service charge). In Parisien cafes it is common to leave a tip of small change.

 

 

 

  


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Comments  

# RE: South West France ToursKay B 2016-05-26 17:26
2 weeks of superb food and wine ,charming,, attentive,and considerate hosts made this a real holiday . Being driven to the most interesting and wonderful sites in the Dordogne and Lot river regions was such a treat. .With such picturesque and peaceful accomodation to return to each day , would definitely recommend for the mature traveller especially.
May 2016 Australia
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# RE: South West France ToursKay McCarthy 2016-06-02 02:17
I second Kay's message above as my husband and I were fellow travelers on the 2 week journey. Impossible to praise enough the kind consideration given to each guest by our host and hostesses. With a passion for the history and architecture of the area that was contagious to the pleasure of being taken to off the beaten track restaurants and a Sarlat at night tour, our hosts had our enjoyment as their priority. To go to the Dordogne and "leave the driving to them" is a luxury . Go, you will love it.
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# RE: South West France ToursKay McCarthy 2016-06-03 03:34
Amazing trip..to see this beautiful area with this family hosting you is the best possible way. You are driven to the charming villages, you are informed of the history, and enjoy the enthusiasm your hosts have for the area. Pierre and Martine lead us thru Sarlat ,illuminated, and he confessed he has been in Sarlat over a hundred visits because of the architectural delights it holds. This family, including their daughter, Pascal, treats you as family and cannot do enough to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. Don't miss the Dordogne without them.
May 2016. USA
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# RE: South West France ToursKay McCarthy 2016-06-05 01:26
Cannot supply enough superlatives for this trip. Every consideration is given to the guests of Pierre, Martine and Pascal. They are tireless in their desire to provide an in depth tour of the region they so passionately enjoy and know. Wonderful village visits, fabulous food and wine, and gracious accommodations make for a stimulating trip. You will leave loving the Dordogne and this generous family. Highly reccommend this special trip.
May 2016. USA
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# RE: South West France ToursKay McCarthy 2016-06-05 01:31
The very best possible trip to the Dordogne.
May 2016 USA
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# Vive la France, vive l’amitié !Édouard Mally 2018-09-24 18:16
Salut, Pierre et Pascale !

I hope it’s not too late to return this evaluation form: it got misplaced until the other day, when I found it inside my luggage.
Both Theresa and I agree that your tour of the most beautiful villages of Dordogne was a memorable experience. We liked the fact that it was a leisurely two-week program rather than a hurried seven or eight days.
The choice of villages could not have been better: each was slightly different from the others, and each had its own charm and attraction. I gave all the villages a “5” except Milandes, which I had visited before, but which was still interesting both for the connection with Josephine Baker and for the spectacle des rapaces.
The meals were also excellent, as one would expect anywhere in France and especially in Dordogne. I can’t think of anything major that I would suggest to improve the program: the itinerary, accommodations, meals, and activities all get a strong thumbs-up!
Traveling with a small group – six passengers and two guides – was very pleasant, especially since we got to meet four very lively (and lovely!) friendly Australian ladies, all of them well-traveled, knowledgeable, and decidedly sociable. And, of course, Pierre and Pascale, without you the tour would have been a lot less enjoyable and interesting.
We appreciate all the work and planning you put into organizing and executing the excursion, and don’t be surprised if we sign up for another Chataigner tour in the future.
Encore une fois nous vous remercions cordialement d’un tour très agréable, inoubliable, et incontournable. Vive la France, vive l’amitié.
Bien à vous

Edouard
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# Wonderful French immersion for our Australian group !Trish and Bob 2018-10-04 23:36
Many thanks to Pierre and Pascale for organising a wonderful French immersion for our Australian group. Every day was varied and delightful, the scenery beautiful, history amazing and the fresh French food just delicious. This was a holiday to remember. Merci.
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