We head south for our Channel crossing to France and on to Orleans for our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.
We continue south calling at the ghost town of Oradour-sur-Glane, which has been left untouched, as a forever silent monument, since 1944 when the Nazis executed over 600 inhabitants and set fire to the town. Stroll the empty streets, see the old burnt out cars, visit the museum and watch the 12 minute film – a very thought provoking experience. We continue to Rocamadour for our six night stay.
During the morning we are led by a local guide as we discover medieval Rocamadour with its sacred monastery, castle and rampart. In the afternoon we visit Gouffre de Padirac. For this guided tour of these spectacular caves, we go down in a lift and explore the underground river by boat.
Again with the benefit of a local guide for the day we explore the Vallée de la Dordogne. First we visit the medieval town of Sarlat to explore the maze of narrow lanes and winding medieval cobbled streets, virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. We make a stop at La Rouqe Gageac, to discover the exotic gardens of this spectacular Cliffside village, and experience the Dordogne River first hand on an included sailing barge cruise to discover ten centuries of the Dordogne Valley and its fabulous history. On our return journey we take a trip on the “little train” up to the beautiful 13th century village of Domme to enjoy panoramic views of the river.
A day at leisure to relax and explore the cobbled streets, shops and medieval buildings of Rocamadour. Following dinner this evening we take a trip on the “Petit Train” to see the magic of the town by night.
We depart with our professional guide for the spectacular Chateau Cènevières, overlooking the River Lot, and one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Quercy. We continue to St Cirq Lapopie, perched on a cliff three hundred feet above the river, and one of the most important sites in the Lot Valley.
Breakfast and time at leisure, before a cheese and wine tasting at the hotel.
We depart Rocamadour and travel to the outskirts of Paris for our final evening, with dinner bed & breakfast included.
We continue to Calais for our return sailing, and arrive home during the evening.
The days on which the included excursions operate may be subject to change
Please note that due to the nature of the excursions and the location of the hotel, this tour is not considered suitable for those with limited mobility