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Hiking tour – Dordogne and Haut Quercy

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  • Hébergement 1/2 pension
  • Hôtel tout confort ou 2 étoiles
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  • Hébergements en hôtels 2 étoiles
  • Dîners du terroir selon description
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  • Hébergements en hôtels 3 étoiles
  • Dîners gourmets selon description

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D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at SOUILLAC
a small, prosperous town built around a Benedictine abbey on the banks of the Dordogne river. Spend the day visiting the Musée des Automates, and the remarkable abbey with three cupolas on pendentives, fine carved capitals and a statue of the prophet Isaiah, a masterpiece of Romanesque art. Stroll in the old historic city near the abbey – Half-board accommodation in a 2-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – SOUILLAC – CALES (19 km)
Don’t miss to visit Souillac and its old districts before beginning the walk. You will go to the Dordogne River and continue along it before penetrating into a wood and joining the village of Pinsac, some kilometers farther. There you will cross the Dordogne and will admire the castle of Treyne which builds at the edge of cliffs and dominates the river. It is a luxury hotel today. You will walk through wood along the river and will reach the small but picturesque village of Le Bastit which possesses a strange castle. After touring it you will continue the way through stunted oaks woods, cultivated fields, some with tobacco and large areas covered with grass where sheep flocks graze. Halfboard accommodation in a 2-star hotel
D 3
Day 3 – CALES – ROCAMADOUR (18 km)
Transfer by taxi to the Pont de l’Ouysse where the Belcastel chateau rises in the distance. You will visit the Caves of Lacave (1 hour and a half tour) and make your way up the Ouysse valley (a remarkable site in the Lot department), wild and mysterious and spotted with old watermills, including the 13th century fortified watermill of Cougnaguet where everything works as it used to! The subterranean waters of the Gouffre de Cabouy rise above ground here as the source of the Ouysse. You will continue the hike through the Alzou Valley and will arrive in Rocamadour in late afternoon – Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 4
Day 4 – ROCAMADOUR –SAINT SOZY (20 km)
This morning will begin with a quiet visit of Rocamadour city. This is the second-most-visited place in France after le Mont Saint Michel. Once a revered site among the Christian community, Rocamadour remains a holy place for many pilgrims, notably those on the path to Santiago de Compostella. Clinging to the cliffs of the Alzou canyon, the medieval village has many interesting facets : vestiges of a former castle and a hospital for pilgrims, Basilica of Saint Sauveur and the pilgrimage chapel of the Black Virgin, narrow old streets lined with beautiful gates and homes dating back to the Middle-Ages. You will leave the city through l’Hospitalet, a village built on the cliffs’ edge, and pass through Le Causse and the picturesque villages of Mayrinhac-le-Francal and Bougayrou to arrive in Meyronne, an old cliffside village that looks out over the river, yet sits in the shadow of an old fortified castle. You will cross the river to reach the pleasant village of Saint Sozy one kilometre later. Half-board accommodation in a 2-star hotel
D 5
Day 5 – SAINT SOZY – CARENNAC (23 km)
You will walk back to Dordogne River, ascent to the church of Meyronne and continue through countryside to another loop of the river. Then you will ascend on the causses (a dry limestone plateau) and continue through woods towards the lovely village of Montvalent, the hamlet of Veyssou. and the edge of the cliffs of the Cirque de Montvalent. From this point you will look out over the beautiful panorama of the Dordogne Valley. You will pass through the forests towards the small villages of Veysse, Floirac and Mezels before arriving in the charming village of Carennac. Half-board accommodation in a 2-star hotel
D 6
Day 6 – CARENNAC – PADIRAC (19 km)
The village of Carennac has developed from the 11th century onward after a priory was founded by the abbey of Cluny. The village has a number of houses dating back to the Middle-Ages, and a beautiful 12th century Norman church called St Pieter’s. Its cloister, half-Romanesque half-Flamboyant-Gothic, shelters a remarkable 16th century entombment. You will leave the village and walk across the Gramat Causse to the the charming village of Loubressac with its narrow, flowered streets, ancient houses and its castle. After visiting it you will continue your walk through the Causse to Padirac Gouffre. Here you will be treated to a boat tour that begins 103 meters below ground and takes you along 500 meters of river. Next will come a guided walking tour through the vast cavernous galleries, including the Grand Dome that reaches 94 meters in height! You will exit again into open air to go to the hotel – Half-board accommodation in a 2-star hotel
D 7
Day 7 – PADIRAC – BRETENOUX (16 km)
After leaving Padirac, you will walk to a beautiful site : the Cirque d’Autoire. From the top of the cliffs, a spectacular view of the Bave Valley spreads before you. You will walk down to the village of Autoire, nestled in the hollow of the valley lined by impressive cliffs. You will descend towards the Chateau de Castelnau, one of the most beautiful fortified castles in France. and continue your walk to Loubressac, a beautiful village opposite the feudal castle of Castelnau, a very imposing 12th to 15th century fortress and one the finest examples of the military architecture of the Middle-Ages. After having toured the chateau you will continue on to the charming village of Bretenoux, which was built up around the Place des Consuls. Lodging in breakfast in a B&B (chambre d’hôtes)
D 8
Day 8 – BRETENOUX
nd of the tour after breakfast
D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at SOUILLAC
a small, prosperous town built around a Benedictine abbey on the banks of the Dordogne river. Spend the day visiting the Musée des Automates, and the remarkable abbey with three cupolas on pendentives, fine carved capitals and a statue of the prophet Isaiah, a masterpiece of Romanesque art. Stroll in the old historic city near the abbey – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – SOUILLAC – CALES (19 km)
Don’t miss to visit Souillac and its old districts before beginning the walk. You will go to the Dordogne River and continue along it before penetrating into a wood and joining the village of Pinsac, some kilometers farther. There you will cross the Dordogne and will admire the castle of Treyne which builds at the edge of cliffs and dominates the river. It is a luxury hotel today. You will walk through wood along the river and will reach the small but picturesque village of Le Bastit which possesses a strange castle. After touring it you will continue the way through stunted oaks woods, cultivated fields, some with tobacco and large areas covered with grass where sheep flocks graze. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 3
Day 3 – CALES – ROCAMADOUR (18 km)
Transfer by taxi to the Pont de l’Ouysse where the Belcastel chateau rises in the distance. You will visit the Caves of Lacave (1 hour and a half tour) and make your way up the Ouysse valley (a remarkable site in the Lot department), wild and mysterious and spotted with old watermills, including the 13th century fortified watermill of Cougnaguet where everything works as it used to! The subterranean waters of the Gouffre de Cabouy rise above ground here as the source of the Ouysse. You will continue the hike through the Alzou Valley and will arrive in Rocamadour in late afternoon – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 4
Day 4 – ROCAMADOUR –SAINT SOZY (20 km)
This morning will begin with a quiet visit of Rocamadour city. This is the second-most-visited place in France after le Mont Saint Michel. Once a revered site among the Christian community, Rocamadour remains a holy place for many pilgrims, notably those on the path to Santiago de Compostella. Clinging to the cliffs of the Alzou canyon, the medieval village has many interesting facets : vestiges of a former castle and a hospital for pilgrims, Basilica of Saint Sauveur and the pilgrimage chapel of the Black Virgin, narrow old streets lined with beautiful gates and homes dating back to the Middle-Ages. You will leave the city through l’Hospitalet, a village built on the cliffs’ edge, and pass through Le Causse and the picturesque villages of Mayrinhac-le-Francal and Bougayrou to arrive in Meyronne, an old cliffside village that looks out over the river, yet sits in the shadow of an old fortified castle. You will cross the river to reach the pleasant village of Saint Sozy one kilometre later. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel
D 5
Day 5 – SAINT SOZY – CARENNAC (23 km)
You will walk back to Dordogne River, ascent to the church of Meyronne and continue through countryside to another loop of the river. Then you will ascend on the causses (a dry limestone plateau) and continue through woods towards the lovely village of Montvalent, the hamlet of Veyssou. and the edge of the cliffs of the Cirque de Montvalent. From this point you will look out over the beautiful panorama of the Dordogne Valley. You will pass through the forests towards the small villages of Veysse, Floirac and Mezels before arriving in the charming village of Carennac. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 6
Day 6 – CARENNAC – LOUBRESSAC (19 km)
The village of Carennac has developed from the 11th century onward after a priory was founded by the abbey of Cluny. The village has a number of houses dating back to the Middle-Ages, and a beautiful 12th century Norman church called St Pieter’s. Its cloister, half-Romanesque half-Flamboyant-Gothic, shelters a remarkable 16th century entombment. You will leave the village and walk across the Gramat Causse to the Padirac Gouffre. Here you will be treated to a boat tour that begins 103 meters below ground and takes you along 500 meters of river. Next will come a guided walking tour through the vast cavernous galleries, including the Grand Dome that reaches 94 meters in height! You will exit again into open air and continue your walk to Loubressac, a beautiful village opposite the feudal castle of Castelnau, a very imposing 12th to 15th century fortress and one the finest examples of the military architecture of the Middle-Ages – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 7
Day 7 – LOUBRESSAC – BRETENOUX (16 km)
In the morning, you will visit the charming village of Loubressac, with its narrow, flowered streets, ancient houses and its castle. After leaving Loubressac, you will walk to a beautiful site : the Cirque d’Autoire. From the top of the cliffs, a spectacular view of the Bave Valley spreads before you. You will walk down to the village of Autoire, nestled in the hollow of the valley lined by impressive cliffs. You will descend towards the Chateau de Castelnau, one of the most beautiful fortified castles in France. After having toured the chateau you will continue on to the charming village of Bretenoux, which was built up around the Place des Consuls. A taxi will now escort you to your destination for the day, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, a lovely medieval town situated on a wide bend in the river built around the 12th century abbey-church of St Pierre which belonged to an 12th-13th Benedictine abbey- Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel at Beaulieu sur Dordogne
D 8
Day 8 – BEAULIEU SUR DORDOGNE
taxi transfer to the Bretenoux/Biars train station after breakfast
D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at SOUILLAC
a small, prosperous town built around a Benedictine abbey on the banks of the Dordogne River. Spend the day visiting the Musée des Automates, and the remarkable abbey with three cupolas on pendentives, fine carved capitals and a statue of the prophet Isaiah, a masterpiece of Romanesque art. Stroll in the old historic city near the abbey – Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – SOUILLAC – LACAVE (14 km)
You will have a few hours before the hike to look at Souillac in the softer light of morning. In the beginning of afternoon, You will leave Souillac walking along the Dordogne. You will climb through the forest and then descend to the village of Pinsac and Dordogne which draw a large loop. You will cross over it and admire the castle of Treyne perched on the cliff above the river. You will continue through fields to the hamlet of Meyraguet before joining the one of Belcastel and the hotel by the pont de l’Ouysse (bridge). Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool (excellent 1 star-Michelin restaurant)
D 3
Day 3 – CALES – ROCAMADOUR (18 km)
You will visit the Grottes de Lacave (1 hour and a half tour) and make your way up the Ouysse valley (a remarkable site in the Lot department), wild and mysterious and spotted with old watermills, including the 13th century fortified watermill of Cougnaguet where everything works as it used to! The subterranean waters of the Gouffre de Cabouy rise above ground here as the the source of the Ouysse. You will continue the hike through the Alzou Valley and will arrive in Rocamadour for night. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel in the city
D 4
Day 4 – ROCAMADOUR – MEYRONNE (14 km)
This morning will begin with a quiet visit of Rocamadour city. This is the second-most-visited place in France after le Mont Saint Michel. Once a revered site among the Christian community, Rocamadour remains a holy place for many pilgrims, notably those on the path to Santiago de Compostella. Clinging to the cliffs of the Alzou canyon, the medieval village has many interesting facets: vestiges of a former castle and a hospital for pilgrims, Basilica of Saint Sauveur and the pilgrimage chapel of the Black Virgin, narrow old streets lined with beautiful gates and homes dating back to the Middle-Ages. You will leave the city through l’Hospitalet, a village built on the cliffs’ edge, and pass through Le Causse and the picturesque villages of Mayrinhac-le-Francal and Bougayrou to arrive in Meyronne, an old cliffside village that looks out over the river, yet sits in the shadow of an old fortified castle converted into a comfortable hotel where you will rest for the night – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool (former chateau of Cahors’ bishops)
D 5
Day 5 – MEYRONNE – MARTEL (19.5 Km)
You will leave the village through countryside to another loop of the Dordogne River from where you will ascent o to the Causse (dry limestone plateau) and continue through woods to the lovely village of Montvalent and then to Port de Gluges where you will cross over the river. On thre other bank you will go to the belvedere of Copeyre to admire the cirque of Montvalent and a large loop of Dordogne at bottom. You will discover the village of Gluges with houses built under the cliffs and continue you walk along the Dordogne and later through woods and fields to reach Martel a small medieval town with seven towers – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with beautiful gardens and pool
D 6
Day 6 – CARENNAC – LOUBRESSAC (19 km)
Transfer by taxi from Martel to Carennac. The village has developed from the 11th century onward after a priory was founded by the abbey of Cluny. The village has a number of houses dating back to the Middle-Ages, and a beautiful 12th century Norman church called St Pieter’s. Its cloister, half-Romanesque half-Flamboyant-Gothic, shelters a remarkable 16th century entombment. You will leave the village and walk across the Gramat Causse to the Padirac Gouffre. Here you will be treated to a boat tour that begins 103 meters below ground and takes you along 500 meters of river. Next will come a guided walking tour through the vast cavernous galleries, including the Grand Dome that reaches 94 meters in height! You will exit again into open air and continue your walk to Loubressac, a beautiful village opposite the feudal castle of Castelnau, a very imposing 12th to 15th century fortress and one the finest examples of the military architecture of the Middle-Ages – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool
D 7
Day 7 – LOUBRESSAC – BRETENOUX (16 km)
In the morning, you will visit the charming village of Loubressac, with its narrow, flowered streets, ancient houses and its castle. After leaving Loubressac, you will walk to a beautiful site: the Cirque d’Autoire. From the top of the cliffs, a spectacular view of the Bave Valley spreads before you. You will walk down to the village of Autoire, nestled in the hollow of the valley lined by impressive cliffs. You will descend towards the Chateau de Castelnau, one of the most beautiful fortified castles in France. After having toured the chateau you will continue on to the charming village of Bretenoux, which was built up around the Place des Consuls. A taxi will now escort you to your destination for the day, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, a lovely medieval town situated on a wide bend in the river built around the 12th century abbey-church of St Pierre which belonged to an 12th-13th Benedictine abbey. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel at Beaulieu
D 8
Day 8 – BEAULIEU SUR DORDOGNE
Transfer by taxi to the Bretenoux rail station in late morning
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Eco'8 Jours
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1245 €
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940 €
1150 €
1390 €
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1175 €
1475 €
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