Rocamadour & Best of the Dordogne

Du Lion D'or

Departure Date:

25/05/2020
No. of Days:

8 days








£629.00 pp


Stay in the heart of medieval Rocamadour

At least £80 cheaper than other operators AND a day longer!

Fabulous inclusions that will help you really discover this magnificent region

Join us on this magical new tour to the spectacular Dordogne region of southern France. On this memorable trip you will spend time exploring gorgeous medieval Rocamodour and whole host of other sights and attractions. There will be many highlights, but one is sure to be a visit to Le Gouffre de Padirac, the largest network of chasms and caves in the world!

Your base for this tour, the sacred village of Rocamadour, is built on 3 successive levels. It is both a place of legend and history where old stone houses, majestic towers and a castle keep cascade off the cliff into the Alzou Canyon.

Not only is the village one of France's most important tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been a crucial pilgrimage site on the 'Way of Saint James' for hundreds of years.
Rising up 120 metres, this vertiginous Citadel of Faith is best summed up by an old local saying: 'Houses on the river, churches on the houses, rocks on the churches, castle on the rock'. The town below the monastic buildings lies on the lowest slopes. Trimmed with beautiful gold stone houses and lauzé roofs, the main street is entirely car-free and houses a number of charming restaurants and quirky boutiques.

What a fabulous place to stay!

Of course there will also be great food and drink on offer, as you'd expect on any visit to France and we have organised comfortable overnight stops each way in order to break up the journey.

* Rocamadour is an ancient city built over different levels and so may not be suitable to guests with mobility issues. The same applies for one of our main excursions. Please check with us before booking.

Hotel Le Lion D'Or

Exceptionally located in the heart of Rocamadour’s medieval city, this delightful hotel offers 75 well equipped bedrooms across two buildings that are situated approximately 50 metres apart, with some rooms having amazing views over the Alzou Canyon or the medieval city. The reception and restaurant can be found in the main building where a warm and friendly welcome awaits you.

Day 1

Pack your bags, grab your passport and you're ready to go! Depart from one of our convenient local pick up points and head to Dover for our crossing to France and overnight stop

Day 2

After a good breakfast, re-join the coach and head for Oradour-sur-Glane, a chilling yet fascinating place to stop. There will be ample time for you to find out more about this gruesome site of one of the worst Nazi atrocities of the Second World War. Re-join the coach and continue the journey south to the medieval town of Rocamadour. Arrive at our delightful hotel located in the heart of the town, unpack and maybe take a stroll around to get your bearings? Then return to the hotel for a delicious dinner and your first true taste of France.

Days 3 – 6

Enjoy tasty breakfasts every morning and a good amount of free time for you to explore Rocamadour on your own. Make sure you don't miss out on our fabulous INCLUDED excursions to the Gouffre de Padirac (please see mobility note within Excursions section), Sarlat, Beynac et Cazenac and your guided tour of the Lot Valley & St Cirq Lapopie. Return to the hotel every evening for more tasty dinners and relaxation in Rocamadour as you remiss with new friends about the adventures you have had...

Day 7

After a final hearty breakfast in Rocamadour it is time to start heading home, but not without enjoying one last treat along the way. En route to our final overnight stop we pay a visit to the charming historic town of Martel, locally known as the Town of Seven Towers for reasons that will soon become obvious! Enjoy free time looking arounf Martel and maybe grab a spot of lunch before re-joining your coach and continuing the journey to your last overnight hotel night in France.

Day 8

A final breakfast in France and then it is time to say goodbye. Head on towards the channel ports and across the water to the UK and back home to Wales.

Oradour-sur-Glane

This place is unique in Europe: a fully preserved, ruined village that was the site of the worst Nazi massacre of civilians carried out on French soil. Six hundred and forty two people, including two hundred and forty seven children, were shot or burnt alive on 10 June 1944 in an unexplained act of barbarity. 

Unlike other Nazi village massacre sites, which were razed or rebuilt and marked by monuments or fields of roses, the charred remains of Oradour-sur-Glane are the only ones to have been left untouched and still standing after Charles de Gaulle ordered they should forever bear witness. This is a fascinating and gruesome reminder of the some of the worst that human beings are capable of.

Gouffre de Padirac

The Gouffre de Padirac is one of the largest chasms in Europe. More than 24 million visitors (and counting) have come to marvel at this natural wonder and it continues to enthrall those who see it.
In times gone by it was often referred to by the local population as the devil’s hole and it’s a sight to behold as you and other awestruck visitors gaze down into the enormous 75 metre chasm into the earth, 33 metres wide. This enormous sink hole then leads into a cave system, created by millennia of subterranean underground water erosion which has carved out spectacular caverns in the limestone, full of enormous stalactites and stalagmites deep under the ground.

Your visit entails a descent by lift or an impressive metal staircase, the design of which was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. You will board small flat bottomed boats as your tour guide punts along a subterranean river of pristine turquoise water. From here you discover the full grandeur of the cave system 103 metres under the surface, with small passageways in the rock giving way to mind bogglingly large caves. Full of rock formations, underground pools and gigantic stalactites and stalagmites a plenty. Impressively lit in order to highlight the cave’s features, you really do feel like you have plunged into another space and time.

Please note that this excursion may not be suitable for customers with particular health conditions. The tour takes place between 75 & 103 metres underground and is a 2km round trip, the majority of which is on foot. The walk is flat but there will be around 200 steps to negotiate, even if you take the lifts.

Lot Valley & St Cirq Lapopie

This is a fascinating excursion into the Lot Valley. We start in the beautiful town of Cahors, famous for its art and history. Founded in the Roman times, Cahors has many sights worth exploring and the centre of Cahors has beautiful medieval streets and charming little squares which you can explore.

Later we head to the beautiful village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Standing high above the River Lot on a rocky outcrop, the village was once the site of a fortress which guarded the valley. Today, the village is known as one of the most beautiful in France, so bring your cameras!

This excursion takes us first to the bustling market town of Sarlat, home to some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in France. You'll enjoy some free time to explore the town including the beautiful gothic and Romanesque style Cathedral, St Sacerdos. We then continue to Beynac et Cazenac, with its impressive medieval castle overlooking the Dordogne River. There will be free time here for you to explore this beautiful village and, of course, more time for photos and maybe a quick aperitif?

Martel

Martel is a gorgeous little town lying a little north of the Dordogne, so convenient for our return journey home. It was the former capital of the Viscount of Turenne and much remains of its medieval past. It is listed as a 'town of art and history'.

One if its more remarkable features is its seven towers giving it a distinctive silhouette. It is known locally as the town of the seven towers. Wandering round Martel every street offers something different. Lots of imposing doorways, beautiful arches, half-timber houses, wooden shutters and, of course, towers.

  • Executive coach travel
  • Short sea ferry or shuttle crossings
  • 2 overnight hotels - bed and breakfast
  • 5 nights at the Hotel le Lion D'Or - dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Visit to Oradour-sur-Glane
  • Visit and entrance to the Giuffre de Padirac underground caves
  • Excursion through the Lot Valley
  • Excursion to Sarlat, Beynac et Cazenac
  • Visit to the village of Martel

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Bristol Aztec West
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Gorseinon
  • Llanelli
  • Magor
  • Morriston
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central
  • Swansea West

Don't see your pickup? Don't worry, we have a great fixed rate transfer with Premier Taxi's . Check out the details here.

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.

OUR PRICES

Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.

TO NOTE

Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.

THIS TOUR

This tour reguires a valid UK passport (with at least 6 months remaining).

You must have travel insurance or sign a disclaimer for this tour.

 

Other Dates

Departure Date: Monday 25 May 2020
Duration: 8 Days



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