Upcoming Trips: Dordogne
Travel to Dordogne with us from
September 12 to 18, 2010
Jinny and Ed Fleischman have a trip for you that will engage all your senses!
Join us as we travel to the historic Dordogne region of France this September. We will be offering a fascinating view of the area of the Isle, Dordogne and Garonne Rivers.
Why this area of France you might ask. It is the region just east of the Atlantic Ocean and Bordeaux in the Southwest of France. Its agricultural products are superb and range from duck to walnuts to truffles. There are abundant fresh water as well as ocean fish and seafood. The region is well known for beautiful historic towns dating to the Hundred Years War as well as terrific white wine, red wine and dessert wines. Our visits there will take full advantage of these strengths. Our base for the trip is a large house in the area known as Perigord Noir just north of the Dordogne River. The house is located in the small hamlet of Escamps adjacent to Tamnies and close to Sarlat.
The house, built within the last decade, has five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and has all of the modern conveniences. A fully equipped modern kitchen will serve us as we prepare dinners incorporating local foods and wines for five of our evenings. Meals will focus on the delicious regional foods and wines that we gather in our travels. We will have informal cooking classes as we prepare dinners for most evenings. This region is home to a wide selection of sausage, fois gras, duck, meat and sea food as well as cheeses, and food friendly red and white wines.
The 2010 wine harvest should be in full swing during our visit.
Here is how our six nights in the Dordogne might run.
We will pick the group up in Bordeaux in early afternoon and drive to our house so that everyone can settle in. It should be warm enough to have a welcome toast out by the pool before going inside for our first dinner. During the dinner we will discuss the upcoming week. Everyone will be encouraged to share any ideas or comments on the upcoming plans.
After a quick breakfast the group will leave for nearby Sarlat. Sarlat is one of the most fascinating and beautifully restored towns not only in the Dordogne, but in France. The atmosphere and appearance are of another age, with narrow, steep, beautiful alleys flanked by medieval and renaissance houses in honey-coloured stone. It has more historic listed buildings than any other place of its size in France and is the only town to be given three stars by the Michelin guide solely for the quality and character of its old town. While in town we will roam its narrow medieval streets as we pass restored Gothic and Renaissance town houses built of golden hued limestone. We will be sure to view the Cathedrale St. Sacerdos, the Masison de la Boetie and the Place de la Liberte. We will enjoy lunch in town before venturing into the Dordogne valley. If time permits we will stop for a wine tasting before returning to the house to make - and enjoy - dinner.
Today we will get a chance to visit two of the most famous sights in the region: the Lascaux Caves and the Jardins d'Eyrignac.
The artwork in the Lascaux Caves dates from around 17000 BC and were discovered only in 1940. Visitors are very limited so we will want to arrive early to insure we can see the caves. We will also take in a visit to Regourdou, a prehistoric site that predates the caves.
The three starred Jardins d'Eyrignac date from the 18th century and have been renovated and improved in the centuries since. One of the most unusual things about the gardens is their unique design - a cross between the formality of a French garden and the topiary art of the Tuscan garden which means it can be enjoyed all year!
We will stop to visit the Moulin de la Tour during our day. A 16th century watermill it was long used to produce the walnut oil for which the Perigord Noir is so well known.
This is market day in towns throughout the region. Among the markets we might visit are Bergerac and Perigueux (and the Perigord Blanc) as we taste wonderful foods, do some wine tasting at Montbazillac, and view all the wares of these well known markets. Each town is prime for walking tours of their historic centers filled along scenic rivers. As we travel today we will also have an ample amount of time to view the beauty of the Dordogne Valley and the fertile valley of the Isle River. We will sure to have collected lots of delicious food and wine to use as we return to the house to prepare dinner.
Today we travel south to take in the area around Cahors, home of the Malbec grape. In additional to touring this wonderful town with its glorious 14th century ramparts, Chateau de Haute Serre and glorious sitting on the Lot River we will save plenty of time for tasting the grape that has become so well known in Argentine wines.
Time permitting we will also include a visit to St. Cirq-Lapopie, another glorious small town.
On our last day we will visit the magnificent town of Rocamadour, one of the most extraordinary places in France complete with fabulous scenery, an historical site and a pilgrimage destination. Later in the day we will go on to the Ferme Lacoste to view the production of goat cheese. We will be certain to bring some home to enjoy as we prepare our last dinner. During the day we will also visit the Maison de La Noix to view the full range of walnut products and purchase some last items for using as we prepare dinner.
After breakfast it is time for everyone to travel back to Bordeaux. Your next stop may be home or yet another leg on your fall adventure. Either way, you will leave the Dordogne with wonderful memories of great times filled with excellent company, sight seeing, food and wine!
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3313 Ross Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 362-8409 (fax)
Sunday, September 12 to Saturday, September 18, 2010
- All breakfasts
- 5 dinners with cooking classes
- Auto transportation during the trip
- 6 nights accommodations
What's not included:
- Travel to/from Bordeaux from your home city
- Admissions into points of interest
- Lunches as we tour
$2395 based on double occupancy, $500 single supplement
We suggest you get trip cancellation insurance to cover any unexpected life events. In addition, should you have to cancel you can always send a friend in your place!