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The Dordogne

September 29, 2024

Given the Dordogne’s lush, fertile countryside and benign climate, it’s no wonder that prehistoric man chose it as a place to live. Today visitors are also attracted by the region’s natural attractions, plus its ancient towns, stunning scenery, wonderful cuisine and glorious sunshine, and with average temperatures in the low 20cs in early October, our break should provide a welcome extension to our UK Summer.

The holiday is based in the charming town of Libourne which is situated at the confluence of the River Dordogne and its tributary the River Isle. The maze of mediaeval streets and ancient courtyards that characterise the picturesque centre are a pleasure to explore, and we especially recommend the riverside walks and taking one of the boat trips available.

Holiday highlights, aside from your time in Libourne, include visits to Perigueux, idyllic Brantome, St Emillion, world famous for its wine, Lascaux and Sarlet le Caneda, widely recognised as hosting the best food market in France.

Sunday 29th September – Saturday 5th October 2024
7 days • Prices from £995

Combining luxury coach and high-speed train travel

This holiday dovetails luxury coach with high-speed train travel. The train effortlessly eats up the miles at speeds of up to 200 mph, while the coach offers convenience, carries the luggage and cost effectively provides the transport for all the sightseeing excursions.

Travel unencumbered by luggage

Essentially, the coach drives from Dorking to Paris, where the group overnight. The next day, in the afternoon, the group get a TGV 600 kilometres down to Bordeaux, where the coach will be waiting to meet you off the train before driving the 50 minute journey to Libourne.

Coming home, a local coach will drop the group back to Bordeaux to catch a lunchtime train to Haute Picardy TGV, a 90 minute drive from Calais. The main coach will have left Libourne the day before so as to be ready to meet the group off the train. This means that passengers need a light overnight bag for the final night in the hotel in Libourne. The coach will then complete the journey home to arrive in Dorking around 22.30.

The Itinerary

Sunday – After leaving Dorking at 08.00, the coach drives to Paris to arrive at the hotel by late afternoon. Having packed an overnight bag for our one night stay in Paris, we wave goodbye to the coach with our main luggage as it heads south to meet us in Bordeaux. This means we can travel light on the TGV the next day. Once we have checked in, the evening is free for us to enjoy the French capital. With our hotel close to the Gare Montparnasse, it is in an area that offers a wonderful choice of restaurants and cafes.

Monday – The morning is free in Paris. The hotel will store everyone’s overnight bags until it is time to stroll the short distance to the Gare Montparnasse to catch an early afternoon TGV to Bordeaux. The journey takes around three hours and your coach will be waiting to meet you and drive the group the 50 minutes to Libourne.

Dinner in a local restaurant is included on the first evening in Libourne.

Tuesday – After the journey the day is free in delightful Libourne. It’s a lovely little town, a pleasure to stroll around, especially along the river, and with a range of restaurants, cafes and tourist shops. We particularly recommend the two hour river cruises that depart from the town pier.

Wednesday – The programme today features a scenic trip along the valley of the Dordogne to picturesque Sarlat le Caneda for Market Day, the town’s market being widely recognised as one of the best in France. The day will include a stop to visit the Lascaux Cave Visitors Centre.

Thursday – Still keeping things relaxed, the group head into the beautiful region of Perigord, with visits to delightful Brantome and Perigueux located to the north of Libourne.

Friday – The morning features a trip to the renowned wine town of St Emillion. This will include a visit to a vineyard for a wine tasting. Please note that this is included on the proviso of us having a minimum of 30 passengers on the holiday. With under 30 passengers the cost is £12 per person. The coach will return to Libounre after lunch, and the afternoon and evening are free.

Saturday – A local coach will transport the group to Bordeaux Station to catch the train up to Haute Picardy TGV Station (4hrs:40 minutes), where the coach will be waiting to meet the group off the train. The journey from here to Calais is around 90 minutes, and the anticipated time of arrival back in Dorking is 22.30.

The 4* Mercure – Libourne

Currently rated an impressive 4.6/5 on Tripadvisor, the 4* Mercure is brilliantly located close to the centre of Libourne and very close to the confluence of the River Dordogne and its tributary the Isle.

As you would expect, the Mercure offers a high level of comfort. All rooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed with private facilities, free Wifi, flat screen TV, hair dryer and hospitality tray (tea and coffee). The Mercure also has a bar and a small garden, while breakfast is a continental style buffet breakfast.

What’s included

Optional Supplements

Single room – £230, First class travel on TGV – £70

PRICE £995

per person based on two sharing a twin or double room (Single room supplement of £230).

Pick-up 8.00am
Location: Dorking Halls

For all enquiries contact Neil, 07771 793294 or e-mail neil@surreytrips.co.uk 

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