In this holiday you explore the Dordogne region of France travelling out and back by train. The Dordogne is an excellent holiday region and travelling by rail eliminates what can often be a long drive or inconvenient flights to reach the area. The region features clear flowing rivers, craggy hillsides, hill-top villages and castles. The Dordogne is ideal for walking, cycling and canoeing. The gastronomy is excellent – with truffles, foie gras and walnuts produced locally. The train journey to the Dordogne is via Paris. We suggest spending the first night in Paris then continuing the next day to Bordeaux where you collect your hire car. On the return, the whole journey can be made from Bordeaux back to London in one day.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay oneDepart London St Pancras at a time of your choice. The Eurostar runs at regular intervals throughout the day. The journey to Paris takes two and a half hours. Spend the night in Paris.Day twoLeave Paris early afternoon and travel by train south to Bordeaux, where you arrive at about 6pm. As you travel southwards you see the scenery change from the comfort of your train seat. On arrival at Bordeaux station, collect your hire car and travel to Chateau des Vigiers which is under one and a half hours’ drive away. Stay three nights at Chateau des Vigiers.Days three and fourAt leisure to explore the area around Monestier.Day fiveDrive just over one hour from Chateau des Vigiers to Le Vieux Logis at Tremolat where you spend three nights.Days six and sevenAt leisure to visit the region surrounding Le Vieux Logis. The hotel is located on a bend in the river Dordogne. It is ideally located for visits to local markets and activities such as canoeing.Day eightDrive back to Bordeaux and return your hire car. Take an early afternoon train to Paris, change stations then continue on the Eurostar back to London arriving before 9pm.HOTELSAmarante Champs-Elysées – 4 star - Paris Amarante Champs-Elysées is a traditional boutique hotel in the heart of Paris. The hotel is well located, just off the Champs-Elysees and a short walk to the Arc de Triomphe, meaning that the city's attractions are just a stone's throw away.Chateau des Vigiers – 4 star – Monestier The Chateau des Vigiers is a grand property set in vineyards. The hotel is a beautiful place to relax and unwind, with a great range of sporting activities and historical sites on your doorstep.Le Vieux Logis – 4 star - Tremolat Le Vieux Logis is a 400
year old manor house in a quaint and traditional village. As a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group, the hotel is full of charm and character. There are 26 rooms of
From £1,410 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,370 per person for second class rail travel. Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included?First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarAt the hotels: 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Amarante Champs-Elysees in Paris3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Chateau des Vigiers in Monestier3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat Category B car hire for the duration of your stay in the Dordogne.What’s not included?Meals other than breakfast at the hotelsAny services not mentioned aboveDatesThis rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.For more information regarding rail services to and within France, view
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