Walled towns

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Lot valley - Lot-et-Garonne

A medieval week
8days/7nights from €3.270

Monflanquin

Along the roads of Upper Agen, to the borders of Périgord, Lot and Lot-et-Garonne, is a travel between the Middle Ages and our present time.

Of the 315 walled towns recorded in France, more than a third are found in Aquitaine. They arouse the curiosity with the visionary nature of their urban space, designed on a grid pattern – like in the United States? Yes, that’s where the inspiration comes from! They have come down to us from the 13th century, and have a thousand stories to tell. These towns are full of life, too.
Head for the central squares, as vibrant today as it ever was with village activity, with cafes, markets, craftsmen, festive gatherings… Feast your eyes – and your taste buds – as you drink in this "sweet side of France" that our foreigners friends call "The place to be gay quietly!

DAY 1, Friday - Arrival in your hotel.
Dinner

DAY 2, Saturday - Discovery of Eymet.
Here, you’ll find a warm welcome mixed with easy living to the rhythm of the Dropt’s gently flowing waters or in the shade of the noble keep. This town changed hands several times between the French and the English during the Hundred Years War. Today, you can admire its pretty houses and beautiful square with its medieval arcades. Brunch in a typical restaurant. Go back to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 3, Sunday - Discovery of Villeréal.
Founded in 1265 by Alphonse de Poitiers, this walled town contains an amazing hall from the 14th century supported by oak pillars, with a beautiful structure and wattle and daub upper floor. From Villeréal you can explore the Dropt and Lède valleys. Some go climbing here… Brunch in a typical restaurant at the client’s convenience. Go back to the hotel. Dinner at the client’s convenience.

Day 4, Monday - Discovery of Monpazier.
This is a “little England”, a jewel of medieval architecture! Founded during the reign of the King of England and perfectly preserved, it’s deservedly famous, ranking among the "most beautiful villages in France" ... and your first port of call! Check out the market and you’ll find a stall where grain measures are still used on market days. Brunch in a typical restaurant at the client’s convenience. Go back to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 5, Tuesday - Discovery of Villefranche-du-Périgord.
Founded in 1265 by Alphonse de Poitiers, this walled town contains an amazing hall from the 14th century supported by oak pillars, with a beautiful structure and wattle and daub upper floor. From Villeréal you can explore the Dropt and Lède valleys. Some go climbing here… Brunch in a typical restaurant at the client’s convenience. Go back to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 6, Wednesday - Discovery of Tournon-d’Agenais.
A little walled town from the 13th century, very picturesque, fortified by the English, clinging to a tall hill, and Penne-d'Agenais, another medieval town perched on high, are home to numerous craftsmen, and well worth stopping off at. Brunch in a typical restaurant at the client’s convenience. A few miles away, visit of Bonaguil feudal chateau, a major site in Aquitaine of huge proportions. Here, you’ll discover graffiti dating back over 400 years! In summer, you’ll find numerous events and workshops to delight children and adults alike. Go back to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 7, Thursday - Discovery of Montflanquin.
Ranked among the "most beautiful villages in France", this walled town is the best preserved in Lot-et-Garonne. Stroll along its central square bordered by “cornières” (arcades) or the many “carrerots” (alleyways). You’ll no doubt come across the house of the Black Prince. And as Monflanquin is perched on a hill, you get the added bonus of a beautiful view over the Lot valley, which resembles Tuscany in summer. Lunch in a typical restaurant at the client’s convenience. Departure for Villeneuve-sur-Lot. This is the largest walled town in Lot-et-Garonne. Its name recalls firstly how these walled towns were, in the Middle Ages, new towns (their modern urbanism with its rectangular design has since inspired America’s cities), and secondly, that it’s built on both banks of the Lot. You can also take in Pont de Cieutat (bridge) from the banks, not far from the river stop. Go back to the hotel. Last dinner.

Day 8, Friday - Free morning.
Check out.


FROM: €3.270

Included:

8 nights in a 4-star Resort & Spa for 2 people in classic room - 12 menus (starter / main course / dessert à la carte) and 12 drinks packages - 14 breakfasts - Free access to the Spa - Concierge service.


Not included:

External transport. Vehicle for visit and transfer to the airport or station.


Additional Nights and Tours may be added to your trip. Upgrade for deluxe room, junior suite & suite on request.

The "Good Needle" Castle

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Château de Bonaguil, Fumel - Lot-et-Garonne

A medieval weekend
3days/2nights from €750

Lastournelle

The first known document that testifies to the existence of Bonaguil dates from 1271.

It records the taking possession of the Agen by Philip III the Bold, King of France. The stronghold is then embellished with a simple stone tower, base of the current dungeon. Towards the beginning of the 15th century, a second construction campaign gives it its final appearance. A first house, modest, adds to it.
Then arrives the powerful Bérenger de Roquefeuil (1448-1530), from the aristocracy of Quercy and Rouergue, who will devote more than thirty years of his life to make Bonaguil the fortress of legend that it is today. It has a huge barbican, 6 towers, one of the most beautiful in the country, seven drawbridges, a chicane, a bunker, gunboats and a sparring tower. of loopholes for even more incisory defense of ditches.
The fortress is again reworked in the second half of the 18th century by Marguerite de Fumel. She built an esplanade, removed the drawbridges and redeveloped the stately apartments to the tastes of the day.
She died shortly before the French Revolution which is dramatic for the castle: a law of 1793 gives the order to cut down the buildings to the main building and decapitate the towers. Joinery and wood are removed and the house is looted and abandoned to his sad fate.

DAY 1, Friday - Arrival in your hotel.
Dinner and night

DAY 2, Saturday - Discovery of the castle.
After the breakfast buffet, departure for Bonaguil. Go back to the hotel. Free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities: swimming pool, sauna, hammam, fitness, etc. Brunch and Dinner at the client’s convenience.

Day 3, Sunday - Free time.
After the breakfast buffet free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities: swimming pool, sauna, hammam, fitness, etc. Brunch. Check out


FROM: €750

Included:

2 nights in a 4-star Resort & Spa for 2 people in « Deluxe » room - 4 menus (starter / main course / dessert à la carte) and 4 drinks packages - 4 breakfasts - Free access to the Spa - Concierge service.


Not included:

External transport. Vehicle for visit and transfer to the airport or station.


Additional Nights and Tours may be added to your trip. Upgrade for junior suite & suite on request.

The medieval town of Pujols

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Pujols - Lot-et-Garonne

One of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.
3days/2nights from €730

Pujols

The medieval town of Pujols, perched more than 180 m above sea level, dominates the bastide of Villeneuve-sur-Lot which spreads its red bricks in the sun and offers a magnificent viewpoint of nearly 30 km on the Lot Valley.

The old Albigensian stronghold has survived the centuries and the wars preserving its medieval character: remains of the enclosures and the castle, fortified doors...
In addition to the charm of its market hall and its houses with white or half-timbered facades, the village boasts two religious buildings: the Saint-Nicolas church and the Sainte-Foy church. Still adorned with its 16th century wall paintings, it now hosts exhibitions in summer, in the heart of the village ranked among "The Most Beautiful Villages of France."

DAY 1, Friday - Arrival in your hotel.
Dinner and night

DAY 2, Saturday - Discovery of Pujols.
After the breakfast buffet, departure for one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.. Go back to the hotel. Free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities: swimming pool, sauna, hammam, fitness, etc. Brunch and Dinner at the client’s convenience.

Day 3, Sunday - Free time.
After the breakfast buffet free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities: swimming pool, sauna, hammam, fitness, etc. Brunch. Check out


FROM: €730

Included:

2 nights in a 4-star Resort & Spa for 2 people in « Deluxe » room - 4 menus (starter / main course / dessert à la carte) and 4 drinks packages - 4 breakfasts - Free access to the Spa - Concierge service.


Not included:

External transport. Vehicle for visit and transfer to the airport or station.


Additional Nights and Tours may be added to your trip. Upgrade for junior suite & suite on request.