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.
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.
Here you are in the oldest Périgord bastide, founded by Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of Saint-Louis, king of France in 1261. Villefranche is also known for its large markets with cepes, chestnuts and mushrooms depending on the shoots and the seasons, in a local atmosphere with Southwestern accents! 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.
Accommodation in a 4-star Resort & Spa for 2 persons in a double (or shared) room. Catering (breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the program), drinks package included. Activities mentioned in the program. My creative fees.
External transport. Vehicle for the visits and transfers to the airport or train station. Free-time activities. Lunches or dinners with the mention "at the client's convenience". Concierge service. Guide service.
Additional nights and tours may be added to your trip. Upgrade for deluxe room, junior suite & suite on request.