Your holiday takes you to the meeting point of the Tarn-et-Garonne department and that of the Tarn. On one hand there's the Quercy with its landscape of "causses" (rugged limestone plateaux), its rivers and celebrated cuisine. On the other, the region around the city of Albi, with its sloping vineyards, architectural heritage and fortified villages. The whole is a decidedly occitan area, with one of the most distinctive accents of French, plus a language of its own, Occitan (close to Catalan).
The theme of your stay is the exploration of mediaeval boroughs, often listed as being among the prettiest in France. The itinerary links the village of Bruniquel with its neighbours Penne, Puycelsi and Larroque. It goes through the forest of Grésigne, green lung of the region, and carries on through the Vère Valley. The routes taken present no major technical difficulty and follow signposted paths. You're sure to love the variety of landscape encountered: walks along riversides and in woodland, strolls around pretty villages along the way, majestic views from high hill paths or along ridges.
And of course your lodgings have been chosen for their friendly and convivial nature. As for the donkey, you'll find him a most trustworthy and faithful companion.
Characteristics of circuits
Walking holiday with a donkey suitable for families.
Difficulty 2/5. Children from 4 yrs old.
Daily stages between 9 and 15 kms (3 to 5 hours).
Total uphill between 200 and 550 metres per day.
Altitudes between 150 and 490 metres.
Season: late March to early November.
Start dates as you choose, except that in
July start dates are on odd dates (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc) and in
August start dates are on even dates (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc).
There are no short stay holidays available in July and August.
|Price per person, on the basis of two people sharing same room||Additional services|
12 - 18
6 - 11
2 - 5
|8d/7n||€ 555||€ 520||same||-30%||-40%||€ 80||€ 240||-|
|4d/3n||-||€ 215||same||-30%||-40%||€ 35||€ 145||€ 50|
|Reductions if children share parents' room.||Picnic (recommended) : €10 per person with reductions for children.|
Half board accommodation
2 or 3 "épis" guest rooms and hostelries.
Detailed roadbook and maps provided.
Logistical and technical support.
Baggage transfer (except for short stays).
The Forest of Grésigne
The Forest of Grésigne lying between the vallies of the Aveyron, the Vère and the Cérou, is bordered to the north by limestone plateaux and to the south-east by the "causse" of Cordes. In state hands since far back in the XIII century, it is certainly the largest forest in the department with its 3,526 hectares.
Furthermore the preponderance of oak trees make it the most extensive oak forest in the south of France. For many long years the forest held an important place in the collective consciousness of the local populations, and it has been a source of greed and conflict over the centuries. But the time has gone when the forest was considered an indispensable resource for the survival of populations, especially the poor. As for the master glassmakers of the region, they found in the forest a seemingly enless supply of fuel for the fabrication of a once much sought-after blue glass.
The forest has lost much of its importance for its inhabitants, whose numbers continue to diminish. Today it is managed by the state forestry office whose policy is to preserve and enhance the unique oakwoods. The Grésigne woods harbour fauna of great variety: deer, boar, small mammals and more than a hundred species of nesting birds number among its inhabitants...
Caussade railway station then by taxi to the accommodation