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The loveliest Languedoc villages

Deep in the Languedoc, discover the mediaeval walled villages and boroughs of Quercy
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Walking holiday with a donkey
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme countryside
580€

Information : The loveliest Languedoc villages

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  • Roadbooks French

Presentation

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 Puycelci 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.

You'll love

  • the mediaeval towns considered to be among the finest in France
  • the convivial company of your hosts
  • crossing the great forest of Grésigne
  • the vibrant Occitan accent

Program : The loveliest Languedoc villages

  • D1 Arrival in Bruniquel

    Things to see:
    One of the most charming villages in France. The Château de Bruniquel.

    Dinner at hosts' table and night in village guesthouse.

  • D2 Around Bruniquel

    Donkey driving lesson: the basics...

    13.4km km loop circuit with total uphill 250 m (level 2/5). Duration about 4hrs30.
    Across the Quercy countryside to discover the rugged limestone landscapes known as the 'causse'. After passing through the lovely villages of Bruniquel and Montricoux, you then return along the shady banks of the river Aveyron, where you may be tempted to take a well-deserved dip.

    Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

  • D3 Walk in the vicinity of Bruniquel: the Chapelle de la Madeleine

    12 km round-trip walk, total uphill 180 metres (level 2/5) - Estimated time: 3hrs 45mins

    This walk will take you up above the village of Bruniquel, with lovely views over the valley from different perspectives.  You’ll come across ancient drystone shelters and boundary walls as you make your way towards the Chapel of Sainte Madeleine (Mary Magdalene.) The return leg to Bruniquel takes you along the River Aveyron.

    Dinner and night in Chambre d’Hôtes (B+B)

  • D4 From Bruniquel to Larroque

    12 km stage with total uphill 350 metres (level 2/5) - Estimated time: 4 hours

    Today’s walk is largely through the forest of Grésigne which was a major thoroughfare in the Gallo-Roman era. Keep your eyes peeled for any signs of the large but naturally shy population of fauna round here!

    Straight ahead you’ll see the enchanting Bastide* de Puycelci that seems to float above a rocky plateau. You won’t be visiting there today, however, as your itinerary heads west towards the ancient village of Larroque.

    *Fortified village.

    Dinner in charming table d’hôtes then night in comfortable rooms.

  • D5 Around Larroque

    10.4 km with total uphill 400 m (level 3/5). Duration about 3hrs45.
    The first task of the day is to get up over the cliff above Larroque. You make your way up to the village of Mespel, with a fabulous view over the Quercy.
    The high point of the day's walk is without question the visit to Puycelci, nestling within its ramparts. This lovely village is listed as one of the "plus beaux villages de France".

    Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

  • D6 From Larroque to Bruniquel

    9.5km km with total uphill 250 m (level 2/5). Duration around 3hrs15.
    This fairly short and easy final stage brings you once again to Bruniquel.
    Part of the route back is a ridge walk along which you'll recall your week through lovely views over the forest of Grésigne, the gorges of the Aveyron, and the vineyards of Quercy. You can even have a splash in the Vère river as a final holiday treat.

    Pick up your own vehicle and go back to the guesthouse in Larroque for the last night.
    Except clients who arrive by train, please inform us and you will pass the last night in Bruniquel.

    Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

  • D7 Departure

    Departure after breakfast.
    End of your adventure !

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure every 3 days

In family room

Adult : 615 €
Junior (12-17) : 615 €
Child (2-11) : 400 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 675 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  675 €
Child (2 - 11) : 660 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

785 €

Solo traveller

815 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 580 €
Junior (12-17) : 580 €
Child (2-11) : 375 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  640 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 640 €
Child (2 - 11) : 580 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

760 €

Solo traveller

790 €

What's included?

  • Half board + picnic lunches
  • 3 "épis" guest rooms
  • Detailed roadbook and maps provided
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfer
  • Car park for your vehicle at the first accomodation for the whole stay

Optional

  • Donkey rental: 215 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Walking holiday with a donkey suitable for families with children from 4 years 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.

Organisation

  • These walks are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end, and at each stage you'll find a place for the donkey to drink, eat and rest. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

 

  • Leading a pack donkey: travelling with a donkey is a superb way of enjoying a family walking holiday at the slow rhythm of the animal. They are great company for children and adults alike.

The donkey's role is to carry your baggage for the day, or, in the case of short stays, the whole trip. It can also carry the children you have with you each in turn and at your entire responsibility, should they feel fatigued.
Nevertheless you should bear in mind a few commonsense safety principles:

  • children must be at least 4 years old and capable of remaining safely seated on a moving donkey
  • riding is permitted only over even ground
  • the donkey's total load must not exceed 40 kilograms.

Looking after a donkey requires care and attention, which is why we only provide one donkey per family per holiday.

  • Accommodation (3 'épis' guest houses) has been chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural excellence.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car

Highway A62 coming from Toulouse or Bordeaux, take the exit Montauban, then direction Saint Antonin Noble Val.
Highway A20 coming from Paris, take the exit Caussade

By air

Toulouse Blagnac airport + shuttle to Toulouse railstation + train to Caussade railway station then by taxi to the accomodation in Bruniquel

By train

Caussade railway station then by taxi from Caussade railway station to the accomodation in Bruniquel

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • That was a great adventure. It's a good activity for a family. We love pompon.
  • Ideal walk for a first family hiking experience (for childrens who can walk).

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