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In the footsteps of the Huguenots - 3 days

A unique route that reveals the Huguenot heritage in panoramic scenery
  • Duration 3 days
  • Activity Walking holiday
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme countryside
235€

Information : In the footsteps of the Huguenots - 3 days

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Presentation

This is a unique trip which brings together the scenic splendour of varied countryside with the discovery of the cultural and historical heritage of the Huguenots.
In 1685, Louis XIV of France (the Sun King!) revoked the Edict of Nantes which had provided freedom of religious conscience for almost a century. There followed interdicts and persecutions which were to push up to 200,000 protestants towards exile in Switzerland and Germany.
You'll walk along the centuries-old paths - many of them peddlers' ways and even Roman roads - which served as escape routes for the fleeing Huguenots. A visit to the Musée du Protestantisme Dauphinois provides the why and the how of the exodus.
The scenery, superb, combines beauty and variety. From the plain of the Jabron river through the narrower valley of the Roubion, you come to the "Bio Vallée" (region specializing in organic agriculture) of the Drôme. Indeed, in going over these little passes you cross a 'frontier' between Provençal Drôme with its typical flora and fauna and the Drôme Valley where lavender and olives become rare, replaced by beech and oak forests in all their splendour.
The route from Poët-Laval is the first stage of the protestant exodus stretching 1400 kilometres through Switzerland all the way to what was to become today's Germany.

You'll love

  • visiting the unique Museum of Protestantism
  • villages which remain the heartland of Huguenot Protestantism

 

Program : In the footsteps of the Huguenots - 3 days

  • D1 Arrival in Poët Laval

    Arrival late afternoon.
    Visit to the lovely old village.
    See the Musée du Protestantisme, created in 1961, which details the great periods of Protestantism in the Dauphiné.
    Dinner and night in a guesthouse in the old village.

  • D2 From Poët Laval to Bourdeaux

    22km, total uphill 750 m (level 4/5) - duration about 5hrs30
    This often shaded leads you along the old road which once linked Poët-Laval and Dieulefit through the forest of Vitrouillères. 
    You cross the town of Dieulefit, renowned for its potters and pottery. The GR9 (GR is 'grande randonnée' - long distance footpath) follows the flanks of the mountain of Ventes to bring you to the Church of Comps. Then you go along a bridle path beneath the trees, along the Comps plateau and up to the Col (pass) de Bouitière. The day's walking ends with a downhill stretch which descends gently to Bourdeaux.

    Dinner and night in 2 épis guesthouse in the old centre.

  • D3 Around Bourdeaux

    7 km with total uphill 170 metres. (Level 1/5) - duration about 2hrs
    This is the 'little protestant circuit'. It reveals the traces left over the centuries by the protestant presence. It is well signposted and you will have plenty of time to relax and visit the charming little town of Bourdeaux.
    To see: le circuit de visite du vieux village.

    A taxi will take you back to your first accommodation in Poët Laval.
    Departure.

Tariffs high season

FROM JULY TO AUGUST, DEPARTURE EVERYDAY

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 250 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  250 €

IN TRIPLE ROOM

Adult : 235 €
Junior (12-17) : 235 €

IN SINGLE ROOM

310 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

340 €

Tariffs low season

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

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult :  235 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 235 €

IN TRIPLE ROOM

Adult : 225 €
Junior (12-17) : 225 €

IN SINGLE ROOM

295 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

325 €

What's included?

  • Half board.
  • Guest houses and 2 star hotels, (for guest houses, 2 or 3 'épis')
  • Detailed roadbook and maps provided
  • Transfer from Saint Benoît en Diois to Pontaix
  • Train (or coach) ticket from Die to Crest
  • Return taxi transfer from Crest to Poët Laval
  • Technical and logistical support
  • Car parking at first accommodation

Optional

  • Picnics for the whole trip :  36 € per adult or junior

What's not included?

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

Characteristics of circuits

  • A to B walking holiday, without guide

Organisation

  • These walks are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you between lodgings and we provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
  • Accommodation is half board in either 2 or 3 star/"épis" guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. Picnics are extra : you may like to order these at reservation.

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 A7 exit Montélimar Sud - 15 km

By air

Lyon St-Exupéry or Marseille or Avignon airports

By train

Montélimar railway station then by bus or taxi to the accommodation in Le Poët-Laval

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