Discover the most beautiful locations of the Quercy during this day-trip : the medieval village of Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq Lapopie which was voted “Favourite village of the French” in 2012, and the town of Cahors (Valentre bridge).
> departure from Toulouse
> visit of Rocamadour
> free time for lunch in Rocamadour
> visit of Saint-Cirq Lapopie
> stop in Cahors to see the Valentre Bridge
> drive back to Toulouse
> 370 km (230 miles) in total.
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from Toulouse
> ends in Toulouse
> if you book a private tour, we can drop you in Carcassonne (no additional fee) or Sarlat for instance (please contact us for prices).
Highlights of the trip
> Rocamadour is breathtaking : the village and churches were built on the edge of a cliff. It is quite unique!
> Saint-Cirq Lapopie is famous throughout France: in 2012 it was voted “Favourite village of the French” during a popular television show. It truly is a beautiful village.
> Cahors possesses the last fortified bridge in France: the Valentré bridge. It is now the emblem of the town. The bridge is on the Way of St James to Compostella.
> this region is famous for its fine cuisine: during your lunch break in Rocamadour you should try their truffle omelet, foie gras, or duck confit… and of course the “Rocamadour” goat’s cheese which takes its name for the village, served with Cahors wine (a full-bodied red wine made of Malbec grape which is famous in Argentine but originates from Cahors).
> shops in Rocamadour and Saint-Cirq Lapopie sell a selection of local specialities: Cahors wine, foie gras, walnut oil, walnut wine, chocolate covered raisins…
What to do after the trip?
> if you appreciate French cuisine you may want to take a trip to Carcassonne to try a good cassoulet (an excellent dish which is cooked for several hours, made of white beans, duck leg and pork sausage). We organise a day-trip to Carcassonne and the castle of Montségur for example.
> we also organise overnight trips to Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cahors: the first day is spent visiting Albi, Cordes sur Ciel and Conques. Click here for more details on this 2 day trip.
> if you chose this private tour option we can end the tour in Sarlat so you can complete your visit of the Perigord region. Please contact us for prices. If you chose to start the tour on a Friday you will get to see the beautiful market in Sarlat on Saturday morning!
– 8.30 : pick up in Toulouse at your hotel
– drive to Rocamadour
– 10.35 : stop in Rocamadour for a breathtaking view over the village and countryside (amazing in the morning when it’s sunny)
– 10.45 : stop at another panoramic view point
– 11.00 : walking tour of Rocamadour : the Stations of the Cross + Saint-Sauveur church + Notre-Dame Chapel (Black Madonna)
– approx. 11.40 : free time to discover the village by yourself, after walking down the 216 steps of the Grand Straircase.
– 13.15 : drive to St.Cirq Lapopie
– 14.25 : stop for a panoramic view over St.Cirq Lapopie
– 14.30 : visit of the village and walk up to the ruins of the castle to enjoy the other beautiful view over the village and the river Lot
– 14.50 : free time
– 15.30 : drive to Cahors
– 16.05 : stop at the pont Valentré, the medieval bridge of Cahors
– 16.30 : drive back to Toulouse
– 18.00 : drop-off in Toulouse.
> January 1st
> December 25th
> no monument closes in our programme.
> 165 km (102 miles) from Toulouse to Rocamadour
> 55 km (34 miles) between Rocamadour and Saint-Cirq Lapopie
> 30 km (18 miles) between Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cahors
> 120 km (74 miles) between Cahors and Toulouse
> 370 km (230 miles) in total.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 156 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 196 € per person
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 195 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 245 € per person
What is a shared tour ? you agree to share the tour with other passengers (a maximum of 7 people). The tour can run with 2 people minimum. If only one person wants a tour, he/she will be required to pay double, so as to ensure the tour costs.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 344 € (that means 49 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 432 €
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 430 € (that means 62 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 540 €
What is a private tour ? the vehicle is booked for you and your party only (7 people maximum). No-one else can join us in the minivan or for the tour of Carcassonne.
Are included in our price :
> transport in an 8 seater minivan (petrol, tolls, parking costs) with driver or driver-guide (at your request), speaking French, English and Spanish.
> commentaries by the driver or driver-guide during the trip
> guided tour of the villages (according to programme) if you chose the driver-guide option
> driver’s lunch
> bottles of water in the vehicle.
Are not included in our price :
> entrance fees
> your lunch (we can advise you on restaurants if you wish)
> personal costs
> if you are not able to walk down the Stations of the Cross or the Grand staircase in Rocamadour you can pay to use the lift / elevator.
> no entrance fee to pay in our programme.
> A 35% deposit must be paid on booking (by Visa or MasterCard), or 100% of the price if you book less than 30 days prior to the departure.
> the remaining 65% must be paid 30 days prior to the departure (by Visa or MasterCard).
> if you cancel the tour over 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you will get a full refund (no penalty).
> if you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you do not get a refund (you pay the tour as planned).
Please note that the refund is done to the credit card with which payment was originally made (or via PayPal if your card has expired).
Shared tour : if one person only is booked in for the tour
> in the eventuality of you being the only person booked in for a tour, 30 days or more prior to the scheduled departure: you can get a full refund if you chose to cancel. If you chose to maintain the trip you will have to purchase an extra ticket.
> if you have already paid for two people in order to maintain the tour, but that someone else joins the tour, you will get a full refund for the extra ticket you have paid for.
> please note : if you can’t pay 2 tickets to secure the trip, we are free to cancel your trip if we receive a firm booking for another trip. Of course, we’ll refund you the ticket already paid.
If you only had time to visit one village in the South-West of France, it would have to be Rocamadour… This village is breathtaking: it cascades down a chalk cliff, built upon three terraces, which makes it a truly unique location.
It is in the morning that Rocamadour is the most beautiful. The view you get from L’Hospitalet (opposite the village) is stunning! We’ll stop there before leaving Rocamadour in day 3.
For centuries Catholic pilgrims have been coming here to worship the statue of a Black Virgin Mary, which is exposed in the tiny Notre Dame Chapel. This chapel is the heart of the sanctuary. It was probably built in the rock where the mysterious body of Amadour was discovered intact in 1166. The legend of the “Roc of Amadour” was born, and the village of Rocamadour developed thanks to the pilgrimage.
Today Rocamadour is one of the most visited villages in France. During summer thousands of people visit the village each day. The only street which crosses the village is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels.
To have lunch in Rocamadour we advise you to try the restaurant Jehan de Valon, which is in the middle of the main street.
Enlisted as one of the most beautiful villages of France.
This village, which overlooks the Lot river, was the first to be voted “Favourite village of the French”, during the popular television show launched in 2012.
The narrow streets of Saint-Cirq Lapopie unravel down a steep slope, from the ruins of the castle all the way down to the “Door of Rocamadour”, which is one of the entrances into the village.
If you climb up to the top of the castle ruins you will get an amazing 360° panoramic view over the surroundings: the Lot meanders to one side (on which you may see little flat-bottomed boats which people hire); and on the other side the medieval houses which don’t seem to have changed for centuries, since no visible electric cables or satellite dishes are tolerated in the village.
During the tourist season you will find souvenirs, local food and wine, jewellery and artworks in the different shops and galleries open to the public.
Cahors is a medium-sized town of 20000 inhabitants. During the Middle-Ages many usurers established themselves in Cahors, bringing sudden wealth to the town. Due to that the Italian writer Dante Alighieri placed Cahors on his map of Hell…
Jacques Dueze, born in Cahors, became Pope of Avignon in 1316, and got many new monuments built in town.
Today the town is famous for its red wine, nicknamed “Black wine” by the English. It is grown to the south and west of the town. The Malbec grape is considered to be the Queen grape of Cahors wine: every bottle must contain a minimum of 70% Malbec.
The town was built in a meander of the river Lot. The historical centre, which is medieval, makes for a small portion of the town: narrow sinuous streets, some houses half-timbered (wood and brick), others built of limestone blocks, and many finely worked doors. In the historical centre is located St Etienne Cathedral, built between the 11th and 17th centuries, with its surprising cupola vaulting.
The most famous monument in Cahors is the Valentré bridge (where we will stop). It was built on the opposite side to the historical centre. Built during the 14th and 15th centuries to illustrate the town’s wealth, it is the last fortified bridge in France. Built over the river Lot, it still has three fortified towers.
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