DAY 1 - MONDAY
Arrival and welcome at Bergerac. After settling in at our home for the week, We visit the interesting Duras Chateau in the afternoon and our first winery. We'll have dinner in another bastide town, Eymet with its huge stone archways and central stone fountain.
DAY 2 - TUESDAY
Ahh, today we go to the beautiful city of Bordeaux, where there is a surprise around every corner. The afternoon is spent visiting unique Bordeaux and Medoc wineries.
DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
This morning we'll see the historic caves of Gouffre de Proumeyssac . Quite something to see! Then drive onwards to the quaint town, one of the Plus-Beaux Village of Beaumont for a coffee stop before travelling onto another Plus Beaux village of Pujols, once a fortified village of heretics destroyed during the war with the Albigensians (inhabitants from the area around Albi in the South East). It sits atop a hill overlooking the Lot Valley and survived the Hundred Years War.
DAY 4 -THURSDAY
A rather special visit is in store for us, firstly to the ambience of the Jeudi Marché in the bastide town of Eymet. Next we visit a rather special biodynamic winery and then go onto explore the city of Bergerac. We take a relaxing trip on the Dordogne River, and our return home visit Monbazillac Winery and museum with it's spectaular views over the vineyards. Dinner tonight is at a Michellin Guide restaurant.
DAY 5 FRIDAY
It's country market day at the Musée de Foie Gras today, where we will find all sorts of interesting producers with their speciality products.
This is also where will have lunch with the locals - a pique-nique bought from the producers (we remember delicious duck, fresh foods and a huge bowl of delicious escargot) and sit at tables on the spacious lawns.
Then we will tour the museum and learn some very interesting facts about this 4,500 year old method of farming and production. It's not what you might think!
DAY 6 SATURDAY
Today we go to the Chateau Milandes, once the home of the Caumont family until the French Revolution, later owned by internationally famous, Josephine Baker.
We will have lunch here before going to the explore this historic and magnificent town with golden coloured buildings, Sarlat-la-Canéda.
DAY 7 SUNDAY
Today is our last day. After an early breakfast It's market day in the bastide village of Issigeac today well-worth going to before we head off in our different directions. This market is rather special as it spreads out through the streets of the whole town.