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"DORDOGNE IMMERSION" SEVEN DAY TOUR

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 - NOW SOLD OUT!

Tour 1: September 25 - 1 October - FULL

Tour 2: October 2 - 8 - FULL

Experience the distinctive flavours and colors the Dordogne and slow to the rhythm of French village life. For seven indulgent days, join a small, easy-going group exploring this peaceful pocket of France as you immerse yourself in the poetic French language.

For this Language Immersion, I am joined by A French Journey's Director, Nathalie Foos, professional French tutor. We are passionate about all things Perigourdine, and we aim to share that passion with you.  Our homebase is Villa Ste Therese for the seven days. We'll feast like royalty as we:

  • visit majestic landmarks in the "Land of 1001 Chateaux", including Chateau Monbazillac, the Abbey of Cadouin, Marqueyssac Gardens & Chateau de Biron
  • cruise the tranquil Dordogne, taking in vistas of fairytale castles and hamlets from the river
  • plunge into the lively village markets - always fun, always a bargain!
  • experience classic Perigourdine cuisine at Michelin recommended restaurants and authentic auberges
  • sample the superb wines of Monbazillac and Bergerac
  • explore postcard-perfect Plus Beaux Villages such as La Roque Gageac & Domme
  • tutored French language classes daily, guided by professional French teacher, Nathalie Foos, for skill levels from higher beginner to intermediate level
  • enjoy intimate casual suppers at home, sharing stories from each day's adventures

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And because the Villa is an easy 700 metre stroll to the heart of the village, you can absorb the easy rhythm of French village life. Join us on the 'croissant run' each morning, or sun yourself in the village square over a quiet drink in the afternoon.  We pace each day to give you time to truly immerse yourself and wind down.

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Our guests do not feel like they've come 'on tour', but more like they've joined a relaxed, casual house party.   We want you to feel that the Villa is your home for your stay. And there's always a nook in the garden or on one of the terraces to curl up with a book or sneak in a snooze before dinner!

No need for constant packing or checking timetables - simply settle into your peaceful maison in Monpazier, let us pamper you, and enjoy an authentic experience of this magical part of France.

We'd love to have you along with us on a future Tour. Simply email us at dordogneholiday@optusnet.com.au if you have any questions about any upcoming Hosted Tours.

We enjoyed a relaxing week exploring the Autumn bounty on our recent Culinary Tour, co-hosted by much-loved Australian food writer, Rita Erlich.  The weather was perfect, the food was incredible and the company was wonderful. Here's a few snaps:

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Some of France's most renowned produce emanates from this region... confit duck, cabecou goat's cheese, foie gras, precious black truffles...all brought to the table with such care and pride. Villa Ste Therese is surrounded by excellent farmers and producers...ducks & geese; nuts of all sorts; strawberries and raspberries that actually taste like strawberries and raspberries! If you don't find them at the weekly markets, many welcome you at the farm gate for a tasting.

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We're set to go in 2017...both Tours are now fully booked. But please contact us about any future Tours we are planning. We'd love to have you join us!

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Then there's the wine! Between Bordeaux and Bergerac lie some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Many cellar doors welcome you for an informal tasting, including the iconic Chateau Monbazillac, only 20 minutes drive away.

For an armchair wine tour of the area, visit www.vins-bergerac.fr

You are about to immerse yourself in the ‘foodbasket of France' ... bon appétit!