* France – Lot : Festival of Saffron in Quercy with your DMC
4 days / 495 km
Reference : 13P022
Prix : 258€
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During your turnkey trip with your DMC discover the splendour of Quercy’s red gold, in the autumn, when the saffron fields are in bloom. This delicate spice is not the only treasure in the Lot Valley : truffles, known here as the black diamond, are another speciality, and both these gastronomic trophies are celebrated in local festivals.
J1 St-Cirq-Lapopie (30 km)
Arrive in the Lot region in time for lunch, then free time to enjoy the hilltop village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, classed as one of the most beautiful in France. Continue to Cahors for dinner and overnight in the region.
D2 Quercy Saffron Festival (130 km)
After breakfast make for the Cajarc region where saffron takes pride of place, and visit a local producer to witness the delicate art of removing the stigma. To celebrate the end of the harvest period, there’s a local festival and after a traditional lunch, you are free to explore the market stalls celebrating this “red gold” and its many different uses. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Cahors, Black Diamond Country (70 km)
Breakfast then on to the region’s truffle capital, Lalbenque. Learn about “cavage” or gathering of this sought after mushroom in the company of an experienced professional. Local style lunch then continue towards Cahors via Mont St Cyr where there’s a unique panorama over the town, snug in a bend of the Lot river. Time at leisure to explore the old town centre around the Saint Etienne Cathedral and the famous Valentre bridge. End the day with a pause at a vineyard to taste some of the region’s wine. Dinner and overnight.
D4 Célé Valley and Figeac (70 km)
Breakfast. Then leave for Figeac via the Célé Valley and its picture-book pretty villages: Cabrerets, Sauliac, and Espagnac, birthplace of French Egyptologist Champollion who deciphered hieroglyphics. Lunch. Return journey home.
Your turnkey trip :
Accommodation based on a shared double room in a 2* hotel, Cahors region
Full Board (excluding drinks) from lunch on D1 to lunch on D4
Guided Tour of Figeac (1h30-excluding entries)
Accompanied visits: Saffron Plantation, Truffle Centre and gathering techniques Wine cellar visit with tasting in Cahors
Free Places: 21st pers in a single room and 42nd pers sharing a double
Single Room (maximum 10% of group – 3 nts) : 90 €
per meal: 1/4 wine : 3.50 E / coffee : 1.70 €
Tourist Train in Cahors (45 mn) : 7 €
Commentated Cruise on the Lot from Bouziès or Cahors (1h15) : 10 €