FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions.

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What makes the perfect tour group for this magical tour of Saint Cirq Lapopie? There’s no one answer. That said, this tour experience is ideal for a group of 6 friends — perhaps three couples — who appreciate spending time together immersed in unique experiences.

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Key details, at a glance:

Maximum Participants6
LodgingPrivate, Luxury Medieval Home
RoomsSingle or Double
WalkingEasy to Moderate
Dates9 days plus travel:
September 18 – September 28, 2025
TransportationPrivate Cars
Arrival/DepartureNH Hotel Toulouse Airport
Driving Max1-3 hours a day

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Our intention is for our tour to exceed your expectations. We have designed the trip to leave you with time and freedom to modify your activities where possible and desired.

Most days are structured in three parts: morning, afternoon and evening, with two parts planned for outings, tours or activities. The third is free for you to explore the village, be more active, exercise, or rest.

We also understand that many guests like to go out on their own for a meal or two. We have built that in to the itinerary, too, but you may always choose to stay home where our chef will provide you with something simple but delicious to eat.

Questions, concerns or preferences? Let us know!

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Tours booked more than 180 days before the tour starting date: Full refunds will occur if cancellation notice is received within 30 days of booking; after that, your payment is immediately subject to the cancellation fees that are outlined in our terms and conditions.

Tours booked within 180 days: Can be cancelled at no charge within 48 hours of booking; after that, your payment is immediately subject to the cancellation fees that are outlined in our terms and conditions.Read our terms and conditions here.

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We will do everything we can to accommodate special diets as needed. Please let us know well in advance what your preferences and/or allergies are, if any.

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If you are traveling from overseas, arriving a day before the tour is a great idea That is why we have included a night at the NH Hotel in the TLS airport. You will be able to recover from the overnight flight and in the event of your flight being late or canceled this should allow you to arrive on time for the beginning of the tour.

NH Hotel is located inside the TLS airport, making for very simple transit from to and from baggage claim using the free trolleys to transport luggage all the way between your room and the check in desks.

We are happy to work with you to develop a plan that will go smoothly.

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Toulouse (TLS) is the right destination. Traveling to Toulouse airport in SW France typically involves one stop at a larger airport, most often London, Paris or Amsterdam. From Seattle, Delta, Air France and KLM offer the shortest travel time via Paris and Amsterdam. British Airways offers the shortest travel time via London. Remember that you will typically fly overnight and arrive the next day, gaining 6 hours from the East coast, or 9 from the West coast.

 

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We are happy to suggest flights so you travel in the least amount of time for the lowest cost.

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A 15% deposit is due at booking. This deposit becomes non-refundable 30 days after you book your tour. If you are booking a tour that is starting within 180 days, the full payment will be due at booking. You can still get a full refund if cancelling within 48hrs.

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The remaining payment is due 180 days before your tour starts.

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We cannot stress enoiugh the importance of packing light. You will be limited to a suitcase whose total dimensions at no more than 67 inches (L+W+H). Ideally you will only bring a carry on bag. You need ONLY casual clothes. Do NOT bring high heels (they will not work on the cobbled streets and everyone dresses casually for everything, including dinners out). Hair dryers are provided. There are laundry facilities at the house. Bring decent walking shoes. If you want to dress up bring a scarf. Pashminas are ideal for cool evenings.

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Watch

  • “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” a documentary by Werner Herzog to prepare for the visit to Pech Merle.
  • “The Hundred Foot Journey” set in St Antonin Noble Val
  • Video of the village on Facebook

Read

  • Families of the Vine by Michael Sanders
  • Memoirs of Madame de la Tour du Pin: Laughing and Dancing Our Way to the Precipice by Henrietta-Lucy Dillon de la Tour du Pin Gouvernet
  • Cave Life in France: Eat, Drink, Sleep by William Glover
  • Black Diamond, by Martin Walker.
    Set in the Dordogne, which is one valley to the West of the Lot, Bruno’s, the Chief of Police solves a mystery. Part of a fun series enjoyed by foodies who love mysteries.
  • Revolution of the Mind: the Life of Andre Breton by Mark Polozotti
  • French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
  • Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandmnets for Understanding the French by Stephen Clarke