Medieval France: The Lot Valley

Country Walks, Prehistoric Caves, & Magnificent Chateaux

Trip Level

The hiking on this trip is Level 2+, Moderate. We enjoy day walks over variable terrain, including rolling countryside, riverside trails, clifftop paths, and country roads. The trails are generally shaded by trees, and there are some stony sections, but no dangerous conditions or scrambling. The hikes are van accessible should you need to shorten your hike. We will carry just a daypack. Well broken-in hiking boots are recommended but sturdy walking shoes with good traction may be suitable for some days. The meals included in the itinerary will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in town, with some picnic lunches. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. A Note on Accommodations: In an effort to capture the spirit of old Europe, the hotels that we use are often family-run converted chateaux or inns, full of ambiance and colorful local history. Although the rooms are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.


Temperatures are mild, reaching the high 60s to the low 70s middays in October. The weather is variable so be prepared for variety: it can be warm and pleasant, or damp and chilly, and there is always the possibility of an occasional shower. Bring lightweight rain gear that will fit into your daypack.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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