You meet your travelling companions and Tour Manager at London St Pancras International this morning and board the Eurostar to Paris. In the French capital, you transfer to Gare d'Austerlitz for a journey through the centre of France to Brive-la-Gaillarde. From Brive, you travel by coach to your base in Le Bugue, following the Vézère river through this picturesque region. The Dordogne is known as the jewel of French gastronomy and, with truffles and walnut trees dotting this verdant land of thick forests that you pass through, it's little wonder.
On arrival, you enjoy a three-course meal with ¼ litre of wine at your hotel in the centre of Le Bugue, an attractive market town on the Vézère, amid the wooded hills and beautiful countryside of the Dordogne Valley. Le Bugue remains mostly untouched by tourism and spending time here offers a wonderful insight into this part of France, and you'll soon find yourself enjoying the laid-back local life during your stay.