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 We are delighted to offer:    Rowing and touring the lovely Lot river valley: April 24th to 30th, 2018


         All the details are below: click on each tab and scroll down to bring up the appropriate information. If you would like to join us, the details and costs tab will allow you to put a deposit so that we hold a spot for you. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us!

Accommodations and Sustenance

domaine

terminus


We will be staying in a combination of small hotels close to our rowing stages, and lovely private manors transformed into bed and breakfast accommodations.



 

Some rooms...

stone      blue      town

 

fraisesThe Quercy and the Perigord are reputed gastronomic regions of France, well known for the foie gras, black truffles, cheeses, fruits and of course, wines...We plan on visiting the outdoor market in Cahors, ranked one of the best outdoor markets in France. The climate in this region is softer and moderated by the proximity of the Atlantic, and we will be there for the strawberry season. The Dordogne specializes in varietal strawberries, and is a protected nomenclature, so we are in for a treat!

 

Malbec, the black wine, has been grown in this region since the Middle Ages, and is the source of all the Malbec grown in Argentina today. We will include some Domaine visits and tastings in our afternoons.

We will lunch locally to refuel in a civilised way after our row, in the towns we arrive in, or have a catered picnic by the river, weather permitting.

dining room

 

In the evenings, after a long day of rowing and sightseeing, we will dine in our hotels, which have been chosen for their restaurants, or in the case of the domaines, our hosts will cater dinner for us. You can stroll back to your room on your own steam!

                                        

 

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River and Boats

 

tow pathThe Lot, originally spelled l'Olt or water, is the longest tributary river in France, and was the only transportation artery in the Middle Ages for the wealthy Aquitaine area, of Eleanor fame. From the 12thC through to the mid 19thC the river was used to transport primarily wine, but also wood (for barrels), and quarried stone downstream to the ports, while salt, spices, and other goods flowed inland in traditional flat bottomed boats named "gabarres". The original gabarres were towed from the tow path which is still in evidence along the river. Because of the Lot's inconsistent flow, this traffic was inconveniently limited to the fall and winter months..

 

lockThis unpredictability led Colbert in the 17thC to improve the flow with a series of locks and weirs. The need for coal in the 19thC led to another round of improvements to navigation. The railroads however spelled the end of fluvial navigation, and for our benefit, the river was closed in 1926 to commercial navigation.

Because the river was the highway of the day, chateaux and monasteries are located along its banks for our travelling pleasure.Today it is a calm scenic waterway, dotted with docks and ancient structures.

 


rowersWe will be rowing coxed quads lent to us by our friends from the Charente trip, similar to the one pictured above. Coxing is very agreeable though not so athletic, so typically we rotate through the position. Most of the locks are self operated, but luckily, we will have our trusty lock operators/chauffeurs to help us, John and George..

We will row between 10 and 20 km each day, starting early and ending in time for lunch. We will be rowing through the natural reserve of the Quercy, where the river has carved cliffs that have been inhabited since prehistory, and through the Malbec wine appellation. The afternoons are reserved for tours of this rich heritage. Please refer to the schedule for more details.

 


Location and Travel

 

map of Lot region

The Lot river is located in southwest France, just south of the Dordogne, and north of Toulouse. You would fly into Toulouse, or train into Cahors. Toulouse is an international airport with connecting flights from Paris and other european capitals. There are also multiple intercity trains each day from Paris (a little over 5 hour trip to Cahors, 3 hour high speed train to Toulouse).You can also drive from Paris in around 6 hours.

Toulouse is an 80 minute drive to our meeting place, and we will be happy to arrange a shared taxi with other campers, if you choose not to rent a car. If you do wish to rent a car, we have used Europcar and Sixt rentals succesfully in the past, as well of course as the big ones, Hertz and Avis.

 

 

              Lot central

 

Our Schedule

     

Tuesday, 24th of April: Meet at our first hotel, dinner together.

Wednesday 25th : Drive to starting point in the village of Larnagol, unload and rig the boats, launch and row 13km, 3 locks to St Cirq Lapopie. Lunch and visit the medieval perched village. Dinner at hotel.

Thursday 26th: Row 15kms, 5 locks from St Cirq La Popie to Vers. Lunch and visit the prehistoric caves of Pech Merle. Pech Merle are the largest painted prehistoric caves open to the public, now thatthe caves at Lascaux are off limits. We will have a guided tour in english. Dinner at the hotel in Vers.

Friday 27th: We will row 13k, 4 locks, from Vers to Cahors where we will stop and store our boats at the local rowing club. Lunch in Cahors and afternoon visit of the medieval town. Possible visit to a truffle farm. Dinner at our hotel in Cahors.

Saturday 28th: Saturday is market day in Cahors, and the market is famous for it's quality and size, so we will shop the market first thing after breakfast, and wander over to row late morning. Row from Cahors to Mercues 10km, 2 locks. Afternoon bike ride through the Malbec vineyards,with some stops for tours and tastings. Catered dinner and sleep in Mercues.

Sunday 29th: Row Mercues to Caix 19.5 km, 2 locks. Derig, wash and load the boats. Visit of the chateau de Cayx, wine tasting and art museum (Danish royal personal collection) if time allows. Final dinner and sleep in Mercues.

Monday 30th: Breakfast and departure.

 
     

                                 

The details...

As anyone who has done camps with us in the past knows, we like to eat well and be comfortable. We take care of all the planning details for you. The cost is $3900 double occupancy, (single supplement $300), all inclusive of housing, meals, boats, transportation to rowing and side trips. We do not include your transportation to and from site on the first day and the last. The cost for a non-rower, sharing a rowers room, is $1700.

Payment schedule:

  Rowers  Non rower (in rowers room)  
Deposit (due on sign-up) :  $700.00   $300.00
First payment (due 1/15/2018)  $1600.00 $700.00
single supplement:(due 1/15/2018) ($400)  
Final payment (due 03/15/2018) $1600.00 $700.00

 

 

 

Please reserve your space by using the deposit button below. If you are purchasing for a rower and a non rower, you have to put first one, then the other in the cart. It is not smart enough to do both at once!

 
 
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Lot trip deposit :
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Please read our cancellation policy below before signing up, and please verify with us that the camp is set before purchasing air tickets. Because even waitlisted rowers cannot change plans at the last minute, and most of our costs are fixed and paid in advance, we encourage you to protect your trip with travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit saves your space until the first payment due date, and cannot be refunded.
If you need to cancel after the first payment has been made, we will attempt to find a replacement for your spot. If we can find a replacement, we will credit your first payment. If you need to cancel after the second payment it is not reimbursable. Please call us if you have any questions.
Please download the Waiver and send it to us before or with your final payment.

 

Non Rowers

 

There is a lot to do for non rowers, enough to tempt the rowers away from the river: however, because the rowers's transportation is one way, and we are lunching and touring at our arrival towns, we recommend that non rowers rent a car. We can help you with the arrangements.

Golf: There are several golf courses near by for golfers.(links to follow)

Hiking: For hikers there is an extensive network (over 8o marked trails, marked GR in France for Grande Randonnee) .There is, in addtition, the tow road which follows the river fairly consistently, and is great for biking or walking. We can always arrange a packed lunch for you.

Touring: This area is a center for prehistoric caves and artifacts, french romanesque architecture, and fortified villages, The dordogne is a short distance away. We'll be glad to suggest excursions.

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More pics

 

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