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SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE YOGA ADVENTURE

7 Days, 7 Nights

April 21 - 28, 2018  
September 14 - 21, 2019  

Trip Overview

Join Ananda Expeditions for a 7-day/7-night yoga adventure in the Dordogne region in Southwestern France. Enjoy twice daily Vinyasa yoga practices (all-levels) with Michael Hoyer, adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by local guides, an array of culinary and cultural experiences, and ample time for relaxing or exploring the area on your own.

We have the privilege of lodging in an authentic 17th-century chateau located in the "Périgord Pourpre," or Purple Périgord region, just south of Bergerac in Southwestern France. The chateau offers luxurious en-suite rooms, comfortable common spaces, a game room, multiple outdoor lounging areas — including around the heated salt-water pool. The estate encompasses close to 100 acres of gorgeous land, which includes a lake surrounded by ancient oaks, wooded hills, and hiking trails for wandering. A professional, local chef will prepare us three locally-sourced meals daily: self-service breakfasts, 2-course plated lunches, and 3-course plated dinners. We have access to a fully-equipped yoga room, as well as an outdoor platform should we prefer to practice in the open air (weather permitting). Beyond offering luxury accommodations and relaxing wilderness, the chateau provides the ideal base from which to explore the many wonders of the Dordogne region.

During the week, we'll practice daily, float the Dordogne in a canoe, hike to a prehistoric church built into a cliffside, learn about regional wines in a tasting with a professional sommelier, and take a day-trip to the medieval city of Saint-Émilion, whose vines and subterranean church and catacombs we'll tour with a local guide. You can also opt to schedule and enjoy massage treatments on site.

Sign up and get ready to experience an ideal sojourn in Southwestern France!

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Prices, per person

Early Bird / Regular

Double (2 single beds)  $2295 / $2480
Partner Double (1 king bed)  $2420 / $2615
Single (double bed)*  $2835 / $3065
Deluxe Single (king bed)*  $3145 / $3395
* limited availability

Triple (1 king bed, 1 single bed)§  $1895 / $2045
§ Must sign up with roommates for triple option

Arrival: Fly from North America on Friday; Arrive in France and transfer to the chateau on Saturday

Departure: Anytime on Saturday
OR  Join the Add-On Itinerary (details below)

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Daily Schedule

Day 0 — Friday
Depart, if you're flying from North America (or elsewhere outside Europe), for the overnight flight to France.

Day 1 — Saturday
Plan to arrive into Bergerac — either the airport or train station — to catch the 4 PM group transfer to the chateau, or make your own way. Check-in at 4:30 PM. Settle into your room, then unwind with a relaxed, grounding yoga practice. Enjoy your first plated 3-course French dinner before retiring for a good night's sleep.

Days 2 - 6 — Sunday - Friday
While the schedule is subject to change, here's an outline of the two types of typical days:


Variant 1:

  8:30 AM — Morning Yoga

  9 AM — Breakfast

  10 AM-4 PM — Day Trip

  • Relaxed Canoeing + Visit to Beynac-et-Cazenac + Lunch Out + Gardens Visit
  • Guided Hike + Picnic
  • Saint-Émilion Tour + Lunch Out

  5-7 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

  7:30 PM — Dinner

Variant 2:

  9 AM — Breakfast

  10 AM-12 PM — Issigeac Market / Free Time

  12-1:30 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

  1:30/2 PM — Lunch

  2:30-5 PM — Free Time / Massages

  5-7 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

  7:30 PM — Dinner

 

Day 7 — Saturday
Enjoy a farewell breakfast. We'll check out at 10:00 AM. Then, transfer back to Bergerac (airport or train station) or continue on your own way — OR join the Add-On Itinerary, detailed below.


EXPLORE PÉRIGORD & THE VÉZÈRE VALLEY

4-Day, 3-Night Add-On Itinerary

April 28 - May 1, 2018  
September 21 - 24, 2019  

Add-On Itinerary Overview

Day 7 — Saturday
We'll drive east, along the Dordogne, to picturesque Sarlat-le-Canéda to experience the weekly market. Tour the market and town with Michael, or explore on your own. In the late afternoon, we'll check in at our hotel — another chateau with gorgeous grounds located near Beynac-et-Cazenac. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at the hotel's acclaimed restaurant, or walk a couple of kilometers to a handful of nearby options (recommendations provided).

Day 8 — Sunday
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll drive north to Lascaux, the renowned prehistoric cave and UNESCO World Heritage site. When we return to the chateau in the late afternoon, join in for a relaxed, outdoor yoga practice (weather permitting) — or enjoy free time in which you can explore the grounds and gardens, take a dip in the pool, or relax with a book on the lawn. Dinner on your own (recommendations provided).

Day 9 — Monday
We'll start the day's outing by heading further east along the Dordogne to a fortified 14th-century mill tucked away in an adjoining valley on a tributary. The mill's knowledgable caretaker will give us a tour. Then, we'll wind our way on the scenic approach to the cliff-perched town of Rocamadour and relax over lunch at a traditional restaurant. The final day's highlight will be an afternoon tour of a prehistoric cave… by boat, on its subterranean river. Enjoy a grounding evening yoga practice when we return to our chateau, followed by a final “Farewell Dinner”.

Day 10 — Tuesday
We'll depart after checking out and sightsee en route back to Bergerac, where our time together ends.

Prices, per person

Early Bird (thru 1/10/18) / Regular

Double  $1195 / $1255
Premium Double   $1365 / $1435
Single*  $1480 / $1555
Premium Single*  $1775 / $1865
*limited availability

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Please contact Michael at mlh@anandaexpeditions.com if you have questions or need help with the registration process.


What’s Included:

Yoga Adventure:
  - 7 nights’ accommodation at chateau
  - 3 meals daily (except for 3 lunches)
  - Tea, coffee, fruit, and nuts available throughout the day
  - All group transportation, including 1 scheduled transfer from Bergerac to chateau on arrival, and back to Bergerac on departure day
  - Daily yoga practices (usually 30-min Morning Yoga & 2-hr afternoon practice with pose demonstrations and long savasana), use of mats, props
  - Use of outdoor salt-water pool, tennis court, 100-acre grounds, trails
  - Planned activities (including trip to Issigeac, canoe trip on the Dordogne, gardens visit, guided hike, tour of Saint-Émilion, and wine-tasting), entrance fees, local guides
  - Wi-fi
  - Gratuity for local guides, and house and kitchen staff

Add-On Itinerary:
  - 3 nights’ accommodation
  - 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner (4/30)
  - All group transportation to accommodations and scheduled activities during add-on itinerary, including transfer to Bergerac on 5/1
  - Optional yoga practices on 4/29, 4/30
  - Planned activities — including tours of the fortified mill and caves
  - Gratuity for local guides, and house and kitchen staff

What’s Not Included:

Yoga Adventure:
  - Airfare from/to your home city
  - Ground transportation to/from arrival airport to Bergerac, and transfers from/to Bergerac outside the 1 scheduled pick-up on arrival day and drop-off on departure day
  - 3 lunches out (2 at restaurants, 1 sandwich picnic), and any other additional meals not mentioned in "What's Included"
  - Local wine for purchase at wholesale prices to have with meals (€7 red, €9 white, €5.50 rosé)
  - Supplemental, personal activities (i.e. massages, shopping, etc.), including transportation
  - Short-term traveler's insurance
  - Other travel-related expenses

Add-On Itinerary:
  - Accommodation the night of 5/1
  - Meals not noted in “What’s Included”
  - Transportation to any departure city other than Bergerac on 5/1
  - Supplemental, personal activities (i.e. shopping, optional activities), including any transportation
  - Other travel-related expenses


Payment Schedule & Cancellation Policy

- $500 deposit to reserve space
- Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure in the event that cancellation is deemed necessary or wise. Such conditions might include, but are not limited to, insufficient participant registration or other logistical challenges that would negatively affect trip operation. The refund of all payments received shall release Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. from any further liability. Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. is not responsible for non-recoverable expenses incurred by clients in preparation for a cancelled trip, including airfare.

Cancellation Policy
Should circumstances arise that result in your canceling your reservation, Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. will refund payment less a cancellation fee as follows (computed based on date of receipt of written cancellation):

Cancellation Fee:
  $100 admin fee
  100% of deposit
  50% of trip cost
  100% of trip cost

  Days Prior to Trip:
   More than 120 days
   91 – 120 days
   46 – 90 days
   45 days or less