Please note that the schedule will vary slightly. The final itinerary will be sent about a month prior to departure. The sample itinerary below provides an overall picture of what your yoga retreat in the South of France will be like.

Day One — 09.26.20

Midday arrival to Bergerac

Transfers from the Bergerac airport or train station (on arrival and departure days only)

Check-in and soak-up the French countryside splendor

Evening Yin or Restorative yoga class

Gourmet group welcome dinner


Day Two — 09.27.20

Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit available

Wake-up and refresh morning yoga

Fresh local breakfast

Day trip to the locally famous Issigeac market:

  • Stroll through the medieval town’s farmers market for local organic treats

  • Enjoy the local flavor and introduction to one of the area’s historic villages

  • Souvenir shop, mix with the locals, and sample tastes of the region

Head back for lunch at the chateau

Late afternoon yoga in the chateau yoga ‘stable’

Group dinner


DAY THREE — 09.28.20

Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit available

Morning Vinyasa yoga class

Group breakfast

Enjoy a chill morning

Dig into a country fresh lunch

Enjoy an afternoon free in the country:

  • Stroll down a country lane

  • Chill by the pool

  • Explore the town of Bergerac

Head back for an evening yoga class

Delicious group dinner

Post-dinner sommelier visit:

  • Enjoy a tasting and learning about some of the regions most delicious wines

  • Get the scoop on the local wineries in preparation of the next day’s vineyard visits


DAY FOUR — 09.29.20

Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit available

Morning yoga flow

Poolside group breakfast

Enjoy a free day to relax or explore:

  • Book a day trip exploring local castles, Lascaux, or local nature

  • Rent a bike and cruise through the countryside

  • Chill by the pool

Afternoon lunch at the chateau

Early evening yoga class

Delicious group dinner


Day Five — 09.30.20

Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit available

Morning Vinyasa yoga

Fresh poolside breakfast

Head out to a local organic vineyard to be a winemaker-for-a-day:

  • Hands-on exploration of the vineyard and winery

  • Enjoy a farm fresh lunch with a wine and food pairing talk from the vintners

  • Test your blending skills as you create your own bottle of wine to enjoy, bottle, and take home

Late afternoon yoga class on the outdoor deck

Sunset group dinner


Day Six — 10.01.20

Early morning breakfast

Day trip to picture perfect Aquitaine region:

  • Head to La Roque Gageac for a scenic Dordogne river trip

  • Board an authentic Gabarre river trip

  • Marvel at the centuries old buildings (1100s!) built up against and into the sheer cliff face

  • Catch a fish-eyes view of the castles dotting the Dordogne

  • Explore the castle town of Beynac

  • Marvel at the castle on the sheer limestone cliffs

  • Stroll through the 12th century village

Picnic lunch

Late afternoon yoga class

Gourmet group dinner


Day Seven — 10.02.20

Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit available

Morning yoga practice

Poolside breakfast

Enjoy the last full day at your leisure:

  • Head back to a favorite spot

  • Stroll through the beautiful countryside

  • Take off on one last adventure

Early evening yoga class and closing circle

Final group dinner


Day Eight — 10.03.20

Morning breakfast, hugs, and goodbyes

Transfer to the Bergerac airport or train station with new friends and awesome memories


WHAT'S INCLUDED

Yoga most mornings and every evening

Seven nights chateau yoga retreat accommodation

Three farm-to-table meals each day

Wine tasting

  • Sample the best of the region during an evening with a local sommelier

Become a winemaker for a day at a local vineyard

  • Teach your tastebuds with a lunch food and wine pairing class

  • Create, blend, and bottle your own unique vino memories to bring home

Day trip to La Roque Gageac and Beynac

  • Picnic lunch by the Dordogne

  • Excursions through medieval La Roque and Beynac

Trip to the Issigeac market

  • Catch the tastes and colors of this medieval town during their famous Sunday market

Transfers from the Bergerac airport or train station (on arrival and departure days only)


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to Bergerac, France (EGC)

Travel insurance (recommended)

Additional excursions

Alcohol and personal items (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc.)

Gratuities


Frequently Asked QuestionS

What are the passport and visa requirements?

U.S. citizens need a passport to visit France, but no visa is required at this time. All passports need to be valid for at least 3 months after your date of arrival and have at least one blank page for entry stamps. Entry requirements can change, so please visit the State Department’s website for the most current information.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

What airport should I fly into?

You have a few choices. The easiest location to come into, either by train or by plane, is Bergerac. The Bergerac airport (ECG) is about a 20 minute drive away from the chateau. The Bergerac train station is about 30 minutes away. There are other train stations and airports (Libourne and Bordeaux), but they are 40 minutes to an hour and a half away from the chateau.

Do we need to bring our own yoga gear?

Nope! The chateau is stocked with mats, blocks, straps and blankets. You only need to bring your own stuff if you’re particularly attached to personal gear.

Is there Wifi?

Yes, there is wifi, but it is best for basic emails.

Is there swimming?

The chateau has a beautiful pool that is open from Spring until Fall.

Can my dietary restrictions/needs be accommodated?

Yes. The food is locally sourced farm-to-table goodness. The chef can accommodate special diets as long as we have at least 3 weeks notice.

Do I need to book any of the optional activities ahead of time?

You can wander through some additional castles to explore or gallop off through a vineyard — there is more than enough time to book these excursions when you arrive. There is so much to absorb that it’s best to not overbook yourself before arrival. See what you feel like when you reach the good life, and don’t forget to set aside some chill time.

The only exception to this would be if you want to visit the caves of Lascaux or Font de Gaum. For those you’ll need to book a tour in advance as tickets go very quickly, especially in the Summer season.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in France?

France is on plug type “E” and 230v. Anyone coming from a region with a different plug or voltage should pack their adaptor and/or converter.

What is the currency situation in France?

France is on the Euro. We suggest you get cash in Euros when you arrive, but credit cards are also accepted.

What do I need to bring?

Although we don’t recommend you book excursions in advance, you’ll want to think ahead when it comes to packing. Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) and a few pairs of long pants won’t go amiss. Your essentials will be your yoga clothes and bathing suit with the rest depending on your appetite for adventure. Quick dry clothes for adventure activities will work best.

After I book and pay my deposit, can I pay payments on my yoga retreat?

Yes! Of course. Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice. You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date.

Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Please contact The Travel Yogi with questions.