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August 1 to 10, 2018 | Workshops Experiences

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August 1 to 10, 2018 | Workshops Experiences

2,000.00 4,000.00

Book now your private, customized tour in Aveyron.

This tour is first-come first-served. As soon as we do have your group of at least 3, nobody else will be added to your own unique experience.

Share your experience with like-minded people.
You decide who you will travel with: a spouse, partner, family, friend or, any group you put together up to 8.

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Usually, we do charge US $4000 per person for a 10-day all-inclusive tour. This tour price has been slashed by 50%!!
So, only US $2000 per person for an all-inclusive 10-day tour with tons of planned experiences!

Our main condition is; bring at least 2 friends and enjoy the authentic, intimate French experiences we've hand-picked for you.

 

PLEASE CHECK OUR GENERAL CONDITIONS BELOW.

As you'll be registering for more than one person—with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8—please contact us here to discuss details. All our tours are fully customized, and there are many options for how we'll spend our time. We'll decide how together.

Even better, call Véronique: 403-609-2774 or 403-493-5142 (cell.), MST (Mountain Standard Time).
V
éronique will be your host and guide.


POTTERY AND CERAMICS

  Master potter Thierry and "student"

Master potter Thierry and "student"

Introduction to pottery and ceramics made by master potter Thierry.  This session will include an overview of the "raku" technique as well.

This workshop will allow beginners to get to grips with all the basic pottery and ceramics techniques.

The workshop session will cover a taster of lots of different techniques, including coiling, sculpting, slab-work and working on the potter’s wheel and look at the many ways to texture, decorate and glaze your work. 

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  Belcastel village and its château

Belcastel village and its château

As the workshop will be set in one of the "most beautiful villages" of France, Belcastel, free time will be spent visiting this middle-age marvel. Visiting the château is a definite must as it has been well-restored and contains its own museum.

There are only around 100 French villages holding the competitive label "most beautiful village".

And 10 of them are located in Aveyron!


BIRD WATCHING

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  • Discover the unforgettable birds, and landscapes of south Aveyron with an experienced guide. Robert, originally from U.K. will show you the best wildlife this area has to offer! 
  • There are five different sites with  unique habitats in this UNESCO world heritage area.
  • The griffon vulture is an iconic bird of The "Grands Causses", successfully reintroduced in the 1980s.
    It is now a common sight along with the three other European vulture species. Vultures integrate perfectly into this vast, open agro-pastoral land in South Aveyron.

  • Here, we are at the junction of three climatic zones: Atlantic, continental and Mediterranean. This has created a broad diversity of habitats which shelter an extraordinary array of wildlife including rare orchids, butterflies and reptiles. Plateaus, valleys, plains, gorges, forests, vertigo-inducing cliffs all hold a wealth of special birds that can be seen throughout the year. The area is particularly rich in birds of prey.
    This activity is delivered by a naturalist and native English-speaker.

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Griffon Vulture


KNIFE MAKING

  Laguiole knives

Laguiole knives

  • This will be an unforgettable day, an out-of-the-ordinary experience.
    You will enjoy using your "Laguiole" knife every day as it gradually acquires a patina through use.
  • During the workshop, you will craft your own "Laguiole" pocket knife from start to finish. A master knife-maker will support you throughout the day.
  • You don't need any experience at all. You just need to be pretty good with your hands.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

For the more active guests, we can plan (on special request) optional activities usually for an extra fee. We hand-picked these activities, experiences and/or workshops for you. All of them are delivered by either professionals and/or certified instructors. On the top, we were able to find two different workshops to be delivered by native English speakers!

  • River kayaking over a day and lunch along the lazy river (Rental of a kayak/canoe, US $32 per person per day).
  • Leather workshop (Full day, 6 hours. US $125 per person. Not available in July and August).
  • Mosaics workshop (Half day, 3 or 4 hours. US $65 or 100 per person, depending on duration).
  • Book binding workshop (Half or full day, 3.5 or 7 hours. US $56 or 112 per person, depending on duration. Minimum 2 people).
  • Stained glass window making workshop (Half day, 3 hours. US $56 per person.).
  • Photography workshop (Full day, 7-8 hours. US $260 per person. Bring your own camera. Experience provided by a native English speaker).
  • Cooking class (Full day, 6+ hours. US $150 for 1 person. Each extra is 40. One-on-one class with Michelin-starred Chef at his restaurant).
  • Rail biking experience (Half day, 1.5 hour or 3 hours. US $15 per person or 32.).
  • Zipline and aerial adventure experience (Half day, 3+ hours. US $56 per person.).
  • Mini-cruise experience on the lazy Tarn river (Half day, 1.5 hours. US $20 per person. Wine included. Multiple options available).
  • Via Ferrata walking over a full day (Around US $60 per person. Price depending on number, minimum 2 and maximum 4. Fully guided and gear rental included).
  • Paragliding around the high plateaus near Millau (Introductory flight such as in double seat starting at US $100 for a 25 min flight which is weather and wind dependant).
  • Biking daily loops (mountain bikes, road bikes and/or e-bikes. Rental of bike and helmet starting at US $40 pr person per day).
  • Motorcycling (Caution: for experienced riders only, off-road riding training with award-winning professional. Full day starting at US $600 including rental of bike and gear.).
  • Trails hiking over one day (Free, tag along with Véronique).
  • Hot air balloon ride experience (Half day, 3+ hours. US $260 per person. When sun rises or 2 hours prior sunset. Includes either a healthy breakfast or a Champagne celebration and hot air balloon diploma).
  • Bungee jumping experience (US $115 per person per jump. Free fall of 107 m so, 351 ft. Add a walk of over 20 min to reach jump area above the Tarn gorges).
  • Canyoning experience (Full day, 6+ hours. From US $47 per person to 68. price is difficulty-basedt).
  • Climbing experience (Half day. US $38 per person. Introduction.).
  • Caving experience (Half day, 2 hours. US $40 per person. Introduction to).
  • Visiting a goat cheese making farm (Free).
  • Visiting an organic cattle farm (Free).
  • Visiting local vineyards and interacting with the winemakers (Free, tag along with Véronique).
  • Tasting the local wines at the local wineries (Free).
  • Workshop around the famous "gâteau à la broche" at a local producing farm. (Free).
  • Coal mining heritage touring focus over one or multiple days (Free).
  • French light cooking (from quiches to ratatouille to crème caramel, a workshop at Baraqueville home over half a day) (Free).

CONDITIONS AND PRICE

  • Bring in at least 2 friends. You have to bring your own friends as we do NOT form up groups of guests who do not know each others.
    We are offering you an authentic customized VIP French experience at an amazing price! First-come, first-served.
  • Price is US $2000 per person instead of US $4000!
  • Tour is all-inclusive for 10 days. See our frequently asked questions for more details.
  • This specific promotion applies only to this select tour, August 1 to August 10, 2018.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN EXPERIENCE (MY) FRANCE TOURS?

  • Pick-up in Aveyron, at Rodez airport or Rodez train station.
  • The accommodation at Véronique's art-déco house for the 10 days/9 nights in Baraqueville, 20 min away from Rodez. The house is truly YOUR home for 10 days as well as conveniently located at a crossroads to experience the most of the area you'll discover.
  • No shared bedrooms. On the top, each bedroom has its own private en-suite full bathroom.
  • Regional wines hand-picked by Véronique and/or other beverages during meals as well as wines during the wine tasting experiences. We're talking more close to 20 bottles of wine over 10 days! 
  • Private tours where planned, and according to your needs, wants and desires where permits.
  • Food (all breakfasts, all lunches, and all dinners over your 10-day experience) and wine tastings where/if planned.
  • Activities such as pottery/ceramics, bird watching and knife making are not included and charged as extras.
  • Entry fees to museums, castles, exhibitions, as well as all gratuities and other planned experiences.
  • Services of Véronique, your bilingual local guide/host and personal driver.
  • Transportation during the tour in a comfortable air-conditioned car or van depending on the size of your own group, the one you formed with your family, friends and/or companion(s). As there's a lot to experience close-by the house, we drive an average of 90 miles all in all a day so around 150 km
  • A tour that will be designed at your own pace. Yes, we can spend more time wherever you'd like to. Your tour could be more or less active as well as we welcome all fitness abilities. Keep in mind, so far each single tour has been unique and entirely à-la-carte.
    That's what we consider a VIP tour—without the cost—as well as a real, authentic and private French experience.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Airfare or any travel expense to and from the pick-up location, Rodez.
  • Lodging and/or guiding BEFORE or AFTER your tour.
  • Special wines and/or beverages other than those included during meals. This restriction does not apply to the wine tasting experiences whereas included.
  • Activities such as pottery/ceramics, bird watching and knife making are not included and charged as extras.
  • Personal items purchased during your experience in Aveyron.
  • Shipping of your purchases and/or associated cost(s).
 

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