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Canoeing on the Dordogne

Canoeing on the Dordogne

Canoeing on the Dordogne

  • One of France's most celebrated rivers: wide, peaceful, calm, flat
  • Excellent for families, easy for beginners
  • Friendly hotels, all with pools; superb cuisine
  • Excellent views all along the river: picturesque perched villages and troglodyte cave dwellings
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided canoeing
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Excellent for
  • From $1965
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 20 Jun '17 to 24 Sep '17
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 84%
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Option to hire bikes for the 'rest days'
  • Canadian canoes or sit-on kayaks included


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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email sales@headwater.com

This canoeing holiday offers a leisurely way to explore one of France's most interesting waterways. The Dordogne River runs alongside glorious golden-pink limestone cliffs and passes the walnut groves and truffle woods of the Perigord; an area rich in history and striking views.

The canoeing is safe, not demanding, and we give you a lesson on handling your canoe before you set off. There are no major weirs to carry your canoe round, and the flow of the water does much of the work for you, so you can travel downstream looking out for imposing and magnificent chateaux, mediaeval villages and prehistoric sites including the Grottes de Lacave. There are plenty of diversions away from the river too; from Carennac visit the Gouffre de Padirac, or, from Meyronne, get to Rocamadour, a spectacular cliff-clinging town. The local gourmet markets at Sarlat are also a great way to experience Dordogne culture and taste amazing produce such as duck, goose, walnuts and cheeses.

We have chosen lovely, friendly hotels throughout, all with their own swimming pools. These include a C11 chateau and a country house overlooking two valleys. You'll also savour delicious evening meals, taking in the best of the region's delights.

NB: All customers must be able to swim at least 50m fully clothed. We provide 2/3 person canoes (minimum age 8 years). Single-person kayaks are also available if specified when you book. Only suitable for children over 12 unless experienced. Should the river, at any point, be deemed too high to safely canoe, we will provide Headwater bikes at no extra charge for all days affected.

Read more about this holiday in Financial Times and Travel Blog.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Martel

Our lovely 3 star hotel is a former convent school, set in 7000m2 of private gardens in the mediaeval town of Martel.(Staying at Relais St Anne, Half Board)

Day 2 - Martel to Carennac 13km/8mi/3-4hr

After breakfast, we take you upstream to the small hamlet of Thezel, just south of Beaulieu-sur- Dordogne for the briefing and canoeing lesson. Then it's an easy paddle down to Carennac. This is one of the Dordogne's most picturesque villages, with lovely C16 houses. Our hotel, with outdoor pool, is right in the heart of the village, overlooking the river.(Staying at Hostellerie Fenelon, Half Board)

Day 3 - At Carennac

A fairytale village with a jumble of cottages and C16 turreted manor houses along with the remains of the ramparts and the once-magnificent priory. Fenelon, still celebrated as the village's most famous son, was the very popular bishop here in 1681, and a local aperitif is named after him! It's fun exploring the narrow streets and alleyways and walks around the village, and on the causse, provide some of the very best views of the Dordogne. To explore further afield, you might like to hire a bike (request at time of booking) or take a taxi and visit the Gouffre de Padirac (9km away, via an uphill route), one of the region's important spectacles where you'll find amazing caverns, huge galleries, and a boat trip on the underwater lake.(Staying at Hostellerie Fenelon, Half Board)

Day 4 - Carennac to Meyronne 20km/12.5mi/5-6hr

On the first part of the journey you pass below massive cliffs, paddling past four impressive riverside chateaux before arriving at Meyronne and our spectacular C11 chateau hotel. (Staying at Hotel La Terrasse)

Day 5 - At Meyronne

Why not relax at the hotel's pool, or visit the south of the river, by the Rochers Ste Marie and the Grotte de Lacave? Rocamadour (only a 15km taxi ride away, or use our cycling and walking route notes), together with the Mont St-Michel, is France's most venerated religious site. Kings once climbed the steps to the basilica on their knees, sailors prayed to the Black Madonna when in peril and the bell of her chapel rang each time she rescued another ship. The chapel is full of little model ships presented in gratitude.(Staying at La Viellie Auberge, Half Board)

Day 6 - Meyronne to Souillac 17km/11mi/4-5hr

Today is an easy paddle, with lots of interesting things to see along the river, including some beautiful riverside chateaux (look out for Belcastel and the impressive Chateau de la Treyne in particular).(Staying at La Viellie Auberge, Half Board)

Day 7 - At Souillac

The prosperous farming country around Souillac was created from marshland by industrious C12-C13 Benedictine monks. Of the powerful abbey they built, just the abbey church remains, with outstanding bas-relief sculpture. Today Souillac is a bustling town, with good shops and a weekly local market. Visit the Musee de l'Automate, the largest collection of mechanical toys and dolls in France.(Staying at La Viellie Auberge, Half Board)

Day 8 - Souillac to Sarlat 20km/12.5mi/4-5hr

Today it's relaxed canoeing down to Grolejac via St-Julien (a lovely village and a good lunch stop) through the heart of peaceful and prosperous Perigord countryside, with lots of time for swimming or lazing by the river. We pick you up from here and take you to Sarlat in time to explore the old regional capital before dinner. The Vieux Quartier is an astonishingly beautiful jumble of varying architectural styles, virtually all pre-C17.(Staying at La Maison des Peyrat, Breakfast only)

Day 9 - Leave Sarlat

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Relais Sainte-Anne, Martel (***)

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The rooms in the charming Relais Sainte-Anne are tastefully decorated with antique furniture. The grounds include a pool and extensive gardens to wander and relax in. Evening meals can be taken on the terrace in good weather.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Junior Suite Comfort Suite with Terrace
02/06/2017 - 30/09/2017 £16 £16 £54

All prices shown above are valid from 08/06/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hostellerie Fénelon, Carennac (**)

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This pleasant, traditionally Quercynois hotel is on the edge of Carennac - officially one of France's 'plus beaux villages' - next to the river Dordogne. The hotel's pool and dining terrace both overlook this mighty river.

The hotel's 15 rooms are all ensuite with either shower or bath. All are also equipped with direct telephone lines, television and hair dryers.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel La Terrasse , Meyronne (***)

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The Hotel La Terrasse, ideally situated overlooking the Dordogne, is a converted C11 château, which has survived in spite of the turbulent history of the region. It was converted into a hotel in the 1920s by the Liebus family - who still own the hotel - but it still retains many of its original features - wooden beams, exposed stone walls, stone fire places and stone spiral stairwell. Period furniture completes the impressive, yet comfortable, interior.

Your evening meal is taken in the hotel's restaurant, where the menu reflects the local specialities. If you eat on the hotel's terrace, you'll also get to savour views over the river!

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room Suite Family Suite
02/06/2017 - 30/09/2017 £20 £80 £94

All prices shown above are valid from 08/06/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

La Vieille Auberge, Souillac (***)

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La Vieille Auberge, a coach house from Napoleonic times, has been modernised to create a charming auberge in a quiet part of Souillac.

The restaurant serves traditional regional specialities with a modern twist.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Single
01/05/2017 - 24/09/2017 £86 £106

All prices shown above are valid from 08/06/2017. Prices are per person per night on a half board.

Hotel Maison des Peyrat, Sarlat (***)

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The Hotel de Charme, with a seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool, is a stylish quirky property located just outside Sarlat. There is a garden with terrace and outdoor furniture and free Wi-Fi access is available.There is also a bar and a small library. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV. In the morning at Hotel Maison ses Peyrat, guests can enjoy a large continental breakfast. Evening meal in Sarlat (not included).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Single Double
01/06/2017 - 30/09/2017 £106 £58

All prices shown above are valid from 08/06/2017. Prices are per person per night on a B&B basis.

Hotel Le Renoir, Sarlat (***)

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Le Renoir features an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi and comfortable, elegant accommodation situated just 500 yards from the historic centre of the picturesque town of Sarlat, in the heart of Périgord.

The spacious guest rooms are equipped with modern facilities, including satellite TV, a minibar and an en suite bathroom. Some have air conditioning, and rooms for families are available. In the warmer months, enjoy a refreshing drink by the swimming pool or lie in the sun on a relaxing sun lounger. Hotel Le Renoir is ideally situated to enjoy the best parts of town. Stroll through beautiful cobbled streets and look around the lovely shops.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite
01/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £18

All prices shown above are valid from 09/06/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Dates Double Single
01/05/2017 - 12/07/2017 £73 £128
13/07/2017 - 15/09/2017 £91 £155
16/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 £73 £128

All prices shown above are valid from 09/06/2017. Prices are per person per night on a B&B basis.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Senat , Paris (****)

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The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe double
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017 £26

All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Deluxe rooms are larger with a sitting area. Some also have a small terrace.

Dates Superior double/twin Superior for single use
09/03/2017 - 03/01/2017 £98 £178
04/04/2017 - 15/05/2017 £106 £196
16/05/2017 - 19/05/2017 £158 £300
20/05/2017 - 18/06/2017 £126 £236
19/06/2017 - 25/06/2017 £158 £300
26/06/2017 - 15/07/2017 £126 £236
16/07/2017 - 04/09/2017 £94 £182
05/09/2017 - 18/09/2017 £126 £236
19/09/2017 - 21/09/2017 £160 £316
22/09/2017 - 25/09/2017 £126 £236
26/09/2017 - 04/10/2017 £160 £316
05/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 £126 £2236

All prices shown above are valid from 21/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.

Hôtel Père Léon, Toulouse (***)

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The Hôtel Père Léon is ideally situated just a short walk from the historic centre of Toulouse, with the main sights just a short walk away. Just 50 metres from the metro, there is easy access to the rest of the city. The hotel is in Place Esquirol, a bustling, lively square and in close proximity to many bars and restaurants.

The hotel itself has a modern contemporary feel, which has been recently renovated. The ensuite rooms have soundproof windows and all mod cons. Breakfast is a buffet affair with a good choice of French staples, and a hot section.

The hotel has its own bistro restaurant with seats outside where you can enjoy a drink or dinner.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe
01/05/2017 - 31/10/2017 £12

All prices shown above are valid from 09/06/2017. Supplement is per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. The deluxe room is larger than the standard room.

Dates Double/Twin room Single room
01/05/2017 - 14/07/2017 £62 £96
15/07/2017 - 31/08/2017 £58 £84
01/09/2017 - 31/10/2017 £62 £96

All prices shown above are valid from 09/06/2017. Prices are per person per night on B&B basis.
Prices 01/05/2017-14/07/2017 and 01/09/2017-31/10/2017 are for stays Monday-Thursdays. For stays Friday-Sunday in this period prices are £48pppn in a double and £74pppn in a single.

Travel

Transfers included from Souillac train station at 16:43 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 15:30 Fri and 15:29 Sun and back to Souillac train station at 12:30 Mon-Fri, 11:30 Sun and back to Brive at 10:45 Sat.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Davidson
05/08/2016

An ideal combination of mild peril, moderate exercise and gluttony, in lovely and interesting surroundings.


Mrs Singleton
02/08/2016

Elizabeth was friendly, efficient and helpful tour rep. The food and accommodation were generally superb, especially at Hostellerie Fenelon, where the staff made special efforts with our 9 year old. We particuarly liked reading about the experiences of others in the Headwater Blue Book, which gave us useful clues for what to do on the 'non-canoeing' days. It also helped us plan for the weather which was variable, ranging from very hot to thunderstorms. We would highly recommend canoeing and cycl... read moreing the Dordogne which is a welcoming and very attractive area of France. Our children really enjoyed themselves. We are glad that we didn't try it with children any younger because after four canoeing days, our youngest (9) was tired! The pools at each hotels were a particular hit. QuercyLand, the children's water park at Souillac, proved something of a lifesaver when we realised that we weren't going to be able to cycle because of illness.


Mrs Lithgow
23/07/2016

This was an ideal holiday for our family with three teenagers. The canoeing wasn't too demanding but was fun, and the 'rest' days could be as active as we liked. The Dordogne is a wonderful part of France, fantastically beautiful, and with superb cuisine. All the hotels provided fantastic meals and really good, friendly service. The kids had a triple room in three of the five hotels and these were well-sized, proper triple or family rooms so they had plenty of space.

I would normally put ... read moreour family holiday together myself but it was wonderful being able to leave all the organisation up to someone else, knowing that all the pieces would fit together. They did our flights (from Scotland) - with dates that didn't match the canoeing holiday - and also car hire for those extra days at a very reasonable rate.

Just be aware that you will have extra costs when you are there. You will, of course, have to pay for drinks with your (half board) evening meal, and these prices varied quite a bit between the hotels, and the picnic lunches provided by the hotels varied between 7 and 10 Euros per person. We could add tips to our card payments at all but one of the hotels.


Mrs Lynn
08/07/2016

An enjoyable holiday cycling in the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne region, visiting medieval towns and villages, castles and gardens. We were sorry not to be able to canoe as planned but nevertheless had a great holiday.


Mr Richards
15/06/2016

We went for a canoeing holiday. which didn't happen.Obviously, Headwater were completely blameless.We made the most of it, with excellent help from Elizabeth (our Rep), by walking. This area, especially at this time of year, wouldn't have been my choice for walking. For us,this was a very expensive walking holiday.


Mrs Kirby-Vine
16/09/2015

Highly enjoyable overall. however either the price needs to be significantly reduced or the quality of two of the hotels needs to be significantly improved.

The rooms in the Hostellerie Fenelon were really shabby and the toilet got completely blocked. There was a really large dog in the room next door who kept us awake half the night!!

The rooms in the Hotel Le Quercy were good and clean, but there was absolutely no character to the place at all. The swimming pool and surrounding ... read morearea was really poorly maintained and surrounded by what looked like derelict buildings with weed filled gardens: very poor.

The last criticism was the provision (or rather lack of provision) of meals for teenagers. I do not expect specially made menus for teenagers, but what I do expect is that if they chose to eat off the kids menu and do not have a starter then they should not be charged for a dessert if they chose to select it off the main menu. They have been charged a full adult price for the holiday so they should receive the equivalent of a full adult meal


Mrs Hamilton
15/09/2015

Excellent holiday travelling through the Dordogne in a peaceful setting at your own pace and staying at well chosen establishments that provide some amazing standards of food quality relative to their star rating. The friendliness, helpfulness and availability of the reps Keith & Claire was excellent too.


Mrs Woodard
14/09/2015

I suggest you place the oldest persons in each group on ground floor hotel rooms. Hard for old guys to lug bags upstairs.


Mr Norman
13/09/2015

Wonderful holiday through a stunning and, at times, remote area of France with excellent food, drink and opportunity for activity. Very relaxing.


Mrs Peters
05/09/2015

Fabulous family holiday. We were very impressed by the high standard of equipment provided and managed by our two reps Keith and Clare - the kit was immaculate and in excellent condition (especially the bikes, panniers, locks etc). The canoeing was so peaceful with beautiful scenery and wildlife all the way (numerous kingfishers, herons, cormorants, little egrets etc) - the faster water was fun, the daily distances were very achievable. On our 'rest' days we were fairly active and put in many mi... read moreles (steep hills and off-roading) on our bikes (we bought detailed maps online before we went) however, it would have been very easy to have complete rest and relaxation by the lovely hotel pools. Basically you can be as active or inactive as you feel - would suit nearly all abilities. Fabulous food and wine (although the wine in the hotels was quite pricey). Would highly recommend to anyone.


Mrs Parker
31/08/2015

We as a family have canoed and kayaked in the past. I would have thought it would be quite tricky on the first day if you have never done it at all. I would suggest an hour demonstration for novices to get them try it out.


Mrs Powell
18/08/2015

Would definately recommend this holiday to everybody! The whole package was brilliant.I was a bit nervous at first -never been in a canoe before but after a very short time i was thoroughly enjoying every minute! We loved everything about the whole trip - the region, the canoes,the hotels, the bikes - the reps were brilliant -really helpful and knowledgeable. We,ve had some great holidays over the years and this one certainly ranks as one of our best ones! I took a lot of photos along the way and friends and family were very complimentery about them - seeing what we had been up to!!


Mr Sears
14/08/2015

Wonderful food amazing canoeing in a brilliant location


Mr Newman
26/07/2015

All the accommodation was good, but the Hostellerie Fenelon, and the Hotel Quercy were outstanding in all respects - superb food and very friendly and welcoming.

Local reps Claire and Keith were also outstanding - available, informative, cheerful, nothing too much trouble, very well-informed - a pleasure to have them as reps


Mr Heyes
19/06/2015

Great time Well organised and well balanced with activities.


Mr Burgess
23/09/2014

This canoeing/ cycling holiday on the Dordogne rates as one of our best ever. In mid September, we had the river to ourselves, the weather fortunately was superb, the accommodation, locations and food were excellent and the logistics from Headwater and the support and advice from Keith our rep were outstanding. We plan to come again, especially in the quieter season.


Mrs McQuillan
23/09/2014

I am usually full of praise for your holidays but this one was not so enjoyable. I felt I needed much more help with the canoe, practising on the water first, and with the routes. Photographs of the stopping places would have been helpful as would a more accurate map with scale. I felt rather stressed at times not knowing what to expect and perhaps in retrospect, this was not the best holiday for me. The bike I tried had far too strong brakes, I came off at the hotel and was in pain all the hol... read moreiday with a very bruised rib. I did not get on the bike again and paddling was painful. I would have so much have preferred to have had bike rides on our days off. We also had to walk in the heat with our equipment to the hotel in Soulliac, this was quite an ordeal. Without the other couple on the holiday, who were very helpful, I really would not have had the confidence to carry on with the canoeing. I have already paid a deposit for another holiday in February , if I hadn't done this, I think I might well have cancelled.


Mis Bunbury
21/09/2014

Generally an enjoyable holiday with well chosen hotels. However, the guidance notes were not always clear and in some cases out of date. We realise that conditions on the river fluctuate, but felt that Keith could have done more to update both himself and us on current conditions. As it was we spent time looking for landmarks which were no longer visible (e.g. pebble beach intended to warn us that we were approaching rough water halfway between Souillac and Sarlat). Rep must surely have been... read more warned of the changes by other travellers and could have passed these warnings on to us. The laminated notes and maps would have been easier to handle if they had been bound into a folder in their logical order.


Mr Kilby
21/07/2014

A wonderful holiday, alternating canoeing with walking. The hotels were all in good positions and the meals were gourmet standard - a real treat. We were very well looked after - our bags always waiting for us at each destination. Thank you for a great experience.


Mr Chaplin
14/07/2014

This holiday was exactly what was described and expected. All accommodation, activities and equipment were excellent.The company reps were very friendly and helpful. It was a great experience which we will doubtlessly repeat in the next few years. Thanks.


Mr Flower
17/09/2013

The right blend of activatity and relaxation in stunning scenery and beautiful locations.


Mr Shannon
31/08/2013

The canoeing days were excellent. However the days in between we less satisfactory. The bikes supplied were not of a high quality so hills were difficult, particularly for the weaker members and those who were experienced found them frustrating (front suspension is not helpful with hills). The other holidays we have been on with you have had excellent food and hotels with character and we were slightly disappointed by these ones - it may be because the choice was limited by having to be near t... read morehe river. The food for meat eaters got very repetitive (foie gras and duck) and most people didn't know how to cater for vegetarians. You did warn us in advance about the vegetarian issue and we took the risk in the knowledge that it could be an issue. However, most hotels had not thought what to do at all, despite being told in advance and the standard response was an omelette. Also all but one hotel offered the same standard menu on both nights so meat eaters felt the choice was limited - the exception to this being Hotel Grangier.


Ms Martin
22/08/2013

The combination of activity (kayaking, cycling), and moving somewhere new without the problem of carrying heavy baggage, yet also having time to explore local towns and villages was perfect for us. Wish there were more kayaking options in southern france that you offered.


Mr Plant
31/07/2013

Overall we had a great time but felt certain issues took the sheen off the experience which is a disappointment.


Ms Dixon
16/07/2013

Friendly Dordogne, repa and hoteliers alike. Helpful at all times. Good food if a little rich and large at times. Canoeing was excellent and good safety equipment and instructions. River is variable so guide lines only approximate. Very hot in July but trees provide shade as does starting out earlier than 10.00 a.m. On the four day canoeing( out of 8 days ) important on days 1 and 2 to wear a helmet. A hazard on each of those days and helmet was useful to one person ! Lovely hotel in Sarlat on f... read moreirst and last day with warm pool. Market exceptional in Sarlat. Trip out by air left us in Toulouse for over 3 houirs with luggage and heat of day waiting for train to Souillac. Very hard day travelling. Advise breaking it up or take euro star and train.


Mrs O'Rourke
08/07/2013

Disappointed with holiday overall given the cost. Hotels were not the standard we'd expected based on previous experience. Details in the holiday information were not up dated. It felt that this holiday, hotels and route were established a number of years ago and not revised to ensure they were of the best current standard. It often felt that we were given the poorer quality or less favoured room locations. Generally the food was a good standard. We would not recommend this holiday at price pai... read mored. Canoeing element was fine although not personally challenging for us. Obviously the river conditions and weather vary and are difficult to predict for individual customer expectations.


Mr Haggis
04/07/2013

Overall we enjoyed the holiday very much despite weather that was less than kind, especially for the time of year. The upside of going in June was that we had the river almost entirely to ourselves, and the faster-than-usual current made for some good entertainment and less strenuous paddling. We would certainly recommend it to people who - like us - have never canoed before. A couple of problems before we left: we were incorrectly invoiced (£500 was added for flights we weren't taking) and bo... read moreth our surnames were misspelt. Once we got there Keith did an excellent job, including sorting out rooms with a bath to soothe our aching bodies at each hotel. He also lent me his own waterproof bag for the week, and picked us up early as requested on the final day - he couldn't have been more helpful. As far as the hotels were concerned, the weak link is St Sozy (although it's worth going there just for Bernard, who is a hoot). I suppose you have limited options around there, but it's quite a walk from the river and it's a pain that it doesn't open till 1730. Also to be told that we are only allowed one croissant each for breakfast is not really acceptable. On the other hand Bernard sorted us out an excellent taxi driver who took us by various scenic routes to Rocamadour on our rest day. One general comment we would make - especially in view of the cost of the holiday - is that Headwater might consider putting its guests in slightly better rooms - we seemed often to be in the cheapest - and preferably ones with a bath. Overall, though, an excellent holiday, though we'd be grateful if another time you could sort out the weather...


Mr Sharman
01/10/2012

Excellent fun and loved the activity side of the holiday


Mr Lenane
10/09/2012

A really good adventure.

Wonderful reps who were obviously passionate about their jobs, and who always "walked the extra mile" when any request was made.

I expected the dinners to be ok/good, but in fact they were all exceptional, which cheered us up enormously when the weather let us down.

Thank you headwater.


Mrs Hebden
01/09/2012

We had an excellent holiday. The organisation in terms of transfers, provision of instructions and the moving of luggage from hotel to hotel was all exceptional, and the staff in all hotels were very helpful and friendly. The weather was perfect for the canoeing, and the fact that each hotel en route had a lovely pool waiting for us at the end of the day, was a great bonus. We will definitely be looking at booking with Headwater again.


Mr Edwards
29/08/2012

Very good trip. Main problem was weather too hot for me and several other members of the party so we didn't sleep too well - hardly Headwater's fault. Airconditionng would have been wonderful.



Agents were great.


Mr Wilson
07/08/2012

Well organised holiday with canoeing that was fine for beginners. The hotels are mixed - beds are not great in a couple, and the rooms can be small; our rep helped us change from the room we were given that was in a basement and smelled damp. We enjoyed most of the meals, and the welcome / service was generally very good in all the hotels. Highest praise for the local Headwater representatives who were extremely responsive and good at sorting things out. They even acted as taxi for me when my back gave up after two days in the canoe.


Mr Allan
23/07/2012

ABSOLUTELY FINE


Mr Hall
07/07/2012

Except for a canoeing accident in the last hour of the last day of the holiday when my wife broke her wrist when we capsized, it was great and Keith and Clare looked after us very well.

Dates and prices

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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Independent canoeing Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 26th Jun 2017 to 24th Sep 2017, for 8 nights.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included

Other details
This holiday is unsuitable for children under 8 (under 12 for kayaks) and is based on a minimum of 2 adults.
For people wanting to have bikes available for all 'rest days' these can be pre-booked for you (£80 per adult and £40 per child per week) and will be waiting at each hotel for you.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Souillac train station at 16:43 Mon-Thurs & Sat, 15:30 Fri and 15:29 Sun and back to Souillac train station at 12:30 Mon-Fri, 11:30 Sun and back to Brive at 10:45 Sat.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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