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France

France Yoga Retreat Adventure

Get your France adventure travel on and say ‘oui’ to our gorgeous France yoga retreat in the stunning countryside! You’ll spend your days wandering through ancient villages and soaking up French culture and evenings sampling local cuisine and vino on the patio.

The Dordogne region of southwest France is the best of “slow” French living – market towns, biking through charming villages, leisurely wine tastings and bottling your own unique vino blend are all part of your leisurely days. A beginner yoga retreat in the balance of active and relaxation days (the yoga is always all levels), the French countryside is the perfect way to bring together your wellness, adventure, foodie and cultural passions.

Yoga holidays allow your active days to be bookended with peaceful, restorative time on your mat at our unique chateau home-away-from-home. Enjoy gorgeous farm-to-table meals and explore nature and hundreds of years of history each day.  The Dordogne region of France is known for its wine and culture, stunning medieval castles and prehistoric cave art in Lascaux and Font-de-Gaum.

Let your inner-self geek out on delicious cuisine, crazy history and amazing wellness with beautiful days and friend filled nights on this France yoga retreat adventure.

Yoga Retreat Adventure Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights • Starting at $2595 per person

September 21 - 28, 2019 Mia Togo
Sept 28 - Oct 5, 2019 Debbi Murphy *2 rooms left*
October 12 - 19, 2019 Alexa Silvaggio
October 19 - 26, 2019 Kilty Inafuku :: benefiting Susan G. Komen®
May 16 - 23, 2020 Giselle Mari
May 30 - June 6, 2020 Dianne Bondy
June 13 - 20, 2020 Sharon Dawson
June 20 - 27, 2020 Alexa Silvaggio
September 19 - 26, 2020 Debbi Murphy :: benefiting Susan G. Komen®
September 26 - October 3, 2020 JL Chiemingo
October 3-10, 2020 Alison Buchanan

What's included

  • Yoga most mornings & each evening
  • 7 nights chateau yoga retreat accommodation
  • 3 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/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 (on arrival and departure days only) from the Bergerac airport or train station

What's not included

  • Airfare to Bergerac, France (EGC)
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

France culture abounds in our historic manoir accommodation.  Each gîte is its own private sanctuary encompassing two to three rooms, a sleek kitchen (for storing any yummy cheeses) and living room.  Rooms all have their own bathrooms with some en suite and some attached just outside the bedroom door.

And while all rooms have their own charm, don’t expect to spend too much time indoors!  Encased in a region of rolling hills and country roads, days can take the form of a stroll to the local village, some chill time by the pool and, of course, our immersive south of Franc explorations.  Our location and accommodation leave nothing to want on our experience lux France yoga retreat.

*Please note that European twin beds are slightly shorter and more narrow than U.S. twins.*

Schedules will vary slightly and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure.  Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a weeklong yoga retreat in the gorgeous south of France will look like:

Day One

  • Midday arrival to Bergerac
  • Transfers from the Bergerac airport or train station (on arrival and departure days only)
  • Check-in and soak up the general countryside splendor
  • Evening de-travel and welcome yoga class
  • Gourmet group welcome dinner

Day Two

  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Wake up and refresh morning yoga
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Day trip to the locally famous Issigeac market
    • Stroll through the medieval town’s farmers market for local and organic yummies
    • 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

  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Enjoy a chill morning
  • Dig into a country fresh lunch
  • Enjoy an afternoon free in the country
    • Walk a country lane
    • Chill in the pool
    • Explore the town of Bergerac
  • Head back for an evening yoga class
  • Delicious evening group dinner
  • Post dinner sommelier visit
    • Enjoy an evening 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

  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a free day to explore or relax
    • Book a day trip exploring local castles, Lascaux or local nature
    • Rent a bike and cruise through the countryside
    • Relax by the pool and chill
  • Afternoon lunch at the chateau
  • Early evening yoga class
  • Delicious group dinner

Day Five

  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • 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/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

  • 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

  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a 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

  • Morning breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to the Bergerac airport or train station with new friends and awesome memories!

It was a life changing experience . I enjoyed the balance of history, travel, and yoga. My mind was being expanded in multiple venues all at the same time but at a reasonable pace.

- Sue B.

Jen and Courtney are AMAZING when it comes to coordination and communication. I will see you again 🙂

- Abby D.

Shannon’s guidance with each yoga session was always on target for our needs – the chateau and it’s staff were amazing; the food and wine a treat beyond expectations; the location breathtaking; the tours incredibly enjoyable and enlightening… The Travel Yogi has always done an incredible job in packaging the tours I have so far enjoyed. Yes, I will be looking at their other offered destinations 🙂

- Sharon L.

Shannon was so in tune with everyone’s needs during any given class!! He was present and the question were perfect! This trip was amazing and beautiful and well planned. It couldn’t have been better! Just the over all simpleness and beauty of it all. It was peaceful and fun and invigorating and just amazing…

- Tiffany C.

Love The Travel Yogi and look forward to more adventures.

- Erin H.
US citizens will need a passport to visit France, but no visa is required at this time.  All passports will 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 information can change so please visit the State Department's website for current information. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
Well, you have a few choices here...  The easiest location to come into, either by train or by plane, is Bergerac.  The Bergerac airport (ECG) is about a 20min drive from the chateau.  The Bergerac train station is about 30min away.  There are other train stations and airports (Libourne and Bordeaux) but they are 40min to an hour and a half away from the chateau.
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.
Yes, there is wifi, but it is best for basic emails.
The chateau has a beautiful pool that is open from spring until the fall season.
Yes.  The food is locally sourced farm-to-table goodness.  The chef can accommodate as long as we have at least 3 weeks notice.
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 not to overbook yourself before arrival… see what you feel like when you reach the good life and don’t forget to book in 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.
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.
France is on the Euro and while we suggest you get cash in Euros when you arrive, credit cards are also accepted.
Although we don’t recommend you book excursions ahead of time, you’ll want to think ahead a bit when it comes to packing.  Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (ie, not flips 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.
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.