Leaving Your Trip in SOUILLAC

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you Leave Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your ongoing travel, whether you are having us arrange it, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel from your trip end location.
  5. Suggested post-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.



1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?

You leave your trip in Souillac, a small town on the banks of the Dordogne river, at noon on Saturday, after a 30 k cycle along the river.

If you wish to arrange your own ongoing travel (in other words, you do not want to set up any ongoing travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.  Otherwise...


2. Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of January 10, 2016

The closest intercontinental airport is in Paris.  Paris is 5 hours from Souillac by train, plus the time required to get to the airport.  Our “Access Package” includes Saturday rail tickets to Paris, and a night there to put you in position for ongoing travel on Sunday.  Our London “Access Package” includes a train from Paris on to London in lieu of the Paris hotel night; variants of the London package permit you to travel onwards on Sunday, instead, after a Saturday night in Paris.

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  137€.
To see what this means in your currency, look here:  http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html

Availability at this price is not guaranteed.  There is really only one train that works, and it suffices that a couple of boy scout troops book seats (not rare on a weekend) for all the discount tickets to go.  Reserve in advance if you can.

Included:

  • Saturday train tickets from Souillac to Paris.
    Tickets are in 2nd class, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see below for extra cost first class or flexible tickets).
  • Seat reservations on the main line train (local connecting services, if required, do not offer them).
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • A hotel night in Paris, at our “usual” hotel, or similar, based on shared occupancy (rate often available to singles willing to share).
  • Breakfast, if you have time / get up for it.

“Ride the Bike Train” Discount Package: 15€ discount.
Package as above, but you ride a bike from Paris’ Austerlitz station to our office, which is two blocks from our usual hotel.  This is actually fun:  you should really pay us, instead of getting a discount.
A Blue Marble Coordinator rides with you. 
If you have luggage, we transfer it to our office for you by taxi.
Package subject to availability.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Sunday tickets on to London.  Add 79€ if you are also purchasing tickets from London at the start of your trip, 109€ if not, or if you prefer a changeable ticket (in 1st cl., add 119€ or 154€; 1st class tickets include meal service).
  • First class train tickets to Paris:  +23€ (not a bad investment for this 5-hour ride).
  • Flexible (exchangeable or refundable) tickets.
    To Paris:  +16€.  To all other points within France:  +29€ maximum.
    These tickets are exchangeable at any station, on a space-available basis, at any time until the train’s departure, for 5€ if the exchange is made at least 48 hours prior to the date of travel, or for 15€ within 48 hours of travel.  Cost of either exchange is 10€ higher if you make it through us (as opposed to going to the ticket counter yourself).  Tickets are refundable less 20% or 15@ (whichever is higher) before the train’s departure.
  • Single room in Paris (or Souillac):  +29€.
  • Saturday night in Souillac instead of Paris, with breakfast and Sunday train to Paris:  no extra cost.  Single supplement as for Paris.
  • Upgrade to our more luxurious hotel in Paris.
  • Tickets on the Paris airport train, to Charles de Gaulle or Orly from anywhere in the city.  Follow this link for details.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base“ Access Package Price)

  • Saturday night in Souillac, including breakfast, but without ongoing train (or with alternate ongoing train, purchased separately):  63€ single, 79€ double or twin, 44€ / person for singles willing to share (available if someone else requests same).
  • Rocamadour package.  See “Suggested Post-Trip Visits,” below.
  • Saturday train without any hotel nights:
    - to Paris:  78€
    - to London:  153€ if you are also purchasing tickets from London at the start of your trip, 183€ if not.
    Tickets are in 2nd class, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see above for extra cost first class or flexible tickets - for first class to London, add upgrade prices to Paris, and then on to London).


3. TIMING Your Trip

Souillac is 30 kilometers from Sarlat, the previous night’s stop:  a 3-hour cycle at a relaxed pace, and including a coffee stop.  Your bike must catch a train to Paris at 12:30p.  Later trains for humans are available should you wish to have lunch / visit Souillac.  Trip time is 4.5 - 5 hours.

The town is interesting.  If you are not in a hurry to get back to Paris, a leisurely lunch and a walk around can be fun (you should choose a restaurant that will let you leave your baggage until train time, but this is not hard).  You can then either catch the evening train to Paris, or spend the night and travel up on Sunday..


4. Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at http://www.raileurope.com/index.html
Best trains are mentioned.  Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • To Paris.  Travel time is 4.5 hours.  There are direct trains at 12:30p and 6:30p. 
    There is also an overnight couchette train, but it makes for a short night:  board after midnight, arrive 7a.
  • To London.  Via Paris.  Add 3.5 hours for the station change in Paris, and the ongoing trip to London.


5. Suggested POST-TRIP VISITS

Rocamadour.  A nearby cliff town of extraordinary beauty.  We offer a package visit for trips ending in Souillac in June.

  • Transfer by taxi or minibus to Rocamadour on Saturday afternoon (departure from Souillac station at 3:30p, trip time is 30 minutes).
  • Dinner
  • A Saturday hotel night, based on shared occupancy (rate guaranteed to singles willing to share -- typically, many of our Cévennes riders will also be staying at the same hotel).
  • Breakfast the next morning.
  • A Sunday afternoon train from Rocamadour to Paris.
  • The services of a Blue Marble Trip Coordinator, present in Rocamadour.

Price is 198€ (230€ single).  Without train to Paris:  48€ discount.
Sunday transfer from Rocamadour center to Rocamadour station, a distance of circa 4 kilometers, is by taxi, and is not included in the price.  Allow 15 € with tip.


6. Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY After the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

Souillac is a minor stop on the main line from Paris to Limoges to Toulouse.  Service is sparce, however.

Planes.  Toulouse has the closest “real” airport.  A train to Toulouse runs at 2:30p (ar. downtown Toulouse 4:30p).  Limoges has a tiny airport, served by Ryanair (a train departs Souillac 12:30p, ar Limoges city 2p).  The closest intercontinental airport is Paris, but you cannot reach it in time for a Saturday flight departing before 8:30p.


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