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Getting to Marcoux
Marcoux is located in the depths of the French countryside, on the top of a little hill, on the borders of the départements of Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne. There are many ways of getting there – various combinations of plane, train, ferry and car. However you plan to travel, please plan to arrive in the mid-afternoon of the first day of your retreat.
The nearest international airport is in TOULOUSE and there are a number of cities (Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, among others) with daily connections to this airport. Flying into Paris, Bordeaux or Bergerac is also possible. From whichever city's airport you choose, you may reach Château Marcoux by hire/rental car OR train/taxi. The town closest to Château Marcoux with train access and hire/rental car agencies is AGEN.
Hire (rental) cars are available at the above-mentioned airports or at the train station in the town of Agen (30 km from Château Marcoux). The latter can be a more relaxing option for people with less experience driving in large French cities. Please see below for instructions on getting to Agen. The drive from Toulouse to Château Marcoux takes approximately 90 minutes; from Agen to Château Marcoux approximately 35 minutes.
Train to Agen: From Toulouse-Blagnac airport, there is a regular shuttle (every 20 minutes; cost: 8€) to Toulouse Matabiau train station (or taxi: 15-20€), where trains depart regularly for the town of Agen (cost: 15€). For a schedule of departures and ticket information, click here. If you prefer to travel to Agen by train from Paris, there are two daily trains departing Paris Montparnasse (11:52pm, 12:52pm), which will deliver you to Agen by the mid-afternoon (the trip is 3-4 hours; cost: 80-90€). Ticket information is available here. From Agen train station, cars may be hired (Europcar is a recommended option) or pickup may be arranged (cost: 20€ per person). If requiring pickup, please plan to arrive in Agen on or about 3 p.m. on the day the retreat begins. *NOTE: This option does require some short walks through stations.*
Shared transport from Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS) airport directly to Château Marcoux can be arranged at a cost of 90€ per person, provided there are a sufficient number of others requesting this option. This service departs at 3 p.m. on the day the retreat begins (and arrives at Château Marcoux at approximately 5 p.m.), so participants should arrange their arrival to Toulouse accordingly. Please take into consideration the time spent going through Customs and collecting baggage, as well as the possibility of common delays.
Return transport to Toulouse-Blagnac departs Château Marcoux at 10 a.m. on the final day of the retreat and is available at a cost of 90€ per person (given sufficient demand). Return transport to Agen train station is also available at a cost of 20€ per person.
Private transport can be arranged for 220€ one-way.
FROM CANADA: Most flights will be routed through a major centre (Frankfurt, Munich) en route to Toulouse. Lufthansa offers service from Toronto via Munich to Toulouse, arriving at 1 p.m., Air Canada offers service from Toronto via Frankfurt, arriving at 11 a.m., Air Transat offers service from Toronto via Montreal to Toulouse, arriving at 10:25 a.m., in addition to numerous other options. If possible, a short stay in Toulouse (or Paris, if you prefer) is a nice way to get over jet lag before the retreat begins. Toulouse is a beautiful city with plenty to see for a visit of two or three days. This is entirely optional, of course.
Once you have registered, you will be contacted by Clara Courtauld of Creative Living Retreats to confirm all the details of your arrival and she will be able to answer any questions you might have as your journey approaches.