Gastronomical pleasures and cultural highlights of Bordeaux
Explore the Sarlat and the Dordogne Valley
Immerse yourself in the incredible Lascaux IV cave complex
Visit the birthplace and museum of iconic French artist Toulouse-Lautrec
Guided tour of Carcassonne
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, come and discover some of the most beautiful provinces of southern France on this unique 9-day tour that will take you from Bordeaux to Barcelona. Meet in Bordeaux, one of the most vibrant French towns classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th-century architecture. The area is also world famous for the quality of its wines and the tour includes visits and tastings in carefully selected châteaux. Then, discover the exquisite Dordogne region. Scattered with quaint villages and mighty medieval fortresses, the area also offers breathtaking landscapes and is a major destination for viewing Paleolithic Art. Move on to the Languedoc area to discover Albi and its remarkable Toulouse-Lautrec museum as well as the medieval fortress of Carcassonne surrounded by 2000-year-old ramparts. Finally, after visiting one of the most beautiful coastal villages of France, renowned for its natural ‘light’ that has attracted painters such as Henri Matisse or André Derain, reach Barcelona one of the most exhilarating cities of Europe.
Selected departures from April to October
Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
This morning, depart for a guided walking tour of Bordeaux. In the afternoon, head towards the Medoc. The final stop for today is at Château Siran located in the Margaux area with a comparative tasting of 3 different wines. Return to Bordeaux in the evening.
Today, you will visit the wine region known as the Libournais. You will discover the beautiful region and village of Saint Emilion. Enjoy a lunch at leisure in Saint Emilion. This afternoon, you will reach the town of Les Eyzies-de- Tayac-Sireuil where you will be based.
After breakfast, depart for a guided walking tour of Sarlat. After free time for shopping at the market, head for the Dordogne Valley to view some of the most beautiful villages of the area. This afternoon, embark on a traditional flat-bottomed boat which slowly cruises down the Dordogne River. After the boat ride, you will be taken to the village of Beynac.
The first stop is the Rouffignac Cave. Here, you will be taken to the prehistoric art on an electric train. You have free time to explore and enjoy lunch in the town of Montignac. This afternoon, you will be taken to Lascaux IV, an exact replica of the original cave complex. This evening, depart for dinner at a nearby rustic inn that offers local, homemade cuisine.
Today, your first stop will be in the village of Rocamadour. Then, depart for the town of Cahors for lunch at a traditional restaurant. Your final visit will be that of Cordes sur Ciel before checking into your hotel in Albi.
This morning, follow your guide on a private walking tour through the Episcopal City of Albi. Visit the Toulouse- Lautrec Museum, the largest public collection of the artist’s work. Stop for lunch in the town of Castres before departing for the walled city of Carcassonne. Follow your guide on a private walking tour of the Carcassonne Citadel. Enjoy free time for an evening meal.
This morning, arrive in the small fishing village of Collioure where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Pyrenees mountains. After a guided walking tour of the village, enjoy a farewell lunch. After lunch, depart for Barcelona.
Breakfast at the hotel and end of the tour.
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This is a small group tour with maximum of 8 guests.
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