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Self-drive Bordeaux and Dordogne

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Paris
Travel Ends
Bordeaux
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Experience
Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
A stunning trip to freely explore the prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux and travel through picturesque villages of the Dordogne Valley.

Highlights

Visit Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover the Paleolithic Lascaux Caves

Wine tasting in Saint Emilion

Explore the local market in Sarlat-le-Caneda

A wonderful journey through the city of Bordeaux to stroll along the banks of the Garonne, admire the Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror) that alternates between ephemeral reflections of light and mist and, visit  "The Cite' du Vin" . Then, enjoy the scenic landscapes, monuments, chateaux, and even the modern architecture while heading to Saint-Emilion for the Grand Crus Wine Tasting.

Castles, a pilgrims sanctuary, colourful stone houses and gastronomic experiences await as you travel through the countryside, from village to village, in the Dordogne valley. Marvel at the Lascaux Cave, one of the most important caves in the world, featuring prehistoric paintings from the Paleolithic. Unveil the medieval town of Sarlat-Le-Caneda that offers history lovers no less than 66 classified monuments!

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Included

3 nights in Bordeaux at Hotel Majestic - 4*
3 nights in Sarlat-le-Caneda at Hotel Plaza Madeleine - 4*
Private transfer from hotel to railway station in Paris
TGV from Paris to Bordeaux
Car rental (SUV auto Nissan Qashqai or similar) for 7 Days
Daily Breakfast
Lunch at a local duck farm and Foie Gras producer
Guided walking-tour of Bordeaux
The Grand Cru tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion
Entrance fees for Chateau de Beynac and Paleolithic Lascaux caves
Parking included
Optional Extras
Medoc Full Day trip

Medoc Full Day trip

Pick up: Bordeaux at 9.30am
Drop off: Bordeaux at 06.00 pm
Full day: During this full day tour you will experience 3 visits and wine tasting sessions in Classified growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine.

You will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process as well as the techniques used during the wine making. The visits are followed by a wine tasting session to experience hands on and enjoy the most notorious wine in the world.

Following the castle road, you will admire some of the most famous châteaux such as Château Margaux, Château Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville.

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
Day 1
Paris → Bordeaux

Enjoy a private transfer from your centrally located Paris hotel to the train station. Then, board your TGV to Bordeaux, described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” and well-known to be the wine capital of the world! On arrival in Bordeaux, take a private transfer from the train station to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Paris → Bordeaux
Day 2
Bordeaux

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking-tour of Bordeaux.

Then, pick up your automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) with GPSd, in Bordeaux and the rest of the day is yours to explore what the city has to offer. Why not visit the Place de la Bourse, Cathédrale Saint-André, La Cité du vin, Museum of Aquitaine... You will love it! 

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Bordeaux
Day 3
Bordeaux → Medoc→ Bordeaux

After breakfast, the day is at leisure to explore this stunning wine region.

We suggest to drive to Medoc and visit some of the most famous châteaux such as Château Margaux, Château Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville. 

Alternatively, you can add a Medoc Full Day Trip from Bordeaux, check out our optional extras for more information.

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Bordeaux → Medoc→ Bordeaux
Day 4
Bordeaux → Saint Emilion → Bordeaux

After breakfast, drive to Saint Emilion and take time to discover the Underground Church, Les Cordeliers, La tour du Roy, and tasting rooms! Later in the day, you will have the chance to take a Grand Cru tour and you will be tasting fine wine of the local domain of the area.

Afternoon at leisure, then return to Bordeaux.

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Bordeaux → Saint Emilion → Bordeaux
Day 5
Bordeaux → Sarlat-le-Caneda

After breakfast, drive to Sarlat la Caneda, a paradise for food lovers, a thrill for history buffs, and a godsend for lazy travellers who want it all in one place. Sarlat will cajole you discover its treasures! There are just so many things to do and goodies to eat. Listed as a 'Town of Art and History', Sarlat's charming medieval streets and picturesque squares attract thousands of people every year in search of a slice of the sweet life in the Dordogne Valley.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madeleine.

Parking Included

Breakfast
Bordeaux → Sarlat-le-Caneda
Day 6
Sarlat-le-Caneda→ Chateau de Beynac → Sarlat-le-Caneda

Have you ever had really amazing Foie Gras? Lunch at a local duck farm and Foie Gras producer. Discover the pride of Dordogne at a local farm near Sarlat: Foie Gras and Magret - another "must-try"!

In the afternoon, reach Chateau de Beynac (entrace fees included) and take time to discover this Fortress. This 7th century castle is one of the most authentic and well-preserved in the region, offering its visitors a magnificent view of five different castles from the heights of its medieval keep. Park near the castle or for lovers of a steep path, park at the lowest point of the village and take a scenic walk through the village up to the castle.

Return to Sarlat and the rest of the day at is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madaleine.

Parking Included

Breakfast, Lunch
Sarlat-le-Caneda→ Chateau de Beynac → Sarlat-le-Caneda
Chateau de Beynac
Day 7
Sarlat-le-Caneda→ Lascaux → Sarlat-le-Caneda

Discover and enjoy Sarlat with a leisure day.

Why not discover taking time to explore:

  • The local market in Sarlat...Prepare to be blown away by the local products! The strawberries, the chestnuts, the black truffle, and of course the local cheeses and wines of the Dordogne. Then there's the foie gras, magret, confit and other rillettes... You'll absolutely love it! 
  • Gouffre de Padirac...At 103 metres underground, legends and a natural paradise intertwine to make the Gouffre de Padirac a most unusual place to visit!
  • Rocamadour...The nearly vertical medieval city of Rocamadour dominates the canyon of the Alzou, it is a wonder of balance and superb ancient engineering! 
     

Then, drive to Lascaux and visit the Paleolithic Lascaux Caves (entrance fees included). The discovery of the monumental Lascaux cave in 1940 brought with it a new era of our understanding of both prehistoric art and human origins. Today, the cave continues to feed our collective imagination and to profoundly move new generations of visitors from around the world.

Overnight stay in Sarlat at Hotel Plaza Madaleine.

Parking Included

Breakfast
Sarlat-le-Caneda→ Lascaux → Sarlat-le-Caneda
Day 7
Sarlat-le-Caneda → Bordeaux

After breakfast, check out and depart to Bordeaux, where you will be dropping off the car.

Breakfast
Sarlat-le-Caneda → Bordeaux

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR

Hotel options

Hotel Plaza Madeleine
Hotel Plaza Madeleine

Sarlat
The hotel is located in the heart of Sarlat with direct access to the medieval city, its market and entertainment. Contemporary, opulent decor, relaxed atmosphere, quality of services, Plaza Madeleine is also recognized in the major national guides. For your enjoyment, it now has a heated pool, a wellness center!

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