Jewels of South West France 2022

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : May - October
Start: Bordeaux, France
End: Bordeaux, France

Jewels of South West France: 1 nt Bordeaux, 2 nts Biarritz, 1 nt Midi-Pyrénées, 2 nts Carcassonne, 3 nts Sarlat-la-Canéda

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Delicious oysters. Exquisite wines. Rich Bayonne ham. Take time to savour the finer things in life on this journey of discovery through Southwest France. Starting in Bordeaux (just a two-hour train journey from Paris), we’ll seek out the region’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards – travelling over soaring mountains, along the Atlantic coast, and into enchanting castles and prehistoric caves as we go.

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Savour the tantalising flavours of fresh Arcachon Bay oysters, Bayonne ham, Blanquette de Limoux wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds
– Admire the famous prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave at Lascaux II
– Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the River Lot on a traditional wooden gabare boat

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hôtel Le V (Bordeaux)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Hotel Le V(Bordeaux)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners
  • See the Great Dune of Pilat - Ham tasting. Visit local winery. Free time in Carcassonne and Beynac-et-Cazenac
  • Cruise on the River Lot (traditional wooden gabare boat) - Visit a local truffle farm
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Bordeaux

Where better to begin our journey of Southwest France than beautiful Bordeaux? After meeting the group, we’ll clink glasses over a delicious welcome meal. Bon appétit! (D)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le V (or similar)

Day 2Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

This morning we’ll move on to Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay, where we’ll get our first taste of coastal cuisine with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port’s traditional cabins. We’ll then stop to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune, with panoramic views over the bay. This afternoon, we’ll round off our day in the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz – where we’ll have the evening free to wander the waterfront promenade and sample more local delicacies at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)

Day 3Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

Today we’ve a full day taking in the beauty of the French Basque Country. First, we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne – an art and history hub just a short drive away from Biarritz. Here, we’ll discover a local family business going back three generations at the Bayonne Ham Museum – where we’ll indulge in a ham tasting before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure time. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)

Day 4Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrénées

Today we’ll turn to the east – and on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel through the Midi-Pyrénées region (along roads made famous by the Tour de France), pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. Whilst here, we’ll have the opportunity to see the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and the Massabielle Grotto – a significantly holy site within the Christian faith. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check into our atmospheric accommodation before enjoying this evening’s included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hostellerie des Cèdres (or similar)

Day 5Midi-Pyrénées – Carcassonne

Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect bastides. Along the way, we’ll visit a local winery and enjoy a glass of the region’s speciality – a sparkling Blanquette. Our final stop of the day will be medieval Carcassonne, where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)

Day 6Carcassonne

Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. From the alleys, passageways and 52 towers of the UNESCO-listed medieval citadel (which dates back two millennia) to the Château Comtal and its ramparts, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Later this evening, we’ll come together for an included dinner at a local restaurant – swapping stories and photographs of the day’s discoveries. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)

Day 7Carcassonne – Albi – River Lot – Sarlat-la-Canéda

Today we’ll leave the stronghold of Carcassonne behind and make tracks to the ‘red city’ of Albi. Here, we’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll around the town – taking in the magnificent Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile as we go. Then: we’ll take to the water for a cruise on the River Lot in a traditional wooden gabare boat – enjoying unrivalled views of the clifftop village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (recently voted ‘France’s favourite village’) and the surrounding area. Later, we’ll move on to Sarlat-la-Canéda – one of the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel La Verperie (or similar)

Day 8Sarlat-la-Canéda – Beynac-et-Cazenac – Sarlat-la-Canéda

On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat-la-Canéda, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the town’s magnificently well-preserved medieval château – which has kept watch over the Dordogne from its hilltop position for nine centuries. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat-la-Canéda for an evening spent at our leisure – perhaps exploring the picturesque alleyways or dining at one of the charming local restaurants in town. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel La Verperie (or similar)

Day 9Sarlat-la-Canéda – Vézère Valley – Sarlat-la-Canéda

Today our travels through the Dordogne will lead us to the prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave – which was discovered when it was happened upon by a group of teenagers back in 1940. We’ll admire the replica Lascaux Cave II before making a stop at the pretty village of Les Eyzies. Then, we’ll follow the ‘Royal Road’, winding between craggy rocks and flowing rivers until we get to a local truffle farm – where local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out the rare delicacies. Tonight, we’ll come together and savour a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hôtel La Verperie (or similar)

Day 10Sarlat-la-Canéda – Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux

We’ll spend the final day of our tour in historic Saint-Émilion, a village perched above beautiful rolling countryside and countless vineyards. Here, we’ll have the chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final santé. We’ll then return to Bordeaux, where we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 11 $5,099 $6,469
2022: May 2, 24 $5,099 $6,469
2022: June 7 $5,099 $6,469
2022: June 28 $4,999 $6,349
2022: July 26 $4,999 $6,349
2022: August 23 $5,099 $6,469
2022: September 1, 20 $5,099 $6,469
2022: October 4 $4,999 $6,349

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

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Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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