France Coast to Coast- Bordeaux to Nice small group tour shared 2-6 people
12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
Discover the most beautiful regions of southern France through this exclusive and unique tour that will take you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Departing from Bordeaux “The Little Paris”, to Nice “La Belle”, you will come across some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes, visit some of the most beautiful villages of France, plunge to the origins of Art and be in awe facing some of the most impressive architectural achievements ever made by man whether they be modern or more than 2000 years old. You will also follow the trail of famous painters, experience scrumptious foods and delicate wines as you traverse the Aquitaine, Dordogne, Languedoc, Provence and Cote d’Azur regions. But not only! Your tour will be led by a professional English speaking Drive/Guider that will not only conduct all the visits and give you all the (local) insights, he will also handle all technical details and assist with any requirement.
DAY 1 – TRANSFER / WELCOME DINNER D
Arrival transfer in Bordeaux, check in at your centrally located hotel.
7.30pm Meet in the hotel lobby with your guide and depart for a dinner in a local restaurant. This welcome dinner will be the perfect opportunity for you to meet your partner travelers and to go through the itinerary of the tour with your guide.
10:00pm Return to your hotel and night in Bordeaux
Day 2 - Bordeaux Walking tour/ Medoc wine tour B
Breakfast at your hotel.
10.00am Pick up at your hotel.
Guided walking tour of Bordeaux
This morning, depart for a guided walking tour of historical Bordeaux with your guide. Classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th Century architecture, discover big-ticket attractions such as the neoclassical Grand Theater or Saint Andrews Cathedral. Your accredited/licensed tour guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will definitely include the most famous landmarks. After your tour, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.
Afternoon wine tour in the Medoc wine region
In the afternoon, head towards one of the most renowned wine producing areas of Bordeaux, the Medoc. As you follow the ‘Chateau Road’ that is lined with some of the most famous wineries of Bordeaux, stop and participate in a visit & wine tasting session at Chateau Lamothe Bergeron. This winery was deemed to be one of the leading ‘Cru Bourgeois’ Superior wines of the 19th century, a status still retained today. Upon arrival, enjoy a private visit of the Chateau as you tour the grounds, see the vines, discover the Vat House and cellar. This “Prestige Visit” also includes a vertical tasting of five vintages of Chateau Lamothe Bergeron wines.
Our next stop will be at Chateau Siran located in the Margaux area. Here, you will follow the “Wine Lover” tour to discover the old wine cellar, today an exhibition area for a superb family collection of over 300 wine-related objects. Then visit the “Bacchus Bunker” and discover the Chateau’s wine collection that spans from 1912 to 2012. Your visit will end with a comparative tasting of 3 different wines.
6.30pm Return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.
DAY 3 – SAINT EMILION WINE REGION FULL DAY TOUR B
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel
Saint Emilion underground monuments, village visit & wine tour
Today the wine region known as the Libournais is on your program. Located on the right bank of the River Garonne, you will discover the beautiful region and village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO world heritage site also famed for its Merlot based wines.
In the morning begin with the visit of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe a mid-18th century property, located at the limit between the two villages of Saint-Émilion and Saint Christophe des Bardes. Consisting of 11 hectares on the northern clay and limestone hills of Saint Emilion, the Château overlooks beautiful ancient dry stone terraces. Here, with renowned winemaker Jérôme Aguirre, take part in a special “Oenology” tour during which you will learn about terroir, understand the meticulous work in the vines and discover his winemaking secrets. The tour also includes a wine blending workshop with barrel sampling, varietal tastings of different plots from the Saint Emilion and Pomerol appellations. After the visit, reach the village of Saint Emilion, one of the most beautiful villages of the region.
Upon arrival, follow your guide on a unique tour of the underground monuments of Saint Emilion including the Monolithic Church. The tour covers several centuries of history and legend from the time of the monk Saint Emilion to the carving out of the amazing monolithic church. During your visit, admire the medieval paintings in the Trinity Chapel and learn the secrets of the catacombs. Finally, the underground monolithic church will be yours to discover and it will probably be the most fascinating moment of your visit.
Chateau de Monbazillac visit & wine, arrive in the Dordogne
After some free time for lunch and personal discovery, reach the Dordogne region and stop at Chateau de Monbazillac. The Castle, symbolic of the Bergerac region, has stood proudly since the end of the 16th century and is also famous for the making of sweet white wines. Here, after a walk to discover the beautiful grounds of the Chateau and landscape, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines. Your tour will then continue towards the town of Sarlat where you will be based to discover the Dordogne region.
5.00pm Arrive in Sarlat and check in at your hotel.
DAY 4 - SARLAT MARKET & THE DORDOGNE VALLEY B, L
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel
Sarlat market tour & produce purchase for picnic lunch
Depart for a guided walking tour of Sarlat. In the morning, follow your guide to discover the historical town of Sarlat. A picturesque tangle of honey-colored buildings, alleyways and secret squares make up the beautiful town which boasts some of the region's best-preserved medieval architecture. Today is also market day in Sarlat, a perfect opportunity for you to taste and shop for local specialties that will be eaten during your picnic lunch. After the visit, head for the Dordogne valley to visit some of the most beautiful villages of the area.
Villages of the Dordogne visit & Boat Ride
Arrive in the village of Domme a well preserved 13th century Bastide. Built around the year 1281 on the orders of Philip III the Bold, the village still retains the features of what a Bastide should be: Built on a grid layer, houses of equal sizes built in blocks and four main streets that lead to the central market square named “Les Halles”. During your short walking tour your guide will certainly show you one of the most amazing views over the Dordogne valley. After the visit, reach the small village of La Roque Gageac.
Upon arrival in La Roque Gageac, take some time to taste and enjoy the local specialties bought during your Sarlat market tour during a picnic lunch. The setting is perfect with the River Dordogne on one side and the medieval village, built alongside the abrupt limestone cliff, on the other. After lunch, embark on a traditional Gabarre the flat bottomed boats that were used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages. As you slowly cruise on the River Dordogne admire the Castles of La Malartrie and Castelnaud as well as the Gardens of Marqueyssac. After the boat ride, you will be taken to the village of Beynac.
Beynac village, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, has managed to retain all of its medieval charms. As you stroll through the paved and steep little lanes, reach the top of the village where the imposing medieval fortress of Beynac awaits. Here, as you walk along the ramparts you will certainly be stunned by the amazing view over the Dordogne Valley probably one of the most emblematic the region has to offer. After some free time for personal discovery, return to Sarlat.
5.00pm Return to Sarlat and night at your hotel.
DAY 5 - PALEOLITHIC ART ALONG THE VEZERE VALLEY B
Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel
English guided tour of the Prehistory museum
This morning head for the National Prehistory Museum located in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. Inaugurated in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world. More than 18,000 pieces are on display on a surface area of nearly 1,500 square meters. In the entrance hall, the theme of the emergence of cultural man between 3.5 and 1.8 million years is brought to life through an “anthropological frieze”. As you reach the staircase, several vertical notches cut into the cliff hold casts of stratigraphic cross-sections: as you make your way to the first level, discover seven sequences that cover the whole Paleolithic period, thus showcasing an “ideal” stratigraphy. Your tour will then cover the lower and upper galleries were you will be introduced to the different material cultures of the hunter-gatherers from 400,000 to 10,000 B.P. After the visit, depart for the new “International Center for Parietal Art” in Montignac, where Lascaux IV cave is located.
Paleolithic Art of the Caves
Lascaux IV has been initiated to conserve the integrity of the original cave complex, permanently closed to the public since 1963, while ensuring that the public can still appreciate the remarkable Paleolithic paintings within. Inaugurated at the end of 2016, the reproduction of the cave of Lascaux will be the focal point of the International Center for Parietal Art in Montignac, in which state of the art digital technologies are used for presentation and interpretative purposes. Begin the tour on the observation deck located on the roof of the building. From here you will follow a slightly sloping path as if walking on the edge of the forest until you reach the entrance to the replica designed to replicate the setting and experience of the four teenagers when they found the cave in 1940. Then reach the actual replica that covers 100% of the original cave. Inside the replica it is dark, damp and the sound is muffled; just as it is in the real cave. The visit ends with the Cave Art World Tour gallery where images from painted caves are projected onto interlocking domes. After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, depart for Rouffignac cave.
In the afternoon, visit Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert visited the cave that the Paleolithic Art was confirmed. Here, you will be taken to the prehistoric art on an electric train, a journey deep into the cave that lasts about an hour. The most striking aspect of the art in this cave is the sheer number of mammoths. In Europe, there are about 350 caves with prehistoric art in them – about a third of all depictions of mammoths are in the cave of Rouffignac. After the visit of the cave, return to Sarlat.
5.00pm Return to Sarlat and night in your hotel.
DAY 6 - ROCAMADOUR/ST CIRQ LAPOPIE/CORDES B, D
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel.
Villages of the Languedoc region
Today you leave the Dordogne region to discover some of the most beautiful villages that the Midi Pyrenees region has to offer. Your first stop will be in the breathtaking village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors because of its incredible setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country.
Then depart for the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. Elected as the preferred village of the French in 2012, its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river Lot has helped make it one of the most well preserved in the area. There are numerous lunch opportunities that will be suggested by your guide in this enchanting atmosphere.
Your final visit will be that of Cordes sur Ciel. The village is a living piece of history and art, holding alive in its stones the memory of all those who have passed through it since its creation in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse. Its exceptional site and remarkable architectural heritage make it one of the most significant medieval cities of France.
5.00pm Tonight arrive and check in at your Luxury Bed & Breakfast located in the vicinity of Cordes Sur Ciel.
The house sits on a hillside, surrounded by four hectares of parkland with a lily pond, rose gardens, cedars, oaks, olives and other mature trees and overlooks twenty hectares of vineyard. After an aperitif (welcome drink) on a terrace or in one of the salons, participate in a homemade dinner prepared by the owners. This will be a perfect moment to interact with your hosts and find out about the French way of life in the countryside. Your dinner will be composed of fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced (often organic) produce paired with some exceptional local wines.
DAY 7 - ALBI / MILLAU VIADUCT / TARN CANYON B, L
Breakfast at your guest house and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your guest house.
Albi guided walking tour including Toulouse Lautrec Museum
After a short drive, arrive in the town of Albi. Follow your guide on a private walking tour that will take you to the Episcopal City centered around two immense medieval buildings:
The Saint-Cecile Cathedral, the largest brick-built cathedral in the world, and the Berbie Palace, the former fortified residence of the bishops of Albi, and now the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, home to the largest public collection of the artist’s work. More than 1,000 works, including his famous posters, are housed in this impressive ‘palace’ museum. After a private visit of the Museum, we will begin our drive towards the Millau Viaduct.
Local lunch & Millau Viaduct discovery
The Millau Viaduct is considered to be one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. Designed by British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 meters above the base of the structure and weighing 36,000 tons. The bridge appears to float on the clouds despite the fact that it has seven pillars and a roadway of 1½ miles in length. First, we will have the opportunity to travel on the bridge as we take a small portion of the highway. Then, stop right next to the bridge for an amazing vista and great photo opportunities. After the visit, it will be time to start making our way towards the Tarn Canyon road.
5.30pm Arrive in Mostuéjouls and night at your hotel.
DAY 8 - PONT DU GARD VISIT / PROVENCE B, L
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
Tarn Canyon route
9.00am pick up at your hotel. This morning drive through the Tarn Canyon. With each turn the drive becomes more beautiful, never monotonous. The road cuts through the Canyon, hugging its walls, in sight of picturesque villages, clusters of stone buildings that nestle above the shores of the Tarn River. Along the way we will make a stop in Florac where it will be time for the group to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue along the Tarn Canyon road.
Pont du Gard visit
We will then reach the Pont du Gard. A true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the aqueduct is one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. It is the principal element in a 50 km long aqueduct that supplied the city of Nimes with water. The figures are impressive: over 21,000 cubic meters of rock, weighing 50,400 tones! Moreover, archaeologists also uncovered evidence of how well organized the project was. They found numbering on the stones, points of support for scaffolding, and evidence of the use of hoists. Visit of the aqueduct and then depart for Avignon.
6.30pm Arrive in Avignon and check in at your hotel.
DAY 9 - AVIGNON VISIT / GORDES / ROUSSILLON B
Breakfast at your hotel
9.00am pick up at your hotel.
Guided walking tour of Avignon including Palace of the Popes
Provence and all its highlights are on your program today. Start your day with a guided walking tour of Avignon including the Popes Palace. The Popes arrived in Avignon during the 14th century, turning this small and modest town into the most prestigious center of the world at that time. As we visit the palace, discover the beautiful architecture of the largest gothic building in the world and learn about the everyday life of the nine popes who lived there in splendor and luxury. Other essential landmarks include the “Pont d’Avignon” bridge dating back from the 12th century as well as the main square “clock square” and its elegant town hall and stage theatre. After the visit, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.
Villages of Provence
After your visit, depart for the Provence countryside to visit some of the most beautiful villages of the area. Reach Gordes, a perched village located in the Luberon and one of «the most beautiful villages in France». The village is famous for its dry stone architecture and the houses root themselves into the sharp cliff of the mountain arranged in tiers around the imposing Renaissance castle and church and narrow cobbled streets wind their way through them. Here, after a walking tour with your guide, take some time to stroll through the village at your own pace. Then depart for the village of Roussillon.
Arrive in Roussillon yet another «most beautiful villages of France». The red, yellow and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees. The ochre façades of the houses are magnificent. Shades vary subtly from light yellow to dark red, set off by the brightly painted shutters and doors. Again, after a walking tour with your guide, take some time to stroll through the village at your own pace to get the real feel and atmosphere of this picture perfect village. After the visit, return to Avignon.
5.30pm Return to your hotel in Avignon.
DAY 10 - AIX EN PROVENCE / CASSIS / COASTAL ROAD B, D
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel.
Aix en Provence walking tour
This morning experience Aix en Provence one of the Jewels of southern France.
Known as the town of water and art it was founded in 123 BC on a natural spring water site. Numerous fountains can be seen all over the town, the most famous being located on the main street “Cours Mirabeau”. Your tour will also take you to the elegant residential area of the Quartier Mazarin where sumptuous private houses were built in the mid 1600's. In the old town you will discover a warren of pretty winding streets with everyday markets, shops, fountains and squares.
Cassis, Calanques boat ride & Corniche des Maures coastal road
After the tour, depart for Cassis. This small fishing port, nestled between two natural sites (the famous Calanques and the majestic Cap Canaille) offers visitors a concentrate of Provence and the Mediterranean. After some time for lunch, enjoy a boat ride that will take you along the sheltered inlets called Calanques that are one of the natural wonders of the area. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time and personal discovery.
From the village of Cassis, we will begin to make our way along the Corniche des Maures Coastal Road one of these routes that large groups will never be able to access. Here, the hills of the Massif des Maures plunge abruptly into the translucent waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Rustling oaks mingle happily with aloes, agaves and mimosa as this breathtaking road winds along the coast and its succession of fine sandy beaches, promontories and rocky peaks. Travel in a smooth way and stop at Rayol-Canadel sur Mer for the night.
5.00pm Check in at your hotel in Rayol – Canadel sur Mer.
Dine at the hotel’s restaurant
7.30pm In a prestigious setting facing the sea and the Golden Islands, you will be served Mediterranean dishes that exalt the natural flavors of local produce from both the land and sea. Extravagant and creative dishes by the Chef who, every day, is inspired by the produce available at the market. Here, benefit from the exceptional view and admire the scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 11 - GASSIN / SAINT RAPHAEL / NICE B
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
9.00am Pick up at your hotel.
Corniche des Maures & Esterel mountains
This morning, continue your travel along the coastal road and reach the small village of Gassin. Perched high up on a rock, it is situated in the center of the St. Tropez peninsula and has an unrivalled panoramic view of the Golfe of St. Tropez, the Iles d'Or as well as the surrounding hills. Originally created to allow the local people to escape the pirates who cruised the
Mediterranean waters, Gassin is an old village steeped in history and its
cobbled streets and romantic atmosphere are a life apart from the bustle of the coastal resorts. Follow your guide on a walking tour to discover this beautiful village and the amazing scenery that surrounds it. After your visit, you will be driven through the Maures mountain range.
With a surface area of 135,000 hectares, 70% of it covered in trees, the Massif des Maures mountains extend from Saint-Raphaël to Hyères. It reaches its peak at an altitude of 780 meters near the Notre-Dame-des-Anges priory. The vegetation of the Maures mountain range mainly consists of chestnut and cork oak forests, Maquis (dense Mediterranean shrub land) and maritime pines.
Farewell lunch & villages of the Côte d’Azur
The landscape here is breathtaking and your driver/guide will certainly make some essential stops for great photo opportunities. During the drive towards Cannes, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. As the end of the tour approaches we have decided to make this final lunch for the group an important one. Today, we invite you to discover local Mediterranean recipes in a peaceful setting surrounded by a vineyard of Provence. The Chef offers various suggestions and is constantly changing the menu with recipes that combine both creativity and terroir.
After lunch, we will begin our drive towards Nice, our final destination.
5.30pm Arrive in Nice and check in at your hotel.
DAY 12 - NICE B
Breakfast at your hotel and end of our services.
DAY 1 > ARRIVAL TRANSFER IN BORDEAUX / WELCOME DINNER
DAY 2 > GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF BORDEAUX / MEDOC WINE TOUR
DAY 3 > MERLOT WINES OF SAINT-ÉMILION & TRANSFER TO SARLAT
DAY 4 > SARLAT WALKING TOUR & MARKET / DORDOGNE VALLEY TOUR
DAY 5 > PALEOLITHIC ART ALONG THE DORDOGNE VALLEY
DAY 6 > ROCAMADOUR / SAINT-CIRQ-LAPOPIE & CORDES-SUR-CIEL VILLAGES
DAY 7 > ALBI / MILLAU VIADUCT / TARN CANYON
DAY 8 > PONT DU GARD / PROVENCE
DAY 9 > AVIGNON VISIT / GORDES VILLAGE / ROUSSILLON VILLAGE
DAY 10 > AIX-EN-PROVENCE / CASSIS / CORNICHE DES MAURES
DAY 11 > GASSIN / SAINT RAPHAEL / NICE
DAY 12 > NICE END OF OUR SERVICES
BORDEAUX – HOTEL DE SEZE**** Deluxe room
Located at the corner of the Allées de Tourny and Rue de Sèze in Bordeaux, the Hôtel de Sèze, a well-known local landmark, is delighted to welcome you to their 4-star universe. The beautiful 18th century Hôtel de Sèze, with its illuminated façade, splendid corbels and wrought-iron balconies, proudly stands out from surrounding buildings. You might also enjoy a private Steam room, Sauna, Jacuzzi and Sensory Shower Experience in the Spa de Sèze.
SARLAT LA CANEDA – HOTEL PLAZA MADELEINE**** Luxury room
Madeleine Hotel & Spa is an exclusive 4-star hotel in the center of Sarlat-la-Canéda. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the town with direct access to the medieval city with its mansions and monuments, markets, shops and restaurants, shows & events. Madeleine Plaza Hotel & Spa is the privilege of the city center, offering a wellness area with heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and solarium. A cozy bar allows to enjoy a wide selection of wines and cocktails.
GAILLAC – DOMAINE DES PERCHES LUXURY B&B
The house sits on a hillside, surrounded by four hectares of parkland with a lily pond, rose gardens and cedars, oaks, olives and other mature trees, a swimming pool and a tennis court, and overlooks twenty hectares of vineyard. This boutique B&B is located in the heart of the golden triangle: Gaillac / Cordes sur Ciel / Albi and close to some of the most beautiful medieval villages and Bastides of southwestern France.
TARN CANYON – HOTEL MUSE ET ROZIER**** Privilege room
For over a century, Le Grand Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier has stood out as one of the most famous names in the Tarn Canyon area. Back in 1900, the young Touring-Club-de-France chose a hamlet called La Muse to build a hotel able to accommodate the growing number of tourists. The hotel also has a restaurant with its exotic wooden floor and its ivory columns. The dimmed lights and warm fabrics make it a very cozy dining area.
AVIGNON – HOTEL DE L’HORLOGE**** Superior Room
The Hôtel de l'Horloge reflects all the atmosphere of Avignon in the charm of its rooms. They are decorated in warm tones, with different materials coming together to offer refinement, authenticity and comfort. Wood, wrought iron, sea grass and wicker combine harmoniously to guide us to a feeling of complete contentment. At the Hôtel de l'Horloge, you will enjoy the cozy, chic atmosphere and the pleasure of partaking of the rare elegance of the Provençal way of life.
RAYOL CANADEL SUR MER – HOTEL BAILLI DE SUFFREN****
Room with Sea View
Located by the seafront, this elegant hotel is nestled into one of the most unspoilt coves of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, enjoying breathtaking views over the Mediterranean. Its bright and majestic setting, warm comforts, sea-facing wellness facilities, access to the private beach, its exceptional surroundings and quality of service make it one of the region’s most emblematic hotels.
NICE - HOTEL LA PEROUSE **** Superior Room with Sea View
Built on a promontory next to the sea, the establishment offers the most beautiful view of Nice and the Bay of Angels. You arrive through a discrete entrance, as if you were visiting a private home. Next, an elevator takes you to the heart of this high-perched building filled with charming labyrinths and clinging to a steep hillside covered with luxurious Mediterranean vegetation.
Travel in style during this 12-day tour in the latest version of Mercedes MPV - the V-Class. Ideal for small group luxury travel, the all-new V-Class brings unprecedented levels of sophistication, safety and performance. All our V-Class vehicles come in extra-long version allowing plenty of room for guests to ‘spread out’ and enjoy large leg space areas. Because of its dimensions, it also allows significant room for both normal and larger suitcases for those of our clients that are traveling for long periods of time.
Inside it’s all about refinement and sophistication with an emphasis on luxury and versatility. The spacious, beautifully appointed cabin can seat up to 7 passengers (this tour is limited to 6 guests) in exquisite comfort. Highlights include very comfortable seats, large shaded windows in the rear, electronically controlled front and rear A/C for the comfort of all, a 7-inch multimedia display, the intuitive touchpad controller and numerous safety systems such as the Attention Assist just to make sure that your driver/guide does not show signs of long journey fatigue and warns him to take a break when necessary! But that’s not all; we have also installed a unique on board P/A system that enables the driver/guides to safely make commentaries during driving time so that you may benefit from their wealth of knowledge.
- 4th to 15th of June 2017
- 17th to 28th September 2017
PRICE $8169 per person
- Prices are per person double room sharing
- Single supplement $1755
- Tour is limited to 6 guests – Guaranteed departure with 2 guests
- Tour is operated in English
- Tour begins in Bordeaux and ends in Nice
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Arrival transfer in Bordeaux
- 2-night accommodation in central Bordeaux 4* Hotel
- 3-night accommodation in central Sarlat 4* Hotel
- 1-night accommodation in a luxury B&B near Cordes sur Ciel including breakfast
- 1-night accommodation in Tarn Canyon area 4* Hotel
- 2-night accommodation in central Avignon 4* Hotel
- 1-night accommodation on the Mediterranean coastal road 4* Hotel
- 1-night accommodation in central Nice 4* Hotel
- Breakfast from day 2 to 12
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide throughout the tour
- Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes MPV minivan
- Welcome dinner in Bordeaux on day 1
- Private guided walking tour in Bordeaux
- Prestige visit at Chateau Lamothe Bergeron winery in the Medoc
- Wine Lover tour visit at Chateau Siran in the Medoc
- Special Oenological visit at Chateau Tour Saint Christophe in Saint Emilion
- Guided visit of the underground monuments of Saint Emilion
- Sweet White Wine Tasting at Chateau Monbazillac in the Dordogne
- Guided walking tour in Sarlat on Market day
- Purchase of local produce for picnic at Sarlat Market
- Visit of Domme, Beynac and La Roque Gageac villages
- Traditional picnic lunch with produce bought at the Sarlat Market
- Traditional Gabarre Boat ride on the Dordogne River
- Private guided tour of the National Prehistory museum in Les Eyzies
- Visit of the new Lascaux IV center for Parietal Art
- Visit of Rouffignac cave with authentic drawings and etchings
- Guided walking tour of Rocamadour village
- Visit of Saint Cirq Lapopie and Cordes sur Ciel villages
- Special Dinner prepared by hosts at luxury B&B including wine on day 6
- Guided walking tour of Albi including visit of Toulouse Lautrec museum
- Local lunch in a restaurant on days 7 and 8
- Discover the Millau Viaduct with amazing photo opportunities
- Drive through the Tarn Canyon area and its breathtaking scenery and landscape
- Pont du Gard visit
- Guided walking tour of Avignon including the Popes Palace
- Discover the Provence villages of Gordes and Roussillon
- Aix en Provence guided walking tour
- Boat ride in the Calanques departing from the small fishing port of Cassis
- Follow the magnificent Corniche des Maures coastal road
- Dine overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Rayol sur Mer on day 10
- Visit the beautiful village of Gassin
- Farewell lunch in a local restaurant set among vineyards and Olive trees on day 11
- All entrance fees to activities, monuments, museums mentioned in program
- Bottled water in the minivan
- Meals, drinks unless specified in itinerary
- Social drinks, items of personal nature, room service in hotels
- Laundry costs, shipping charges including for the return of lost items
- Personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless specified in itinerary
- Driver/Guide gratuities at your own discretion
Ask us about pre or post tour extensions.
Prices are per person based on double room sharing. Subject to availability. The hotels have been carefully selected and are centrally located. Hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary due to unforeseen reasons or in case of unavailability at time of booking. Please be aware that European hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world even though the rooms selected are of a higher standard than the classic room option. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country. All of our tours involve some walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. For more information concerning our General Terms and Conditions don’t hesitate to contact us.
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