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9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Overview:
Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Take time to savour the finer things in life in South West France. As we seek out Bordeaux's gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, we'll travel over soaring mountains and along the Atlantic coast, into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.

Day 1 - Bordeaux - Arcachon Bay - Biarritz
In a region of outstanding natural beauty, where better to begin our sojourn through South West France than in Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat - Europe's highest sand dune - we get our first taste of coastal cuisine with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port's traditional cabins. To round off our first day, we gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Georges

Day 2 - Biarritz - Bayonne - Biarritz
Time now to indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, just a short drive from Biarritz - a true cultural art and history hub. This charming fortified city is brimming with heritage sites for you to peruse at your own pace before we return to Biarritz together. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Georges

Day 3 - Biarritz - Lourdes - Midi-pyrEnEes
We turn to the east and briefly on to Pau, focussing our camera lenses on this town's postcard-worthy good looks. We travel onwards through the peaceful Midi-PyrEnEes region, pausing en route

at the spiritual town of Lourdes that's been a pilgrimage point for many years. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we settle down for the night into comfortably rustic accommodation

before tucking into dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Hostellerie des Cedres Villeneuve-de-Riviere

Day 4 - Midi-pyrEnEes - Cathare Country - Carcassonne
On the trail of knights, we continue our own crusade through the Midi-PyrEnEes and its picture-perfect Bastides. Onwards through Cathar country, we reach a sociable hour for a glass of wine with a local producer of this region's speciality - a sparkling Blanquette. Fully refreshed, our final stop of the day is Carcassonne. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Le Donjon

Day 5 - Carcassonne
Today is free to discover Carcassonne chivalric secrets at your own pace. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Le Donjon

Day 6 - Carcassonne - Albi - Sarlat
A small town that's big on charm, historic Albi is this morning's first stop with an included visit to the cathedral and town museum. By the time we get to Sarlat and check in to our hotel for the night, we'll have entered the Dordogne region. (B)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Sarlat

Day 7 - Sarlat - Beynac-et-cazenac - Sarlat
The itinerary today includes a stroll through stunning Sarlat and a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its châteaux. Returning back to Sarlat, enjoy the night at your own pace. (B)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel de Sarlat

Day 8 - Sarlat - VEzere Valley - Sarlat
Our travels across the area take in the prehistoric painted Lascaux Caves and the pretty Les Eyzies village, curled up in the heart of the Vezere Valley. The route we take follows the 'Royal Road', winding between craggy rocks and flowing river until we get to a local truffle farm. Local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out these rare delicacies. That brings us to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel de Sarlat

Day 9 - Sarlat - Saint- Emilion - Bordeaux
This is the epicentre of Bordeaux's world-renowned 'heavy reds' and our chance to sample some of the region's best wines - saying a final "santE" before it's back to Bordeaux. We make time for Saint-Emilion before we end in Bordeaux (B)

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2017      
 
Departure : April to October, 2017  
 
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Aug 09, 23 $4,000 $5,020  
  Sep 06, 13, 20 ,27 $4,000 $5,020  
  Oct 04, 11 $3,945 $4,675  
 
  2018  
     
  Departure :Apr - Oct, 2018  
     
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Apr 18 $4,210 $5,280  
  May 09, 23, 30 $4,210 $5,280  
  Jun 13, 27 $4,210 $5,280  
  Jul 04, 18, 25 $4,210 $5,280  
  Aug 08, 22 $4,210 $5,280  
  Sep 05, 12, 19, 26 $4,210 $5,280  
  Oct 03, 10 $4,210 $5,280  
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Oyster tasting
  • Truffle farm experience
  • Entrance included to: Albi Cathedral, Lascaux Caves and Château de Beynac.

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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