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10-Night The Best Of South Western France

10-Night The Best Of South Western France

10 nights from
AU$9,435 Per Person
10 nights from
AU$9,435 Per Person
  • Package Highlights
    ACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night at Cour Des Consuls in ToulouseACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night at Domaine Des Perches in GaillacACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night at Hotel Gallia Et Londres in LourdesACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights at Hotel Le Cafe De Paris in BiarritzACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights at Hotel Plaza Madeleine in Sarlat La CanedaACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 3 nights at Hotel De Seze in BordeauxTourTour Boat ride on the Dordogne RiverTOURTOUR Guided walking tour of ToulouseTOURTOUR “Wine Lover tour” visit at Chateau Siran in the Medoc



  • From June 7th to June 17th 2017
  • From September 3rd to September 13th 2017


  • Tour is limited to 6 guests, minimum 2 guests for tour to depart
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour begins in Bordeaux and ends in Bordeaux
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible


1. Arrival transfer in Bordeaux
2. Services of an expert English speaking accredited guide/driver
3. Welcome dinner in Bordeaux on day 1
4. Private guided walking tour of Bordeaux
5. Prestige visit at Chateau Lamothe Bergeron in the Medoc
6. Guided walking tour of Saint Emilion including the visit of the underground monuments
7. Unique Oenology visit at Chateau La Tour Saint Christophe in Saint Emilion
8. Visit of Lascaux IV center for parietal Art
9. Private guided walking tour of Sarlat, Rocamadour, Albi and Carcassonne
10. Market tour in Sarlat including produce choice for picnic lunch
11. Visit of Beynac, La Roque‐Gageac and Domme villages
12. Visit of Saint Cirq Lapopie & Cordes sur Ciel villages
13. Homemade dinner at your guesthouse prepared by your hosts including wines
14. Guided walking tour of Albi including the Cathedral
15. Guided tour of the Toulouse Lautrec museum
16. Visit of Saint Bertrand de Comminges village
17. Follow the Tour de France Pyrenees mountains Route
18. Visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes
19. Guided walking tour of Saint Jean de Luz
20. Visit of traditional Basque villages such as Aïnhoa and Espelette
21. Oyster tasting near Arcachon
22. Lunch in a local seafood restaurant in Arcachon
23. Traditional Pinasse Boat ride on the Bay of Arcachon
24. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes MPV minivan
25. Bottled water in the minivan

1. Meals, drinks unless specified in itinerary
2. Social drinks, items of personal nature, room service in hotels
3. Laundry costs, shipping charges including for the return of lost items
4. Personal travel insurance
5. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless specified in itinerary
6. Driver/Guide gratuities at your own discretion




Arrival transfer in Bordeaux

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 the other travelers and to go through the itinerary of the tour with your guide.

10.00pm Return to your hotel and night in Bordeaux.


Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Bordeaux guided walking tour

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.

Medoc region winery visits & tastings

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


Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Saint Emilion village & winery visits and tastings

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 in the village, 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. Once the visit over you will have some free time to stroll through the narrow medieval streets of Saint Emilion and have time for personal discovery and lunch. In the afternoon we will begin to make our way to the Dordogne and stop in Montignac where Lascaux cave will be waiting for us.

International center for Parietal Art – Lascaux IV

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. Here you will see expansive views over Lascaux’s surroundings. 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 around the World are projected onto interlocking domes and an interactive gallery that explores the link between cave art and modern art.

5.30pm Arrive in Sarlat la Caneda and check in at your 4* hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Sarlat guided walking tour and market

This morning, depart for a guided walking tour 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 valley, picnic lunch & Gabarre 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.


Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Rocamadour, Saint Cirq Lapopie & Cordes sur Ciel village visit

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.

After some free time for lunch and personal discovery, 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.

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.

Luxury B&B overnight stay including dinner with hosts

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.

6.30pm Check in at your local B&B and night.


Breakfast at your B&B.

9.00am Pick up at your B&B

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 round 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, now the home to the Toulouse‐Lautrec Museum, the largest public collection in the world where more than 1,000 artworks, including his famous posters, are exhibited in this impressive ‘palace’ museum. After the visit, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.

Toulouse guided walking tour

In the afternoon, depart for Toulouse the regional capital. Upon arrival visit the historical city center of the town including Europe’s largest Romanesque church, Saint Sernin. Your tour will then continue with the visit of the Jacobins church. The Convent of the Jacobins (Dominicans) is a Romanesque masterpiece with an architectural uniqueness befitting Toulouse’s controversial history. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Basilica hardly resembles anything else built in the same period. The architectural highlight of the church lays in the famous palm‐tree ribs that thrust upwards while the religious highlight of the convent is the Tomb of Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest theologians in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. After the visit of the church, end the tour with a visit of Capitol square, the heart of the city, as well as with the Town Hall and its splendid Salle des Illustres (Hall of Illustrious), with its richly carved and decorated busts of famous historical figures and where Toulouse weddings are currently celebrated.

5.00pm Check in at your hotel in Toulouse. Night at your hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

9.30am Pick up at your hotel.

At first you will head for the small village of Saint Bertrand de Comminges where you will discover a unique Cathedral that still retains a very stylish 16th century Organ as well as an exceptional ‘ensemble’ of stalls, within the choir, carved out of Oak and Walnut, representing scenes and characters from both the Old and the New Testaments. After your visit, we make our way towards the Pyrenees Mountain Range and stop for a local lunch.

After lunch, experience one of the most exciting moments of this tour: drive along the mythical Tour de France Pyrenees Route. This world famous multiple stage bicycle race has been held since 1903. Each year, the Pyrenees stages are considered to be one of the highlights of the race as the best riders battle it out to try and increase their time difference with rivals. The most famous climbs include the Tourmalet, the Col d’Aspin, the Col d’Aubisque or Peyresourde some of which you will experience today.

6.30pm Arrive in Lourdes and check in at your hotel. Night in Lourdes.


Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

9.30am Pick up at your hotel.

Lourdes sanctuary & Pau

In the morning discover Lourdes. In 1858 Lourdes rose to prominence in France and abroad due to the Marian apparitions seen by the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized. Shortly thereafter the city became one of the world's most important sites of pilgrimage and religious tourism. Follow your guide to visit the sanctuary and after the visit we begin to make our way towards Pau.

The town of Pau, located at the gates of the Pyrenees, birthplace of the ‘Good King’ Henri IV, wears its royal past in a discreet and refined manner, as shown by its ‘Château’. The town occupies a unique geographical position in the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its awe‐inspiring views of the mountain range, it is heir to a rich tradition of tourism dating back to the 19th century, when it was a prestigious resort for aristocrats from around the world. As you stroll through the town your guide will certainly have you follow the famous Boulevard des Pyrenees where you will have free time for lunch. 

Biarritz & the Basque country

Finally, reach the glamorous Ocean side resort of Biarritz. What was once primarily a whaling town centered around Port Vieux (the old port), has become a trendy spa and holiday destination ever since Napoleon III and his Spanish‐born wife Eugénie arrived during the mid‐19th century. It's been a glamourous spot ever since, lined with elegant villas and listed residences that glitter with belle époque and art deco details.

6.30pm Arrive in Biarritz and check in at your hotel. Night in Biarritz.


Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am Pick up at your hotel.

Saint Jean de Luz visit

Your tour this morning will take you to the traditional Basque town of Saint Jean de Luz. Stroll through the streets of this legendary port town, home to many famous French Buccaneers. Enjoy a guided walking tour and visit the major attractions of the town including the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist, with its fabulous baroque altar, and in which the sun King Louis XIV married the infant of Spain.

Traditional villages of the Basque country

After the visit of Saint Jean de Luz, head inland to visit some of the most beautiful villages of the region. Begin with Aïnhoa, a quaint little village located in the interior of the French Basque province of Labourd, that is formed by a main street full of incredibly beautiful Basque style houses. As you walk through the village, visit the 13th century church of Our Lady of Assumption a typical example of Basque churches that possess a single nave and have wooden galleries that stretch along the side and back walls of the building. The cemetery is also quite unique as it is dotted with traditional gravestones bearing Basque funerary art dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. It is in this authentic village that you will have some time for lunch.

Your next stop is the village of Espelette. Its picture‐perfect streets are lined with traditional Basque houses, many of which feature Espelette’s number one export, the Piment d’Espelette (“Espelette pepper”). These drying peppers proudly dangle from lines that are attached to the facades of the houses, an emblem for the entire village. Your time here will be spent gazing and more certainly shopping as the village has many stores and boutiques selling not only the famous peppers but also arts & crafts as well as many more local produce such as chocolate and cheese.

5.30pm Return to Biarritz and night at your hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel

Arcachon Bay and Oyster tasting

On this final day, head towards the Arcachon land locked sea in the morning. The town of Arcachon itself is only 150 years old. Not long before May 2nd 1857, when Emperor Napoleon III signed its official "birth certificate", it was just a forest of pine trees, oaks and strawberry trees, with no road links, and home to fewer than 400 people. In earlier years, when some hygienists began to recommend sea bathing, three sea establishments were laid out by some entrepreneurs especially for the Bordeaux bourgeoisie. At its southern entrance from the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe's largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla (or du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometers long, 500 meters wide, reaching 107 meters in height, and moving inland at a rate of 5 meters a year. The area is also famous for its production of Oysters and upon arrival in the area, experience a visit of an oyster farm and taste fresh oysters with a glass of white wine in hand.

Seafood lunch & traditional Pinasse Boat Ride

Upon arrival in Arcachon, take part in a farewell lunch in one of the most famous seafood restaurants of the town. Stunning shellfish and seafood, gracious service and an elegant terrace on the seafront with white tablecloths makes this address one of the top choice’s in Arcachon.

To finish off the day, board a Pinasse, the traditional long and narrow wooden boats that are typical of the Bay of Arcachon. The Bay of Arcachon has been listed as a Protected Marine Park since 2014. During this exclusive tour, you will have the opportunity to discover Birds’ Island and its cabins built on stilts, the Cape Ferret Peninsula, small fishing villages and beaches, the Pilat sand Dune, the Arguin oyster Bank, the very heart of the Bay and the Leyre river delta as well as the picturesque Oyster Farming Ports.

5.30pm Arrive in Bordeaux, check in and night at your hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to airport or train station.

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Your Accommodation

Hôtel de Sèze | Located in Bordeaux

Hotel de Seze is a charming, 4-star hotel located in the heart of Bordeaux's city centre.

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  • Located in the heart of Bordeaux
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Located in the heart of Bordeaux
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Free WiFi

Your Destination

From the religious importance of Lourdes, to the awe-inspiring Pyrenees mountains, to the picture perfect walled city of Carcassonne, to the 16th century palaces of Toulouse. France's South West region holds something for every visitor.

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