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9-Night Coast To Coast From Bordeaux To Barcelona

9-Night Coast To Coast From Bordeaux To Barcelona

9 nights from
AU$9,089 Per Person
 
9 nights from
AU$9,089 Per Person
 
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    ACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night at Domaine Des Perches in GaillacACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights at Hotel De Seze in BordeauxACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights at Hotel Du Chateau in CarcassonneACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 3 nights at Hotel Plaza Madeleine in Sarlat La CanedaBoat ride on the Dordogne RiverBoat ride on the Dordogne River Boat ride on the Dordogne RiverMealMeal Breakfast from day 2 to 10TOURTOUR Guided tour of the Toulouse Lautrec museum in AlbiTOURTOUR Guided walking tour of Saint Emilion including the underground monuments

Summary

TOUR DATES

  • From May 14th to May 23nd
  • From July 2nd to July 11th
  • October 22nd to October 31st

INFORMATION

  • Tour is limited to 6 guests
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour begins in Bordeaux and ends in Barcelona
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

INCLUSIONS

1. Arrival transfer in Bordeaux
2. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes MPV compact van
3. Services of an expert English speaking accredited guide/driver
4. Welcome dinner in Bordeaux on day 1
5. Private guided walking tour in Bordeaux
6. Prestige visit at Chateau Lamothe Bergeron winery
7. “Wine Lover” Tour visit at Chateau Siran winery
8. Special “Oenological” visit at Chateau Tour Saint Christophe winery
9. Sweet white wine tasting at Chateau Monbazillac winery
10. Private guided walking tour of Sarlat, Rocamadour, Albi and Carcassonne
11. Market tour in Sarlat including produce choice for picnic lunch
12. Visit of Beynac, La Roque‐Gageac and Domme villages
13. Picnic lunch in La Roque‐Gageac on day 4
14. Private guided tour of the National Prehistory museum in Les Eyzies
15. Visit of Rouffignac cave and Lascaux IV center for Parietal Art
16. Visit of Saint Cirq Lapopie and Cordes sur Ciel villages
17. Unique homemade dinner with owners at your luxury B&B on day 6
18. Stop at Lastours Castles
19. Visit of the Minervois region including Olive Oil coop visit & tasting
20. Farewell dinner in Carcassonne on day 8
21. Free time in Collioure village
22. All entrance fees for activities, monuments, museums, wine tastings mentioned in program
23. Bottled water in the minivan

EXCLUSIONS

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

 

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 ‐ MEET IN BORDEAUX / WELCOME DINNER D

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.

DAY 2 – BORDEAUX WALKING TOUR / MEDOC WINE TOUR B

Breakfast at your hotel.

10.00am 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.


DAY 3 – SAINT EMILION WINE REGION FULL DAY TOUR B

Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

St. Emilion wineries, village visit & underground monuments

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 wine tasting

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 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 prepared for 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 ofthe most amazing views over the Dordogne valley. After the visit, reach the small village of La Roque Gageac.

Upon arrival in La Roque Gageac, settle down in a shaded area for a picnic lunch to enjoy the local specialties that you bought during your Sarlat market tour. 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 down the River Dordogne, admire the Castles of La Malartrie, 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.

Guided tour of the National Prehistory Museum

Our first stop of the day is 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. Its architecture symbolically draws out the line of human history and by its uniqueness signals the presence of the landscape and a volumetric purity. 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 thehunter‐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.

Lascaux IV and Rouffignac cave visit

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 as lightly 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. After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, depart for Rouffignac cave.

In the afternoon, reach 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.

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.

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.

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.

DAY 7 ‐ ALBI GUIDED TOUR / TRANSFER TO CARCASSONNE B

Breakfast at your B&B and check out.

9.00am Pick up at your B&B

Albi & Toulouse Lautrec Museum guided tour

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 of the artist’s work. More than 1,000 works, including his famous posters, are housed in this impressive ‘palace’ museum. Follow your guide for the visit of the museum and then depart for the walled city of Carcassonne.

Lastours castles visit

By the town of Castres where we will stop for lunch, arrive in the small medievalvillageofLastourswhere4 mighty castles used to stand. The ruins of the four castles are set on a rocky spur above the village, isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbeil and Grésilhou rivers. They were built at an altitude of 300 meters along a rock wall just 1300 feet long by 165 feet wide. These four castles constitute a single entity, even though they are not a single structure. The natural layout of the site permitted the economy of a fortress of great height. Plans were adapted to the rocks on which they were built. Here, your guide will certainly mention the story of the Cathars, a zealous Christian religious movement that denounced many basic tenets of the Catholic Church. After some time in the village, reach Carcassonne.

6.00pm Arrive in Carcassonne and check in at your hotel.

DAY 8 ‐ CARCASSONNE VISIT / OLIVE OIL / MINERVE B, D

Breakfast at your hotel

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Carcassonne guided walking tour

This morning, follow your guide on a private walking tour of the Carcassonne Citadel ‐ one of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe – during which you will discover the amazing stained glass windows of the Saint Nazari Basilica, the lists, the Roman walls… You will also have the opportunity to follow your guide along the ramparts to discover the Cité from above with the visit of the Counts castle included. After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, the afternoon will be dedicated to the Minervois region.

Bize Minervois Olive Oil and Minerve village visit

First, head towards the village of Bize Minervois where we will visit a Coop specialized in Olives. Established in the 1940s, l’Oulibo is the major olive cooperative in the area boasting nearly 1 700 members and the world’s largest producer of the Lucca Olive (Lucques in French) with more than 350 Tons annually. Coined the “Green Diamond” or “Pearl of Languedoc” this unique olive has a light, nutty taste, crescent shape and bright green color. After a short explanation about the Olive tree culture of the area, taste some of the different olives to appreciate the aromas and flavors of these local varieties.

After a short drive, arrive in the village of Minerve that gave the name to this area of France, Le Minervois. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, this stone‐built village nestles amongst little valleys in the Garrigue (Mediterranean scrubland), vineyards, olive groves and chestnut trees. Captivating and typically authentic, with little gardens and streets paved with pebbles, Minerve is also popular with artists and craftsmen. Follow your guide as you stroll through the narrow streets to discover this unique village.

5.00pm Return to your hotel in Carcassonne.

7.30pm Tonight we have organized a special farewell dinner as the end of the tour approaches. In a warm and charming atmosphere of a local restaurant of Carcassonne, the traditional Cassoulet is on the menu tonight and it will be paired with carefully selected local wines.

DAY 9 – COLLIOURE VILLAGE / TRANSFER TO BARCELONA B

Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

9.00am Pick up at your hotel.

Collioure village discovery and arrival in Barcelona

This morning, depart for French Catalonia and arrive in the small fishing village of Collioure. The small Catalan port is sheltered by a creek where the waters of the Mediterranean meet the rocks of the Pyrenees mountain chain.

An exceptionally sunny climate ensured by the Tramontana wind from the north makes Collioure a unique location that has inspired many painters and artists. Picasso, Derain, Dufy, Chagall, Matisse and Marquet have all stopped in Collioure to capture its special light and to immortalize the small harbor in their works. Called the City of Painters, the village continues to host artists from all backgrounds and is home to more than 40 art galleries. After a guided walking tour of the village, enjoy some free time for personal discovery, shopping and lunch. After lunch, depart for Barcelona.

4.30pm Arrive in Barcelona and check in at your hotel.

DAY 10 ‐ BARCELONA B

Breakfast at your hotel and end of our services.

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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
Hotel du Chateau | Located in Carcassonne

This pastoral yet urban hotel in Carcassonne offers pleasing aspects of the perfect harmony between the medieval and the contemporary.

 
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  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Garden
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Garden

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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