A Taste of Bordeaux 2019

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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, and into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.


THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

  • Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds
  • Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne
  • Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm

INCLUSIONS
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Oyster tasting
  • Local ham tasting in Bayonne
  • Truffle farm experience
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Lascaux Cave, the Château de Beynac and Bayonne ham museum

Destinations
  • France
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Singles
  • Scenic

DAY 1 BORDEAUX – ARCACHON BAY – BIARRITZ

Where better to begin our journey 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’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. To round off our first day, we’ll gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner. (D) 

 

DAY 2 BIARRITZ – BAYONNE – BIARRITZ

Today we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, a true cultural art and history hub just a short drive from Biarritz. We’ll visit a traditional Bayonne ham museum and indulge in a ham tasting over a glass of wine before returning to Biarritz together. (B) 

 

DAY 3 BIARRITZ – LOURDES – MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

Today we’ll turn to the east and briefly on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel onwards through the Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check in to comfortable rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner. (B,D) 
 

 

Day 4 DAY 4 MIDI-PYRÉNÉES – CATHAR COUNTRY – CARCASSONNE

Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect Bastides. After passing through Cathar country, 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 Carcassonne, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner. (B,D) 

 

DAY 5 CARCASSONNE

Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. (B) 

 

DAY 6 CARCASSONNE – ALBI – SARLAT

Historic Albi will be this morning’s first stop. After an included visit to the town museum, we’ll move on to the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne, where we’ll check in to our hotel for the night. (B)

 

DAY 7 SARLAT – VÉZÈRE VALLEY – SARLAT

Today our travels through the Dordogne will take in the prehistoric paintings of Lascaux Cave and the pretty Les Eyzies village. We’ll then 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. After returning to Sarlat, the night will be yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B) 

 

DAY 8 SARLAT – BEYNAC-ET-CAZENAC – SARLAT

On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its magnificent medieval château. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together. (B,D) 

 

DAY 9 SARLAT – SAINT-ÉMILION – BORDEAUX

We’ll spend the final day of our tour in Saint-Émilion, where we’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final ‘santé’. We’ll then move on to Bordeaux, where our tour will end. (B)
 

 

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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17-Apr-2019 for 8 Nights Visit Website
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Touring with Back-Roads Touring

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With each tour capped at 18 passengers (14 for Asia tours), Back-Roads curates authentic, off-the-beaten-track travel experiences.

Catering for the mature traveller, Back-Roads has built up a brand rooted in expert local knowledge, sustainable tourism, culinary excellence and premium boutique accommodation.

Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

  • Small Groups of up to 18 passengers (14 for Asia)
  • Scenic Back Roads, avoiding Motorways
  • Premium Mini-Coach transportation
  • Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Culinary Discoveries
  • Authentic Local Experiences

Back-Roads Touring was named Best Small Coach Holidays Company for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the British Travel Awards and have been nominated for two awards in 2018.

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