A Taste of Bordeaux 2018

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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, 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 Tour 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. Pick up and Drop off Pick up at Grand Hotel Francais 8:30am Drop off at Grand Hotel Francois 5:30pm

Destinations visited
  • France
  • Europe
  • Lourdes
  • Lascaux
  • Arcachon
  • Carcassonne
  • Biarritz
  • Bordeaux
  • Dordogne
  • The Dordogne
  • Albi
  • Les Eyzies
Tags
  • Small Group
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Singles

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-PYRÉNÉES

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-Pyrénées 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 Cèdres Villeneuve-de-Rivière)


DAY 4 MIDI-PYRÉNÉES – CATHARE COUNTRY – CARCASSONNE

On the trail of knights, we continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées 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 – VÉZÈRE 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- ÉMILION – 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 “santé” before it’s back to Bordeaux. We make time for Saint-Émilion before we end in Bordeaux  (B)

 

At Back-Roads we pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.

 

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08-Aug-2018 for 8 Nights Visit Website
22-Aug-2018 for 8 Nights Visit Website
26-Sep-2018 for 8 Nights Visit Website

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