Jewels of Southwest France

France
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$99^^
Monthly
$425^
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Availability

From 22/04/2023 to 12/10/2023

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Apr Sat 22 2023 to May Mon 01 2023
  • May Tue 02 2023 to May Thu 11 2023
    Available
  • May Tue 30 2023 to Jun Thu 08 2023
  • Jun Tue 27 2023 to Jul Thu 06 2023
  • Jul Tue 25 2023 to Aug Thu 03 2023

What's included

Savour the tantalising flavours of fresh Arcachon Bay oysters, Bayonne ham, Blanquette de Limoux wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds.
Admire the famous prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave at Lascaux II.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the River Lot on a traditional wooden gabare boat.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Bordeaux (France)

    Where better to begin our journey of Southwest France than beautiful Bordeaux? After meeting the group, we’ll clink glasses over a delicious welcome meal. Bon appétit! Accommodation: Hôtel de Normandie (or similar)


  • Day 2 - Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

    This morning we'll move on to Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay, where 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. We'll then stop to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe's highest sand dune, with panoramic views over the bay. This afternoon, we’ll round off our day in the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz – where we’ll have the evening free to wander the waterfront promenade and sample more local delicacies at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)


  • Day 3 - Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

    Today we’ve a full day taking in the beauty of the French Basque Country. First, we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne – an art and history hub just a short drive away from Biarritz. Here, we’ll discover a local family business going back three generations at the Bayonne Ham Museum – where we’ll indulge in a ham tasting before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure time. Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)


  • Day 4 - Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrénées

    Today we’ll turn to the east – and on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel through the Midi-Pyrénées region (along roads made famous by the Tour de France), pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. Whilst here, we’ll have the opportunity to see the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and the Massabielle Grotto – a significantly holy site within the Christian faith. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check into our atmospheric accommodation before enjoying this evening’s included dinner. Accommodation: Hostellerie des Cèdres (or similar)


  • Day 5 - Midi-Pyrénées – Carcassonne

    Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect bastides. Along the way, 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 medieval Carcassonne, where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)


  • Day 6 - Carcassonne

    Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. From the alleys, passageways and 52 towers of the UNESCO-listed medieval citadel (which dates back two millennia) to the Château Comtal and its ramparts, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Later this evening, we’ll come together for an included dinner at a local restaurant – swapping stories and photographs of the day’s discoveries. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)


  • Day 7 - Carcassonne – Albi and River Lot – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Today we’ll leave the stronghold of Carcassonne behind and make tracks to the ‘red city’ of Albi. Here, we’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll around the town – taking in the magnificent Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile as we go. Then: we’ll take to the water for a cruise on the River Lot in a traditional wooden gabare boat – enjoying unrivalled views of the clifftop village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (recently voted ‘France’s favourite village’) and the surrounding area. Later, we’ll move on to Sarlat-la-Canéda – one of the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)


  • Day 8 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Beynac-et-Cazenac – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat-la-Canéda, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the town’s magnificently well-preserved medieval château – which has kept watch over the Dordogne from its hilltop position for nine centuries. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat-la-Canéda for an evening spent at our leisure – perhaps exploring the picturesque alleyways or dining at one of the charming local restaurants in town. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)


  • Day 9 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Vézère Valley – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Today our travels through the Dordogne will lead us to the prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave – which was discovered when it was happened upon by a group of teenagers back in 1940. We’ll admire the replica Lascaux Cave II before making a stop at the pretty village of Les Eyzies. Then, we’ll 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. Tonight, we’ll come together and savour a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)


  • Day 10 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Saint-Émilion –– Bordeaux

    We’ll spend the final day of our tour in historic Saint-Émilion, a village perched above beautiful rolling countryside and countless vineyards. Here, we’ll have the chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final santé. We’ll then return to Bordeaux, where we’ll say our goodbyes.


Travel now, pay later
0% 12 months interest free†
Weekly
$99^^
Monthly
$425^
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