Fall in Bordeaux and The Dordogne Valley
Bordeaux Fall 2019
September 16 - 24, 2019 (maximum 20 people)
Discover the town of Bordeaux, the world-renowned wine region, as well as the meandering hillsides of the Dordogne Valley. You will taste some of the world’s finest wines, cheeses, traditional dishes and mouthwatering desserts while discovering the monuments and history of these regions.
This trip includes:
Meals included are noted as follows: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, September 16, 2019 – Apéritif and welcome dinner in Bordeaux (D), short walk
Our tour starts in the hotel lounge early evening with a welcome apéritif and a get-to-know your fellow traveler time. We will then take a short walk through bustling downtown to a favorite local restaurant for dinner.
Day 2: Tuesday, September 17 – Médoc via the Route des Châteaux (B, L, D), minimal walking
Our day starts at a winery in the Médoc region, where we get an overview of Bordeaux wines, enjoy a tour of the winery and follow up with a tasting and lunch. After lunch we take a leisurely drive up the Route des Châteaux stopping for photo opportunities in front of some of the most famous Bordeaux wineries. Before heading back down to Bordeaux we will stop at a second winery, one of the “Great Growths” of the 1855 Classification. Dinner is in Bordeaux at one of its high-acclaimed bistros.
Day 3: Wednesday, September 18 – Tram and walking in Bordeaux (B, L, D) moderate walking on pedestrian streets and sidewalks
Today you will enjoy a Dine Around of sorts in the town of Bordeaux, with time on your own to enjoy what the city has to offer. We start at an artisinal bakery where we savor French breakfast pastries made from a wood-fired oven built under Louis XV in 1765. During the day we will explore the aging cellars at a cheese “Affineur” (with samples, of course!) and meet a third-generation chocolatier for a tour of the production facility with tastings and a demonstration included. While visiting these destinations, enjoy a guided walking tour of Bordeaux while hearing about its history. Dinner will be at one of Bordeaux’s cutting edge brasseries.
Day 4: Thursday, September 19 – Dine Around on the Peninsula (B, L), leisurely walking, some walking in sand if you want to get your feet wet!
Today we discover the treasures of the Atlantic Peninsula. We start off with a visit and appetizer at one of the oyster farms housed in a line of tightly packed wooden shacks followed by an entrée at a waterside restaurant with spectacular views of Arcachon Bay and Europe’s largest sand dune. After lunch, enjoy a walk on the pier, along the water or among shops. At the last stop on our Dine Around we meet with a local pastry chef to enjoy a Café Goumande, sampling some of his most delicious creations while learning about life as the Chef/Owner of a pâtisserie française. We return to our hotel then you are on your own t find a place for dinner among Bordeaux’ great choices of bistros, cafes and wine bars.
5: Friday, September 20 – Saint Emilion (B, D), walking on some cobblestones and hills
Today we will spend the day in the town of Saint Emilion, which is designated an UNESCO World Heritage site(as well as Bordeaux). Before arriving in the town we will make a stop at the neighboring Libourne market, where we meet the Chef from our evening restaurant to explore the season’s bounty and see what he chooses to expertly prepare for our dinner. After a guided tour of Saint Emilion’s historic monuments including the impressive monolithic church sculpted out of the limestone hillside, you have time to explore the narrow streets and alleys lined with wine boutiques and find a perfect spot for lunch. We regroup after lunch for a lesson on how sparkling wine is made and a tasting combined with the signature cookie of the region – macarons de St. Emilion (no, not the brightly colored ones, and not coconut-flavored but the region’s own version). Following the tour we will once again meet up with our market Chef to hear how he has prepared our special dinner with the ingredients chosen at the market. Upon returning to the hotel, you will need to pack your bags and get ready to leave for the Dordogne in the morning.
Day 6: Saturday, September 21 – Sarlat / Dordogne (B, L, D), some walking
Following alongside the Dordogne River, we drive through the countryside with views of small towns, wine regions and castles. Our destination is one of the most renowned and visited towns in the Dordogne region, Sarlat. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times, is like stepping back in time, with its outside market being one of the best attractions. You will have time to explore the town and market. After lunch we explore the Paleolithic cave art of Lascaux at the new International Center for Cave Art which contains some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. After checking into our lodging at our Gîte you will have time to relax and settle in before dinner.
7: Sunday, September 22 – Sarlat (B, L, D), some walking, a few hills
Day begins with a lovely drive with views of picturesque villages, several nestled in the cliffside along the Dordogne River. Admire castles perched above the river as well as present day dwellings in the cliffs behind these beautiful villages. We will visit the manicured boxwood gardens of Chateau Marqueyssac, boasting the most spectacular views of the area, then on to lunch and discovery at a truffle farm. After relaxing back at the gîte, we head into Sarlat for a walk around town and dinner.
Day 8: Monday, September 23 – Dordogne / Back to Bordeaux (B, L, D), minimal walking
Our final day in the Dordogne starts at the XII century Romanesque church of St. Crépin-et-Carlucet We continue our journey to the outskirts of Bergerac where we enjoy lunch at a rustic local favorite. After lunch we leisurely return to Bordeaux where you can catch any sights that might still be on your list, do some last minute shopping, or relax.
Day 9: Tuesday, September 24 – Departure (B)
Our tour ends after breakfast today so you are free to continue your travels. Bon Voyage!
Price: $2,950.00 per person,
based on two people sharing a room, and twenty participants.
Single Supplement: $450.00
All reservations require a deposit: $450 per
After securing your deposit, please send your Tour Registration form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All cancellations within 48 hours of deposit are subject to a $100 administrative fee. After 48 hours, any cancellation will result in the loss of deposit. Statements will be sent out prior to the final payment due date of Monday, June 19, 2017. Trip Price Does Not Include: Round-trip airfare to France and transportation to Bordeaux, excess baggage fees, forwarding of baggage, baggage loss, medical expenses, travel insurance, items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, optional trips, meals away from the group, special arrangements, airport taxes, charges and tips for room services.
Note: Our prices may be adjusted in the future due to currency fluctuations; however, the price of your trip is guaranteed at the time of your reservation.
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