15-day tour Bordeaux, Cognac, Dordogne

  • 15days
  • France

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The city of Bordeaux is the hub of France’s best known red wine region, situated on the banks of the Garonne with its beautiful cathedral, the easily recognisable Bourse built in the 1700's and pedestrian shopping centre surrounded by 18th and 19th century mansions.

Near the Atlantic and the oyster-producing bay of Arcachon this region boasts many chateaux and vineyards, its wines complementing the region’s cuisine: eels, mussels and oysters from the coast; salt lamb and goat’s cheeses from the inland pastures.

Among the highlights, an expert brandy-maker will show us around stunning vineyards where the region’s revered, twice-distilled brandy is made (yes, there’ll be tastings!), and we will taste a little of the famous Bordeaux reds at different wineries.

After the Bordeaux/Cognac regions, we head to the Dordogne river. In the heart of the Perigord region famed for its prehistoric caves, spectacular limestone cliffs, medieval villages and castles, narrow gorges and tumbling waterfalls, the delightful Dordogne valley will enchant you. From one of the best markets in France at Sarlat, to the rocky peak of Rocamadour, this region is filled with ancient stories of pilgrims and miracles.

Specialties of the region include truffles and wild mushrooms, walnuts and cheeses. The most celebrated wine is Monbazillac, a slightly sweet white wine which is an excellent accompaniment to the region’s signature ‘foie gras’.

Included in the price are transfers from Bordeaux on arrival, Toulouse on departure, a welcome dinner, 14 nights’ accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 14 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with one or two glasses of wine, all excursions, all entry fees, bike and canoe hire for the energetic, boat trips. Travel for excursions is in a comfortable new 9 seat vehicle.

Maximum 14 people

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Bordeaux train station or airport for transfer to your hotel, with time to relax before the welcome dinner

  • Day 2

    Morning in Bordeaux for shopping, cathedral and city tour. Your choice of joining the group or enjoy the day visiting this famous city on your own, with maps and a meeting point provided. In the afternoon we will visit one of Bordeaux' most famous chateaux for a visit and wine-tasting

  • Day 3

    Visit the charming old village of St Emilion for wine-tasting and lunch then explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history going back to prehistoric times. There are fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along the steep and narrow streets.

    The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. In the 4th century, the Latin poet Ausonius lauded the fruit of the bountiful vine. The town was named after the monk Émilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area.

  • Day 4

    A trip through the vineyards for a day of surprises, including Fronsac, a quiet village and hidden gem, and the interesting small village of Bourg which has its own wine appellation.

  • Day 5

    Discover the Medoc region with chateau visits and wine-tastings at some of the world's best known wineries. This region shows some beautiful countryside and chateau architecture, including Chateau Margaux, with its Palladian style and Chateau Latour. Arrive at our hotel near Gaillan for a sumptuous dinner.

  • Day 6

    An excursion and ferry to visit the Vauban Citadelle at Blaye, built on 38 hectares between 1685 and 1689 under Vauban's supervision. A walk to the village where we will have an excellent lunch and wine-tasting of the local appellation before returning by ferry and vehicle to our hotel.

  • Day 7

    We leave our chateau hotel for a trip by ferry to the other side of the Garonne estuary. Excursion to Talmont sur Gironde, one of France’s most beautiful villages perched on a rocky outcrop and protected by fortifications protecting it from the sea - and any invaders! Settle in to your hotel near Cognac

  • Day 8

    A free day for discovering the town of Cognac, a canoe ride on the Charente, bike ride through the vineyards, or rest and enjoy reading a good book.

  • Day 9

    Today we visit the small village of Jarnac and two brandy distilleries. Learn a little about this fascinating region, its history, some second world war stories and enjoy real cognac tastings.

  • Day 10

    We leave for the Dordogne river and our farmhouse near Sarlat. A visit to the medieval town of Sarlat in the afternoon for shopping, cathedral and free time to explore. Dinner in Sarlat before returning to our hotel

  • Day 11

    A boat trip on the Dordogne river starts the day, with a visit to the very popular old town of La Roque Gageac. Lunch in the Marqueyssac chateu gardens and free time to explore its 6kms of walking paths and stunning views over the Dordogne river and its villages.

  • Day 12

    Today we go back into history with a visit to the world renowned prehistoric cave of Lascaux and the fascinating Roque Saint Christophe.

  • Day 13

    This morning we go into Sarlat for the best markets of this region. A free afternoon for a bike ride or canoe on the Dordogne river, then we discover the vilalge of Domme where we enjoy a delicious dinner at a very special inn.

  • Day 14

    Our last day for an excursion to one of the beautiful chateaux of this region, with a private tour of the 10 hectare garden and lunch in the chateau restaurant. Return to your hotel with some free time to enjoy the hotel pool and garden.

  • Day 15

    After breakfast, transfer and departure to Toulouse airport or train station.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 28 2018 Jun 11 2018 14 Single rooms 4,714€
Double rooms 4,518€
Sep 03 2018 Sep 17 2018 14 Single rooms 4,714€
Double rooms 4,518€

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