Day 1 – Bordeaux
We’ll await you in our elegant Bordeaux city center hotel. If desired, we’ll take a short walking tour of the city, then enjoy a delicious dinner, of course with a bottle of the local tipple (included)
Day 2 – Bordeaux
A visit to the amazing Cité du Vin – inside and out, it’s a wine experience like none other in the world!
Day 3 – Bordeaux region
The renowned village of St. Emilion is our destination today – a walking tour of the town, a delicious al fresco lunch, and a wine-tasting visit to a chateau.
Day 4 – Dordogne region
Today we’ll drive east to explore the luscious green Dordogne area. We’ll drop our luggage in the hilltop village of Belvés (one of France’s plus beaux villages – a beauty!) at Hotel Clement V before continuing to the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda. After a delicious lunch (included) of regional specialties, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the restored medieval center. Then you’ll have time to enjoy the town (the shopping’s great in Sarlat!) and explore before returning to Belvés. After settling into the lovely Hotel Clement V (where we’ll stay for three nights), we’ll walk to dinner in the village.
Days 5 & 6 – Dordogne Discoveries
From an ancient communal oven in one of the most picturesque villages we’ve ever seen, to lunch on a hillside farm, to more Plus Beaux Villages de France (awarded the title because of their situation and beauty) than you can count, we’ll have days filled with the beauty of this stunning region. We’ll visit ancient cloisters, cruise on a Gabarre (traditional riverboat/barge) past castles and cliffsides, view prehistoric sites, enter ancient fortress chateaus with unending views across the river valley, shop and wander in hilltop villages. Each day we’ll feast on regional delights, with the main meal included.
Day 7- Return to Bordeaux
We’ll return to Bordeaux, enjoy one last marvelous French dinner (included) and rest well before departing tomorrow.
Day 8 – Departure