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9 Days/ 8 Nights

Overview
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, and into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.

Day 1 - Bordeaux - Arcachon Bay - Biarritz

Where better to begin our journey 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'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. To round off our first day, we'll gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner. Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Biarritz - Bayonne - Biarritz
Today we'll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, a true cultural art and history hub just a short drive from Biarritz. We'll visit a traditional Bayonne ham museum and indulge in a ham tasting over a glass of wine before returning to Biarritz together. Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 - Biarritz - Lourdes - Midi-Pyrenees

Today we'll turn to the east and briefly on to beautiful Pau. We'll then travel onwards through the Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we'll check in to comfortable rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner. Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Midi-Pyrenees - Cathare Country - Carcassonne
Following the trail of knights, we'll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect Bastides. After passing through Cathar country, 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 Carcassonne, where we'll enjoy a group dinner. Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Carcassonne
Today you'll be free to discover Carcassonne's chivalric secrets at your own pace. Meals - Breakfast

Day 6 - Carcassonne - Albi - Sarlat
Historic Albi will be this morning's first stop. After an included visit to the town museum, we'll move on to the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne, where we'll check in to our hotel for the night. Meals - Breakfast

Day 7 - Sarlat - Vezere Valley - Sarlat
Today our travels through the Dordogne will take in the prehistoric paintings of Lascaux Cave and the pretty Les Eyzies village. We'll then 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. After returning to Sarlat, the night will be yours to enjoy at your own pace. Meals - Breakfast

Day 8 - Sarlat - Beynac-et-Cazenac - Sarlat
On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its magnificent medieval château. Afterwards, we'll return to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together. Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Sarlat - Saint-Emilion - Bordeaux
We'll spend the final day of our tour in Saint-Émilion, where we'll have a chance to sample some of the region's ‘heavy reds' and say a final ‘santé'. We'll then move on to Bordeaux, where our tour will end. Meals - Breakfast

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  2019      
  Departure : Apr - Oct    
   
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
  May 08 - 16, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  *May 29 - 06 Jun, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Jun 12 - 20, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Jun 26 - 04 Jul, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Aug 21 - 29, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  *Sep 04 - 12, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Sep 11 - 19, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  *Sep 18 - 26, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Sep 25 - 03 Oct, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
  Oct 02 - 10, 2019 CAD 5,438 CAD 6,788
   
  *Guaranteed Departure  
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Meals 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • 2 Wine tasting
  • Oyster tasting
  • Local ham tasting in Bayonne
  • Truffle farm experience
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Lascaux Cave, the Château de Beynac and Bayonne ham museum
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