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Live like a prince


9 days / 8 nights Private Tour 

 

Price per person from: 3389 €
Based on a minimum of two participants

 

Included in the price :

Private services & transport in executive minivan with qualified driver-guide (EN, ES) with entrances & visits according to the above program:  Lascaux IV Cave Paintings, National museum of Prehistory, Fermigier shop, Cruise in Arcachon, Guided visit of Carcassonne, Minerve, Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Rocamadour, Sarlat, Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux.

 

• 6 Wine tastings: Minervois, Cahors, Saint-Émilion & 3 in Medoc

 

• 1 night accommodation Half-Board & 1 night accommodation B&B in the 4-star in the Hotel des 3 Couronnes in Carcassonne
• 2 nights accommodation B&B in the superior 3-star Best Western le Renoir in Sarlat
• 4 nights accommodation B&B in the 3-star hotel Quality St Catherine

• 6 dinners (drinks are not included): Les 3 Couronnes restaurant, Local restaurant in Carcassonne medieval citadel, Local restaurant in Sarlat x2, Local restaurant in Bordeaux, Local gourmet restaurant in Bordeaux

 

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 How it works

 

This private escorted tour around the South-West of France is for parties of 2 to 6 people of friends or family that get together. Fix your dates at any time of the year and we'll take care of the rest: travel in a luxury minivan with a qualified, English- or Spanish-speaking driver-guide with accommodation in carefully selected boutique hotels.


Highlights

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This escorted tour is based on eating and drinking - French cuisine and French wines - enjoyed throughout a leisurely drive through the Languedoc and Dordogne before finishing in the Bordeaux vineyards. Other vineyards met en route include the Corbières and Cahors. A highlight of the trip is a hands-on cooking course at the one Michelin-starred restaurant Le Saint-James


Day 1: Toulouse & Carcassonne

Arrival in Toulouse and welcome by your driver-guide.
Transfer to Carcassonne.
Guided tour of the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was used in the 1st Century for a Roman villa before reappearing in the XIth century as a fortification belonging to the powerful Viscount Trencavel. It is a town within a town, a maze of narrow cobbled streets within severe ramparts of thick walls and turreted towers, but bustling with life and colour.
The spectacular walled town is one of France’s most famous national monuments and UNESCO Heritage Site.
Settle in  your hotel in Carcassonne.
Dinner & overnight at your hotel.


Day 2: Fontfroide Abbaye & Minerve

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure to Fontfroide Abbey, one of the most lavished and best preserved Cistercian abbey in France. The site includes a magnificent Rose Garden and a succession of Italian style terraced gardens.
Then drive to Minerve, located in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. A fortified medieval village perched high above a canyon, Minerve is an old Cathar bastion destroyed by Simon de Montfort in 1210, and is also famous for its wine produced here for centuries.
You will enjoy a visit and a wine tasting in the wine cellars of Ostal Cazes (or similar) in La Livinière. Owners of Château Lynch-Bages, the Cazes family are passionate about wine, and have devoted themselves to researching and developing this outstanding terroir.
Back to Carcassonne.
Dinner in a fine local restaurant.
Overnight at your hotel in Carcassonne. 


Day 3: Cahors & Rocamadour

Pont Valentré bridge

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure to Cahors, with its Roman monuments, medieval quarter and famous 14th century fortified Pont Valentré bridge.
This afternoon features a visit and wine tasting at Château Lagrézette in the Cahors vineyards. This 15th century château was rediscovered by luxury entrepreneur Alain Dominique Perrin in 1979, and his love for the region and its wines has helped him develop the elegant and refined vintages of Château Lagrézette.
Finish your tour with a visit of Rocamadour, a monumental complex dated from the 11th to the 19th century set on the side of a cliff with seven chapels and a thousand-year old religious history. The holy city clings to the steep rocky cliffs at a dizzying height, displaying layer upon layer of houses and chapels.
Transfer to Sarlat & settle in your hotel.
Dinner in a fine local restaurant & overnight at your hotel in Sarlat.


Day 4: Lascaux & Sarlat

Sarlat

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up by your driver-guide and departure for a tour of Sarlat, the exceptionally well-preserved medieval city and capital of the Périgord Noir region.

More than 1.000 years of architecture live in its lanes, roof-tiles and stonewalls. The exceptional number of buildings registered or classified as historical monuments make Sarlat one of the most important European cities in terms of cultural heritage. Discover Sarlat through its gastronomy as it is the capital of an exceptional “terroir”. You will experience the famous Farmer’s market (every Saturday), an unmissable spot and one of the most beautiful in all of the South West.
Then go back in time to Lascaux IV, for an immersing experience of Europe’s most stunning prehistoric cave paintings, followed by a visit to the stunning  Musée National de Préhistoire at Les Eyzies-de-Tayat. Built on the face of a striking cliff and containing over 18,000 prehistoric items discovered in the neighbouring Vézère Valley, the Museum’s unique archaeological collections offer an extensive overview of the Palaeolithic past of this region of France.  
Back to Sarlat
Dinner in a fine local restaurant & overnight at your hotel in Sarlat.


Day 5: Saint-Émilion & Bordeaux

Saint-Émilion

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure for Saint-Émilion. Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval city of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the centres of Bordeaux wine-making.
Saint-Émilion’s other speciality is the macaroon - unlike the brightly coloured filled macaroons of today, these were created in 1620 by Ursuline nuns. The secret recipe was passed down through the centuries, and today Nadia Fermigier is the only custodian of the authentic recipe. You will enjoy a visit  at the Fermigier shop, followed by a macaroon-tasting session.
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit and wine tasting at Château Coutet (or similar), ranked Grand Cru  Saint-Émilion.
Transfer to Bordeaux.
Settle in your hotel in Bordeaux.
Dinner in a fine local restaurant & overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.


Day 6: Bordeaux

Breakfast at your hotel.
Day at leisure

 

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Option 1: Cooking class (except july & august)

Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide, and drive to the one Michelin-starred restaurant Le Saint-James for a half-day hands-on cooking class under the expert guidance of Head Chef Nicolas Magie and his team. For all ages and abilities, classes include forays into sweet and savoury themes, introductions to snacking, oenology and gastronomic classics - the perfect place to learn how to be a great chef in your own home.
You will enjoy the fruits of your labour over lunch, including wine. (only: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday except on July and August)

- Option price: 100€ per person

 

The afternoon sees a guided tour of Bordeaux to discover its historical centre, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover its architecture, its old districts, its sites and monuments like the Water mirror, the Opera house, or the Aquitaine Museum (entrances not included).

 

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Option 2: Cruise on the river Garonne
(in july and august)

Embark on a guided cruise to discover the wines and heritage of Haute-Gironde. Lunch at the Côtes de Bourg wine bar with a winegrower and then join Blaye and its UNESCO citadel by boat to discover the Côtes de Blaye in Bordeaux appellation. A bottle is offered. (Optional price cruise only: 140€ per person) It can be extend with an immersion in the Cité du Vin during the morning (20€).

- Option price: 160€ per person

 

Dinner at leisure
Overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.


Day 7: Arcachon

Breakfast at your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure for the Bassin D’Arcachon, a vast lagoon on the Atlantic coast only at 45 minutes from Bordeaux. Embark on a traditional boat for a cruise around the bay, the iconic “Cabane tchanquée” stilt houses and spectacular views of the Île aux Oiseaux and the Dune du Pilat - the highest sand dune in Europe.

Lunch at leisure, we suggest a lunch of local oysters and white wine  before exploring the town of Arcachon.
Back to Bordeaux and overnight at your hotel.


Day 8: The Great Vineyards of Bordeaux

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet at your hotel with your guide and your driver and transfer through the famous “Route des vins” to discover the most famous of the Bordeaux vineyards which lies to the North-West of Bordeaux city, a vast spit of land between the Atlantic Ocean to the West and the Gironde Estuary to the East. A geographical location that confers on it a temperate climate suited to wine-growing. This symbiosis of plant and environment has given 60 prestigious Grand Crus Classés and 400 Crus Bourgeois in the 8 AOC of the Médoc. During your tour you will have three visits and wine tastings at prestigious vineyards and wineries in Pauillac, Margaux & Saint-Estephe. These places are immersed in a remarkable views of vineyards landscapes and they are based on soils which have been laboured and transformed by the winemakers’ industry and savoir-faire.
Back to your hotel in Bordeaux.
Gourmet dinner at restaurant Le Gabriel, walking distance from your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel.


Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Private transfer to Bordeaux train station or airport.