OPB32 - Bordeaux Grands Crus & Splendours of the Dordogne - 10 days/9 nights - $5152.00 per person (twin share), single supplement $1669.50 (minimum 2 persons)
Departure from Bordeaux
April to October 2016, not available in August
Day 1 Arrival in Bordeaux
Check in at your centrally located hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 Full day Great Cabernets of the Medoc wine tour
Breakfast. Head towards the famous Medoc wine region. During this full day tour you will experience 3 visits and wine tasting sessions in Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. During these visits you will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process as well as the techniques used during the wine making. The visits are followed by a wine tasting session. The wineries are usually located in Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or the Saint Estèphe appellations. During your day you will also follow the castle road to admire some of the most famous Chateaux such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville. Return to Bordeaux. Overnight.
Day 3 Full day Merlot wines of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wine tour
Breakfast. Today, depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting in a famous Classified Growth Chateaux of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation. Then, arrive in the village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour with your guide to discover the main monuments of this quaint hilltop village. During your free time for lunch and personal discovery, why not discover the underground monuments of Saint Emilion? In the afternoon experience another visit and wine tasting session in one of our selected Classified Chateaux of Saint Emilion. Return to Bordeaux. Overnight.
Day 4 Bordeaux / Sarlat
Breakfast and free morning to enjoy the city of Bordeaux. In the afternoon, pick up and transfer to your hotel in Sarlat la Canéda. Overnight.
Day 5 Sarlat Market Tour/Domme village visit/Dordogne boat ride
Breakfast. In the morning, follow a guided walking tour of historic Sarlat, a rich merchant town of the 18th century. Then reach the small village of Domme. Enjoy a walking tour and some free time for personal discovery. Then we drive to the beautifulvillage of La Roque Gageac where you will depart on a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Finally, we head to Beynac where you will admire a truly spectacular view and one of the most impressive medieval castles of the Dordogne. Walking tour in the village and free time for personal discovery. Overnight.
Day 6 Lascaux II visit and The Art of the Caves
Breakfast. Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown painters created breath taking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day enjoy some time in Les Eyzies and follow your guide on a commented visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Continue to Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic engravings dating back to the late Magdalenian. Finally, visit of Lascaux II a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Overnight.
Day 7 Castles of the Dordogne Valley
Breakfast. In the morning, by Carsac-Aillac and Montfort depart along the Dordogne valley. First visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac. Then visit of the Milandes castle. Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont until 1535. In 1940, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the château and then bought it in 1947. Finally, end the day with the visit of the Gardens of Marqueyssac: listed as a National Historical Monument it offers more than 6 kilometres of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned hundred year old boxwoods. Overnight.
Day 8 Pech Merle Cave/Saint-Cirq-Lapopie village and Cahors visit
Breakfast. The emblematic Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Perch Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Finally, stop in Cahors to visit the capital of the Quercy region. Its site is dramatic, being contained on three sides within a U-shaped bend in the River Lot known as a “cingle” (peninsula). During your visit you will certainly admire some of the most well preserved private mansions dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries as well as the unique Saint Etienne cathedral that is a unique example of a domed cathedral in southern France. Overnight.
Day 9 Rocamadour half day morning tour
Breakfast and depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat. End of the day is free for you to enjoy the town of Sarlat. Overnight.
Day 10 Sarlat
Breakfast and end of our services.
Order of the days can be modified except day 4