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Day 1 Bordeaux
Arrive into Bordeaux and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 2 Bordeaux - Arcachon Bay - Biarritz
In a region of outstanding natural beauty, where better to begin our sojourn through South West France than in Atlantic- Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay? Towns and villages are dotted along the coastline, but we make a beeline for La-Teste-de- Buch. After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune – we get our first taste of coastal cuisine. And what a way to start: with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port’s traditional cabins. Appetites whetted, it’s time to go south to Biarritz. With its sublime beaches and spectacular medieval churches, this bayside city is sheer elegance – and our home for the night. To round off our first day, we gather together for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3 Biarritz – Bayonne - Biarritz
Time now to indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, just a short drive from Biarritz. This handsome fortified city is brimming with heritage sites, so it’s little wonder it was named ‘City of Art and History’ in 2012. Peruse it at your own pace before we return to Biarritz together. With so many restaurants to entice every palate, relish an evening at your own pace. (B)
Day 4 Biarritz - Lourdes - Midi Pyrénées
We turn to the east and briefly on to Pau, focussing our camera lenses on this town’s postcard-worthy good looks and majestic castle. Our journey then carries us through the peaceful Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes that’s been a pilgrimage point for many years. This close to the Pyrénées, you’ll be forgiven for thinking we’ve stumbled across a film set. With rivers deep and mountains high, swathes of forest and hidden waterfalls, this dramatic landscape is a real heart-stealer. And we’ll no doubt reach for our cameras once more to capture our view. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we settle down for the night into comfortably rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 Midi Pyrénées - Catjare Country - Carcassone
On the trail of knights, we continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and its picture-perfect Bastides. These character-filled towns are one of the biggest and best-preserved collections of medieval townscapes anywhere in Europe. Onwards through Cathar country and we reach a sociable hour for a glass of wine. And what better place to choose than with a local producer of this region’s speciality – sparkling Blanquette. Fully refreshed, our final stop of the day is the feather in the cap of the Languedoc region – Carcassonne. As the sky darkens, the towers and turrets of this magnificent fortified city light up, taking on a magical air. We’re lucky enough to be staying within the castle walls, beginning with a group dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 Carcassonne
Medieval-style market stalls, rampart walkways, lookout posts with eye-popping views – with a whole day to play with, you can uncover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. Just be sure to step outside the old city walls. With the idyllic Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a short saunter away, it’s ideal for walkers. (B)
Day 7 Carcassone - Albi - Sarlat
A small town that’s big on charm, historic Albi is this morning’s first stop. We’ll look out for the 13th century Gothic Sainte-Cécile Cathedral before stepping inside Toulouse- Lautrec Museum. By the time we get to Sarlat-la-Canéda and check in to our hotel for the night, we’ll have entered the Dordogne region. (B)
Day 8 Sarlat – Vezere Valley - Sarlat
Sublime scenery scattered with handsome château, medieval towns and quaint villages is the Dordogne’s calling card. Our travels across it take in the prehistoric painted Lascaux II Caves and the pretty Les Eyzies village, curled up in the heart of the Vezere Valley. The route we take follows the ‘Royal Road’, winding between craggy rocks and flowing river until we get to a local truffle farm. Local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out these rare delicacies. That brings us to Sarlat and bags of time to linger over its charms with an evening of leisure ahead of us. (B)
Day 9 Sarlat – Beynac-et-Cazenac - Sarlat
Visitors to Sarlat come away calling it one of the most beautiful cities in all of France. But we’ll find out for ourselves. It’s an architectural treasure trove, with buildings crafted from honey-hued local stone that have stood the test of time despite a turbulent history. One of the best places to appreciate them is in the Old Town. Golden-stone houses pop up in riverside Beynac-et-Cazenac too. Looking down over them all is a grand cliff-top chateau, from where we have spectacular Dordogne Valley vistas. On this, our last night together, a final feast awaits in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 10 Sarlat - Saint-Émilion - Bordeaux
Before we set our sights on home, we make time for Saint-Émilion. Here, old timber-framed houses of yellow limestone line narrow streets, in a town wrapped in grape-laden vineyards. This is the epicentre of Bordeaux’s world-renowned ‘heavy reds’ and our chance to sample some of the region’s best wines – saying a final “santé” before it’s back to Bordeaux. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B)
Departure Dates & Prices 2017 A Taste of Bordeaux - Tour code BORD
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August 8, 22
May 2, 9, 23, 30
September 5, 12
June 13, 27
September 19, 26
July 4, 18, 25
October 3, 10
Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.
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A Taste of Bordeaux
10 days / 9 nights - 5% discount
Prices from only £2181
Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. 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, into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.
To book this lovely 9 day A Taste of Bordeaux tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
The Back-Roads Difference
- Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds
- Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne
- Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 9 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
- Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- European breakfast daily (B)
- Four evening meals (D)
- Two wine tastings
- Oyster tasting
- Truffle farm experience
- Entrance fee included to: Albi Cathedral, Toulouse- Lautrec Museum, Lascaux Caves II and Château de Beynac.
Small groups of up to 15
With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.
Why Back-Roads Touring
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.